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ESKOM: Eskom rejects all tariff concession requests

  • Date: 24-11-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: City Press

Eskom has refused every request it received from struggling intensive energy users for tariff concessions, the power utility has confirmed.

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PGM PROJECTS: Not this mine. Not this location.

  • Date: 23-11-19
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Star Tribune

The proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely unambiguously threatens the waters of the BWCA and beyond — waters that aren't just meant to be kept pristine but that are particularly sensitive to pollutants. Evidence that regulatory processes can help matters has grown slim.

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CHINA: BASF commences its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, China

  • Date: 23-11-19
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: BASF

Today, BASF officially launched its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, and commenced building its first plants. It marks a milestone of the company’s US$10 billion investment project announced in July 2018. The first plants will produce engineering plastics and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to serve the increasing needs of various growth industries in the southern China market and throughout Asia.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla challenges Detroit 3 with pickup; launch marred by cracked windows

After years of promising an electric pickup that could outperform offerings from the Detroit 3, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk on Thursday revealed an angular, toy-like vehicle that failed to withstand a 25-minute presentation.

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FUEL CELLS: Anheuser-Busch completes first zero-emission beer delivery

  • Date: 22-11-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

A Nikola hydrogen-electric truck picked up the load of beer, including flagship beer brand Bud Light, and delivered it to Anheuser-Busch local wholesaler partner, Lohr Distributors – marking the first commercial delivery onboard a Nikola hydrogen-electric vehicle.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Amcu signs platinum deal and plans for new battle

  • Date: 22-11-19
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: North East Tribune

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) finally signed the wage deal with platinum producers after four months of negotiations but vowed that the battle against job losses in the industry is about to begin.

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PLATINUM: Platinum Catch-22 Prevents Miners Tapping World’s Hottest Metals

  • Date: 22-11-19
  • Category: PLATINUM
  • Source: Yahoo

(Bloomberg) -- South African miners face a conundrum: increasing palladium and rhodium output to take advantage of soaring prices risks depressing the already fragile market for sister metal platinum.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Joint operations centre set up to quash platinum belt unrest

  • Date: 22-11-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Daily Maverick

In the face of escalating community unrest on the eastern limb of the platinum belt, the Minerals Council and the police plan to set up a joint operations centre in the region. Data suggests the area is in a state of worsening social turmoil amid sky-high unemployment and conflict over resource control.

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