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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... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
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... 


Economics for Spain refinery and smelter continue to worsen, says Alcoa
12th December 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

US-based Alcoa will be meeting with representatives of the national and regional authorities in Spain this week to discuss financial losses at the San Ciprian complex, which consists of an alumina... 


Jubilee CEO Leon Coetzer at the Roan operations.
Copper to be recovered from yet another on-surface copper resource in Zambia
12th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

A Johannesburg-listed company, in strategic partnership with a Middle Eastern conglomerate, has secured one of the largest copper waste rock assets on surface in Zambia. JSE AltX company Jubilee... 


Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
South Africa to release 2 500 MW nuclear RFP by March, despite electricity plan review
12th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The South African government will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for 2 500 MW of new nuclear capacity by March 2024, following the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s)... 


The PetroSA GTL refinery in Mossel Bay
Shrugging off sanctions risk, PetroSA aims to seal GTL refinery investment deal with GazpromBank by April
11th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s PetroSA aims to make a final investment decision (FID) by April on a project designed to support the resumption of production at the mothballed gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery in... 


An image of a sugar refinery included in the BMG expansion programme
Expansion helps enhance efficiencies
8th December 2023

Industrial products supplier BMG relocated its regional service centre and opened two new facilities in September, with BMG KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) regional manager Keith van Wyk noting that the... 


CAA Mining actively drilling for lithium in spodumene in Ghana – research firm
6th December 2023 By: Darren Parker

Non-independent researcher SP Angel has reported that mining and exploration company CAA Mining is actively engaged in drilling operations to delineate a new lithium-in-spodumene resource in Ghana.... 


Govt funding to advance Nico critical minerals project
6th December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Canadian government has offered funding to support metallurgical test work for the Nico critical minerals project, which entails a planned openpit and underground mine in the Northwest... 


The Wabowden project includes the well-maintained Bucko mine and processing facility.
Blackstone takes option on CaNickel's Bucko Lake mine
5th December 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals has executed an option agreement to acquire 100% of the Wabowden nickel sulphide project, in the Thompson nickel belt of Manitoba, Canada, from CaNickel for up to... 


Cobalt Blue names Japanese group as potential refinery partner
1st December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Australian firm Cobalt Blue has announced Japanese group Iwatani as its potential partner in developing its cobalt/nickel refinery project in the Kwinana industrial area, outside Perth, Western... 


The Natref refinery
TotalEnergies to sell stake in Natref refinery to Prax Group
1st December 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Global energy company TotalEnergies will sell its 36.36% interest in the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, in South Africa's Free State province, to fellow energy company Prax Group. South African... 


Carbon capture and storage technology
Rotterdam carbon capture and carbon dioxide treatment facility, Netherlands
1st December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Air Products plans to build, own and operate a state-of-the-art carbon capture and carbon dioxide treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam. 


Zimbabwe orders lithium miners to submit refinery plans by March 2024
30th November 2023 By: Reuters

Zimbabwe has given lithium miners up to March 2024 to submit plans for the local production of battery-grade lithium in a bid to benefit from growing demand for the clean energy mineral, Finance... 


Community leaders and Engen join hands to strengthen collaboration
Community leaders and Engen join hands to strengthen collaboration
29th November 2023

South Durban Basin community leaders joined Engen employees in a Stakeholder Engagement workshop in November to further strengthen the relationship between Engen and the local community. The... 


Jupiter MD Brad Rogers with the beneficiated manganese product.
Manganese positioning South Africa for entry into huge new energy markets
28th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Manganese mining company Jupiter Mines has produced a 99.9% pure sample of high purity manganese sulphate monohvdrate (HPMSM) using the Northern Cape’s manganese ore and bringing into service an... 


Andrada’s Uis lithium pilot plant commissioned
27th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

The commissioning of London-listed technology metals mining company Andrada's pilot plant, located adjacent to the main tin processing plant at its Uis mine, in Namibia, was completed in October,... 


IGO backs incoming CEO Vella after Rio Tinto exit
IGO backs incoming CEO Vella after Rio Tinto exit
27th November 2023 By: Reuters

Australia's IGO has confirmed that Ivan Vella will head the battery minerals producer this month after he was fired from Rio Tinto last month for a breach of protocol in handling confidential... 


Mali signs agreement with Russia to build gold refinery
23rd November 2023 By: Reuters

Mali's military government said it has signed an agreement with Russia to build a gold refinery in the capital Bamako, one of a slew of deals between the two countries as Russia seeks to extend its... 


Trafigura and Korea Zinc agree to build nickel refinery in South Korea
17th November 2023 By: Reuters

Global commodity trader Trafigura on Friday said it has signed a $140-million investment agreement with Korea Zinc to build an all-in-one nickel refinery in Ulsan, South Korea, and finance its... 


Electra accelerating efforts to secure $60m for Ontario refinery project
17th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Nasdaq- and TSX-V-listed Electra Battery Materials will accelerate efforts to secure $60-million in funding required to complete its refinery project, north of Toronto, Ontario, CEO Trent Mell said... 


Image of an oil refinery
Lekki oil refinery, Nigeria – update
17th November 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The full ramp-up of Africa’s largest oil refinery is still far off. 


IGO board expects Vella to start as CEO in early Dec as planned
16th November 2023 By: Reuters

Australian battery minerals producer IGOexpects Ivan Vella, who was dismissed by his previous employer Rio Tinto this week, to start as CEO in early December as planned, its Chairman Mike Nossal... 


MESA conference presents learnings, considerations for manufacturing digitalisation
15th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The modern trend toward digitalisation and the drive to use fewer resources while producing more has created opportunities for optimised systems architecture that integrates and enables... 


Platinum bars
Zimbabwe platinum miners ask government to defer export tax
14th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe platinum miners have asked the government to defer its planned 5% export tax on concentrates, pending the completion of smelters and the refurbishment of a refinery. The producers want the... 


An overview of 342 – Diesel quality and its importance
An overview of 342 – Diesel quality and its importance
13th November 2023

By John Evans B.Sc. MLA II – diagnostic manager, WearCheck SANS 342:2016 (South African National Standard) is the standard that governs the quality of diesel in South Africa. The SANS document,... 


Image of nickel ore
Baptiste nickel project, Canada
10th November 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

A prefeasibility study has outlined an openpit mining project that will produce an average of 59 100 t/y of nickel in concentrate over a 29-year mine life. 


Orevfrom the Keliber lithium project
Keliber lithium hydroxide project, Finland – update
10th November 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Sibanye-Stillwater has reported that higher capital expenditure will now be incurred to meet the environmental permit requirements of the project. 


Africa’s biggest oil refinery still months from full start
9th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

The full ramp up of Africa’s largest oil refinery, a landmark moment for crude and fuel markets both regionally and beyond, is still a long way off. The Dangote plant in Nigeria just concluded a... 


Lynas to withdraw court request to review Malaysia license conditions
Lynas to withdraw court request to review Malaysia license conditions
8th November 2023 By: Reuters

Australia's Lynas Rare Earths intends to withdraw its application for a judicial review of its operating licence conditions in Malaysia, a Malaysian government lawyer said on Wednesday. Lynas... 


Nigeria brings major Dangote refinery to life with own oil supply
3rd November 2023 By: Reuters

Nigeria's State oil firm NNPC will supply the new 650 000 bl/d Dangote oil refinery with up to six cargoes of crude oil in December to be used in test runs, three industry sources with knowledge of... 


Stillwater mine in the US.
Sibanye-Stillwater continuing to assess operational positioning
2nd November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

With the global macroeconomic environment remaining challenging, Sibanye-Stillwater is continuing to assess the positioning of its operations for optimal performance and sustainability through the... 


Ghana’s Ewoyaa lithium project boosts US drive to close EV gap on China
31st October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Africa’s first major lithium project without Chinese funding is set to bolster US ambitions of developing its own battery-making industry. Half of the output from Ghana’s Ewoyaa mine, being built... 


Overall winner in the professional category: “Khalifah” neckpiece by Lungile Xhwantini from The Platinum Incubator
PlatAfrica honours best platinum jewellery designs
30th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

The winners of the twenty-fourth yearly PlatAfrica Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Competition were announced during a gala awards ceremony held in Melrose, Johannesburg, on October 27.   Hosted... 


An image of the Mount Isa Mines complex
Mount Isa Mines Complex, Australia
27th October 2023 By: Nadine James

A lead/zinc/silver mining operation in Queensland. 


Artist's impression of the proposed Saltend rare-earth oxide (REO) separation facility
Saltend Chemicals Park rare-earth oxide separation facility, UK – update
27th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Pensana has been offered a grant of up to £4-million by the UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade towards the funding of the Saltend Chemicals Park. 


Lynas jumps as Malaysia allows key plant extension
25th October 2023 By: Reuters

Shares of Lynas Rare Earths hit their highest in over a month on Wednesday, extending gains, after Malaysia allowed the miner to operate its flagship refinery locally with a variation to the... 


Alumina loading onto a ship for transport
Rusal in $262m deal to buy stake in Chinese alumina firm
24th October 2023 By: Reuters

Russia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, said on Tuesday it agreed to buy 30% of the equity interest in Chinese alumina producer Hebei Wenfeng New Materials (HWNM) for... 


Location map of the Volcan gold project
Volcan gold project, Chile
20th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

A preliminary economic assessment has confirmed a large resource capable of generating significant yearly gold production with substantial margins at current gold prices.  


Alumina powder being loaded onto a ship
First boiler at South32's Worsley Alumina converted to natural gas
19th October 2023 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Diversified mining and metals company South32's Worsley Alumina operation, in Western Australia, has completed the conversion of the first of its coal-fired boilers to natural gas, helping to... 


Alcoa takes $6m charge after layoffs at Australia plant
19th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

Alcoa, the largest US aluminum producer, announced taking a charge of $6-million related to layoffs at a plant in Australia that makes one of the main feedstocks that goes into the metal it... 


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