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Mongolian court says copper mine nationalisation broke laws

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 The Mongolian government broke laws during a controversial attempt to seize full control over the Erdenet copper mine, a local court said on Thursday, the latest ruling in a long-running ownership dispute over one of Asia's biggest deposits. The Mongolian Copper Corporation (MCC) has been... 

Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan on Friday welcomed a report by the federal government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, which he convened in March to ensure that the Australian resource sector remains globally competitive and sustainable The Minister will use the work of the... 

Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years
Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan

US sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 The Trump administration is helping Vladimir Putin achieve a goal that’s eluded him for almost two decades—getting Russia’s billionaires to start repatriating some of their assets. Relatively muted sanctions imposed during the Obama era over the conflict in Ukraine have only widened in scope and... 

US sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Release of Odysseus DFS delayed by one month

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 Western Areas has reported a minor delay in the release of its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Odysseus nickel sulphide project, in Western Australia, citing an unplanned late receipt of certain key data. The company said that the DFS release date has been moved to the end of October,... 

Poseidon signs Black Swan ore tolling agreements

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 Base metals firm Poseidon Nickel has found two potential sources of third-party feed for its Black Swan concentrator, which the company is touting as an alternative processing facility for stranded nickel miners following the closure of BHP Billiton’s Nickel West Kambalda concentrator. Private... 

Centaurus resumes Salobo West licensing process

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 ASX-listed Centaurus Metals will resume the environmental licencing process for its maiden drilling programme at the Salobo West copper/gold project, in Brazil, after an earlier decision to deny the company a drilling and clearing licence was overturned. The key environmental agency responsible... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South32's Cerro Matoso mine wins appeal, will not pay damages

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Colombia's Cerro Matoso nickel mine, owned by Australian miner South32, will not be required to pay damages to indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities after winning an appeal in Colombia's constitutional court, a court spokesperson said on Thursday. The court had previously ruled that waste... 

South32's Cerro Matoso mine wins appeal, will not pay damages
Cerro Matoso

BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile partially closed following fire

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Thursday that a fire at its Spence copper mine in Chile had forced it to partially shut down operations. No one was injured in the fire, which has since been extinguished, the company said. 

Goldman backs commodities as trade war fury now met with shrugs

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group says raw materials are poised to gain into the end of the year as investors have now become used to trade-war tensions, growth in top economies remains strong, and consumers who’d put off purchases in recent months start buying again. Copper jumped. “This week... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 A compressor exposed to abrasive dust, such as those used in mining environments, could become increasingly inefficient and fail internal damage caused by clogged and compromised intake filters, notes RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Additionally, opencast mine dust frequently enters... 

Versatile spin filters extend machinery, equipment life
IAN FRASER Mining companies use spin filtration for effective dust extraction from compressors' air intake filters and for direct ventilation of variable speed drives

New products can improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Bidvest Commercial Products division Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) has expanded its service offering – aimed at improving safety and productivity, particularly with regard to working at height, and the associated lifting, rigging or lashing requirements. The new safety-focused products can assist... 

New products can improve safety, productivity
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RODNEY YOUNG Innovation is a pivotal focal point and Kelmeg invests considerably into research and development, every year

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant
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VINAY SOMERA Our intention is to prove the business case that South Africa can produce the best-quality components for the fuel cell using platinum-group metals

Consolidated Zinc ships first ore from Plomosas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 The first shipment of ore has left the Plomosas zinc/lead/silver project for processing at Grupo Mexico’s Santa Eulalia plant, ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc reported on Thursday. The company said it would deliver about 100 t/d to the concentrator for the rest of the month, where after it would... 

Axiom fully permitted for Isabel nickel project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 Solomon Islands has formally granted Axiom Mining a lease over the San Jorge nickel deposit, paving the way for the ASX-listed company to start construction of the Isabel mine – one of the last known undeveloped world-class nickel laterite deposits. The news sent Axiom’s stock surging 44% to... 

Doray ‘firmly on path’ to 100 000 oz/y goal

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 The upgrade of Doray Minerals’ resource for the high-grade Da Vinci gold discovery in the Deflector gold/copper mine has set the company “firmly on the path” to reaching its ‘target 1-5-1’ strategic goal of producing 100 000 oz/y of gold, over a minimum of five years and at an all-in sustaining... 

With copper options, China steps up challenge to London, New York rivals

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) will launch copper options trading on Friday, aiming to take a slice of a $270 billion global market in one of its biggest challenges yet to London and New York rivals. The product, which follows the launch of sugar and soymeal options last year, comes as... 

Anglo Asian declares first dividend, reports strong H1 results

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Aim-listed Anglo Asian has declared a maiden interim dividend, following the company’s move into a net cash position subsequent to June 30. The gold and copper miner, which operates in Azerbaijan, would pay a 3c a share dividend, it said on Wednesday, releasing a strong set of half-year results. 

CITIC completes $556m equity deal with Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 CITIC Metal Africa Investments, which is a subsidiary of CITIC Metal, has completed a major strategic equity investment of C$723-million, or $556-million, in TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines. The investment was initiated by CITIC Metal in June.  

OceanaGold reports no operational impact from recent storms

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Multinational OceanaGold’s Didipio operation, in the Philippines and the Haile mine, in the US, have managed to pull through the past weekend’s severe storms in the respective regions without reporting any injuries or a significant impact to production. In the Philippines, where super typhoon... 

Trevali refinances credit facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Zinc miner Trevali has refinanced its credit facility and managed to secure an improved pricing, which should save the miner up to $5-million over a four-year term, it announced on Wednesday. Trevali entered into an amended and restated credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders for a... 

Central Asia Metals hunts for acquisitions

By: Reuters     19th September 2018 Base metals producer Central Asia Metals (CAML) on Wednesday reported a more than doubling in first-half revenue and profits following the acquisition of a mine in Macedonia and said it was actively looking for new opportunities to expand. Aim-listed CAML bought the Sasa zinc and lead mine in... 

Central Asia Metals hunts for acquisitions
The Sasa mine in Macedonia.

Activities restart at New Century’s port facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Queensland miner New Century Resources has started stockpiling zinc concentrate in its 80 000 t storage shed at the Karumba port, paving the way for exports to start and first revenue to be received this month. “The successful refurbishment and restart of activities at New Century’s port... 

Metminco buys Solomon Islands nickel project, to delist from Aim

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Share trading in Metminco resumed on the ASX on Wednesday as the miner announced the acquisition of the Jejevo nickel project, in the Solomon Islands, giving it exposure to the nickel market at a time of rising demand from the battery market. Metminco will buy Sunshine Metals in a scrip... 

Metminco buys Solomon Islands nickel project, to delist from Aim

Struggling Aldridge agrees to be bought by Virtus Mining

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Troubled Turkey-focused junior Aldridge Minerals has agreed to be bought by Virtus Mining – a development-stage mining company in which Aldridge director Ahmet Taçyildiz will indirectly hold 70%. Virtus will acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Aldridge for C$0.10 in cash,... 

Eldorado claims €750m from Greek State over permit delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Gold and base metals producer Eldorado Gold’s Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold has filed an application for payment with the Hellenic Republic, requesting about €750-million for damages suffered by the company, arising from delays in the issuance of permits for the Skouries project, in northern... 

Eldorado claims €750m from Greek State over permit delays

UK tax authority confirms Erris Resources EIS status

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Aim-listed Erris Resources’ enterprise investment scheme (EIS) status has been confirmed by the UK tax authority. The EIS is a series of UK tax reliefs launched in 1994 in succession to the business expansion scheme. It is designed to encourage investments in small unquoted companies carrying on... 

Orion nears drilling completion at Prieska project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Prieska project drill-out programme is nearing completion, with continued high-grade results being returned at the deep sulphide target. The company has drilled more than 83 000 m since May 2017, across 94 intersections, including 15 intersections drilled for... 

MMG slashes Las Bambas copper forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Hong Kong- and Australia-listed MMG has lowered its 2018 copper concentrate production guidance for the Las Bambas mine, in Peru, to between 375 000 t and 395 000 t, from an earlier guidance of 410 000 t to 430 000 t. The lower production forecast is as a result of wall instability restricting... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Rising US-China trade tensions threaten to curb consumer purchasing power, crimp productivity growth and limit global economic expansion, according to the world’s biggest mining company. The confrontation between the world’s top two economies, “along with an increasingly unpredictable policy... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

Imperial exploring ‘strategic alternatives’ as it restructures

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Troubled Vancouver-based Imperial Metals Corporation has embarked on a restructuring process, which will entail exploring “all strategic alternatives” for the company, the owner of the Red Chris, Mount Polley and Huckleberry copper and gold mines in British Columbia announced on Monday.... 

Imperial exploring ‘strategic alternatives’ as it restructures
Mount Polley Hazeltine Creek

W boosts board with Madrid-based directors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Tungsten, copper and gold mining company W Resources has appointed two Madrid-based directors, Pablo Neira and James Argalas, as nonexecutive directors. Neira brings over 30 years of international experience specialising in managing listed industrial manufacturing companies and family office... 

Russian giant copper project aims to raise $1.25bn in 2018

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Baikal Mining Company, operator of Russia's biggest untapped copper deposit Udokan, plans to raise $1.25-billion in project financing from a Russian bank by the start of 2019, its chairperson Valery Kazikayev told Reuters. Spurred by high global appetite for cooper, which many expect to be in... 

New Voisey’s Bay royalty calculation agreed on

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 TSX-listed Altius Minerals and Nasdaq-listed Royal Gold have entered into an agreement with Vale Canada to settle litigation related to the calculation of the royalty in respect of all concentrates produced from the Voisey’s Bay mine, in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Voisey’s Bay 3% net... 

Metminco plans acquisition and funding announcement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Australia-headquartered Metminco requested a voluntary suspension from the ASX on Monday, pending an announcement about a proposed capital raising and acquisition. The company, which requested a trading halt last week, said that an announcement would be made on Tuesday. 

Nexa says to invest $1.17bn in Peru, Brazil in five years

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources plans to invest some $1.17-billion in copper and zinc projects in Peru and Brazil over the next five years, the company's general manager Ricardo Porta said on Friday. About $816-million will be invested in Peru, including $555-million in copper projects... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2018 Anglo American has quietly become a commodities trader. In just five years, the century-old miner assembled marketing operations that now sell more metals than the company produces. Yet the trading business gets barely a mention at presentations by Anglo executives or in analyst reports, taking... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow
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