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Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Saudi Arabia plans oil refinery, petrochemicals plant in South Africa

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Saudi Arabia plans to build an oil refinery and a petrochemicals plant in South Africa as part of $10-billion of investments in the country, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Friday. In comments following a meeting with South Africa's energy minister Jeff Radebe in Pretoria, Al-Falih... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Rio Tinto’s copper output, iron-ore shipments rise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2019 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported higher iron-ore and copper production for the quarter ended December, with other commodities remaining stable. “We delivered a solid operational performance in the final quarter of 2018, in particular across our copper assets,” said Rio CEO Jean-Sebastian... 

Alcoa beats profit estimates on strength in alumina segment

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 Top US aluminum producer Alcoa Corp beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, buoyed by strength in its alumina segment, but shares slipped after the company did not provide a closely watched profit measure for the full year. The company's shares were down 1.6% in extended... 

Norsk Hydro says Alunorte production embargo lifted

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Norwegian aluminium-maker Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday that Brazil's northern state of Para has lifted a production embargo on its Alunorte alumina refinery, but noted that full production will not resume until a federal court follows suit. The plant is operating at half capacity after admitting... 

Hydrogen leap needed to aid platinum’s future 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2019 A South African decision to step firmly into the hydrogen age, like so many other countries are doing, has great potential benefit for the country. Because South Africa has better combined solar and wind resources than just about any other country, it is well positioned to generate hydrogen using... 

First Cobalt starts permitting and environmental programmes at Iron Creek

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 First Cobalt has appointed consultants Brown and Caldwell to provide guidance on permitting and to develop an environmental baseline study strategy for its Iron Creek project, in Idaho. “On the heels of the maiden resource estimate announced in the fall, this is one of a series of technical... 

Suncor achieves record quarterly oil-equivalent production of 831 000 bbl/d

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 Energy company Suncor reported total upstream production of 831 000 bbl/d of oil equivalent for the fourth quarter of 2018. This marked a quarterly production record and represented a 12% increase from the third quarter. 

Africa, South America to drive copper mine capacity growth up to 2021 – ICSG 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) expects copper mine capacity to grow at an average rate of 2.2% a year up to 2021. The ICSG notes in its biannual ‘Directory of Copper Mines and Plants’ that the average is derived from the lower growth of about 0.5% seen in 2018/19 as compared to... 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

NSW approves modifications for Clean TeQ’s Sunrise

By: Mariaan Webb     21st December 2018 The Independent Planning Commission of New South Wales, Australia, has given ASX- and TSX-listed Clean TeQ the green light to implement a number of improvements at the cobalt/nickel project, which will allow it to more effectively respond to the rapidly growing demand for the metals that it will... 

India’s Nalco to bid for bauxite blocks at auctions, readies to foray into merchant mining

By: Ajoy K Das     16th November 2018 With various Indian state governments readying to put 21 bauxite mines up for allocation, State-run National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) will put in bids at the auctions for captive consumption and foray into merchant mining of the raw material. The 21 bauxite blocks will be auctioned by... 

Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Breakthrough In Copper Recoveries From FLSMIDTH

29th October 2018 In an effort to improve leach kinetics and recoveries of primary copper concentrates, minerals process solutions provider FLSmidth developed the Rapid Oxidative Leach (ROL) process – capable of attaining over 97% copper dissolution in less than six hours under atmospheric conditions. This advance... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Refinery receives new fire protection trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     26th October 2018 For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to integrated chemicals and energy chemicals company Sasol, states Dosetech MD Mike Feldon. The latest system... 

Norsk Hydro Q3 beats forecast, Alunorte outlook still uncertain

By: Reuters     24th October 2018 Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro's third-quarter earnings far exceeded forecasts on Wednesday amid rising metals prices, but the company is still in the dark over when its key Brazilian alumina plant can return to full production. The company won permits from Brazilian authorities... 

Lonmin undertakes refinancing, delivers on results promise 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin has entered into a $200-million metal purchase agreement with Pangaea Investments Management (PIM), an associate company of Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC), which will provide the miner with improved liquidity and remove certain restrictive current lender conditions. Of the... 

BASF and Norilsk Nickel sign nickel and cobalt supply agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Chemicals and cathode giant BASF has locked in a local source of feedstock for its European battery materials business, announcing on Monday that it had signed a long-term, market-based agreement with Russian miner Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) for nickel and cobalt supply. The German group also... 

Kidman reveals integrated lithium mine-to-refinery study results

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2018 Lithium developer Kidman Resources on Monday revealed that an integrated mine, concentrator and refinery project, in Western Australia, would cost $601-million to develop. The company has completed a prefeasibility study on the proposed Kwinana lithium refinery, as well as an updated scoping... 

Kenya to establish gold refinery in bid to boost mining revenue

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 Kenya is seeking consultants for a feasibility study on a planned gold refinery in the East African nation’s western town of Kakamega, in a bid to boost earnings by small-scale miners. “The aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of the beneficiary community, regional economy and that of... 

Sasol reports strong Natref turnaround as oil, rand provide Q1 tailwind 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2018 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reports that a turnaround in the production performance of the Natref refinery, in the Free State, helped offset the effects of an extended shutdown at its Secunda operations during the first quarter of its 2018/19 financial year. The JSE-listed company attributed... 

Nigeria central bank, MTN getting closer to settlement – Minister

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Nigeria's central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1-billion, Nigeria's information minister said on Wednesday. The central bank says MTN transferred $8.1-billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of... 

South32 reports strong manganese and coking coal performance 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a record quarter at its Australian manganese operations, while metallurgical coal production was up 39% on the previous quarter. “Annual production guidance is maintained for all our operations, with Australia manganese achieving another quarterly... 

Jubilee reports solid Q3 performance, growing demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals has seen a growing demand from both small and global mining companies wanting to work with Jubilee to access the metals available in mine waste, CEO Leon Coetzer said on Wednesday. This statement comes amid the diversified metals recovery company having... 

Jubail petrochemicals complex, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 The joint development agreement of the front-end engineering and design for the complex has been signed.  

Jizzakh refinery, Uzbekistan

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Jizzakh Petroleum plans to build five-million-ton-a-year crude oil refinery to produce clean-burning gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

First Cobalt eyes restart of Canadian refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Dual-listed First Cobalt has undertaken three independent studies to assess restarting its refinery in Ontario, Canada. The First Cobalt refinery was commissioned in 1996, and has a nominal throughput capacity of between 12 t/d and 24 t/d. 

Mt Peake gets Native Title Agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 ASX-listed TNG has signed Native Title Agreement for its Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement was struck with the Central Land Council and the Eynewantheyne Aboriginal Corporation, the body corporate for the native title holders of the land. 

Commission recommends tribunal approve RPM buyout of Mototolo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that it approve Rustenburg Platinum Mines’ (RPM’s) acquisition of the Mototolo Joint Venture (Mototolo JV) and the movable assets of the Mototolo chrome recovery circuit. The commission found that the proposed transaction... 

Hydro CEO says focus on full output at Alunorte, no layoffs

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Norway's Norsk Hydro is focused on a return to full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil and is not contemplating layoffs there, CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg told Reuters on Wednesday. Hydro had said last week it would close down the world's largest alumina refinery and lay off 4... 

RioZim to sue central bank over dollar payments

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Zimbabwe's gold miner RioZim on Tuesday said it would take legal action to force the central bank to pay it in US dollars for part of its output, signalling impatience by mining companies over acute dollar shortages afflicting the economy. The shortages have worsened since 2016 and are the... 

Hydro restarts Brazil alumina refinery at half capacity

By: Mariaan Webb     8th October 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro will restart its Alunorte alumina refinery, in Brazil, at 50% capacity, following approval by federal environmental agency IBAMA to use its press filter technology for processing bauxite residues. The “exceptional” authorisation, which was granted on... 

Nene's involvement with son's business dealings questioned

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has been pulled into the orbit of a questionable investment by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in Mozambique, after it emerged that a business partner of his son scored millions of rand in the deal.  The Mail & Guardian and amaBhungane reported on Friday... 

Brazil authorities question Hydro move to halt Alunorte operations

By: Reuters     5th October 2018 The Brazilian state of Para on Thursday said it was surprised when Norsk Hydro decided a day earlier to halt operations at Alunorte, the world's largest alumina refinery, and asked for a report explaining the decision. Brazilian regulators in February ordered Hydro to slash output by half at the... 

Hydro shuts Brazil alumina refinery and bauxite mine

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro on Wednesday announced that it would shut down its Alunorte alumina refinery and its Paragominas bauxite mine, in Brazil, owing to a dispute with authorities over water discharges from the refinery. The refinery – the world’s largest alumina producer – has... 

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