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Financiers circle as Arianne seeks funds to advance Lac à Paul project

5th August 2016 With a Ministerial decree in hand, issued on December 22, to advance its Lac à Paul phosphate project, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Arianne Phosphate hopes to put Canada – where potash is king – on the phosphate map. However, the market it seeks to enter is competitive,... 

Fission outlines two-prong strategy as summer exploration campaign is mounted

28th July 2016 Flying into Fort McMurray, Alberta, evidence of the gargantuan forest fire the region suffered in May stretched for miles around: blackened trees, burnt branches and buildings turned to ash. The blaze occurred during a tough time for the region: low oil prices had led to reduced work in the... 

Silver outshines gold with robust H1 performance

15th July 2016 While silver is sometimes called “poor man’s gold”, it has nevertheless outshone the yellow metal’s performance in recent months. Silver reached $20.47/oz on the July 11 London Bullion Market Association fix, a level not seen in almost two years. This was compared with a year-start fix of $14/oz... 

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers

11th July 2016 Lithium is in a bubble and many investors have taken positions in companies with little prospect of achieving a market presence, let alone creating value, Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston told Mining Weekly Online in a recent interview. “Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

1st July 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply

23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

20th June 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm

15th June 2016 The Peruvian mining industry is expected to spur renewed growth in the country as output grows, prices stabilise and revive, several speakers told a recent Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce economic outlook seminar. The recent Peruvian election was so close that the winner Pedro Pablo... 

Mining companies urged to consider price forecasting with greater care

27th May 2016 While predicting future metals prices is a vital tool for assessing the viability of a deposit, a project’s economics or the potential income an operation could expect to generate, the prognostications often prove wrong. “Studies of past forecasts show that the success rate for commodity price... 

Mining companies urged to consider price forecasting with greater care

18th May 2016 While predicting future metals prices is a vital tool for assessing the viability of a deposit, a project’s economics or the potential income an operation could expect to generate, the prognostications often prove wrong. “Studies of past forecasts show that the success rate for commodity price... 

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