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Environmental News

Guinea’s One-Stop Shop to assist with integrated projects, boost mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 The World Bank Group, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Guinea have launched the One-Stop Shop – a facility for business procedures that will simplify and accelerate the processing of licences, permits and other approvals for integrated mining and infrastructure projects.... 

New Australian iron-ore project will meet long-term demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     22nd July 2016 While there is no doubt that the iron-ore industry’s operating conditions have been challenging, Australian iron-ore miner Iron Road believes that the long-term industry fundamentals are sound and that its new Central Eyre Iron Project (CEIP) is well placed to weather near-term cyclical weakness. 

New Australian iron-ore project will meet  long-term demand
Photo by Robert Lang
ANDREW STOCKS Taking action to enhance efficiencies across iron-ore operations is critical

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2016 By taking material that has been dumped as waste and turning it into gold, DRDGold is adding R14-billion worth of value a year to the South African economy and unlocking scarce real estate for gainful development, a visiting media contingent heard on Thursday. “[That is] R14-billion rands worth... 

Soaring DRDGold adds R14bn a year to economy as it turns waste to gold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius spells out Ergo’s multi-billion-rand economic contribution to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. 21.7.2016

Brazil state could ban dam design used at Samarco mine

By: Reuters     21st July 2016 A Brazilian state law to ban upstream tailings dams, the design used at a dam that collapsed at the Samarco iron ore mine in November, could be approved this year, an environmental official for the state of Minas Gerais told Reuters on Wednesday. Anderson Silva de Aguilar, the subsecretary for... 

Brazil state could ban dam design used at Samarco mine

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2016 The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill released on July 8 contains two surprise amendments to mineral royalty taxation on the eve of the Davis Tax Committee’s next mining tax report, which is expected to provide the royalty regime with much needed certainty. The two amendments proposed in the Bill,... 

Tax Bill throws up royalty surprises as Davis Tax Committee mulls broader mining reforms
KPMG tax head Muhammad Saloojee talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Turnbull names new Resources Minister, expands Environment and Energy portfolio

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made minor changes to his Cabinet, removing the position of a sole Environment Minister and replacing it with an expanded Environment and Energy portfolio, headed by former Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg. Greg Hunt will move from the environment... 

Turnbull names new Resources Minister, expands Environment and Energy portfolio
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Finns unveil acid mine water solution targeted at South African mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     15th July 2016 A new solution to treat acid mine drainage (AMD), targeting the South African mining industry, was launched on July 5, in Johannesburg, as a viable and cost effective solution to remove metals and sulphates from contaminated mine water.  

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers

By: Simon Rees     11th July 2016 Lithium is in a bubble and many investors have taken positions in companies with little prospect of achieving a market presence, let alone creating value, Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston told Mining Weekly Online in a recent interview. “Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of... 

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers
Photo by Reuters
Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of them have outperformed the market

Vale faces more spill costs as Brazil lawmakers seek dam ban

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2016 As miners globally look to squeeze more savings amid low prices, the biggest iron-ore miner Vale SA will face a sharp increase in costs if a group of legislators in Brazil’s mining heartland get their way. Spurred by Brazil’s worst-ever environmental disaster, the proposal would toughen... 

Mines need to overcome current challenges in the near future

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 The South African economy contracted by 1.2% quarter-on-quarter during the first quarter of 2016, dragged lower by the poor performance of mining and agriculture – the economy was also 0.2% weaker year-on-year. The performance of mining came amid a drop in volumes and weak commodity prices and... 

Mines need to overcome current challenges in  the near future
TRYING TIMES Mines have to improve operations to stay afloat in the global economy

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to be finalised

By: Victor Moolman     8th July 2016 Construction of the Ncondezi Power Company (NPC) coal-fired power plant and the Ncondezi coal mine, in the Tete province of Mozambique, is expected to start in the second half of 2017, once power developer Ncondezi Energy has finalised an engineering, procurement and construction contractor and... 

Ncondezi contractor, financing yet to  be finalised
THERMAL COAL Coal mined at the Ncondezi openpit coal mine will be used to power the new Ncondezi power plant

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision

     8th July 2016 Policy implementation body the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) – established to support, promote and assist in the implementation of the objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) – has presented at workshops across Africa on initiatives that are expected to drive continental growth... 

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision
Photo by Reuters
COMMODITIES CORRIDOR The African Mineral Development Centre is advocating for for multistakeholder, and interdisciplinary collaboration on resource corridor development

TCTA invites stakeholders to tour Western basin AMD treatment plant

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2016 The State-owned Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) last week hosted environmental watchdog the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE), accompanied by international guests from the University of Michigan and the University of Hong Kong, at the acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant in... 

TCTA invites stakeholders to tour Western basin AMD treatment plant

Botswana gives enviro thumbs up for coal-to-power export IPP

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2016 Potential cross-border power-from-coal generation from neighbouring Botswana took another step forward on Thursday when Mauritius- and Botswana-listed Shumba Energy announced that it had obtained the official environmental thumbs up for its coal mine and associated 600 MW mine-mouth power station... 

Botswana gives enviro thumbs up for coal-to-power export IPP
Shumba Energy MD Mashale Phumaphi

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Certain mining services providers have reported increased interest from customers on both the investor and mining side, saying the slight recovery for many major commodities so far this year had translated into improved business. “Yes, there’s definite improvement in our business, especially... 

Some services firms report business revival as several commodity prices rise

BHP fighting rollercoaster legal battle over Brazil dam collapse

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2016 Claims and appeals in Brazil's unpredictable legal environment are obscuring the potential size of BHP Billiton's burst-dam compensation payout, which is oscillating between a hoped-for $2.3-billion, the sudden return of a suspended $6.2-billion and the refusal to go away of a $58-billion claim.... 

BHP fighting rollercoaster legal battle over Brazil dam collapse
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Philippines to review all mines as environmentalist takes the helm

By: Reuters     1st July 2016 The Philippines will review all mines operating in the country, the new Mining Minister said on Friday, as the committed environmentalist vowed to determine whether the industry is hurting the Southeast Asian nation. Regina Lopez's appointment to head the Department of Environment and Natural... 

Joburg technical library comes out of mothballs and opens doors to public

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 The public now has access to Johannesburg-based mining, engineering and related disciplines library The Technical Library through a membership programme, after having been outsourced from diversified miner Anglo American.  

Joburg technical library comes out of mothballs and opens doors to public
INFORMATION ON HAND The Technical Library staff provide source-specific material for members of the engineering and mining industry

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) South Africa has announced the three winners of the 2016 South African Climate Solver Awards in recognition of innovations that reduce carbon emissions or boost access to clean energy. They are Heliolab, a “revolutionary” heliostat... 

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition
Photo by Source: WWF-SA/Substance Films
2016 SOUTH AFRICAN CLIMATE SOLVER AWARD WINNERS Milotek CEO Andries Louw, Ducere Holdings MD Andre Reyneke and Stellenergy CEO Paul Gauche

Canada court overturns federal approval of Enbridge oil pipeline

By: Reuters     30th June 2016 A Canadian court has overturned the approval of Enbridge's Northern Gateway oil pipeline, adding another steep obstacle to a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists and many aboriginal groups. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled in a 2-to-1 decision released on Thursday that the government... 

Canada court overturns federal approval of Enbridge oil pipeline

Successful site visit at Graphex’s Tanzania project prompts detailed negotiations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 ASX newcomer Graphex Mining will commence with detailed negotiations next month regarding offtake and development finance for its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, following a successful five-day site visit last week by China Gold Group Investment and CN Docking Joint Investment and... 

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2016 Mining companies attending the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town will benefit from significantly reduced registration fees. Mining Indaba officials have introduced price reductions of up to 50% for the February 6 to 9 event, now in its twenty-third year. 

Mining Indaba slashes prices for mining corporates
Mining Indaba MD Jonathan Moore

Kyrgyz environment agency approves Centerra’s 2016 Kumtor mine plan

By: Henry Lazenby     27th June 2016 Officials of a Kyrgyz environmental protection agency have averted the shutdown of Canadian miner Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine on July 1 by approving the operation’s mine plan for the remainder of 2016, the company reported Monday. The Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and... 

TransCanada formally seeks Nafta damages in Keystone XL rejection

By: Reuters     27th June 2016 TORONTO – TransCanada is formally requesting arbitration over US President Barack Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, seeking $15-billion in damages, the company said in legal papers dated Friday. TransCanada submitted a notice for an arbitration claim in January and had then tried... 

Metallica gets green light to move forward with Urquhart sans EIS

By: Samantha Herbst     24th June 2016 The Commonwealth Department of the Environment has determined that ASX-listed Metallica Minerals’ Urquhart bauxite project, in north Queensland, does not require an environmental impact assessment (EIS), as the impact of the project is considered minimal. “This major milestone confirms that the... 

Developer attracts partners of proven gold pedigree

     24th June 2016 The joint ventures (JVs) secured by London-headquartered mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals with gold producer Resolute Mining and Australia-based mining corporation Newcrest Mining, following its May acquisition of Perth-based precious metals explorer International... 

Developer attracts partners of proven gold pedigree
NEWCREST MINING The Australian company has been involved in a new joint venture with Kodal Minerals, acquiring a significant portfolio in West Africa

Gold recovery expert working with government to uplift staff

By: Simon Sonnekus     24th June 2016 Local mining and raw material processing firm Ncamiso Mining is currently working closely with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to train and develop staff through short courses based on the goals of both the company and its employees.  Ncamiso MD Fikile Mashinini says the continued... 

Gold recovery expert  working with government to uplift staff
REMEDIATION Ncamiso's latest achievement is its maximum gold recovery and environmental remediation partnership with Mintails Mining South Africa

IFC pledges support for Guinea mining, biodiversity

By: David Oliveira     24th June 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, last month signalled its growing support for Guinea in protecting its biodiversity as the country expands its mining sector. Working with the Guinean government, which hosted the Biodiversity Responsible Mining... 

The MSA Group

     24th June 2016 Local mining consultancy The MSA Group provides exploration, geology, mineral resource, mining and environmental consulting solutions to a client base that includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as well as private equity and sovereign wealth funds, banks, governments... 

The MSA Group

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 The entire topside of the island of Nauru, in Micronesia, in the Central Pacific, has largely been mined out and requires extensive rehabilitation, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Roland Rajah. The tiny island nation, with a population of about 10 700 residents over 21 km2, has... 

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

Imperial Metals cleared to restart full production at ill-fated Mount Polley mine

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 The British Columbia government on Thursday gave the owner of the now infamous Mount Polley copper/gold mine the thumbs up to restart full production. The August 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster, considered the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, released more than 25-million cubic metres of... 

Centerra gets new Kumtor emissions and discharge permits

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received its 2016 maximum allowable emissions (MAE) permit from the Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF) for the Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan. Centerra stated that the new MAE permit was valid until December 31, and was the... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply 

By: Simon Rees     23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply
Photo by Reuters
Rockwood's Lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile

Canada’s pipeline operators on the hook as 'absolute liability' provisions kick in 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st June 2016 The new Pipeline Safety Act has come into force in Canada, heralding a new era of absolute liability for pipeline owners and operators and setting out financial resource requirements to pay for all costs related to a spill or rupture. The National Energy Board (NEB) on Monday welcomed the... 

Canada’s pipeline operators on the hook as 'absolute liability' provisions kick in

Cerro Grande’s Pimenton snow shut-in to cause financial grief

By: Henry Lazenby     21st June 2016 Cerro Grande Mining has reported that its flagship Pimenton mine, in Chile, remained closed from early this month after a severe snow storm brought 3.14 m of snow. All personnel had now been evacuated from the mine by PistenBully snowcats. The snow storm was reported to be the worst storm to hit... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

By: Simon Rees     20th June 2016 The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an audience at a recent meeting of the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Management and Economics Society in... 

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

Eastmain launches $10m bought deal offering, broadens Quebec exploration scope

By: Henry Lazenby     17th June 2016 TSX-listed Eastmain Resources has launched a $2-million work programme, including 5 000 m of diamond drilling at the Éléonore South joint venture (JV) property, in Quebec's James Bay gold district. The programme would be managed by TSX-V-listed Azimut Exploration and also include partner... 

Labor’s environmental policy will entrench duplication – MCA

By: Mariaan Webb     17th June 2016 The Australian mining industry voiced its disappointment at the Labor party’s plan to restore the federal government environmental approvals process, saying the opposition party’s environment policy, released earlier this week, will entrench duplication. Labor had made a commitment to strengthen... 

Labor’s environmental policy will entrench duplication – MCA
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