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BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP reports a mixed bag
18th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified major BHP has seen production in the first quarter ended September drop across most of its commodities, apart from copper, compared with the fourth quarter of the 2023 financial year.... 


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Curtain falls on Mt Isa underground copper mine
18th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

After more than 60 years of copper mining, the Mt Isa underground copper mine and concentrator, in Queensland, as well as the Lady Loretta zinc mine, will close in the second half of 2025, with the... 


Glencore to shut Mount Isa copper mines by 2025, cut 1 000 jobs - AFR
17th October 2023 By: Reuters

Miner and trader Glencore is set to close its three underground copper mines in Mount Isa by the end of 2025, in a move that will result in the loss of about 1 000 jobs, newspaper Australian... 


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Rio posts another strong quarter
17th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner Rio Tinto has delivered another strong quarter of results, with a production increase reported across all of its commodities, apart from titanium dioxide slag. “We delivered... 


From left to right Harry Dempsey, Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, Kunal Sinha, Louise Assem, and Trond Olaf Christophersen.
Essential integration of mining with circular economy highlighted at FT Mining Summit
9th October 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Circularity is already practised at many mine sites, which use circular principles to reduce waste and conserve water. But to achieve full circularity for products – from production to consumption... 


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Chevron, Astron extend use rights, debrand agreements
9th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

Energy companies Chevron Brands International and Astron Energy have entered into an agreement to extend the existing Caltex use rights and debrand agreements for South Africa and Botswana until... 


Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye approves development of Phase 2 of Keliber lithium project
6th October 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Multinational mining and metals processing group Sibanye-Stillwater has approved the start of the second phase of its Keliber lithium project, which includes the construction of the concentrator... 


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Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery, Australia – update
6th October 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Independence Group is "comfortable" that it will reach 50% of the Train 1 nameplate capacity at its Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery. 


Aurubis to keep European copper premium at record high next year
5th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

European copper producer Aurubis will keep the premium it charges to deliver metal to customers in the region at a record high next year as it anticipates a rebound in demand. The company on... 


Éléonore supplies Royal Canadian Mint's new single-mine gold maple leaf coin
Éléonore supplies Royal Canadian Mint's new single-mine gold maple leaf coin
5th October 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Royal Canadian Mint has partnered with leading gold producer Newmont to introduce its newest gold bullion coin completely sourced from a single mine. The 2023 $50 1 oz. 99.99% Pure Gold Maple... 


Blackstone hunting for partners in Vietnam refinery
4th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Junior Blackstone Minerals is looking for partners to feed its planned nickel refinery in Vietnam. Speaking at the Australian Nickel conference, in Perth, Blackstone MD Scott Williamson said the... 


Illustration of proposed green hydrogen plant to be built in Namibia
Green hydrogen needed to decarbonise the world, including Africa
4th October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

One of the main areas of focus during negotiations between Germany and Namibia to establish green hydrogen production was to create a value chain in Namibia, as the aim is not only the export of... 


Image shows the Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery
IGO still positive of reaching milestone at Kwinana
4th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Critical minerals company IGO is ‘comfortable’ that it would reach 50% of the Train 1 nameplate capacity at its Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery, in Western Australia. IGO holds a 49% stake in... 


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Australian resource exports poised to fall
4th October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s commodity export earnings are forecast to fall from last year’s record A$467-billion to A$400-billion in 2023–24, and A$352-billion by 2024–25, the Department of Industry, Science and... 


Petrol pump
More painful petrol, diesel hikes confirmed for Wednesday
3rd October 2023 By: News24Wire

Motorists can expect hikes of over R1 for all grades of fuel from Wednesday. The unleaded petrol price (95) will be hiked by R1.14 a litre, while 93 will be increased by R1.08. Diesel (0.05%... 


Jervois earlier suspended construction at its Idaho Cobalt Operations, in the US, owing to depressed prices and inflationary impacts on construction costs.
Jervois eyes greenfield cobalt refinery in the US
3rd October 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Triple listed Jervois Global has started a bankable feasibility study (BFS) into a new greenfield cobalt refinery in the US. The BFS would be focused on a 6 000 t/y operation that would process... 


Rio Tinto's Kennecott smelter in Utah
Fortune collaborates with Rio Tinto on cobalt and bismuth recovery
29th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian company Fortune Minerals has formed a partnership with diversified miner Rio Tinto to develop a technology that will improve recovery of cobalt and bismuth, both of which are considered... 


American Lithium bets it can open mine in Peru by 2027
29th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

A subsidiary of American Lithium is betting it can defy the odds in Peru and open the country’s first lithium mine in speedy fashion despite a sluggish permitting system that can keep projects on... 


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Yarwun hydrogen calcination pilot demonstration programme, Australia
29th September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The project involves the construction of a first-of-a-kind hydrogen plant. 


Congo plans new copper-cobalt smelter to serve informal miners
26th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Democratic Republic of Congo said it’s backing plans for a new domestically owned copper-cobalt plant to help formalize artisanal mining in the country, at a time when minerals crucial to electric... 


Expansion project strengthens mining operation
22nd September 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

A $1.8-billion expansion programme at platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Zimplats’ – the Zimbabwean PGMs mining business of South African PGMs major Impala Platinum (Implats) – Ngezi operation, in... 


HIGHER GRADE: The Mbombela-based Manganese Metal Company’s manganese refinery, built in 1974 to beneficiate manganese minerals mined in South Africa’s Hotazel’s region, produces two high-grade (99.9% pure), selenium-free manganese products, including flakes (seen here) and powder. Manganese is a key mineral used in lithium-ion batteries, steel, specialty alloys and even aluminium beverage cans, among others. The refinery – the only one of its kind outside of China which produces the highest-quality of refined manganese globally – is eyeing significant expansion, with intentions to add a brownfields 5000 t/y plant to the existing28000 t/y electrolytic manganese metal plant, which will target demand stemming from the expanding global battery electric vehicle market. Photograph: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
HIGHER GRADE
22nd September 2023

The Mbombela-based Manganese Metal Company’s manganese refinery, built in 1974 to beneficiate manganese minerals mined in South Africa’s Hotazel’s region, produces two high-grade (99.9% pure),... 


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Sibanye-Stillwater South African platinum group metals operations solar photovoltaic projects, South Africa – update
22nd September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

A strong business case has been confirmed for Sibanye-Stillwater’s proposed solar projects at its South African operations.  


LBMA launches RfP to digitise responsible gold guidance
21st September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a request for proposal (RfP) for a digital ecosystem that will provide trust and confidence to support the integrity of the market, and the... 


African foreign currency liquidity shortages are driving financial innovation
19th September 2023

By Bohani Hlungwane, Managing Principal & Head: Trade and Working Capital (Pan Africa) at Absa CIB The 15th Summit of BRICS Nations was recently held in South Africa during which many discussions... 


Glencore risks missing investment deadline for Cape Town refinery
18th September 2023 By: Bloomberg

Glencore is in negotiations with the South African government about a pledge to invest R6-billion in the Cape Town refinery, as the company is set to miss the deadline following an explosion that... 


Due to the large size and weight, this 9.5MW 11KV WEG electric motor has to be disassembled for shipment and reassembled on the offshore FPSO off the coast of Ghana.
Specialist gains traction in oil, gas sector
18th September 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Africa is “hungry for electricity”, and electrical specialist Zest WEG is seeing growing demand from the oil and gas sector, from both upstream and midstream facilities as nations on the continent... 


Gold bars
London gold body aims to create secure global database
15th September 2023 By: Reuters

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) on Thursday called for proposals from service firms to create a secure global database that would improve trust in the gold market's value chain. Gold... 


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Astron Energy helps grow the aviation industry
14th September 2023

For over ten years, Astron Energy has helped grow South Africa’s aviation industry, supplying Jet A1 fuel that meets and exceeds the highest international standards. 


Talga starts construction at Vittangi
12th September 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Early works and construction of the Vittangi anode project, in Sweden, has started, ASX-listed Talga reported on Tuesday Vittangi will use 100% renewable electricity to produce an initial 19 500... 


C$2bn NPV for Baptiste nickel project
8th September 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

The newly released prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Baptiste project has established the nickel asset as a key strategic asset in the development of Canada’s critical minerals supply chain, says... 


Portugal's Lusorecursos gets final environmental OK for lithium mine
8th September 2023 By: Reuters

Portugal's environment agency APA has given its final approval for local company Lusorecursos to extract battery-grade lithium in what would be the country's first such mine, expected to start... 


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The research endeavours to pioneer the latest techniques for powering various stages of the zinc refining process
Study investigates novel zinc refining method
8th September 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are leading a concept study aimed at developing a mini-scale, environment-friendly process to extract pure zinc from polymetallic South African ore... 


Large-scale oil, gas comeback for Angola
8th September 2023

Recent deepwater discoveries and fiscal policy improvements have contributed to a significant uptick in investments in Angola’s oil and gas industry, says energy advocacy group African Energy... 


An image of WSGES Singapore team working on a FPSO project
Firm secures FPSO projects
8th September 2023

Industrial services specialist WSG Energy Services (WSGES) of Singapore has secured multiple contracts for floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel projects with a combined value... 


Asia expected to dominate refinery FCCU capacity by 2027
8th September 2023

Asia is expected to witness the highest refinery fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) capacity additions globally between 2023 and 2027, contributing about 58% of the total capacity additions by... 


Taxis critical to transport system, but rail has to be the backbone – Cape Town oil, gas sector
8th September 2023 By: Irma Venter

The recent minibus taxi strike in Cape Town cost the Western Cape economy an estimated R5-billion, while it also caused at least R18-million worth of damage in the city, according to provincial data. 


Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof
Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof, South Africa – update
8th September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The project is moving ahead. 


Image of the PTE 900 VSD+ available from Rand Air
More electric air compressors to rent
7th September 2023

Equipment rental supplier Rand Air has added to its fleet of electric equipment, with the aim of providing customers with clean energy rental options that are more efficient and environment... 


Petrol pump
Huge diesel, petrol price hikes confirmed for Wednesday
4th September 2023 By: News24Wire

On Wednesday, the petrol price (both 93 and 95 unleaded) will be hiked by R1.71 a litre. The wholesale price of diesel will be increased by a painful R2.84 a litre. According to the Automobile... 


Court rejects appeal to Talga permit
Court rejects appeal to Talga permit
1st September 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Swedish Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to appeal the grant of graphite developer Talga Group’s permit for its Nunasvaara South mine. The company was in April granted the environment and... 


Artist's impression of the Longkloof hotel
Growthpoint moving ahead with Canopy in Longkloof
1st September 2023 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties is moving ahead with the development of the Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof hotel, which marks the concluding enhancement to the historic Longkloof precinct.... 


Global lead mine output reaches pre-Covid-19 levels, slow growth expected
1st September 2023 By: Darren Parker

Global lead mine output successfully rebounded to the pre-Covid-19 peak of 2019 in 2022, according to recent data published by research firm BMI, a Fitch Solutions company. The report, titled... 


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