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UK launches data centre for critical minerals
4th July 2022 By: Reuters

Britain on Monday launched a centre to gather data and analyse information on the supply of critical minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The centre, to be... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan says Eskom, unions reach wage agreement; hopes second day of Stage 6 load-shedding can be avoided
28th June 2022 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday evening said he was hopeful that Eskom would be able to avoid implementing Stage 6 load-shedding for a second day on Wednesday, after the power... 


Stage 4 load-shedding extended into weekend as illegal strike disrupts coal plants
Stage 4 load-shedding extended into weekend as illegal strike disrupts coal plants
24th June 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has extended Stage 4 load-shedding – initially implemented at 11:00 on Friday June 24, as an illegal strike led to the loss of more coal production – until Sunday and the utility has also... 


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Eskom set to host first roundtable with energy experts as load-shedding is extended
22nd June 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO André de Ryuter reports that the utility will host its first roundtable with local and international energy experts on Friday June 24 to discuss solutions to the country’s electricity... 


Study argues that deploying gas generators
Delay gas procurement until policy reflects big cost and emission shifts – study
20th June 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Before moving ahead with the procurement of gas-fired generation, South Africa should update both its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity and its Gas Master Plan to reflect prevailing... 


European fund for critical minerals projects to launch next year
17th June 2022 By: Reuters

A European fund to invest in critical minerals needed for a transition to zero carbon emissions is seeking billions of euros of public and private money for a launch early next year, an official... 


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Eskom has 32 GW of grid capacity, but not where most renewables investors want it
17th June 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom acknowledges that transmission constraints remain an obstacle to the introduction of new renewables generation, but the utility also highlights that 32 GW of grid capacity is immediately... 


US and partners enter pact to secure critical minerals like lithium
US and partners enter pact to secure critical minerals like lithium
15th June 2022 By: Reuters

The United States, Canada and other countries have established a new partnership aimed at securing the supply of critical minerals, which are essential for clean energy and other technologies, as... 


Deal-hungry miners return to Toronto with EV metals in focus
Deal-hungry miners return to Toronto with EV metals in focus
14th June 2022 By: Bloomberg

As the mining industry gathers in Toronto this week for one of its biggest annual events, the focus will be on two groups of metals: one that’s seeing soaring demand across the world, and another... 


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Lynas wins $120m HRE contract in the US
14th June 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths miner Lynas has been awarded a $140-million contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a first of its kind commercial heavy rare earths (HRE) separation facility in... 


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Push for education in manufacturing
10th June 2022 By: Halima Frost

Owing to a continued lack of understanding of the concept of tribology and its importance, the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) remains a firm advocate of the need for tribology... 


Drill results identify rare earths
10th June 2022

Phase 1 assay results from rare earth elements (REE) mineral exploration company Altona Rare Earths’ Monte Muambe light REE project in Mozambique show significant REE levels across multiple... 


SANEDI releases first technical assessment towards Clean Coal Roadmap
9th June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

A new report from government organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on clean coal technologies has presented a case for potential opportunities and challenges... 


Phase 2 exploration programme at Altona’s Monte Muambe on track
8th June 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Exploration company Altona says the Phase 2 exploration programme at its flagship Monte Muambe rare earths project, in Mozambique, is progressing on schedule for the completion of a maiden Joint... 


Albemarle risks shutting German plant if EU declares lithium a hazard
8th June 2022 By: Reuters

Top lithium producer Albemarle may have to shut its Langelsheim plant in Germany if the metal used in electric vehicle batteries is declared a hazardous material by the European Union, its finance... 


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Rare earths mining marking time amid prospecting bid to explore on same site
7th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

A rare earths development is marking time owing to a prospecting right appeal to explore where a mining right has already been granted, Steenkampskraal chairperson Trevor Blench disclosed at last... 


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Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times
3rd June 2022

Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives... 


Billionaire’s seized mines pose quandary for new Zambian leader
27th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Zambia’s new business-friendly president faces a dilemma: risk a political backlash by returning mining shafts seized from an Indian company his mines minister once labeled as the nation’s... 


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First hydrogen-burning power plant operational
27th May 2022

Energy supplier Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Long Ridge) – a subsidiary unit of transportation and infrastructure company Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and an affiliate... 


Europe aims to revive magnesium output by 2025 to cut China reliance
20th May 2022 By: Reuters

 EU policymakers have launched a drive to restart domestic output of magnesium, used in aluminium and steel products, with at least three firms working on projects, according to documents and... 


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Manganese mine rail-loading boost being assessed by South32
19th May 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining company South32 is assessing the potential expansion and modernisation of rail loading infrastructure at its Wessels manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, says South32... 


Investors are rushing back into Africa’s copper country
Investors are rushing back into Africa’s copper country
13th May 2022 By: Bloomberg

Mining investors are stampeding back into a region many had seemed determined to leave. Straddling the border of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a vast forested area roughly the size... 


Eskom transmission MD Segomoco Scheppers
Eskom confirms winter load-shedding risk and warns on diesel costs
11th May 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity utility Eskom has again highlighted the risk of load-shedding during the current winter period, during which it will rely heavily on the country’s expensive diesel-fuelled open-cycle... 


Kicking the China habit: South Korea hunts tungsten treasure
9th May 2022 By: Reuters

 Blue tungsten winking from the walls of abandoned mine shafts, in a town that's seen better days, could be a catalyst for South Korea's bid to break China's dominance of critical minerals and... 


WA eyes green hydrogen targets
6th May 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Western Australian government is considering the implementation of a renewable hydrogen target, as a support measure to grow the renewable hydrogen industry in the region. This approach would... 


Altona’s Mozambique project shows considerable rare earth potential
4th May 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

AQSE-listed Altona’s final Phase 1 assay results from Monte Muambe, its light rare earth elements (REE) project in Mozambique, have shown significant REE levels across multiple target areas.... 


World lacks time, not minerals for climate-saving technology
World lacks time, not minerals for climate-saving technology
29th April 2022 By: Bloomberg

The world isn’t cutting greenhouse gas emissions with anything like the speed required to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, as the latest United Nations climate report published... 


Russia’s war is turbocharging the world’s addiction to coal
Russia’s war is turbocharging the world’s addiction to coal
25th April 2022 By: Bloomberg

In Germany and Italy, coal-fired power plants that were once decommissioned are now being considered for a second life. In South Africa, more coal-laden ships are embarking on what’s typically a... 


Addressing the energy trilemma in mining operations with natural gas and renewable power
Addressing the energy trilemma in mining operations with natural gas and renewable power
21st April 2022

The world today is faced with the energy trilemma of achieving the right balance between reliability, sustainability and affordability for electricity generation, delivery and consumption.  


Siemens Gamesa buffeted by rising costs as turbine launch problems deepen
20th April 2022 By: Reuters

Siemens Gamesa is discussing raising prices for its wind turbines by more than a high single-digit percentage in some cases as it grapples with stubbornly lofty raw materials prices, CE Jochen... 


The challenges posed by power plant demolition and decontamination
19th April 2022

Technically-demanding projects add to Jet Demolition’s diverse portfolio Power plant demolition and decontamination work represents some of the most demanding, time-sensitive and... 


Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad
Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad
19th April 2022 By: Bloomberg

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is upending the global transition away from fossil fuels in the fight against climate change. In some ways, the war is slowing the shift and giving old energy new... 


UK’s DIT, Pensana host mining trade mission to Angola
11th April 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The UK Department of International Trade (DIT) and London-based Pensana Rare Earths hosted the UK’s first ever mining trade mission to Angola last week. More than 40 people participated in the... 


Improved safety, precision for bolted connections
8th April 2022

Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Fasteners, Tools & Equipment division has extended its range of wrenches to include a new generation of cordless torque wrenches from Gedore Torque Solutions,... 


The sun setting in Mali behind a large generator installation alongside tanks, storage and other structures that comprise a minerals processing plant
Power provider grows West Africa market share
8th April 2022 By: Halima Frost

Power plant designer and manufacturer USP&E Global says the West Africa region currently contributes about 20% to 30% of its yearly revenue. “This figure should continue to grow, owing to an... 


Nickel West fully powered by renewables
6th April 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Major BHP has struck a renewable energy agreement with Enel Green Power to underpin construction of Stage 1 of the Flat Rocks wind farm near the Great Southern town of Kojonup. The agreement with... 


BHP's Spence mine
Metals, new mine investment required now to support future energy transition
5th April 2022 By: Donna Slater

Despite the significant energy intensity required to mine metals, the commodities are still “essential for the energy transition to succeed”, says BHP market analysis and economics VP Dr Huw McKay.... 


Iluka takes FID on Eneabba, with govt backing
4th April 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earth producer Iluka has taken a final investment decision on the Eneabba rare earths refinery, in Western Australia, with the Commonwealth government providing over A$1-billion towards the... 


Africa has prime opportunity to provide commodities usually supplied by Russia
29th March 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As Western Europe accelerates a structural transition away from Russian energy dependence, Africa will play a salient role in filling this void, says Oxford Economics Africa (OEA). During a webinar... 


Woodside advances solar ambitions
29th March 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Oil and gas major Woodside has struck a deal with NYSE-listed Haliogen Inc for a commercial-scale demonstration project of Heliogen’s artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled concentrated solar energy... 


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Spillover effects
25th March 2022 By: Terence Creamer

There is significant concern, and rightfully so, about the outlook for fuel prices and security of supply following Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine in late February. No country is immune from... 


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Gas to play critical role in South Africa’s energy transition
25th March 2022

Given growing decarbonisation expectations and the decline in renewable power generation costs, multinational industrial company General Electric (GE) sees gas playing a critical role in South... 


Barrick Gold sees scope to grow Zambia copper output
24th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s second-biggest producer of the precious metal, sees opportunity to grow its copper production in central Africa, especially with a pro-business government having won... 


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