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Mindoro Resources ships first iron-ore from Philippines

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V- and Frankfurt-listed Mindoro Resources this week reported that it had completed the first shipment of high-iron/low-nickel direct shipping ore (DSO) from the Agata project, located in northern Mindanao, the Philippines. The shipment comprising 54 181 wet metric tonnes (wmt) of limonite ore... 

Latest WGC report demonstrates how responsible gold mining distributes value

By: Henry Lazenby The World Gold Council (WGC) this week released the second edition of its ‘Responsible gold mining and value distribution’ report, covering 2013 data, highlighting the continuing contribution responsible gold mining could make in supporting economic development in host countries. The report was... 

Latest WGC report demonstrates how responsible gold mining distributes value

Aquarius posts Q1 profit on back of higher production, lower costs

By: Leandi Kolver Platinum miner Aquarius Platinum on Friday reported a net profit of $5.21-million for the three months ended September 30 compared with a loss of $10.19-million during the prior corresponding period. This increase was driven by a 3% rise in production, 5% higher dollar prices, lower costs and... 

Aquarius posts Q1 profit on back of higher production, lower costs
Aquarius' Everest mine

Export earnings to decline in 2014/15, but outlook still positive – BREE

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Softer commodity prices would result in a 1.4% decrease to Australia’s mineral and export commodity earnings during 2015, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) reported on Friday. During 2014/15, mineral and energy commodity export earnings would fall to A$192-billion, compared... 

Export earnings to decline in 2014/15, but outlook still positive – BREE

Mirabela says Q3 production solid

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Embattled nickel miner Mirabela Nickel has reported a solid quarter, despite being in administration. Production during the three months to the end of September reached 2 628 t of nickel in concentrate. This compares with 2 767 t produced during the previous quarter. 

Red River raises cash to further Kagara assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed junior Red River Resources has raised A$3.6-million through a share placement to fund project development activities and restart exploration at its Southern Region assets, in Queensland. The company said on Friday that about 20-million shares would be placed, at a price of 18c each,... 

PanTerra investigates other gold opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner PanTerra Gold on Friday told shareholders that it was reviewing a number of acquisition or merger opportunities, and was currently contemplating five specific mine developments, as its Las Lagunas mine continued to deliver below expectations. An earlier review process had revealed... 

IFC backs Peak's rare earths project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed on to ASX-listed Peak Resources’ Ngualla rare earths project, in Tanzania, by joining a consortium with Appian Natural Resources Fund. In September, Peak announced that Jersey-based private equity investor Appian had agreed to a total... 

Mining companies Down Under being forced to call in administrators, shed jobs as commodity prices decline

By: Esmarie Swanepoel While largely living up to its popular nickname the ‘Lucky Country’ by remaining relatively untouched by the global financial crisis, Australia – and more specifically its resources sector – has not been immune to falling commodity prices. The declining prices of coal and iron-ore, in particular,... 

Mining companies Down Under being forced to call in administrators, shed jobs as commodity prices decline

TNG raises cash for Mt Peake studies

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Vanadium developer TNG would raise some A$5-million under a capital raising to institutional and sophisticated investors. The ASX-listed company would issue some 50-million shares, at a price of 10c each, to raise the capital, which would be used to complete the feasibility study on the Mount... 

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

By: Henry Lazenby The world’s largest fertiliser company PotashCorp of Saskatchewan on Thursday reported lower third-quarter earnings for the three months ended September 30, as increased taxes and a disappointing performance from its offshore investments weighed on results. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based... 

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported 12% lower coal production for South Africa’s State electricity utility Eskom, 31% less refined platinum production, 4% lower iron-ore exports and fewer diamond carats from South African diamond mines, in the three months to September... 

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo
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Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

With five projects in its fold, Northern Star output surges

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner Northern Star Resources has continued the trend of record quarterly production, as production surged following the incorporation of its five projects. During the three months to September, Northern Star recovered 147 884 oz of gold, compared with the 114 780 oz recovered in the... 

Elemental halves Congo capex in refigured project plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Potash developer Elemental Minerals on Thursday announced a new capital estimate of $908-million for the development of its Sintoukola sylvinite (Kola) project, in the Republic of Congo. This compares with an initial capital estimate of $1.85-billion in the 2012 prefeasiblity study (PFS), which... 

Govt-ordered Ranger mine spill report published

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The federal and Northern Territory governments have released the findings of an independent expert report into the leach tank failure at uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ERA’s) Ranger mine, in the Northern Territory. The government-ordered independent report, released this week, has... 

Atlas Iron responds to changing market with accelerated cost-savings plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron on Thursday said its expected its cost savings for 2015 to be higher than previously thought, as the company’s cash-cost initiatives surged during the three months to September. Atlas on Thursday told shareholders that all-in costs for the September quarter had reached... 

Atlas Iron responds to changing market with accelerated cost-savings plan

Maules Creek to rail ahead of schedule

By: Esmarie Swanepoel First coal from the Maules Creek operation, in New South Wales, was expected to be railed in January next year, more than two months ahead of schedule, owner Whitehaven Coal reported on Thursday. The ASX-listed miner said that the acceleration of the first coal railing was owing to the strong... 

Cape Lambert granted mining licence at Marampa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Cape Lambert on Thursday announced that it had been granted a mining licence for its own Marampa iron-ore project, in Sierra Leone. “I am delighted that the Ministry of Mineral Resources has finally approved the grant of Marampa’s mining licence so that we can get on with the process... 

Newcrest advances Cadia East

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner Newcrest Mining would now shift its development focus at the Cadia East operation to the propagation of Panel Cave 2, following the safe propagation of Panel Cave 1 this week. “Newcrest has developed world-class expertise in bulk underground mining techniques gained from the... 

Beadell looks at contract mining for Tucano

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed gold miner Beadell Resources has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with fellow listed mining contracter Maca over the management of mining operations at the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil. Beadell’s existing mobile fleet and equipment would progressively be transferred to Maca under a... 

Rio extends Walsh's contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The CEO of mining giant Rio Tinto, Sam Walsh, would remain at the company’s helm for the foreseeable future after the company’s board extended his tenure. Rio CFO Chris Lynch also had his tenure extended. 

Nautilus Minerals steps closer to releasing PNG funding

By: Henry Lazenby Prospective seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals has satisfied one of the conditions precedent to releasing $113-million, which its project partner – the Papua New Guinea government – had paid into escrow in May, representing the balance of the State’s 15% share of capital required to complete the... 

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal

By: Martin Creamer Platinum mining company Northam on Wednesday concluded a fully funded ten-year R6.6-billion black economic-empowerment (BEE) equity transaction underpinned by a R4.6-billion capital raising, which has the potential to position the JSE-listed company as a fully integrated, fully empowered South... 

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal
Photo by Duane Daws
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

China overseas direct investment seen rising 10% a year

By: Reuters China's overseas direct investment is projected to rise at least 10% annually for the next five years, a trend that will soon make the country a net capital exporter, a senior commerce ministry official said on Wednesday. "It's only a matter of time," said Zhang Xiangchen, an assistant minister... 

Baosteel taps ex-junior miner CEO for Australia iron ore project

By: Reuters China's Baosteel has snared the former boss of Iron Ore Holdings (IOH) to lead the development of its West Pilbara Iron Ore project in Australia, in a blow to IOH's new owner, BC Iron Ltd. BC Iron said on Wednesday former IOH MD Alwyn Vorster had resigned from the board of BC Iron as he had... 

Shaw River signs offtake deal with Noble

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Shaw River Manganese on Wednesday announced that it had secured an offtake agreement with Noble Resources International for up to 30 000 t of manganese from its flagship Otjozondu project, in Namibia. The sales contract was structured for fixed pricing, at different product... 

MCA pushes for greater policy reform

By: Esmarie Swanepoel While complementing the Tony Abbott-led government on its policy reforms aimed at reducing the red tape burden on Australian businesses, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Wednesday called for an even greater reform. On the Spring Repeal Day, the Abbott government introduced legislation... 

Sumatra signs documents for Tembang finance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold hopeful Sumatra Copper & Gold has executed the documentation for its $45-million funding facility for its Tembang gold project, in Indonesia. Earlier this month, Sumatra announced that it had secured the senior debt facility with Nomura Singapore and Indonesia Eximbank. 

Cape Lambert to fund Timis Mining’s Marampa buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Resource investment company Cape Lambert on Wednesday announced that it had entered into a term sheet with Timis Mining to provide that company with about $20-million for its planned acquisition of the Marampa iron-ore project, in Sierra Leone, from the administrators of London Mining. Under the... 

OceanaGold hopeful on Blackwater economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A preliminary economic report on dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold’s Blackwater gold project, in New Zealand, has indicated an economically robust project. In a report released on Wednesday, the ASX- and TSX-listed miner stated that Blackwater could be mined at a rate of 120 000 t/y, to produce... 

Mincor assets deliver in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Nickel miner Mincor Resources has exceeded its production expectations during the September quarter, as both its operating mines, in Western Australia, exceeded yearly production targets. During the three months under review, Mincor increased production to 2 515 t of nickel-in-ore, up 5%... 

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