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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... 


Nickel sulphate
Africa aims to use global demand for critical minerals as a basis for development
18th October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

African countries were determined to use the opportunity provided by the world’s need for the metals and minerals essential for the clean energy systems of the future to develop their economies... 


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.... 


Image shows the Mt Isa operations
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... 


Image shows a Rio Tinto branded hat in the Pilbara
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... 


Astron petrol station
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... 


Image of lithium ore on a conveyor
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... 


Image shows iron-ore being loaded to ship
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... 


Image of hydrogen molecules
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),... 


Image of solar panels
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... 


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