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Environmental News

Mutamba mining lease applications being considered by Mozambique government

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is “actively” considering that granting of three mining lease applications that form part of Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. The mine lease applications cover an area of 417.32 km² and comprise the Jangamo,... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

Chemical ore separation market now expanding

     20th April 2018 While the company’s historic market for the supply of chemicals to separate orebodies comprises mainly the Central Africa Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the market is expanding in terms of geography and mineral range, says mining reagent specialist Axis House MD Trevor... 

Unpacking this week's mining headlines 

     18th April 2018 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks this week's mining headlines: Glencore’s sustainability report, South Africa’s potential role in the Congo potash project and the debut of a game-changing fuel cell dozer. 

Unpacking this week's mining headlines
Unpacking this week's mining headlines

Northcliff hopeful of ‘timely conclusion’ of Sisson permitting

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 Project developer Northcliff Resources is hopeful for a timely conclusion of the amendment process of the applicable metal mining effluent regulations, in consultation with all stakeholders and led by Environment Canada and Climate Change, for its Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

     13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

Remote sensing increasingly being used in mining to monitor water

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are efficiently monitored on site, both from a water management point of view and from a compliance and legislative point of view, says SRK principal hydrologist... 

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Anglo American fined $21m for Brazil pipeline leaks

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama fined Anglo American $21.1-million for two leaks in the pipeline transporting iron-ore from its Minas Gerais mine, to port in Rio de Janeiro state, the watchdog said on Tuesday. Ibama ordered Anglo American to halt mining operations after the leaks, which... 

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has joined the board of project developer Ivanhoe Mines with immediate effect, the company announced on Tuesday. In his new nonexecutive capacity, Motlanthe is expected to bring a “new dimension” to the company’s strategic evaluations, consensus... 

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board
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Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe

Hydro denies Brazil alumina plant contaminated local environment

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro denied on Monday its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil had contaminated local waters, contradicting the findings of a Brazilian public health group. Citing an internal study and a report commissioned from green consultancy SGW Services, Hydro said no evidence was... 

Operations restarted at Newmont's gold mines in Ghana – spokesperson

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Operations restarted at Newmont Mining's two gold mines in Ghana on Monday, a company spokesperson said, after they were shut down on Saturday following an accident in which six construction workers were killed. Civil works on the mill expansion project at Newmont's Ahafo project, where the... 

Tahoe says La Arena fuel spill fully contained

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer Tahoe Resources reported on Monday that it had fully contained a fuel spill at the La Arena mine, in Peru. According to a company statement, a contractor overfilled a diesel storage tank on Friday evening, spilling diesel into the containment facilities. 

Lydian nixes Newmont’s Amulsar royalty for fixed payments

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 The TSX-quoted stock of Armenia-focused project developer Lydian International jumped 9.52% on Monday following the company's announcement that it has terminated a royalty agreement with former joint venture partner Newmont Mining, replacing it with a fixed payment option. Toronto-based Lydian... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Brazil state fines Anglo American $37.73m over pipeline leak

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais slapped a $37.73- million fine on Anglo American on Wednesday for pollution caused by one of two spills last month from a pipeline that carries iron-ore from the company's Minas-Rio mine. The leak in the pipeline, which carries slurry to a port in Rio de... 

Mackenzie Valley review board OKs Tlicho all-season road; a boon for Fortune

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has completed an environmental assessment of the Tlicho all-season road project, proposed by the Northwest Territories government, subject to 23 measures to reduce its environmental, social and cultural impacts. The conditional approval was... 

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Canadian gold and base metals producer Eldorado Gold lifted off recent 52-week lows on Wednesday, after the company announced a favourable ruling by an arbitration panel in its dispute with the Greek government over its Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant. Vancouver-based... 

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims
Photo by Eldorado Gold
Visible mineralisation at Eldorado Gold's Skouries project, in Northern Greece

Initial public offerings slow during Q1 as volatility keeps investors at bay

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2018 Initial public offerings (IPOs) on Canadian stock exchanges took a breather during the first quarter of this year, as issuers and investors digest a slew of relevant factors such as the implications of interest rate hikes, recent US tax changes, market volatility and threats to world trade,... 

Initial public offerings slow during Q1 as volatility keeps investors at bay

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 An historical mining area, now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin in the central Rand Goldfield, immediately south-west of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining solutions and... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

Mexican federal court approves Odyssey’s offshore sulphate mining permit; others to benefit

By: Henry Lazenby     24th March 2018 The Mexican Superior Court issued a unanimous ruling this week in favour of Nasdaq-listed Odyssey Marine Exploration’s subsidiary Exploraciones Oceánicas (ExO), which overturned a previous denial of ExO’s environmental permit application to extract phosphate sand at its Don Diego project, in the... 

Mexican federal court approves Odyssey’s offshore sulphate mining permit; others to benefit

US Army Corps announces scoping period for Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 The US Army Corps of Engineers' Alaska District will publish a notice of intent in the US federal register next week to prepare a draft environmental-impact statement (EIS) to review the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP's) application to discharge fill material into US waters for the purpose of... 

Provider ensures sustainability in CO2-intensive industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 With a high carbon footprint characterising the global cement industry, supplier of construction materials and technical solutions AfriSam is continuously advancing sustainable practices to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in mining operations and cement manufacturing processes, and has... 

Provider ensures sustainability in CO2-intensive industry
QUARRYING FAVOUR To mine limestone in the ecologically sensitive Saldanha Vredenburg area, AfriSam is placing more than 150 ha of this property into environmental status

Software solution aids tailings management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Governance, risk and compliance software supplier IsoMetrix has developed the IsoMetrix tailings management solution (TMS) to specifically enable mining operations to manage their tailings storage facilities (TSFs) more effectively and responsively, as these are inherently environmentally risky,... 

Software solution aids tailings management
POWERFUL FEATURE IsoMetrix Tailings Management Solution’s built-in dashboard capabilities are configurable and provide visible data customisable to the user profile

Sustainable management of risks gains traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Amid a range of land contamination issues in South Africa, mining houses are increasingly adapting their operations to be more holistic to curb environmental risks and create meaningful value for local stakeholders while achieving their objectives. Engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Sustainable management  of risks gains traction
HAZARDOUS The impacts of land contamination can be significant and widespread for mine operations, leading to high costs

Bullion association punting responsible sourcing as a ‘must have’

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd March 2018 The London Bullion Market Association, the world’s authority for precious metals, together with its 150 members based in more than 30 countries and encompassing every part of the journey in precious metals production, is adding value to the global industry by setting standards, developing market... 

Bullion association punting responsible sourcing as a ‘must have’
Photo by Bloomberg
VAULT HOLDINGS Data available for end of November 2017 reveals that there is 7 841 t of gold, valued at $322.7-billion, equating to approximately 627 319 gold bars

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

By: Dylan Slater     23rd March 2018 Illegal mining in South Africa requires a multi-pronged approach from both the mining industry and the government in an effort to better manage the situation. The violent gang-led tendencies of illegal mining in South Africa spills to the surface through inter-gang rivalry erupting in bloody... 

Concerted effort needed to combat South Africa’s illegal mining scourge

Goldman Sachs no longer one of top three commodities banks

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 Goldman Sachs lost its place among the top three earners of commodities-related revenue in 2017, falling below rivals JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Citibank for the first time, data from analytics firm Coalition showed. US-based investment bank Goldman has been among the top three since Coalition... 

G20 agrees to 'monitor' cryptocurrencies but no action yet

By: Reuters     21st March 2018 Financial policymakers from the world's top 20 economies agreed to keep a watchful eye on cryptocurrencies on Tuesday and opened the door to regulating the booming industry at a later stage. Wild swings in the price of Bitcoin, the best known of a myriad of digital currencies issued by private... 

G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat

By: Reuters     21st March 2018 The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before US metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China. Finance ministers and central bankers of the... 

G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat
Photo by Reuters
Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau

Eco Oro pursues $764m suit against Colombia as Angostura project postures to perish

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2018 Junior project developer Eco Oro Minerals is pursuing a $764-million judgement against Colombia after a court ruling has cancelled exploration over half its concession as part of national efforts to preserve high-altitude wetlands, known as the Páramos. The Vancouver-headquartered company has... 

Eco Oro pursues $764m suit against Colombia as Angostura project postures to perish
Photo by Eco Oro Minerals
Angostura project, Colombia

Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Stringent regulations may  impede coal industry growth
RUBEN NIZARD The environmental regulations worldwide could have an impact on coal exports

RBM continues work on Zulti South, sees markets improve

     16th March 2018 Work has continued on the feasibility study for the Zulti South mine expansion project at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa, which has the potential to maintain RBM’s low-cost smelting capacity and zircon production, diversified miner Rio Tinto reported in its 2017 full year results... 

In-country partnerships vital to traverse cross border challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     16th March 2018 There are several constraints that hinder the cross-border supply chain in Africa, but the most daunting are the logistical challenges, given the vast distances that need to be covered – primarily over very poor roads – and congested and inefficient border crossings, says facilities management... 

In-country partnerships  vital to traverse cross border challenges
POSITION OF STRENGTH Sub-Saharan Africa has a reputation for historically having high barriers to entry, so International Facilities Services' presence has always been a competitive advantage

Resources Watch  

     15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

Resources Watch
Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts
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