Bio-refineries installed; Slovenian cities promote zero-waste europe concept; Weavertown restart biodiesel plant; Chile’s copper mines face challenging scenarios
NFR BioEnergy installs bio-refineries
NFR BioEnergy has injected $312m (£193m) to install bio-refineries at more than 10 sugar refining hubs across South Louisiana. The company will process sugar cane waste and convert it into hardened energy pellets to be used as fuel at power plants.
Slovenian cities promote zero-waste Europe concept
Ljubljana and three other cities in Slovenia have come together to promote the concept of Zero Waste Europe in the country. The cities have set up a waste management network at various locations including Borovnica, Log-Dragomer and Vrhnika. The European Commission conferred the title of European Green Capital 2016 on Ljubljana in June to recognise its efforts towards environmental protection.
Weavertown Environmental restarts biodiesel plant
Weavertown Environmental will re-open a biodiesel plant at Monaca in the US. The plant had previously closed its operations in 2011 and was repossessed by the bank. Weavertown purchased the plant in 2013.
Chile’s largest copper mines face challenges
Chile’s biggest copper mines are in troubled waters marked by falling ore grades at its aging mines, changing copper price and rising costs. According to local paper El Mercurio, while the country produced 5.8 million tonnes of copper last year, 20% of that figure came from operations that are facing closure or conversion in the next 10 years. Even so, according to the Chilean Copper Commission, investments are picking up. The mining industry, says the body’s latest report, will invest $105bn in mining projects across the country between 2014 and 2023.
Canada’s Taseko acquires Curis Resources
Taseko Mines will buy Curis Resources to make way for the Canadian miner to access the advanced-stage Florence copper project in central Arizona. The company says that the Florence project will enable it to strengthen its near-term development pipeline. It expects to manage funding for the $210m (£130m) project through to production.
Monument Mining buys Tuckanarra gold project
Monument Mining has struck a deal to purchase Tuckanarra gold project from Phosphate Australia in Western Australia. It will pay A$2m (£1.15m) cash and issue 10,000 common shares with a deemed value of CAD$0.25 per share.
Baestan Group partners with Liquisort to form e-scrap plant
Liquisort has partnered with Baetsen Group to create a new company focusing on e-waste recycling at Veldhoven in Netherlands. The plant will concentrate on extraction of non-ferrous metal particles as small as 25mm. The facility will commence its operations on 1 October.