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Base Metals News

Newcrest Mining’s half-year profit takes a knock

By: Mariaan Webb     15th February 2018 Seismic activity at the Cadia mine in New South Wales and higher costs as result of a stronger Australian currency have contributed to the large decrease in interim underlying profit that gold miner Newcrest Mining reported on Thursday. For the six months ended December 31, the Australian... 

New Century signs gas supply agreement with Santos

By: Anine Kilian     15th February 2018 ASX-listed zinc developer New Century Resources has entered into a four-year A$100-million gas supply agreement (GSA) with independent oil and gas producer Santos for its Mount Isa power generation facilities in the Lower Gulf of Carpentaria. While the full terms of the GSA remain confidential,... 

Chile's Antofagasta receives approval for Los Pelambres upgrade

By: Reuters     15th February 2018 Chilean mining company Antofagasta received environmental approval for a major $1.1-billion revamp of its Los Pelambres copper mine, the regional government of Coquimbo said on Wednesday. The three-stage infrastructure upgrade, unveiled in 2016, seeks to maintain the mine's copper output at... 

Despite reporting a Q4 earnings miss, Teck equity rises on record revenue, cash flow

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has reported fourth-quarter headline earnings slightly below analyst expectations, as lower metallurgical coal sales and prices offset metal price improvements in the three-month period to December 31. Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders in the... 

Despite reporting a Q4 earnings miss, Teck equity rises on record revenue, cash flow

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on plans for South Deep. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

EMR Capital plans to double output at Zambia's Lubambe copper mine

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 Australian company EMR Capital plans to double production at Zambia's Lubambe copper mine, a company official said on Wednesday after completion of EMR's acquisition of a majority stake for $100-million. "Our first task is to lift copper production to above 40 000 t and we want to do that in the... 

Trump weighs tariffs, quotas on US steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was considering a range of options to address steel and aluminium imports that he said were unfairly hurting US producers, including tariffs and quotas. Trump's comments - his strongest signal in months that he will take at least some action to... 

Sherritt narrows headline loss as cost savings, higher metal prices boost bottom line

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has narrowed its headline loss for the 12 months ended December 31, as lower costs and higher commodity prices boosted the bottom line. The Toronto-based miner, which produces nickel, cobalt and oil in Cuba, and nickel and cobalt at the Ambatovy... 

Sherritt narrows headline loss as cost savings, higher metal prices boost bottom line
Photo by Sherritt International
Sherritt now owns 12% of the Ambatovy nickel/cobalt mine, in Madagascar

Amur enters into $10m convertible loan for Russia mine

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2018 Base metals company Amur Minerals has entered into a convertible loan with Cuart Investments and YA II PN to progress development of the Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project in Russian Far East. The investors, which were arranged by RiverFort Global Capital, will lend the company up to... 

Cobalt cannot be eradicated from electric car batteries – Umicore

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 Makers of electric vehicle batteries will have to keep using scarce, expensive cobalt in their products for the foreseeable future despite a push towards higher nickel compositions, materials technology company Umicore said on Monday. Manufacturers have been trying to increase the proportion of... 

Trump to meet US lawmakers to discuss trade, focus on steel and aluminium

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 US President Donald Trump will meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss trade matters, as he ponders whether to takes steps to limit steel and aluminium imports seen as damaging to US businesses. A month ago the Commerce Department handed Trump the results of its... 

First Quantum lifts Cobre Panama capacity 15%; swings to FY17 loss

By: Henry Lazenby     13th February 2018 Base metals producer First Quantum Minerals will expand the capacity of its massive Cobre Panama copper project, in Panama, by 15% to 85-million tonnes a year. The Toronto-based miner on Monday also said it has sanctioned upgrades to certain areas to accommodate a further capacity expansion to... 

First Quantum lifts Cobre Panama capacity 15%; swings to FY17 loss
Photo by First Quantum Minerals
First Quantum's Kanshanshi mine, Zambia

Samsung SDI turns to used phones for cobalt as prices surge

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2018 Samsung SDI, a battery supplier to carmakers including BMW, plans to recycle cobalt from used mobile phones as companies around the world scramble to secure supplies of the metal amid surging prices. The plan fuels a trend among battery makers to reduce dependence on the Democratic Republic of... 

Maiden resource estimate declared for Kapunda copper project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 Terramin Exploration (TEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Terramin Australia and its joint venture (JV) partner, Environmental Copper Recovery (ECR), have completed the maiden on site recovery (ISR) resource estimate for the Kapunda copper project, near Adelaide, South Australia. The JV is now... 

Stanbic says mining remains crucial to Zambian economy

By: African News Agency      9th February 2018 Stanbic Zambia says mining remains a significant sector of the southern African country's economy as it generates the largest amount of revenue for the government through taxes. "As the second largest copper producer in Africa, we are poised to further develop the mining sector,"  Stanbic Bank... 

Antam’s ferronickel output and sales hit record

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Indonesian diversified miner Aneka Tambang (Antam) has reported positive production results and sales of its main commodities in 2017, with high ferronickel production and sales volumes hitting an all-time high. Antam’s ferronickel production volumes reached 21 762 t of nickel contained in... 

Fourth month of continuous growth for Deloitte WA Index

     9th February 2018 The Deloitte WA Index climbed marginally higher in the first month of 2018, as the market capitalisation of Western Australia-listed companies increased by 0.48% to close out January at A$181.83-billion. This marks the fourth month of continuous growth, Deloitte clients and markets partner for... 

Fourth month of continuous growth for Deloitte WA Index

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 Although prevailing perception between mines and communities are characterised by growing levels of mistrust, South Africa has seen breakthroughs with mining companies establishing community partnerships, says SRK Consulting’s corporate social responsibility and development consultant Tim Hart.... 

Platforms for mines ‘to talk to communities as partners, not beneficiaries’, lacking – consultant
TIM HART It is not the mining sector’s place to meddle in community politics, rather it should try to provide the platforms that enable the formation of partnerships

Mining code reform feasible, encouraged

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th February 2018 It is possible, and even necessary, for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pursue a reform of its 2002 mining code tax regime and find a compromise acceptable to all parties, according to findings of international nonprofit policy and research institute the National Resource Governance... 

Mining code reform feasible,  encouraged
MINING REFORM The Democratic Republic of Congo’s revised mining code will aim to address gaps in transparency and community development

Aluminium foil makers say US devastated by cheap China imports

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 US producers of aluminium foil said cheap imports from China have devastated the American industry, making it imperative for the US to impose duties on Chinese shipments. 

Ivanhoe Mines appoints new executive vice chair

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines has appointed veteran mining analyst Egizio Bianchini as its new vice chairperson, effective March 12. Bianchini was most recently employed as the vice chairperson and co-head of BMO Capital Markets' Global Metals & Mining Group for 29... 

Copper Mountain hits lower-end of guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 British Columbia copper producer Copper Mountain has hit the lower-end of its 2017 guidance and expects a 27% year-on-year price improvement to bode well for the full-year financial results, which it plans to release on February 20. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Copper Mountain mine's mill... 

Aquila lifts Back Forty zinc resource 12%

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 Michigan-focused project developer Aquila Resources has announced an updated resource estimate for its flagship Back Forty gold/zinc project, lifting the combined measured and indicated zinc resource by 12%, while the contained gold resource climbed 4%. Based on information gained from 22 further... 

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Miranda Minerals gets prospecting right for base metals project in Northern Cape

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources has granted Miranda Minerals a prospecting right in respect of the remainder of Rozynenbosch farm No 104, measuring 6 483 ha, in the Northern Cape. The right is effective from February 5, this year, until February 4, 2021, and relates to the... 

Jubilee’s Zambia JV hit with mining right termination notice

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group remains supportive of its joint venture (JV) partner BMR Group after a surprise mining right termination notice was issued for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, from the Mining Cadastre Department of Zambia. BMR Group plans to appeal the notice,... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone
Photo by Duane Daws
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose

Zambia project says South African mining indaba an opportunity to interact with potential investors

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 Zambia’s Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project hopes to use the annual mining indaba in South Africa as an opportunity to tout for support, including investment into the copper producing country, its team leader said. The MPMSP operates alongside Zambia’s mines ministry, helping keep... 

Orion to target BFS completion for Prieska project by October

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th February 2018 Following the release of the maiden mineral resource for Orion Minerals’ Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, the company will target the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the project by October. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the Investing in... 

Smelters expected to reduce zinc processing fees amid mine supply shortage

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Zinc smelters are set to accept lower fees for processing concentrate into metal when annual contracts are hammered out next week at a conference in California, as a crunch in mine supply stretches into a third year. Treatment charges (TCs), the fees miners pay smelters to process their ore, are... 

Smelters expected to reduce zinc processing fees amid mine supply shortage

Sumitomo sees Ambatovy at 50% utilisation rate in Jan to March

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Sumitomo said on Thursday it expects its Ambatovy nickel/cobalt project in Madagascar to run at about a 50% utilisation rate in the January-March quarter, rising to 80% from April. The trading house said last week that the project had resumed operations from end-January after halting operations... 

Rio Tinto confident US will treat Canada differently on trade

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 The head of Rio Tinto Group’s aluminium division is confident the Trump administration will recognize that Canada must be viewed differently when considering import tariffs on the metal and in Nafta talks. “There’s a clear recognition of the strategic importance of the Canadian industry to the... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

Rio Tinto's blowout cash puts dividends and deals in focus

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2018 Rio Tinto Group’s best profit in three years and a record dividend is yet another sign that miners are reaping the benefits of a surge in commodity prices. Yet the sheer size of Rio’s cash flow is starting to raise another question: how else will the world’s second-biggest mining company invest... 

Goldman's a raging bull on commodities as turmoil aids view

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2018 Goldman Sachs Group is standing by its very bullish call on commodities, saying that the recent global markets selloff only bolsters its view that raw materials are set to perform well in the months ahead. “Commodities proved to work just as advertised” during the equity-led declines, Jeffrey... 

Rio Tinto returns $9.7bn to shareholders in 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has delivered record full-year ordinary dividends of $5.2-billion, equating to 290c a share, and bringing total cash returns to shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2017, to $9.7-billion. The company posted an operating cash flow of $13.9-billion, underlying... 

Rio Tinto returns $9.7bn to shareholders in 2017
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Nyrstar requests arbitration over legacy contracts with Century zinc mine

By: Mariaan Webb     7th February 2018 Australian base metals company New Century has slammed Belgium-headquartered Nyrstar’s request for arbitration regarding legacy contracts to purchase zinc concentrate from the Century mine, north-west Queensland, and said Wednesday that it had instructed international arbitration firm Clifford... 

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