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India’s Nalco lines up $6.33bn expansion projects

By: Ajoy K Das     18th December 2018 Indian State-run National Aluminium Company (Nalco) has lined up $3.52-billion investments on brownfield expansion and another estimated $2.81-billion on greenfield projects over the next few years. According to Nalco chairperson, T K Chand, the company is expecting to close the current... 

Metal bulls cheer end to 'horrid' year; Goldman touts copper

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2018 As China goes, so goes industrial metals. That’s the message from anxious investors rolling out of a rough 2018, when Trump trade tensions, Federal Reserve rate hikes, a strong dollar and an economic slowdown in China all combined to push the London Metal Exchange Index to its first annual loss... 

At least 13 illegal miners in north-eastern India feared killed

By: Ajoy K Das     14th December 2018 At least 13 people have been trapped and feared to be killed while illegally mining coal in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. According to preliminary reports received from government officials, the trapped miners may have been killed in the coal mine in the coal-rich Jantia hills. 

Global uranium supply sufficient to meet future demand – NEA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th December 2018 Intergovernmental agency, the Nuclear Energy Association (NEA), says the world’s supply of uranium is more than adequate to meet projected requirements for the foreseeable future, regardless of the role that nuclear energy will play in meeting future electricity demand and global climate... 

Global uranium supply sufficient to meet future demand – NEA
Cameco's Inkai mine in Kazakhstan

Synthetic diamonds hogged media attention in 2018

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Media coverage of the diamond industry in 2018 has been dominated by the progression of laboratory-created diamond production, distribution and pricing dynamics, according to independent diamond expert Paul Zimnisky. He commented that several new players have entered the synthetic diamond space,... 

Synthetic diamonds hogged media attention in 2018
Photo by Bloomberg
TALK OF THE TOWN Laboratory-grown diamonds have held media and industry attention throughout 2018

Gold supply to increase 2.2% for 2018 – Refinitiv

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2018 Total gold supply is set to increase by 2.2% year-on-year this year, led by mine production, says the GFMS team at Refinitiv. Refinitiv predicts this year will finish as another year of net de-hedging, albeit at a forecast 29 t, which will be 29% lower than in 2017.  

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2018 The Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi has thrown its weight behind technologies that harness the high-performance characteristics of platinum group metals (PGMs) by joining Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) as an investor in AP Ventures,... 

Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi throws weight behind platinum
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AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Big coal wants consumers to pay for fixing its pollution problem

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Some of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel producers are calling on taxpayers to help them kick their pollution habit. The world’s biggest oil, natural gas and mining companies are stepping up their campaign to deploy carbon capture and storage, or CCS, as way to slow global warming. But with a... 

Anglo anticipates continual production growth to 2022 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American is targeting incremental yearly earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of between $3-billion and $4-billion by 2022. CE Mark Cutifani on Tuesday said the group had completely transformed the quality of its asset portfolio and its... 

Anglo anticipates continual production growth to 2022
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Harmony, Newcrest sign Wafi-Golpu gold mining project MoU with PNG govt  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th December 2018 Harmony Gold and its Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV) partner Newcrest Mining on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, as an affirmation of the parties’ intent to proceed with the Wafi- Golpu gold mining project in Papua New Guinea. 

Oil holds drop on doubts over Opec curbs and US supply threat

By: Bloomberg     11th December 2018 Oil held its biggest loss in two weeks as uncertainty over how the Opec+ coalition will implement its output cuts and the prospect of surging US supplies kept investors wary. Futures in New York were little changed, after Monday’s 3.1% drop erased gains following last week’s pact between Saudi... 

India’s new EV promotion policy focus shifts to component manufacturing

By: Ajoy K Das     10th December 2018 The second stage of the Indian government’s policy for faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) will see a shift from offering financial incentives for purchasing EVs, to developing domestic lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacities and vehicle charging infrastructure across the country. 

Frieda River requires $739m govt infrastructure investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2018 A new feasibility study into the Frieda River copper/gold project, in Papua New Guinea, has found that a government investment of some $739-million into infrastructure would be required to make the project feasible. The new feasibility study, conducted by PanAust, adopted a fundamentally... 

Frieda River requires $739m govt infrastructure investment

Indian govt to mediate in NMDC, Karnataka spat over iron-ore mine

By: Ajoy K Das     7th December 2018 In agreeing to mediate in the spat between State-run miner NMDC and the government of Karnataka over Donimalai iron-ore mine, the Steel Ministry has suggested that the Karnataka government does not invite a new miner to take control of the iron-ore mine. Officials said that the Steel Ministry... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line
Crucial iron-ore line back on track after rapid bridge restoration

Opec goes back into crunch talks as Russia resists big oil cut

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) prepared for a further day of talks on oil-production curbs after a summit on Thursday ended with no deal, as Russia resisted the big output cut that Saudi Arabia was demanding. After a six-hour meeting in Vienna, Saudi Energy Minister... 

India approves bilateral agreement with Zimbabwe in mineral sector

By: Ajoy K Das     7th December 2018 The Indian government on Thursday accorded ex-post ratification of a bi-lateral agreement between India and Zimbabwe for collaboration in mining, geology and mineral resources. According to an official statement issued by India’s Union Cabinet, the decision approved the memorandum of... 

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to  reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

India working on policy for FSRU LNG terminals at all major ports

By: Ajoy K Das     6th December 2018 The Indian government will frame a policy to facilitate the construction of floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at every major port in the country. The policy will lay down investment structure options for private investors so that there is a... 

Uncertainty about maximum permissible area undermining Odisha mineral auction plans

By: Ajoy K Das     6th December 2018 Uncertainty over the maximum permissible area that can be granted for mining is undermining plans to hold fresh rounds of mineral block auctions in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. The Odisha government is currently working to complete rounds of auction to allocate 16 mineral blocks in the... 

Vale says recent dip in global steel prices is temporary

By: Reuters     6th December 2018 Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron ore miner, said on Thursday a recent dip in global steel prices is temporary due to overproduction in China ahead of winter output cuts. Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman told investors in London that global capacity utilisation in the steel sector has risen to... 

Gold-backed ETFs up on stock volatility in November

By: Reuters     6th December 2018 Gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) registered inflows in all the world's major regions in November, as volatile stock markets fueled flight-to-safety buying, the World Gold Council said on Thursday. North American funds had inflows of $352.7-million while European funds posted inflows of... 

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan 

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2018 Black-controlled Thakadu Battery Materials, a pioneering South African high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate developer, has made its first drawdown from South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) under a R152-million loan facility agreement. The IDC loan is funding... 

Pioneering nickel sulphate venture draws down on loan
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Danakali secures mandate for Colluli debt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2018 Potash developer Danakali has executed a mandate for $200-million debt financing to fund the construction and development of the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. The ASX and LSE-listed company on Thursday told shareholders that African Export-Import Bank and Africa Finance Corporation will... 

Investment Battlefield competition seeks next big investment opportunity

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba is set to host its third Investment Battlefield competition during its twenty-fifth edition of the event from February 4 to 6, 2019. Event organisers are looking for sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising mining companies with a market capitalisation of $50-million... 

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Korean investor looks at $430m LNG import terminal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2018 The port of Newcastle has been tipped as the location for a proposed $430-million gas import terminal to be developed by South Korea’s EPIK. EPIK this week entered into a project development option agreement with the port of Newcastle to start preliminary works on the a proposed liquefied natural... 

Physical gold buying to remain ‘solid’ in 2019 – WGC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 The World Gold Council (WGC) expects the key factors that drove gold pricing in the second half of this year to continue to hold sway over the market in 2019. WGC chief market strategist John Reade said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the gold price had generally trended down from... 

Physical gold buying to remain ‘solid’ in 2019 – WGC

Palladium tops gold after rally powered by surge in demand

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2018 Gold just got left behind by one of its sister metals. After a demand-fueled rally over the past four months that’s seen prices hit a record, palladium for immediate delivery topped gold following a surge higher. Palladium, which hasn’t traded at a sustained premium to gold in 16 years, has... 

Australia’s Lynas tumbles on new Malaysia conditions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Lynas fell by 22% on Wednesday after the Malaysian government imposed new conditions on the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), despite the outcome of the recent review into the company’s operations in that country. The Review Committee report was posted online... 

Australia’s Lynas tumbles on new Malaysia conditions
Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze

Licence to operate in changing social, digital landscape miners’ biggest risk – EY

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2018 Licence to operate has been identified as the biggest risk to mining, a new report by professional services firm EY shows. The report, which is based on a survey of the top ten business risks facing mining and metals in 2019 and 2020, states that the stakeholder landscape is changing and miners... 

The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world's final frontier is on. From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over who has the right to the treasures of the deep seas. 

Malaysia sets licence renewal conditions for rare earths miner Lynas

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Malaysia on Tuesday set conditions for future renewal for rare earths miner Lynas' licences to operate in the country, including the removal of radioactive residues. The Energy and Environment Ministry also said in a statement that Lynas must submit an action plan for non-radioactive waste... 

CCI dismisses complaints against Coal India

By: Ajoy K Das     4th December 2018 The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed Hindustan Zinc Limited’s (HZL’s) complaint against State-run Coal India Limited (CIL) for alleged unfair trade practices in coal supplies. The Vedanta Resources subsidiary said in its complaint filed before the CCI that CIL and its... 

Goa counting the cost of iron-ore mine closures

By: Ajoy K Das     4th December 2018 The government of the western Indian coastal state of Goa has estimated that it is losing $214-million a month in revenues, following the closure of all iron-ore mines since March. With neither the state, nor central government succeeding in ensuring resumption of mining operations by December,... 

Nautilus creates new JV to finance seafloor mining vessel

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2018 Canada-based Nautilus Minerals is creating a new joint venture (JV) company to finance the acquisition of a production support vessel (PSV) for the Solwara 1 seafloor mining project, in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea. The prospective marine miner said this week that it was in... 

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