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CHROME: Glencore’s chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe declares force majeure

  • Date: 01-04-20
  • Category: CHROME
  • Source: KFGO

LONDON (Reuters) - Glencore's chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe Resources has declared force majeure on qualifying contracts after a nationwide lockdown forced operations to shut, a Merafe executive said.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China Weighs Cuts to Electric-Car Subsidies It Just Extended

China, the biggest market for electric cars, is considering a reduction in rebates given to buyers and limits on the models that qualify even as it commits to extending the costly subsidy program for another two years.

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AUTO SALES: Automakers Are About to Give an Inkling of the Sales Collapse Ahead

  • Date: 31-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

A year that started off well for the U.S. auto market, with only a subtle down shift expected following years of strong demand, is suddenly shaping up to be a disaster.

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COVID-19: Worker at Russia's Nornickel vessel tested positive for coronavirus

  • Date: 31-03-20
  • Category: COVID-19
  • Source: Reuters

MOSCOW, March 31 (Reuters) - Russian nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel GMKN.MM said on Tuesday that a mechanic at one of its vessels tested positive for the coronavirus.

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FUEL EFFICIENCY: Trump drops fuel-efficiency targets from 5% to 1.5%

The President of the USA, Donald Trump has just dramatically reduced emissions standards. These are now only required to increase by 1.5% each year through model year 2026 instead of the 5% annual increases introduced in 2012 by the Obama government.

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HYDROGEN: Proudly South African hydrogen breakthrough with Shell’s backing

  • Date: 30-03-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG ( – At this time of huge coronavirus uncertainty, the chests of a group of engineers here must surely be bulging with pride following their major Proudly South African world breakthrough that could speed up the global deployment of hydrogen as a competitive universal and environment-friendly energy carrier.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Sibanye-Stillwater to declare force majeure on S.African platinum output

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) - Platinum producer Sibanye-Stillwater said on Monday it would declare force majeure on supply contracts for platinum group metals (PGM) after it temporarily closed its South African mines to comply with a three-week national lockdown.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Impala Platinum declares force majeure on supply from South African mines

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG, March 30 (Reuters) - Impala Platinum has declared force majeure all of its contracts as it shuttered its South African operations to comply with a three-week national lockdown, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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