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PGM PRODUCERS: Sibanye-Stillwater reports successful ongoing trials at Montana mines with Sandvik Artisan A4 battery electric LHD

  • Date: 18-12-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: International Mining

Trials with all battery-electric underground equipment are ongoing with a number of major mining groups worldwide from Vale to Codelco and Barrick. At Sibanye-Stillwater’s US PGM mining complex in Montana, which includes the Stillwater and East Boulder mines, the company recently told IM it is currently trialling an Artisan Vehicles (part of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Load and Haul division) A4, 4 t payload (1.5 m3/2 cubic yard capacity) LHD. This is an updated version machine as an i

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COBALT: Congo imposes travel ban on mining traceability director

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Reuters

The Congolese government has banned the head of the state mineral certification body from leaving the country as a fraud investigation is underway, the mines minister said on Thursday.

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HYDROGEN: Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The Government of Canada has launched its Hydrogen Strategy, a framework that seeks to position Canada as a global hydrogen leader, cementing this low-carbon and zero-emission fuel technology as a key part of a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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AUTO SALES: Fuel for Thought: Automotive Scenarios for 2021 — The Virus and the Vaccine

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: IHS Markit

We have arrived at the crucible of the COVID-19 pandemic. Containment measures are tightening to combat a more severe second wave of the virus. Simultaneously, the availability of several highly effective vaccines appears imminent. While not technically mutually exclusive, these two key developments have very different implications for the automotive industry. Our baseline outlook is being squeezed between these two poles.

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COBALT: Trafigura's Congo artisanal cobalt project to end, replaced by industrial mining

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Reuters

Trafigura is ending an artisanal cobalt formalisation project in Democratic Republic of Congo, which it has run alongside miner Chemaf and NGO PACT for nearly two years, the commodities trader said on Thursday.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Amplats moves smartly to avert converter shutdowns

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is rolling out smart solutions to reduce the risk of another shutdown of converter plants at its metals-processing unit.

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BATTERIES: BASF and Eramet to assess development of nickel-cobalt refining complex in Weda Bay to support EV battery production

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

BASF and global mining and metallurgy group Eramet will jointly assess the development of a state-of-the-art nickel and cobalt hydrometallurgical refining complex. Such a development would include a High-Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) plant and a Base Metal Refinery (BMR). The HPAL would be located in Weda Bay, Indonesia, while the location of the BMR will be determined during the feasibility study.

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BATTERIES: Eramet, BASF target electric vehicles with nickel, cobalt project

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Mining.com

French mining group Eramet and German chemicals giant BASF announced on Tuesday a partnership to process nickel and cobalt, as the two companies step up their ambitions to supply the electric vehicle industry.

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