Energy & Mining Trends 2017

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Lonmin must still build housing for more than 11‚000 employees

Lonmin‚ the world's third largest platinum miner‚ has to build accommodation for 11‚500 of its employees‚ but the weak platinum price is working against major housing investment‚ CEO Ben Magara said on Friday, 20 January...

By Allan Seccombe 1 day ago

Africa needs to manage food, water and energy in a way that connects all three

There is an increasing global demand for food, water and energy. All three are inter-linked, a fact that has increasingly become the focus of attention for policy makers and governments...

By Agathe Maupin and Mercy Mwanikah Ojoyi 1 day ago

Legal advice boosts IPPs case against Eskom

Independent power producers (IPPs), who are waiting for Eskom to sign power purchase agreements (PPA), are entitled to approach the courts to force Eskom to sign these agreements, the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) said on Wednesday, 18 January...

By Lutho Mtongana 20 Jan 2017

Slight improvement in mining fatality figures

The fatality figures in the mining sector for 2016 have improved by 5% when compared to 2015...

20 Jan 2017

BHP Billiton and Vale settle civil claim for Samarco tragedy

BHP Billiton and Vale have agreed to pay R$155bn (about $47.5bn) to settle a civil claim for the Samarco tailings dam disaster in November 2015...

By Robert Laing 20 Jan 2017

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

Over a dozen leading European and Asian firms have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and cut the production of harmful gases that lead to global warming...

19 Jan 2017

Eskom defaulter power cuts will hurt economy: Cosatu and Sacci

Eskom's decision to interrupt power to about a dozen municipalities would hurt business and cost jobs, the South African Chamber of Commerce (Sacci) and Cosatu warned on Tuesday, 17 January...

By Khulekani Magubane 19 Jan 2017

Low water levels aid plans for rehabilitation of Kariba Dam

In the months ahead, the Kariba Dam hydroelectric scheme must deal with the twin challenges of not holding enough water on the one hand and too much of it on the other...

By Tom Nevin 18 Jan 2017

Shell Gabon sale to be finalised in January: source

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell will sign a deal to sell its Gabon oil assets to US fund Carlyle this month, a source close to the talks said Monday, 16 January, as unions threatened further strike action.

18 Jan 2017

Mining output plunges 4.2% in November

Mining output plunged 4.2% in November from a year earlier, Statistics SA said on Tuesday, 17 January...

By Pericles Anetos 18 Jan 2017

Utility distorts facts about renewable energy, group claims

Eskom has been accused of deliberately distorting facts about the cost of renewable power purchases...

By Bekezela Phakathi 17 Jan 2017

The African towns falling into decline and poverty after mining companies use resources then exit

The town of Fria in Guinea was built around bauxite mining in 1957. It used to have good facilities: water, electricity, schools, housing and hospitals...

By Penda Diallo 17 Jan 2017

Rain halts big work at big local mine

Heavy rainfall in the Northern Cape this month has hit production from at least one of SA's big manganese miners...

By Charlotte Mathews 16 Jan 2017

ENGIE, ANER partner to promote clean energy in Senegal

ENGIE has signed a partnership with ANER, the National Renewable Energies Agency in Senegal, to accelerate the development of renewable energies in the country...

16 Jan 2017

Astral Foods projects a poultry catastrophe if Eskom cuts off defaulting councils

A catastrophe is about to decimate a major part of Astral Foods chicken operation...

By Mark Allix 13 Jan 2017

All Dutch trains now run on wind energy

The European country has reached its goal a little earlier than planned...

By Lindsay Samson 13 Jan 2017

Striking Harmony workers return to surface at Kusasalethu

Workers on a wildcat strike at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine have all returned to the surface...

13 Jan 2017

Workers stage underground sit-in at Harmony's Kusasalethu

About 1,700 miners staged an underground sit-in at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine from Wednesday afternoon, 11 January, with the company saying no formal demands had been made...

By Allan Seccombe 13 Jan 2017

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