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CHROME: Covid-19 hampers the Pouroulis family's search for chrome buyers

  • Date: 30-06-20
  • Category: CHROME
  • Source: African Intelligence

The family of mining and oil magnate Adonis Pouroulis has seen the coronavirus pandemic delay the start of production at its new mine in Zimbabwe and hamper its efforts to conclude ore offtake contracts. [...] (390 words)

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AUTO SALES: Supply Constraints Hurt Auto Sales In June, Say Analysts

  • Date: 30-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Auto wholesales declined in June on supply-chain constraints, even as improving rural demand and preference for personal vehicles amid the pandemic drove demand, according to three brokerages.

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BATTERIES: DOE issues RFI to strengthen battery critical materials supply chains

  • Date: 30-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a request for information (RFI) (DOE-FOA-0002358) on challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical-materials battery supply chains.

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MACROECONOMICS: Drastic Covid-19 Slowdown May Hinder Any Green Recovery

As Covid-19 spread across the globe this spring, flights were halted, commutes were cancelled and oil tankers floated offshore, waiting for a spike in demand.

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NORNICKEL: Norilsk Nickel caught dumping poisonous waste into rivers month after the catastrophic diesel leak

  • Date: 29-06-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Siberian Times

Journalists Yelena Kosyuchenko and Yuri Kozyrev from Novaya Gazeta newspaper, and a team of ecologists filmed two large pipes dumping poisonous water from the factory’s tailings storage into River Kharaelakh, Lake Pyasino and on the surrounding tundra.

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PGM PRODUCERS: South Africa miners look to increase COVID-19 testing as cases increase

The Minerals Council South Africa said the industry currently screened about 272,000 employees every time they reported for work and had conducted 15,994 tests, at June 25.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Austria increases incentives to buy electric cars

VIENNA -- Austria will boost financial incentives for buying battery-powered cars and bicycles, and triple grants for charging points from July in its efforts to fight global warming.

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HYDROGEN: Pandemic spurs 'moment of acceleration' for green hydrogen in Europe

  • Date: 29-06-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: SP Global

For Europe's green hydrogen sector, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic downturn could be an inflection point. While there are concerns over the direction the market will take, with some looking anxiously at investor sentiment and utility spending, the rising tide of legislative resolve is likely to lift hydrogen, too.

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