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Gécamines starts legal proceedings to dissolve Katanga’s Kamoto Copper Company

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 35 minutes ago State-owned La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), TSX-listed Katanga Mining’s joint venture (JV) partner in the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has begun legal proceedings to dissolve KCC. This follows KCC’s failure to address its capital... 

Atalaya completes prefeasibility study on Spain copper project

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 2 hours 32 minutes ago A prefeasibility study (PFS) has found that the Proyecto Touro copper project will be profitable, validating Aim- and TSX-listed Atalaya Mining’s initial interest in the brownfields development in north-west Spain. Based on a long-term copper price of $3/lb, the Touro project has an after-tax... 

Cochilco forecasts Chile's 2018 copper output up 4.3%

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 Chilean copper commission Cochilco forecast on Friday that Chile would produce 5.76-million tonnes of the red metal in 2018, up 4.3% from 2017, while estimating copper prices at $3.06 per pound this year. The projections follow a difficult year for the world's top copper producer in 2017, after... 

Positive growth for African copper industry expected

By: Victor Moolman     20th April 2018 Market research firm BMI Research (BMI), a member of the Fitch Group, predicts positive production growth for the copper mining industry and in copper mine project development across Africa in its copper market research report ‘Global Industry Overview’, released last month. BMI commodities... 

Positive growth for African copper industry expected
Photo by Creamer Media
COPPER POTENTIAL The Prieska zinc-copper project in South Africa shows continued growth

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones

     20th April 2018 Multinational mining company Turquoise Hill Resources’ Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has achieved significant underground development milestones with the completed sinking of two shafts this year. The Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper/gold mines, is located in the South... 

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones
ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world's largest new copper/gold mines and is located in the South Gobi region of Mongolia

Chemical ore separation market now expanding

     20th April 2018 While the company’s historic market for the supply of chemicals to separate orebodies comprises mainly the Central Africa Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the market is expanding in terms of geography and mineral range, says mining reagent specialist Axis House MD Trevor... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices of aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium, and more modestly in gold,”... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

Phoenix Global PEA lifts Idaho-based Empire mine output 16%

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PE) of LSE-quoted project developer Phoenix Global Mining’s historic Empire mine, in Idaho, has outlined a 16% improved production scenario over previous estimates, taking only the openpit copper oxide resource into consideration. The PEA shows an average copper... 

Peru will not 'impose' mining projects on communities – prime minister

By: Reuters     19th April 2018 The government of new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Wednesday it would not "impose" mining projects on nearby communities that object to them, but would seek to promote mining investments to take advantage of improved mineral prices. In the past decade, Southern Copper and Newmont... 

Relations sour at giant copper pit with automation looming

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 Just as labour tensions ease at BHP Billiton’s giant Escondida mine, the copper industry has another iconic mine to worry about. Relations between the world’s largest copper producer, Codelco, and unions in its Chuquicamata division have reached the lowest point in years as the mine transitions... 

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... 

Orion appoints mining engineer as nonexecutive director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals, which is developing the Prieska base metals project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has appointed Michael Hulmes as nonexecutive director. Hulmes is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ senior executive, management 

W Resources plans to spin off or sell copper and gold assets

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2018 European mining project developer W Resources is considering spinning off or selling its copper and gold projects, as it increasingly focuses on its tungsten assets in Spain and Portugal. The company, which is advancing the La Parrilla tungsten mine in Spain, owns the São Martinho,... 

Downer EDI awarded A$660m Carrapateena contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th April 2018 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has awarded a A$660-million underground mining services contract to project house Downer EDI for the Carrapateena underground mine, in South Australia. The six-and-a-half year contract will comprise all underground mining activity, including site setup and... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported its best first-quarter iron-ore sales ever despite production of the iron-making ingredient slipping somewhat during the three-month period. The company reported that output during the quarter ended March 31 slipped 4.9% year-on-year to 81.95-million... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output
Photo by Vale
Vale's massive new SD11 mine, in Brazil

Copper Mountain lifts Q1 output 10%

By: Henry Lazenby     16th April 2018 British Columbia-focused miner Copper Mountain Mining has reported strong results for the first calendar quarter, as it battled abnormal volumes of snow and a brief power outage to keep production on course with 2018 guidance. The eponymous mine produced 23.2-million pounds of copper equivalent,... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report
Glencore's Anna Krutikov

Anglo Asian delivers 26% production increase

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Azerbaijan's top gold producer, Anglo Asian Mining, has delivered a 26% year-on-year increase in gold equivalent ounces in what CEO Reza Vaziri describes as an “excellent” first-quarter performance. Production in the first three months of the year is always the company’s lowest, owing to the... 

EMP submitted for drilling at Metal Tiger, MOD’s Botswana JV

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Aim-listed Metal Tiger on Monday announced that it and joint venture (JV) partner MOD Resources have applied to the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs for approval for an environmental management plan (EMP) for drilling within the about 697 km2 T20 Dome complex. The EMP for the T20... 

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

Savannah to incentivise senior management as it expedites mining projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has implemented a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) to incentivise executive directors and certain senior management as the company continues to expedite its projects to tap into the growing market for energy metals.  

Kun-Manie field engineering campaign to start soon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Exploration and resources company Amur Minerals has completed the restocking and mobilisation of all machinery, spares and supplies needed to complete the 2018 field season at its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in Far East, Russia. The resupply transport effort began on February 15 and... 

Atalaya acquires Proyecto Riotinto royalty for $4.75m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining has agreed to acquire a royalty over the Proyecto Riotinto project, in Spain, from Rumbo 5-Cero for $4.75-million.  

Services demand in Africa rising

By: Melissa Zisengwe     13th April 2018 Over the past two years, local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi has registered a rise in demand of between 20% and 30% for its service offering across Africa. The demand can mostly be attributed to the openpit operations across South Africa and Africa, but also to openpit operations... 

Services demand in Africa rising
SERVICES DEMAND Ukwazi has a pipeline of clients requesting additional services, mostly in the Southern Africa region

Vedanta chairperson upbeat on Zambia’s growth prospects

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal on Thursday shared his views on a path to growth for subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). He expressed confidence in what he sees as the start of an “African economic resurgence driven by various metals”. 

Vedanta chairperson upbeat on Zambia’s growth prospects
Vedanta Resources Chairperson Agarwal Presents a Bouquet to Zambian President Edgar Lungu at the Zambia-India Business Forum in Lusaka; Looking on is India President Ram Nath Kovind

Glencore is losing billionaire allies to Trump's sanctions

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 The reach and power of US sanctions are hemming in the world’s largest commodity trader. In just four months, Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg has lost two of his closest business allies as President Donald Trump’s aggressive foreign policy hits home, forcing him to cut ties with billionaires Oleg... 

Good start to 2018 puts CAML on track to meet guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     12th April 2018 UK-based Central Asia Metals (CAML), which bought the Sasa zinc/lead mine in Macedonia last year, has had a good start to 2018, despite cold weather conditions at its Kounrad mine, in Kazakhstan. The Kounrad mine produced 3 070 t of copper in the first quarter, compared with 3 357 t in the same... 

Good start to 2018 puts CAML on track to meet guidance
The Sasa mine in Macedonia

Metso sees South American revenue rising as mining rebounds

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Mining equipment maker Metso Oyj expects to increase its revenue in South America excluding Brazil by 15% to 20% a year over the next two to three years as higher metals prices spur mining activity, a company executive told Reuters. Eduardo Nilo, VP of Metso's operations in South America,... 

Miners urge new Chile government to give exploration a boost

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Copper mining industry leaders meeting in Santiago this week called on Chile's month-old government to open up exploration or risk losing investment as companies hunt elsewhere for new projects. Chile produces around a third of the world's copper, making it by far the biggest exporter of the... 

Aurubis eyes smelting deals with miners in Americas, Australia

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Aurubis, Europe's biggest copper smelter, is in talks with miners in South America, the US and Australia to set up smelting partnerships, as it pushes ahead with ambitious growth plans, its CEO told Reuters. Armed with a war chest of at least $1.5-billion for potential acquisitions, CEO Juergen... 

Ecuador may eliminate windfall mining tax this – minister

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Ecuador could remove a hotly debated windfall tax on the mining sector this year, its mining minister told Reuters on Wednesday, as the cash-strapped South American country seeks to boost foreign investment and diversify away from oil. The tax, which went into effect in 2009 under former leftist... 

Barrick warns lower Q1 copper price to impact earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2018 The world’s largest gold bullion producer Barrick Gold has reported a 19% drop in first-quarter gold output that totalled 1.05-million ounces for the period ended March 31. Copper output fell 10.5% year-on-year to 85-million, reflecting the company’s strategic divestment of noncore assets as it... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 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.

Vedanta says Indian copper smelting plant expansion on track

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Vedanta Resources Plc said on Wednesday its plans for capacity expansion at the Thootukudi copper smelting plant in southern India were on track, a day after its application to renew operations was rejected by the state pollution regulator. Billionaire Anil Agarwal-controlled Vedanta said on... 

Atalaya’s Q1 output beats management expectations

By: Mariaan Webb     11th April 2018 Dual-listed Atalaya Mining has achieved its second highest production quarter on record, with copper output increasing to 9 441 t in the three months ended March, from 8 805 t in the corresponding period of 2017. The company, which operates the Proyetco Riotinto mine, in Spain, achieved a 7.1%... 

Atalaya’s Q1 output beats management expectations
Proyecto Riotinto in Spain

Collahuasi says to slash costs to under $1/lb in 2018

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Chilean miner Collahuasi said on Tuesday it expected to slash production costs to under $1/lb of copper this year as it boosts output and uses efficiency measures to optimise operations. Collahuasi, owned by Anglo American and Glencore, is a copper mine located in northern Chile and is among the... 

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Canadian miners report strong Q1 production

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2018 Several Canadian miners have started publishing their production results for the three months ended March 31, reporting a strong start to the calendar year. Toronto-based Kirkland Lake Gold has reported strong first-quarter results, with output growing 13% year-on-year to 147 644 oz of gold. 

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