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De Beers to launch pilot programme to aid artisanal, small-scale miners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Diamond miner De Beers is preparing to pilot a programme, called GemFair, to support the formalisation of artisanal and small-scale (ASM) diamond mining and trading.  

Sanctions fallout upends metals as aluminum, nickel burst higher

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 The turmoil unleashed by US sanctions against United Co. Rusal reverberated in metals markets, sending aluminium and nickel to multi-year highs. Global metals markets have been rocked for the past two weeks by the clampdown on Russia’s Rusal, which set off a rush for alternative supplies and... 

Australia's Pilbara Minerals to ship first spodumene cargo to China in Aug

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Pilbara Minerals Ltd aims to ship the first cargo of spodumene concentrate from its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum development in Australia to China in August, its managing director said on Thursday. Spodumene is a mineral mined as a source of lithium, a key ingredient in electric vehicle... 

Maximus looks to increase Burbanks throughput

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 ASX-listed Maximus Resources is looking to increase throughput at its Burbanks treatment plant, in Western Australia, in 2019, following strong demand for toll milling capacity. The company told shareholders that it was currently reviewing the mill capacity of the 180 000 t/y conventional... 

Tanzania names chairperson for new mining commission

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday appointed a chairperson and commissioners for the country's new mining commission, paving the way for the issuance of new mining licences. Africa's fourth-largest gold producer is seeking a bigger slice of the pie from its vast mineral resources by... 

Triton signs offtake over Moz project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed its first offtake agreement over the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton has inked a binding sales agreement with China’s Qingdao Tianshengda Graphite Company for up to 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from the mine, for a period of at... 

Iluka increases output and revenue

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported increased in both production and revenue for the three months to March. The company on Thursday reported that total zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile production increased by 8% during the quarter, compared with the December quarter, to 182 000 t. 

Evolution hits record low costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Gold miner Evolution Mining has reported record low all-in sustaining costs of A$768/oz, with gold production also increasing slightly. Gold production during the three months to March was up to 191 474 oz, compared with the 186 488 oz produced in the previous quarter, with the Ernest Henry and... 

Santos production falls in Q1

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Planned maintenance has seen oil and gas major Santos’ first-quarter production decline by 1.2-million barrels of oil equivalent, compared with the previous quarter, to 13.8-million barrels of oil equivalent. The ASX-listed major told shareholders on Wednesday that planned maintenance in Moomba... 

South32 hikes manganese guidance, lowers coal forecast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Diversified miner South32 has increased its manganese production guidance from its Australia and South African operations to take advantage of farourable market conditions. The company increased its production guidance at the Australia manganese operations by 6% to 3.30-million tonnes and its... 

South32 hikes manganese guidance, lowers coal forecast
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

BHP cuts guidance at Olympic Dam and Pilbara iron-ore ops

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Mining giant BHP has reduced its full-year production expectations for its Pilbara iron-ore operations, as well as the Olympic Dam mine, in South Australia. The miner on Thursday reported a 6% drop in iron-ore production during the three months to March, compared with the previous quarter,... 

BHP cuts guidance at Olympic Dam and Pilbara iron-ore ops

Chile's SQM says lithium industry needs at least $10bn investment over 10 yrs

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The global lithium industry will need $10-billion to $12-billion of investment over the next decade to meet surging demand amid the electric vehicle boom, an executive of Chilean miner SQM said on Wednesday. Demand for the metal is set to grow by 600 000 t to 800 000 t of lithium carbonate... 

Altus raises C$4.11m in private placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has raised about C$4.11-million by way of a nonbrokered private placement of 27.39-million units at C$0.15 each. Each unit is comprised of one ordinary share and one ordinary share purchase warrant that may be used to buy one ordinary Altus share at C$0.30 for five... 

Orion appoints mining engineer as nonexecutive director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals, which is developing the Prieska base metals project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has appointed Michael Hulmes as nonexecutive director. Hulmes is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ senior executive, management 

Pallinghurst receives A$83m following Jupiter IPO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 JSE-listed Pallinghurst Resources has received A$83.1-million following the relisting of Jupiter Mines on the ASX on Wednesday. Jupiter in March announced its plans to relist on the ASX through an initial public offering (IPO) to new investors of up to 600-million shares at A$0.40 a share, to... 

BHP to produce nickel sulphate next year, eyeing cobalt on battery boom

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 BHP Billiton is expanding its business as a supplier of battery minerals at its nickel refinery in Western Australia, planning to start producing nickel sulphate next year and looking at cobalt output as well, a company executive said. Cobalt and nickel are both critical ingredients for lithium... 

Australia to amend $3.9bn infrastructure fund in bid to develop country's north

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Australia will amend the guidelines for a A$5-billion ($3.9-billion) fund that offers loans to build infrastructure in the country's north so it can offer greater support to a broader range of projects, a government minister said on Wednesday. The changes will aid a bid to develop Australia's... 

Dalgaranga still tracking ahead of schedule

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 The Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, remains one month ahead of schedule, ASX-listed Gascoyne Resources told shareholders, with the project due to start gold production in May. Gascoyne told shareholders on Wednesday that process plant construction at Dalgaranga was 98% complete,... 

Awak Mas gets maiden reserve

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Junior gold developer Nusantara Resources has reported a maiden ore reserve of one-million ounces at its Awak Mas gold project, in Indonesia. “Our maiden ore reserve represents a significant milestone for the company and now places Nusantara among an elite group of ASX-listed gold development... 

Lithium Australia recommissions VSPC plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia is recommissioning the cathode powder plant acquired through its recent takeover of technology company VSPC. The VSPC facility, which consists of a two- to four-tonne a year pilot plant, incorporates an integrated laboratory, coin-cell production facility and battery... 

Base production declines as KP2 readies

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Mineral sands producer Base Resources has reported a slight decline in production for the March quarter, as a month-long mining and wet concentrator plant shut-down was initiated at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. The shut-down was part of the final equipment installation and piping tie-ins for... 

Korab to sell projects as it accelerates Winchester

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 ASX-listed Korab Resources has announced plans to fast track the development of the Winchester magnesium carbonate deposit, in the Northern Territory, with the company to divest of some of its other assets. Korab in March this year announced a review of its Western Australian and Ukrainian... 

Woodside plans Pluto LNG expansion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Australian oil and gas major Woodside Petroleum has flagged plans to accelerate the development of the Scarborough gas field through an expansion of the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Woodside in March acquired ExxonMobil’s interest in the Scarborough gas field, taking its interest... 

Rio Tinto lifts iron, bauxite and copper output, warns sanctions could impact aluminium

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has reported production increases at its iron-ore, bauxite and copper divisions, while warning shareholders that US sanctions against Russian companies could impact aluminium production in 2018. “We delivered a solid operational performance across most commodities in... 

Rio Tinto lifts iron, bauxite and copper output, warns sanctions could impact aluminium
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Rio CEO Jean Sebastian Jacuqes

Russia sanctions throw aluminium supply chain into chaos

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2018 The US sanctions on United Co. Rusal that have sent aluminium prices surging should be great news for rival producers like Rio Tinto Group. Spoiler alert: they’re not. 

Rio Tinto flags changes to 2018 aluminium output after US sanctions

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto on Wednesday flagged possible changes to its 2018 aluminium output following US sanctions on its Russian partner Rusal earlier this month. Rio, which reported a 5% rise in first-quarter iron ore shipments in the March quarter, has declared force majeure on some customer... 

Rio Tinto flags changes to 2018 aluminium output after US sanctions

Crusader appoints new chairperson as it starts trading on Aim

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2018 Brazil-focused Crusader Resources on Tuesday announced the appointment of Andrew Vickerman as nonexecutive chairperson, following the company’s successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. Crusader’s issued share capital was admitted to trading on the Aim market on Monday, following the... 

Jupiter mines to list on ASX; Tshipi increases FY18 net profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Jupiter Mines, which owns a 49.9% interest in Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, will list on the ASX on Wednesday, with the company’s board and management to ring the ASX bell in Sydney to formally start trading.  

Mustang discovers new deposit at Montepuez

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 Ruby miner Mustang Resources has reported the discovery of a significant new ruby deposit at its Montepuez project, in Mozambique. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday told shareholders that the new ruby-bearing gravels were discovered some 3.5 km directly south-west from Mustang’s 200 t/h... 

Galena raises A$9m for Abra advancement

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 Junior Galena Mining will raise A$9-million through an oversubscribed share placement to new and existing shareholders. Around 58-million new shares will be issued at a price of 15.5c each, with the funds used to advance the Abra lead/silver project, in Western Australia. 

Industry urges quick gas ramp up as Northern Territory gives fracking green light

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 The Northern Territory government will lift a near two-year moratorium on fracking, accepting all 135 recommendations made by a recent independent inquiry. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Tuesday that the implementation of the recommendations in the inquiry report would begin, noting that... 

Industry urges quick gas ramp up as Northern Territory gives fracking green light

Old Pirate gets new life with Ark Mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 ASX-listed ABM Resources has entered into a letter of agreement with fellow listed Ark Mines, under which Ark would operate the Old Pirate gold project, in the Northern Territory. ABM MD Matt Briggs said on Tuesday that after a competitive and lengthy process, Ark provided the most attractive... 

Whitehaven reports another solid quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 ASX-listed Whitehaven Coal has reported a lift in production during the March quarter, with run-of-mine (ROM) production up to 5.9-million tonnes during the three months under review. This was up from the 5.4-million tonnes produced in the previous quarter, and the 5.6-million tonnes produced... 

Saracen ups full-year guidance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 Gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings has increased its full-year production expectations on the back of record gold production during the March quarter. Gold production during the three months to March reached 98 886 oz, compared with 77 522 oz in the previous quarter, with the Carosue Dam... 

Atlas' iron output continues to fall

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has reported another fall in sales volumes during the three months to March, as wet weather and the closure of the Abydos mine impacted production. Atlas shipped 2-million tonnes of ore during the March quarter, down from the 2.2-million tonnes shipped in the December... 

Downer EDI awarded A$660m Carrapateena contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has awarded a A$660-million underground mining services contract to project house Downer EDI for the Carrapateena underground mine, in South Australia. The six-and-a-half year contract will comprise all underground mining activity, including site setup and... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported its best first-quarter iron-ore sales ever despite production of the iron-making ingredient slipping somewhat during the three-month period. The company reported that output during the quarter ended March 31 slipped 4.9% year-on-year to 81.95-million... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output
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Vale's massive new SD11 mine, in Brazil

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report
Glencore's Anna Krutikov
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