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Metal Tiger investment bolsters Thor working capital

By: Mariaan Webb     24th January 2018 UK-based Metal Tiger has announced a £300 000 investment in Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining, which owns the tungsten and copper projects in Australia and the US. Metal Tiger will subscribe for ten-million shares at 3p each to raise the money, which Thor said it would use to advance its Molyhil... 

Cradle Arc's London listing to fund Botswana copper

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Copper producer Cradle Arc embarked on a new London listing on Wednesday to fund production in Botswana, considered by miners as a safe African jurisdiction seeking to diversify its economy from its reliance on diamonds. Formerly known as Alecto Minerals, which ceased trading last July, Cradle... 

Copper inventories surge most in ten months, sending prices lower

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Copper slumped to a one-month low as a large delivery of metal into exchange warehouses in Asia refocused attention on demand during a seasonally weak period for industrial activity in China. 

Chilean president-elect names Larrain as finance minister again

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Chile's conservative President-elect Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday named a former finance minister in the top copper exporter, Felipe Larrain, to fill the same spot again in his new cabinet. Pinera, a billionaire businessman who won the presidency last month, governed the country from 2010 to 2014,... 

Oyu Tolgoi reaches milestone with shaft completion, maintains force majeure

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2018 Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill said that Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the southern Gobi desert, in Mongolia, has marked an early development milestone at the Hugo North Lift 1, with the completion of the sinking of Shaft 2, including reaching final depth, shaft bottom mass... 

Copper production declined in first ten months of 2017 – ICSG

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2018 Worldwide copper mine production declined 2.6% in the ten months to October 2017, while concentrate production declined by 2.2% and production through solvent extraction-electrowinning declined by 4.3% in the same period, according to the intergovernmental copper body The International Copper... 

Carbine expects Mt Morgan revised environmental approval by May

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 ASX-listed Carbine Resources on Tuesday said it expected the completion of a revised environmental authority (EA) for its Mount Morgan gold and copper project, located in central Queensland, in May. The miner lodged an EA amendment application in 2017, with the Department of Environment and... 

Revamped Barrick harkens back to founding principles as 'new generation' of discovery, partnerships beckon

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd January 2018 The world's largest gold producer by output Barrick Gold is looking towards a more sustainable future based on a leaner, more tightly owned portfolio, with future growth increasingly hinging on forming synergistic partnerships with former mining rivals. With the gold price off to a strong start... 

Revamped Barrick harkens back to founding principles as 'new generation' of discovery, partnerships beckon
Photo by Reuters
Barrick president Kelvin Dushnisky

Altus’s Daro prospect encouraging after reconnaissance exploration programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has reported encouraging gold and copper results from its Daro project, in northern Ethiopia, following a recently completed reconnaissance exploration programme. A follow-up stream sediment sampling programme across 165 km2 of the 412 km2 Daro licence area is now... 

Atalaya increases copper output in first full year of production

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 Aim- and TSX-listed Atalaya Mining has delivered an increase in copper output during the first full year of commercial production as mining operations stabilise quarter-on-quarter. Proyecto Riotinto, in Andalucía, Spain, achieved 37 164 t of copper production in 2017, a rise on the 26 179 t... 

Atalaya increases copper output in first full year of production

Tiger sells DRC assets to Chinese consortium

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd January 2018 Copper miner Tiger Resources, which has been in voluntary suspension on the ASX for nearly a year, announced on Monday that it would sell its Kipoi mine and other Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) assets to a Chinese consortium. Sinomine Fuhai (Hong Kong) Overseas Resources Investment, a special... 

Rio Tinto strengthens presence in Mongolia with new exploration office

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd January 2018 Global mining major Rio Tinto will open a new office in “strategically important” Mongolia to strengthen its presence in a country in which it had already invested $7-billion in the last eight years. The office in Ulaanbaatar will be separate from Oyu Tolgoi – the large copper and gold mine that... 

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 that 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... 

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... 

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