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Lithium supply gap will require ’60 Jadar mines’ – Rio Tinto

By: Mariaan Webb     21st October 2021 Mining major Rio Tinto is forecasting a “substantial” supply gap for lithium, which is experiencing rapid demand growth on the back of accelerating electric vehicle (EV) uptake, and argues that the gap has to be addressed “within the next ten years”. In a trajectory toward net zero, the global... 

On-The-Air (15/10/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 South Africa was this week urged to mine the critical metals and minerals that combat climate change; Steps are being taken to generate clean electricity from South Africa’s many disused mineshafts; and the mining boom is papering over many structural issues that are threatening the industry’s... 

Gas-to-power crucial to South Africa’s energy future

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 Multinational conglomerate General Electric Company (GE) Gas Power strategy & growth director Michael Konadu tells Mining Weekly that although there is no one solution to decrease South Africa’s carbon footprint, gas-to-power will be integral in the mix. He explains that South Africa’s Just... 

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

Company establishes green rare earth fluoride manufacturing plant based on Necsa intellectual property 

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2021 Over the past two years, Pretoria-based rare earth (RE) minerals refinery Rare Earth Refiners (RER) has designed, built and commissioned a demonstration plant for the green production of RE fluorides using a R15-million grant from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). REs, and especially... 

Billionaire miner sees next fortune in rush for clean energy

By: Bloomberg     14th October 2021 It took Andrew Forrest a little over a decade to build an iron-ore empire to challenge the global majors. Now he’s set himself an equally ambitious timeline to create a global powerhouse in clean energy. The Perth-based billionaire, widely known as “Twiggy” in Australia, has been scouring the... 

Miners disclose CO2 emissions on LME's sustainability register

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Nine metal producers including Antofagasta and Teck Resources have disclosed the carbon emissions from their metal producing operations on the London Metal Exchange's newly launched digital register. The register known as LMEpassport is aimed at users of the exchange wanting to support the... 

Rare earths sector at risk of more substitution if prices spike

By: Reuters     12th October 2021 The rare earth sector is likely to face more substitution unless production ramps up sharply to close a looming supply gap, an industry executive has warned. Demand for rare earth permanent magnets, key for electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines, is due to soar as governments and companies... 

FFI unveils massive hydrogen project in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ green energy arm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on Monday announced the construction of the world’s largest electrolyser, renewable industry and equipment manufacturing centre at Gladstone, Queensland. FFI’s Global Green Energy Manufacturing centre (GEM) will... 

Hydro project set to boost green credentials of giant DRC copper complex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 While Kamoa Copper, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is on track to become the second-largest copper mining complex globally, and the biggest in Africa, it is also poised to be among the greenest of copper mines. This is largely on the back of the project being completely powered by... 

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