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UK billionaire Gupta to form listed company with Atlantis Resources

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance has struck a deal with tidal power firm Atlantis Resources that marks the British billionaire's first step into the stock market. GFG Alliance, the $10-billion turnover consortium that runs metals group Liberty House and energy and commodities group SIMEC, said in a... 

Dalradian drilling shows potential for mechanised mining at Curraghinalt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 Drilling results from an ongoing programme at dual-listed Dalradian Resources’ Curraghinalt gold deposit in Northern Ireland, have highlighted numerous areas within the deposit that could be converted to lower-cost mechanised mining. “The rock strength is much better than originally modelled,”... 

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... 

Sibanye-Stillwater to acquire embattled Lonmin, completes PGMs strategy

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th December 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has made an all-share offer to acquire platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Lonmin. The offer values Lonmin at about £285-million, or R5.15-billion. 

Sibanye-Stillwater to acquire embattled Lonmin, completes PGMs strategy
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman and Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals – study

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Electronic waste rose to a record 45-million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a UN-backed study showed on Wednesday. Rising incomes and falling prices for everything from solar... 

Fed spells relief for gold traders worried over rate-hike pace

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 Spot gold headed for the biggest gain in three weeks after Federal Reserve officials stuck with a projection for three interest-rate increases in the coming year, easing concerns that quickening economic growth would spur an even faster pace of monetary tightening. By a 7-2 vote, the Fed on... 

Kore Potash plans to list on the JSE and Aim in early 2018

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2017 Republic of Congo-focused mineral explorer Kore Potash has received strong interest from South African investors and will now also seek a secondary listing on the JSE, in addition to plans to list on London’s Aim, the company reported on Thursday. Kore Potash said that the additional public... 

Kore Potash plans to list on the JSE and Aim in early 2018

Steel tycoon considers bid for Rio Tinto's Dunkirk aluminum smelter - sources

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Liberty House, the industrial and commodities group buying a number of steel assets around the world, is considering a bid for Rio Tinto's aluminium smelter in northern France, the largest in Europe, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The Dunkirk plant, which the... 

San Jose feasibility study fully funded

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 ASX-listed Plymouth Minerals has received commitments to raise $6.5-million through the issue of 36.4-million shares at $0.18 apiece, with the funds committed towards the completion of a feasibility study at its San Jose lithium/tin project, in the mining region of Extremadura, Spain. The company... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

By: Samantha Herbst     13th December 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals’ Sonora lithium project, located in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, has the potential to become a significant supplier of battery-grade lithium to growing industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, according to Bacanora CEO Peter Secker.... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

Ortac increases stake in Casa to 84.7%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Aim-listed Ortac Resources has increased its interest in African gold developer Casa Mining from 45% to 84.7%. The company in November offered to acquire 100% of Casa through the issue of 100-million new ordinary shares. 

Rosneft says EU sanctions aim to favour rivals

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Russian energy group Rosneft told the Luxembourg-based European General Court on Wednesday that European Union sanctions on Russia aimed to undermine its position on global energy markets and favoured its competitors. State-controlled Rosneft is challenging the EU sanctions, imposed in 2014 and... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Ratings agency Moody’s believes 2018 will be a year of relative stability for the global base metals industry after some recovery was experienced this year. In a 2018 outlook analysis, released on Wednesday, the agency noted that these improved supply/demand fundamentals would hold on the back of... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

Highland board adopts dividend policy

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 The board of Aim-listed Highland Gold on Wednesday announced its dividend policy, which states that its total payout for each financial year will be 20% of net cash flow from operating activities. The board may also recommend the distribution of additional cash on the balance sheet through... 

Separate stock exchange listing for Aura’s Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 Dual-listed uranium and gold focused Aura Energy has started the process to list its Häggån project in Sweden separately on multiple international exchanges to “maximise the value of the battery metal content” of the project. The project contains vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, neodymium, nickel... 

Prairie ideally positioned to supply Europe steel producers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 The outlook for increased coking coal demand from Europe’s steel producers, coupled with reducing European supply is creating a “perfect storm” for ASX-listed Prairie to become the go-to supplier of the critical raw material, its CEO Ben Stoikovich said on Wednesday. In a statement to... 

Prairie ideally positioned to supply Europe steel producers

France-based miner AMR starts bauxite production in Guinea

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Paris-based miner AMR began production at its Guinean bauxite mine on Tuesday, aiming to produce between 6 million and 10 million tonnes a year of the aluminium ore, the company said. Alliance Miniere Responsable (AMR) was founded by two French businessmen, and major shareholders include former... 

Macron's climate summit draws pledges to make coal a risky bet

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2017 Some of the world’s biggest investors turned their backs on US President Donald Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry, pledging to divest from fossil fuels at a conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron. The One Planet Summit in Paris was designed to galvanise support for the... 

Macron's climate summit draws pledges to make coal a risky bet

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees itself as being best placed for the electric vehicle revolution through its ‘tier 1’ copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc and thermal coal assets. The company said in an investor day update on Tuesday that sustainably low-cost and long-life first... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Premier African Minerals completes further drilling at Zulu lithium project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Multicommodity mining and natural resources development company Premier African Minerals has completed a further 24 drill holes at its Zulu lithium prospect, in Zimbabwe, which the Aim-listed company says has delivered “spectacular” results. The drilling reached 3 638.54 m since the initial 2... 

Seasonal battery demand, tight supply to buoy lead prices

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Seasonally strong demand from battery makers, tight supplies caused by mine shutdowns and dwindling inventories in London Metal Exchange warehouses are expected to sustain lead prices, which recently hit six-year highs. Benchmark lead on the London Metal Exchange at around $2 500/t is up about... 

Berkeley selects mining and construction contractors for Salamanca mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Dual-listed Berkeley Energia expects to pour concrete at its fully-funded Salamanca mine, in western Spain, in the new year, the company said on Tuesday, as it announced the award of major contracts for the uranium mine. The company said that Sanchez y Lago, one of Spain’s major construction... 

Berkeley selects mining and construction contractors for Salamanca mine

W Resources receives preliminary approval for tungsten mine funding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Aim-listed W Resources has received preliminary approval from US Specialists Situations Fund for a $30-million term loan to fund the La Parrilla tungsten mine, in Spain. The term loan is subject to final due diligence and legal documentation, with financial close targeted for late December or... 

De Beers notes continued good demand for rough diamonds

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Continued stable demand for diamonds resulted in De Beers generating $450-million in its tenth sales cycle of the year. This compares with the $466-million generated in the ninth sales cycle of this year and the $422-million earned in the tenth sales cycle of 2016. 

Congo mines say revised code threatens industry's future

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Mining companies in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday that proposed changes to the mining code adopted by the lower house of parliament last week would do lasting damage to investment in Africa's top copper producer. The process of revising the 2002 mining code in Congo has dragged on... 

Cameco, Kazatomprom restructure JV Inkai

By: Henry Lazenby     11th December 2017 Canadian uranium producer Cameco and the National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom) have agreed to restructure their joint venture over the Inkai in situ recovery uranium mine, in south Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom CEO Galymzhan Pirmatov and Cameco president and CEO Tim Gitzel... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Weatherly’s losses more than triple on back of Tschudi operational challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2017 Despite a revenue increase to $75.1-million from $63.7-million for the year ended June 30, Aim-listed Weatherly International’s losses for the year ended June 30 have more than tripled to about $40.1-million from $10.6-million, the company reported on Monday. Losses a share widened to $3.64 from... 

Argentina acquisition marks start of strategic shift for Cadence

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 UK-based mining investment firm Cadence Minerals has marked the shift to a new focus of investing in early stage lithium assets with shorter development timelines than that of typical lithium carbonate producers, with the news on Monday of an Argentina acquisition. The company announced that it... 

Argentina acquisition marks start of strategic shift for Cadence

Strategic Minerals encouraged by Cornwall tin/tungsten drilling results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2017 Aim-listed explorer Strategic Minerals and its joint venture (JV) partner are considering methods of expediting the Redmoor tin/tungsten project in south-west England, following better-than-expected drilling results. Phase 2 of the 2017 drilling programme at the project, held in a JV with New Age... 

Novo Litio changes European lithium plans

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Shares in ASX-listed Novo Litio fell 15% on Monday as the company announced an update to its European lithium strategy. The company said its focus would shift to generating new lithium drill targets on its landholding in the northern Portugal lithium belt, although it would continue to pursue... 

Richland halts operations at Queensland sapphire mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Aim-listed Richland Resources has temporarily suspended mining activities at its Capricorn sapphire mine, in Queensland, citing extreme weather conditions and a weak market environment. The company said on Monday that it had decided to halt operations to conserve cash resources, as heavy rainfall... 

ArcelorMittal's coal miners stage sit-in at four mines in Kazakhstan

By: Reuters     11th December 2017 About 200 coal miners in Kazakhstan refused to leave four mines operated by a unit of ArcelorMittal at the end of their shift on Monday and staged a sit-in, the company said in a statement. ArcelorMittal Temirtau said it was in talks with the miners' trade union, without providing any further... 

Thor’s ASX shares surge on Pilbara option

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Shares in dual listed Thor Mining gained by 55% on the ASX on Monday, after the company announced to the Australian market that it had entered into an option agreement to acquire a project with potential for conglomerate gold in the Pilbara. UK-headquartered Thor, which made the initial... 

Condor Gold focused on resource expansion as permitting delay weighs

By: Henry Lazenby     9th December 2017 Despite permit delays, it’s been a good year for Condor Gold as it continues work on proving up a large commercial reserve on its 100%-owned La India project, in Nicaragua. Chairperson and CEO Mark Child is currently on a three-week visit to Nicaragua to smooth over relations with the government... 

Alta Zinc says updated resource estimate supports growth strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2017 ASX-listed Alta Zinc, formerly Energia Minerals, has updated the mineral resource estimate for the Colonna Zorzone deposit at its Gorno zinc project, in northern Italy.The resource estimation revision, which was commissioned to include all drilling results obtained to date, primarily focused on... 

Thor takes option on Pilbara conglomerate gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     8th December 2017 Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining has entered into an option agreement to acquire an interest in a tenement known as the Western Shaw project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Western Shaw project, which is subject to a licence application, is considered to have potential for... 

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