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Site works start on pioneer sustainable rare earth separation facility in the UK

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2021 Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, team members from UK-based Pensana, construction engineering company pxGroup and engineering consultants Wood Group have started site works at the Saltend Chemicals Park to establish the world's first sustainable rare earth separation facility. The... 

Gold Fields going greener and cleaner across broad front 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields, which this week announced the board’s green light for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the South Deep mine, near Carletonville, intends taking short- medium- and long-term steps to lower emissions in underground mining in general and at South Deep in... 

Gold Fields ramping up climate change mitigation measures 

By: Donna Slater     30th April 2021 Gold miner Gold Fields derived 5% of its group electricity from renewable sources in 2020. It plans to further ramp this up in the coming years, its 2020 Climate Change Report shows. At its Agnew operation, in Australia, the miner derived 57% of its electricity from renewable sources, mostly... 

Pensana looking to establish rare earths supply for green economy 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 London-listed Pensana has announced a business plan to help it establish, subject to funding, an independent and sustainable supply chain of the rare earth metals vital for electric vehicles, wind turbines and other strategic industries. This includes plans to establish the world’s first... 

Research highlights potential for SA to develop offshore wind

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2021 A study of South Africa's offshore wind energy resources by researchers from the Stellenbosch University Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering indicates that wind turbines installed off the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts could potentially supply between 15% and 800% of South... 

Boliden launches low-carbon copper products

By: Reuters     19th March 2021 Sweden's Boliden said it has launched two "green" copper products this week, the first of its kind, hoping to appeal to consumers aiming to cut their carbon footprint. The two copper cathode products - one sourced from recycled electronic scrap, the other from reduced-emissions mining - will... 

Nersa committee holds back approval on Eskom application to buy short-term power 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee decided, on February 5, not to approve Eskom’s application for the emergency procurement of electricity from eight private generators under its Short-Term Power Purchase Programme (STPPP). In March 2020, the... 

Rainbow completes Phalaborwa due diligence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has completed an initial due diligence of the Phalaborwa rare earths project, in South Africa. Rainbow and Bosveld Phosphates in November entered into a co-development agreement for the Phalaborwa project, which holds about 35-million tonnes of gypsum resulting from... 

Energy Fuels to enter commercial REE business in Q1

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2020 US-based Energy Fuels is set to become a rare earth producer in the first quarter of 2021, announcing on Monday that it had entered into a supply agreement to process monazite at its White Mesa mill, in Utah. The company signed a three-year supply deal with the Chemours Company to acquire 2 500... 

Rare earth producers aim to agree global environment standards in 2021

By: Reuters     14th December 2020 Producers of rare earths, under increasing pressure from their industrial buyers over longstanding pollution issues, are hammering out a single set of global environmental standards, the head of the industry association has told Reuters. Manufacturers of products such as electronic goods and... 

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