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QRC calls for reestablishment of Parliamentary inquiry into green activists’ funding

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 17 minutes ago The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the federal government to reestablish the select Parliamentary Committee inquiry into taxpayer subsidies being provided for green activist interference in local project approvals. This comes after a WikiLeaks email revealed that parties from... 

QRC calls for reestablishment of Parliamentary inquiry into green activists’ funding

Cooper Energy to buy Santos’s Victorian gas assets in A$82m deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 13 minutes ago ASX-listed Cooper Energy has struck an A$82-million deal with energy major Santos to buy its Victorian gas assets. The assets include a 50% interest in the Casino-Henry gas project, a 50% interest in the Sole gasfield and the Orbost gas plant, a 10% interest in the Minerva gasfield and plant,... 

Kimberley confirms Lerala halt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 19 minutes ago Diamond miner Kimberley Diamonds has confirmed that mining at its Lerala mine, in Botswana, has been temporarily suspended, but refuted claims that the mine has closed down. The company said on Monday that mining operations at the mine, conducted by contractor Basil Read, have to date been at... 

Kimberley confirms Lerala halt

Perseus increases gold output in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 26 minutes ago Gold miner Perseus Mining has reported a 9% quarter-on-quarter increase in production at its Edikan mine, in Ghana, in the quarter ended September 30, on the back of improved mill performance. The mine produced 43 776 oz of gold in the quarter, with the company on track to achieve its full-year... 

Deep Yellow appoints Borshoff as new head

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago Uranium developer Deep Yellow has appointed John Borshoff CEO and MD, effective immediately, to succeed outgoing MD Greg Cochran. Borshoff stepped down as CEO of uranium miner Paladin Energy in August 2015 after founding the company some 21 years before. 

MMG hopes to restart Peru exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 33 minutes ago Metals miner MMG is hopeful that concentrate trucking from its Las Bambas copper project, in Peru, will resume in the coming days as regional unrest quiets down. MMG has previously reported that logistics at the Las Bambas operation had been temporarily disrupted by ongoing community protests,... 

Amec calls for EDI extension

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 23 minutes ago The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has called on the federal government to extend the Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) beyond 2017, saying it will take nearly a decade for the programme to demonstrate its true value. The EDI encourages shareholder investment in... 

Tawana takes option over WA lithium project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 32 minutes ago ASX-listed Tawana Resources has signed an option agreement to earn into the Bald Hill lithium mine, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Tawana would acquire all of the shares in Lithco for an option fee of A$25 000, payable immediately. The company can exercise the option at... 

Gold Fields invests $1.4bn to extend Damang’s life-of-mine

By: David Oliveira     Updated 52 minutes ago Gold Fields will invest $1.4-billion to extend the life of its Ghana-based Damang mine from 2017 to 2024. Over the life of the mine, a total of 165-million tons will be mined at Damang, with 32-million tons processed at a grade of 1.65 g/t, resulting in total gold production of 1.56-million ounces. 

Gold Fields invests $1.4bn to extend Damang’s life-of-mine
Gold Fields' Damang mine

India raises concerns over tardy mines

By: Ajoy K Das     Updated 48 minutes ago India’s Mines Ministry has expressed concern over the failure of 16 auctioned mineral blocks to deliver operational mines and convened a high level meeting for later this week to take stock of the situation. The Ministry has convened the meeting of the inter-ministerial group Post Auction Mining... 

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     21st October 2016 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers a app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps offer... 

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BHP employees face criminal charges over Brazil mine collapse

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st October 2016 Mining major BHP Billiton has said it will defend charges against the company, after Brazilian federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against the company and some of its current and former employees. Brazil charged 22 people, 21 of whom are charged with qualified homicide and environmental... 

BHP employees face criminal charges over Brazil mine collapse

Randgold to pursue more opportunities in Côte d'Ivoire

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 30 minutes ago Africa-focused gold miner Randgold Resources will continue to explore gold opportunities in Côte d'Ivoire. Speaking at a Randgold-sponsored gold in the West African country at the weekend, CEO Mark Bristow noted that the country held exciting possibilities for further investment and that the... 

Randgold to pursue more opportunities in Côte d'Ivoire
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

Gold Fields maintains FY output guidance despite 4% y/y drop in Q3 output

By: David Oliveira     Updated 1 hour 1 minute ago Gold major Gold Fields’ attributable equivalent gold production for the quarter to September 30, decreased by 4% year-on-year to 537 000 oz. Production was, however, 2% higher than the 529 000 oz produced in the second quarter of the year. 

Gold Fields maintains FY output guidance despite 4% y/y drop in Q3 output
Photo by Duane Daws
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Largo on track for further quarterly ops improvement as vanadium market turns

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2016 A string of quarterly performance improvements by Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources bodes well for third-quarter numbers at the Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia state, Brazil, to follow the same record-setting trend. “The company is looking to beat previous numbers,” president and CEO Mark... 

Largo on track for further quarterly ops improvement as vanadium market turns
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Vanadium pentoxide at Largo Resources' Maracas Menchen mine, Brazil

Goldman sees China’s ‘stealth’ coal bailout lasting to 2020

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2016 China’s coal production restrictions are a “stealth” bailout for miners and their creditors that may last until the end of the decade as the policies help boost prices, according to Goldman Sachs Group. Without government intervention, China’s coal industry wouldn’t be able to service the nearly... 

China visit helps Duterte reap funding deals worth $24b 

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2016 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will bring home $24-billion worth of funding and investment pledges from his four-day visit to China as both nations agreed to resume talks and explore areas of cooperation in the South China Sea. China will provide $9-billion in soft loans, including a... 

Crude rally May clinch Canada top stock market status in ’16

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2016 Gold’s best run since 2010 pushed Canadian equities to the top spot among developed-market stocks this year. Crude at $50/bl will give them an opportunity to stay there. That’s the view of strategists who follow the nation’s resource-heavy stock market. They expect energy producers will rally... 

Crude rally May clinch Canada top stock market status in ’16

Codelco copper premiums $80 to $85 Europe, $70 China – sources

By: Reuters     22nd October 2016 The world's biggest copper miner, Codelco, has slashed its 2017 physical copper premium to European buyers to the $80 to $85 per tonne range and is offering Chinese buyers a premium of around $70, three traders told Reuters this week. That would represent a deep cut from last year, underlining... 

TSX rises to 16-month high, led by resource shares

By: Reuters     22nd October 2016 Canada's main stock index rose to a 16-month high on Friday as shares of energy and materials companies led broad-based gains and investors raised bets on a rate cut from the Bank of Canada. For the week, the commodity-linked TSX rose 2.4%, helped by a 15-month high on Wednesday for US crude... 

Wesizwe opts for contractor mining at Bakubung 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Wesizwe Platinum has decided to appoint contract miners to operate its Bakubung platinum mine, near Rustenburg. At a media briefing, in Johannesburg, on Friday, Wesizwe projects executive Jacob Mothomogolo explained that 70% of South Africa’s start-up PGMs mines... 

Wesizwe projects executive Jacob Mothomogolo speaks about the platinum industry Cameraperson and editing: Nicholas Boyd 21/10/2016

Jubilee sees Q3 production increase

By: Anine Kilian     21st October 2016 Chromite concentrate production at dual-listed Jubilee Platinum’s Dilokong chrome mine project is up 88.04% to 28 559 t for the third quarter. The company announced on Friday that project revenue generated from chromite concentrate sales was up 108.22% to R37.36-million – a 95.23% increase for... 

Bushveld raises £750 000

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2016 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has raised £750 000 through the placement of 53.6-million new ordinary shares at 1.4p apiece. The diversified minerals development company will use the proceeds from the placing, which was co-ordinated by Beaufort Securities, for general working capital purposes while... 

Sierra Rutile produces most rutile since 2006 in Q3

By: Anine Kilian     21st October 2016 Mineral sands miner Sierra Rutile says that rutile production in the third quarter, at 43 081 t, was its highest since the restart of operations in 2006. Rutile production for the quarter was 27% higher quarter-on-quarter and 24% higher year-on-year. 

Botswana diamond miner announces four-month plant closure

By: African News Agency      21st October 2016 Contract miner Basil Read Mining Botswana (BRMD) has announced an immediate cessation of all mining operations at Lerala Diamond Mine (LDM), which is owned by Australian gem miner Kimberely Diamonds. BRMD, which was contracted to conduct mining operations on behalf of Kimberley Diamonds Limited... 

Amplats says yet to sign wage deal with unions 

By: Reuters     21st October 2016 South Africa's Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has not yet signed a wage deal with unions, it said on Friday. "Anglo American Platinum continues to engage recognised unions and wage negotiations are progressing well," Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said. "This process is ongoing and we will... 

AMCU reaches tentative wage deals with platinum trio

By: Reuters     21st October 2016 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has reached wage deals in principle with platinum producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, subject to final approval from its members, the union's president said on Friday. This means a strike has almost certainly... 

RBPlat considers resumption of next Styldrift expansion phase

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2016 One year after scaling back expansion plans for Styldrift I, JSE-listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is now considering the next phase of its two-phased ramp-up, which will bring it to a 150 000 t/m “sweet spot” and take place over the next two-and-a-half years. The company on Friday reported... 

RBPlat considers resumption of next Styldrift expansion phase

Australia pipeline king fights questions on monopoly prices

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2016 After a decade of unrivaled expansion, Australia’s largest gas-pipeline owner is facing growing pains. Complaints from industrial gas users, frustrated by supply shortages and hefty price spikes following the start of Queensland’s liquefied natural gas export plants, sparked a regulatory review... 

Mali allows Randgold's offices to reopen amid tax dispute

By: Reuters     21st October 2016 Mali's government allowed the offices of companies controlled by Randgold Resources in the capital Bamako to reopen on Friday, an economy ministry official said, after it shut them two weeks ago over a tax dispute. "The minister ordered the reopening of the offices yesterday evening. Employees... 

IronRidge further expands Africa lithium holdings

By: Anine Kilian     21st October 2016 Exploration company IronRidge has acquired another highly prospective hard-rock lithium pegmatite licence in Ghana, West Africa. “This acquisition further consolidates our West African lithium portfolio and strategy. We see enormous potential in supplying the growing energy industry with lithium.... 

U3O8 Corp tests new tech to generate richer uranium-vanadium concentrate

By: Anine Kilian     21st October 2016 Dual-listed U3O8 Corp has asked ASX-listed Marenica Energy to test the efficiency of its U-pgradeTM technology to generate a richer uranium-vanadium concentrate. modelled on the preliminary economic assessment on the Laguna Salada deposit, in Argentina. The testwork constitutes one component of a... 

SilverCrest receives underground drilling permit for Phase 2 of Las Chispas

By: Anine Kilian     21st October 2016 SilverCrest Metals has received the underground drilling permit, including the permission to mine a 100 000 t bulk sample for offsite testing and processing, for Phase 2 of its Mexico-based Las Chispas exploration project. Phase 2 will begin in November and will test potential near-surface... 

Acacia raises FY guidance on back of strong Q3 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 Owing to a continued strong performance at its operations, Acacia Mining expects its full-year output to be about 5% higher than the top end of its initially guided 750 000 oz to 780 000 oz gold production forecast. "Our strong third-quarter operational and financial results represent another... 

Rio Tinto suffers another blow from Quebec courts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 The Quebec Superior Court’s decision to dismiss a motion by Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) subsidiary and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, which sought to remove the portion of the IOC's operations in Labrador from the Innu's lawsuit, was welcomed by the Innu First... 

Centerra’s Thompson Creek takeover establishes ‘leading low-cost gold producer’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2016 TSX-listed miner Centerra Gold has completed its acquisition of US-based Thompson Creek Metals, establishing a geographically diversified gold producer with a high-quality producing platform and a strong growth pipeline. The companies announced Thursday that they had completed a plan of... 

Centerra’s Thompson Creek takeover establishes ‘leading low-cost gold producer’
Thompson Creek's Mt Milligan mine, British Columbia

Coal India to maintain prices despite rising international coking coal market

By: Ajoy K Das     21st October 2016 Coal India Limited (CIL) has decided to maintain its domestic coking coal prices to liquidate stocks and offer an import substitution window to local steel producers, as international coking coal prices surge. According to a CIL official, by maintaining prices of domestic coking coal, CIL expects... 

Goldman says ‘size doesn’t matter’ as SGX’s iron holds sway

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2016 In the $7 billion-a-day global iron-ore futures market, size doesn’t matter when it comes to clout. Contracts in Singapore have greater pricing power than those traded in China even though the volumes in the city-state are more than 20 times smaller, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Although... 

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