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Location map of the Waterberg PGMs project
Waterberg platinum group metals project, South Africa – update
1st September 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Platinum Group Metals has reported that it is advancing discussions and related agreements concerning the possible offtake of mineral products from the Waterberg project. 


Image shows the Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery
Lithium drives IGO to record heights
31st August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Critical minerals miner IGO has posted a record financial performance for the year ended June, driven by record earnings from its lithium joint venture (JV). IGO’s revenues in the full year... 


Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye’s gold operations offset impact of lower PGM prices
29th August 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Multinational mining and metals processing group Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategic commodity and geographical diversification served it well in the six months ended June 30, with a turnaround in its... 


Codelco's Chuquicamata mine
Top copper-producing nation Chile sees mining costs jump 29%
29th August 2023 By: Bloomberg

If copper mining is any indication, there’s still plenty of work to do to bring down inflation. Cash costs at mines in Chile, the top-producing copper nation, jumped 29% in the first three months... 


Offtake options advanced for Waterberg project
25th August 2023

While focusing on the development of its Waterberg project, located on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, mining company Platinum Group Metals is advancing discussions and... 


An image of gold being refined at Rand Refinery
Transparency emphasised
25th August 2023

With major mining companies from across the world having come under pressure to demonstrate that their practices are responsible and, with transparency in the gold mining sector being necessary to... 


Mounds of rare earths
Saltend Chemicals Park rare-earth oxide separation facility, Angola – update
25th August 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Pensana is on track to re-engineer the Longonjo project to reduce its upfront capital cost. 


Image of Brazil map/flag
São Miguel Paulista nickel/cobalt refinery restart, Brazil – update
25th August 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Jervois Global has “moderated” the pace of restart operations at its refinery. 


Billionaire Agarwal pledges to pay Zambia creditors before retaking mine
23rd August 2023 By: Bloomberg

Vedanta Resources is ready to pay $250-million owed to suppliers in Zambia before the company resumes control of copper mines that were seized by the Southern African nation’s government more than... 


Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Secunda refinery’s post-2030 output cut as Sasol struggles to pin down gas supply
23rd August 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Energy and chemicals group Sasol says it is continuing to assess several technology and feedstock solutions to bolster post-2030 liquid fuels and chemicals volumes at its Secunda refinery, in... 


Kenya revives plans for $13.8bn railway line to Ethiopia
23rd August 2023 By: Reuters

Kenya plans to begin construction in 2025 of a $13.8-billion high-speed electric railway from its Indian Ocean port of Lamu to Ethiopia and South Sudan. The 3 000 km standard-gauge railway will... 


Image shows an Iluka operation
Iluka pauses synthetic rutile production after tough half
23rd August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mineral sands miner Iluka has closed a tough first half, with revenues and profits falling on the back of subdued demand. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday reported that mineral sands revenue... 


The São Miguel Paulista refinery in Brazil
Jervois moderates SMP timing
18th August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Triple listed Jervois Global has “moderated” the pace of restart operations at its São Miguel Paulista (SMP) nickel cobalt refinery in São Paulo, Brazil. The company in January this year took a... 


Chilean lithium miner SQM's profit drops as lithium prices drag
17th August 2023 By: Reuters

Chile's SQM, the world's second-largest lithium producer, missed earning forecasts on Wednesday after reporting its second-quarter net profit dropped 32.5% from the year ago period, pulled down by... 


Sailing to the African Continent | The Journey of Heavy Machinery Across Mountains and Seas
Sailing to the African Continent | The Journey of Heavy Machinery Across Mountains and Seas
17th August 2023

Hunan Daily reporter: Cao Xian, Meng Jiaoyan, Yi Ang, Zeng Guanlin In late April, Kenya has entered the rainy season, but the rain comes and goes quickly. The Swak Dam located at where the Swak... 


A Sasol sign at its Secunda operations
Sasol to report lower Ebitda, despite operational improvement in H2
14th August 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed energy and chemicals multinational Sasol says it expects to report a 2% to 16% year-on-year decrease in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda)... 


Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.
Solar energy plant on the way at vanadium operation, Glencore’s Fullard reports
11th August 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The decarbonisation and solar power plans of Glencore Alloys are coming to the fore with the first 25 MW solar plant on the way, Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard told Mining Weekly at question... 


Aerial view of the Idaho Cobalt operations, in Canada
Idaho Cobalt Operations, US – update
11th August 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Jervois entered an agreement for $15-million in funding from the US government for drilling at its Idaho Cobalt Operations and to conduct a bankable feasibility study for the construction of a... 


Akobo secures MKS as gold refinery, distribution partner
10th August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Ethiopia-focused mining company Akobo Minerals has signed an agreement with Swiss precious metals fabricator MKS PAMP for various gold refinery-related services. MKS will provide turnkey refining... 


IGO sinks more cash into Cosmos and Kwinana
9th August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Clean metals company IGO will spend some A$338-million on the Cosmos nickel project, in Western Australia, as it works to bring the project into operation. Cosmos was acquired by IGO as part of... 


Donovan Chimhandamba, CEO of Nyanza Light Metals
Donovan Chimhandamba
4th August 2023

This week, we profile Chimhandamba, CEO of Nyanza Light Metals, which is developing a project to manufacture titanium dioxide pigment 


An artist image of MP Materials planned magnet manufacturing facility in the US.
World battles to loosen China's grip on vital rare earths for clean energy transition
2nd August 2023 By: Reuters

Refining rare earths for the green energy transition is hard. Just ask MP Materials and Lynas. The world's two biggest rare earths companies outside of China are facing challenges turning rock... 


Jervois starts ground work in the US
2nd August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX- and TSX-V listed Jervois Global has started site selection for its cobalt refinery in the US, along with drilling at its Sunshine deposit, adjacent to the Idaho cobalt operations (ICO). The... 


Rand Air electrifies its rental air compressor fleet
Rand Air electrifies its rental air compressor fleet
1st August 2023

Rand Air, South Africa’s leading equipment rental company since 1973, supports two important narratives: The first is to continue investing in their rental fleet in order to be able to offer... 


Pricetag placed on Primobius refining hub
1st August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

An engineering cost study (ECS) for the hydrometallurgical refinery (hub) section of a fully integrated lithium battery recycling plant, has estimated capital cost of €274-million. ASX- and... 


Image shows the Mt Keith operations
Nickel West marking decarbonisation targets
1st August 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP’s Nickel West division is well on its way to decarbonising, with the Kalgoorlie smelter, the Kwinana refinery and the Kambalda concentrator being 100% fuelled by renewable... 


Inquest finds 'negligence' caused Astron's Cape Town refinery explosion
21st July 2023 By: Reuters

A South African inquest found preliminary evidence that five people, including unit operators and a shift team leader, were "negligent" and caused a deadly explosion at Astron Energy's Cape Town... 


Elon Musk is seeing deflationary pressures in commodities.
Elon Musk relieved that lithium prices are no longer insane
20th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

After complaining last year about surging prices for lithium, a metal used in electric vehicle batteries, Elon Musk says he’s now seeing “deflationary pressures” in commodities. The Tesla CEO made... 


Some US companies still failing to meet conflict minerals rules, GAO says
20th July 2023 By: Reuters

 Some US companies buying minerals from countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and its eastern neighbours are still failing to properly authenticate that the metals don't come from... 


Image shows BHP's Escondida operation
BHP finishes the year strongly
20th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified major BHP has reported record production at some of its assets during the full year ended June. The miner on Thursday reported annual production records at its Western Australian... 


Talga's enviro permit takes force
17th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Talga’s environmental permit for its Vittangi battery anode plant in Sweden is now in force, after the permit appeal application closed on July 12, with no appeals submitted. The... 


Platinum Group Metals CEO Frank Hallam.
Platinum group metals company assessing economic feasibility of furnace and refinery
14th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Toronto- and New York-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) is assessing the economic feasibility of constructing a matte furnace and base metal refinery in South Africa, either with or without... 


Sasol's operations in Secunda
Sasol to appeal latest MES application rejection
12th July 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Petrochemicals and energy company Sasol has advised that it will appeal the National Air Quality Officer’s decision to decline its June 2022 application in terms of Clause 12A of the minimum... 


BHP looks at GHG in copper chain
BHP looks at GHG in copper chain
12th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with metals major JX Metals Corporation to jointly develop initiatives to cut back on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the... 


Image shows an aluminium smelter
Rio gets Arena support for Yarwun hydrogen plans
12th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a A$32.1-million grant for Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Corporation to trial hydrogen calcination technology at the Yarwun alumina refinery in... 


Gold miner set to trade, marking Indonesia's biggest IPO this year
5th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

PT Amman Mineral Internasional, the owner of the second-largest gold and copper mine in Indonesia, is set to debut in Jakarta following the country’s largest initial public offering this year.... 


An image showing the Cape interchange upgrade
AfriSam participating in Cape Interchange upgrade
4th July 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Cape contractor Haw & Inglis Construction has, since July 2021, been undertaking an upgrade of Cape Town’s Refinery interchange, supported by construction materials from AfriSam. The project is due... 


Apart from extending the width of the bridge, the height has also been raised
Cape Interchange upgrade gets AfriSam treatment
4th July 2023

Since July 2021, well-established Cape contractor Haw & Inglis Construction has been proceeding apace on the upgrade of Cape Town’s Refinery interchange, supported by construction materials from... 


Boliden's Ronnskar
Boliden partially restarts Ronnskar production after fire, to lay off 190 people
30th June 2023 By: Reuters

Boliden has partially resumed production at its Ronnskar smelter after output was halted following a fire at the facility in mid-June, the Swedish miner said on Friday. Due to the fire, it has... 


Location map of the Lindero mine
Lindero mine, Argentina
30th June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

A gold/copper mine in Salta, Argentina. 


Promise of democracy eludes many in Nigeria . . . but things are moving again
23rd June 2023 By: Tara O’Connor

As I sat down to write a column on Nigeria on 12 June, I had a flashback to ‘The June 12’ – the name Nigerians gave to the country’s failed first post-Cold War attempt to restore democratic rule.... 


Aerial view of the Idaho Cobalt Operations
Idaho Cobalt Operations, US – update
23rd June 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Jervois Global will accelerate exploration at the Idaho Cobalt Operations, and a bankable feasibility study for a cobalt refinery in the US as funding from the US government gets under way. 


Talga gets environmental approval for Vittangi
22nd June 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Battery materials company Talga has received the environmental permit for its Vittangi battery anode plant in Sweden. The environmental permit approval follows the granting of the building permits... 


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