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ESKOM: Eskom set to split up in 2021

  • Date: 20-12-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Business Live

Eskom is on track to split off its transmission arm and establish the new entity as a separate company within the next year.

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PGM PROJECTS: Environmentalists in Ontario’s Ring of Fire: Inconvenient truths

  • Date: 19-12-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: The Sudbury Star

A recent commentary linking Neskantga’s water crisis to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in northwestern Ontario’s Far North made little sense except to further delay environmental assessments (EAs) for vital road infrastructure and enormous economic opportunities for the region’s impoverished Indigenous people.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China reaffirms route to electrification with new technical roadmap

The new ‘Energy-saving Vehicle and New Energy Vehicle Technical Roadmap 2.0’, or ‘Roadmap 2.0’ for short, was published in Shanghai in late October of this year. The plan was commissioned under the guidance of the Chinese government and organised by the Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers.

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HYDROGEN: IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

  • Date: 18-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The report—Green Hydrogen Cost Reduction: scaling up electrolyzers to meet the 1.5 C climate goal—looks at drivers for innovation and presents strategies that governments can peruse to reduce the cost of electrolyzers by 40% in the short term and by up to 80% in the long term.

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DIESEL: Western European Diesel Car Market

  • Date: 18-12-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: LMC Automotive

October’s diesel share of Western Europe new passenger car sales is confirmed at 26.9% with November coming in at 25.7% with all countries bar Greece having reported at the time of writing. The situation continues to be one of slow overall decline, but with several markets showing stability while others, primarily those where electrified car sales are booming, show bigger YoY falls. Germany is an example of the latter.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Sibanye-Stillwater reports successful ongoing trials at Montana mines with Sandvik Artisan A4 battery electric LHD

  • Date: 18-12-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: International Mining

Trials with all battery-electric underground equipment are ongoing with a number of major mining groups worldwide from Vale to Codelco and Barrick. At Sibanye-Stillwater’s US PGM mining complex in Montana, which includes the Stillwater and East Boulder mines, the company recently told IM it is currently trialling an Artisan Vehicles (part of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Load and Haul division) A4, 4 t payload (1.5 m3/2 cubic yard capacity) LHD. This is an updated version machine as an i

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COBALT: Congo imposes travel ban on mining traceability director

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Reuters

The Congolese government has banned the head of the state mineral certification body from leaving the country as a fraud investigation is underway, the mines minister said on Thursday.

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HYDROGEN: Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The Government of Canada has launched its Hydrogen Strategy, a framework that seeks to position Canada as a global hydrogen leader, cementing this low-carbon and zero-emission fuel technology as a key part of a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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