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LPG industry urged to act on non-binding market inquiry findings

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago South Africa’s Competition Commission has made far-reaching, yet non-binding, recommendations for dealing with prevailing “market distortions” in the domestic liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sector following its first-ever market inquiry, which took nearly three years to complete. The report... 

Hummingbird’s Yanfolila gearing up for production

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 5 hours ago The development of Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ Mali-based Yanfolila mine is progressing on time and within budget. The company on Monday said structural, mechanical, plate work and piping work have been under way for over three months, while the plant foundations largely complete. 

Blue Nova launches production facility as lithium-iron battery bug bites in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     Updated 6 hours ago Energy storage solutions company Blue Nova has launched a new production facility in Somerset West, near Cape Town, to keep up with rising demand for lithium-iron yttrium phosphate (LiFeYPo4) batteries. The lithium-iron batteries are seen as an excellent alternative to ageing lead-acid batteries,... 

Syrah awards logistics contract to Grindrod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 Graphite developer Syrah Resources has awarded the graphite distribution and logistics services supply contract at its Balama project, in Mozambique, to JSE-listed Grindrod Mauritius. The contract includes the provision of long haul trucking services for graphite concentrate from the Balama site... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 ‘Big money’ investors are increasingly looking to invest in the relatively small ‘new-age metals’ space, comprising metals such as lithium, graphite and cobalt, as strengthening fundamentals for these minerals and an unprecedented high-impact investment opportunity draw the potential for bonanza... 

AfDB to review development of Senegalese power plant after complaints 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) will review compliance eligibility at the €206-million, 125 MW Sendou coal-fired power plant project, in Senegal, following several community complaints. Two groups raised eight similar issues with the bank, including an unviable government policy option to use... 

Newmont reveals Ahafo underground mine, mill expansion plans to lift output 50%

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 US-based gold major Newmont Mining has announced investment plans to the value of $380-million for a new underground mine and a 50% plant expansion at the Ahafo mine, in Ghana. The Subika underground mine is projected to produce 1.8-million ounces of gold over an 11-year mine life, and features... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Mobile elevated work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental launched Africa’s largest scissor lift at its Montague Gardens facility, in Cape Town, last month. The HL-275 D27, manufactured by Netherland-based industrial equipment supplier Holland Lift, has the highest working height and... 

Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage scheme project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 The project will be the first new grid-scale power storage facility built in the UK in more than 30 years. 

Integrated energy solutions Africa’s answer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 While several large-scale energy projects in Africa are progressing positively, growing global interest in sustainability and renewable energy highlights the need to actively pursue other low-cost, fast-tracked integrated energy solutions that will benefit Africans without access to electricity,... 

Joburg pilots scheme to improve energy access in informal settlements

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 To address the challenges of supplying electricity to informal settlements in Johannesburg, the city’s electricity utility City Power is managing a pilot project to supply residents in the Lawley and Thembelihle informal settlements. During the Power and Electricity World Africa conference, which... 

Pay-as-you-go microgrids seen offering rural electrification alternative

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Pay-as-you-go solar microgrid solutions, coupled with energy storage, is proving to be a boon for the African communities they power and offers opportunities to entrepreneurs to tap into this growing market. South Africa has highlighted the potential of this system through the government Green... 

Pumped hydroelectric storage project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 The project entails the construction of a pumped-storage project that uses seawater. 

Solar, liquid-energy storage solution seen having big off-grid potential

By: David Oliveira     21st April 2017 Containerised liquid-energy storage machines, or flow machines, coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation, could provide Africa with the most cost-effective and energy efficient off-grid electricity generation solution, said UK-based energy storage solutions company redT CEO Scott... 

Land Bank sets aside R1bn to support black farming investments in 2017  

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2017 South Africa’s Land Bank has set a target of disbursing “at least” R1-billion in 2017/18 to support investments by black entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector and to begin transforming a loan book that is still overwhelmingly composed of funding to established commercial farmers. Should the... 

SA landmine detection pioneer in big US defence contract

     20th April 2017 In a breakthrough for South African military exports to the US and allied countries, Boksburg-based DCD Protected Mobility is contracted to provide more than 20 of its unique Husky 2G landmine detection vehicles to the US Department of Defence. According to Cornelius Grundling, general manager of... 

Gas still the answer – Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th April 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has slammed a new report by the Climate Council that claimed more gas production will result in higher electricity prices and pollution. In its report 'Pollution and Price: the Cost of Investing in Gas', the Climate Council... 

Ascendant lifts El Mochito mill throughput 17% since Dec buy; sees output rise 41% by Q4

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Since acquiring the west-central Honduras-based El Mochito zinc/lead/silver mine about four months ago, Canadian miner Ascendant Resources has leveraged its management team’s experience to immediately turn the operation around, giving it a growth platform generating free cash flow. Once the crown... 

Abland starts earthworks at Atlantic Hills business park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th April 2017 Earthworks and services installation have started for the first phase of a new 450 000 m2 industrial precinct in Durbanville, the Atlantic Hills business park, with the first tenant expected to take occupation in January 2018, construction company Abland says. The first phase will involve the... 

Paladin output falls in line with reduced mining plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2017 Uranium oxide (U3O8) production from the Langer Heinrich mine, in Namibia, fell by 26% during the three months to March as production was impacted by the first full quarter of a reduced mining plan. Miner Paladin Energy on Wednesday reported that production from the Langer Heinrich mine reached... 

Dacian saves on Mt Morgans costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2017 Gold developer Dacian Gold has shaved A$23.1-million from the A$172-million infrastructure capital costs of its planned Mt Morgans gold project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company has executed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Mt Morgans project with... 

Radio Hill costs lower than expected – Artemis

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2017 An independent review into the newly acquired Radio Hill copper/nickel/cobalt project, in Western Australia, has revealed that the estimated cost to refurbish the existing plant to operational readiness would be some A$4.6-million. A further A$650 000 will be required to install a gravity... 

Red 5 cites regulatory uncertainty as it shuts Philippines gold mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 Mining operations at the Siana gold mine, in the Philippines, have been suspended with immediate effect, ASX-listed Red 5 reported on Tuesday. The company said the decision was taken on the back of uncertainty around regulatory and government mining policy and the group’s assessment of the... 

Eastern Goldfields raises A$25m for Davyhurst

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 ASX-listed Eastern Goldfields will raise a minimum of A$25-million through a share placement to complete the commissioning of the Davyhurst operation, in Western Australia. The company on Tuesday said that it will issue up to 80-million shares, at a price of 35c each to sophisticated, profession... 

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies started the commissioning process last month for the heavy fuel oil (HFO) storage facility it specifically designed for multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA Global. Energas’s scope for the project included the fabrication,... 

Renewables still largely underexploited in most African countries

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 The biggest challenge faced by the renewable-energy industry is storage, and a lack of wide-spread adoption is impeding renewable-energy sources from realising their full potential in the greater energy mix, according to Eaton Africa operations head Eugèn Ranft.  

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Two in five industrial computers faced cyberattacks in second half of 2016

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2017 An average of two-in-five computers related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises were exposed to malicious software and targeted cyberattack in the second half of 2016, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Head of Critical Infrastructure Defence Department... 

Pan African capital raise puts gold project on fast track  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2017 Midtier gold mining company Pan African Resources has successfully raised R705-million in a share placing, the net proceeds of which will be used, together with a R1-billion seven-year debt facility, to fast-track the high-return Elikhulu gold tailings project in Mpumalanga. Pan African CEO Cobus... 

See Africa’s largest selection of targeted security and fire products under one roof at Securex 2017

     13th April 2017 Everyone has something they need to protect. For some it’s personal and business material assets, for most it’s the safeguarding of family members and personnel, and for others it’s the protection of sensitive data. Finding solutions that are simultaneously budget-friendly and reliable is often... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Water situation in Nelson Mandela Bay a 'crisis'

By: African News Agency      13th April 2017 Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay can gear up for stringent water restrictions within the next week as the water situation in the city is on the verge of a “crisis”. Executive Mayor Athol Trollip on Wednesday called an emergency media briefing at Port Elizabeth City Hall to address the critical... 

Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation has granted its first consent for the start of construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C. 

SA urged to focus on producing components for battery supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2017 South Africa can use the development and local production of various battery components in global energy storage supply chains to develop local industrial capacity, says University of the Western Cape South African Institute for Advanced Material Chemistry director Professor Vladimir Linkov.... 

South African R&D spending on the rise but government aims yet higher

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2017 The South African government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to about R60-billion a year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%. This... 

Diesel tax refund system should be simplified – KPMG

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 As the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) work to streamline the current diesel refund system, KPMG believes the development of a more simplified and concise refund framework is needed, particularly in reference to mining sector beneficiaries. The current Sars diesel... 

Digital advances in mining out of sync with scale of potential – EY report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Mining companies are failing to take advantage of digital technology to address productivity issues, says advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY), which believes that digital transformation is a critical enabler to tackle productivity and margin challenges in the mining and metals sector. A new EY... 

Rio Tinto delivers on climate targets with big emissions cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has delivered on its climate change targets, with the company having slashed its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by more than a quarter since 2008. The global mining group has reduced its GHG emissions intensity by 20.3% from 2008 to 2015, exceeding a 10%... 

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