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Tribunal rules in favour of group contesting Atalaya enviro declaration

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 Aim- and TSX-listed Atalaya Mining is considering its options at the Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain, after the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Andalucía ruled in favour of an environmental group against the government of Andalucía (JdA). Atalaya was a co-defendant in the case, which stems... 

Harmony Gold shows off growing portfolio quality in Denver

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2018 Harmony Gold’s Moab Khotsong mine in South Africa and Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea will together produce a third of the guided 1.5-million ounces in the 12 months to end June, with the projected 500 000 oz from these two operations being produced at an all-in sustaining cost of $950/oz,... 

Harmony Gold shows off growing portfolio quality in Denver
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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

First Quantum falls as Panama court casts uncertainty on project

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2018 Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals headed for a one-week low after a ruling by Panama’s Supreme Court cast uncertainty over a major copper mine it’s developing in the central American country. Local media in Panama reported that the court ruled on Monday that Law 9 – used to approve a mining... 

Sibanye reaches significant milestones in transaction with Regulus

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater has reached significant milestones in its arrangement agreement with Regulus Resources and a newly-formed Regulus subsidiary, Aldebaran Resources, to unlock value at the Altar copper/gold project, in Argentina. Sibanye in June entered into the agreement... 

Heron marks Woodlawn milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Base metals firm Heron Resources on Tuesday reported a significant milestone in the project development schedule of the Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, announcing that Pybar Mining has started underground activities. The company has a four-year underground mining contract with... 

Barrick and Shandong announce $300m cross investment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Gold major Barrick Gold, which on Monday announced a $18.5-billion merger with Randgold Resources, has reached a cross investment agreement with China’s Shandong Gold, which executive chairperson John Thornton said further deepened the partnership between the two companies. Under the agreement,... 

Luminex says Anglo American to earn into Ecuador project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American has signed a formal earn-in and joint venture agreement with Vancouver-based Luminex Resources, relating to Pegasus A, Pegasus B and Luz concessions in Ecuador. The agreement gives Anglo the right to earn a 60% ownership interest in a JV company indirectly... 

Barrick's Randgold acquisition may spur more gold mining deals

By: Bloomberg     25th September 2018 Gold miners earned the ire of investors including billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson for entering into bad deals that destroyed shareholder value in the past. Shareholders of the two companies announcing a merger Monday signaled they think this time may be different. 

Barrick's Randgold acquisition may spur more gold mining deals
Mark Bristow says there are Australian investors interested in Barrick's Kalgoorlie mine.

Kalgoorlie nickel smelter shut after fire

By: Reuters     24th September 2018 HP Billiton said on Monday its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter has been closed after a fire that broke out over the weekend and the plant will remain shut while it assesses the damage. The fire had been put out, there were no injuries and efforts would focus on returning the plant to normal... 

Mongolian court says copper mine nationalisation broke laws

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 The Mongolian government broke laws during a controversial attempt to seize full control over the Erdenet copper mine, a local court said on Thursday, the latest ruling in a long-running ownership dispute over one of Asia's biggest deposits. The Mongolian Copper Corporation (MCC) has been... 

Centaurus resumes Salobo West licensing process

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 ASX-listed Centaurus Metals will resume the environmental licencing process for its maiden drilling programme at the Salobo West copper/gold project, in Brazil, after an earlier decision to deny the company a drilling and clearing licence was overturned. The key environmental agency responsible... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile partially closed following fire

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Thursday that a fire at its Spence copper mine in Chile had forced it to partially shut down operations. No one was injured in the fire, which has since been extinguished, the company said. 

Goldman backs commodities as trade war fury now met with shrugs

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group says raw materials are poised to gain into the end of the year as investors have now become used to trade-war tensions, growth in top economies remains strong, and consumers who’d put off purchases in recent months start buying again. Copper jumped. “This week... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant
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VINAY SOMERA Our intention is to prove the business case that South Africa can produce the best-quality components for the fuel cell using platinum-group metals

Doray ‘firmly on path’ to 100 000 oz/y goal

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 The upgrade of Doray Minerals’ resource for the high-grade Da Vinci gold discovery in the Deflector gold/copper mine has set the company “firmly on the path” to reaching its ‘target 1-5-1’ strategic goal of producing 100 000 oz/y of gold, over a minimum of five years and at an all-in sustaining... 

With copper options, China steps up challenge to London, New York rivals

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) will launch copper options trading on Friday, aiming to take a slice of a $270 billion global market in one of its biggest challenges yet to London and New York rivals. The product, which follows the launch of sugar and soymeal options last year, comes as... 

Anglo Asian declares first dividend, reports strong H1 results

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Aim-listed Anglo Asian has declared a maiden interim dividend, following the company’s move into a net cash position subsequent to June 30. The gold and copper miner, which operates in Azerbaijan, would pay a 3c a share dividend, it said on Wednesday, releasing a strong set of half-year results. 

CITIC completes $556m equity deal with Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 CITIC Metal Africa Investments, which is a subsidiary of CITIC Metal, has completed a major strategic equity investment of C$723-million, or $556-million, in TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines. The investment was initiated by CITIC Metal in June.  

OceanaGold reports no operational impact from recent storms

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Multinational OceanaGold’s Didipio operation, in the Philippines and the Haile mine, in the US, have managed to pull through the past weekend’s severe storms in the respective regions without reporting any injuries or a significant impact to production. In the Philippines, where super typhoon... 

Central Asia Metals hunts for acquisitions

By: Reuters     19th September 2018 Base metals producer Central Asia Metals (CAML) on Wednesday reported a more than doubling in first-half revenue and profits following the acquisition of a mine in Macedonia and said it was actively looking for new opportunities to expand. Aim-listed CAML bought the Sasa zinc and lead mine in... 

Central Asia Metals hunts for acquisitions
The Sasa mine in Macedonia.

Orion nears drilling completion at Prieska project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ Prieska project drill-out programme is nearing completion, with continued high-grade results being returned at the deep sulphide target. The company has drilled more than 83 000 m since May 2017, across 94 intersections, including 15 intersections drilled for... 

MMG slashes Las Bambas copper forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Hong Kong- and Australia-listed MMG has lowered its 2018 copper concentrate production guidance for the Las Bambas mine, in Peru, to between 375 000 t and 395 000 t, from an earlier guidance of 410 000 t to 430 000 t. The lower production forecast is as a result of wall instability restricting... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Rising US-China trade tensions threaten to curb consumer purchasing power, crimp productivity growth and limit global economic expansion, according to the world’s biggest mining company. The confrontation between the world’s top two economies, “along with an increasingly unpredictable policy... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

Imperial exploring ‘strategic alternatives’ as it restructures

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Troubled Vancouver-based Imperial Metals Corporation has embarked on a restructuring process, which will entail exploring “all strategic alternatives” for the company, the owner of the Red Chris, Mount Polley and Huckleberry copper and gold mines in British Columbia announced on Monday.... 

Imperial exploring ‘strategic alternatives’ as it restructures
Mount Polley Hazeltine Creek

W boosts board with Madrid-based directors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Tungsten, copper and gold mining company W Resources has appointed two Madrid-based directors, Pablo Neira and James Argalas, as nonexecutive directors. Neira brings over 30 years of international experience specialising in managing listed industrial manufacturing companies and family office... 

Russian giant copper project aims to raise $1.25bn in 2018

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Baikal Mining Company, operator of Russia's biggest untapped copper deposit Udokan, plans to raise $1.25-billion in project financing from a Russian bank by the start of 2019, its chairperson Valery Kazikayev told Reuters. Spurred by high global appetite for cooper, which many expect to be in... 

New Voisey’s Bay royalty calculation agreed on

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 TSX-listed Altius Minerals and Nasdaq-listed Royal Gold have entered into an agreement with Vale Canada to settle litigation related to the calculation of the royalty in respect of all concentrates produced from the Voisey’s Bay mine, in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Voisey’s Bay 3% net... 

Metminco plans acquisition and funding announcement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Australia-headquartered Metminco requested a voluntary suspension from the ASX on Monday, pending an announcement about a proposed capital raising and acquisition. The company, which requested a trading halt last week, said that an announcement would be made on Tuesday. 

Nexa says to invest $1.17bn in Peru, Brazil in five years

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources plans to invest some $1.17-billion in copper and zinc projects in Peru and Brazil over the next five years, the company's general manager Ricardo Porta said on Friday. About $816-million will be invested in Peru, including $555-million in copper projects... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2018 Anglo American has quietly become a commodities trader. In just five years, the century-old miner assembled marketing operations that now sell more metals than the company produces. Yet the trading business gets barely a mention at presentations by Anglo executives or in analyst reports, taking... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow

Centerra secures short-term water sources for Mt Milligan

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 British Columbia regulators have granted TSX-listed Centerra Gold approval to pump additional water – although limited volumes – for its Mount Milligan mine. The approvals, which were received earlier than anticipated, allow Centerra to pump from groundwater wells within Mount Milligan’s... 

Centerra secures short-term water sources for Mt Milligan
Mt Milligan mine

Chilean lawmakers study extra tax for copper, lithium mines

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chile's congress is studying a proposal for an additional royalty payment for copper and lithium miners operating in the country to bolster the development of the regions around their deposits, according to a draft seen by Reuters. The initiative, which was put forward by opposition legislators... 

Congo Mines Minister sees strategic-metals decision 'very soon'

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government will soon announce which minerals are to be designated “strategic” and subject to a 10% royalty rate, the mines minister said. Congo’s updated mining code, signed by President Joseph Kabila in March and applied since regulations were finalized in... 

Cradle Arc renews prospecting licences near flagship Mowana copper mine

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc on Friday announced that it had renewed prospecting licences to the north of its flagship Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, along the same Bushman Lineament that hosts the current resource estimate for Mowana.... 

Apollo now owns 100% of Couflens

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2018 ASX-listed Apollo Minerals said on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of the remaining 20% interest in the Couflens tungsten/copper/gold project in the Pyrenees region of southern France, increasing its ownership to 100%. The company initially bought an 80% interest in 2017, and... 

Myanmar unveils Bawdwin ‘starter pit’ scoping study

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 ASX-listed junior Myanmar Metals has unveiled the results of a scoping study for the Bawdwin polymetallic mine, in Myanmar, demonstrating the viability of developing a 13-year “starter pit” that will fund the life-of-mine infrastructure. Based on the indicated and inferred resources from the... 

Collahuasi copper mine in Chile to raise output 4% this year -VP

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 The copper mine Collahuasi in Chile is expected to produce 545 000 t of copper this year, 4% more than in 2017, its vice president of operations, Francisco Carvajal, told journalists on the sidelines of an event in Peru on Thursday. Collahuasi, owned by Anglo American and Glencore, is located in... 

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