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Arafura selects GHG pathway for Nolans
31st January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths developer Arafura has chosen a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction pathway for its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project in the Northern Territory. The chosen pathway... 


New Century hopeful review bears fruit
31st January 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Base metals miner New Century Resources is hoping that an organisational review, which was undertaken during the December quarter, would realise benefits from the March quarter onwards. The... 


Scholz visits South America in a race with China to get lithium
30th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

Chancellor Olaf Scholz is hoping his trip to Latin America this weekend will help Germany secure additional supplies of the lithium that car giants like Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Volkswagen need... 


Norway finds 'substantial' mineral resources on its seabed
27th January 2023 By: Reuters

 A Norwegian study has found a "substantial" amount metals and minerals ranging from copper to rare earth metals on the seabed of its extended continental shelf, authorities said on Friday in their... 


US bans mining in parts of Minnesota, dealing latest blow to Antofagasta's copper project
US bans mining in parts of Minnesota, dealing latest blow to Antofagasta's copper project
27th January 2023 By: Reuters

The US Interior Department on Thursday blocked mining in part of northeast Minnesota for 20 years, the latest blow to Antofagasta's Twin Metals copper and nickel mining project but a step officials... 


An image of the TOMRA PRO Secondary Laser sorter at Galaxy Resources’ Mt Cattlin mine, in Western Australia
Mining vital in net-zero transition
27th January 2023

Modern society is heavily reliant on metals and minerals and the demand is growing, driven by a combination of global trends, says materials handling solutions provider TOMRA Mining. “Rising... 


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Muddling problems and solutions
27th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s power crisis is effectively death by a thousand cuts. It’s the consequence of decades of poor policy choices and inappropriate regulation, pitiable governance at Eskom, which enabled... 


Europe wind and steel industries urge EU to diversify critical minerals list
26th January 2023 By: Reuters

The European steel and wind industries on Thursday urged the European Union to use upcoming legislation to ensure there is enough access to critical materials for green energy, including those that... 


Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
As diesel funding model is mooted, Eskom confirms diesel spend of R18bn and climbing
24th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim told lawmakers on Tuesday that the State-owned utility had spent R18-billion on diesel for its current financial year-to-date, which began in April last year, and that it... 


The roadmap indicates that 6 000 MW could be introduced over the coming two years as a result of an improved performance from Eskom’s coal fleet
Glimpse into NECOM’s proposed ‘roadmap to end loadshedding’
20th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM), which is overseeing the implementation of the National Energy Plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July, presented a ‘Roadmap to end... 


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Substitute will not dampen cobalt demand
20th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Cobalt is vital for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, but research shows that cobalt can result in oxygen release at high voltage, which damages the batteries. Moreover, the vast majority... 


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Eskom, Treasury at odds over diesel funds as loadshedding crisis deepens
17th January 2023 By: News24Wire

As chronic loadshedding continues indefinitely, a behind-the-scenes dispute has broken out between National Treasury and Eskom over where the money should come from to buy more diesel.  The only... 


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Kathleen Valley lithium/tantalum project, Australia – update
13th January 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Liontown Resources has struck a binding power purchase agreement with independent power producer Zenith Energy to supply electricity to the Kathleen Valley project. 


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Jadar lithium-borates project, Serbia – update
13th January 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Rio Tinto has not given up on its Jadar lithium project, after the country's prime minister ruled out a way forward for the project in January 2022. 


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Nersa approves 18.65% Eskom hike as it holds back on big diesel request
12th January 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom an 18.65% tariff increase for implementation on April 1, below the 32% hike that was being sought by the loss-making utility... 


Sweden's LKAB finds Europe's biggest deposit of rare earth metals
12th January 2023 By: Reuters

Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB said on Thursday it had identified mineral resources of more than one million tonnes of rare earth oxides in the Kiruna area, the largest known such deposit... 


Trafigura CEO Jeremy Weir
Metals prices could spike with markets so tight, Trafigura says
12th January 2023 By: Bloomberg

Geopolitical shocks could trigger a surge in metals prices because the market has never been tighter, according to Trafigura Group. “We could be pushed into extreme price levels,” Jeremy Weir, the... 


Liontown strikes power deal for Kathleen Valley
20th December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Lithium developer Liontown Resources has struck a binding power purchase agreement with independent power producer Zenith Energy to supply electricity to the Kathleen Valley project, in Western... 


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Solar helps mine reduce costs, decarbonise, mitigate loadshedding
16th December 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

The construction of gold miner Gold Fields’ 50 MW Khanyisa solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its South Deep gold mine was completed in August this year, and Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece... 


Germany entirely dependent on imports for 14 critical raw materials - study
14th December 2022 By: Reuters

Germany is highly dependent on imports for many crucial raw materials and often relies entirely on other countries to meet demand, according to a study seen by Reuters, which warned that much of... 


Diversification of critical minerals supply chain key to sustainability of energy transition – Pensana
12th December 2022 By: Donna Slater

The UK needs to establish independent, sustainable and resilient supply chains to diversify its sourcing of critical minerals and reduce dependence on such minerals being sourced from China, said... 


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Solar-supported South Deep consolidates future-mine strategy
9th December 2022 By: Donna Slater

South Deep, Gold Fields’ Westonaria-based flagship gold mine, is entering the final stage of a four-part strategic journey it embarked on in 2017 to stabilise the operation, improve sustainability... 


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Solar-supported South Deep consolidates future-mine strategy
9th December 2022 By: Donna Slater

South Deep, Gold Fields’ Westonaria-based flagship gold mine, is entering the final stage of a four-part strategic journey it embarked on in 2017 to stabilise the operation, improve sustainability... 


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Loadshedding jumps to Stage 6
7th December 2022 By: News24Wire

Stage 6 loadshedding will be implemented from midday until further notice, Eskom announced. "This is due to a high number of breakdowns since midnight, as well as the requirement to strictly... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Eskom diesel plan will be announced in the coming days, says Gordhan
23rd November 2022 By: News24Wire

A plan to deal with Eskom's diesel crisis will be announced in the coming days, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Eskom said last week that it had overspent... 


China climate advisers say more coal needed for energy security
18th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

China’s plans to add to its world-leading fleet of coal power plants are a short-term Band-Aid to address energy security concerns and don’t represent a shift in emissions policies, according to... 


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The financially rewarding copper scrap export market continues to entice local copper cable theft
World unlikely to resolve copper deficit soon – CDAA
18th November 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

While the improved management of copper scrap recycling is crucial to supplement future mined supplies to address the world’s seemingly perpetual copper deficit, copper cable theft continues to be... 


Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer
Eskom presents 6 000 MW fleet recovery plan, but describes 75% EAF target as ‘daunting’
15th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity utility Eskom has outlined a plan to deliver 6 000 MW of much-needed capacity over the coming two years from its own fleet, primarily by recovering production at six underperforming... 


KAS-SAIIA Scholar Danielle Marais
Opinion: African minerals are critical for the green energy transition
15th November 2022

In this article, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – South African Institute of International Affairs scholar Danielle Marais writes about the importance of Africa's mineral resources for the global green... 


Cumulative loadshedding yearly Jan 2014 - Sept 2022
CSIR statistics underline how significantly loadshedding has intensified during 2022
14th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) underlined how significantly loadshedding has intensified during 2022, which is the first year that the majority of... 


China has links to dozens of Canadian miners tied to critical minerals
China has links to dozens of Canadian miners tied to critical minerals
14th November 2022 By: Bloomberg

China has built up stakes in more than two dozen Canadian mining companies, including some of the industry’s biggest names. Canada’s latest crackdown on foreign investments in critical minerals is... 


Arafura confirms Nolans economics as it readies for FID
11th November 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Arafura Rare Earths on Friday confirmed the economics of the Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, following the signing of a binding offtake... 


a Fisher FIELDVUE digital valve controller fitted to a valve system
Three-millionth valve controller sold
11th November 2022

Last month, global designer and manufacturer Emerson announced that a customer in China has recently purchased the three-millionth Fisher FIELDVUE digital valve controller for use in the water... 


Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers
Eskom’s new grid plan says 53 GW of new generation capacity must be connected by 2032
11th November 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP2022) includes assumptions that deviate materially from those contained in the outdated Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP2019) and points to the... 


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UK supporting the construction of large-scale lithium refinery
7th November 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

The UK government announced on Monday that it was supporting the establishment of the first large-scale merchant lithium refinery in Europe. To be constructed by UK company Green Lithium, the... 


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Renewables implemented at mines show promise
28th October 2022 By: Halima Frost

Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa says that, by the end of this year, mines in the country will have established the capacity and infrastructure to generate... 


Eskom Transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers
Eskom’s new grid plan says 53 GW of new generation must be connected by 2032
27th October 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom’s latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP2022) includes assumptions that deviate materially from those contained in the outdated Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP2019) and points to the... 


Researchers find possible replacement for rare earth in magnets
25th October 2022 By: Bloomberg

Scientists may have discovered a method for making magnets used in wind turbines and electric cars without the rare-earth metals that are almost exclusively produced in China. A team from the... 


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Aus/Japan strike critical minerals partnership
24th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Just days after announcing the development of a Critical Minerals Strategy, the Australian government signed a new critical minerals partnership with Japan to help build secure supply chains. The... 


Dance between the sun and the wind
21st October 2022

It is the energy from the sun that causes the sea breeze to show up on a sunny afternoon. As inland areas heat up, the air warms, causing it to rise. As a result, cooler air moves in from the ocean... 


Namibia, EU reach provisional deal on rare earth minerals
21st October 2022 By: Reuters

Namibia has provisionally agreed on a deal with the European Union to sell its rare earth minerals, critical to the renewable energy sectors, mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo said on... 


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Germany looks to Mongolia in push for critical raw materials
17th October 2022 By: Bloomberg

Germany wants to expand investment in Mongolia to help secure strategically important raw materials including copper and rare earths, according to Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The East Asian nation... 


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Ring force transducers crucial for wind turbines
7th October 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

Ring force transducers are pivotal in wind turbines, owing to their beneficial properties that calculate tension and compression forces, says global leader in pressure, temperature and level... 


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