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Claim against Vedanta, KCM given the green light to proceed in court

By: Samantha Herbst     27th May 2016 A legal claim on behalf of 1 826 Zambian villagers against global diversified metals and mining company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has been given the go-ahead by a High Court judge to proceed in the UK courts. The ruling, handed down on Friday, follows... 

Planetary Resources turns gaze back to earth with $21.1m investment

By: Henry Lazenby     27th May 2016 Prospective asteroid miner Planetary Resources has received a $21.1-million investment to deploy and operate Ceres, an advanced Earth observation business featuring the first commercial infrared and hyperspectral sensor platform that would be harnessed to better understand and manage humanity’s... 

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling and hauling company Ncamiso Mining is looking to acquire more mechanised systems, as this should increase its productivity by between 60% and 70%. However, to create jobs, increase profitability and provide sustainable employment for the community surrounding mines, the company... 

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation
REHABILITATION UNDER WAY A restorative project being undertaken by Ncamso involves removing contaminated waste so that land can be developed for hydroponic fish farming

Centerra vows to fight two enviro rulings as Kyrgyz woes continue 

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2016 Canada’s Centerra Gold is having a busy week at the Kyrgyz courts after the company received two rulings in two days against its wholly owned subsidiary Kumtor Operating Company (KOC) for alleged environmental infractions at its eponymous mine in the country. Centerra also had to defend itself... 

Centerra vows to fight two enviro rulings as Kyrgyz woes continue
Photo by Reuters
Kumtor, Kyrgyz Replublic

Kyrgyz court fines Centerra unit Kumtor $98m

By: Reuters     25th May 2016 A court in Kyrgyzstan fined the country's biggest gold miner Kumtor Operating Company, a unit of Canada's Centerra Gold, 6.7-billion some ($98-million) for environmental damage on Wednesday. Kumtor's lawyers told reporters at the hearing that they would appeal the ruling. 

Kyrgyz court fines Centerra unit Kumtor $98m
Photo by Centerra Gold
Kumtor, Kyrgyz Republic

Joint panel formed to review Teck Resources oil sands project

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2016 A three-member joint panel of environmental experts has been established to review diversified miner Teck Resources’ proposed Frontier oil sands mine project, in Northern Alberta, announced Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and Alberta Energy Regulator president and CEO... 

Wildfire-hit Athabasca Oil resumes operations at Hangingstone

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2016 TSX-listed energy company Athabasca Oil Corporation has resumed operations at its Hangingstone facility, 20 km south of Fort McMurray, which has been engulfed by a Canadian wildfire starting in early May, forcing widespread evacuations and a prolonged shutdown of all oil operations in the region.... 

Peru declares mining-related emergency in remote part of Amazon

By: Reuters     24th May 2016 Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining, the country's environment minister said on Monday. A growing number of studies show that residents of the Madre de Dios... 

Peru declares mining-related emergency in remote part of Amazon

New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill

By: Reuters     24th May 2016 New Mexico sued the US Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. The Gold King Mine rupture, which was accidentally... 

Canada wildfire moves into Saskatchewan, but little risk to mines, farms

By: Reuters     20th May 2016 A Canadian wildfire has moved from oil-rich Alberta province into Saskatchewan province, though that province's fertile farms and lucrative mines are tucked far away from the blaze's path. The fire in northern Alberta hit the town of Fort McMurray in early May, forcing widespread evacuations and... 

Contract mining offers edge in depressed market  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Historically, mining was a highly protected industry and had a low propensity for outsourcing, but more operations are being outsourced across Africa, says global consultant and adviser Deloitte. This is owing to mines not having access to robust mining systems and processes, expertise and the... 

Contract mining offers  edge in depressed market
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA There is a direct correlation between the market size of contract mining and the commodities cycle/prices and investment patterns in capital projects

Enviro assessments for Delmas colliery pollution control dams project under way

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 Specialist assessments required for the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the proposed extension and remediation of the discard dump and two pollution control dams at the North Shaft section of local coal mining and beneficiation company Kuyasa Mining’s Delmas coal mine is currently... 

Greater demand for outsourced service providers possible

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Mining projects in South Africa have been placed on hold, owing to the current commodities oversupply and price slump, as well as the shortage of funding for projects, but the concern is whether South Africa will be able to ramp up production when the industry recovers, states specialist... 

Greater demand for outsourced service  providers possible
BRIDGING THE GAP Mining companies operating in South Africa might employ contractors to fill skills gaps once business conditions improve

New products on offer

     20th May 2016 Innovative instrumentation solutions designer and manufacturer E Instruments is introducing a combustion gas and emissions analyser that is ideal for commercial and industrial use, and a new sampling conditioning unit, which allows for moisture removal at flue gas sampling points. 

New products  on offer
E4500-N The new analyser allows for the accurate measurement of gas emissions

New solution simplifies water-use licence application, renewal processes

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Global consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting have prepared a manageable system and training programme, which is designed to simplify the process of aligning personnel responsible for implementing and renewing a mining water use licence (WUL)  

New solution simplifies water-use licence application, renewal processes
JACKY BURKE Mines must conduct routine inspections and aquatic assessments, applying corrective actions where necessary

Too costly to shut: Mine sales stumble on looming clean-ups

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Major miners are trying to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in closure costs by selling off pits, as cash is tight due to a prolonged commodities price slump, but the crippling cost of environmental rehabilitation makes it tough to seal deals. Where mine sales have gone ahead, production is... 

Too costly to shut: Mine sales stumble on looming clean-ups
BHP Billiton held on to its loss-making Nickel West operation after failing to find a buyer. The business is estimated to have $1-billion in closure liabilities.

Ivanhoe slams NGO misinformation on flagship Platreef PGM project

By: Henry Lazenby     19th May 2016 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines on Thursday condemned “in the strongest terms possible” a statement issued late Wednesday by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Mining Watch Canada, alleging that its subsidiary Ivanplats was engaged in human rights abuses and illegal operations as... 

Victoria EPA inquiry recommendations disappointing – MCA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2016 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Thursday that the recommendations of an independent inquiry into the Victoria Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) would increase red tape for the state’s mining industry. The inquiry, which examined the EPA’s role, powers, governance and... 

Peru's Fujimori takes tough stance on Southern Copper Tia Maria project

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Peruvian presidential contender Keiko Fujimori said it would take "many years" for Southern Copper to regain the trust of farmers, which she said is part of the community support she considers critical to developing the company's $1.4-billion Tia Maria copper project. The centre-right candidate... 

More oil sands interruptions as Alberta wildfires spread; to cost local economy C$1bn

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 As the evacuation zone on Tuesday increased north of Fort McMurray, where a gigantic wildfire was spreading out of control, a top Canadian think tank estimated that the Alberta wildfires could have an impact of almost C1-billion on the local economy. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo... 

More oil sands interruptions as Alberta wildfires spread; to cost local economy C$1bn
Photo by Bloomberg
A Suncor upgrader outside of Fort McMurray

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2016 Mining companies, in general, are adapting to a more austere fundamental backdrop, despite a recent announcement in Chinese media that the country would be removing stimulus and reprioritising reforms, which caused significant apprehension during Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BofAML’s) recent... 

Miners adapting to more austere fundamental backdrop – report

New Brazil Minister says will not commit to restart Samarco mine

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 Brazil's Environment Minister, José Sarney Filho said on Monday he will not allow Samarco Mineração to reopen its iron-ore mine without assurances that the causes and damages of a deadly tailings dam collapse were fixed. Sarney Filho, appointed last week, made the comments during an official... 

Antofagasta suffers setback on Chile investment plan approval

By: Reuters     16th May 2016 Chilean copper miner Antofagasta has suffered a setback as it seeks environmental permit approval for new investment at its Los Pelambres mine, in central Chile, but hopes to resolve the issue in coming days. Earlier this month, the London-listed company's operating unit, Antofagasta Minerals,... 

Taseko appoints mining veteran Geoffrey Burns to board

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2016 TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed base metals miner Taseko Mines has appointed industry veteran Geoffrey Burns as an independent nonexecutive director. Burns brought to Taseko more than thirty years of senior management experience in the mining industry. 

TSX slips as non-gold resource stocks weigh

By: Reuters     13th May 2016 Canada's main stock index slipped on Friday, weighed down by financials, industrials and resource stocks as they pulled back in line with softer prices for oil and other commodities. "Today's price action is somewhat suggestive that some of these commodity sectors are perhaps extended from the... 

Adequate environmental management systems boost health, safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 An effective environmental management system (EMS) has to reduce the possible environmental damage caused by and the overall cost of a mine, as well as ensure that workers are safe and healthy, says mining industry consultant The MSA Group. 

Adequate environmental  management systems  boost health, safety
ROBIN BOLTON Water, air and noise pollution, the loss of resources through spills or leaks, along with accidents and the impact on surrounding communities, are repercussions of not identifying risks timeously

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success, holds much potential  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the gold dumps... 

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success,  holds much potential
BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK More than 50% of the sorghum planted had grown despite not using any irrigation other than rainwater

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 At most other times in the mining cycle, news of the sale of a goody-two-shoes metallurgical coal asset like Australia’s Grosvenor would have had buyers queuing up to buy. But disposal of even alluring resources in today’s uncertain and low-price environment needs to be accompanied by an enticing... 

Anglo dangles goody-two-shoes Grosvenor to lure coal buyers
Photo by Bloomberg
Seamus French

Bauxite Hills EIS open for public comment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th May 2016 The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Bauxite Hills project, in Cape York, has been opened for public comment after the Queensland government accepted the document. ASX-listed Metro Mining in April submitted the EIS to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage... 

Eldorado swings to Q1 headline loss, homes in on project pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2016 Geographically diversified Canadian gold producer Eldorado Gold has swung to a first-quarter headline loss of $700 000, or nil per share, as gold sales volumes fell 27% year-on-year, along with slightly lower gold prices, resulting in a 29% drop in gold revenues. The company reported adjusted net... 

Brazil mining dam reforms unsettle companies, do little for safety

By: Reuters     11th May 2016 Brazilian regulators plan to tighten rules on dams used in the mining industry after a breach last year caused the nation's worst environmental disaster but the changes, while opposed by struggling companies, look unlikely to improve safety. Environmental authorities say they will demand an... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

Enbridge turns to renewable energy with French offshore wind acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2016 Canadian oil and gas infrastructure giant Enbridge has agreed to buy a 50% interest in French offshore wind development company Éolien Maritime France (EMF), for C$282-million. NYSE- and TSX-listed Enbridge would co-own the company with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), a subsidiary of Électricité... 

Canadian miners contribute C$50 000 to Fort McMurray relief

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2016 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has made a charitable contribution of C$50 000 to the Red Cross in Alberta, on behalf of members with mining operations active in almost every Canadian jurisdiction. This is to support the families devastated by the wildfire that has ravaged Fort McMurray... 

Adoption of mining technology stressed

By: Sebastian Whyle     6th May 2016 It is now more important than ever to reap the benefits that mining technology can provide while understanding the science behind the technology to audit results, according to mine software and technology developer Hexagon Mining communications director Neville Judd. The increasing complexity and... 

Adoption of mining technology stressed

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 Tailor-made energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika’s supply of solar-powered masts last year to chrome mining company Samancor Western Chrome, which operates an opencast mine in Marikana, in the North West, has sparked interest from numerous municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana,... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines
POWER SOLUTION The ZRW mobile solar-powered floodlighting system was supplied to Namibian iron-ore mine which requires electricity to run 24/7

Alberta oil operators demobilise to protect assets, assist devastated communities

By: Henry Lazenby     5th May 2016 Alberta oil sands operators on Thursday further scaled back operations to only critical staff levels as gigantic walls of fire engulfed and devoured entire neighbourhoods in the regional hub of oil sands operations Fort McMurray. The Alberta government stated that public safety remained the key... 

Alberta oil operators demobilise to protect assets, assist devastated communities

Environmental groups' tax matters under the microscope

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2016 The Australian resources sector has welcomed a report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment that looks into the register of environmental organisations. In March 2015, Environment Minister Greg Hunt asked the committee to inquire into and report on the... 

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