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21st February 2024 This week: South Africa looks to Japanese collaboration on green hydrogen development and, Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition 

Major hydrogen economy developments in SA  

21st February 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses BMW's hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads; Heraeus and Sibanye-Stillwater’s PGMs partnership to boost the hydrogen economy; and South Africa's hopes to collaborate with Japan on green hydrogen development.   

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Major hydrogen economy developments in SA

Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2024 Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in KwaZulu-Natal, South32 CEO Graham Kerr assured Mining Weekly in an interview on Thursday, following... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
South32 CEO Graham Kerr.

Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2024 Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on how applications can profit from the unique traits of palladium, one of the six PGM elements.... 

Palladium bars.
Palladium bars.

Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2024 For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand campus in Johannesburg. The outcome of BMW, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Sasol finding common... 

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
BMW, Anglo American Platinum, Sasol talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the new BMW iX5 Hydrogen taking to South Africa’s streets. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bambili close to finishing feasibility study on hydrogen fuel cell power system for Anglo’s head office

By: Darren Parker     13th February 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American has selected hydrogen energy solutions company Bambili Energy to deploy a 2 MW hydrogen fuel cell power system lighthouse project to provide electricity at its headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bambili Energy CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha... 

Anglo American's new head office in Oxford Road

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa looks to Japanese collaboration on green hydrogen development 

By: Darren Parker     13th February 2024 The Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) this week hosted key South African private and public sector delegates and a high-profile Japanese business delegation at a green hydrogen seminar, in Johannesburg, on February 12. This follows the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) between... 

H2 gas sign
We speak to Jetro Johannesburg executive director Matoba Shintaro about the Japanese/South African collaboration on green hydrogen

Hydrogen demand powers record sales for Thyssenkrupp Nucera

By: Reuters     13th February 2024 Thyssenkrupp Nucera on Tuesday posted record quarterly sales, citing rising demand for its electrolyser technology as the hydrogen firm remained upbeat about the sector's prospects despite regulatory uncertainty. First-quarter revenue for the three months to December 31 rose by more than a third... 

ThyssenKrupp Nucera CEO Werner Ponikwar
ThyssenKrupp Nucera CEO Werner Ponikwar

Mining services companies facing climate conundrums

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2024 The need to counter climate change is raising a whole range of important issues for mining services companies, which, in comparison with the mining groups they served, are small in scale. This was highlighted at a function, hosted by environmental consultancy Digby Wells on the fringes of the... 

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.
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Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

WPIC highlights South Korean hydrogen market as driver for platinum demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd February 2024 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is encouraged by the South Korean government’s more to accelerate the country’s transition to a clean hydrogen economy and its advancement of the hydrogen industry. South Korea held its sixth Hydrogen Economy Committee meeting at the end of last year,... 

A hydrogen fueling station

Coal miner Ndalamo pursuing renewable energy, other minerals

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2024 Coal mining company Ndalamo Resources is actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future. Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo states this in an Op-Ed in relation to the overarching theme of next week's 2024 Investing in... 

Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.
Ndalamo CEO Shammy Luvhengo.

South African green hydrogen developers urged to bid for €270m in German grant funding to close project ‘bankability gap’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2024 South African developers of mature green hydrogen or derivatives projects are potentially eligible for non-refundable grant funding being extended under Germany’s €270-million Power-to-X (PtX) Development Fund, set up to close “bankability gaps” standing in the way of implementing... 

Artist impression of a green hydrogen facility

Anglo launches battery raw materials research project with large China recycler 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 South Africa-founded and Johannesburg- and London-listed Anglo American on Friday announced the launch of a research and development project in collaboration with one of China’s largest battery and battery material recyclers. The purpose of the project with Shenzhen-based GEM is to explore new... 

GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.
GEM and Anglo teams at signing ceremony.

USTDA to host South African delegation in the US to accelerate green hydrogen collaboration

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2024 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will bring a delegation of South African clean energy sector decision-makers to the US to build partnerships between the countries to accelerate the development of South Africa’s green hydrogen ecosystem. The 14-member delegation of government, private... 

Graphic depicting the various uses of green hydrogen

SRK celebrating 50 years of consulting to natural resource sector 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2024 The 50 years of experience that SRK Consulting has accumulated since coming into existence in 1974 has placed it in an excellent position to outline how mining’s approach to environmental sustainability and responsible sourcing has evolved over the last 50 years. As a South African-founded global... 

SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl (right) interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.
SRK Consulting MD Andrew van Zyl is interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Lhyfe, Source Galileo to establish green hydrogen production units in the UK, Ireland

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2024 Green and renewable hydrogen producer and supplier Lhyfe and renewable energy developer Source Galileo have entered into an agreement to jointly develop commercial-scale green and renewable hydrogen production units in the UK and Ireland, with plans under way for multiple units. The companies are... 

Solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen storage tank

Sasol, Topsoe appoint CEO to lead new sustainable aviation fuels JV

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2024 Sasol and Topsoe have appointed Shell’s Jan Toschka as CEO of their recently established sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) JV. Toschka is described as a seasoned leader in the aviation fuels industry, having been President of Global Aviation at Shell, where he was responsible for the energy major’s... 

Jan Toschka
Jan Toschka

New platinum group metals recycling facility opens in China 

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2024 A new platinum group metals (PGM) recycling facility has opened in China, where the autocatalyst recycling market is expected to grow at the rate of 18% a year. Recycled PGMs are calculated to offer carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of up to 98% when compared with mined PGMs. 

The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.
The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.

Adani says green hydrogen can repeat solar's path to low costs

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2024 Billionaire ports-to-coal tycoon Gautam Adani has called for a renewed global focus on lowering green hydrogen prices to spur the clean fuel’s adoption in emissions intensive industries. Lowering costs from $3 to $5 per kilogram to $1 per kilogram would make the energy source a viable tool for... 

Gautam Adani
Gautam Adani

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
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Gwede Mantashe

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
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Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Supply-demand trend favours platinum over palladium – Deutsche Bank Research 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2024 The convergence in platinum and palladium prices is likely to go further. Fundamentals point more positively for platinum into 2025 on a better autocatalyst demand trend. 

Platinum bar.
Platinum bar.

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Hydrogen as a driver of PGMs demand and new industry appointments make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the hydrogen economy as a new growth area for platinum group metals; Ian Cockerill's appointment as CEO of West African miner Endeavour Mining and the importance of growing the pipeline of leaders in the mining industry; and the importance of... 

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Hydrogen as a driver of PGMs demand and new industry appointments make headlines

Hydrogen economy poised as key growth booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2024 The hydrogen economy is an important new growth area for platinum group metals (PGMs) and, in turn, PGMs are pivotal for hydrogen production and application across a broad front. Accentuating this in a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly, Heraeus Precious Metals new business development executive... 

Heraeus Precious Metals EVP Dr Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals New Business Development EVP Dr Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Major new global hydrogen thrust brightens spotlight on platinum group metals

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2024 A major new initiative by long-standing South Africa associate Heraeus Precious Metals this week drew renewed and intensified attention to the widespread role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the burgeoning hydrogen economy. Hot on the heels of last month’s far-reaching iridium-thrifting... 

Supported are production, transport, storage, industrial application, fuel cell energising and recycling.
Supported are production, transport, storage, industrial application, fuel cell energising and recycling.

Thyssenkrupp Nucera stays bullish on hydrogen sector, shares rise

By: Reuters     18th December 2023 Thyssenkrupp Nucera, which makes electrolysers needed to produce green hydrogen, is confident it can reach its mid-term targets, sounding a much more positive note than peers in a sector that still largely depends on subsidies. "Our water electrolysis technology as a means to decarbonise industry... 

Davis expects platinum price to be ignited in next few months 

By: Martin Creamer     18th December 2023 Overwhelming demand and declining South African mining supply are poised to result in a very substantial rise in the price of platinum, Dr David Davis forecasts. Davis has been associated with the South African mining industry and mining investment industry for the past 45 years in mainly... 

David Davis
David Davis

EU to invest nearly €204m in Fortescue's proposed green ammonia plant in Norway 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th December 2023 The European Union (EU) has endorsed and chosen to significantly invest in Australia-headquartered green technology, energy and metals company Fortescue’s plans for a flagship green ammonia plant in Norway, awarding the Holmaneset project a grant of €203.77-million as part of its Innovation Fund.... 

An artist's impression of the proposed green ammonia plant in Norway
An artist's impression of the proposed green ammonia plant in Norway

Huge uplift for Eastern Cape on way from South Africa’s R105bn green ammonia project  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2023 The building of the R105-billion green ammonia project by Hive Hydrogen South Africa is poised to be a huge economic uplift for the Eastern Cape. The large project is the first phase of a multi-phase venture that will be constructed over 16 years. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

ITOCHU Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka, third from left, with Eastern Cape people at the signing of a memorandum of co-operation with Hive Hydrogen South Africa.
Hive Hydrogen GM Colin Loubser interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining urged to embrace international council’s new Scope 3 emissions guidance 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2023 All mining and metals companies are being urged to embrace new guidance on reducing Scope 3 emissions, which was published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Wednesday. The guidance is a tool to assist mining companies in their engagement with the financial sector,... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

GM, Komatsu to develop hydrogen fuel cells for electric mining truck

By: Reuters     12th December 2023 General Motors and Komatsu said on Tuesday they will jointly develop a hydrogen fuel cell power module for the Japanese construction machinery maker's 930E electric drive mining truck. "Mining trucks are among the largest, most capable vehicles used in any industry, and we believe hydrogen fuel... 

A Komatsu 930E hydrogen fuel cell mining truck
A Komatsu 930E hydrogen fuel cell mining truck

Hive Hydrogen project will show how just energy transition is possible, says Gcabashe

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2023 Through its green ammonia export project in the Eastern Cape, the leadership of Hive Hydrogen South Africa intends to show how a just energy transition is possible, Hive Hydrogen chairperson Thulani Gcabashe highlighted at the signing ceremony of the $5.8-billion Coega development. “We’re already... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka. Use of green hydrogen to combat climate change is an objective both companies share.
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Itochu Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka. Use of green hydrogen to combat climate change is an objective both companies share.
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