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BASF and Norilsk Nickel sign nickel and cobalt supply agreement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Chemicals and cathode giant BASF has locked in a local source of feedstock for its European battery materials business, announcing on Monday that it had signed a long-term, market-based agreement with Russian miner Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) for nickel and cobalt supply. The German group also... 

Western Areas gives go-ahead for Odysseus nickel mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2018 The board of nickel miner Western Areas has given the green light to the Odysseus project, following a positive definitive feasibility study (DFS). The DFS into the Cosmos Odysseus project, in Western Australia, confirmed that the project would produce on average 13 000 t/y of... 

Western Areas gives go-ahead for Odysseus nickel mine

Waterton to call special meeting of Hudbay Minerals shareholders

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Private equity firm Waterton Global Resource Management said on Friday it would call a special meeting of Hudbay Minerals' shareholders after the Canadian miner refused its proposal for changes to its board. Waterton, which said it owns a 7% stake in Hudbay, had also asked the miner to avoid any... 

Bosnian government to help keep Aluminij smelter on power grid

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 A Bosnian regional government will help to keep aluminium smelter Aluminij Mostar running, a Minister said on Friday, after heavy debt brought it to the brink of closure. Management at Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter had called for the Bosniak-Croat Federation to intervene after the business was... 

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

China's Shandong Zhaojin seeks South American mining assets

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Shandong Zhaojin Group, one of China's biggest gold miners, is scouring assets in South America as it looks to invest in its first overseas mining project, its general manager said on Friday. The company has set up a representative office in Machala, capital of Ecuador's El Oro province,... 

Flow of LME nickel to hidden storage dents bull story

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, analysts said, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. LME nickel stocks have shrunk by about 40% this year, largely from warehouses in Malaysia, Taiwan... 

Arc exits Indonesia JV to focus on Ontario project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 ASX-listed junior Arc Exploration has inked a binding sales agreement to divest of its joint venture (JV) interest in the Trenggalek copper/gold project, in East Java, Indonesia. The company has sold its interest to JV partner PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara for A$100 000, saying on Friday that the... 

Marginal increases in lead, zinc demand expected in 2019

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 In a report released last week, the International Lead and Zinc Study Group forecast that there would be marginal increases in demand for lead and zinc in 2019.  The ILZSG forecasts that global lead demand will  rise by  0.7% to 11.79-million tonnes in 2019, compared with the 11.71-million tonnes... 

Marginal increases in lead, zinc demand expected in 2019
Photo by Bloomberg
USURPER Lead demand is expected to fall on the back of increased lithium-ion battery penetration and slower growth in the automotive sector

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets
JOHN KWOFIE The Ghana office is a springboard to other countries in the region

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

MOD gets approval for new exploration project

By: Donald Makhafola     19th October 2018 Australian-listed copper exploration and development company MOD Resources has received approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs in Botswana to drill within a 700 km2 area in the northern section of the T20 dome complex. The approval is subject to the standard four-week public review... 

MOD gets approval for new  exploration project
EXPLORATION MOD Resources has no plans to explore outside the Kalahari Copperbelt in Botswana at this stage

Freeport earns into project near Codelco's Chuquicamata

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2018 Base metals junior Solaris Copper, which was recently spun out of Equinox Gold, reported on Thursday that US miner Freeport McMoRan would earn up to 80% in its early stage Ricardo property, in Chile. Freeport would be required to incur gross expenditures of $130-million or $30-million plus the... 

Zambia's finance minister says new mining taxes will not hit operations

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Mining companies operating in Zambia will still meet their operational costs even after the government imposes higher taxes in Africa's No.2 copper producer, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase... 

Alcoa jumps on profit surprise, first share buyback since split

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 Alcoa reported third-quarter earnings that were double estimates and announced its first share buyback in more than a decade in a sign that the top US aluminum producer is weathering the trade war. Shares jumped 4.8% at 5:05 p.m. in New York as the company said it would buy $200-million of its... 

Xanadu achieves dual-listed status

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 Mongolia-focused Xanadu Mines will list on the TSX on Thursday, as part of the company’s efforts to develop a broader awareness of its porphyry copper/gold discovery in Mongolia’s south Gobi. 

Hudbay investor is said to seek changes to miner's board

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2018 An investor in Hudbay Minerals wants to meet with the Toronto miner to discuss replacing members of its board, as well as to seek assurances it won’t pursue acquisitions or joint venture without consulting shareholders, according to a person familiar with the matter. Waterton Global Resource... 

Jubilee reports solid Q3 performance, growing demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals has seen a growing demand from both small and global mining companies wanting to work with Jubilee to access the metals available in mine waste, CEO Leon Coetzer said on Wednesday. This statement comes amid the diversified metals recovery company having... 

Alcoa to close two Spanish aluminium plants with job losses

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Alcoa said on Wednesday it would close two of its three aluminium plants in Spain with a combined annual production of 180 000 metric tonnes, resulting in the lay off of almost 700 workers. The Aviles and La Coruna plants were two of the least productive due to intrinsic structural problems such... 

Brazilian assets start to deliver for Oz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Copper/gold producer Oz Minerals has reported an increase on copper production for the three months to September, following the addition o f the Antas copper project, in Brazil. Copper production in the September quarter was up to 31 919 t, up from the 27 131 t produced in the previous quarter,... 

Soil sampling gets under way at Red Rock’s DRC copper/cobalt licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 A soil sampling programme has started at a copper/cobalt licence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) owned by Aim-listed natural resources development company Red Rock Resources. The licence was recently acquired from a private seller. 

Zambian power firm CEC divests from telecoms business

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC) has sold its 50% stake in CEC Liquid Telecom to Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecommunication Holdings, the power firm said on Tuesday. CEC, Zambia's main supplier of power for its mines, and Liquid Telecom were equal partners in the joint telecoms firm since... 

Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2018 Freeport-McMoRan’s annual LME Week party is usually an opportunity for CEO Richard Adkerson to hobnob with the traders and consumers who buy copper from his mining company. At this year’s event, he was surrounded by investment bankers. With its biggest stock overhang – a deal around its... 

 Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?
Richard Adkerson

Chile's State copper firm outlines lifeline plan for Salvador mine

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Chile's State copper miner, Codelco, has submitted an environmental impact assessment of its plans to overhaul its aging Salvador deposit that would sharply increase its production and extend its life by 40 years. The Rajo Inca project would convert the existing mine, which has been in operation... 

Metal Tiger T3 mine feasibility study ‘progressing well within budget’

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 The T3 mine feasibility study for Aim-listed strategic natural resource investor Metal Tiger’s joint venture project with ASX-listed MOD Resources in the Kalahari copperbelt, in Botswana, is “progressing well within budget”, and is due for completion in March 2019, Metal Tiger said on Tuesday.... 

URU Metals completes geophysics survey at Zebediela project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 The ground-based geophysics survey over a portion of Aim-listed exploration and development group URU Metals’ Zebediela nickel/sulphide project, in Limpopo, has been completed. The purpose of the programme was to assist with the accurate placement of further planned exploration drill holes and to... 

Arc Minerals reports elevated copper intersections at Zambia project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals on Tuesday reported additional reverse circulation and diamond drill assay results from the company’s 11 000 m drilling programme at the Kalaba prospect, which is part of its Zamsort copper/cobalt project, in Zambia. The results found that mineralisation continues to be... 

Polish govt promises tax relief to help copper region

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The Polish government is working on amending tax laws, which could lead to tax deductions of up to 5% on certain minerals, it said on Tuesday. Poland currently taxes copper and silver exploration, but the only company paying the levy is KGHM, one of the world's biggest copper and silver producers. 

Geological, sampling programmes start at ABM’s Côte d’Ivoire project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM) has started geological work on its recently acquired 380 square kilometre Lizetta II nickel/cobalt/chrome exploration project, in Côte d’Ivoire. ABM commissioned a site visit by a technical team to prepare for a structured field exploration programme, the... 

Oyu Tolgoi underground production delay announced

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2018 The $5.3-billion underground project at the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, in Mongolia, remains on schedule to be completed by 2022, but operator Rio Tinto has flagged a nine-month delay in achieving sustainable production. Rio Tinto-owned Turquoise Hill, which holds the giant mine in a 66:34... 

BHP doubles stake in Ecuador copper project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Mining major BHP has subscribed for a further £45-million worth of shares in copper developer SolGold, which is the majority owner and operator of the Cascabel porphyry copper-gold project, in Ecuador. BHP will be issued an additional 100-million shares, at a price of 45p each, taking its... 

BHP doubles stake in Ecuador copper project

Bunker Hill lease terminated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 Toronto-headquartered Bunker Hill Mining on Monday confirmed that the lease with option to purchase agreement for the Bunker Hill mine had been terminated, owing to a missed property payment. The CSE-listed company warned earlier this month that it was in default of its lease agreement with... 

Galileo hits high zinc mineralisation in Phase 2 drilling programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has completed its Phase 2 diamond drilling programme and reported positive assay results so far for the first eight holes analysed, at its 80.75%-owned Star Zinc project, in Zambia. Phase 2 comprised 24 holes totalling about 1 000 m to depths, from surface, of... 

Orion expects updated Prieska resource estimate by mid-December, BFS by Q2 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals will publish an updated resource estimate for its Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Areachap Belt in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, in mid-December, which will underpin a bankable feasibility study (BFS) that is set for completion in the second quarter... 

Cradle Arc’s Thakadu mining licence extended to May 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Aim-listed copper and gold miner Cradle Arc has been granted an extension on its mining licence by the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The licence is now valid until May 31, 2020, and covers 28.5 km2, which includes the Thakadu openpit and adjacent... 

NAIF takes a closer look at Sconi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Sconi cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in Queensland, will come under the microscope after the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) board indicated it would move to investigate the potential to provide support for the project. The NAIF provides access for up to A$5-billion of... 

Azure has received strong interest in Mexico zinc project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Oposura zinc/lead/silver project, in Mexico, would cost some A$69.9-million to develop, a scoping study has revealed. ASX-listed Azure Minerals on Monday revealed that the project could produce 19 000 t/y of zinc, 10 000 t/y of lead and 145 000 oz/y of silver, over an initial mine life of... 

Codelco faces smelter disruptions in struggle to meet standards

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 Codelco plans to suspend operations at two of its four smelters for several weeks as the world’s largest copper producer falls behind schedule in complying with tougher emission rules in Chile by mid-December. Smelters at the Chuquicamata and Salvador mines will be halted for 75 days and 45... 

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