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World news round-up 16 June 2014

Platinum miners’ strike to end; Indonesians urged to end export ban; Australian EfW scheme backed

Platinum miners face fight to keep jobs

The South African union whose strike has paralysed the biggest platinum mines has accepted plans to end the deadlock. But, after resolving a 20 week-conflict over pay, its 70,000 members face a battle to keep their jobs.

Anglo American Platinum Ltd. (AMS), Impala Platinum Ltd. and Lonmin Plc (LMI), the world’s three largest producers, are expected to reorganise operations when the standoff workers is formally agreed.

The companies say they have lost 22.2 billion rand (£1.2bn) in revenue since the strike started in January. South Africa accounts for about 70% of platinum mined globally.


Freeport head in Indonesia in bid to break export deadlock

The head of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc has returned to Indonesia in a last-ditch effort to resolve a dispute over the country’s mineral export tax before a new administration takes over in October.

The US miner’s chief executive, Richard Adkerson, is in Jakarta less than a week after earlier talks with Indonesia’s new chief economics minister Chairul Tanjung failed to make a major breakthrough on an escalating export tax that has halted copper concentrate shipments since January.

Tanjung is spearheading a new government push aimed at brokering a deal with foreign miners to restart copper concentrate exports that were halted five months ago.

Reuters, 12 June


German EfW contract uncertainty

The Essen-Karnap EfW plant is looking to secure further waste deals as the future of two of its five current contracts remains unclear. So far, the plant operated by energy company RWE has renewed three of its five existing contracts - for Gelsenkirchen, Essen and Bottrop.

It is not yet clear whether RWE will seek to renew the outstanding contracts with the cities of Mülheim an der Ruhr and Gladbeck, which are due to end at the end of this year. A spokesman said no new waste contracts are likely to be announced in the near future.

The Essen-Karnap facility was revamped in the late 1990s to treat waste from the 1.3 million people living in the cities of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Gladbeck, Essen, Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen. It currently deals with 700,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year, about 65% of what those cities generate.

ENDS Waste & Bioenergy


Finance for Australian EfW projects

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is to provide up to $50m (£30m) to finance waste-to-gas facilities in Western Australia. New Energy will use Australian-designed technology to generate cost-competitive energy, which have lower carbon emissions than grid electricity.

“Waste management is a complex sustainability challenge,” CEFC chief executive Oliver Yates said. “Taking waste, which is a cost, and turning it into energy, makes a lot of business sense and represents a big win for the environment.”

The move follows Sydney’s recent announcement it would invest in similar technology to cut waste going to landfill, and to treat the gas to supply the network.



Kazakhstan Kagazy forms new subsidiary

Kazakhstan Kagazy has set up a subsidiary, Kazakhstan Waste Recycling, to focus on waste paper collection to strengthen and develop of waste paper collection and pave the way for the company’s access to the markets of other recyclable materials.

Kagazy Recycling is the major manufacturer of paper and packaging products from recycled waste paper in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.



Officials file complaint against landfill

Officials in South Huntington, Pennsylvania have filed a criminal complaint against landfill operator MAX Environmental Technologies Inc with the operator already facing fines of $87,400 (£52,000)

The complaint alleges the operators are in violation of a township ordinance by storing industrial waste within 600 yards of a public road. The complaint also cites issues with the lack of control of odour and dust.

In April, MAX Environmental was accused of violating odour regulations, prompting a meeting soon between MAX Environmental and regulators.

Waste Dive

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