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Pembridge, Japanese trading house enter into $30m offtake financing arrangement

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge Resources has signed definitive heads of terms with a global Japanese trading house to receive $30-million in prepayment financing through an offtake financing agreement for 125 000 t of copper concentrate to be produced at the Minto copper/gold/silver mine, in Canada. The... 

Entrée Resources sells Cañariaco royalty

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Entrée Resources has sold its 0.5% net smelter return royalty on Candente Copper’s Cañariaco copper project, in northern Peru, to TSX- and LSE-listed natural resources royalty and streaming company Anglo Pacific Group. Under the terms of the agreement with Anglo Pacific,... 

Farellon copper/gold mine on track to meet 5 000 t/m in June

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX-listed mineral exploration company Altiplano Metals has improved capacity at its Farellon copper/gold mine, in Chile, which was now on track to meet its targeted extraction rate of 5 000 t/ m later this month.   "Through professional management of extraction methods and operations, our team... 

Mustang Minerals changes name to Grid Metals

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Mustang Minerals has changed its name to Grid Metals. Grid will begin trading on the TSX-V under the symbol GRDM effective June 8. 

Escondida union to copper investors: bet on quick wage deal

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 The world’s largest copper mine probably will avoid a repeat of last year’s prolonged strike as the two sides reign in expectations, according to a union leader. The main union at Escondida in Chile presented its demands to owner BHP Billiton on Friday, and the company has until the weekend to... 

Escondida union to copper investors: bet on quick wage deal

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine  

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 For Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo, problems don’t form an orderly queue: they pile up on top of each other. In the latest example of the commodity giant’s deteriorating relationships in the country, a convicted fraudster has resurrected a legal claim the company considered dead,... 

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine

NFC invests $70m into KAZ Minerals’ Koksay project

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2018 China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Company (NFC) will be investing $70-million into high-growth copper company KAZ Minerals’ Koksay project, in Kazakhstan. Following the investment, which is subject to certain conditions precedent, including regulatory... 

Murchison Minerals expands prospective area in Canada

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed zinc/copper/silver miner Murchison Minerals has acquired more ground near its Brabant-McKenzie property, in Saskatchewan, Canada, by staking and is planning additional ground geophysics at the property.  

Hannan Metals to raise C$1m for Irish project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed base metals miner Hannan Metals will raise about C$1-million through a nonbrokered private placement of up to 6.7-million units of the company at a price of C$0.15 apiece.  

Sandfire to buy Talisman’s stake in Springfield JV for A$72.3m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th June 2018 Copper miner Sandfire Resources has struck an agreement with joint venture (JV) partner Talisman Mining to acquire its 30% interest in the Springfield JV. Under the terms of the agreement, Talisman will receive A$72.3-million in cash in return for its subsidiary Talisman A, which holds the... 

Sandfire to buy Talisman’s stake in Springfield JV for A$72.3m

Anglo-Chilean miner reports tax and fees payments

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 UK-domiciled, London Stock Exchange- (LSE-) listed mining group Antofagasta plc last year paid $316 833 000.00 to Chilean, and $206 000.00 to US, Government authorities in taxes and fees. The company released this information at the start of this month in its “2017 Report on Payments to... 

BlueBird to acquire Oberon Gold to expand Australia portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 TSX-listed BlueBird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of Australian exploration company Oberon Gold from Providence Gold and Minerals.  

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
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JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Congo mining regulations to be signed into law on Friday – mines minister

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's prime minister will sign into law on Friday regulations to immediately implement a new mining code without any concessions to industry demands that key provisions be amended, the mines minister said on Thursday. The move could set off a legal battle between the... 

Rio Tinto inks exploration agreement with China's Minmetals

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto inked a joint venture agreement with China Minmetals Corp on Thursday, as the companies look to explore mineral deposits in China. The 50:50 joint venture with State-owned Minmetals follows a technical agreement signed in November when both parties committed to a... 

Rio Tinto inks exploration agreement with China's Minmetals
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Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Oz declares Avanco offer unconditional

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has declared its takeover offer for fellow listed Avanco Resources unconditional. 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. 

Nifty to reach production targets by year end – Metals X

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 Base metal miner Metals X on Thursday said that it remained on track to reach its strategic objective of increasing output at the Nifty copper mine, in Western Australia, to 40 000 t/y of copper in concentrate by the end of 2018, despite the delay in the timing of the production ramp-up at the... 

Key shareholder urges Canadian miner Nevsun to engage with suitors

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Nevsun Resources, a Canadian miner which has been approached regarding a takeover, should enter "good-faith negotiations with any suitor," Adrian Day Asset Management, one of Nevsun's top ten shareholders, said in an open letter to the company's board on Wednesday. "We would urge the company to... 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’
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IDC senior project development manager Bertie Strydom

Metal Tiger to acquire 50% of Kalahari Metals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim-listed resources investor Metal Tiger has signed a binding investment agreement to acquire up to 50% of Botswana-focused explorer Kalahari Metals (KML) for $1.6-million.  

Metal Tiger to acquire 50% of Kalahari Metals

Congo mining revenues triple in Q1; oil revenues down 11%

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) revenues from its mining sector tripled year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 to $397.86-million, finance ministry data showed. Revenues from the oil and gas sector dropped 10.87 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to $29.45-million, according to... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
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CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Nevsun starts exploration decline construction at Serbia copper project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun Resources has started construction of the exploration decline at its Timok Upper Zone copper project in Bor, Serbia.  

ABM completes two auger programmes at DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM), which has set its sights on becoming a significant explorer, developer and miner of battery minerals, has completed two auger programmes that collected soil samples at its 53 km2 Kisinka permit area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After... 

Arc Minerals lifts Zamsort stake to 55%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has increased its interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in north-west Zambia, to 55% following the acquisition of a 6% interest from Terra Metals. The company will issue 17.5-million new ordinary shares, which are also subject to a hard lock-in... 

Giant waste-spewing mine turns to battleground in Indonesia

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2018 Every year, Freeport-McMoRan dumps tens of-millions of tons of mining waste into the Ajkwa River system in Indonesia. The company has been doing it for decades, and is demanding the right to keep at it for decades to come. The discharge of what are called tailings, the leftovers of mineral... 

Euro Sun amends Nevsun proposal to include cash and shares

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 TSX-listed Euro Sun Mining (ESM) has amended its portion of the joint proposal with multinational minerals company Lundin Mining to acquire midtier base metals company Nevsun Resources for C$1.5-billion. ESM is now offering C$150-million in cash and C$150-million in ESM stock, compared with the... 

Cruz to acquire base metals projects in Norway

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Cruz Cobalt has signed a letter of intent with EMX Royalty and Fennoscandian Investment Group to acquire two cobalt/nickel/copper projects in Norway. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire these projects. The properties are 

BMR enters into agreements with Blue Square, Jubilee

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Minerals processing company BMR Group has entered into an agreement with Blue Square, under which it will pay Blue Square a performance fee of $500 000 relating to work performed, to date, at its Kabwe project, in Zambia.   

Chinalco starts $1.3bn expansion of Peru copper mine

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Aluminum Corp of China, known as Chinalco, at the weekend said it had started work on a $1.3-billion expansion of its Toromocho copper mine in central Peru. The investment will increase the mine's copper output by 45% by 2020, with the value of production exceeding $2-billion annually, Chinalco... 

Altus Strategies lists on TSX-V, retains Aim-listing

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Exploration project generator Altus Strategies is now dually listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Aim and the TSX-Venture Exchange, with ordinary shares expected to start trading on TSX-V on June 6. As at the listing date, the company had just over 176-million shares in issue and had granted... 

Havilah sells Portia and Portia North

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 South Australian copper junior Havilah Resources on Monday announced that it would sell its Portia and Portia North projects to Broken Hill-based Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC), freeing up the company’s time and financial resources to focus on its core projects. Havilah CEO Walter Richards... 

BHP Escondida mine workers in Chile start new wage talks

By: Reuters     2nd June 2018 The union of workers at BHP's Escondida copper mine in Chile said on Friday it had kicked off the latest round of labor negotiations with a contract proposal that includes a bonus of about $34,000 per worker at the world's largest copper mine. The closely-watched talks come little more than one... 

Southern has copper giants in the crosshairs with Peru expansion

By: Bloomberg     1st June 2018 Southern Copper is preparing to scale the ranking of global producers by spending more than $10-billion in Peru and Mexico, taking advantage of rising prices underpinned by years of industry belt-tightening. The fifth-largest copper producer hopes to start work on its Tia Maria project in Peru... 

Great Panther to decide on Coricancha restart in early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Vancouver-based Great Panther expects to be able to make a decision in early 2019 about restarting the past-producing Coricancha precious and base metals mine that it bought in June last year. The gold/silver/zinc/copper underground mine and mill complex, east of Lima, in Peru, has a 600 t/d... 

Great Panther to decide on Coricancha restart in early 2019

Congo Supreme Court rejects Glencore bid to move dissolution case

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Congo's Supreme Court has rejected claims by a Glencore unit that a commercial court is not competent to hear a petition to dissolve it brought by State miner Gecamines, a Gecamines lawyer said on Friday. Gecamines is seeking to dissolve Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), blaming majority-owner... 

Antofagasta reports its tax and fees payments to Chile and the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 UK-domiciled, London Stock Exchange- (LSE-) listed mining group Antofagasta plc last year paid $316 833 000.00 to Chilean, and $206 000.00 to US, Government authorities in taxes and fees. The company released this information on Friday in its “2017 Report on Payments to Governments”. The release... 

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.  

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