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PGM PRODUCERS: Mining all of the reef, all of the time

The mining industry’s dependency on blasting as a means to fragment the rock, means that mining stops for between two and three hours daily to allow for toxic fumes to dissipate and for the rock mass to stabilise after blasting.

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ESKOM: Fire breaks out at Eskom's power plant

  • Date: 18-12-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Sowetan Live

South Africa is once again facing the risk of loadshedding after fire broke out at one of Eskom's largest power stations on Wednesday night.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Eskom's De Ruyter must either toe government’s line or ours - NUM

The National Union of Mineworkers has issued an ultimatum to incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, saying that if he plans to institute government's planned reorganisation at the struggling power utility it would fight him at every turn.

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PGM PROJECTS: What you need to know about the Twin Metals mine plan

Twin Metals Minnesota submitted a plan to state and federal regulators Wednesday for a copper-nickel mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, formally kicking off what is likely to be a multi-year environmental review process.

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ESKOM: Eskom to investigate fire at Majuba, but at ease with coal supply delivery

  • Date: 18-12-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Fin 24

A fire at the Majuba Power Station has been extinguished, Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

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FUEL CELLS: Ballard receives large order to supply FCEV in China

  • Date: 17-12-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Electrive

The Chinese joint venture Ballard Hy-Energy Technologies (Weichai Ballard JV) has ordered membrane electrode assemblies worth $19.2M from the Canadian fuel cell specialist Ballard Power Systems. These will be used in FC vehicles for the Chinese market.

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BATTERY RECYCLING: Audi and Umicore use recycled cobalt and nickel

Audi and Umicore have completed the test phase of their research cooperation. According to this, more than 90 per cent of the cobalt and nickel from e-tron batteries can be recycled. Starting in January, the recycled materials will be used in new battery cells.

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DIESEL: ‘Make or break’ year for diesel amid Government policy ‘shambles’

  • Date: 17-12-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Fleet News

Only one in 10 new car sales could be diesel in as little as five years, says a leading academic.

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