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Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Renewable grids present investment opportunity

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The recent trend towards the development of renewable energy, including those based on smart grids and microgrids in Africa, has encouraged the establishment of a new renewable energy equity fund. With the Africa Energy Indaba set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Sandton Convention... 

South Field Energy facility, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 South Field Energy plans to build a 1 182 MW combined-cycle facility in Ohio. 

Total Announces Ground-breaking Oil Discovery 175km Off the Southern Coast of South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2019 The recent gas condensate discovery by Total South Africa, 175km off the southern coast of South Africa, has set the stage for a significant contribution to the nation’s economic development as it will assist in reducing dependency on imports of oil and gas, notwithstanding the considerable... 

Latest technology improves clients’ on-boarding experience

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th February 2019 Next month cloud-based platform company Passport 360 will release the latest version of its Passport 360 application (app), which incorporates the latest robotic process automation technology to improve the platform and assist clients to on-board even faster. What exactly does the app do? 

Ethiopia moving to scale up investments in solar

By: John Muchira     8th February 2019 Ethiopia is scaling up investments in solar energy after unveiling six projects that will have a capacity to generate 750 MW.   As part of its ambitions to become a net exporter of electricity, the Horn of Africa nation said the six projects estimated to cost $800-million will be implemented... 

Lesedi to assist Mozal in its aluminium expansion project

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 South African engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi has recently been awarded a contract to assist South32’s Mozal aluminum plant in its expansion project. The $38-million AP3XLE energy efficiency project was approved in the third quarter of 2017 and started the rollout... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Greens’ bid to ban Qld coal ‘counter to common sense’ – Macfarlane

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2019 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has urged the state Parliament to reject a proposal by the Greens to ban mining in the Galilee basin. “This is the Greens’ anti-resources tantrum 2.0,” QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said on Wednesday. 

Sanedi ready to support the mining industry in energy efficiency

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 The mining sector has been encouraged to use more renewable energy and tighten up on energy efficiency, with the support of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi). Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the mining industry would need innovative and novel solutions to reduce... 

Gold Fields revamps Granny Smith circuits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields will install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Tuesday said that more than 20 000 solar panels and a 2MW/1MWh battery system would be installed at the mine, with the grid to be... 

Eskom lays bare its monumental challenges 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 When Eskom had 32 000 employees, debt of R40-billion and an output of 40 000 MW, it was a world-beater, Eskom group CE Phakamani Hadebe said on Monday. But its current employee level of 47 000 employees, debt of R440-billion and output of only 38 000 MW are presenting major turn-around challenges. 

Global demand for coal rises despite uncertainty

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Despite a move to renewable energy, particularly in Europe, demand for coal globally soared in 2018, led by low calorific value (CV) coal demand. The strongest import markets were China and India, while Indonesia performed extremely strongly on the supply side. China’s demand for coal... 

Rising US coal exports fail to stem domestic decline

By: Mariaan Webb     1st February 2019 Despite promises to revive the US coal mining industry, analysts are saying that the country’s policy actions are not enough to reverse the trend of declining coal demand from the power generation industry. In 2018, US coal production fell to 755-million short tons – a 20-million short ton... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Disruptive forces set to change power utility business models

1st February 2019 It appears that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model. Distributed power generation, technological advances and changing customer perspectives are among some of the major influencers responsible for this transformative change. This volatile... 

New-look APDP could change face of the local auto industry, says Naacam

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2019 Cabinet in November approved a new automotive support programme for the domestic automotive industry. The revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will replace the current APDP in 2021, and will run to 2035. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

Biomass power plant, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Yonago Biomass Power Generation is building a biomass plant that will use wood pellets as its primary fuel. 

Investors will continue to invest in solar

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Specialist banking company Investec Bank will continue to offer funding to viable projects in the renewables sector as solar photovoltaic (PV) technology becomes more cost effective. Southern Africa – more notably the Northern Cape province, in South Africa, and Namibia – is considered as one of... 

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Torrefied pellet plant, Estonia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 Baltania OÜ plans to build a commercial, industrial-scale torrefied pellet plant using the latest state-of-the-art technology. 

Eskom should be split, experts to tell president – sources 

By: Reuters     24th January 2019 South Africa's Eskom could be split into three separate firms under proposals from experts President Cyril Ramaphosa has hired to help revive the ailing state power company, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Reforming Eskom is vital to get Africa's most industrialised economy... 

New BI Sales and Marketing Director to focus on growth and service

23rd January 2019 As part of its ongoing strategy to promote sustainable growth and increase its value proposition to its broad customer base across a range of industries, leading supplier Bearings International (BI) has appointed Conrad Muller as Sales and Marketing Director, effective from November 2018. Muller... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Germany's 2019 hard coal imports seen rising after mining ends

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Germany is expected to import 45-million tonnes of hard coal this year, up roughly 1.4% from 2018 despite mounting competition from renewable energy, as the closure of domestic mines reduces domestic supply, importers said on Friday. The total would comprise an estimated 30 million tonnes for... 

India mulls bringing natural gas under single unified tax regime

By: Ajoy K Das     18th January 2019 The Indian government has initiated moves to bring natural gas under the purview of Goods and Service Tax (GST) offering succor to a large number of gas-based power plants stranded by high-priced fuel. A Parliamentary committee on energy has batted in favour of including natural gas in the... 

TMAC completes permitting for Madrid and Boston

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th January 2019 Emerging miner TMAC Resources has received two water licences for the Madrid and Boston projects, thereby wrapping up permitting for the three new mines that the company is planning near its existing Doris mine, in Nunavut. The Madrid North, Madrid South and Boston mine will be linked by a 55 km... 

Weba Chute Systems Signs Up Distributor In Canada

15th January 2019 Weba Chute Systems has announced the appointment of FWS Bulk Material Handling as the official distributor of Weba Chute Systems and Solution in Canada. The signing of this latest licence agreement underpins the South African OEM’s strategy of extending its global reach. Mark Baller, managing... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Siemens launches a one of a kind Distributed Energy System for Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 Siemens launches end – to end Distributed Energy System (DES) 40% reduction in energy usage Pilot platform at corporate headquarters park showcases Siemens products and solutions portfolio for Microgrids, energy storage and energy distribution Siemens launched a one of a kind, end-to-end... 

Fabricating for 25 years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th January 2019 November 2018 marked 25 years of service for Babcock’s fabricating facility as it celebrated two and a half decades of providing fabricated products and a full range of specialised support services to Africa’s power generation and metallurgical industries. Where it all began 

Kibo to focus on technical works, PPAs for its projects during 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 With 580-million Africans still reliant on inefficient, unreliable and expensive energy sources, if any, Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Energy will, this year, remain focused on the market opportunity this represents. This year will see Kibo fast-track the remaining technical work to complete an... 

Miners warn of Green's coal ban Bill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2019 The resources sector has warned of the detrimental effects a Bill to ban thermal coal mining in the Galilee Basin, in Queensland, would have on the economy. The Galilee Basin (Coal Prohibition Bill) has been introduced by the Greens into the Federal Senate, and if made into law, will see the... 

India’s Coal Ministry extends timelines for ongoing coal block auction

By: Ajoy K Das     20th December 2018 India’s Coal Ministry has extended the timelines for various stages of auctioning 18 coal blocks that got underway on Wednesday and has also relaxed some terms and conditions for successful bidders. The auction of the coal blocks for users in steel, cement and captive power generation sectors... 

Tanzania to sign deal this week for $3bn power plant – President

By: Reuters     12th December 2018 Tanzania will sign a deal this week for the construction of a $3-billion hydroelectric power plant, the president said in remarks broadcast on state television on Tuesday. President John Magufuli did not name the company awarded the contract for the power plant and dam to be built in the Selous... 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

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