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Codelco faces smelter disruptions in struggle to meet standards

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 34 minutes ago Codelco plans to suspend operations at two of its four smelters for several weeks as the world’s largest copper producer falls behind schedule in complying with tougher emission rules in Chile by mid-December. Smelters at the Chuquicamata and Salvador mines will be halted for 75 days and 45... 

Atalaya evaluating strategic options

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining is undertaking a review to evaluate its strategic options, the dual-listed miner confirmed on Friday, sending its shares in London up 15%. Atalaya, which owns the Proyecto Riotinto mine and Proyecto Touro development project in Spain, confirmed the strategic review in... 

Atalaya evaluating strategic options
Atalaya owns the Proyecto Riotinto mine in Spain.

Copper Mountain production in line with expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 The Copper Mountain mine, in southern British Columbia, performed in line with expectations in the quarter ended September 30, producing 18.3-million pounds of copper 7 500 oz of gold and 64 900 oz of silver. The company has guided that the third-quarter copper production would be 10% lower than... 

Golden Arrow branches out into Chile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 TSX-V-listed Golden Arrow is expanding into Chile with the acquisition of the 3 450 ha advanced Atlantida copper/gold project. Atlantida combines mineral rights from two separate owners and includes an extensively drilled copper/gold deposit with an historic resource estimate. By consolidating... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold
Kibali gold mine

Junior miner reports progress at its South African nickel/copper/platinum group project

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 Early this month, London AIM-listed exploration and development group URU Metals released its final results for the 2017/2018 financial year (which ended on March 31 this year). During that year the company’s activities were focused on the exploration and development of its mineral properties in... 

Minto idled as Pembridge struggles to close acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge said on Thursday that it would renegotiate the acquisition terms for the Minto openpit mine and that Capstone Mining would implement a phased care-and-maintenance programme at the Canada-based mine until the acquisition can be closed. Pembridge stated that market conditions... 

Minto idled as Pembridge struggles to close acquisition
The Minto mine.

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Vast granted licence for Baita Plai mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 Romania has granted Aim-listed miner Vast Resources a licence to operate the Baita Plai mine, paving the way for the company to reopen the polymetallic mine that was placed on care-and-maintenance in 2013. Vast, which this week announced that The National Agency for Mineral Resources had approved... 

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold has maintained its 2018 production guidance at 4.5-million to 5-million ounces and its copper guidance at 345-million to 410-million pounds, after reporting preliminary third-quarter production results. The miner, which recently agreed to buy London-listed... 

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance
The Lumwana copper mine in Zambia.

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Atalaya ups guidance following record Q3

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 Copper production at the Proyecto Riotinto mine has exceeded Atalaya Mining’s expectations, prompting the Aim- and TSX-listed miner to increase its full-year guidance by 2 000 t. Proyecto Riotinto, in southwest Spain, delivered its highest-ever copper production of 11 055 t in the third quarter... 

Atalaya ups guidance following record Q3
The Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain, reported record third-quarter output.

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from... 

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon
Photo by Creamer Media
Peter Leon

BHP aims to restart Olympic Dam copper facility this month

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 BHP expects a plant at its Olympic Dam mine to restart this month following repairs and the company has found a way to deliver returns from the asset as part of a focus on maxmising productivity, its head of Australian operations said on Tuesday. "The expectation remains that we'll have that... 

Platreef Shaft 1 intersects Flatreef deposit at 780 m below surface

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 Shaft 1 at Ivanplats’ Platreef project has reached the top of the high-grade Flatreef deposit at 780.2 m below surface. This is the first time that the Platreef – a strongly mineralised, polymetallic belt that extends northward from the town of Mokopane for more than 30 km – has been intercepted... 

Platreef Shaft 1 intersects Flatreef deposit at 780 m below surface

Poland's KGHM focused on balance sheet, not dividends

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Polish miner KGHM, one of the world's leading copper producers, is focusing on shoring up its balance sheet rather than any early return to dividends, its new CEO said. Marcin Chludzinski, who was named CEO in June, said he will deliver an updated strategy for the company by the end of the year. 

Codelco plans to raise $1bn in 2019

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Chile's State-owned miner Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, plans to raise up to $1-billion next year to help finance the overhaul of its existing mines, chairperson Juan Benavides said on Tuesday. Benavides also said the company was looking at exploration projects in Brazil, Ecuador... 

Is the reign of Glencore’s billionaire copper king near its end?

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Aristotelis Mistakidis is one of the world’s most powerful commodity traders. For nearly 20 years, the brash, hyperactive Greek known to everyone simply as “Telis” has ruled over the global copper market, buying and selling enough of the red metal to supply every factory in the US twice over.... 

UMMC mining firm draws first €100m syndicated loan

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Russia's Urals Mining and Metals Co (UMMC) said on Tuesday it had drawn a three-year €100-million syndicated loan from a group of banks to refinance loans and increase its working capital. The syndicated loan, the first drawn by UMMC, was structured in the form of pre-export financing secured... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chile aims to find new copper markets and expand its lithium industry as it seeks to shield its economy from a US.China trade war, the mining minister of the world's biggest copper producer said on Monday. Baldo Prokurica also told Reuters the South American nation was considering further... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

Cradle Arc subsidiary secures loan facility for Mowana processing plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2018 Cradle Arc’s 60%-owned subsidiary, Leboam, the holding company of the Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, has conditionally obtained a loan facility of $2-million from Cradle Arc's largest shareholder PenMin Botswana. Proceeds from the facility will be applied to dealing with the intermittent... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Weatherly restarts process to review strategic options

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Namibian base metals miner Weatherly International has restarted the process of reviewing its strategic options, including the possible sale of some of its subsidiaries or assets. The process will be led by Numis Securities and Treadstone Resource Partners. 

China's Belt Road plan seen lifting copper demand

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 China's Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade and infrastructure in 64 countries is expected to help boost copper demand in those nations to 6.5-million tonnes a year by 2027, a conference was told on Friday. That's a 22% increase from 2017 and about 10% higher than if China had not launched... 

Freeport open to all options, even sale, after Grasberg resolved

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 With a resolution to Freeport-McMoRan’s Indonesian saga in sight, CEO Richard Adkerson says any strategic move is now possible, including acquisitions, partnerships, or even a sale of the entire company. Freeport is planning to remain an independent entity, Adkerson said Thursday in a... 

Freeport open to all options, even sale, after Grasberg resolved
Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson

Tiger signs second deed of forbearance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2018 Copper miner Tiger Resources has signed a second deed of forbearance with its senior lender group, replacing the initial deed that will conclude on October 24. Under the deed, the company’s lenders have agreed to continue to waive repayment of principal and to capitalse on interest on existing... 

Hudbay Minerals responds to rumours of Chile deal

By: Mariaan Webb     5th October 2018 Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals has responded to speculation about the potential acquisition of Chilean miner Mantos Copper, stating that although it usually avoids comment on market rumours, the company’s strategy does include potential growth opportunities, such as acquisitions. Hudbay, which... 

Hudbay Minerals responds to rumours of Chile deal
Mantos Copper owns mines in Chile.

CAML on track to meet FY target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Aim-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML) has had a good third quarter and is on track to meet its production guidance for the year, the miner reported on Thursday. In the third quarter, the base metals firm produced 3 938 t of copper from its Kounrad operation, in Kazakhstan, and 5 472 t of copper... 

Macro disquiet drowns out signs of base metals shortages

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Uncertainty about how metals demand will be hit by trade wars, rising US interest rates and a slowdown in China is weighing on industrial metals prices, submerging signals pointing to potential shortages. The index of copper and five other top industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange... 

BHP sees major copper demand boost from China's widening belt and road

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 China's overseas expansion will spread over land that is home to more than half the world's population, potentially boosting copper use by 1.6-million tonnes, or roughly 7% of annual demand, major miner BHP said on Thursday. BHP has analysed the impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),... 

BHP sees major copper demand boost from China's widening belt and road

Vale is said close to approving $1bn copper expansion

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Vale, flush with cash from its booming iron-ore sales to China, is expected to approve a $1-billion expansion of a Brazilian copper mine later this month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Building out the Salobo mine – known as the Salobo 3 project – would likely take about... 

Mining firms say Zambia's tax hike plan would ruin economy

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Zambia's proposed mining tax increases would hobble Africa's second biggest copper industry, companies said on Thursday, a further warning to investors already concerned about the country's mounting debt. Several mines would become unprofitable if the tax plans were implemented with overall... 

Finders reports another wall failure

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 Junior Finders Resources has reported a wall failure within the Kali Kuning openpit operation at its Wetar copper project, in Indonesia. The company on Wednesday said that some 300 000 bank cubic meters of waste rock from the north-eastern highwall was displaced into the pit on October 1,... 

Sunstone’s Viscara sale becomes binding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 ASX-listed Sunstone Metals has enacted an earlier letter of intent to divest of its Viscaria copper project, in Sweden, in a transaction valued at A$47.3-million. Under the terms of a binding share sale and purchase agreement with Swedish listed Copperstone Resources, Sunstone will receive an... 

Sunstone’s Viscara sale becomes binding

Panoro partners with Jogmec in Peru

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Copper explorer Panoro Minerals has a new joint venture partner in Peru, with Japan Oil, gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) entering an agreement to earn up to 60% indirect interest in the Humamantata property, in Peru. In terms of the option, Jogmec invest $8-million in the... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

Zambia mines to pay mineral royalties in dollars to stabilize kwacha

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Zambia has asked mining companies to pay mineral royalties directly to the central bank in dollars as one of the measures to help stabilise its kwacha currency , its finance minister said on Tuesday. The kwacha gained more than 5% to close at 11.9500 per dollar on Tuesday after hitting 12.6750 on... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins
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