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Nevsun discovers new high-grade copper/gold deposit east of Timok Upper Zone

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2018 Base metals producer Nevsun Resources announced this week it has discovered a new high-grade copper/gold deposit about 500 m east of the Timok Upper Zone, in Serbia. Ongoing drilling has intersected new high-sulphidation epithermal (HSE) copper/gold mineralisation, similar to that found at the... 

Weatherly posts double-digit production growth in December quarter

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2018 Aim-listed Weatherly International produced 4 739 t copper cathode from its Tschudi mine during the December quarter – 11.5% above nameplate capacity and 15% higher than the preceding quarter. This brought production for the first half of the company’s financial year to 8 843 t or 4% ahead of... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

Materials Price Index rises for tenth week in a row

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 The Materials Price Index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has risen for the tenth consecutive week, the research and consultancy group announced on Thursday. The index added a strong 1.8%, adding to a 15.1% rise since early October, when the current rally started. 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market

     19th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has ensured improved zinc recoveries at its zinc/copper/gold Bisha mine, in Eritrea, through its decision in August to allocate additional capital to the mine and delay the delivery of the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Serbia-based Timok copper/gold to the... 

Miner prioritises zinc production in strong market
STRATEGY PAYS OFF Nevsun was able to provide an additional $24-million for Bisha to improve recoveries and increase the total material movement to meet requirements for the updated life-of-mine plan

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe
Photo by Duane Daws
ADVANCING UNKI SMELTER Thos Begbie has completed several parts of the Unki platinum smelter being constructed in Zimbabwe

OceanaGold achieves record yearly production

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th January 2018 Dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold has ended 2017 on a high note, with the company on Thursday reporting record full year and fourth-quarter gold production of 574 606 oz, and 166 211 oz, respectively. The record quarterly production led to OceanaGold achieving its yearly guidance for the sixth... 

Turquoise Hill says Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure due to border protests

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Turquoise Hill Resources said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi Desert, has declared force majeure in connection with customer contracts for concentrate due to a protest by Chinese coal transporters in the Ganqimaodu Border Zone. Protesters used vehicles to obstruct... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
Danie Pretorius

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Multinational miner BHP on Thursday kept its full-year production guidance unchanged for all commodities, except metallurgical coal, and said that it would achieve 6% volume growth in the 2018 financial year.  

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth
The Escondida mine in Chile delivered higher volumes in the December half year.

Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries, according to a survey of urban mining published on Wednesday. Scrap vehicles, batteries, computers, fridges and other electronic and electrical waste... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

Output at Chile's Escondida copper mine falls 7.8% in 2017

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Output at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine, in Chile, the largest copper mine in the world, fell 7.8% in 2017 compared to the prior year due to a prolonged strike, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The decline to 903 000 t came despite the start of operations at a new wing. 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Auto manufacturers are ramping up strategies to cash in on the accelerating worldwide acceptance and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), prompting advice from research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie for automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’ and take stakes in mines or new mine projects... 

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

Georgian Mining appoints COO to its board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2018 Copper/gold company Georgian Mining has appointed its COO, Michael Struthers, to the board of directors with immediate effect. He is replacing Martyn Churchouse, who is stepping down as exploration director, but will continue to work on behalf of the company as a senior adviser focused on... 

OZ takes advantage of higher copper price, lifts 2018 guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 ASX-listed OZ Minerals has marked 2017 as a year of strong production and financial performance, with the miner reporting on Wednesday that it had achieved its copper production guidance for the third consecutive year, and that it had exceeded its gold guidance. Noting that it had made... 

OZ takes advantage of higher copper price, lifts 2018 guidance
The Prominent Hill mine, in Southern Australia.

Miners bolster senior ranks in preparation for fast-paced 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Several Canadian listed miners reported senior management changes on Tuesday. Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals announced Tuesday that Tariq Al Barwani has been appointed to the role of nonexecutive chairperson. Al Barwani joined the board in May 2016. He is a director and shareholder of MB... 

As stockpiles fall, which metals are really in tight supply?

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 Stocks of industrial metals in London Metal Exchange (LME) warehouses fell more than 40 percent last year and further declines are expected in 2018, which should in theory signal tighter supplies and fuel a blistering price rally. But rising inventories of metals at smaller rival exchanges... 

Copper falls most in 6 weeks as metal rally starts to give

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2018 After a non-stop rally, metals prices are starting to pull back. Copper, aluminium and nickel slid more than 2% on Tuesday as investors focused on the rebounding dollar and evidence of ample supply in the physical market. Precious metals also retreated, with silver falling as much as 3.2%. 

Avanco takes option on Vale’s Pantera copper project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 ASX-listed Avanco has agreed terms for an option to acquire 100% of the Pantera copper project from Brazilian major Vale, with a payment of $500 000 paid upon signing. Located near Avanco’s existing operations in the Carajás mineral province, in Brazil, the 9 7000 ha Pantera licence has the... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

CAML's copper output at top-end of guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     15th January 2018 The Kounrad copper operation, in Kazakhstan, has delivered at the top-end of its guidance and production from the Sasa zinc/lead mine, in Macedonia, was also in line with expectations, Aim-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML) reported on Monday. The Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and... 

Glencore shrinks job of billionaire copper head amid Congo probe

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Glencore reduced the role of its billionaire head of copper, Aristotelis Mistakidis, shaking up the business after a review in the Democratic Republic of Congo raised questions about accounting and management. Mistakidis, one of Glencore’s largest shareholders and a key lieutenant of CEO Ivan... 

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Copper jumped by the most in two months and zinc hit a fresh decade-high as base metals rallied on a potent combination of a softer dollar and continued robust outlook for demand. Gold and palladium also climbed. Copper surged as much as 2.1%, the most since November 13, to $7 259 a metric ton... 

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Monty copper/gold development on time, below budget

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 The Monty copper/gold deposit in Western Australia, which forms part of ASX-listed Talisman’s Springfield joint venture (JV) project with Sandfire Resources, has since the start of ground-breaking activities in July 2017, seen site activities having been ramped-up considerably; on time and under... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Indonesia lays groundwork for transfer of Grasberg mine to local control

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Indonesian regional and central government officials on Friday signed an agreement with state holding company PT Inalum that lays the foundation for the transfer of Freeport-McMoRan's giant Grasberg copper mine to local control. Indonesia and Papua have long pushed for greater control over... 

Stavely signs earn-in, JV deal for copper tenement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 ASX-listed Stavely Minerals has agreed terms for an earn-in and joint venture (JV) agreement with Black Range Metals – a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-listed Navarre Minerals for Black Range’s exploration licence EL5425.  The licence is adjacent to Stavely’s Yarram Park project and surrounds the... 

Strong commodity price rally lifts IHS Materials Price Index for ninth consecutive week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 The IHS Materials Price Index (MPI) is in its ninth consecutive week of gains, jumping 2.8% last week – the strongest weekly performance since early September. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the MPI was supported by broad-based positive indicators, with eight of ten subcomponents... 

Nevsun trading lower as copper recoveries continue to lag plan

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has reported strong zinc output at its flagship Bisha mine, in Eritrea, hitting the top end of its 2017 guidance. However, the news late on Wednesday was not enough to bolster investor sentiment on Thursday, as the company’s struggling copper output again... 

Zambia sees mining revenue rising on higher copper price

By: Reuters     11th January 2018 Zambia expects to collect more revenue from mining companies this year compared to 2017 after copper prices rose above $7 000/t, the revenue authority (ZRA) said on Wednesday. ZRA Commissioner-General Kingsley Chanda said at a media briefing the authority was targeting a revenue-to-GDP ratio of... 

Indonesia hopes to finalise Freeport contract talks by June

By: Reuters     11th January 2018 Indonesia hopes to finalise contract talks with Freeport McMoRan over the Grasberg copper mine by June, although divestment issues are still unresolved, a mining ministry official said on Thursday. Indonesia and Freeport formed a framework agreement in August to transfer the company's rights to... 

Bank of China sees commodities in full bloom amid 2018 rotation

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 The stage may be set for commodities to extend their stellar gains, according to Bank of China International analysts. By the fourth quarter copper will average $7 500/t and gold $1 400/oz, they wrote in a note this week, as financial drivers potentially outweigh fundamentals in 2018. In other... 

Burkina Faso project acquisition opens multi-metal opportunity – Pegasus

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 ASX-listed Pegasus Metals on Wednesday announced that it would buy Scorpion Minerals, which holds the rights to acquire up to a 70% joint venture (JV) interest in the Dablo palladium/platinum/gold/nickel/copper exploration project, located in Burkina Faso for A$360 000. This will be paid through... 

Burkina Faso project acquisition opens multi-metal opportunity – Pegasus
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