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Copper News

Chinese cobalt chemicals giant backs Nzuri’s DRC copper/cobalt mine

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2017 The world’s largest cobalt chemical producer, Huayou Cobalt, has made a A$10-million strategic investment in Australia-listed Nzuri Copper to advance that company's copper and cobalt projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). China’s Huayou, which also has established operations in the... 

Finders says shareholders are rejecting Eastern Field offer

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2017 Takeover target Finders Resources said on Thursday that Eastern Field Developments has not yet received a single acceptance of its A$0.23-a-share offer for the company, despite the bid having been open for 22 days. “The overwhelming support from shareholders is an emphatic rejection of Eastern... 

Ivanhoe concludes Kipushi PFS, embarks on DFS

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has outlined the “outstanding” findings of a prefeasibility study (PFS) to revive the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The PFS, undertaken to refine the findings of the 2016 preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and... 

Indonesian consortium wants Finders to clarify ‘misleading’ target statement

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 The Indonesian consortium bidding for Australian miner Finders has extended its offer period to January 19, to allow the takeover target to clarify a number of “misleading” statements in the target statement. The target statement, which Finders sent to shareholders on December 5, is used to... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Ratings agency Moody’s believes 2018 will be a year of relative stability for the global base metals industry after some recovery was experienced this year. In a 2018 outlook analysis, released on Wednesday, the agency noted that these improved supply/demand fundamentals would hold on the back of... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees itself as being best placed for the electric vehicle revolution through its ‘tier 1’ copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc and thermal coal assets. The company said in an investor day update on Tuesday that sustainably low-cost and long-life first... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Weatherly to acquire Zambia copper development project

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th December 2017 Aim-listed Weatherly International will acquire the Kitumba copper project in Zambia from ASX-listed Intrepid Mines for an upfront cash consideration of A$4.75-million. The company on Tuesday announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with Intrepid to buy the project, with the... 

Finders says Eastern Field offer acceptances low

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Shareholders representing 33.19% of ASX-listed Finders Resources have indicated that they do not intend to accept a takeover offer from Eastern Field Developments, the takeover target reported on Tuesday. The company said that Taurus Funds Management, which represent 11.31% of Finders shares on... 

Orion eyes early mining using existing Prieska infrastructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2017 Dual-listed Orion Minerals has initiated investigations into the early mining of potentially significant remnant zinc/copper mineralisation within accessible areas of existing mine infrastructure of the historic Prieska mine, in the Northern Cape. Orion is evaluating potential sulphide... 

Katanga completes WOL hot commissioning

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2017 The hot commissioning of the core of the first train of TSX-listed Katanga Mining’s new whole ore leach (WOL) processing facility has been completed. The company in September 2015 suspended the processing of copper and cobalt at subsidiary Kamoto Copper Company’s (KCC’s) copper and cobalt mine,... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Weatherly’s losses more than triple on back of Tschudi operational challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2017 Despite a revenue increase to $75.1-million from $63.7-million for the year ended June 30, Aim-listed Weatherly International’s losses for the year ended June 30 have more than tripled to about $40.1-million from $10.6-million, the company reported on Monday. Losses a share widened to $3.64 from... 

Downer, Ausenco awarded $312m Carrapateena contract

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 South Australian copper and gold miner Oz Minerals has awarded engineering groups Downer EDI and Ausenco a $312-million contract at the Carrapateena mine. The companies have been contracted for the engineering, procurement and construction of a new minerals processing plant, including non-process... 

First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 With the first commitments in place to build roads into Northern Ontario’s emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp, regional first mover Noront Resources is taking the opportunity to continue to build out its inventory of polymetallic resources by prioritising copper/zinc targets for exploration... 

First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviews Johann de Bruin, the founding director of the new project engineering company Erudite. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

DRC copper/cobalt tailings project potential probed

By: Tracy Hancock     8th December 2017 Aim-listed natural resource development company Red Rock Resources has extended the 40-day period in which it would carry out due diligence on four or five copper/cobalt tailings properties near Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company reported on November 3 that the due... 

Copperbelt development driven by Cobalt

     8th December 2017 The African Copperbelt is experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity slump of recent years, says Copper Cobalt Africa Conference chairperson Kathy Sole.   

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development

     8th December 2017 The first blast at the Kamoa-Kakula mine development, marking the start of work on the twin declines at the ultrahigh-grade Kakula discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been completed ten days ahead of schedule. The successful blast at the Tier 1 copper project, near the... 

First blast marks Kamoa Kakula development
KAMOA-KAKULA The combined Kamoa-Kakula indicated mineral resources as of a May estiimate is about one-billion tonnes, grading 3.02% copper, containing 66-billion pounds of copper

Accelerating growth and development on the Copperbelt

     8th December 2017 By the end of day two of the three-day Caminex trade show, many exhibitors had already booked their stand for 2018. “Feedback from exhibitors was extremely positive,” says Caminex. 

Accelerating growth and development on  the Copperbelt
POSITIVE OUTLOOK BMI Research has forecast sustained growth in the mining and specifically the copper mining sector until 2021

DRC event promises to be bigger, better in 2018

     8th December 2017 The third edition of the DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference in 2018 will welcome mining experts to a unique platform for the enhancement of mining investment and operations in the heart of mining hub the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event is to be held in June, in Lubumbashi,... 

Continued focus on downstream development

By: Donald Makhafola     8th December 2017 The stage is set for the expansion of copper mining activities across the Copperbelt to take advantage of the 20-million tonnes of unmined copper in the region, nonprofit organisation Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) director Levine Warries tells Mining Weekly.   

Continued focus on  downstream development
PROMOTING BENEFICICIATION The Copper Development Association Africa seeks to increase itsmembership to fund research and development initiatives into the beneficiation of copper such as antimicrobial copper surfaces in healthcare facilities

Copper-focused company positioning itself to better serve sub-Saharan Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     8th December 2017 The Sub Sahara African region has massive reserves of copper and other strategic minerals and if it can pull its act together to present an investor-friendly destination, will be the world’s largest copper supplier in 25 years, South African foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie, CEO Edwin... 

Copper-focused company positioning itself to better serve sub-Saharan Africa
EDWIN DREYER Once investment in the mining sector improves, sub-Saharan Africa countries can focus on beneficiation and start producing finished products instead of raw ore

Mine improves output as copper price slated to rise

     8th December 2017 In the medium to long term, the fundamental outlook for copper is among the strongest of all metals, says diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERC), which has copper assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The lack of major copper plants due on stream,... 

India’s electric-vehicle target faces raw material challenges

By: Ajoy K Das     7th December 2017 India’s goal of moving completely to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, is facing severe challenges, including a lack of reserves for litium-ion components, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, and uncoordinated efforts from various stakeholders, the government’s apex advisory body has warned. In a... 

Major shareholder says no to A$0.23-a-share Finders offer

By: Mariaan Webb     7th December 2017 The largest shareholder outside a group of shareholders bidding for Finders has indicated that it will not accept an offer price of A$0.23 a share for the copper miner. Taurus Funds Management manages 87 339 525 Finders shares, or about 11.31% of the company’s shares on issue, making it the... 

Tanzania-Zambia railway halts copper transportation after strike

By: Reuters     6th December 2017 The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has suspended all train services, including the transportation of copper following a strike by workers in Africa's second-largest producer of the metal, the company said on Wednesday. The line is an important route for copper exports from Zambia and... 

Harmony Gold spells out value of Moab investment

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2017 The acquisition of the Moab Khotsong gold mine represents a significant list of advantages for Harmony Gold, the company outlined in an investor brief on Wednesday. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed gold mining company calculates that inclusion of the Moab Khotsong operations the company... 

Harmony Gold spells out value of Moab investment
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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Glencore-Canada venture hitched to low-carbon economy shift

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2017 The joint venture partnership Glencore struck with a Canadian pension plan on Tuesday provides exposure to commodities that benefit from a low-carbon economy. BaseCore Metals, a 50:50 partnership centred on base metals streams and royalties, involves Glencore Canada Corporation contributing a... 

Glencore-Canada venture hitched to low-carbon economy shift
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Nevsun expands strongly mineralised trend at Timok

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 Ongoing exploration drilling on the Lower Zone at Canadian base metals miner Nevsun Resources’ Timok copper/gold project, in Serbia, has expanded the footprint by about 350 m by 750 m and continues to confirm the high grade, continuity and thickness of the mineralisation, the company announced on... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Atalaya board approves €80.4m expansion in Spain

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2017 European mining and development company Atalaya Mining on Monday announced its decision to proceed with the 15-million-tonne-a-year expansion of its Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain. The €80.4-million expansion would upgrade processing facilities, including the installation of a new primary... 

Atalaya board approves €80.4m expansion in Spain

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Demand for battery metals will drive African exploration, investment

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market will boost demand for battery metals exponentially, driving exploration and investment in Africa. This was discussed during a live-streamed Mining Indaba panel on energy metals in which Cobalt 27 chairperson Anthony Milewski, Montero president and CEO Dr... 

Queensland’s DMRM slaps Rockland with suspension directive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2017 Queensland copper producer CuDeco has temporarily suspended processing plant operations at its Rocklands copper mine, after an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources and Mines (DNRM) on Thursday identified a number of safety issues. The suspension would remain in place pending... 

'Miner's revenge' is coming with electric cars, Friedland says

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Surging demand for metals like copper, nickel and cobalt for use in electric vehicles promises to overturn the balance of power between mining companies and their customers, according to billionaire investor Robert Friedland. Automakers will have to change the way they approach procurement if... 

Lundin stock tumbles on disappointing production outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Base metals producer Lundin Mining saw about 21% of its TSX-listed equity wiped out on Thursday after it reported a disappointing long-term production outlook on Wednesday. The Toronto-headquartered company punted significant investments in both the Candelaria copper mine and mill, in Chile,... 

Osisko agrees to extend Falco loan; in talks to pick up Horne 5 stream

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2017 Royalties and streaming firm Osisko Gold Royalties has entered negotiations with Abitibi-focused explorer Falco Resources on a precious metal streaming agreement for its Horne 5 project, following Osisko agreeing to extend a loan. TSX-V-listed Falco reported that Osisko has agreed to extend a... 

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