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Approvals for Eskom’s ‘exciting’ grid-tied battery project expected in February 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the tender evaluation for Phase 1 of the utility’s battery energy storage systems (BESS) project has been completed and that he expects the final approvals to be in place in February. Speaking during a briefing on the state of the system on Thursday, De... 

DMRE calls for public comment on draft Domestic Carbon Offset Standards

By: Donna Slater     Updated 6 hours ago The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published the Draft Framework for the Development, Assessment and Approval of Domestic Carbon Offset Standards for public comment from January 27 to February 28. The draft framework sets out the requirements, criteria for selection,... 

Hitachi Energy achieves 100% fossil free electricity in own operations

Updated 7 hours ago Hitachi Energy today announced that it has achieved the first-step target set out in its Sustainability 2030 plan – the use of 100% fossil-free electricity in its own operations1. The company is driving towards being carbon-neutral in its own operations by 20302, in line with its Purpose,... 

South Africa’s emergency power process nears another deadline

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 South Africa has made faltering progress toward implementing plans announced more than two years ago to procure additional power needed to swiftly address crippling energy shortages. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy first issued a request for information from potential electricity... 

Mining majors included in Bloomberg 2022 Gender Equality Index  

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Major mining companies AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye-Stillwater, Exxaro Resources, Gold Fields, Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Kumba Iron Ore, Harmony Gold and Newmont have all been included in software and media company Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender Equality Index (GEI). The... 

Northern Minerals reviews Browns Range plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 ASX-listed Northern Minerals has paused the feasibility study for a full-scale beneficiation plant at its Browns Range rare earths project, in Western Australia, as it undertakes a company-wide strategic review. The company on Thursday told shareholders that newly appointed chairperson Nick... 

Woodside withdraws from Myanmar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Australian energy producer Woodside on Thursday announced its withdrawal from Myanmar. The ASX-listed company has operated in Myanmar since 2013, conducting multiple exploration and drilling campaigns, and holds a 40% participating interest in the A-6 joint venture (JV) as joint operator and... 

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

From Covid to logistics to food security: Born-in-Africa InstaDeep tackles complex problems with AI

26th January 2022 Africa’s contribution to the world of artificial intelligence is in the spotlight this week with the announcement by born-in-Africa AI disruptor InstaDeep that it has raised $100 million – while welcoming high-profile backers including BioNTech, Deutsche Bahn and others – to help scale its... 

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

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