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Nature-based solutions could accelerate development, social equity – ECA
28th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Nature-based solutions present a unique way for Africa to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063, while contributing to the conservation of the... 


Sovereign engineering manager Stephan Oosthuizen
Sovereign reaffirms commitment to CaaS with Energy Partners
28th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Building on the successful partnership at its further processing facility in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape, poultry producer Sovereign Foods has again entered into a 15-year Cooling-as-a-Service... 


Dr Vincent Maphai (left) and Neal Froneman.
Measures to address loss-making assets expected to secure R6.6bn yearly, Sibanye AGM hears
28th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The measures that green metals and gold mining company Sibanye- Stillwater has taken to address loss-making assets are expected to secure yearly savings and capital expenditure deferrals of... 


Europe’s biggest pension fund sells €10bn in fossil fuels
28th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Europe’s biggest pension fund, Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, has exited all liquid assets in oil, gas and coal worth about €10-billion, in an effort to be greener. The last shares and bonds owned... 


Oil and gas industry body shines spotlight on Angolan market
28th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) has highlighted the opportunities provided by Angola’s oil and gas industry. The Chamber points out that oil and gas forms the lynchpin of the Angolan economy and... 


Firebird receives safety permit for Chinese project
28th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

ASX-listed Firebird Metals’ subsidiary Hunan Firebird Battery Technologies has received a safety permit for Stage 1 of a proposed battery-grade manganese sulphate plant in China. The plant will use... 


Capital reveals 19% emissions reduction in inaugural sustainability report
28th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

London-listed mining services company Capital has published its inaugural Sustainability Report for the year ended December 31, 2023, wherein it is revealed that the group managed to reduce its... 


An image showing TE H2 and VERBUND signing a memorandum of understanding with Tunisia to study the implementation of a large green hydrogen project, H2 Notos
TotalEnergies JV, Austrian firm join forces on proposed Tunisian green hydrogen project
28th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

TE H2, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and EREN Groupe, together with Austrian electric company VERBUND, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tunisia to study the... 


Poland's PGE would like spin-off of coal assets to happen in 2025
28th May 2024 By: Reuters

Polish utility PGE would like the planned spin-off of its coal assets to happen in 2025, CEO Dariusz Marzec said during a press conference on Tuesday. Once PGE completes the conceptual and... 


Berkeley seeks $1bn in damages from Spain over uranium mine dispute
Berkeley seeks $1bn in damages from Spain over uranium mine dispute
28th May 2024 By: Reuters

Australian mining group Berkeley Energia said on Tuesday it had filed a request for an arbitration to seek $1-billion in damages from the Spanish government after it refused to give final approval... 


China President Xi Jinping
Post-Covid, China is back in Africa and doubling down on minerals
28th May 2024 By: Reuters

China's flagship economic cooperation program is bouncing back after a lull during the global pandemic, with Africa a primary focus, according to a Reuters analysis of lending, investment and trade... 


BlueScope waives Illawarra pre-emptive rights
BlueScope waives Illawarra pre-emptive rights
28th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The sale of the Illawarra metallurgical business to an entity owned by Singapore’s Golden Energy and Resources and coal trader M Resources remains on track to be completed in the first half of the... 


PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver
Delayed coal decommissioning won’t ‘collapse our climate commitments’
27th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is currently assessing the impact of South Africa’s decision to delay the decommissioning of the Hendrina, Grootvlei and Camden coal-fired power stations... 


CEF's Sapref refinery purchase raises clean-up concern
27th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s purchase of the nation’s largest refinery from Shell and BP for a symbolic R1 will transfer the environmental liability of the site to the government, according to a local advocacy... 


Transmission infrastructure
Wheeling progressing in South Africa, the rest of Africa
27th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The use of national electricity grids to wheel power from renewable-energy projects to demand centres is growing in Africa and helping to drive greater scale in the building of renewable-energy... 


Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.
Ruthenium highlighted again in what could be another big boost for platinum group metals
27th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Ruthenium, one of the six platinum-group metals (PGMs), is once again being given major research attention in view of it being exceptionally suited to uplifting the efficiency and sustainability of... 


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Nordex Energy South Africa progresses impactful internship programme
27th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Original-equipment manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa (Nesa) is progressing well with an internship programme for promising young engineers and technicians across three provinces. The... 


BHP and Rio Tinto will receive Caterpillar and Komatsu battery-electric haul trucks for trialling purposes, with the outcomes to be shared between the two companies, as well as for further development purposes by the original equipment manufacturers
BHP, Rio Tinto collaborate to expand battery-electric haul truck development
27th May 2024 By: Donna Slater

In support of their shared ambitions to reduce carbon emissions and meet a net-zero operational greenhouse-gas emissions target by 2050, diversified miners BHP and Rio Tinto are partnering with... 


Canada’s EDC grants conditional approval for $300m funding to Arafura
Canada’s EDC grants conditional approval for $300m funding to Arafura
27th May 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Export Development Canada (EDC) has conditionally approved $300-million in debt financing for the Nolans rare earths project, near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The funding package... 


Employers must invest in climate-proofing workers and communities
Employers must invest in climate-proofing workers and communities
27th May 2024

A multipronged approach to minimising the risks of a warming world, with vulnerable humankind at its centre has never been more urgent, writes Rhys Davies Some crises can seem so overwhelming in... 


Panellists discuss graphite demand and rare earth supply chains at Junior Indaba
27th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

With growing demand for electric vehicles, yearly graphite supply needs to be about four times higher in 2030, and about nine times higher in 2040, than at present, owing to its use in energy... 


Verderflex hose image
Your pumps are only as good as the last hose you fitted
27th May 2024

In today's rapidly evolving mining landscape, the imperative to accelerate production and increase profitability remains a constant challenge. Meeting escalating demands necessitates innovative... 


An image of the Sapref refinery
bp, Shell agree to sell Sapref land, associated assets to the CEF
27th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Following successful negotiations, bp Southern Africa and Shell Downstream South Africa (SDSA) have reached an agreement for the sale of their respective 50% ownership of assets located at the... 


Is the modular data centre the answer to the technology industry’s land and energy crisis?
Is the modular data centre the answer to the technology industry’s land and energy crisis?
27th May 2024

By Faith Waithaka, Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric According to research group,  McKinsey & Company, data centres are fast becoming an... 


Spanish Mountain employs technology to be more sustainable
27th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Vancouver-based Spanish Mountain Gold has partnered with technology group Andritz and utility BC Hydro to reduce the carbon intensity of its proposed namesake mine in the Cariboo gold corridor, in... 


A truck delivering coal to a power station
Uncertainty over coal jobs ahead of South Africa elections
27th May 2024 By: Reuters

Growing up surrounded by the towering smokestacks of coal-fired power stations, 22-year-old Siya Mokoena's life is inextricably linked to the coal industry that dominates his hometown of Emalahleni... 


Grupo Mexico's Asarco to reopen US copper smelter amid surging prices
Grupo Mexico's Asarco to reopen US copper smelter amid surging prices
27th May 2024 By: Reuters

Asarco, the mining company controlled by industrial conglomerate Grupo Mexico, is planning to restart its mothballed copper smelter in the United States as prices for the red metal hit record... 


Grid infrastrucutre
Nersa extends deadline for comment on Eskom’s move to reserve grid for public IPPs
26th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has extended to June 17 the deadline for comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid capacity for independent power producers... 


Lack of funding remains a big concern for coal juniors
24th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid challenging market conditions, junior coal miners in Africa face challenges in securing funding, with about 70% experiencing constraints in exploration and production owing to insufficient... 


Outa to challenge Karpowership generation licences in court
24th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is gearing up for a court application to compel the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to provide it with the full, unredacted record of... 


SA's Data Hub Future: Clean Energy is Non-Negotiable
24th May 2024

By Richard Doyle, MD, JUWI Renewable Energies Data centres are quickly becoming pivotal to South Africa's economic growth, supporting a digital transformation that is sweeping across Africa. As... 


Transmission lines
DBSA is working on transmission auction office
24th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is negotiating with government ministries to establish an office that will manage auctions of transmission projects, a senior official at the... 


The Shell logo on a sign
Adnoc, Aramco said to mull bids for Shell South Africa assets
24th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi National Oil and Saudi Arabia’s state oil producer Aramco are among companies weighing bids for Shell’s downstream assets in South Africa, according to people familiar with the matter.... 


Photo of Martin Creamer
On-The-Air (24/05/2024)
24th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Martin Creamer talks about exploration and green hydrogen. 


Environmental activists sue Norway over seabed mineral plan
Environmental activists sue Norway over seabed mineral plan
24th May 2024 By: Reuters

Environmental campaigners have filed a lawsuit at an Oslo court challenging Norway's plan for seabed mineral exploration, citing insufficient impact assessment of the mining, the World Wide Fund... 


AfDB president Dr Akinwumi Adesina
Desert to Power Initiative to transform Africa’s most vulnerable region into an energy hub
24th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has emphasised its role in delivering the Desert to Power Initiative, which aims to energise one of the least developed and most marginal parts of the continent.... 


Crime, corruption keep South Africa’s S&P rating in check
24th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

S&P Global Ratings said it is closely monitoring the outcome of South Africa’s elections next week and subsequent government policies to address issues from crime to energy supply that have... 


Solar PV facilities made up 99 of the registrations, with total capacity of 499 MW and an investment cost of R9.9-billion
Nersa confirms registration of 105 more generators as overall number rises to 1 415
24th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that it registered a further 105 generation facilities during the period from January to March 2024, raising to 1 415 the number of... 


Photo of Martin Creamer
Manganese mining, local processing and green hydrogen make headlines
24th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the importance of South Africa locally processing its manganese ore, discusses private investment company Menar's plans to grow its manganese mining and... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects
24th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly... 


Image of fibre reinforced shotcrete being applied in an underground tunnel
Increasing use of fibre-reinforced shotcrete in mining applications
24th May 2024

The South African mining industry has become a major user of fibre-reinforced shotcrete for underground support. This is according to CHRYSO Southern Africa technical sales consultant Willie Nel,... 


Australian natural gas industry seeks policy repairs to boost investment
24th May 2024 By: Reuters

Australia's natural gas industry executives are seeking more measures to restore an investment environment they say has been damaged by a series of state interventions to boost domestic supply and... 


Image of SEW-EURODRIVE MD Raymond Obermeyer
German company optimistic on Southern African expansion
24th May 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

German original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) SEW-EURODRIVE is bringing products, solutions and technologies, along with support, training and skilled information, closer to its clients in the... 


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