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$200m Longonjo financing announcement expected early next year
12th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

An announcement is expected to be made in the first quarter of next year regarding the financing of the $200-million upfront capital expenditure (capex) needed to develop one of the world’s largest... 


An image of Cresco Group’s decarbonisation advisor Dominic Goncalves
Microgrids gain traction to combat critical outage impacts
8th December 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Microgrids are gaining traction globally owing to its ability to alleviate the impact of critical outages, caused by extreme weather, climate events, and various other reasons.  Microgrids can... 


Rainbow Rare Earths Phalaborwa mine.
South Africa’s permanent magnet rare earths attracting keen interest
5th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa is recognised as having the potential to play a significant role in the establishment of a more diversified supply chain of critical rare earths for the green energy transition.... 


scientists researching natural hydrogen
UP scientists lead study of natural hydrogen find in Mpumalanga
4th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) are leading a study of natural hydrogen gas discovered beneath the Earth’s surface in Mpumalanga.   The gas could be a source of renewable energy that... 


Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart
Queensland’s Stewart heads to US for critical minerals mission
1st December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Resources Minister Scott Stewart will head to the US next week to secure partnerships with government and industry representatives to grow Queensland’s critical minerals industry. The foundations... 


Copper hits 10-week high as mine closure points to supply risk
29th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

Copper touched a 10-week high after the closure of a major mine in Panama highlighted future supply challenges for the red metal as the energy transition accelerates. Panama’s government said it... 


Meliadine extension project should not be allowed – Nunavut board
Meliadine extension project should not be allowed – Nunavut board
23rd November 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

The extension project for the Meliadine mine, owned by Agnico Eagle, should not proceed, owing to the uncertainty of the potential for negative, lasting effects on caribou, the Nunavut Impact... 


WPIC research director Edward Sterck.
Industrial demand for platinum rises to record high
21st November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

During 2023, platinum has benefited from stellar industrial demand reaching a record level, with 2024 heading for the third-highest industrial demand spot. Today's publication of the platinum... 


Interim Gold Fields CEO Martin Preece.
Between 50 MW and 80 MW of wind power on way at South Deep – Gold Fields
16th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The South Deep gold mine west of Johannesburg, which is already benefitting from 50 MW of solar power commissioned last year, is poised to be boosted by another 50 MW to 80 MW of wind power going... 


Mkango to build 25 MW of solar at Songwe Hill
13th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Rare earth element (REE) mining company Mkango aims to build three solar photovoltaic plants with a combined capacity of 25 MW at its Songwe Hill project, in Malawi, to provide sustainable... 


China tightens grip on copper, key to world’s energy transition
China tightens grip on copper, key to world’s energy transition
13th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

China is in the midst of a breakneck expansion of its copper industry that’s reshaping global flows of the essential metal for the world’s energy transition. The Asian nation’s grip on the supply... 


Processing plant at AngloGold's Geita operation in Tanzania.
AngloGold advancing decarbonisation in Tanzania, has begun renewables project in Australia
10th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is advancing decarbonisation projects at the Geita mine in Tanzania, has commenced renewable energy project works at the Tropicana mine in Australia, and a big... 


 The above image depicts a reverse osmosis water treatment plant for boiler water pore treatment
Thermal solutions increase efficiency
10th November 2023 By: Lynne Davies

An integrated site energy management plan is strongly advised amid South Africa’s power constraints, as it demonstrates opportunities – such as integrating electrical and thermal systems – to... 


A handful of Western critical mineral explorers plan to command premium prices for key metals used in EVs.
Western miners seek premium pricing for rare earth metals to break China grip
9th November 2023 By: Reuters

A handful of Canadian, German and Australian critical mineral explorers plan to command premium prices for key metals used in electric vehicles, promising quality and consistency in exchange for... 


Liontown awards gas supply contract for Kathleen Valley
8th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Lithium development company Liontown Resources has awarded a contract for supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Mid-West LNG, part of Clean Energy Fuels Australia (CEFA). The LNG supply... 


TechMet chairperson and CEO Brian Menell
South Africa’s Phalaborwa rare earths project hailed as enviro friendly and low cost
8th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

An extensive due diligence process has confirmed the potential of South Africa’s Phalaborwa project as one of the lowest cost producers of separated rare earth oxides in development, London Stock... 


China promotes development of strategic rare earths sector
3rd November 2023 By: Reuters

China, the world's largest supplier of rare earths, said it would coordinate the exploration, development, utilization and standardized management in the industry, the state broadcaster said on... 


BHP Nickel West wind farm powering ahead
3rd November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Stage one of the Flat Rocks Wind Farm in Western Australia has hit a project milestone with more than half of the 18 wind turbines now in place. The wind farm is part of a power purchase... 


The Kamoa-Kakula copper complex
Kamoa-Kakula shown to produce least carbon intensive copper globally
2nd November 2023 By: Darren Parker

An updated current and future greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions assessment of the Kamoa-Kakula copper complex, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), conducted by independent consultants Skarn... 


Acting Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom warns of another R23bn loss as loadshedding underpins R24bn collapse
31st October 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has warned that it is likely to report another R23-billion-plus loss for its current financial year to the end of March 2024, having belatedly confirmed a loss of R24-billion (R12-billion)... 


An image of works installing solar panel at the South Deep Khanyisa Solar Plant
Miner focuses on improving energy capacity, sustainability
27th October 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Gold producer Gold Fields plans to increase its embedded electricity generation capacity through wind energy at its South Deep operation in Gauteng.  Further, the company is in talks with... 


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited Washington and met with President Joe Biden this week.
US, Australia consider tapping public finance vehicles for critical mineral projects
26th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

The US Export-Import Bank is being eyed as a venue for boosting investment in Australian critical minerals development to supply components needed in electric vehicles, wind turbines and other... 


Andrada Mining CEO Anthony Viljoen
Namibia's battery metal ambitions rest on infrastructure, miners say
25th October 2023 By: Reuters

Namibia's ambitions to become a manufacturing hub for battery metals key to the global transition to clean energy will require huge investments in infrastructure to support processing facilities,... 


Namibia orders police to stop Chinese firm's lithium exports
24th October 2023 By: Reuters

Namibia's government has ordered police to stop Xinfeng Investments from transporting lithium ore inside the country and from exporting it, accusing the Chinese miner of violating the country’s ban... 


Northern Graphite's processing plant in Quebec, Canada.
Miners race to realise graphite projects as China controls exports
23rd October 2023 By: Reuters

As China moved to control some exports of key battery mineral graphite on Friday, miners elsewhere face a race against time to bring new projects to fruition to secure supplies for the next... 


LANTERN RINGS
The introduction of Vesconite Hilube’s lantern ring applications prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance efforts
Better hydro efficiency through pump, turbine tech
20th October 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Early attempts to replace conventional metallic-type lantern rings with polymers, such as nylon, yielded discouraging results compared to metallic lantern rings in the water engineering industry,... 


A solar PV panel being installed
Africa not a major player in solar energy – yet
17th October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

All the critical minerals necessary for all renewable and battery energy technologies are found in Africa, highlighted consultancy and data company Rystad Energy senior partner and head of analysis... 


South African Wind Energy Association CEO Niveshen Govender
Opinion: Beyond the turbines
13th October 2023

A week on from the successful Windaba Conference and Exhibition, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Niveshen Govender reflects on the key learnings, exchange of ideas and what the... 


Rio completes Kennecott solar plant
11th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner Rio Tinto has completed the construction of a 5 MW solar power plant at its Kennecott copper operation in Utah. The 12 800 solar panel power plant will be commissioned in coming... 


A hydrogen-fuelled truck
Industries must choose and move on most important hydrogen uses first
10th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Hydrogen can be used in a range of applications and it is important to select the most important use cases for green hydrogen, upon which industries worldwide must then move on. Multinational gas... 


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Energy transition has potential to dramatically increase demand for steel
6th October 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

With local electricity grid constraints becoming more prevalent and given the global emphasis on decarbonisation, the ongoing energy transition, as well as loadshedding, are expected to present... 


Junior miners are the pioneers of the future in developing new resources
2nd October 2023

Junior miners are playing an increasingly important role in producing the critical minerals needed for decarbonisation and the Just Energy Transition (JET), according to Dr. Eduard Vorster,... 


US weighing record $1bn loan for massive lithium mine in Nevada
US weighing record $1bn loan for massive lithium mine in Nevada
2nd October 2023 By: Bloomberg

The US Energy Department is in talks to lend a record $1-billion to the developer of one of the country’s largest lithium deposits in a push to build out a domestic supply of critical minerals.... 


An image of a crane-less solution
Crane-less technology simplifies turbine repair
29th September 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Given the increasing size and weight of wind turbine components, ‘crane-less technology’ is becoming more relevant in the wind energy sector and will likely be adopted more widely in South Africa... 


An image of Harmattan Renewables director Chanda Nxumalo
Offshore wind energy offers value to energy mix
29th September 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

Offshore wind energy has significant potential to provide a consistent source of renewable energy and create jobs in South Africa. While there are challenges to overcome, such as grid upgrades and... 


An image of SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
Windaba focuses on wind energy sector impact
29th September 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

The twelfth edition of Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), will focus on the impact of wind energy, its role in the energy mix, and related industry and energy... 


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SA’s wind-energy potential is vast and not geographically constrained
29th September 2023 By: Donna Slater

Despite no wind energy projects being selected as preferred bidders in the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South... 


A wind turbine, solar panel and hydrogen storage tank
South Africa needs to look internally before going global on hydrogen
28th September 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

As South Africa progresses its hydrogen strategies and plans as a means to mitigate climate change and to bolster security of energy supply, the country needs to look internally before embarking on... 


Interim Eskom CEO Calib Cassim
Eskom aiming not to breach Stage 4 loadshedding this summer
27th September 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during what is also its high-maintenance season, when... 


Rainbow produces first mixed rare earth sulphate from South African pilot plant
22nd September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

In continuing its efforts to be a forerunner in the establishment of an independent rare earth elements (REEs) supply chain in the UK, London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has entered into a strategic... 


Two men stood behind a glss safety screen, testing a compressor motor form Marthinusen Coutts in Zambia
Timeous turnaround on motor repair
22nd September 2023

Last month, electric motor repair company Marthinusen & Coutts Zambia was requested by a copper smelter based in the Copperbelt region of Zambia to provide an in-country repair solution to two of... 


Norway's Aker BP may explore for seabed minerals, CEO says
20th September 2023 By: Reuters

Norway's second-largest listed oil and gas company, Aker BP, said it would consider applying for licenses to mine minerals from the seabed if parliament approves a plan for such exploration.... 


Investors glimpse opportunity in Europe's unloved mining shares
Investors glimpse opportunity in Europe's unloved mining shares
18th September 2023 By: Reuters

Investors are finally seeing potential in European mining shares, as China's step-by-step economic stimulus is steadily laying the foundations for a recovery of the unloved sector. The STOXX... 


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