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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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AUTO SALES: Local governments step up with incentives to spur sales

  • Date: 30-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: China Daily

Local authorities in a growing number of Chinese cities are offering subsidies and increasing the number of available license plates to encourage vehicle purchases in the country.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Impala Platinum Says Applied For Permission To Conduct Limited Smelting Operations At Impala Rustenburg

Impala Group has applied for permission to conduct limited smelting operations at Impala Rustenburg.

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ESKOM: Zimbabwe Pays Off Debt to Eskom, Energy Minister Says

  • Date: 30-03-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Bloomberg

Zimbabwe has paid the the $33 million debt it owed to South Africa’s Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the country’s energy minister said.

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