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SOUTH AFRICA: Case against Marikana mineworkers postponed to February

Mogwase - Anele Zonke and 16 other Marikana mineworkers facing multiple charges relating to the violent strike in 2012, briefly appeared in the North West High Court sitting in Mogwase on Friday.

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RUSSIA: Russia’s Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3 Billion a Year

  • Date: 18-10-19
  • Category: RUSSIA
  • Source: Yahoo

Thawing of once permanently frozen ground covering more than half of Russia is putting buildings, pipelines and other infrastructure at risk of damage. With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, that’s a big problem. The economic loss is 50 billion to 150 billion rubles ($2.3 billion) a year, said Alexander Krutikov, deputy minister for the Far East and Arctic development.

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SOUTH AFRICA: South African power generation plan keeps coal in the mix

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa’s plans to boost electricity generation over the next decade will be a mix of renewable energy and coal power, Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday, as nationwide power cuts entered a third day.

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ESKOM: Eskom power cuts see City Power suspend maintenance work on infrastructure

  • Date: 18-10-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Eye Witness News

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said that since the rolling blackouts began, its been difficult for them to do their work without interruptions and safety concerns.

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ESKOM: Govt to open SA’s energy future to private sector investment as unveils tender plans

  • Date: 18-10-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Mining MX

THE Department of Minerals and Energy (DMRE) will issue a request for information (RFI) for demand and supply side proposals to enlist the help of the private sector to help alleviate South Africa’s current acute shortage of electricity generating capacity.

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FUEL CELLS: China’s Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Push Spurs British Chemical Maker’s Profits

  • Date: 18-10-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Bloomberg

After losing money for 20 years, Johnson Matthey Plc’s fuel-cell components are making money on the back of China’s policies boosting the stuttering hydrogen-powered auto industry.

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REFINING: BP and ZPCC explore the creation of a world-scale acetic acid joint venture in China

  • Date: 18-10-19
  • Category: REFINING
  • Source: BP

BP and China’s Zhejiang Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (ZPCC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the creation of a new equally-owned joint venture to build and operate a 1 million tonne per annum (tpa) acetic acid plant in eastern China.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Tesla gets approval to start manufacturing in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Tesla Inc was added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, China’s industry ministry said on Thursday, as it granted the electric-vehicle maker a certificate it needs to start production in the country.

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