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Base Metals News

Volatility in global base metals industry to remain, but outlook stable – Moody’s

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 Financial services firm Moody’s Investor Service has a stable outlook for the global base metals industry over the next 12 to 18 months, although indications are that economic growth rates may have peaked. The firm said in a release on Tuesday that synchronised economic growth rates in 2018,... 

Savannah restart under way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2018 Nickel miner Panoramic Resources has inked a contract with ASX-listed Pacific Energy to restart an existing 12 MW diesel power station at the Savannah nickel/copper/cobalt mine, in Western Australia. The power station will be restarted from November 1, and will be immediately upgraded and... 

First Quantum lifts copper guidance, lowers gold forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     30th October 2018 Canada’s First Quantum Mines has upped its 2018 copper production guidance by 5% to 590 000 t, to reflect higher production from its two largest operations – Kansanshi and Sentinel, in Zambia. The Kansanshi mine increased its third-quarter output to 63 687 t, from 58 706 t in the prior-year... 

First Quantum lifts copper guidance, lowers gold forecast
First Quantum chairperson and CEO Philip Pascal

URU applies to renew Zebediela prospecting rights

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2018 URU Metals has applied for the renewal of the prospecting rights that make up its Zebediela nickel project, in South Africa. The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has completed a site visit, a precondition of any prospecting rights renewal process and granted the renewal in principle for... 

Battery metal bulls fear China's big disrupter to hit nickel

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 Commodity traders expect nickel, the silvery-white metal used to make stainless steel, to be a winner from the electric-vehicle revolution -- it’s a key component of batteries. But a Chinese metals giant with a knack of upending markets is threatening to spoil the party. Tsingshan Holding Group... 

Horizonte focus shifts to funding as it ticks feasibility study box

By: Mariaan Webb     29th October 2018 Nickel company Horizonte Minerals has confirmed the economics of its Araguaia ferronickel project, in Brazil, with the completion of a feasibility study, setting up the company to advance offtake agreements and secure funding for the $443-million development. The Aim- and TSX-listed company aims... 

ERG forecasts strong metals price recovery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) forecasts a strong metals price recovery ahead, including for copper, cobalt, aluminium, ferrochrome and iron-ore. “Our view that commodities have fallen foul of wider macroeconomic concerns and the changing geopolitical landscape was confirmed... 

New Century readies for first shipment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2018 Base metals miner New Century Resources has loaded the first zinc concentrate from its Century mine, in Queensland, for export. The first shipment will consist of 10 000 t of zinc concentrate, and will be delivered to smelters in China. 

Spend don't splurge, investors tell miners as M&A, capex surge

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 The world’s biggest miners are cranking up spending for the first time in half a decade as well as pursuing more takeovers – and investors are flashing hazard lights as commodities prices slide and as doubts swirl over the outlook. Capital expenditure among the ten largest metals and mining... 

Spend don't splurge, investors tell miners as M&A, capex surge

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Metal Tiger, MOD JV prospecting licences extended

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 Aim-listed Metal Tiger’s joint venture (JV) with ASX-listed MOD Resources, situated in the Kalahari copperbelt in Botswana, has been granted two-year extensions on its prospecting licences by the Botswana licensing authority. These licences were due for renewal by December 31, and hold the T3... 

Glencore reports higher Q3 copper, cobalt output on Katanga restart 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 Global diversified miner Glencore, which is led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, produced 1.06-million tonnes of copper in the third quarter ended September 30 – a 12% year-on-year improvement. Additionally, the company produced 28 500 t of cobalt, which is 44% higher than that produced in the third... 

Glencore reports higher Q3 copper, cobalt output on Katanga restart
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Sibanye secures minimum 20% stake in Argentina copper/gold project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday announced the conclusion of a transaction with Regulus Resources and the newly formed Argentinian subsidiary of Regulus, Aldebaran Resources, which was established to unlock value at its Altar copper/gold project, in San Juan... 

Nevsun ups guidance for Eritrea zinc/copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Canadian base metals miner Nevsun Mining, which is being taken over by China’s Zijin Mining, has increased its 2018 zinc and copper guidance for the Bisha mine, following a strong third-quarter performance. The mine, in Eritrea, produced 69.6-million pounds of zinc in concentrate, compared with... 

Vedanta says investing $700m to $800m in South Africa smelter

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Diversified miner Vedanta is investing up to $800-million in a zinc smelter in South Africa, the head of its zinc unit Deshnee Naidoo said at an investment summit in Johannesburg on Friday. Andile Sangqu, executive head of Anglo American South Africa, added at the same summit that his firm would... 

Saudi miner Ma'aden actively looking for overseas investments - CEO

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma'aden), the Gulf's largest miner, is actively looking for investment opportunities overseas that would complement and strengthen its business inside the kingdom, the company's CEO said on Thursday. Ma'aden, which mines gold and copper and has in recent years expanded... 

Vale expects jump in base metal performance in 2020

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Brazil's Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, is expecting major improvement in the performance of its base metals division in 2020 but said that production cuts would remain effect this year and next while prices remain low, executives said on Thursday. CEO Fabio Schvartsman forecast a... 

Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

26th October 2018 Mine operators have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining – the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. 

Surface miners  drive up savings  in coal mining
WIRTGEN 4200 SM Using Wirtgen surface miners delivers compelling improvements in final product quality, cost-efficiency, environmental protection and safety

Surface-mining opportunities lie in market-related commodities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Johannesburg-based mining equipment distributor Vermeer Equipment Suppliers is starting to focus on certain market-related commodities and associated opencast mines to market its Surface Miner surface excavation machines, says mining and pipeline sales segment manager Gareth Cramond. The... 

Surface-mining  opportunities lie  in market-related  commodities
ALL ACCESS Vermeer’s surface excavation machines can access areas of opencast mines where drilling and blasting cannot be done

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 The gazetting of South African Mining Charter 3, while welcomed as a step forward in creating certainty in the industry, has left gaps regarding its interpretation and its affects on mining communities, says black economic-empowerment advisory firm NPI Governance Consulting founder and CEO Israel... 

Some aspects of new Mining Charter ‘still need to be explained’
ISRAEL NOKO It will take some time for municipalities and tribal authorities to know and understand what role they would be playing according to the new charte

Trafigura's bold bet on zinc-maker Nyrstar keeps getting uglier

By: Bloomberg     25th October 2018 For nearly a decade, Trafigura Group chairman Claude Dauphin coveted a zinc deal with Europe’s top smelter. The commodities trader finally got across the threshold in 2015, months after its co-founder’s sudden death. Just a few years later, it’s become one of Trafigura’s biggest headaches. 

KAZ Minerals Q3 output up; 2018 guidance maintained

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2018 Benefitting from a smooth ramp up and high copper grades at its newest mine, Aktogay, Kazakhstan miner KAZ Minerals is on track to achieve its 2018 copper guidance and will likely touch the upper-end of its gold guidance. London- and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange-listed company produced 77 200 t of... 

Newmont adjusted income falls on lower prices, production

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Colorado-based Newmont Gold on Thursday reported weaker adjusted net income of $175-million, as its revenue decreased along with gold prices and lower production at various sites. The third-quarter income adjusted for impairments and a write-down in North America, came to $0.33 a diluted share,... 

Newmont adjusted income falls on lower prices, production
Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Strong interest received for South32’s South African energy coal assets 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Diversified miner South32 has received nearly 40 expressions of interest for its energy coal assets in South Africa. Speaking on the sidelines of the company’s annual general meeting, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online that, while the talks thus far have been confidential, the... 

Strong interest received for South32’s South African energy coal assets
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Vale reports Q3 miss on forex, base metals

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Brazil's Vale on Wednesday posted weaker-than-expected net income, as a weaker currency coupled with lower base metals production and prices weighed on the world's largest iron ore producer. The miner, also the world's largest nickel producer, reported $1.408-billion in third-quarter net income,... 

Barrick takes $405m write-down on Peru mine, adjusted earnings fall

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2018 Gold major Barrick Gold, which has agreed to a $6.1-billion deal to buy Randgold Resources, has posted a third-quarter net loss of $412-million, or $0.35 a share, reflecting a $405-million impairment charge at the Lagunas Norte mine, in Peru. The net loss is significantly wider than the... 

Barrick takes $405m write-down on Peru mine, adjusted earnings fall
Barrick's Nevada operations in the US

Sandfire reports steady Sept quarter production results

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Copper/gold miner Sandfire Resources has reported solid September quarter results, with copper production remaining steady at 17 924 t, compared with 17 867 t in the June quarter. Gold production over the same period increased from 9 548 oz to 11 141 oz.  

Zijin’s bid for Nevsun jumps two regulatory hurdles

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 The $1.41-billion friendly takeover of Nevsun by Zijin Ming has cleared two regulatory hurdles – one in China and the other in Canada. The Canadian firm, which has assets in Serbia and Eritrea, reported on Wednesday that the takeover had received approval from China’s National Development and... 

Antofagasta narrows 2018 guidance, targets higher output next year

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 Copper miner Antofagasta has taken 15-million tonnes off the top-end of its production guidance for the year, but maintained its positive outlook for 2019 despite trade tensions clouding the market outlook. The London-listed miner narrowed its copper production guidance to between 705 000 t and... 

Norsk Hydro Q3 beats forecast, Alunorte outlook still uncertain

By: Reuters     24th October 2018 Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro's third-quarter earnings far exceeded forecasts on Wednesday amid rising metals prices, but the company is still in the dark over when its key Brazilian alumina plant can return to full production. The company won permits from Brazilian authorities... 

South32's Cerro Matoso said to owe more than $56m in royalties

By: Reuters     24th October 2018 The Cerro Matoso nickel mine, owned by Australian miner South32, owes more than $56-million in unpaid royalties to Colombia, the country's comptroller said on Tuesday. The company, which produced 40 600 t of ferronickel in 2017, applied incorrect discounts to its royalty payments over several... 

Third diamond hole intersects sulphide stringer veins at Rok Optel nickel/copper target

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 The Rok Optel nickel/copper target, in the Northern Cape, which forms part of ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ regional exploration programme, is continuing to emerge as a very promising nickel sulphide project, MD and CEO Errol Smart said on Wednesday. Diamond drill hole OROD003, which was... 

AfriTin pilot production plant to achieve first material by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining looks forward to achieving its target of processing the first material through the pilot plant at its Uis mine, in Namibia, by the end of this year, after having achieved a number of important milestones in the six-month period ended August 31. Construction of the pilot... 

Hudbay expresses disappointment at shareholder meeting requisition

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 The board of TSX- and NYSE-listed miner Hudbay has expressed its disappointment at the special shareholders meeting called by private equity firm Waterton Global Resource Management, which on Tuesday delivered its requisition. In a statement, Hudbay said that the requisition was delivered... 

Hudbay expresses disappointment at shareholder meeting requisition
Hudbay chairperson Alan Hubben

US Justice Dept demands details from Glencore on intermediary firms – sources

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 The US Department of Justice is seeking documents from Glencore about intermediary companies that the commodities firm has worked with in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria, sources familiar with the matter said. The investigation is not directed at Glencore's own activities... 

Sipa starts ‘extensive’ Uganda nickel exploration programme

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Australia-based exploration company Sipa Resources on Tuesday announced that an “extensive” nickel exploration programme was under way at the Kitgum Pader joint venture (JV) project, in Uganda. The Kitgum-Pader project contains two new mineral discoveries, Akelikongo nickel/copper sulphide and... 

Anglo’s portfolio performs well in Q3  

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s focus on driving efficiency and productivity across the business resulted in another strong quarter, with volumes for the third quarter 1% higher year-on-year, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani commented on Tuesday. “Production per employee has increased by 5% [so far this... 

Anglo’s portfolio performs well in Q3
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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

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