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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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.... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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... 


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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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Technology emphasised as way to increase sustainable mining – Chamber
24th May 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

The Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) highlights that the development of many countries in Southern Africa is linked to the mining sector. The organisation asserts... 


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Environmental research underscores firm’s regional efforts
24th May 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Engineering and mining advisory group DMT Kai Batla asserts the need for a continued focus on promoting environmental consciousness, and extensive research and development within its operations.... 


The above image depicts the fourth generation Outotec Kaldo L furnace is able to achieve smelting, reducing and converting in a single vessel
Flexible furnace system launched
24th May 2024

Finnish industrial machinery company Metso has launched the compact fourth generation, heavy-duty Outotec Kaldo L Furnace, which is ideally suited for the melting, reducing and converting of... 


A cardboard cut out of the design of a modular building with a hand hovering over it
Wood pushed as viable construction material
24th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

Engineered wood has emerged as a viable alternative to concrete and steel in the construction industry, owing to its low-carbon footprint and technical performance as a structural material, says... 


Remote Metering Solutions (RMS) chief commercial officer Frikkie Malan
Smart metering to drive energy efficiency
24th May 2024

The age-old practice of monthly meter readings is drawing to a close in the face of the modern world’s dynamic and fluctuating energy demands says utility metering management solutions provider... 


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Funds drawn to progress manganese project
24th May 2024

Battery metals developer Giyani Metals, on April 24, acknowledged receipt of R110-million ($5.7-million) as part of its first drawing down of funds from its convertible loan facilities granted by... 


Auto shipments to foreign markets hit new high, but shift to electric vehicles sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
24th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to prepandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


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Green energy collaboration a must to reindustrialise South Africa
24th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The industrialisation that South Arica has lost in the last few decades can be more than regained by the country collaborating fully when it comes to green electrons, green molecules and the new... 


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Solar farm project, South Africa
24th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The solar farm will provide renewable energy for Africa Data Centres sites. 


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Umoyilanga hybrid power plant, South Africa
24th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

EDF Renewables and Perpetua Holdings plan to build a hybrid development that combines solar, wind and battery storage technologies to offer dispatchable and reliable power to the national... 


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Coega green ammonia project, South Africa – update
24th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project has taken another major step forward. 


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