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NORNICKEL: Nornickel will monitor the state of permafrost

  • Date: 05-07-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: BM Magazine

Russia’s Norilsk Nickel , a major global nickel and palladium producer, is planning to finish the bulk of work on cleaning up the consequences of the fuel spill in the north of Russia by winter and plans to complete its own system for monitoring permafrost, buildings and structures, the company said.

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BATTERIES: UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

  • Date: 04-07-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be addressed urgently.

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AUTO SALES: German sales plunge 40% in June, set for worst year since 1989, report says

  • Date: 03-07-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

BERLIN -- Germany saw registrations drop by 40 percent in June, Tagesspiegel newspaper reported, quoting industry association VDIK, putting Europe's largest market on track for reaching a 30-year low.

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HYDROGEN: After many false starts, hydrogen power might now bear fruit

  • Date: 03-07-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: The Economist

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM holds that battery-powered cars are the future of motoring. But Hyundai, a big South Korean vehicle-maker, is not so sure. Over the past few months it has been running a worldwide public-relations campaign extolling the virtues of an alternative source of electrical power—fuel cells. Instead of storing and then releasing electricity gathered from the mains in the way that a battery does, a fuel cell generates current from a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. 

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NORNICKEL: Russia temporarily halts parts of Nornickel power unit after fuel spill

  • Date: 03-07-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s safety watchdog on Friday ordered NTEK, a power unit of mining giant Norilsk Nickel, to suspend operations at six facilities for 90 days for violating safety rules, following a fuel spill in the Arctic.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Northam lifts stake in Zambezi Platinum to 40% after buying R960m worth of stock

NORTHAM Platinum has increased its stake in Zambezi Platinum to just over 40% after buying additional shares worth R959.7m.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work

  • Date: 02-07-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Power supply still a concern to South Africa's mining sector

London — South Africa's mining sector still has many concerns about power supply even after improvements to the network through short-term maintenance repairs.

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