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Orion receives extended bridge loan term to progress Northern Cape projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed exploration and development company Orion Minerals has received an extension on its $6-million bridge loan term from mining-focused private equity group Tembo Capital, from May 31 to September 30.  

Weatherly shares suspended as water ingress at Tschudi creates uncertainty

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2018 Aim-listed Weatherly International has requested a suspension in the trading of its shares, effective Friday, owing to the uncertain position of its Namibia-based Tschudi mine, as a result of significant water ingress.  The Tschudi openpit mine had recently experienced a rapid increase in... 

Peru cenbank urges government to help revive mining projects

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 The manager of Peru's central bank urged the government of President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday to do more to revive mining projects that have been derailed by protests. Renzo Rossini, of the central bank, said three suspended mining projects – Southern Copper Corp's Tia Maria, Newmont Mining... 

Sumatra halts operations at Tembang

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 Metals miner Sumatra Copper & Gold has temporarily suspended openpit mining activities at its Tembang gold/silver project, in Indonesia. The company said on Friday that with the Berenai openpit mine scheduled to be completed during June, the majority of the remaining openpit reserves were... 

Codelco retains CEO Nelson Pizarro at helm of world's top copper producer

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Chile's Codelco, the world's top copper producer, said on Thursday its board of directors asked CEO Nelson Pizarro to stay at the helm and move forward with an ambitious, ten-year overhaul of its sprawling but aging mines. The board made the decision to retain Pizarro in its first meeting since... 

Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet

1st June 2018 A total fuel-filtration solution from power and engine multinational Cummins’ Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved use rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel... 

Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet
TOTAL SOLUTION Fleetguard provides a comprehensive filtration solution

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Bezant raises £800 000 for Philippines and Argentina projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Copper/gold exploration and development company Bezant on Thursday announced that it had raised £800 000 before expenses through a subscription and placing of shares at 0.36p each. The price represented a discount of about 17.2% to the closing mid-market price of 0.43p a share on Wednesday. 

Congo copper production in Q1 rises 8%; cobalt output up 34%

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo produced 296 717 t of copper in the first quarter of 2018, up 8.2% over the same period last year, the central bank said in a report on Thursday. Cobalt production in the first quarter of 2018 rose 34.4% to 23 921 t, the bank said. 

Peru's Buenaventura seeks deal with Southern on copper project

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Peruvian precious metals miner Buenaventura said Southern Copper Corp is evaluating its proposal to jointly develop Southern's $2-billion copper project Michiquillay, Buenaventura's chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday. "They were receptive ... but it's up to them to evaluate the preliminary... 

Peru's Minsur lines up financing to start work on Mina Justa this year

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 Peruvian miner Minsur expects to secure $800-million to $900-million in financing from a group of banks in August that will put it on track to start building its $1.6-billion Mina Justa copper project toward the end of the year, the company said on Wednesday. The banks - from Germany, Canada,... 

Miners warn Congo it faces $3bn revenue loss over law

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2018 Mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo told the government it will lose more than $3-billion over a decade and face legal action if plans to implement a new industry code proceed. Miners including Glencore and Randgold Resources are demanding the government abandon aspects of the... 

Waterberg DFS progresses, updated resource model expected in Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) for TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) joint venture Waterberg Project, in the Bushveld Complex, is progressing well and remains on track for completion at the end of the first quarter of 2019.  

White Cliffs hikes Aucu resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th May 2018 Junior White Cliff Minerals has reported a 60% increase in the resource at its Aucu copper/gold project, in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Aucu deposit is now estimated to host some 2.95-million tonnes of ore, grading 5.1 g/t gold for 484 000 o z of gold, which was a 60% increase in ounces of... 

Exploration under way at Orion Minerals’ Northern Cape prospecting licences

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Exploration and development company Orion Minerals has started fieldwork in the Areachap Belt, in the Northern Cape.  

Altus granted new zinc, copper licences in Morocco

By: Simone Liedtke     29th May 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies’ wholly-owned subsidiary Aterian Resource has been granted new exploration licences that target zinc and copper, in Morocco. The Ammas, Takzim Est and Arfa licences cover 87.55 km2. 

Copper supply shock hits India as top plant ordered to close

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2018 India faces a copper supply shock after a state government ordered billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to shut down a plant permanently following deadly protests in a move that will slash nationwide output and stoke demand for imports. The company’s shares fell. The Tamil Nadu government directed... 

Phoenix raises funds for Idaho copper mine BFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Aim-quoted, North American-focused Phoenix Global Mining on Tuesday announced that it would raise £3-million to further advance the historically producing Empire mine in Idaho, in the US. Phoenix would deploy the proceeds of the raising to build on the April 2018 preliminary economic assessment... 

Avanco cuts Antas production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th May 2018 Plant operations and most mining activities have been suspended at the Antas openpit mine, in Brazil, as a strike by truck drivers drags on. ASX-listed Avanco Resources has previously warned that operations at Antas would be affected by the strike, as fuel and consumables failed to be delivered... 

Indian state leader says will take all steps to shut down Vedanta's copper smelter

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 India's Tamil Nadu state deputy head said on Monday his government would take all steps to permanently shut a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after deadly protests demanding its closure on environmental grounds. Residents and environmental activists say emissions from the... 

Copper king pushes gender diversity – with an all-male board

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 As it battles to remain the world’s biggest copper producer, Codelco just achieved a new, less enviable mantle – the only major mining company with an all-male board and senior management team. On Friday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera tapped executive Juan Benavides to be chairman of the... 

Billionaire's battered miner may face investor, political unrest

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 A troubled 2018 so far for billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta may get worse amid concern that its key copper smelter in southern India could remain shut until 2019, further pressuring a stock that’s down 25% since the start of the year. Deadly protests last week over alleged pollution from the... 

Chile's Pinera taps businessman Benavides as Codelco chair

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean President Sebastian Pinera named Juan Benavides, a former CEO of Chile retail leader Falabella, as chairperson of the board of directors at Codelco, the world's top copper producer, the government said on Friday. Benavides was currently serving as chairman at Chilean private pension fund... 

McEwen Mining PEA outlines new lease on life for El Gallo Complex

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer McEwen Mining has published a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its El Gallo Complex, in Sinaloa state, Mexico, outlining a redevelopment plan called Project Fenix that could add between 10 and 12 additional years to the operation. Based on an updated... 

McEwen Mining PEA outlines new lease on life for El Gallo Complex
Photo by Bloomberg
McEwen Mining chief owner Robert McEwen

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to... 

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

Chile's Codelco posts first quarter pre-tax profit of $537m

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean state copper company Codelco reported on Friday first quarter pre-tax profits of $537-million, a slight increase over the previous year, even as ore grades continued to decline at the miner's aging deposits. The world´s top copper miner produced 446 300 t of copper in the first quarter,... 

Vedanta to stick to ops in Indian city despite deadly protests – co executive

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 London-listed Vedanta Resources plans to stick to operations in a southern Indian city despite protests demanding the closure of its copper smelter that killed 13 people this week, a company executive told Reuters on Friday. The company's position comes a day after the state of Tamil Nadu, where... 

Copper Mountain sets aside cash for Cloncurry exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 The board of ASX- and TSX-listed Copper Mountain Mining has approved a A$5-million budget for exploration work at the Cloncurry project, in Queensland. The company said on Friday that the planned work programmes would include follow-up drilling on discoveries made in 2017, as well as testing of... 

Nautilus unveils spider-inspired sediment sampler

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has unveiled a new autonomous sediment sampler called the 'Nautilus Jumping Spider’ for use in sampling deep-sea deposits, that could cut exploration costs “by an order of magnitude”, the company reported on Thursday. Nautilus said it has successfully... 

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye Index falls in Q1

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The EY Canadian Mining Eye Index has shown a decline in first-quarter performance, falling 8% from the fourth quarter of 2017, the professional services firm reported on Thursday. Based on the 2018 operating guidance released by the majority of Canadian gold mining companies, average production... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

Ivanhoe Mines’ SA, DRC projects progressing well

25th May 2018 Canadian mining exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines’ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) exploration team is continuing with its regional drilling programme that is targeting the Kamoa-Kakula-style copper mineralisation on its exploration licences in the west of the Kamoa-Kakula... 

Ivanhoe Mines’ SA, DRC projects progressing well
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Ivanhoe Mines is advancing its Platreef platinum/palladium/nickel/copper/gold discovery in South Africa

East Africa Metals continues to explore Ethiopia

25th May 2018 Mineral exploration company East Africa Metals will continue to explore highly prospective areas in the immediate vicinity of the Terakimti gold project, Mato Bula copper and Da Tambuk gold deposit areas, in Ethiopia. This work will be concurrent with an on-going development review and assessment... 

Anglo Asian copper, gold, silver miner moots maiden dividend

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 Anglo Asian Mining, which focuses on copper, gold and silver mining in Azerbaijan, said on Thursday it was considering paying its first dividend now that it had reported a profit, cut debt and built up cash. A dividend would set Anglo Asian apart from many London-listed junior miners, which... 

Copper miner Atalaya's Q1 profit jumps 54%

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining has posted a 54% increase in its first-quarter profit, on the back of stronger copper prices and an increase in concentrate volumes sold. After-tax profit increased from €5.7-million, or 4.8c a share, in the first quarter of 2017, to €8.8-million, 6.5c a share, in... 

Copper miner Atalaya's Q1 profit jumps 54%
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Hillgrove restarts Kanmantoo plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Copper/gold miner Hillgrove Resources has resumed processing at its Kanmantoo operation, after a mechanical failure earlier in the month resulted in a temporary stoppage in production. Hillgrove undertook work to replace a failed bearing, with the company telling shareholders on Thursday that... 

Oz extends Avanco takeover

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has extended its takeover offer period for fellow-listed Avanco Resources until June 14. Oz Minerals is offering Avanco shareholders 8.5c in cash and 0.009 of its own shares for every Avanco share held, valuing the company at A$418-million. 

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