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Red Rock mulls potential investment in DRC copper/cobalt tailings project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2017 Aim-listed Red Rock Resources (RRR) has entered into a conditional agreement with private Isle of Man company Cobalt Blue to acquire an interest in a new joint venture company (JVCo) that will be established for the exploitation of four copper/cobalt tailings properties near Kolwezi, in the... 

Tiger recapitalises with $18.2m facility

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th September 2017 Copper miner Tiger Resources has secured an $18.2-million facility to support ongoing operations and to fund initiatives to improve the performance of its Kipoi copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The new facility, which has a 13% a year interest rate, was agreed to with two of... 

Taseko’s board OKs Florence test facility in wake of permit appeal win

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Base metals-focused miner Taseko Mines has decided to proceed with the $25-million construction of a production test facility at its Florence in situ copper project, in Arizona, after winning a third-party appeal against the federal underground injection control (UIC) permit that was issued late... 

Tungsten-focused Thor moves diversified portfolio up value curve as commodity prices rally

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Australian junior Thor Mining is pushing ahead with its diversified portfolio of tungsten/copper/lithium projects in Australia and the US, in the hope of capitalising on rising metals prices. The Sydney-based explorer and project developer, which has equity listings on the ASX and LSE’s Aim,... 

Tungsten-focused Thor moves diversified portfolio up value curve as commodity prices rally
Thor Mining expects to update the Pilot Mountain tungsten resource, in Nevada, soon

Lower metals prices weigh on materials price index – IHS

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has slipped 0.1% last week, the first decline in four weeks, as metal markets finally began to slide, the firm advised on Friday. The strength of the last few weeks has been mainly attributable to a surge in metal prices and the... 

Central Asia Metals to buy Lynx Resources for $402.5m

By: Anine Kilian     22nd September 2017 Aim-listed base metals miner Central Asia Metals will buy Bermuda-based Lynx Resources for $402.5-million. Lynx, which is owned by Bermuda-based fund Orion Co-Investments III and Swiss private equity firm Fusion Capital, owns the SASA zinc/lead mine in Macedonia. 

Central Asia Metals to buy Lynx Resources for $402.5m
Central Asia is buying the SASA zinc/lead mine in Macedonia.

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical,  technological diversification
KEY COMPONENT Master Drilling aims to grow business not only in underground mining, but also in openpit mining, which makes up the majority of mining

Copper Hill value increases - Golden Cross

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st September 2017 An independent valuation by GEOS Mining has found that the Copper Hill copper-gold project, in New South Wales, was worth an estimated preferred A$14.4-million. Project owner Golden Cross Resources said on Thursday that the project’s worth had been estimated at between A$7.6-million and... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 The world’s refined copper balance for the first half of 2017 indicates a deficit of around 75 000 t, including revisions to data previously presented, the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group revealed on Wednesday. This is mainly owing to stagnant growth in the world refined copper... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

Black Butte advances further – Sandfire

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 ASX-listed Sandfire Resources has overcome another development hurdle at its Black Butte project, in Montana, after it was issued a draft operating permit for the copper project. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality now considers the project to be "complete and compliant" in... 

Finders reports strong H1 on Wetar production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 Copper miner Finders Resources reported a net profit after tax of A$41.7-million for the six months ended June 30, as its Wetar copper project, in Indonesia, continued to perform well. The company reported a net loss after tax of A$22.2-million in the previous corresponding period. 

Orion seeks to develop new, modern copper mine over historical success

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th September 2017 With a secondary listing on the JSE now firmly under its belt, Australian base metals firm Orion Minerals is looking to reignite the development of a South African mining asset it believes was abandoned well before its prime – the Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. However, for... 

Orion seeks to develop new, modern copper mine over historical success
Photo by Duane Daws
Orion CEO Errol Smart

Avanco revises Jaguar deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 ASX-listed junior Avanco Copper has revised its agreement with TSX-listed Jaguar Mining over the CentroGold project, in Brazil. The two companies in 2016 entered into an A$8.45-million earn-in agreement under which Avanco could take full ownership of the project through various instalments. 

Research consortium to spend A$14.6m on South Australian copper

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 he South Australian government will spend A$4-million over the next four years on a research consortium, led by the University of Adelaide, to develop advanced technologies to boost copper production and to develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector. The University of... 

African copper, nickel mines on Coal India radar as miner diversifies

By: Ajoy K Das     18th September 2017 Having decided to evolve into a diversified resource major from a pure play coal miner, Coal India Limited (CIL) has identified copper and nickel mines in Africa for its maiden overseas foray into noncoal minerals. KPMG has been appointed to prepare the roadmap that will see CIL emerge as a... 

Freeport seen facing more battles over world's top gold mine

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 The landmark deal that forced Freeport-McMoRan to cede controlling interest in the world’s biggest gold mine and second-largest copper mine to Indonesia may not be the final outcome as both sides prepare for a politically charged fight over the price of the asset and how it will be run, according... 

Orion on track to develop Prieska zinc/copper project

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2017 ASX-listed Orion Minerals, which will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday, is focused on fast -tracking the development of its Northern Cape-based Prieska zinc/copper project. The company plans to leverage the secondary listing to open up more efficient local funding options through... 

Orion on track to develop Prieska zinc/copper project
Orion CEO Errol Smart

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Copper production in Zambia will reach just more than 800 000 t by the end of this year as the country is taking steps to regain its position as Africa’s leading copper producer, according to Zambia Chamber of Mines (CoM) initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ). “This is a conservative estimate,... 

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate
DRAWING DOLLARS $12.4-billion was invested in new mining ventures in Zambia from 2000 to 2014 by just six mining companies

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0, following the success of its German-Zambian Business Forum. SA-German Chamber Lusaka office head... 

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines
BUSINESS FIRST The first German-Zambian Business Forum was held in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier this year to strengthen economic ties between Germany and Zambia

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Zambia Chamber of Mines, and its initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ), is enthusiastic about the reopening of mining operations in Zambia, which it says will not only result in increased copper production but also translate into stabilised employment levels in the country and improved tax revenues... 

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues
CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT The mining sector contributes to Zambia’s socioeconomic development through the creation of jobs and new business opportunities

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

     15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry
TANGIBLE EXCITEMENT There’s a tangible feeling of excitement in the air at Kalumbila with the coming of the ME Elecmetal plant

Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Hydrogen detection  solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines
HIGHLY VERSATILE The H2Scan Hy-Alerta 500 instrument is a “highly versatile” hand-held detection device

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering introduced the company’s newest primary cleaner offering, the CleanScrape, to Zambia, following its launch at Electra Mining, which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, last year. The primary cleaner has been supplied... 

New bulk materials solution supplied to Kansanshi
CLEANSCRAPE The primary cleaner has been supplied to mining company First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Randburg-based industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps’ Verderflex (VF) 125 peristaltic pump is in operation at mining company Kansanshi Mining’s Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine and is undergoing testing at two other Zambian mines, as well as mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.... 

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines
VERDERFLEX 125 The peristaltic pump is in operation at the Kansanshi copper mine

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

     15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to  be held next year
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY REVIVAL The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years

Solutions provider helping Zambia tackle mining challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining and mineral processing sectors present some of the most challenging production environments, as the large-scale operations are often located in harsh, remote areas, explains technical solutions provider BMG.  

Solutions provider  helping Zambia tackle mining challenges
LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY To ensure the long-term sustainability of a mine, it is essential to always keep operating costs down

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

     15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save  on maintenance costs
NEIL ROBINSON Customers are able to see for themselves the savings on the bottom line that are attributable to condition monitoring

Zambian interest in heavy-duty equipment range

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The trommel screens and apron feeders from engineering solutions developer Ireland-based MDS International (MDS) are of particular interest on the Zambian Copperbelt, states bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT. Designed by MDS for mineral processing and recycling applications, BLT... 

Zambian interest  in heavy-duty equipment range
HIGHLY ACCURATE The MF0814T tracked material feeder has a holding capacity of up to 100 t and is designed for high discharge control accuracy

Nitrogen generator offers Zambian mines extended tyre life

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 There are several opencast mines on the Copperbelt in Zambia using large haul trucks to transport ore from the pit for crushing and processing, and extending the life of tyres plays a significant role in cutting costs and improving production, says on-site nitrogen gas generator supplier NitraLife. 

Nitrogen generator offers Zambian mines extended tyre life
NITROGEN GENERATOR Minimal maintenance is needed to keep the NitraLife generator operating effectively

Euro Sun awards contract for Rovina bankable feasibility study

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2017 SX-listed Euro Sun has awarded the bankable feasibility study (BFS) contract for its Rovina Valley gold and copper project, in Romania, to SRK Consulting (Canada) and Ausenco Engineering Canada. Announcing the award of the BFS on Thursday, Euro Sun said SRK would provide expertise in geology,... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Improved fundamentals amid global economic growth are expected to sustain a higher pricing environment for the global base metals industry, prompting credit ratings firm Moody’s Investors Service to adjust higher the price sensitivity ranges for copper, iron-ore, and metallurgical and thermal... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

Orvana lifts 2018 guidance 25%

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Gold and copper miner Orvana Minerals has issued its new production guidance for 2018, aiming 25% higher than that of the current year. The TSX-listed miner, which owns mines in Spain and Bolivia, advised on Wednesday that fiscal 2018 gold output is estimated between 110 000 oz to 120 000 oz, at... 

All-season road to Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek mine proceeds to regulatory phase

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has recommended approval for a proposed all-season road for Canadian Zinc's Prairie Creek mine project, in the Northwest Territories. The review board issued its ‘Report of Environmental Assessment and Reasons for Decision’ on Tuesday and... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines advises that, following an approach by legal counsel representing Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, it has reached an agreement with him through his legal counsel in respect of the chamber’s urgent interdict to prevent the implementation of Mining Charter Three, as... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

Tethyan Resources gives listing, project updates

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2017 Dual-listed Tethyan Resources’ decision to delist from the London’s Aim was based on the board’s consideration of challenging macroeconomic conditions and the additional costs that come with maintaining two listings. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday, COO Fabian Baker explained that... 

Archer finds copper in cobalt hunt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th September 2017 The share price of ASX-listed Archer Exploration increased by nearly 22% on news of a copper discovery at Broken Hill, in New South Wales. Archer on Wednesday reported the discovery of two new large copper targets at the North Broken project, some 20 km north of Broken Hill, while hunting for... 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th September 2017 Two additional machines and the impact of favourable foreign-exchange movements have contributed to a 12.5% increase in JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling’s revenue to $60.5-million for the six months ended June 30. The group added two raise-bore machines during the period... 

Master Drilling posts resilient interim results, continues technological innovation focus

Ivanhoe confident of expanding Kamoa-Kakula into a top three global copper deposit

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines is confident that the Kamoa-Kakula deposit, ranked the fifth-largest copper deposit in the world, will take one of the top three rankings on the back of the “unprecedented rate of growth” of the high-grade copper resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).... 

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