African Energy

Thakadu starts production at refinery

Thakadu starts production at refinery

Thakadu Battery Materials, a supplier of high-purity battery raw materials, has commenced production at its U$20 million nickel sulphate refinery in South Africa. This will put Africa on the map as a supplier of battery-grade product to the growing...
Hydrogen's impact on PGMs

Hydrogen’s impact on PGMs

Following a protracted period of weak prices, platinum group metals (PGMs) stand poised to benefit from a resurgence in medium term demand as the world transitions to a low-carbon future gathers further momentum.  A major component in global plans...
Oil and gas challenges amid Covid-19

Oil and gas challenges amid Covid-19

Global law firm Baker McKenzie’s recent Global Oil and Gas Survey: Response to the Oil Price Crisis, outlines how before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global oil and gas industry was at an inflection point. At the start of 2020, with...
Transforming energy liabilities into assets

Transforming energy liabilities into assets

Energy cost, constraints and supply interruptions risk mining companies’ productivity, output and profits. While mines are better prepared to operate on reduced power than they were during the 2008 electricity crisis, the sweeping blackouts at the...
Out of the coal age and into the stor-age

Out of the coal age and into the stor-age

Seydou Kane, managing director for South Africa at Eaton, considers the shift away from coal towards renewables – and the potential for a future microgrid energy market in South Africa. South Africa’s energy generation capacity is dominated by...