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reduce emissions from the energy in-

frastructure the world currently has and

from the fuels it will continue to use. The

most critical technology to doing so, as

Director Birol has so rightly stressed is

carbon capture. Will the message finally

get through?”

– Count on Coal

“Regardless of where

you stand in the man-

made global warming

debate, coal-based elec-

tricity is vital to keep us

warm (or cool),

safe and

productive. What is needed is some con-

text. Renewable energy sources cannot

power our world today, so it is not a ques-

tion of if we use coal, but how. In May

2019, the North Dakota Transmission

Authority released Power Forecast 2019

showing the increase in demand for elec-

tricity over the next 20 years. The study

focused on western North Dakota found

that demand for electricity would grow by

44 percent to 71 percent over the period.

The study projects that North Dakota will

require between 670 and 1,000 mega-

watts of new baseload generation capac-

ity to meet future demand. Currently, the

state’s baseload capacity is 4,390 MG,

but that includes 1,100 MG generated by

Coal Creek Station, electricity that is sent

to consumers in Minnesota and Wiscon-

sin. The future of Coal Creek Station is in

doubt. Policy makers, both state and fed-

eral, need to decide whether an “all of the

above” energy policy really means “all.”

– Bette Grande, Inforum, North Dakota.

“The Ghanaian government’s deci-

sion to continue mining operations

provides the company with the flexibility

to enable the movement of personnel

and cargo so that the Wassa and Pre-

stea gold mines are able to continue

operations. The company’s guidance for

2020 therefore remains unchanged. The

company is working with other compa-

nies and industry bodies in support of the

government of Ghana’s response to CO-

VID-19. As part of Golden Star’s leader-

ship and management of the COVID-19

response, the Wassa and Prestea opera-

tions have ceased non-essential travel to

and from the affected regions.”

– Global

Mining Review.

“COVID-19 is a human tragedy and we

all have to play our part as the pan-

demic spreads.

Rio Tinto’s first priority

remains the health and safety of all of

our employees and communities. Dur-

ing these uncertain times, we continue

to deliver products to our customers sup-

ported by our global sales and marketing

teams. Our focus is to maintain a busi-

ness as usual approach with many safe-

guards, at a very unusual time. We are

not at all complacent. Safety and health

comes first as we keep delivering for our

customers, our host governments and


– J-S Jacques, Rio Tinto

chief executive.

“During these turbulent times the re-

sources sector was considered an

essential service by both the federal

and state governments

to fast track

the economy to recovery mode. A sur-

vey found that 58 percent of companies

were maintaining or planning to grow cur-

rent workforce numbers over the next 3

months and only 21 percent expected a

decrease. The survey results show CO-

VID-19 has not significantly impacted

jobs in our section in Queensland at this

stage with a similar survey taken in the

December quarter reporting that 15 per-

cent of companies were expecting to de-

crease their workforce. Every company is

working to make working arrangements

more flexible with 95 percent of compa-

nies offering either additional sick leave

or access to future balances to support

their workers through COVID-19.”


Macfarlane, chief executive, Queensland

Resources Council.