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Image of third concentrator plant at The Kamoa-Kakula project – in the DRC
Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, Democratic Republic of Congo – update
14th June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Ivanhoe Mines has achieved first concentrate production at the Phase 3 concentrator. 


first deck segment was cast on the Northern abutment of the Senqu bridge.
Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho – update
14th June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Work has started on the remaining two major bridges to be built under Phase II. 


New hydropower capacity by region in 2023
Africa added 2 GW of hydropower last year, but IHA says 90% of on-river potential untapped
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Africa added over 2 GW of hydropower capacity in 2023 but 90% of the continent’s on-river hydropower potential remains untapped, a new report states. Published by the International Hydropower... 


LARA SMITH
Mozambique’s recent surge in mining activity is largely owing to the discovery of new natural resources
Mining sector shows significant growth trajectory in Africa – consultancy
7th June 2024

Underscoring Mozambique’s significant mining sector growth is President Filipe Nyuse’s affirmation, through a statement, that Mozambique’s extractive industry amassed revenue exceeding... 


UPCOMING UPGRADE
Kenmare's largest mining plant, WCP A, is slated for an upgrade and transition to the Nataka ore zone
Plant upgrade secures long-term operations
7th June 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The upgrading and relocating of titanium and zircon producer Kenmare Resources’ wet concentrator plant A (WCP A), at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, is aimed at securing long-term... 


Image of Kamoa-Kakula Phase 3 concentrator
Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, Democratic Republic of Congo – update
7th June 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

First ore has been fed into the Phase 3 concentrator. 


Ruthenium, hydropower and green hydrogen make headlines
Ruthenium, hydropower and green hydrogen make headlines
31st May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses the renewed focus on ruthenium, water as an alternative source of power and the need for the world to make green hydrogen cheap enough to ensure... 


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... 


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... 


COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor
24th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research... 


Drill core from the Tulu Kapi project
Tulu Kapi gold project, Ethiopia – update
24th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project has been formally launched. 


Fortescue excluded from world’s biggest hydropower plant development
22nd May 2024 By: Bloomberg

A company owned by Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest will no longer develop the world’s biggest hydropower project in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to President Felix... 


Chinese coal group cuts 2024 output forecast
22nd May 2024 By: Reuters

The deputy chairman of the China Coal Transportation and Distribution Association (CCTD) told a seminar on Wednesday that annual output growth would be in a range of -1% to 1% this year, having... 


Core samples from the Tulu Kapi project
Tulu Kapi gold project, Ethiopia – update
17th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The remaining finance syndicate approval process is on track for final approvals. 


Maize crops affected by drought
Plunging currencies, El Niño to delay rate cuts in African economies
15th May 2024 By: Bloomberg

Mounting price pressures from the resurgence of the dollar, foreign-currency crunches and adverse weather conditions are set to lead to delayed and shallower interest-rate cuts for African central... 


Platinum nugget
Crocodile River mine restart project, South Africa – update
10th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Eastern Platinum has initiated the restart of the Zandfontein underground section. 


KarstHydro MD Guy Richards
Local underground mines can store electricity and optimise water use
10th May 2024

South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store clean electricity. Electricity is generated by the water descending in the mineshafts turning a pump-turbine. Mines can be... 


Drill core sample from the Tulu Kapi gold project
Tulu Kapi gold project, Ethiopia – update
10th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Good progress has been reported at the project. 


Barrick’s Mark Bristow greets Tanzania Minerals Minister Anthony Mavunde at African training academy, which is augmenting the closing Buzwagi mine’s transformation into a 3 000-job-a-year special economic zone with airport terminal.
Discovery, development are mining’s only true value creation drivers, Barrick highlights
2nd May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Discovery and development are the only true drivers of value creation in the mining industry, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow highlighted on Wednesday, when this standout gold and copper... 


China loses its appetite for Russian coal as import costs rise
26th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

China is losing its appetite for Russian coal as import taxes and logistical snarls push Asia’s biggest buyer to cheaper alternatives. Russian exports plunged 22% in the first quarter after... 


Image of Kenya map/flag
High Grand Falls dam, Kenya
26th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The dam aims to be the second-largest freshwater dam in Africa. 


Image of molten aluminium
AP60 low-carbon aluminium smelter expansion, Canada – update
26th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Early works activities for the expansion have been completed. 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Tumble in storage battery costs to boost shift to renewables, says IEA
25th April 2024 By: Reuters

An expected sharp fall in battery costs for energy storage in coming years will accelerate the shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday.... 


Dangote's oil refinery in Nigeria
Africa needs to build more oil infrastructure
23rd April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Africa's mid- and downstream oil products supply infrastructure is ageing and suffers from a lack of investment, outdated policy frameworks and insufficiencies in regional, national and urban... 


Raw copper produced in Zambia
Zambia seeks power imports for key mining sector
23rd April 2024 By: Reuters

Zambia's State-owned electricity utility Zesco said on Monday it is seeking to import power to avert an energy deficit that could affect output in Africa's second-largest copper producer. The... 


AfDB president calls for political will to kick-start Inga 3 project
19th April 2024

Development finance institution African Development Bank (AfDB) group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina has called for a major political commitment to kick-start construction work on the Democratic... 


Saudi Arabia moves closer to $1bn Barrick Pakistan deal
Saudi Arabia moves closer to $1bn Barrick Pakistan deal
18th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia is moving closer to a potential deal to acquire a minority stake in a Pakistan mine controlled by Barrick Gold, people with knowledge of the matter said. Manara Minerals Investment,... 


A copper smelter in Zambia
Zambia copper mines hit by State utility’s warning of power cuts
17th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Zambia’s State power utility has served notices of force majeure on supply of electricity to some mines, according to an industry association, threatening additional pressure on a copper market... 


Aerial view of the Phase 3 concentrator
Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, Democratic Republic of Congo – update
12th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Ore from the Kamoa 1 mine is being stockpiled on surface. 


Graphite
Blencowe progresses DFS work on Orom-Cross, unlocks further funding
10th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

London-listed Blencowe Resources has confirmed receipt of a third tranche of funding of $1-million from the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). DFC in September last year... 


Karst MD Guy Richards.
Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro
8th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up... 


The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South... 


Actom Post image
IRP 2023 could reset South Africa’s social and economic woes if implemented correctly
4th April 2024

By ACTOM Business Development Executive Mamiki Matlawa   The Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023 has faced criticism from some quarters for having gaps in its roadmap to shaping a... 


Wind turbines
China could drive Africa's renewable energy revolution, report says
2nd April 2024 By: Reuters

China has a unique opportunity to drive forward an energy revolution in Africa, but it must first reverse nearly two decades of neglect of green power investments there, research from Boston... 


Image of Tulu Kapi mineralised drill core
Tulu Kapi gold project, Ethiopia – update
29th March 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Kefi Gold and Copper has achieved further positive developments at the Tulu Kapi gold project. 


Image of sluice gates at an hydroelectric power station
Batoka Gorge hydroelectric scheme, Zambia and Zimbabwe – update
29th March 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Zambia and Zimbabwe are retendering the project. 


White maize
South Africa’s maize production to dip, but remain sufficient to cover local demand
26th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

While South Africa’s maize production will be about 2.1-million tons lower this year, there is still enough to meet local consumption and supply neighbouring countries that are having difficult... 


Map showing the location of the Batoka Gorge project
Zambia, Zimbabwe to retender $5bn Batoka hydropower plant
25th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Zambia and Zimbabwe are retendering a $5-billion project to build a hydropower plant they previously awarded to General Electric Co. and Power Construction Corp. of China, and expect to select new... 


US US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm
$475m in US govt funding for clean energy projects on former mine land
25th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced up to $475-million in funding for five projects in Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to accelerate clean energy deployment... 


Coal is preparing for a long goodbye
Coal is preparing for a long goodbye
25th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

More than two years after climate negotiators first attempted to consign coal to history, the dirtiest fossil fuel is having a moment. Thanks to a combination of China’s energy insecurity —... 


The Kibali mine
Barrick explores new gold and copper ventures in DRC
20th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Buoyed by the success of Kibali – Africa’s biggest gold mine – Barrick Gold is setting its sights on new opportunities in gold and copper in partnership with the government of the Democratic... 


China coal industry group expects output growth to slow in 2024
China coal industry group expects output growth to slow in 2024
20th March 2024 By: Reuters

China's coal output is expected to increase 36-million metric tons, or 0.8%, to about 4.7-billion tonnes in 2024, a Chinese coal industry group said on Wednesday, slower than last year's 2.9%... 


East Africa’s sustainability journey – the road ahead is clear
East Africa’s sustainability journey – the road ahead is clear
12th March 2024

By Carol Koech, Strategy Director, Sustainability & Thought Leadership – Schneider Electric International Operations. In a time when countries are proactively moving toward more sustainable... 


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