R/€ = 20.3510 Change: -0.0311
R/$ = 19.1287 Change: 0.0347
Au 2346.47 $/oz Change: -45.37
Pt 932.50 $/oz Change: -11.00


Decarbonised iron production possible using sodium, company says

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2024 A new process being pioneered by energy companies such as Israel-based Helios and Netherlands-based Alkalium proposes the use of sodium metal rather than coal or hydrogen to refine iron-ore into direct reduced iron (DRI). Traditionally, iron is beneficiated by mixing iron-ore fines with coal. The... 

Fog fluid product highlighted to prevent corrosion

19th April 2024 Global corrosion protection company Cortec Corporation highlights that its CorroLogic VpCI-339 fogging fluid is fast, effective and convenient in addressing the challenges of void and corrosion in equipment, piping and structures. This fogging fluid protects void spaces, complex internal... 

Vale's iron-ore output up 6% in first quarter, sales jump

By: Reuters     17th April 2024 Brazilian miner Vale on Tuesday reported growth of 6.1% in its first-quarter iron-ore production from a year earlier, driven by improved output from a key project in northern Brazil, while sales in the period also jumped. Vale's iron ore output in the first three months of the year totaled... 

China's March coal output slumps on high stockpiles, lower demand

By: Reuters     16th April 2024 China's coal output fell 4.2% in March, statistics bureau data showed on Tuesday, as miners cut back production on lower demand from power generators and ample inventories of the fuel limited stockpiling. China produced 399.33-million metric tons of coal last month, the National Bureau of... 

Hybrid systems posited for power redundancy

By: Trent Roebeck     12th April 2024 For businesses and industry to flourish and remain sustainable, generator manufacturer Maverick Generators says it is important to consider deploying a hybrid, or mixed, energy system to ensure that operations are not brought to a halt, as a result of power interruptions and loadshedding. To... 

Industry well placed to respond to global demand

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      12th April 2024 African law firm Bowmans asserts that the local and broader Southern African manganese industries are well placed to respond to global demand for the commodity. With increased activity in steel manufacturing and the growing demand for battery-grade manganese, South Africa’s extensive reserves,... 

Wind energy poses increased fall risks

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report named ‘Green Job Hazards’, workers in the wind energy... 

Graphite mine on track to meet growing demand

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2024 In the rapidly evolving energy storage and electric vehicle (EV) landscape, the global demand for critical minerals, such as graphite, is escalating at an unprecedented rate, says Africa-focused energy minerals developer Walkabout Resources CEO and MD Andrew Cunningham. He points out that global... 

Joint venture to develop Kongoni deposit

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      12th April 2024 Amid anticipated growth in global manganese demand, driven by steel production and emerging green energy technologies, commodities investment company Menar will undertake a joint venture with diversified metals and mining company ERG Africa to develop the large-scale underground Kongoni manganese... 

Manganese remains a key critical mineral

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      12th April 2024 Manganese will continue to play an important role in the commodities value chain because of its use in steel and batteries, says French multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet. The company asserts that steel, in which manganese is used as an alloying agent during the manufacturing... 

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