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Centerra partially restarts Mt Milligan mill

By: Henry Lazenby     5th February 2018 Canadian midtier miner Centerra Gold has partially restarted its Mount Milligan operation, in British Columbia, after unexpectedly cold weather in December caused a water shortage, halting operations. Toronto-based Centerra said in a statement on Monday that the mill is using a single ball mill... 

Aligning business, stakeholder expectations a lingering challenge

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 There is renewed impetus for the private sector to contribute to societal sustainable development and demonstrate impact, especially against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. However, aligning business and stakeholder expectations to create shared value remains a challenge, says... 

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday his government would ensure Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is built and added the C$7.4-billion project is not a threat to Canada’s West Coast. Trudeau reiterated the government’s position in two separate radio... 

Canada's Trudeau says Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to proceed – radio

DRDGold thumbs nose at lower gold price as output ups earnings

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2018 Gold tailings retreatment specialist DRDGold is set to report higher earnings on higher production that cocked a snook at the lower gold price in the six months to December 31. Earnings a share are poised to be between 14.16c and 14.64c for the six months ended December 31, compared with 0.6c for... 

DRDGold thumbs nose at lower gold price as output ups earnings
Gold tailings retreatment under way.

British Columbia further hamstrings oil pipeline development

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2018 The coalition British Columbia provincial government has moved the goal post for crude oil pipeline operator Kinder Morgan yet again, adding another hurdle to the seemingly insurmountable legal obstacles that stand in the way of the company twinning its existing pipeline between Alberta's oil... 

British Columbia further hamstrings oil pipeline development
Photo by Reuters
Kinder Morgan's Westridge Terminal, in North Vancouver, is seen from across the Burrard Inlet

Nautilus production equipment exceeding design specs

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Testing of the fleet of underwater machines that marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals will use to mine the Solwara 1 gold/copper project, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG), has so far delivered results meeting or exceeding design parameters, the company recently reported. Headquartered in... 

US EPA keeps in place restrictions on Alaska mine project

By: Reuters     27th January 2018 The US Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it is leaving in place restrictions on the proposed Pebble copper/gold mine project, in southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay region. "It is my judgment at this time that any mining projects in the region likely pose a risk to the abundant natural... 

Stakeholders can look forward to reinforced offering

     26th January 2018 With countless networking opportunities vying for the attention of the numerous decision-makers flocking to Cape Town in February to attend the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the event’s organiser has reinforced its offering with the introduction of a Junior Mining Showcase as well as... 

Stakeholders can look forward  to reinforced offering
YOUNG PERSPECTIVE Reflecting the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the imperative remains to operate sustainably alongside young people’s expectation that mining delivers value for all stakeholders

Company prefers sponsoring event, expands African footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth will be the exhibit hall title sponsor for the Investing in African Mining Indaba for the third consecutive year.  

Company prefers  sponsoring event, expands African footprint
EXPANDING NETWORK FLSmidth is reaching out to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola and Cameroon to appoint agents and representatives

Exploration unit set to be launched at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Firm of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (South Africa) will launch its specialised unit, SRK Exploration Services, in Southern Africa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held from February 5 to 8 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Exploration unit set to  be launched at Indaba
Photo by Duane Daws
MARCIN WERTZ Miners and explorers need to move decisively in terms of initiating new ventures and optimising current projects

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Although tailings retreatment has been practised for 16 years in South Africa, it is still relatively new; it is not mines’ core business and, therefore, they require convincing with regard to the profitability of installing a plant at the back-end of their operations, says platinum group metals... 

Tailings retreatment company to emphasise value of its plants
Photo by Duane Daws
ERICA LAUBSCHER, TANIA PIENAAR & DAVE BAIGENT One of Tailtech’s strengths lies in its ability to run its plants located at large mining operations at a gross profit of up to 95% during some months

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose.  This renewed investor interest... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

BC energy junior fined C$235 000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2018 Environment and Climate Change Canada announced on Tuesday that British Columbia-based energy junior Painted Pony Energy (formerly Painted Pony Petroleum) has been fined C$235 000 under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. According to the Ministry, following a guilty plea on May 31, 2017, the... 

Barkerville Gold Mines fined C$200 000 for Fisheries Act abuses

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Junior mine developer Barkerville Gold Mines has been fined C$200 000 by Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers, after pleading guilty to violations under the Fisheries Act. Charges were brought in the Provincial Court of British Columbia and related to the metal mining... 

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018
FEWER DANGERS The new Tunnel Safe technology aims to reduce the dangers of fires in the African mining industry

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

Ethical leadership, good governance and favourable policies will see mining investors flocking to SA – chamber

By: Dylan Slater     19th January 2018 The findings of a December-2017 released survey conducted by the Chamber of Mines (CoM) indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered in South Africa – resources consultant

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 There is no reason why South Africa cannot build an exploration and junior mining sector, says resources consultant Dr John Bristow, who notes that while the country has vestiges of this sector, it is hampered by regulatory policy, and a preoccupation with a “Sunset” mining industry. Speaking at... 

Up to ten midtier mineral deposits can still be discovered  in South Africa – resources consultant
Photo by Duane Daws
DR JOHN BRISTOW South Africa’s geological and minerals jewel box remains underexplored

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark
Photo by NextSource Materials
A representation of how NextSource Materials' Madagascar-based Molo modular plant will look like

Miners bolster senior ranks in preparation for fast-paced 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Several Canadian listed miners reported senior management changes on Tuesday. Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals announced Tuesday that Tariq Al Barwani has been appointed to the role of nonexecutive chairperson. Al Barwani joined the board in May 2016. He is a director and shareholder of MB... 

Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron-ore miner Vale to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil. Federal prosecutors announced the ruling in a statement that said the electricity... 

Lydian speaks in support of Amulsar environmental management

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2018 Lydian Armernia, the local subsidiary of Canadian project developer Lydian International, has defended itself in writing against several reports funded by environmental activists to derail construction of the Amulsar gold project, in Armenia, which is slated for first production during the third... 

Lydian speaks in support of Amulsar environmental management
Photo by Lydian International
December 2017 photo of the Amulsar site, in Armenia.

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2018 Generations of diamond processing experience, interwoven with modern know-how, is extending the diamond endowment of the city of Kimberley. Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) has come up with a viable business model that returns a diamond sparkle to the city renowned for its... 

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle
KEM-JV CEO Jahn Hohne

Northern Territory EPA recommends rare earths project for approval

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2018 ASX-listed Arafura Resources has announced that its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium project has been recommended to the Northern Territory government for environmental approval, subject to operational control conditions. This followed the completion of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) by... 

Mining resurgence propel CC$5.1bn Canadian IPO market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th January 2018 The 2017 market for initial public offerings (IPOs) in Canada raced across the finish line to post a CC$5.1-billion five-year record for total proceeds raised from new equity issues, the annual PwC survey has revealed. Driven by heavy activity in the mining sector, a strong final quarter of 2017... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has announced an increase in the pass rate in last year’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric examinations to 98.76%, from 98.67% in 2016. There were 11 464 full-time and 666 part-time candidates across South Africa. This is also an increase from 2016... 

IEB achieves 98.76% matric pass rate

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2017 Canadian project promoter Northern Dynasty Minerals announced on Thursday that its US-based subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is ready to file an application for a US Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. “At the outset of 2017, we established... 

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

Eldorado agrees to extend Greek arbitration period

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold has agreed to extend the 90-day arbitration period by 60 days to April 6, 2018. The Greek arbitration panel hearing a complaint by the country’s Finance, and Environment and Energy Ministries against the company's subsidiary Hellas Gold requested the extension. 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2017 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed a framework agreement with Northern Dynasty Minerals to work on formalising an option on the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-east Alaska. The announcement on Monday breathes new life into the project billed as the largest... 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday refused to issue Polish base metals miner KGHM Polska Miedź’s Ajax copper/gold mine a provincial environmental certificate, saying the adverse effects of the project outweigh the potential benefits. The news is a blow to the nearby City of... 

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

Company fills gap in market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) tailings reprocessing company Tailing Technology (Tailtech) is investigating the potential development of a tailings plant to add value to an existing operation owned by platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).  

Company fills gap in market
SEIZING OPPORTUNITY Tailing Technology saw a gap in the market for the installation of a plant at the back-end of an existing mine to retreat tailings material

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

Company moves  forward with tailings retreatment project
SOPHISTICATED CIRCUIT Goldplat Recovery’s extraction processes and multiple process lines enable it to keep materials separate, which provides a high degree of flexibility when proposing a solution for a particular type of material

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as ‘the future’ of mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 With industrial mining on the decline, smaller- to medium-scale mining operations are the future, according to Bench Marks Foundation South Africa lead researcher David van Wyk. Addressing delegates at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society, Business and... 

Small- and medium-scale operations punted as  ‘the future’ of mining
CLUSTERED AND FORMALISED Small operations could be clustered together geographically and assigned an engineer, a geologist and a health and safety officer to ensure safe operations

Mines urged to leverage technology to supercharge human capital development

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Mining companies should leverage technology to spur employee development, aiding in the upskilling of staff while enhancing employee and resource management, says information technology services company Wipro Southern Africa. While mines have incrementally implemented technology into their... 

Polymetal, Alrosa receive top honours in Russian environmental report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 LSE-listed Polymetal International was awarded the top rating in environmental responsibility among Russian metals and mining companies by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environmental Facility, and the Russian... 

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