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Solar power for mines under consideration – Assore 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2020 A scoping study is under way into the self-generation of electricity for Assmang’s mines – but not its smelters, Assore CEO Charles Walters said on Friday, when the company reported interim results that were negatively affected by weaker chrome and manganese prices, and lower shipments of... 

Meeting environmental goals means economic health at FROMM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2020  Reduce, Reuse & Recycle is no mere catchphrase at FROMM Packaging Systems (“FROMM”) where commitment to sustainability is seen across the complete lifecycle of a product, ranging from the environmentally sound use of resources, to not using environmentally and health-damaging materials, and to... 

Record-performing Amplats applying for 75 MW solar power at Mogalakwena

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American, which has reported record safety, record financials and the highest dividend in 15 years, has submitted an application to be allowed to self-generate 75 MW of solar power at its Mogalakwena mine where the world’s largest hydrogen fuel... 

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2020 South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment, made in his 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), to restarting the long-delayed Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). However, they have also called on... 

In-house renewable energy could be a boon for South African mines, says SRK

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th February 2020 With their recent profitability buoyed by price improvements in certain commodities, some South African miners may consider investing part of their windfall gains to create their own renewable energy generating capacity, and according to consultancy SRK Consulting director and principal... 

Growing Solar in Africa

4th February 2020 Africa’s move towards solar energy is rapidly underway. Many African nations have employed solar energy as a solution to tackling climate change, keeping abreast of their development and ensuring food security. Extensive research from some of the world’s most renowned energy experts has... 

Cosatu wants infrastructure funded by pensions

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a key ruling party ally, is pushing senior members of government to consider its proposals to rescue the State’s indebted power utility before next month’s budget. In addition to suggestions it made in a November document that civil servants’... 

Fortescue posts record shipments, invests in new energy infrastructure

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2020 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported record shipments for the six months ended December, driven by a 9% increase in quarterly shipments, which reached 46.4-million tonnes. Iron-ore shipments in the six months to December reached a record 88.6-million tonnes. 

Germany's 2019 hard coal imports fell 14.7% - importers

By: Reuters     17th January 2020 Germany imported 40.2 million tonnes of hard coal last year, 14.7% less than in 2018 due to competition from renewables and gas, and as the steel industry curbed usage, importers said on Friday. The total was comprised of an estimated 7.4% lower intake of coking coal for steelmakers, who... 

Energy Storage – High on the agenda for Emerging Economies

17th January 2020 Energy storage coupled with renewable energy ensures supply is less intermittent, thereby solving balancing and system reliability issues The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that by 2035, developing nations will constitute 80% of total global energy production and consumption alike. 

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