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The Dangote oil refinery in Nigeria
Nigeria's new Dangote refinery to export first fuel cargoes
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Nigeria's Dangote oil refinery has issued tenders to sell two fuel cargoes for export, the first from the newly commissioned refinery, trading sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The... 


Despite weak lithium prices, Albemarle beats on cost cuts
Despite weak lithium prices, Albemarle beats on cost cuts
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, posted a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Wednesday as aggressive cost cuts helped offset plunging prices for the metal used to... 


PetroSA appoints new acting CEO
13th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The State-owned Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) has appointed acting COO Sesakho Magadla as acting group CEO effective immediately. This follows former acting CEO... 


Electra CEO Trent Mell
Electra receives govt grant for Ontario cobalt sulphate refinery
12th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Canadian government made a $5-million investment to support the construction of North America’s first cobalt sulphate refinery, dual-listed Electra Battery Materials reported on Friday. The... 


DFC announces new financing for Lobito Corridor
9th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) deputy CEO Nisha Biswal has announced new financing in support of the Lobito Corridor, which extends across Angola, Zambia and the Democratic... 


Sasol Secunda
Sasol warns of lacklustre interim results amid volatile macroeconomic environment
9th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Energy and chemicals company Sasol has attributed its “underwhelming” upcoming financial results for the six months ended December 31, 2023, to continued volatility in the macroeconomic... 


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Jubilee embarks on Zambia expansion strategy
8th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Metals processing company Jubilee Metals aims to expand its operations in Zambia to produce an initial 25 000 t/y of copper. The strategy includes the expansion of Jubilee’s copper resource base... 


Talga bolsters leadership
7th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Battery metals and technology company Talga on Wednesday announced the appointment of Martin Phillips as group CEO, bolstering the company’s leadership as it executes on its Vittangi anode project... 


Bolivia to ink $350m deal in Chinese financing for first zinc refinery
7th February 2024 By: Reuters

Bolivia's government will sign a deal with China on Tuesday for $350-million in financing to build the South American country's first zinc refining plant, Bolivia's Mining Ministry said. The... 


Optimisation study yields strong support for Globe’s Malawi niobium project
6th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Australia-listed Globe Metals and Mining has achieved significantly improved economic and environmental outcomes from its Kanyika niobium project, in Malawi, through an optimisation study that... 


What’s reliable data worth
5th February 2024

By Caroline Carter The Challenge 


Astron Energy supports mining customers at Mining Indaba
Astron Energy supports mining customers at Mining Indaba
5th February 2024

Southern African petroleum products supplier Astron Energy is an enabling partner in the mining industry and its presence at the Investing in African Mining Indaba is just one of the many ways the... 


What’s reliable data worth?
What’s reliable data worth?
5th February 2024

By Caroline Carter The Challenge 


A conveyor at the QAL refinery
Russia's Rusal loses suit against Rio Tinto over alumina refinery, can appeal
2nd February 2024 By: Reuters

Russian aluminium producer Rusal has lost a lawsuit against global miner Rio Tinto that sought to win back access to its 20% share of the alumina produced at a jointly owned refiner in Queensland,... 


Fortune extends option to acquire Alberta refinery site
2nd February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Toronto-listed Fortune Minerals has extended the option to purchase the JFSL Field Services (JFSL) brownfield industrial site in Lamont county, Alberta. Fortune plans to construct a... 


Periodic table symbol for nickel
Baptiste nickel project, Canada – update
2nd February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

FPX Nickel has closed the private placement financing for the project with new cornerstone investor Sumitomo Metal Mining.  


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Cumene unit, Germany – update
2nd February 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project has started production. 


Blackstone executives volunteer to reduce cash-based salaries
Blackstone executives volunteer to reduce cash-based salaries
1st February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals, which is developing an integrated battery metals processing business in Vietnam to produce nickel/cobalt/manganese precursor products, has announced cost-cutting... 


Albemarle lays off 4% of its global workforce
Albemarle lays off 4% of its global workforce
30th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, has laid off more than 300 employees, or 4% of its workforce, as part of a previously announced round of cost-cuts, The Information news site... 


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Nickel refinery, South Korea
26th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Korea Energy Materials plans to build an all-in-one nickel refinery in Ulsan, South Korea. 


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Transforming the diamond space, one small business at a time
26th January 2024

Using its hands-on experience to adapt for greater impact, diamond miner De Beers’ Beneficiation Programme continues to put in the ‘hard yards’ to transform the diamond space through sustainable... 


1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations
1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations
24th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Miner Rio Tinto is set to lead the development of Australia’s biggest solar power project, near Gladstone. The company has committed to buying all electricity generated the 1.1 GW Upper Calliope... 


An image depicting Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer.
Jubilee achieves ‘robust’ second-quarter production performance
23rd January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Metals processing company Jubilee has delivered a robust second-quarter operational performance and remains on track to meet its guidance for the full 2024 financial year. Chrome concentrate... 


A container ship passing an oil platform near the Suez Canal
Europe, Africa crude market tightens on Red Sea disruptions, China demand
22nd January 2024 By: Reuters

The Brent crude market structure and some physical markets in Europe and Africa are reflecting tighter supply resulting partly from concern about shipping delays due to vessels avoiding the Red... 


Premier Cook throws weight behind proposed cobalt/nickel refinery
19th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Western Australia Premier Roger Cook has thrown his weight behind the proposed cobalt and nickel refinery that Cobalt Blue Holdings and its partner Iwatani Australia plan to build in the Kwinana... 


The Nickel West operation
BHP 'evaluating options' at Nickel West amid price slump
18th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining company BHP is “evaluating options” at its Nickel West mine, in Australia, to mitigate the impacts of the sharp fall in nickel prices, CEO Mike Henry said on Thursday. Nickel... 


Albemarle to cut staff, pause expansions amid falling lithium prices
Albemarle to cut staff, pause expansions amid falling lithium prices
17th January 2024 By: Reuters

Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, said on Wednesday it will cut jobs and defer spending on a US refinery project in a wide-ranging plan to slash costs amid falling prices of the... 


CEO Jakob Stausholm
Rio Tinto sees gradual recovery in China’s economy in 2024
16th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining major Rio Tinto expects stimulus measures implemented by China to catalyse a slow but steady recovery of the world’s second-biggest economy in 2024, providing reinforcement to... 


PTM progresses studies towards PGMs smelter, refinery in Saudi Arabia
15th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Canada-headquartered miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) continues to progress a market study that seeks to identify potential global sources of platinum group metals (PGMs) concentrate that could... 


Dangote's new oil refinery in Nigeria
Nigeria's Dangote refinery starts production after years of delays
15th January 2024 By: Reuters

Nigeria's Dangote oil refinery has begun producing diesel and aviation fuel, the company said on Saturday, after years of construction delays at the 650 000 bl/d plant. The refinery, Africa's... 


ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka
ERG guns for cobalt refinery development in Saudi Arabia
12th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

Diversified mining company Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) is pursuing the development of a refinery to process cobalt hydroxide into cobalt sulphates, the primary form of supply for cobalt-bearing... 


Image of petroleum refinery
Dangote petroleum refinery, Nigeria – update
12th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The Dangote refinery has received its sixth shipment of barrels of crude oil supplied by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. 


Grupo Mexico weighs bid for First Quantum’s Spanish mine
Grupo Mexico weighs bid for First Quantum’s Spanish mine
11th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Grupo Mexico is among several firms considering bids to buy a Spanish copper mine from First Quantum Minerals, as the Canadian metals producer seeks to bolster its balance sheet after its flagship... 


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Major new global hydrogen thrust brightens spotlight on platinum group metals
10th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A major new initiative by long-standing South Africa associate Heraeus Precious Metals this week drew renewed and intensified attention to the widespread role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the... 


Engen collaborates with contractors to support 6 South Durban schools
Engen collaborates with contractors to support 6 South Durban schools
9th January 2024

Engen joined forces with Engen Marine Terminal (formerly Engen Refinery) contractors, to enhance the learning environments of six Secondary Schools in Merebank and Wentworth, all identified as in... 


Administrators suspend Savannah nickel operations, 140 redundancies
Administrators suspend Savannah nickel operations, 140 redundancies
9th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The administrators of Panoramic Resources has announced the suspension of operations at the Savannah nickel project, in Western Australia, affecting 140 workers who will be made redundant over the... 


Alcoa to mothball Western Australia alumina refinery, up to 1 050 staff at risk
Alcoa to mothball Western Australia alumina refinery, up to 1 050 staff at risk
9th January 2024 By: Reuters

US aluminum producer Alcoa said on Tuesday it planned to stop production in 2024 at its loss-making Kwinana Alumina Refinery in Western Australia because of challenging market conditions and the... 


Employee wearing a hard hat in an underground gold mine
Zimbabwe rescues 15 trapped miners alive – Mines Minister
7th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

An emergency operation managed to rescue all 15 small-scale Zimbabwean gold miners who had been trapped for four days after a shaft collapsed, according to Mines Minister Soda Zhemu. ”They are all... 


Chile copper miner Codelco reaches contract agreements with 3 unions
18th December 2023 By: Reuters

Chilean miner Codelco, the world's No. 1 copper producer, said on Monday it reached contract agreements with three unions, putting off the risk of a strike at the state-run giant. Codelco reached... 


Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer
Jubilee completes £13m fundraise to progress Zambian copper interests
18th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

Diversified metal recovery and production company Jubilee successfully closed a placing of 236-million new ordinary shares on December 15, taking the total gross proceeds of the placing from the... 


Location map of the NICO project
NICO gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper mine project, Canada – update
15th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The Canadian government has offered funding to support metallurgical testwork for the Nico project. 


Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage
Outa questions Gazprombank, nuclear procurement announcements
13th December 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

This week’s announcements of government’s plan to pursue the procurement process for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity, along with Cabinet’s decision to endorse a R3.7-billion investment deal... 


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Refinery partnership, new nuclear procurement raises questions
13th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the controversial decision by Cabinet to approve a proposed partnership with a Russian company to support the restart of the mothballed... 


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