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Nickel market deficit increases, but surplus expected by 2020 – BMI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 BMI Research anticipates the global refined nickel market to remain in a slight deficit this year, as global production remains subdued.  

Cradle Arc’s acceleration plan at Mowana copper mine starts bearing fruit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Aim-listed copper and gold miner Cradle Arc expects to produce at least 5 700 t of contained copper at its Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, in the second half of this year.  

Workers at Codelco's Chuquicamata mine threaten strike

By: Reuters     26th June 2018 Workers at Codelco's Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile, the State miner's second largest by output, are threatening to walk off the job soon to protest plans to transform the century-old openpit into an underground mine, a union leader said on Monday. Four of the Chuquicamata's six workers'... 

Orion accelerating on all fronts, looking to upscale production

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has raised an additional A$11-million through a share placement so that it can accelerate on all fronts. This equity capital raising funds the company beyond the bankable feasibility study (BFS) to progress its Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa's... 

Orion accelerating on all fronts, looking to upscale production
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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Sunrise illuminates Clean TeQ value

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th June 2018 The Sunrise cobalt/nickel project, in New South Wales, is expected to deliver some $14-billion in revenue over its first 25-year mine life, ASX- and TSX-listed Clean TeQ reported. A definitive feasibility study (DFS) found that the project would generate an average annual earnings before... 

Sunrise illuminates Clean TeQ value

Neometals adds more nickel to Mt Edwards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th June 2018 ASX-listed Neometals has reported a 155% increase in the contained nickel at its Mt Edwards project, in Western Australia. The significant increase in the maiden mineral resource, which was announced in April this year, resulted from the inclusion of four additional deposits, after Neometals in... 

Orion raises A$11m for Prieska

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th June 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has raised A$11-million through a share placement to progress its Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa's Northern Cape province. The company on Monday said that the shares, priced at 3.7c each, would be placed in two tranches, with the first consisting... 

Orion raises A$11m for Prieska
Orion CEO Errol Smart

Apollo get clearance for Couflens buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th June 2018 The French Ministry of Economy and Finance has given approval for ASX-listed Apollo Minerals to acquire the remaining 20% interest in the Couflens s tungsten/copper/gold project. Apollo in March this year struck a deal with fellow-listed Variscan Mines to acquire the remaining interest in the... 

Equinox separates copper and gold assets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th June 2018 Canadian junior Equinox Gold has announced the creation of a standalone company – Solaris Copper – to advance its exploration-stage copper projects Ecuador, Mexico, Chile and Peru. Equinox will own 40% in Solaris Copper, which will not initially be listed on a stock exchange listing, with the... 

Minerals Council said to plan free-carry challenge

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2018 South Africa’s main mining lobby group told analysts and mining companies that it would probably challenge a final draft of the government’s new Mining Charter if two key points of dispute aren’t removed, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Minerals Council South Africa, which... 

Minerals Council said to plan free-carry challenge
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Codelco says unions at Salvador mine reject early wage deal

By: Reuters     25th June 2018 Chile's Codelco, the world's top copper miner, said late on Friday evening that workers' unions at its small Salvador copper division had rejected an early wage deal from the company, pushing off further negotiations until later this year when its contract expires. The State-run miner said... 

Polish copper producer KGHM appoints new CEO

By: Reuters     25th June 2018 Poland's State-run KGHM, one of the world's biggest copper and silver producers, has appointed Marcin Chludzinski as its new CEO, the company said on Friday. Chludzinski has been the head of the State-run Industrial Development Agency. Local media, including Puls Biznesu, had reported he was the... 

Vast one step closer to final approval for Baita Plai

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2018 Aim-listed mining company Vast Resources could start mining a 1.8-million-tonne-orebody in Romania in the near future, with the company only one regulatory step away from final approval for the Baita Plai polymetallic mine. Vast said Minister of Economy had approved the association licence... 

Vast one step closer to final approval for Baita Plai
The Baita Plai tailings dam

First Quantum says competitiveness key to Zambia copper production

By: African News Agency      22nd June 2018 Global metals and mining company First Quantum has urged Zambia to ensure competitiveness and stability in the sector in order to attract foreign direct investment and regain its slot as Africa's largest copper producer. Essential to this is a competitive electricity tariff structure that... 

Kibo sells nickel subsidiary to Katoro as it focuses on energy sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Mining has sold its Kibo Nickel subsidiary to Aim-listed Katoro Gold for 15.34-million shares valued at about £200 000.  

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

Trump vows to open Minnesota's Superior National Forest to mines

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 President Donald Trump vowed to open large swaths of lands in Minnesota’s remote Superior National Forest to mining, a move that could benefit a copper-nickel mine being pursued by Antofagasta subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota. Speaking at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday, Trump said... 

Copper mine planned for Utah National Monument shrunk by Trump

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 The red sandstone vistas in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument may soon be criss-crossed with dump trucks after a Canadian mining company announced plans to begin operations on land cut from federal protection by President Donald Trump. Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources... 

Bunker Hill initiates technical report; plans TSX listing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2018 Bunker Hill Mining Corporation, which is gearing up to reopen the historic Bunker Hill mine in Idaho’s Coeur D'Alene zinc, lead and silver mining district, has started work on a technical report, which it will use to apply for a listing on the TSX. The NI 43-101 technical report on the Bunker... 

First Quantum and Lumina make Ecuador earn-in formal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2018 Copper miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has signed a formal earn-in agreement with Vancouver-based junior Lumina Gold to earn into the Orquideas and Cascas gold/copper concessions in Ecuador. In terms of the previously announced five-year agreement, FQM has committed to contribute $1.5-million... 

Cobalt explorers see Congo mine law offset by price, high grades

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 Junior miners exploring for cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reckon increased prices and the country’s high-grade deposits will offset the added costs of new legislation larger companies have opposed. Congo, the world’s largest source of the metal, this month began implementing an... 

Lungu refuses to fire Minister following Zambian mining tragedy

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Zambian President and leader of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party Edgar Lungu, has turned a deaf ear to calls for the Minister of Mines Richard Musukwa to be fired following Wednesday’s mining tragedy when at least ten miners were buried alive after the collapse of a mine dump in Zambia's... 

Zambia aiming for power prices that reflect costs by end 2018

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 Zambia plans to introduce electricity tariffs that reflect the cost of production by the end of this year, a senior government official said on Thursday, a move that could increase costs for economically vital mining firms that currently pay a flat price. In 2015 and 2016, Zambia experienced a... 

Erris starts brownfield exploration near historic Ireland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     21st June 2018 Mineral exploration company Erris Resources has started a surface diamond drilling programme 300 m south of the old Abbeytown zinc mine in Sligo, Ireland. The surface drilling will test for potential extensions of zinc/lead/silver/copper mineralisation extending south from the old workings at... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Chromium carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry, and has commissioned academic research to establish how the country... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector
Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine

Herencia chairperson steps down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Chilean explorer and developer Herencia Resources on Wednesday announced the resignation of its chairperson Peter Reeve with immediate effect. The Aim-listed company, which owns the Pichachos, Guamanga and La Serena projects in Chile, said that new nonexecutive director Carl Dumbrell would be... 

EU to impose duties on US imports Friday after Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 The European Union will begin charging import duties of 25% on a range of US products on Friday, in response to US tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminium early this month, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The move confirms a tit-for-tat dispute that could escalate into a full trade... 

EU to impose duties on US imports Friday after Trump tariffs

Copperbelt Energy of Zambia eyes $250m power investment

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2018 Copperbelt Energy Corp, the Zambian electricity supplier with customers including Glencore’s copper mines, may invest as much as $250-million in solar projects and transmission lines in the neighboUring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), CEO Owen Silavwe has said. The amount includes two solar... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

Report alleges miners inadequately disclose information on environmental rehabilitation costs

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Neither the law, nor the accounting standards governing company disclosures, ensure the necessary transparency and accountability about financial provision for environmental rehabilitation, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) alleges in its ‘Full Disclosure: The Truth about Mining... 

Nevada Copper reports solid progress at Pumpkin Hollow

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Early construction works continue to ramp up at the Pumpkin Hollow underground project, while an optimisation study for the openpit is progressing and expected to be released in the coming months. In an operations update on Tuesday, TSX-listed Nevada Copper reported that work was continuing on... 

Emission abatement technology could drive industrialisation – EPCM Global

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 South African firm EPCM Global Engineering has partnered with Luxembourg-based Carbon Process & Plant Engineering (CPPE) to bring its emissions abatement technology to Africa, in a move that could spur industrialisation, says EPCM Global CEO Tumi Kgomo. He explains that the technology, which was... 

BHP to sell Chile copper mine to EMR Capital

By: Mariaan Webb     19th June 2018 Global mining major BHP has agreed to sell its Cerro Colorado copper mine, in Chile, to private equity manager EMR Capital, the Melbourne-headquartered company announced on Tuesday. The transaction consists of a cash consideration of $230-million and about $40-million in proceeds from the... 

BHP to sell Chile copper mine to EMR Capital

BHP to sell Chilean copper mine to private equity fund EMR Capital - sources

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 BHP has agreed to sell Cerro Colorado copper mine to private equity fund EMR Capital, two sources close to the deal said on Tuesday. The world's biggest listed miner had hired Citi early in 2017 to sell the asset, which was then valued at around $800-million, although one of the sources said the... 

China marks cobalt, copper ascendancy in Congo with new group

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2018 More than 30 Chinese companies active in the Democratic Republic of Congo formed a business association backed by both countries’ governments, further cementing China’s ascendancy in copper and cobalt production in the central African nation. The 35-member Union of Mining Companies with Chinese... 

Europa Metals starts Toral scoping study

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th June 2018 Explorer Europa Metals has appointed UK-based Addison Mining Services to conduct an initial scoping study on the Toral lead, zinc and silver project, in Leon, Spain. Addison previously compiled the Toral project's mineral resource estimate, which states that the project has a metal content of... 

Canadian project generator seeks to expand base metal/gold holdings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Mineral exploration project generator Rainy Mountain Royalty, which acquires early stage exploration projects and deliver them drill target ready to joint venture (JV) partners, is considering opportunities outside Canada, the TSX-V-listed company has revealed. In a news release issued on... 

Group Eleven says Stonepark open towards Glencore’s Pallas Green

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2018 The Stonepark zinc deposit in Ireland, which TSX-V-listed Group Eleven owns with Aim-listed Connemara Mining, is likely open towards the neighbouring Pallas Green deposit of mining major Glencore and results from hole drilled in a key area of the resource have returned high-grade results. Hole... 

Group Eleven says Stonepark open towards Glencore’s Pallas Green

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