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Botswana’s new coal plans, the return to mining research, breaking hard rock with foam

It was very interesting listening to the plans of Botswana coal mining companies on South Africa call for 3 750 MW of cross- border power from independent power producers (IPPs). Much reference was made to a gazette notice put out by South Africa’s Department of Energy that opens the way …

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The event was well-attended with 207 attendees from 25 countries, despite the industry downturn. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces and to welcome the 40% who attended an ALTA conference for the first time. We thank all participants for contributing to its success. The 21st annual …

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SADC to Commission 3000 MW of New Power in 2016

Member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plan to commission new power projects that will add 3059 megawatts of electricity this year as the region targets to ensure that it meets its energy needs by 2020. According to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), which coordinates the planning, …

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Anglo diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy, niobium outputs fall

Diversified mining company Anglo American has produced less diamond, copper, coal, manganese alloy and niobium in the three months to March 31. Diamond production fell by 10%, copper production by 19%, export thermal coal by 13%, export metallurgical coal by 9%, Eskom coal by 8% and niobium by 13%. Refined …

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New hope for the industry: sniffing out copper deposits

Geologists have developed a new and inexpensive technique to find copper deposits in volcanic rocks. With so much of the earth’s copper already dug up and companies desperately needing cost-effective ways to locate more reliable resources, could this technology prove to be a saviour?   The mining industry has faced …

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Anglo American’s finance chief Medori to retire in 2017

Global mining company Anglo American said finance director René Médori would retire in 2017 when he reaches the age of 60. Anglo American, which has been struggling with a slump in the price of commodities, said it was beginning a process to appoint a successor, and that Médori would continue …

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Vale writes $2.4bn off its Mozambique coal assets

Brazilian miner Vale has written $2.4 billion off the value of its coal assets in Mozambique over the last year, now valuing its project in the country at $1.73 billion. The operation continues to lose the company half a billion dollars per year, Vale said in its end of year …

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Mozambique coal-fired power project seeks multilateral lender support

A planned coal-fired power plant in Moatize, province of Tete, is seeking more than half a billion dollars in financing from multilateral lenders and export credit agencies, the head of the company leading the project told the media. Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power is leading the development of the 300 MW …

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Rio Tinto and Savannah mining JV awaiting government approval

Savannah and Rio Tinto plan to start construction of a major new heavy sands mine in southern Mozambique in 2017, but the joint venture they agreed last year is still awaiting approval from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy. The joint venture, to combine Savannah’s Jangamo mining licence in …

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Diamond Firms Get 90 Days to Wind Up in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean Government has given diamond mining companies in Chiadzwa and Chimanimani 90 days to remove their equipment and other valuables from the mines after it stopped their operations yesterday. The firms whose mining special grants expired and were not renewed will, however, be expected to hand over all diamond …

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