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Environmental News

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Canada to host tantalum, niobium symposium in October

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 The Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (T.I.C.) will host its fifty-eighth general assembly and seventh technical symposium from October, 15 to 18 in Vancouver, Canada. The special early bird booking rate for members and applicants closes on August 18 with the final booking deadline... 

Canada to host  tantalum, niobium  symposium in October
Photo by Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre
SECTORAL INSIGHTS The conference will be of interest to industry stakeholders who are involved or interested in the global tantalum and/or niobium markets

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture

By: Dylan Slater     11th August 2017 There is a dire need for alternative, sustainable, cheap processes to treat mine-impacted water (MIW) and acid mine drainage (AMD), says State-owned research organisation Mintek senior scientist Tamsyn Grewar, who calls for support for irrigation as a preferred reuse activity for treated MIW... 

Mining-impacted water punted as potential source of supply for agriculture

Supreme Court verdict backing Odisha on illegal mining could have wider ramifications

By: Ajoy K Das     10th August 2017 The Odisha provincial government, in eastern India, will recover $3.17-billion in penalties from mine owners for illegal mining and violating environmental laws. According to a senior official, the provincial government decided to issue notices to all mine owners to pay the penalty for the... 

New booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 Environmental watchdog Federation for Sustainable Environment (FSE) has proposed the establishment of a pilot project to address the waste and pollution legacy of mining in the Witwatersrand basin, with a clear linkage between the potential for revenue generation through materials reclamation and... 

New booklet outlines measures to turn mine enviro hazards into jobs generator
Photo by Duane Daws
MARIETTE LIEFFERINK The project would be in the position to supply jobs to 100 people, who would be responsible for the rehabilitation of Tweelopiespruit and surrounding areas

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 The exploration team of Randgold Resources, which on Thursday reported a 53% leap in half-year profits, plus cash on hand of $572.8-million even after the $94-million dividend payout, has defined a large target in Côte d’Ivoire, which is considered to be “potentially the most exciting gold... 

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery
Photo by Duane Daws
Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow

Taseko capitalises on rising copper prices, builds on 2016 success

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd August 2017 Building on its successes from 2016 and using the first half of 2017 to capitalise on rising copper prices, TSX- and NYSE-listed Taseko Mines has, over the past nine months, generated $192-million of cash flow from operations as well as $147-million in earnings from its mining operations, before... 

Taseko capitalises on rising copper prices, builds on 2016 success

DRA makes top origination appointment

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 Multi-disciplinary global engineering group DRA has appointed Pierre Julien to lead the company’s global origination team as executive VP origination. With more than 22 years of senior level industry experience, Julien has been tasked with identifying and accessing new business channels, seeking... 

DRA makes top origination appointment
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA Group Holdings CEO Wray Carvelas (left) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer in Johannesburg.

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2017 The South African government must introduce stringent anti-emission legislation as well as press for the platinum equivalent of the gold Kruger Rand, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri insists. Phiri expressed dismay at the government, as custodian of the world’s major platinum endowment,... 

Introduce stringent anti-emission laws – Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Photo by Duane Daws
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

Imperial restarts Mount Polley mine following fire evacuations

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2017 Base metals company Imperial Metals plans to restart the Mount Polley mine, in British Columbia, before month-end following fire evacuation orders being downgraded for the City of Williams Lake and surrounding areas. The TSX-listed company said it will allow time for evacuated employees to return... 

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     28th July 2017 Ongoing developments to underground mining solutions provider iRing’s mine planning software suite are increasingly automating blasting and drilling operations, providing increased accuracy and safety in hazardous mining environments. 

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW ERA iRing aims to demystify blasting and drilling operations through its software solutions, making them safer and more efficient

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight

By: David Oliveira     28th July 2017 During project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons’ Supplier Grow Conference earlier this month in Johannesburg advisory firm Deloitte Africa energy and resource leader Andrew Lane discussed ten trends currently impacting the global mining industry. The first trend highlighted was... 

Top trends impacting on mining come under the spotlight
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDREW LANE The mining industry is realising that it operates in an ecosystem where it is dependent on governments for regulatory access and to communities for physical access

Bamboo a possible answer to asbestos remediation challenges – Mintek

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Bamboo may be suitable as potential cover to remediate asbestos related mine waste in semi-arid regions of South Africa, states South African State-owned mineral and metallurgical innovation company Mintek mineral economics and strategic unit manager Godfrey Mothapo. He was speaking at the Fossil... 

Bamboo a possible answer to asbestos remediation challenges – Mintek
GODFREY MOTHAPO Since 2010, Mintek has rehabilitated about 500 ha of former asbestos mine land

Lifetime process approach required for successful mine closure

By: Dylan Slater     27th July 2017 A common misconception of mine closure is that it requires planning for an end-of-life event, when, in actual fact, it should be a life-long process that should be started as early as when the planning of a mine starts.  

Mirasol finds three new large-scale base metal targets on expanded claim holdings

By: Henry Lazenby     25th July 2017 Junior explorer Mirasol Resources has discovered three large-scale porphyry copper/molybdenum/gold targets, also expanding its claim holdings, at the 100%-owned Rubi project, next to the giant El Salvador copper mining district, in northern Chile. Mirasol recently completed field evaluation and... 

Sharp Pan African gold production rise on way

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2017 Gold-mining company Pan African Resources is looking forward to a much improved performance in 2018 with a substantial increase in gold production. The group’s gold production guidance for the financial year ending June 30, 2018, is 190 000 oz-plus, a 10% increase on 2017 gold production. 

Sharp Pan African gold production rise on way
Photo by Duane Daws
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots

BMI index shows policy determines market attractiveness in Latin America

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 With policy being of the utmost importance when determining market attractiveness, countries with reliably stable  business environments will continue to dominate the top mining risk/reward index scores in the Americas, reflecting miners' prioritisation of reducing risk, given a volatile mineral... 

Taseko restarts Gibraltar mine

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 Base metals producer Taseko mines has restarted operations at its Gibraltar mine, in British Columbia, following a four-day hiatus as hundreds of wildfires ravaged the province’s interior. The TSX-listed company said on Wednesday that restarting the mine will help to limit interruption and keep... 

Greenstone Gold partners submit environmental applications for Hardrock project

By: Henry Lazenby     20th July 2017 Joint venture (JV) partners Centerra Gold and Premier Gold Mines have submitted the environmental impact statement and environmental assessment (EIS/EA) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to start the formal... 

Brazilian judge suspends Samarco dam disaster civil claim indefinitely

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 A Brazilian federal judge of the Federal Court of Minas Gerais has, for an indefinite time, suspended a public civil lawsuit against Samarco Mineração over the miner’s tailings dam collapse in November 2015, the company said on Tuesday. Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, said in a press... 

Taseko gets multiyear ‘NOW’ permit for contentious New Prosperity mine

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 The provincial government of British Columbia has issued Taseko Mines with a multiyear Notice of Work (NOW) permit that will allow the base metals producer to undertake a site investigation programme at the New Prosperity gold/copper mine. The mine project, which has been nixed twice by the... 

Taseko gets multiyear ‘NOW’ permit for contentious New Prosperity mine
Photo by Reuters
First Nations demonstrators protesting against the proposed New Prosperity copper/gold project by proponent Taseko Mines

Demand growth for some metals may exceed 1 000% – World Bank

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2017 A new World Bank report highlights the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals, including Southern Africa's platinum, manganese and chrome. Using wind and solar energy, and energy storage batteries, as... 

Taseko temporarily halts mining activity at Gibraltar

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2017 Base metals producer Taseko’s British Columbia-based Gibralter mine has been temporary idled owing to uncontrolled wildfires in the mine’s immediate vicinity.  In response to the severe wildfire conditions, the company had already scaled back mining and milling operations at the mine.   An... 

Mali gold project production targeted for December

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Multi-asset gold company Hummingbird Resources is developing the advanced Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, as a low-cost, high-grade openpit mining operation, with first gold production targeted for December. 

Mali gold project production targeted  for December
YANFOLILA GOLD MINE The overall investment to bring the project into production will be around $88-million

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th July 2017 Ahead of the High Court of South Africa’s hearing, on July 18, to decide on an interdict to halt the implementation of the revised Mining Charter, Deloitte Africa Energy and Resources leader Andrew Lane last week said the mining industry had to take a broader view of the charter, focus and... 

Mining Charter Three unpacked ahead of court hearing
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSEBENZI ZWANE Zwane published the Mining Charter on June 15, which was received with much turbulence and controversy

Africa remains tough but attractive mining destination

By: Nica Schreuder     13th July 2017 Despite potential risk factors associated with mining in Africa, mining services provider Fraser Alexander executive business development head Ken Bouch says the rewards make it worth investing in the mineral-rich continent. 

Africa remains  tough but attractive mining destination

Taseko scales back Gibraltar ops as BC wildfires complicate employee commutes

By: Henry Lazenby     13th July 2017 Base metals producer Taseko Mines has scaled back mining and milling operations at its cornerstone Gibraltar mine, in response to the severe wildfire conditions in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. The Vancouver-based company reported that despite there not being any fires in the immediate... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level
Photo by cH2ange
Daimler fuel cell director Prof Dr Christian Mohrdieck

EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska 

By: Henry Lazenby     12th July 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a pre-publication federal register notice to withdraw the July 2014 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(c) proposed determination, which would have pre-emotively imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material from the Pebble... 

EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska
Photo by Northern Dynasty Minerals
The controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-west Alaska

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Increased cash flows, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and new debt issues have helped many of the world’s top miners strengthen their balance sheets in 2016, reflecting miners’ response to investor messages around capital discipline, according to new analysis from PwC Canada. "As the global... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2017 Nothing can stop the proliferation of iPhones, solar panels and Teslas, except perhaps a shortage of key natural resources, comments the latest Fortune magazine, which puts manganese from South Africa on the list of crucial technology metals needed in the US. Fortune’s world map showing the... 

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply
Photo by Duane Daws
Industrial Development Corporation Mining and Metals Industries divisional executive Abel Malinga (right) talking to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Fires hit Canada lumber mills, get close to Kinder pipeline

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2017 Wildfires in British Columbia have forced Canadian lumber mills to shut and were edging closer to a Kinder Morgan Inc. oil pipeline as hot, dry weather sparked blazes across swathes of western Canada and the U.S. Norbord Inc., the largest North American producer of oriented strand board used in... 

Imperial’s Mount Polley mine impacted by BC wildfires

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Base metals miner Imperial Metals has significantly reduced operations at its Mount Polley openpit copper/gold mine, in the Williams Lake area of British Columbia, as about 17 ‘wildfires of note’ posing a threat to public safety, rage in four of the province’s six fire management centres. Many of... 

Imperial casts about for strategic alternatives on poor H1 output, Moody’s downgrades ratings

By: Henry Lazenby     7th July 2017 Imperial Metals is assessing strategic alternatives for its portfolio of base metals mines in British Columbia, after announcing that production will not meet guidance and that the company will breach bank covenants and require additional financing. The TSX-listed firm reported on Thursday that... 

Diverse footprint keeps orders coming in during downturn 

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The wide geographic spread of Barloworld Equipment, the South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, insulates it from the effects of mining cycles that may challenge the sustainability of some of its competitors. 

Diverse footprint keeps orders  coming in during downturn
Barloworld executive director Shane Fitzpatrick talks about the growth of the company in Africa. Camerawork: Victor Moolman.

Peru steps up rainforest protection as police raid illegal mines

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2017 Peru’s government moved to halt the destruction of the world’s largest rainforest by dispatching almost a 1 000 police to raid illegal mining camps on the edge of a major nature reserve in Peru’s Amazon jungle. Police raided 83 camps surrounding the Tambopata reserve in the Madre de Dios region... 

Peru steps up rainforest protection as police raid illegal mines

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