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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... 

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... 

Ten killed in Zambia copper mine dump collapse – police

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Ten people were killed and another ten injured after a dumping site for copper mining waste collapsed in the town of Kitwe in Zambia's Copperbelt province, police said on Wednesday. "The incident happened this morning and at least ten people have been confirmed dead," Copperbelt police chief... 

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... 

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... 

GoldMining graduates to TSX

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Gold-focused minerals explorer GoldMining is expected to delist from the TSX-V on Tuesday, when its shares will start trading on the TSX. Commenting on the company's graduation to the TSX, GoldMining chairperson Amir Adnani said that the new listing would elevate the visibility of the company,... 

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. 

New copper reserves established in India

By: Ajoy K Das     18th June 2018 The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has established indicative reserves of copper in central Indian province of Chhattisgarh. The discovered copper reserves, spread across an estimated 25 km2, will be taken up for detailed exploration by Chhattisgarh Copper Limited (CCL) the recently floated... 

Finders reports wall failure at Wetar

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 Copper miner Finders Resources has reported a wall failure at its Kali Kuning openpit mine, at the Wetar copper project, in Indonesia. The company on Monday said that 175 000 bank cubic meters of waste rock from the north-eastern high wall were displaced into the pit on June 14, with mining... 

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.

Nevsun extends Bisha mine life to 2022

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun has approved an openpit extension of the Bisha mine in Eritrea, which will add 3.3-million tonnes of ore to the mill, delivering about 470-million pounds of zinc and 52-million pounds of copper. The extension will allow operations to continue to 2022 and gives Nevsun time to... 

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

Mitsubishi pays $600m to up stake in Anglo American’s Peru copper project

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American has agreed to sell another 21.9% equity interest in its Quellaveco copper project, Peru, to Mitsubishi, increasing the Japanese group’s interest in the project to 40%. Mitsubishi will pay $600-million for the additional interest in Quellaveco, implying a... 

Mitsubishi pays $600m to up stake in Anglo American’s Peru copper project
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Copper veteran has unfinished business at biggest openpit

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 Nelson Pizarro wants to remain at the helm of the world’s biggest copper company until he can cut the ribbon on a project to convert its flagship pit into a giant underground mine. He’s been in mining for most of his 77 years, with the last four spent guiding state-owned Codelco through a... 

Copper veteran has unfinished business at biggest openpit
Nelson Pizarro

Copper giant's cost crusade imperiled by wage largess of peers

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 Generous wage concessions made by private-sector copper producers to avoid strikes in Chile are emboldening unions at Codelco, undermining efforts by the state-owned behemoth to contain costs. That’s the view of CEO Nelson Pizarro, whose focus on costs in a five-decade mining career earned him... 

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... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th June 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Copper industry in crisis,  new areas pursued

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.

Oz extends Avanco offer, gains majority share

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 Copper miner Oz Minerals has extended its takeover period for fellow-listed Avanco Resources to July 6, after gaining a 73.9% foothold in the takeover target. Oz Minerals said on Wednesday that acceptances and acceptance instructions have been received from all of Avanco’s major shareholders,... 

Metal Tiger, MOD strike more copper in Botswana with regional drilling programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 Aim-listed mining investment company Metal Tiger has reported progress at its joint venture project with ASX-listed MOD Resources in the Kalahari copperbelt, in Botswana.  

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

China Inc takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. Congo holds huge reserves of copper, but is also one of the hardest countries to navigate -- with problems with security,... 

Boliden bets on battery boost as electrification gains traction

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 Boliden AB, the mining company that traces its roots to a 1920s gold discovery in northern Sweden, is preparing for a future where everything from boats to cars and its own machines run on electricity. Although the company’s mines mainly produce base metals needed for construction and... 

Boliden bets on battery boost as electrification gains traction

BHP, union at Chile's Spence copper mine reach labour agreement

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Unionised workers at BHP's Spence copper mine in northern Chile agreed on Monday to a new collective labor contract, the company and the union said. The deal comes as the Anglo-Australian miner begins talks with the nearly 2 500-member union at its Escondida copper mine in northern Chile, the... 

Vedanta to double output at Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines – regional CEO

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Vedanta Resources plans to double finished copper production at Zambia's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) to 200 000 t this year, the CEO of its Zambian unit said on Monday. KCM has ploughed roughly $3-billion into the Southern African country's copper mines since 2004, including a $1-billion... 

Workers at BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile approve labour contract

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Unionised workers at BHP Billiton's Spence copper mine in northern Chile have approved a new labor contract, union president Ronald Salcedo said on Monday. Spence is one of the Anglo-Australian miner two mines in Chile. The other, Escondida, the world' largest copper mine, earlier this month... 

Pembridge, Japanese trading house enter into $30m offtake financing arrangement

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge Resources has signed definitive heads of terms with a global Japanese trading house to receive $30-million in prepayment financing through an offtake financing agreement for 125 000 t of copper concentrate to be produced at the Minto copper/gold/silver mine, in Canada. The... 

Entrée Resources sells Cañariaco royalty

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Entrée Resources has sold its 0.5% net smelter return royalty on Candente Copper’s Cañariaco copper project, in northern Peru, to TSX- and LSE-listed natural resources royalty and streaming company Anglo Pacific Group. Under the terms of the agreement with Anglo Pacific,... 

Farellon copper/gold mine on track to meet 5 000 t/m in June

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX-listed mineral exploration company Altiplano Metals has improved capacity at its Farellon copper/gold mine, in Chile, which was now on track to meet its targeted extraction rate of 5 000 t/ m later this month.   "Through professional management of extraction methods and operations, our team... 

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