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Aerial view of the Phalaborwa rare earths project
Phalaborwa Rare Earths Project, South Africa – update
8th September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Rainbow Rare Earths has achieved successful first production of mixed rare-earth sulphate at the Phalaborwa pilot plant. 


GE Vernova’s Gas Power sub-Saharan Africa regional sales director Vuyelwa Mahanyele
Technology giant gearing up for South Africa’s gas programme
6th September 2023

GE Vernova is gearing itself up for South Africa’s long-awaited gas programme which is expected to be rolled out in the coming months as South Africa accelerates initiatives aimed at ending... 


Mining and Resources in Europe: The quest for sustainability and innovation as Germany and Finland head down under for IMARC 2023
6th September 2023

Germany, often hailed for its technological prowess and commitment to environmental sustainability, finds itself at a crossroads when it comes to its mining and resources future.   Historically,... 


Mixed rare earth sulphate
Rainbow produces first mixed rare earth sulphate from pilot plant in South Africa
5th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has achieved successful first production of mixed rare earth sulphate at the Phalaborwa pilot plant, in South Africa. This validates Rainbow’s process flow sheet... 


Iron-ore remains resilient despite China's property woes
Iron-ore remains resilient despite China's property woes
29th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

The one commodity that should be getting hammered by China’s worsening property crisis is actually doing rather well. Iron ore climbed to its highest in a month last week after a rally that has... 


Wind turbines and solar panels
China’s dominance a key factor in renewable energy subsidy wars
28th August 2023 By: Darren Parker

One of the primary catalysts for the prevalent global emergence of subsidies within the renewable energy sector stems from the dominance of China, research firm BMI Research operational risk... 


China's Zijin Mining's openpit copper mines.
China’s Zijin mulls $3.8bn expansion of Serbia copper mine
28th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

China’s Zijin Mining Group is developing plans to expand its copper mine in eastern Serbia due to demand for the metal considered vital to the global energy transition — an effort that could cost... 


Value-add should be key to Australian prosperity - Minister
25th August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s future prosperity will centre on its ability to value-add, rather than just relying on extraction, Industry and Science Minister Ed Husic said this week. “Australia has had a... 


A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
Microgrid roll-out gaining traction
25th August 2023 By: Halima Frost

After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena... 


Exxaro MD for Energy Leon Groenewald.
Much more to come from Exxaro on the renewable energy front
18th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Probably by the middle of next year, if things go well, Exxaro will likely achieve financial close on a renewable energy project, which, from a sizing perspective, will probably be north of 100 MW,... 


Stellantis invests more than $100m in California lithium project
18th August 2023 By: Reuters

Automaker Stellantis said it would invest more than $100-million in California's Controlled Thermal Resources, its latest bet on the direct lithium extraction (DLE) sector amid the global hunt for... 


US President Joe Biden
A year on, Europe less fearful of US green subsidies push
18th August 2023 By: Reuters

When the United States launched its massive green subsidies push a year ago, many in Europe feared it would be a fresh blow to their regional economy grappling with the knock-on effects of war in... 


Exxaro Resources CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Decarbonisation is urgent imperative, says coal mining company Exxaro
17th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Decarbonisation of coal mining company Exxaro’s operations and entire value chain is an urgent imperative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which will result in the additional benefits of... 


Image shows man with an ore sample
Geoscience added A$76bn to Australian GDP
16th August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Work by Geoscience Australia and state and geological surveys have contributed around A$76-billion to the Australian economy in 2021-22 through the resource exploration and extraction sectors, a... 


TechMet founder and CEO Brian Menell
TechMet closes $200m equity raise for critical minerals operations
15th August 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

TechMet, a critical minerals investment company founded by Brian Menell, has closed its latest $200-million equity fundraising round, putting the firm on track to exceed a billion-dollar valuation... 


The Atlantis OCGT plant
With R9.2bn spent since April, govt insists Eskom is not exceeding diesel budget
13th August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Government reports that Eskom has spent R9.2-billion on diesel since the start of the State-owned utility’s financial year on April 1, which it claims to be marginally below an initial budget for... 


Japan signs deal with Namibia to explore for rare earth minerals
8th August 2023 By: Reuters

Japan on Tuesday signed an agreement with Namibia to jointly explore for rare earth minerals as part of its broader plan to develop supply chains for cobalt and other minerals used in making... 


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Nickel West marking decarbonisation targets
1st August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP’s Nickel West division is well on its way to decarbonising, with the Kalgoorlie smelter, the Kwinana refinery and the Kambalda concentrator being 100% fuelled by renewable... 


Spotlight on Sarens in Angola
Spotlight on Sarens in Angola
25th July 2023

Angola – a promising country offering broad business opportunities This month, Sarens shines the spotlight on Angola. Sarens entered Angola in 2021 as a heavy lifting and specialised transport... 


Anglo American Platinum FD Craig Miller.
Hydrogen economy momentum building, Anglo American Platinum FD reports
24th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Momentum is building in the hydrogen economy, which is important for the planet and for platinum group metals (PGMs), Anglo American Platinum FD Craig Miller said on Monday. “There have been over 1... 


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Time to act
21st July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Three recent international publications have underlined just how urgent it is for South Africa to respond to the challenges and opportunities being presented by the strong growth in demand for... 


Evolving Coal to meet current and future energy needs  
Evolving Coal to meet current and future energy needs  
20th July 2023

A drastic reduction of coal energy supply will come at a hefty cost for South Africa, as the country grapples to cope with growing poverty levels and record high unemployment. Menar MD Vuslat... 


South Africa is an important supplier of manganese – just one of the critical minerals needed for global decarbonisation efforts.
No more plundering: Can Africa take control in green mineral rush?
19th July 2023 By: Reuters

From Zimbabwe's lithium-rich rocks to the Democratic Republic of Congo's cobalt, minerals critical for clean energy technologies are increasingly in demand from Africa's trade partners as part of... 


Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Opinion: How South Africa could seize the moment and build renewables and battery value chains
18th July 2023

The draft South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) has been released for public comment. In this article, Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, who is a facilitator of the SAREM process, outlines the... 


A worker inspects at a shard of graphite ore at a mine in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec.
Canada to speed up critical minerals permits in bid to erode China’s dominance
17th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government hopes to unveil a plan by the end of this year to streamline permitting for mining projects as the US and its allies push to accelerate the production of... 


A showdown in Jamaica is deciding the fate of the deep ocean
12th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

In June, the United Nations approved a landmark treaty to preserve ocean biodiversity, seeming to augur a transformation in how countries and corporations do business on the high seas. But as the... 


Image shows a hydrogen container with wind turbines and solar panels
Major WA hydrogen project a step closer
12th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

One of Australia’s largest green hydrogen energy hubs is a step closer to development, with the Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with utility major Korea... 


Resourcing Tomorrow, Accelerating the Energy Transition: Full conference agenda out now
11th July 2023

Resourcing Tomorrow, taking place in London from November 28th to 30th has just launched the 2023 programme, dedicated to accelerating the energy transition and addressing the challenges of moving... 


Solar farm
Critical minerals market has doubled in five years, IEA report shows
11th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The market for critical minerals used in electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines has doubled over the past five years, reaching $320-billion in 2022, and is expected to continue to growth... 


Solar portion of Molo mine’s hybrid power plant completed
7th July 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Construction of the solar farm portion of the solar hybrid power plant at NextSource Materials' Molo graphite mine, in Madagascar, has been completed. The solar hybrid plant is owned and operated... 


Report highlights the relative materials intensity of technologies required for the net-zero transition, such as offshore wind turbines
Mining, refining, smelting investment of up to $4tr by 2030 needed to support net-zero shift – report
6th July 2023 By: Terence Creamer

As the world accelerates the deployment of climate technologies in support of the net-zero transition, there is a risk that materials supply might not scale at the required speed, a new McKinsey &... 


Image shows Australian flag and coat of arms
Govt policy overshadowing opportunities - report
6th July 2023

The Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC’s) latest State of the Sector report found that uncertainty created by government policy and regulation changes was overshadowing optimism over new... 


Nickel is expected to face shortages of between 10% and 20% by the end of the decade.
McKinsey adds to warnings of metals shortages for clean energy
5th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

McKinsey & Co. joined the growing chorus warning that metals considered key to the clean-energy transition face shortages in coming years, potentially suppressing the adoption of electric cars,... 


Los Andes copper weighs funding options for Chile project including sale
Los Andes copper weighs funding options for Chile project including sale
3rd July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Los Andes Copper, a mining exploration company, is considering options to finance development of a deposit it owns in Chile, including a potential sale of the asset or the company, according to... 


Image shows operations at Port Hedland
Australia's resource exports forecast to drop
3rd July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s export earnings are expected to fall over the next two years to 2025 as energy prices return to levels seen before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the latest Resources and Energy... 


German coal miners under fire for unfair edge in renewables push
German coal miners under fire for unfair edge in renewables push
30th June 2023 By: Bloomberg

Less than a year after German coal giant LEAG unveiled plans to transform its opencast mines into wind and solar farms, concerns are mounting that it and other lignite miners are exploiting an... 


BHP chief technical officer Laura Tyler
Miners tap waste for critical minerals
28th June 2023 By: Reuters

Extracting copper, nickel, cobalt and other minerals from mine waste could provide a key new source of the minerals needed for the energy transition while at the same time cleaning up old mine... 


Namibia had no power to cancel Chinese miner's licence, court rules
28th June 2023 By: Reuters

Namibia's mines minister did not have the power to cancel a Chinese lithium miner's licence and should have approached the courts to revoke it, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Lithium miner Xinfeng took... 


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SARENS thriving in a changing industry
27th June 2023

SARENS, a family-owned business founded in 1955 and headquartered in Belgium, has undergone a significant transformation in recent years that has allowed it to decentralise its way of working,... 


AngloGold CEO Alberto Calderon
AngloGold to add wind, solar capacity at Tropicana mine
26th June 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has entered into an agreement with Pacific Energy to build one of the largest renewable energy projects in Australia’s natural resource sector, and to integrate it into... 


Electricity demand and Eskom's forecast of how electricity demand during winter 2023 will deviate from its winter base case
Weather and winter tariff on large users helping to moderate electricity demand
26th June 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom is expecting demand for the rest of South Africa’s winter months to remain below levels initially assumed when the utility finalised its base case for the high-demand season (see graphic... 


Image shows Australian flag and coat of arms
King unveils Critical Minerals Strategy
20th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government has unveiled its new Critical Minerals Strategy, highlighting six focus areas to help grow Australia’s critical minerals wealth, create jobs, and strengthen global clean... 


Ionic produces first REO from Belfast plant
19th June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Junior Ionic Rare earths has started rare earth oxide (REO) production at its magnet recycling demonstration plant, in Belfast in the UK. “Our Belfast facility is key to us harnessing our... 


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