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ESKOM: Power system remains ‘constrained and vulnerable’: Eskom warns

  • Date: 16-11-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Sowetan Live

Eskom warned on Saturday that the power system remained under strain but said that no load-shedding was expected over the weekend.

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FERROCHROME: Noront considers building small-scale ferrochrome pilot plant in Sudbury

  • Date: 15-11-19
  • Category: FERROCHROME
  • Source: Timmins Today

Fifteen months after Sudbury was rejected as the future home of a billion-dollar Noront Resources Ltd. smelter, it appears the Nickel City may yet win a skinny-downed slice of ferrochrome pie.

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INDIA: Market analysis of heavy-duty vehicles in India for fiscal year 2017–2018

  • Date: 15-11-19
  • Category: INDIA
  • Source: ICCT

Regulators are working toward an India-specific version of the European Commission’s Vehicle Energy Consumption Calculation Tool (VECTO), and its use in future fuel efficiency regulations would allow India to implement simulation-based standards that are more aligned with trends in other major vehicle markets.

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WAGE NEGOTIATIONS: AMCU postpones platinum wage pact signing as it was seeking further ‘technical’ talks

SOUTH Africa’s platinum group metal (PGM) producers put the celebrations on hold today as the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU) said it was seeking further “technical” talks before formally agreeing to a new wage deal.

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FUEL CELLS: Analysis: do hydrogen-powered cars have a future?

  • Date: 13-11-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Autocar

The drumbeat of enthusiasm for hydrogen as a road fuel has grown steadily louder this year, despite a general industry-wide acceptance that EVs will become the mainstream in most cases.

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ENERGY: World Energy Outlook 2019 highlights deep disparities in the global energy system

  • Date: 13-11-19
  • Category: ENERGY
  • Source: IEA

“lack of electricity access for 850 million people around the world” should play to fuel cells’ strengths – solar PV/wind turbine feeding an electrolyser to make hydrogen (or just charge batteries from the solar, or a mixture of both for different markets)

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ENVIRONMENT: Nornickel, UN agency make environmental pact

  • Date: 13-11-19
  • Category: ENVIRONMENT
  • Source: Mining Magazine

Russian major Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) say they will work together on projects and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the metals and mining industry

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ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe to enforce 'use it or lose it' policy for mining assets

  • Date: 13-11-19
  • Category: ZIMBABWE
  • Source: Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will vigorously enforce a policy to force companies to develop their mining assets and not keep the land for speculative purposes, mines minister Winston Chitando said on Wednesday.

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