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PGM PRODUCERS: Tharisa Settles Four-Year Wage Agreement At Mine With Workers' Unions

(Alliance News) - Tharisa PLC on Monday announced that it had concluded a four-year wage agreement with the main unions at its Tharisa Mine just west of Rustenburg.

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MINING: A grades for some miners on environmental disclosure

  • Date: 15-12-20
  • Category: MINING
  • Source: Mining Journal

Several miners have received A grades for their environmental transparency and action, based on their annual disclosure through non-profit organisation CDP’s climate change, forests and water security questionnaires.

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NICKEL: Eramet's New Caledonia nickel smelter low on ore after protests

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Reuters

The nickel smelter of Eramet SA’s SLN subsidiary in New Caledonia is running low on ore due to widespread protests over the sale of another nickel operation in the French Pacific territory, Eramet said on Friday.

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NICKEL: Vale suspends operations at New Caledonia after protests

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Mining.com

Vale said on Thursday that it has halted operations at New Caledonia after pro-independence protests nearby, and that military forces are now guarding the evacuated plant.

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COBALT: China Moly buys 95% of DRC copper-cobalt mine from Freeport for $550m

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Mining.com

China Molybdenum Co said on Sunday it had acquired a 95% stake in the Kisanfu copper-cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan Inc for $550 million.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ban on gasoline-only vehicles could jump-start Japan's EV bid

Toyota made "hybrid" a household word with the Prius. Honda was the first to bring the electric-gasoline mashup technology stateside, with its first-generation two-seat Insight.

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DIESEL: European truckmakers to phase out diesel sales decade earlier than planned

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Financial Times

Europe’s largest truckmakers have pledged to stop selling vehicles that produce emissions by 2040, a decade earlier than originally planned. An alliance of Daimler, Scania, Man, Volvo, Daf, Iveco and Ford have signed a pledge to phase out traditional combustion engines and focus on hydrogen, battery technology and clean fuels. The industry will spend about €50bn-€100bn on new technologies, Scania chief executive Henrik Henriksson told the Financial Times, ahead of the pledge announcement.

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BATTERIES: Scaling up solid-state batteries

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: PV Magazine

U.S. battery developer Solid Power has begun pilot production of lithium metal all solid-state batteries at its Colorado facility. The company says it has also sent out prototype battery cells for independent evaluation, and expects to begin formal testing to qualify its batteries for integration into electric vehicles by early 2022.

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