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Loadshedding News

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2024 A 15-year agreement involving the supply of an initial 70 000 t of green hydrogen a year has been signed by TotalEnergies and Air Products. TotalEnergies, which is active in some 120 countries and which cites sustainability as being at the heart of its strategy, is setting out to reduce the net... 

Reform momentum must be sustained ‘regardless of the form or composition’ of new government

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa has underlined the importance of the new government – which is yet to be formed after no single party secured an outright majority in the recent elections – continuing with the economic reforms under way in the electricity, logistics, water and telecommunications... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

World Hydrogen alerted to benefit of South Africa’s zero-emission hydrogen haul truck 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2024 One hydrogen haul truck eliminates the deleterious carbon emissions of the equivalent of 700 cars, First Mode global hydrogen sourcing director James Betts highlighted during this week’s World Hydrogen Australia webinar, where he spoke of the need for the hydrogen haul trucks to be conceived as... 

South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.
South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.

Marokane says R285m spent on diesel in May compared with R2.8bn in May 2023 

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2024 Eskom CEO Dan Marokane has rebuffed persistent suggestions that the utility is keeping loadshedding at bay owing to an “excessive” reliance on the diesel-fuelled open cycle gas turbines, reporting that it spent R285-million on diesel during May compared with R2.8-billion in the same month last... 

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Dan Marokane

ESG intrinsic to long-term mining success, Gold Fields AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2024 Managing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects is intrinsic to the long-term success of mining, Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman highlighted at this week’s annual general meeting (AGM) of the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company. “We have a critical role to... 

Solar power panels at South Deep gold mine.
Solar power panels at South Deep gold mine.

Sibanye clinches yet another renewable energy purchase agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2024 Johannesburg- and New York-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded its fourth renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA). The green metals and gold producer has reached financial close for an additional 140 MW wind energy project, the Umsinde Emoyeni Wind Farm, located on the border between... 

Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.
Sibanye-Stillwater secures fourth power purchase agreement.

Measures to address loss-making assets expected to secure R6.6bn yearly, Sibanye AGM hears 

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2024 The measures that green metals and gold mining company Sibanye- Stillwater has taken to address loss-making assets are expected to secure yearly savings and capital expenditure deferrals of R6.6-billion, chairperson Dr Vincent Maphai told the online AGM of the platinum group metals major on... 

Dr Vincent Maphai (left) and Neal Froneman.
Dr Vincent Maphai (left) and Neal Froneman.

Ruthenium highlighted again in what could be another big boost for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2024 Ruthenium, one of the six platinum-group metals (PGMs), is once again being given major research attention in view of it being exceptionally suited to uplifting the efficiency and sustainability of green hydrogen production from green ammonia. Late last year, it was a ruthenium-based catalyst... 

Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.

Massive water power possibilities in underground mining, says COMRO book editor   

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2024 When hydropower was being developed for South Africa’s gold-mining industry, the industry was going through a tough time and the research organisation of the day, the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation or COMRO, ceased to function in the form that it had for 30-odd years. Had COMRO continued... 

COMRO book editor Brian Protheroe (right) and Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer (left).
COMRO’S Legacy editor Brian Protheroe interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Green hydrogen must be allowed to decarbonise optimally, Junior Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2024 Green hydrogen must be made cheap enough to decarbonise optimally at a time when the delay in emission reduction needs to be reversed if the world is to hit net zero by 2050. A range of factors need to be aligned relating to policy, technology, the circular economy, social buy-in and primary supply. 

Hugo Pienaar.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa's R105bn green hydrogen project to be energised by hot De Aar sunshine 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 South Africa’s R105-billion green hydrogen, green ammonia project in the Eastern Cape took another major leap forward on Tuesday with the announcement of its underpinning by a cluster of nine solar projects in the very high solar yielding area of De Aar. The giga scale 1 230 MW solar project is... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Eskom seeks Nersa permission to reserve grid capacity for public IPP procurement rounds  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has invited comment on Eskom’s application to preserve and reserve grid connection capacity for independent power producers (IPPs) participating in public procurement processes implemented in line with Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation... 

Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom group executive for distribution Monde Bala

Menar advancing on the manganese front   

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 Private investment company Menar, which is advancing steadily on the manganese front, has anthracite, coal, nickel, and gold in its diversified multi-country portfolio. The company's diversification into manganese began in 2021 with the East Manganese project in the Northern Cape, where a second... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoğlu interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Eskom board approves plan to operate Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina to 2030  

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2024 The Eskom board has given its approval for the continued operation of the Camden, Grootvlei and Hendrina power stations to 2030 – a departure from the original decommissioning schedule that has reportedly been endorsed by Cabinet. In response to a question posed by Engineering News during an... 

Eskom head of generation Bheki Nxumalo
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom head of generation Bheki Nxumalo

Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2024 It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that green hydrogen provides. 

The cathode side of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells that convert hydrogen to electricity require platinum.
Nedbank CIB's Mike Peo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Eyes turn to Union Buildings after NCOP approves Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill  

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2024 The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Electricity Regulation Amendment (ERA) Bill, which has far-reaching implications for the future structure and operation of an electricity supply industry that has hitherto been dominated by Eskom. The Bill received support from all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections
Photo by Creamer Media
President Cyril Ramaphosa may sign ERA Bill ahead of the elections

All-round value unlock targeted in proposed demerging of Anglo Platinum and De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American is targeting value elevation in its planned demerging of South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the envisaged divestment or demerger of Southern Africa-dominant De Beers. In rejecting BHP’s second takeover offer, Anglo intends reshaping... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.
Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson.

Ramaphosa denies pre-election loadshedding respite is a ‘political ploy’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa has entered the politically charged discussion on the reasons behind the recent dramatic reduction in loadshedding ahead of what is expected to be a highly competition election and amid allegations that the reprieve is being staged managed to improve the governing... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Deep wind power decision drawing closer, Q2 update likely on backfill problem  

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2024 Mining company Gold Fields expects to be in a position to decide on the establishment of a wind power project at the South Deep gold mine, west of Johannesburg, in the third quarter of this year. The project is currently undergoing scoping and feasibility and one of the key pieces of work has... 

Gold Fields CEO Mike Fraser
Gold Fields presentation covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ramokgopa insists loadshedding not being ‘stage managed’ ahead of May 29 poll  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa denies that the prevailing reprieve from loadshedding has been “stage managed” to improve the prospects of the governing African National Congress ahead of the May 29 poll, attributing it instead to “orchestrated” engineering efforts undertaken by Eskom... 

Minister insists the recent period of no loadshedding is down to the improved performance of coal stations such as Matla (pictured)
Photo by Creamer Media
Minister insists the recent period of no loadshedding is down to the improved performance of coal stations such as Matla (pictured)

Platinum-based green hydrogen emerging as Winter Olympics decarbonisation pillar 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2024 Green hydrogen, which is generated with the benefit of the catalysis that platinum group metals (PGMs) provide, is being increasingly highlighted as a pillar of the global decarbonisation transition that is poised to save the world from ruinous climate change. News just out is that steps are... 

Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.
Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.

Discovery, development are mining’s only true value creation drivers, Barrick highlights   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2024 Discovery and development are the only true drivers of value creation in the mining industry, Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow highlighted on Wednesday, when this standout gold and copper mining company once again declared a dividend in reporting its first quarter results that position... 

Barrick’s Mark Bristow greets Tanzania Minerals Minister Anthony Mavunde at African training academy, which is augmenting the closing Buzwagi mine’s transformation into a 3 000-job-a-year special economic zone with airport terminal.
Barrick first-quarter results covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Booming Harmony ups full-year output and grades; lowers cost and capital guidance

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2024 Execution and preparatory work on key gold projects are on track in South Africa, and early works on the copper project in Australia are to commence, Harmony Gold reported on Tuesday. In South Africa, the Moab Khotsong gold mine extension and the Mine Waste Solutions development are on track,... 

Harmony's Mponeng gold mine.
Harmony's Mponeng gold mine.

Implats platinum group metals output up amid robust demand but lacklustre pricing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats on Tuesday reported higher production in a period characterised by robust demand but lacklustre PGM prices. “Despite continued macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, demand from our contractual customers remains robust, with... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Glencore’s Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter remains idled 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2024 Pending an improved price and cost environment, Glencore said in its first-quarter 2024 production report on Tuesday that its Rustenburg ferrochrome smelter in South Africa’s North West province would remain idled. The London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

New green hydrogen trading base uplifting platinum group metals demand outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2024 The green hydrogen sector now has a digital platform on which users can buy and sell green hydrogen by the click of a button, it was announced on Tuesday.  Euronext-listed Lhyfe, the French group devoted to energy transition, has begun taking of orders for green hydrogen in Europe and... 

Lhyfe Founder and CEO Matthieu Guesné.
Lhyfe Founder and CEO Matthieu Guesné on video.

Anglo helping to restore Amazon-like rainforest near Brazil iron-ore mine  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2024 Diversified mining company Anglo American is taking steps to help to restore an Amazon rainforest equivalent of which less than 10% remains intact. The Mata Atlántica carbon forest is located near Anglo’s Minas-Rio iron-ore mine, in Brazil. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo Sustainability Update covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ramokgopa describes IPP surpluses as low-hanging fruit amid delay in finding contractual solution  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2024 Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa describes surplus electricity arising from existing renewable energy facilities as “low hanging fruit” in improving the supply-demand balance and reports that discussions are under way to assess ways to make this energy available to the grid. Speaking... 

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Rich copper intercept in N Cape sends Orion’s shares soaring on Australian exchange 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd April 2024 The richness of South Africa’s copper assets were emphasised on Monday when Northern Cape mine developer and explorer Orion Minerals published a standout intercept that sent its shares rocketing up 58% on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Orion, headed by CEO Errol Smart, is primarily listed... 

Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart.

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2024 With the National Transmission Company South Africa (NTCSA) currently scheduled to be operationalised in July and efforts under way to ensure that the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) Amendment Bill is passed by the current Parliament, work is now advancing on the market code for the future... 

NTCSA begins consultations on market code to govern shift towards competitive electricity industry

Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The applications that we’re looking at are stationary as well as mobility applications of using hydrogen... 

From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha
From left, Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Sietse van der Woude, Zanele Mavusa Mbatha.

Stage 16 loadshedding code seeks to reduce human error not signal imminent surge in cuts – Nersa  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2024 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has belatedly moved to quell concern that its recent approval of a new loadshedding code of practice, which increases the number of potential stages from eight to 16, represented a signal that the prospect for higher levels of loadshedding was... 

A person using candles during power cuts
NRS Association management committee chairperson Vally Padayachee explains the reason for the new loadshedding standard at a Nersa briefing. Recorded & Editing by Shadwyn Dikinson. 16.4.2024

South Africa’s ranking in World Energy Trilemma Index falls 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2024 South Africa has fallen to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key dimensions of energy security, equity, and environmental sustainability. The index is included in the ‘World... 

Power lines over an informal settlement

South Africa well placed to benefit from huge green hydrogen outlook, attendees hear  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2024 Green hydrogen has a massive potential future and South Africa is very well positioned to produce it, attendees of the Hydrogen Economy Discussion heard on Thursday. Most of the 90-million tonnes of hydrogen produced currently through the likes of South Africa’s Sasol and others is grey. 

Ministerial Advisor and Presidency Green Hydrogen Lead Masopha Moshoeshoe.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Eskom aims to keep breakdowns below 14 GW this winter as it cuts diesel budget 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2024 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will reduce planned maintenance to 3 000 MW during the upcoming winter season and will seek to keep unplanned breakdowns to below 14 000 MW in a bid to navigate the high-demand period with limited loadshedding. During the summer period, from September to the... 

Eskom to ramp down planned maintenance to 3 000 MW in winter
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom to ramp down planned maintenance to 3 000 MW in winter

Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro  

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2024 South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up with a utility that supplies them clean water along with a store of cheap and reliable green energy. 

Karst MD Guy Richards.
Karst interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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