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BHP beats production expectations; warns of $650m Samarco charge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th July 2018 Diversified giant BHP on Wednesday announced that the company had met or exceeded the production expectations for its commodities during the 2018 financial year, but warned of a $650-million financial impact related to the Samarco dam failure, in Brazil. “We have delivered a strong finish to the... 

‘Peak’ cobalt is not on the horizon – S&P’s Global Market Intelligence

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Peak cobalt is not on the horizon, says Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) Global Market Intelligence metals and mining research analyst Michael Giblin.  

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... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects
CCP 12J MD Paul Miller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new tax incentives to boost mining investment. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Platina finds site for Owendale plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th July 2018 ASX-listed Platina Resources has signed a lease for the site of its proposed Owendale scandium processing facility, in New South Wales. The site, a former abattoir, is some 70 km from the mine site and has road system capable of handling the trucks that will be used to transport ore from the... 

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... 

Arc lifts Zamsort stake to 66%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has acquired a further 5% interest in Zamsort, the operator of the Kalaba copper/cobalt project, in Zambia. It now owns 66% of Zamsort, with the other 34% interest held by Kopara Investments. 

Pace change at Collerina Cobalt's NSW project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th July 2018 ASX-listed Collerina Cobalt has placed plans for a nickel/cobalt project at its Collerina deposit, in New South Wales, on hold in lieu of a high purity alumina (HPA) project. The company this week told shareholders that prefeasibility study (PFS) testwork at the Collerina project has identified a... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Analysts spring to Glencore’s defence as miner restores confidence with buyback scheme

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2018 Research analysts have sprung to the defence of Glencore, which has rapidly restored confidence by announcing an immediate share buyback programme that communicates the formidable faith of management in the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company. In a note... 

Analysts spring to Glencore’s defence as miner restores confidence with buyback scheme
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

US probe darkens Glencore's horizons from Africa to Americas

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2018 The US corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc represents the sum of all fears for the world’s largest commodity trader and its billionaire CEO Ivan Glasenberg. The possibility that the Justice Department would add to the dizzying array of regulatory and legal headaches the Swiss... 

Thakaringa gets a A$550m price tag

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th July 2018 The Thackaringa cobalt project, in South Australia, is expected to require a capital investment of A$550-million to develop a 5.25-million tonne a year plant. ASX-listed Cobalt Blue on Wednesday revealed that the project would produce some 3 657 t/y metal in sulphate, and life-of-mine totals of... 

Congo court suspends hearing on Glencore-owned cobalt mine

By: Bloomberg     2nd July 2018 A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo suspended a hearing about a lawsuit brought by a former shareholder of a Glencore-owned cobalt and copper mine. The case was put on hold pending a decision by the country’s Court of Appeal on whether the High Court should have jurisdiction over the... 

Mining investors spooked as African dispute payments multiply

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 Miners across Africa are increasingly using one-time payments to settle disputes with governments, a trend that’s disturbing some investors. A $150-million payment by Glencore’s Katanga Mining to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gecamines earlier this month followed Freeport McMoRan’s separate... 

Arc sells holding in noncore Andiamo

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has sold its interest in Andiamo Minerals to Africa-focused mining private equity group AMED Funds for $532 000. Arc chairperson Nick von Schirnding said in a statement on Tuesday that the sale represented a major step forward in delivering on the company’s stated strategy... 

eCobalt continues with metallurgical optimisation testing of ICP ore

By: Mariaan Webb     26th June 2018 Bench-scale test work has indicated that Canadian junior eCobalt could use a rotary kiln to produce low arsenic cobalt concentrate from the ore found at its Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP), in the US. The tests, conducted by Expert Processing Solutions, have demonstrated that a 0.2% residual arsenic... 

Indian State-owned firms mandated to acquire overseas lithium and cobalt assets

By: Ajoy K Das     22nd June 2018 The Indian government has mandated all State-owned mineral-based companies to pool their resources to acquire lithium and cobalt assets overseas. A rough deadline of March 2019 has been set for these companies to complete all formalities, such as leveraging their balance sheets jointly, form... 

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... 

Brixton to spin out cobalt assets into standalone battery metals company

By: Mariaan Webb     20th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Brixton Metals has announced its intentions to spin out its past producing cobalt projects in Ontario into a standalone listed company, which will also focus on other battery metals, including vanadium. The potential spinout, announced on Wednesday, aims to tap into the strong growth... 

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... 

Cobalt stocks in China set for new surge as EV boom rolls on

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2018 A slump in cobalt prices and the shares of Chinese refiners may provide an ideal bargain-hunting opportunity for investors seeking a piece of the action as Asia’s top economy leads a global boom in electric vehicles. Cobalt sulfate, a chemical used in batteries, has dropped more than 20% since... 

RNC to withdraw $12m from Dumont JV

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2018 Diversified miner RNC Minerals on Monday said that it would withdraw $12-million in capital from the Dumont joint venture (JV), in lieu of the debt extension and equity raise that it announced at the end of May. CEO Mark Selby explained in a news release that the cash withdrawal would avoid an... 

PEA completed for South America’s ‘most advanced’ PGM project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Pedra Branca platinum group metal (PGM) project, in north-eastern Brazil, has confirmed the economic potential of the project, which Aim-listed Jangada Mines says is South America’s largest and most advanced PGMs play. The PEA has assigned a net... 

Arc buys a further 6% stake in Zamsort

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has acquired a further 6% interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in Zambia, from two separate shareholders. It now holds a 61% interest in Zamsort. 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s settlement, this week, of various disputes with entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), should allay investor concerns about the risk of a seizure of its DRC assets, says Goldman Sachs. Glencore, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Friday announced that it had... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Gecamines says Glencore deal to yield billions for Congo State

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 A settlement between a Glencore unit and Democratic Republic of Congo’s State-owned Gecamines will contribute-billions of dollars of revenue to the government over the next decade, an official said. Glencore reached a deal with Gecamines on Tuesday to end a legal dispute over Kamoto Copper, which... 

Glencore says settled Congo mining dispute

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore has settled its Congo mining dispute with two companies associated with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler by agreeing to pay royalties in a currency other than US dollars, Glencore said on Friday. US sanctions on Gertler, Glencore's former Israeli partner in... 

Glencore says settled Congo mining dispute
Glencore subsidiary Katanga Mining's operations in the DRC.

Fortune may defer Saskatchewan metals processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Project developer Fortune Minerals may defer its planned metals processing plant near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and may opt to sell concentrates from the flagship Nico mine directly to third parties, the company said on Thursday. The London, Ontario-based company has approval for a $200-million... 

Gecamines plans to renegotiate with foreign partners

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo State miner Gecamines has called on its foreign partners to renegotiate the terms of joint ventures it considers to be unfair, its chairman said on Thursday. Heavily in debt and with dwindling output, Gecamines has long complained about its joint venture terms. It... 

Gecamines plans to renegotiate with foreign partners

Cobalt hunt takes Aussie explorer to forest on BMW's doorstep

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The search for cobalt, a key component of the battery-powered auto fleets of the future, has arrived on BMW AG’s doorstep with a discovery of an ore deposit not far from the plant where the German manufacturer makes its i3 electric city car. The cobalt find in a forested section of Saxony’s... 

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga Mining subsidiary has settled its legal dispute with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned trading and mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines).  

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines
Machinery is seen at the Gecamines' copper plant in Kambove.

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM
International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton.

Bluebird to acquire another Australian cobalt project

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2018 TSX-listed Bluebird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of the rights, title and interest in the granted exploration licences of the Ashburton cobalt project, in Western Australia.   “A key reason we selected the Ashburton project, other than the style and... 

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
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Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Cobalt battery boom wavers as prices slide in top user China

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Cobalt is facing its first major test since an impending demand boom from electric vehicles triggered a two-year surge, with prices retreating in top consumer China amid signs there’s still enough material to go around. The price for cobalt sulfate – the chemical form used in car batteries and... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output
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Voisey's Bay mine and concentrator in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine  

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 For Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo, problems don’t form an orderly queue: they pile up on top of each other. In the latest example of the commodity giant’s deteriorating relationships in the country, a convicted fraudster has resurrected a legal claim the company considered dead,... 

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine
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