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‘Volatility is the new normal’ – Teck CEO's plan to create certainty

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 3 hours ago Commodity price volatility is the new normal as the mining industry is cautiously optimistic of the start of a new progressive price cycle. “The fact that volatility is the new normal is unfortunate, but real, and we have to deal with that to create certainty. We are seeing higher highs and lower... 

Teck seeking infrastructure synergies with Anglo American in Chile

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 4 hours ago Canada’s largest diversified miner Teck Resources has entered into negotiations with fellow diversified miner Anglo American about the potential of building a shared port, in Chile, where both miners are considering expansions at neighbouring copper mines. Teck is currently mulling an expansion... 

Teck seeking infrastructure synergies with Anglo American in Chile
Photo by Reuters
Teck Resources CEO Don Lindsay

‘Very tough’ mining year ahead as ‘lawfare’ breaks out – Nedbank

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2017 South African mining has a “very tough” year ahead, with "lawfare" breaking out. While existing large, powerful mining companies will persist, growth through new entrants and foreign investment is highly unlikely this year, resulting in escalating opportunity loss. 

‘Very tough’ mining year ahead as ‘lawfare’ breaks out – Nedbank
Nedbank mining finance principal Paul Miller

Trump aides said to prepare list of early energy changes

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2017 Donald Trump’s advisers have prepared a short list of energy and environmental policy changes he can take now that he has been sworn in as president, including steps to limit the role that climate change plays in government decisions and speed the review of cross-border pipelines. The list of... 

Trump aides said to prepare list of early energy changes
Photo by Reuters
US President Donald Trump being sworn in

Proposed amendments to residue stockpiles and deposits regulations welcomed

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa in November published the proposed amendments to the Regulations Regarding the Planning and Management of Residue Stockpiles and Residue Deposits for comment. Law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) environmental director Sandra Gore explains that the... 

Proposed amendments to residue stockpiles and  deposits regulations welcomed
ALECIA PIENAAR Planning and management techniques must be context-driven and well-tailored to manage the ‘peculiar risks’ associated with each mining operation

Great Lakes Graphite looks at steady 2017 sales as it prepares to ship three new orders

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Graphite junior Great Lakes Graphite has received three new orders for 60 t of micronized graphite from the same US-based customer that bought 420 t of the carbon allotrope in 2016. “We are continuing to work towards the establishment of a supply agreement and are pleased to continue to conduct... 

Philippines cancels permits of 4 more mining projects in green campaign

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 The Philippines has cancelled the environmental permits for four more mining projects, including one planned nickel venture, as the world's top nickel ore supplier deepens a months-long crackdown on the resources sector. The Southeast Asian nation has been reviewing hundreds of environmental... 

Peru economy grew 3.22% y/y in Nov – govt

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Peru's economy grew by 3.22% in November from the same month a year ago, beating expectations, with strength in sectors including mining and manufacturing outweighing a slide in construction, government data showed on Monday. The annualised economic growth rate was 4.14% in November, state... 

Despite expecting further delay to RoF development, Noront exploration guns for gold

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Despite reporting progress with discussions between stakeholders, the largest landholder in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp of Northern Ontario, Noront Resources, said Tuesday that it expected further delays to the development of its cornerstone Eagle’s Nest mine. The precious and... 

UBC researchers develop flowsheet for LED bulb recycling

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a flowsheet to extract copper, lead, zinc, silver and small amounts of rare earth metals, including lutetium, cerium and europium, as well as the ‘technology metals’ gallium and indium from discarded light-emitting diode (LED)... 

UBC researchers develop flowsheet for LED bulb recycling
Photo by University of British Columbia
Mineral processing engineer Maria Holuszko and her PhD student Amit Kumar

MAC’s TSM initiative emerges as proven mining sustainability standard

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has released its twelfth yearly ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ (TSM) progress report, highlighting the significant impact the initiative has had over the years to foster sustainability practices among its members. According to the MAC, Vancouver-based... 

‘No better time in commodity cycle to get into copper/gold’ – Broadway chair

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2017 There is no better time in the commodity price cycle to get into the copper/gold space than the present, says Montana-focused project developer Broadway Gold chairperson Duane Parnham. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during an interview, the mining veteran pointed out that an analysis of the... 

‘No better time in commodity cycle to get into copper/gold’ – Broadway chair
Photo by Duane Daws
Broadway Gold chairperson Duane Parnham

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2017 British Columbia has issued an environment assessment certificate for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project, adding its own 37 specific conditions. These conditions are based on the National Energy Board's (NEB's) project report on May 19, 2016, recommending to the federal government... 

BC agrees Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion meets 5 prerequisites
Photo by British Columbia Government
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark

Integra, Goldcorp team with 4 global technology majors seeking disruptive mining technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2017 Gold companies Integra Gold and Goldcorp have teamed with four of the world's largest technology companies to explore potential applications of disruptive technologies in the mining sector. #DisruptMining is a marquee event during the yearly Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)... 

Energy Fuels mulls options on heels of federal approval for Wyoming uranium project

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2017 US-focused uranium producer Energy Fuels is mulling over its options for the Sheep Mountain uranium project, in Wyoming, after receiving a positive federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) final environmental impact statement (EIS) and record of decision (ROD) for the project. The news sent the... 

Energy Fuels mulls options on heels of federal approval for Wyoming uranium project

Brazil's Samarco requests extension for dam disaster guarantee

By: Reuters     10th January 2017 Brazilian miner Samarco and its shareholders Vale and BHP Billiton have requested to extend until January 19 a deadline to pay 1.2-billion reais ($375.39-million) in guarantees related to the collapse of a tailings dam in 2015, Vale said in a statement on Monday. The payment was meant to be made... 

Alamos stock jumps more than 15% on receiving Kirazli forestry permits

By: Henry Lazenby     6th January 2017 The TSX-listed stock of Canadian intermediate miner Alamos Gold jumped more than 15% Thursday following the company’s premarket announcement that it has received the forestry permits for the eagerly awaited Kirazli gold project, in Turkey – a key component of the Alamos’ near-term growth... 

Alamos stock jumps more than 15% on receiving Kirazli forestry permits

Kyrgyz govt issues required Kumtor permits in good time

By: Henry Lazenby     29th December 2016 Canadian miner Centerra Gold has received several permits and approvals in good time from Kyrgyz Republic authorities, ensuring operations at the flagship Kumtor mine can continue as envisioned by the 2017 mine plan. Centerra had in past years threatened to shutter the Kumtor operation “within... 

Kyrgyz govt issues required Kumtor permits in good time

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model S

Zambia withholding $243m in tax refunds owed to mining firms

By: Reuters     28th December 2016 Zambia is withholding 2.4-billion kwacha ($243-million) of the 5-billion kwacha owed to mining companies in tax refunds because the correct documentation has not been provided, the tax authority said on Wednesday. Zambia's government began paying up to 800-million kwacha a month in Value Added... 

Zambia withholding $243m in tax refunds owed to mining firms
Photo by Bloomberg
A mine supervisor overlooks Metorox's Chibuluma copper mine, near Kitwe, Zambia

Tahltech Drilling sets up one-stop exploration shop for northwest BC’s ‘Golden Triangle’

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Escalating resource exploration activity in north-west British Columbia’s rich ‘Golden Triangle’ has prompted the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) and Geotech Drilling Services to form a new partnership to enhance drilling services. The partnership comes at a time of unfolding... 

Tahltech Drilling sets up one-stop exploration shop for northwest BC’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Taseko gets final nod for Florence in situ test facility

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2016 Base metals producer Taseko Mines has received approval to proceed with construction of the first phase of its controversial Florence in situ copper project, in Arizona. The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final underground injection control (UIC) permit for Taseko to proceed with... 

Taseko gets final nod for Florence in situ test facility
Photo by Taseko Mines
Bench-scale tests of the Florence mining process, in Arizona

TNG updates environmental study for Mt Peake

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Australian strategic metals company TNG has completed all field related activities required for the completion of additional studies to be included in the submission of the supplement for the environmental impact statement (EIS) for its 100%-owned Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the... 

Scotiabank Commodity Index set to end 2016 on high note

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2016 The Bank of Nova Scotia expects its benchmark Scotiabank Commodity Price Index to finish the year up 25%, with all sub-indices showing positive performance, the third largest Canadian banking group said Tuesday. The oil and gas index rose 55% in the year-to-November after both oil and natural gas... 

Scotiabank Commodity Index set to end 2016 on high note
Photo by Bloomberg
The surprise rally of bulk commodities, especially metallurgical coal, has lost some momentum in the final weeks of 2016

World Bank lends Zambia $100m to tackle mining pollution

By: Reuters     20th December 2016 The World Bank has agreed to lend Zambia more than $100-million to reduce environmental health risks in polluted mining areas and support economic diversification. Mining is a major contributor to the economic growth of Zambia, Africa's second biggest copper producer, but it has left... 

World Bank lends Zambia $100m to tackle mining pollution

Ghana govt renews Goldplat licence  

By: Martin Creamer     20th December 2016 The Ghanaian government has granted Goldplat a three-year licence renewal to buy and deal in gold in the country. Gold Recovery Ghana, the London Aim-listed company’s wholly owned gold recovery subsidiary in Ghana, recovers gold from by-products of the mining process, providing an economic method... 

Ghana govt renews Goldplat licence
Goldplat CEO Gerard Kisbey-Green talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer at the company’s Benoni site. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mexico denies enviro permit for Argonaut’s San Antonio gold project

By: Henry Lazenby     17th December 2016 The TSX-listed stock of Argonaut Gold on Friday fell by more than a quarter after the Mexican environmental authority (SEMARNAT) denied the environmental impact statement (Manifiesto de Impacto Ambiental or MIA) application for its San Antonio gold project, in Baja California Sur state. The... 

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th December 2016 The end of the commodities super cycle continues to have a dampening effect on several South American economies, especially those that previously relied on high hydrocarbons prices to achieve high rates of growth. As well as hitting government earnings and rates of economic expansion, the... 

Latin American miners expected to persist with cost-cutting and disinvestment strategies

Mintek demonstrates new tailings treatment process

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 State-owned research organisation Mintek earlier this month demonstrated its Retreatment Flowsheet for Au and Uranium Tailings, or Reflaut, tailings treatment process at gold miner Gold Fields’ South Deep mine, in Johannesburg. Reflaut has been used at South Deep since last month, and removes... 

Mintek demonstrates new tailings treatment process
Photo by Duane Daws
REFLAUT RETREATMENT Mintek’s Reflaut demonstration plant at South Deep retreats about 200 kg/h worth of tailings, producing about 2 g of concentrate for every ton of tailings

Philippines cancels environmental permits of three mines – Minister

By: Reuters     15th December 2016 The Philippines has cancelled the environmental permits of three nickel mines and warned that three more producers were at risk of losing theirs, as the government intensifies a crackdown to curb damage to natural resources caused by the mining sector. The world's top nickel ore supplier is... 

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'  

By: Martin Creamer     14th December 2016 Sibanye Gold will probably launch its West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP) in the next six months. The WRTRP, which aims to recover 11-million ounces of gold, 170-million pounds of uranium, as well as sulphuric acid from 1.3-billion tonnes of tailings, offers 35 years of mine life, 5... 

Sibanye Gold’s tailings project launch likely 'in next six months'
WRTRP team at Sibanye Gold.

Indian Mines Ministry seeks action plan for effective mine closures

By: Ajoy K Das     14th December 2016 India’s Mines Ministry has started engagements with industry stakeholders to develop a time-bound action plan for remediation of mined-out areas and abandoned mines across the country. In a note circulated to mining industry stakeholders, the Ministry said that mined-out areas and abandoned mines... 

Western Australia EPA updates EIA guidelines and procedures

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th December 2016 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has updated its guidelines and procedures for environmental-impact assessments, in line with recommendations from an independent legal and governance review. The new framework organised the EPA’s suite of documents in a logical and... 

Newmont expects to book significant Q4 impairment charge as Yanacocha closure costs rise

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2016 US gold major Newmont Mining said Tuesday it expected to book a noncash impairment charge of between $1-billion and $1.2-billion during the fourth quarter owing to rising costs related to the closure plan of its Yanacocha mine, in Peru. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission,... 

Platinum marketing needs collaboration – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2016 Platinum marketing is in urgent need of the correct coordination, collaboration and cooperation with immediate consideration needing to be given to encouraging, igniting and catalysing own-requirement growth. With gross metal demand having seen no growth in the last ten years, pressure on the... 

Platinum marketing needs collaboration – Sibanye
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye VP strategic marketing Anthea Bath

Gold miner intends to do away with diesel

     9th December 2016 Canadian gold miner Goldcorp is looking to eliminate diesel consumption at its mine sites, explaining that this will hugely improve working conditions by removing diesel particulate and other gases such as nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide from the workplace.  Goldcorp has started implementing... 

Gold miner intends to  do away with diesel
BATTERY OPERATED Goldcorp will introduce an electrical underground mobile fleet at the Borden gold mine to improve health and reduce its environmental footprint

‘Early access to funding could improve mine rehabilitation’

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Clarity on mine rehabilitation requirements and access to rehabilitation funds have been significant hurdles to effective concurrent mine rehabilitation – refering to restoration of the environment while mining takes place – in South Africa, says independent environmental auditor Dr Mike Mentis.... 

Teck, Fort Chipewyan Métis ink participation agreement for Frontier oil sands project

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2016 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has signed a formal participation agreement with the Fort Chipewyan Métis Local 125, identifying several economic benefits while creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and communication with the indigenous group, as the proposed Frontier oil... 

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