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Canadian Mining

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 Although there was a prolonged downturn from 2012 to 2016 in the global mineral industry, the outlook for exploration financing and expenditures continues to improve. However, while there was a significant recovery globally in 2017, the recovery was only modest in Canada, says industry... 

Attendees set to return to PDAC 2018 Convention

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 More than 24 000 attendees, including investors and exhibitors from 130 countries, are expected at industry organisation the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, in Toronto, Canada, from March 4 to 7.... 

Attendees set to return to  PDAC 2018 Convention
CURRENT TRENDS Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

PDAC honours industry leaders

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The largest challenge facing the mining industry globally is the disconnect between investors' timeframes and the timeframe to discover and develop mining projects, says exploration and development company NexGen Energy, the winner of nonprofit organisation the Prospectors and Developers... 

PDAC honours industry leaders
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RECOGNISING INDUSTRY LEADERS The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada will salute exceptional industry members at its annual convention

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
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PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

Critical minerals project awaits funding for construction

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 With cobalt trading above $17/lb and trending higher toward longer-term averages, project developer Fortune Minerals saw this as an opportune time to secure the project financing needed to build its Nico project, in Canada. 

Critical minerals  project awaits funding for construction
COBALT SULPHATE Cobalt-based lithium-ion battery chemistries deliver superior energy density for power and performance

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Modest growth forecast for US iron-ore demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Advisory and consultancy firm the AME group forecasts modest growth in US iron-ore demand over the next three to five years, based on a recovering domestic economy. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser

     17th February 2017 Ohio, US-based mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser
IROCK RINSER Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes using hydraulically powered features such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations

By: Malusi Mkhize     12th February 2016 Given the limited resources available to Canada’s territorial governments, federal funding will play a key role in developing infrastructure to facilitate the country’s minerals exploitation, according to a study by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and other industry... 

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations
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UNLOCKING MINERAL WEALTH Improving infrastructure to aid mining will be a common theme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention 2016

Major Canadian gold producer to release 2016 guidance

     12th February 2016 Canadian gold producer Goldcorp, which could seek to expand its footprint beyond the Americas, expects to release its 2016 guidance after the markets close on February 25. In January, Reuters reported that the company would have to look for large scale assets outside the Americas as these become... 

Major Canadian gold producer  to release 2016 guidance
DAVID GAROFALO Assets in European and African countries could possibly meet Goldcorp’s criteria, which includes low political risk and the existence of a mining code

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling

     12th February 2016 Vancouver-based gold explorer Pilot Gold expects to resume drilling in March at its Goldstrike property in Southwestern Utah, in the US, to focus on extending and defining mineralisation along the main gold trend. The company released the results of the second phase of its inaugural drill... 

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling
The Goldstrike property comprises a past-producing gold mine within an 8-km-long corridor of gold mineralisation that is largely untested and ready to be drilled

US govt depts join forces to further clamp down on safety violations

     12th February 2016 The US Department of Labour (DoL) and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (Mou) to coordinate on matters pertaining to worker safety in mining operations that could lead to criminal prosecutions by the DoJ. The MoU, signed on December 17, 2015,... 

US govt depts join  forces to further clamp down on safety violations
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COMPLIANCE ISSUES The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations are complex and, therefore, it should not be assumed that employess will become experts

Promising anomalies discovered by Australian prospectors in US

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 Australian exploration company Carnavale Resources has come across promising anomalies in western Arizona and eastern Nevada, Carnavale MD Andrew Beckwith tells Mining Weekly. 

Promising anomalies  discovered by Australian prospectors in US
BIG POTENTIAL The four Carlin anomolies found are spread over an area of about 20km² on the eastern margin of Nevada

Low commodity prices challenge diversified junior’s US operation

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 Low commodity prices are a significant challenge for diversified junior mining company Fortune Minerals’ only producing asset, the Revenue silver mine, in south-west Colorado, Mining Weekly learns from president and CEO Robin Goad and investor relations manager Troy Nazarewicz. 

Low commodity prices challenge diversified  junior’s US operation
ROBIN GOAD Fortune has now focused its mining activity on higher-grade areas of the Revenue mine to compensate for the lower commodity prices

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining (HxM) has created many possibilities, highlighted by MineSight’s new data repository and analytics... 

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology

Nevada gold producer acquires mining leases

     20th February 2015 Emerging Nevada gold producer Pershing Gold Corporation has acquired the exclusive mining and surface use rights to about 1 600 acres of new long-term mining leases and 74 unpatented lode mining claims, comprising about 1 300 acres, from gold corporation Newmont USA for a consideration of... 

Nevada gold producer acquires mining leases
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Pershing Gold Corporation believes further exploration core drilling on the land adjacent to its Relief Canyon mine has significant potential to increase the size of this deposit

Prospectors & Developers Association appoints new executive director

     20th February 2015 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) last month announced the appointment of Andrew Cheatle as its new executive director, effective February 2. 

Nevada project yields high-grade sampling results

     20th February 2015 Diversified mineral exploration and development company Sunrise Resources has attained further high-grade sampling results at its Bay State silver project, in the Eureka district of Nevada. 

Zest WEG Group

     20th February 2015 Zest WEG Group is Africa’s leading supplier of low- and medium-voltage electric motors, variable-speed drives, softstarters, switchgears, transformers, motor control centres (MCCs), containerised substations, diesel generator sets (gensets), cogeneration solutions and other energy solutions The... 

Zest WEG Group
The Zest WEG Group reports continued demand for its WEG transformers, manufactured by WEG Transformers Africa

Mining companies continue to strive for excellence

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 North American mining companies are increasingly pursuing superior performance as they respond to low commodity prices, with innovation gaining in importance and energy costs being managed as a diversified portfolio that can be optimised. These form 3 of 10 key mining trends provided to Mining... 

Mining companies continue to strive for excellence
ANDREW SWART The mining industry could be facing a cliff if new mines and developments are not invested in

Canada tackles EA bureaucracy

By: Ilan Solomons     19th September 2014 Canada’s mining industry is governed by both federal and provincial levels of government, and significant efforts have been undertaken by industry stakeholders in the past three years to reduce the bureaucratic overlaps that have plagued Canada’s mining sector for years, says industry body the... 

Canada tackles EA bureaucracy
GREAT EXPECTATIONS In the next five to ten years, the global mining community might regard Canada as a country with a highly efficient mining licensing system

Canada–Africa ties mutually beneficial

By: Ilan Solomons     19th September 2014 The growing ties between Canada and Africa, particularly in the mining and mining-related sectors, benefits both parties, says nonprofit organisation the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business, which promotes trade and industry between Canada and Southern Africa. Canada-based mining business... 

Canada–Africa ties  mutually beneficial
POSITIVE PROSPECTS Many Southern African companies are trying to penetrate the Canadian mining industry

New technology assisting Canadian miners 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th September 2014 Global contractor and engineering firm Redpath says its battery-powered mechanised raise-climber system and Wi-Fi communications for shaft sinking system, introduced to the Canadian mining industry in January, have been well received, as they improve mine safety and simplify mining operations.... 

New technology assisting Canadian miners
MECHANISED RAISE CLIMBER Redpath’s battery-powered raise climber uses lithium-ion batteries to propel the electric drive

Canada mining association predicts global upswing

By: Ilan Solomons     19th September 2014 Despite the recent global economic downturn, the Canadian mining industry will remain one of the world’s largest minerals and metals producers for the foreseeable future, says industry body the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). “The Canadian mining industry was somewhat subdued during the first... 

Canada mining  association predicts global upswing
ON THE RIGHT TRACK The Canadian mining industry is recovering, as certain commodity prices are steadily increasing

Prosperous future for Canadian Mining – association

By: Gia Costella     14th June 2013 Canada’s mining industry has a prosperous future, with the benefits of the mining sector reaching past the mine gate and into the communities in which it operates, says Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton. Delivering his speech for National Mining Week, in Canada, in... 

Canadian company experiences success with two advanced-stage developments

By: Gia Costella     14th June 2013 “Concerns related to the global economy and slower economic growth in China have had a substantial impact on Canada’s mining industry,” says Canadian mining company Fortune Minerals. About 60% of the world’s publicly traded mining companies trade on Canada’s two largest stock exchanges and, for... 

Success for Canadian simulator supplier

By: Gia Costella     14th June 2013 Surface and underground equipment simulator supplier to the global mining industry Immersive Technologies reports that it has had success this year with the sales of its equipment, in Canada. In March, the Gibraltar mine, owned by Canadian mining company Taseko, which is focused on the operation... 

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