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To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

ERG to pilot blockchain-based solution to enhance provenance, traceability of cobalt

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 Global Battery Alliance (GBA) founding member Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) will be piloting a blockchain-based solution based on the IBM Blockchain Solution, to enhance the provenance and traceability of cobalt in the metal’s supply chain. Following the announcement on Monday, ERG explained in... 

Teck ups stake in explorer Fireweed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2019 Canada’s largest diversified mining company, Teck Resources, has increased its stake in Vancouver-based explorer Fireweed Zinc to just shy of 10%, which the junior company sees as a vote of confidence in its Macmillan Pass project, in the Yukon Territory. Teck’s participation in Fireweed Zinc’s... 

Highland receives amended permits for US copper project

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 TSX-V-listed Highland Copper has received the mining, air and dam safety permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for its Copperwood project located in the Upper Peninsula, in Michigan, in the US. Based on the 2018 updated feasibility study on Copperwood, the company... 

MMG warns of falling profits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2019 Base metals miner MMG has warned shareholders of lower profits for the 2018 financial year, compared with 2017, following a softer second half. The company on Monday warned that it expected to record a net profit after tax of between $135-million and $140-million for the 2018 financial year,... 

Zambia’s mining tax places Lumwana in ‘challenging situation’ – Barrick’s Jacobs 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2019 NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold has not sold its biggest copper mine, Lumwana, in Zambia, but given the challenging conditions the mine is facing, “all options" are on the table. The Canada-headquartered company on Monday said that it was continuing to engage with the Zambian government and... 

Sandfire approaches MOD with merger proposal  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2019 Botswana-focused MOD Resources went into a trading halt on the ASX on Monday after Australian copper miner Sandfire Resources confirmed that it had approached the junior to express its interest in exploring a potential merger. Responding to media reports overnight, Sandfire said that the... 

Amarc seeks new partners as Hudbay pulls out of BC projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2019 Explorer Amarc Resources has opened the door for a new partnership on two British Columbia copper projects, after diversified miner Hudbay Minerals relinquished its options to earn an interest in the IKE porphyry copper/molybdenum project, near Gold Bridge, and the JOY gold/copper project in the... 

China Moly to increase stake in Congo's Tenke copper mine to 80%

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 China Molybdenum Co said on Friday it had agreed to buy a holding company for $1.14-billion in order to increase its control in Democratic Republic of Congo's massive Tenke copper mine. China Moly, already the majority owner of Tenke, will have an 80% stake in the mine after the acquisition of... 

Trevali’s African operations deliver strong FY18 performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 Trevali Mining, in its first full year of operating in Africa, increased production at both Perkoa, in Burkina Faso, and Rosh Pinah, in Namibia, over 2017 levels. “Despite challenges faced at Caribou, [in Canada], Trevali produced 407-million pounds of payable zinc in 2018, in-line with our... 

Katanga appoints new CEO, CFO after signing management services agreement with Glencore International 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2019 Katanga Mining has entered into a management services agreement with Glencore International, to better reflect the integrated nature of Katanga’s and Glencore International’s businesses and enhance existing controls. Glencore International is a subsidiary of Glencore. 

Cochilco keeps 2019 copper forecast at $3.05/lb amid trade war, Brexit

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Chile's Cochilco state copper commission on Thursday maintained its average price prediction of $3.05/lb for 2019, rising to $3.08 for 2020, amid the continuing US-China trade war and further potential volatility because of Brexit. Cochilco said it saw production at 5.941-million tonnes for... 

Wear plate tests show positive results

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 Testwork on South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite’s polymer sliding wear plates has shown promising results on a crawler drill that is employed at Vedanta zinc project, in Gamsberg, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. The wear plates were installed on the rotary head... 

Wear plate tests show positive results
PHILLIP DE VILLIERS Technical representative examines one of the stock wear plates inside the Johannesburg warehouse

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid production performance in the December quarter, with the miner maintaining its production guidance for the full year to June 2019. “We achieved a strong quarter of production, maintaining full-year guidance for all operations with the exception of... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed... 

Alcoa beats profit estimates on strength in alumina segment

By: Reuters     17th January 2019 Top US aluminum producer Alcoa Corp beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, buoyed by strength in its alumina segment, but shares slipped after the company did not provide a closely watched profit measure for the full year. The company's shares were down 1.6% in extended... 

KGHM expects 2019 average copper price at $6 100/t to $6 300/t

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Poland's copper producer KGHM expects an average copper price this year at $6 100/t to $6 300/t, the company's CEO, Marcin Chludzinski, said on Wednesday. "We refer to lower end of copper price range forecast by analysts and we assume an average copper price at $6,100-$6,300 per tonne. I think... 

First Quantum achieves record copper sales, production in 2018

By: Nadine James     16th January 2019 TSX-listed copper miner First Quantum has announced record production and sales for 2018, with copper output rising by 6% and sales by 3%. Total copper production amounted to 605 853 t, compared with 573 963 t in 2017. The company sold 596 513 t in 2018, compared with 580 130 t the year prior.   

Orion drilling confirms another zinc/copper VMS body near Prieska, Annex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ analytical results for the Ayoba prospect, which is 5.3 km from its flagship Prieska project, have confirmed the discovery of a new volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) zinc/copper-bearing body. The new mineralisation find validated Orion’s expectation that... 

Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results

By: Nadine James     16th January 2019 TSX-listed Lundin Mining has achieved, or exceeded, its yearly guidance at all of its operations, the diversified miner announced on Tuesday, releasing production results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018. The company produced 48 206 t of copper in the fourth quarter, taking... 

Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results

Centerra reports production results, sets guidance for 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2019 Midtier miner Centerra Gold produced 729 556 oz of gold in 2018, a 7% decrease from that of 2017, but above the company’s guidance of 665 000 oz to 705 000 oz for the year. Centerra, which operates the water-constrained Mt Milligan mine, in British Columbia, and the Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan,... 

Senate advances measure to keep sanctions on Deripaska companies

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 The Senate advanced a resolution to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, with 11 Republicans aiding Democrats in a rare split with President Donald Trump. The 57-42 vote to take up the measure Tuesday came shortly... 

Norsk Hydro says Alunorte production embargo lifted

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Norwegian aluminium-maker Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday that Brazil's northern state of Para has lifted a production embargo on its Alunorte alumina refinery, but noted that full production will not resume until a federal court follows suit. The plant is operating at half capacity after admitting... 

Vedanta tells top English court pollution case should be heard in Zambia

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told England's Supreme Court on Tuesday that a case raised against the mining company by nearly 2 000 Zambian villagers should be heard in Zambia not London. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London last year but maintains a legal base in Britain, is... 

Atalaya beats FY guidance, sees 2019 as ‘transitional’ year

By: Mariaan Webb     15th January 2019 European copper miner Atalaya Mining has set a production guidance range of 45 000 t to 46 500 t for 2019, which is seen as a transitional year, given the commissioning of the plant expansion in mid-2019, which will increase production in 2020. The miner, which is implementing a... 

Recommissioned Savannah to ship first concentrates early next month

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 The first concentrate shipment from the recommissioned Savannah nickel/copper/cobalt project, in Western Australia, is expected in early February, ASX-listed Panoramic Resources said on Tuesday. The company told shareholders that mining ramp-up to full production was continuing, with the... 

Recommissioned Savannah to ship first concentrates early next month

Metals X ups the output at Nifty and Renison

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 Base metals producer Metals X has reported increased production from both its Nifty copper and Renison tin projects, in Western Australia and Tasmania, respectively. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday reported that copper production from Nifty increased by 11% during the quarter ended December,... 

Prieska resource standing at 30Mt - Orion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 The mineral resource at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa, has been estimated at more than 30-million tonnes, grading 3.7% zinc and 1.2% copper, base metals developer Orion Minerals has reported. The dual-listed company noted that the new resource estimate included an updated... 

Filo del Sol PFS confirms significant project potential

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 TSX-V- and Nasdaq-listed Filo Mining’s prefeasibility study (PFS) of its Filo del Sol project, on the border of Chile and Argentina, has confirmed the “incredible” copper, gold and silver potential of the project. CEO Adam Lundin said on Monday that the PFS had positive findings, including a... 

Senate democrats will force vote on sanctions of Deripaska firms

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will force a vote on a measure to block the Treasury Department’s plans to lift sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who is reported to be under scrutiny by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his probe of Moscow... 

Senate democrats will force vote on sanctions of Deripaska firms
Oleg Deripaska

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 The surprise outcome of Congo's election - a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution. Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's leading... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

Horizonte’s Brazil project fully permitted to start construction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2019 The Brazilian Pará state environmental agency, Semas, has awarded the Araguaia ferronickel project its final permit needed before construction could get under way, dual-listed Horizonte Minerals announced on Monday. The construction licence provides the permits required for the rotary kiln... 

Thalanga hits records in Dec quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2019 ASX-listed Red River Resources has reported a record quarterly production at its Thalanga operation, in Queensland. Some 96 000 t of ore was recovered during the quarter, delivering record 7 695 t of zinc concentrate, 3 007 t of lead concentrate and 725 t of copper concentrate. 

Surge to create copper/gold spin-off company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2019 TSX-V-listed Surge Exploration has approved, in principle, a strategic reorganisation of the company’s assets, in which the company would spin off its interests in the copper/gold Hedge Hog and Mineral Mountain exploration projects in British Columbia, into a newly incorporated subsidiary called... 

Georgian Mining a step closer to exploration permit approval

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2019 Aim-listed Georgian Mining Corporation CEO Mike Struthers on Friday announced that the Georgian government had held a Cabinet meeting late in December to discuss the pending exploration permit for the company’s 50%-owned Bolnisi copper/gold project. The company had been expecting a resolution... 

Capstone delivers on FY18 copper output guidance

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 TSX-listed Capstone Mining produced 155.2-million pounds of copper in 2018, in line with expectations, and has set its 2019 output guidance at between 145-million and 160-million pounds of copper at a C1 cash cost of between $1.80/lb and $2/lb. During this year, the Canadian base metals miner... 

Mnuchin defends lifting sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signaled he won’t back down from plans to lift sanctions on three companies tied to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin even as he said the Trump administration would consider delaying the move to accommodate concerns raised by lawmakers. Mnuchin denied... 

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