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Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that a significant and accelerated expansion of South Africa’s grid infrastructure, beyond that catered for by its current R118-billion investment plan to 2030, is required to integrate the 30 GW of mainly wind and solar generators that will have... 

Australia’s commodities heartland set for major hydrogen plant

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2020 The desolate red sands of the Pilbara region in western Australia, home to most of the iron-ore mines that account for a major chunk of the nation’s export income, may one day house an ambitious hydrogen export hub. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub, which would use electricity from wind and solar... 

SMB-Winning aims to bring Guinea's Simandou iron ore to market in 2025

By: Reuters     16th October 2020 China-backed consortium SMB-Winning aims to bring blocks 1 and 2 of Guinea's massive Simandou iron-ore deposit into production by 2025, chairmperson Fadi Wazni said on Friday, a tight timetable for a huge mine and infrastructure project. The consortium - which includes Société Minière de Boké... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Platinum to benefit from hydrogen revolution push, says WPIC 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2020 The hydrogen revolution is fast becoming action rather than talk, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). It notes that a series of spending commitments and investments are “pointing to a future where hydrogen will be a mainstream source of sustainable fuel”. 

EU wants rules on hydrogen trade with Ukraine, Morocco - Bloc's energy chief

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 The European Union will seek to establish rules to trade hydrogen with countries including Morocco and Ukraine, as part of its plans to use the low-carbon fuel to cut emissions from industry and transport, EU energy commissioner said on Monday. "To trade renewable and low-carbon hydrogen reliably... 

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

RWE's giant coal-era excavator draws high demand

By: Reuters     1st October 2020 RWE has received 45 bids for one of its giant bucket-wheel excavators used in mining that it put up for sale in an online auction earlier this year, Germany's largest power producer has said. The 3 500-tonne "Bagger 275" is the smallest of RWE's 22-strong excavator fleet and has a capacity of 60... 

Africa’s heaviest ever equipment transport reduces downtime for mining company

29th September 2020 Kenmare Resources plc’s mining plant has been safely transported from its previous mining area at Namalope to Pilivili, a new high-grade ore zone at the Moma Mine, in Mozambique. The transport consisted of a Wet Concentrator Plant (known as WCP B) and its dredge.   It is the heaviest piece of... 

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 Coal mining and trading company Minergy recorded considerable achievements and milestones during the financial year ended June 30, despite a significant part of the year being impacted by Covid-19. “Despite border restrictions between South Africa and Botswana (a minimum of 15 weeks), Minergy, in... 

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