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Bauxite News

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2018 In an economic environment of tight capital allocation and bank pull back from mining finance, the new tax-incentivised CCP 12J Mining Fund is going all out to raise R750-million for co-investment in ancillary project opportunities on existing mine sites. On the list of targeted project... 

Copper slides to 1-year low, zinc sinks in broad selloff

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Copper prices slumped to their weakest level in a year and zinc fell to 13-month lows amid a broad selloff on Wednesday after the Trump administration said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200-billion worth of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat... 

Emirates Global Aluminium signs bauxite supply contract with Vedanta

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 Industrial company Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has signed an agreement to supply metals miner Vedanta Limited with bauxite from its mining operation in Guinea from 2019.  

Emirates Global Aluminium signs bauxite supply contract with Vedanta
Emirates Global Aluminium CEO & MD Abdulla Kalban

Metro Mining ups Bauxite Hills mining rate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 ASX-listed bauxite miner Metro Mining on Tuesday reported an average mining rate of 8 167 wet metric tonnes (wmt) a day for June, which compares with May’s mining rate of 5 194 wmt/d and April’s 2 768 wmt/d.  

Metro raises A$17m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th June 2018 Bauxite miner Metro Mining has completed a bookbuild to raise A$17.5-million to strengthen the company’s balance sheet. The institutional placement has been priced at 20c a share, and due to strong demand, the placement was upsized by A$2.5-million. 

Rusal starts shipping bauxite from Guinea's Dian-Dian mine

By: Reuters     19th June 2018 Sanctions-hit Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Tuesday it had started shipping bauxite from its Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea to its alumina refineries in other countries. Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has been hit by US sanctions imposed on it and... 

New research could unlock Qld bauxite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The Queensland government will provide A$180 000 over the next three years, to fund a research project to develop an innovative mining process that could unlock massive, previously untapped, bauxite deposits in North Queensland, within the next five years. The research is a collaborative project... 

Brazil court rejects Alunorte bid to overturn forced output cuts

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 A court in the Brazilian state of Para denied a bid by Norsk Hydro ASA to appeal the partial suspension of bauxite refining operations at its Alunorte unit in another blow to the world's largest alumina refinery. In February, the court in Para, where the Alunorte refinery is located, ordered the... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
Photo by Dylan Slater
Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
Photo by Dylan Slater
CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Altus Strategies lists on TSX-V, retains Aim-listing

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Exploration project generator Altus Strategies is now dually listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Aim and the TSX-Venture Exchange, with ordinary shares expected to start trading on TSX-V on June 6. As at the listing date, the company had just over 176-million shares in issue and had granted... 

Metro receives first revenue from Bauxite Hills shipments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 ASX-listed Metro Mining has received provisional payment from its client in China for the first two shipments of bauxite from its Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The first two shipments totalled about 123 000 t of bauxite. 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Ivorian miner seeks $375m bauxite venture with Sumitomo

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2018 Lagune Exploitation Afrique in Côte d'Ivoire said it is in talks with a unit of Sumitomo Corp about a partnership for the development of a bauxite deposit and the construction of two alumina plants for 218-billion CFA francs ($375-million). Lagune Exploitation is developing the 34.5-million... 

Guinea retains mining minister in Cabinet reshuffle

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 Guinea’s President Alpha Conde appointed a new 33-member Cabinet in which Abdoulaye Magassouba was retained as mines and geology minister, according to a decree read on the West African country’s state-owned broadcaster on Saturday. Mamady Camara, who was Guinea’s ambassador to South Africa, was... 

ABx separates Alcore into own entity, lowers capex forecast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Bauxite producer Australian Bauxite (ABx) on Thursday announced that it would develop its Stage 1 Alcore pilot plant project, in New South Wales, through a new wholly owned subsidiary Alcore. A previous engineering and cost study on the Stage 1 project estimated that a capital investment of... 

Company believes commodities will regain positive momentum

18th May 2018 The commodities markets have been taken aback by rising uncertainties, including an early February equity market sell-off and the trade conflict between the US and China. As the second quarter unfolds, some of these uncertainties should be easier to interpret, however, price volatility and... 

Company believes  commodities will regain positive momentum
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWTH POSSIBILITY Despite some market uncertainty, the global economy is expected to grow at its fastest pace since 2011

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Rusal's first quarter earnings jump, but warns on sanctions impact

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 Russian aluminium giant Rusal boosted first-quarter recurring net profit on Friday amid stronger aluminium prices, but warned that sanctions imposed by the United States in April could harm its business. Washington last month announced sanctions on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several... 

Rusal's first quarter earnings jump, but warns on sanctions impact

Gold industry running risk of becoming irrelevant – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2018 The gold mining industry is running the risk of becoming irrelevant to the investment community. “It hasn’t delivered much value for a long time,” Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow commented to Mining Weekly Online during an interview to mark the company’s presentation of first-quarter... 

Gold industry running risk of becoming irrelevant – Bristow
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Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Metro ships first bauxite from mine in north Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th May 2018 ASX-listed Metro Mining has shipped its first 62 000 t of bauxite from the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The maiden shipment is due for delivery to Chinese integrated aluminium company Xinfa Group, which has a four-year binding agreement with Metro, for the offtake of one-million tonnes in... 

Guinea GDP growth surges on mining sector rebound – IMF

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 Guinea's economy expanded by more than 8% in 2017 and is on track to grow by around 6% this year on the back of a rebound in the mining sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, inflation in the West African country – a major producer of the aluminium ore bauxite... 

Greece's Mytilineos expects positive alumina performance

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 Mytilineos sees positive prospects for its alumina business in Greece despite surging alumina prices, the Greek industrial group said on Thursday. Its vertically-integrated feed and lower production costs have shielded it and created "positive prospects" for its alumina business in the short... 

Guinea gives preliminary go-ahead for new bauxite project

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Guinea's government said on Friday that it had approved plans to award a mining contract to a Netherlands-based company to develop a $1.4-billion bauxite mine and alumina refinery. Guinea is Africa's top bauxite producer and output more than doubled last year to about 50-million tonnes on the... 

Metallica looks at Solomon Islands

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th April 2018 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has secured exclusivity over the Wagina bauxite project, in the Solomon Islands. The company on Monday reported hat it would provide project owner South West Pacific Bauxite with a A$120 000 loan, in exchange for an option to carry out exclusive due diligence on the... 

Mercantile persists with Bauxite Resources bid

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th April 2018 Despite failing to gain shareholder support from ASX-listed Bauxite Resources for a proportional takeover offer for that company, suitor Mercantile Investment Company has remained committed to the offer. Bauxite Resources on Friday told shareholders that it had received a notice of extension... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Beneficiation in the spotlight this month at Geneva forum

By: Nadine James     20th April 2018 As more than 90 developing economies are dependent on commodity exports, building the skills needed to add value to raw materials and provide decent work are some of key objectives to be discussed next week at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (Unctad's) eighth Global... 

Altus raises C$4.11m in private placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has raised about C$4.11-million by way of a nonbrokered private placement of 27.39-million units at C$0.15 each. Each unit is comprised of one ordinary share and one ordinary share purchase warrant that may be used to buy one ordinary Altus share at C$0.30 for five... 

Russia sanctions throw aluminium supply chain into chaos

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2018 The US sanctions on United Co. Rusal that have sent aluminium prices surging should be great news for rival producers like Rio Tinto Group. Spoiler alert: they’re not. 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

ABM to extend DRC augering programme

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM) has extended the auger programme on its Kisinka property, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The extension will allow the miner to investigate additional soil anomalies. 

Australian Bauxite shaves 50% off aluminium fluoride project's cost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th March 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Australian Bauxite increased by nearly 10% on Monday, on news of cost reductions at the Stage 1 Alcore project to refine aluminium fluoride from bauxite. An engineering and cost study, completed in February, reduced the cost estimates for the Stage 1 plant by more... 

Metro readies for Cyclone Nora

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2018 The start of mining operations at the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland, could be delayed by a week, Metro Mining has warned, as the company prepared the site for Tropical Cyclone Nora. Metro on Friday reported that all non-essential staff and contractors had been flown out from the Bauxite... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
Photo by Goldman Sachs
Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success
Photo by BHP Billiton
Escondida, Chile

Violent protests in Guinea disrupt some bauxite shipments

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 Opposition supporters in Guinea protested and erected barricades in the mining towns of Boke and Kamsar on Tuesday, disrupting some shipments of the aluminium ore bauxite, industry officials said. The unrest sparked by a row over local elections held in February spread from Conakry, paralysing... 

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