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Famed US radio telescope to be decommissioned due to structural instability

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2020 The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the world-renowned Arecibo Observatory, in the US territory of Puerto Rico, is to be decommissioned after 57 years of operation. The decommissioning is the result of structural weaknesses that have been discovered after a support cable... 

Is the supply chain profession ready to save the world?

20th November 2020 The distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine from drug makers to billions of people around the world is likely to be the supply chain management profession’s greatest endeavour ever. Healthcare supply chains that were stretched and strained during the Covid-19 pandemic with the distribution of PPE... 

Boeing 737 MAX grounding order lifted in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 The US civil aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on Wednesday rescinded its order grounding the Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. The aircraft had been grounded since March 2019, as a consequence of two fatal accidents that killed 346 people. This decision will... 

New Toral study significantly expands production

By: Mariaan Webb     18th November 2020 The Toral lead/zinc project, in north-west Spain, could be a significantly larger operation than previously contemplated, with a new independent study pegging its production rate at 700 000 t/y. This compares with a previous scoping study design of 450 000 t/y. The 700 000 t/y operation is... 

Solar power industry has opportunity to build recycling value chain from scratch  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2020 Solar photovoltaic (PV) power users, both utility-scale and rooftop users alike, will have to start thinking about, and develop, ways in which the waste of solar power generation facilities will be managed at the end of their lives. In terms of the industry’s regulatory requirements, the solar... 

Company’s philosophy the secret behind its success

18th November 2020 With more than 50 years of supplying and manufacturing storage and materials handling equipment globally, storage system engineering company Linvar believes its design and manufacturing philosophy has earned it the reputation of being the ‘rolls royce’ of the industry. “We believe we have the... 

Bouncing back in 2021 – a Toolkit for economic reboot in the aftermath of Covid-19

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2020 There is little doubt that 2020 has been the year that has severely tested our mettle and has left many an industry imperilled and in urgent need of reboot. But experts believe that the economic slump and consequent expected government investment into infrastructure is one of few positive... 

Institutions call for more awareness on skills development in the solar sector 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2020 The decommissioning of coal-fired power stations without repurposing of labour will considerably exacerbate the unemployment crisis in South Africa and, therefore, workforce relocation and the associated skills development it calls for, needs to be considered ahead of time. Energy & Water... 

Denison selects ISR mining for renamed Tthe Heldeth Túé deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     17th November 2020 The selection of the in-situ recovery (ISR) mining method at the Tthe Heldeth Túé (THT) deposit, formerly named J Zone, at the Waterbury Lake property has transformed expectations for the project, generating robust preliminary financial results with comparatively modest upfront capital. TSX-... 

World Bank helps South African govt develop energy efficiency financing mechanisms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2020 The World Bank has provided a $305 000 grant for South Africa to develop a study on sustainable financial mechanisms for demand-side energy efficiency market transformation. The beneficiaries of the study, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Department of... 

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