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Rio makes plans to further reduce debt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 28 minutes ago Mining major Rio Tinto has launched a $2.25-billion debt reduction programme. Under the plan, Rio has issued redemption notices for some $1.4-billion of four series of its US-dollar denominated notes, maturing in 2021 and 2022, and has started invitations to holders outside of the US to sell up... 

Apollo takes interest in Spanish project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 29 minutes ago ASX-listed Apollo Minerals will acquire a 75% interest in the Aurenere tungsten/gold project, in northern Spain, along strike from the Couflens project, in France. Under the share purchase agreement, Apollo would acquire a majority interest in Spain’s NeoMetal for €100 000 cash upfront, and a... 

G20 agrees to 'monitor' cryptocurrencies but no action yet

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago 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... 

Rio Tinto fears impact of trade war concerns despite tariff exemptions

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto sees fears of a trade war between the US and China weighing on its shares, even after the company won an exemption from US tariffs for its Canadian aluminium exports. Nearly a third of all aluminium consumed by the US is supplied by Rio Tinto from Canada. 

Polyus adds new metal, more gold to shake 'Russian discount'

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2018 Polyus is targeting more than just gold to help challenge the “Russian discount” it says is tainting its share price. The Russian precious metals miner plans to sell shares on the market and boost gold production, which could vault it into the top five biggest miners in the world as early as... 

Polyus adds new metal, more gold to shake 'Russian discount'
Polyus CEO Pavel Grachev

Strategic Minerals updates Cornwall tin project resource

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2018 The inferred mineral resource of the Redmoor tin/tungsten project, in the UK, has increased to 4.5-million tonnes, at 1% tin-equivalent, Aim-listed Strategic Minerals reported on Tuesday. The update, established by mining consultancy SRK Consulting, is nearly double the previously reported... 

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2018 London-listed Amur Metals is gearing up for an aggressive marketing programme in large nickel consuming nations China, Korea and Japan, as the Kun-Manie nickel sulphide project, in the far east of Russia, is shaping up to be potentially a ready source for the electric vehicle (EV) battery... 

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

Glencore announces $1.7bn Rio Tinto coal mine deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2018 Switzerland-headquartered mining major Glencore will acquire diversified miner Rio Tinto’s 82% interest in the Hail Creek coal mine and adjacent coal resources, in Queensland, as well as a 71.2% interest in the Valeria coal resource for $1.7-billion in cash, the company announced on Tuesday.... 

Glencore announces $1.7bn Rio Tinto coal mine deal

EV adoption rate reaching critical mass as search for ethical cobalt heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2018 Cobalt company Cobalt 27 is seeing an ideal storm brewing for its key commodity as the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates faster than even optimistic forecasts had speculated. “Cobalt 27 is a proxy for the adoption of the EV,” executive chairperson Anthony Milewski told Mining... 

EV adoption rate reaching critical mass as search for ethical cobalt heats up

Dalradian continues to move Northern Ireland project towards production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2018 With the planning application for the Curraghinalt mine submitted, dual-listed Dalradian Resources’ primary goal is to progress the Northern Ireland project to production. This goal will be advanced this year through drilling, engineering and geological studies, as well as environmental and... 

DRC curbs expectations of miners about concessions on code

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2018 Mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) won’t secure substantial concessions in talks with the state about changes to the industry code, a senior mining official said. The operators, including Glencore Plc and Randgold Resources, are pressing the government to row back on some... 

South African junior to earn into Scotgold’s Portugal licence

By: Mariaan Webb     19th March 2018 South African exploration company PanEx Resources has signed an agreement to earn into the Portuguese subsidiary of Scotgold Resources, under which it will spend €6.6-million in several phases. The Portuguese subsidiary owns the Pomar exploration licence, covering 264 km2 and includes the... 

South African junior to earn into Scotgold’s Portugal licence

Alara forms JV in Oman

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th March 2018 Metals miner Alara Resources has signed a heads of agreement with South West Pinnacle Exploration (SWPE) to form a new joint venture (JV) in Oman. The ASX-listed company said on Monday that the JV would engage in drilling, exploration and mine development activities, and would offer these... 

Battery makers descend on Australia, Canada cobalt developers

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up. Mine developers say interest from Japanese and Korean firms is particularly... 

Rio Tinto hires UBS to explore Pacific Aluminium listing - sources

By: Reuters     19th March 2018 Rio Tinto has asked Swiss investment bank UBS to explore a possible public listing of its Pacific Aluminium smelting business on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), two industry sources said on Friday. The mining group has tried to sell the division many times without success, including in... 

Mine accident shows a potash market nervous about outages

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2018 The news, when it came late Friday night from a government ministry in Minsk, was grim: the ceiling of a potash mine in Belarus had collapsed more than half a kilometre underground, trapping two workers. Halfway around the world, the reaction to the headlines was swift and dramatic. Shares of... 

Mine accident shows a potash market nervous about outages

Poland's KGHM targets rise in Chilean copper ore output

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Polish copper producer KGHM said it expects daily copper ore output at its Chilean mine Sierra Gorda to increase by 18% next year from current levels. State-run KGHM acquired Chilean and Canadian copper deposits in 2011 when it bought Canada's Quadra FNX for $2-billion, the largest ever foreign... 

ARM's Motsepe predicts successful charter, land outcomes 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 The executive chairperson of diversified black-controlled mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), Patrice Motsepe, on Friday expressed the firm conviction that South Africa was in the process of reinforcing its position as a competitive mining destination through a positive Mining Charter... 

ARM's Motsepe predicts successful charter, land outcomes
African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe at presentation of 15% higher half-year earnings covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

US legislation bodes well for Thor Mining's Nevada tungsten project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 The US House of Representative's Natural Resources Committee has passed the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, which Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining said would benefit its Pilot Mountain tungsten project in Nevada. While further steps are required in the legislative process,... 

AfriTin completes geological mapping at Namibian tin project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has undertaken and completed detailed geological mapping over the V1 and V2 pegmatite bodies at its flagship asset Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The V1 and V2 bodies were previously identified as priority targets for ore to supply the new, intermediary plant, based... 

Avocet sells Norwegian subsidiary Wega

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Gold mining and exploration company Avocet Mining has sold its wholly-owned Norwegian subsidiary Wega Mining and certain intercompany receivables to Natholmen for $400 000 in cash. The sale forms part of a larger restructuring effort involving its overdue loans totalling $29.2-billion to creditor... 

Norsk Hydro CEO says securing alumina to replace Alunorte output is priority

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Norsk Hydro Asa sees securing alternative sources of alumina to replace reduced supplies at its Brazilian plant as a priority, CE Svein Richard Brandtzaeg told Reuters. Brazilian authorities ordered Norsk Hydro's Alunorte plant, the world's largest alumina plant, to cut output by half in late... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Russian diamond company Alrosa posts 28% profit fall

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Russian diamond producer Alrosa suffered a sharp fall in core profit last year, hit by lower prices for its gems. The world's largest producer of rough diamonds said that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebtida) fell 28% to 126.9-billion roubles, broadly meeting... 

Despite bitcoin craze, bullion unlikely to lose its status as a major investment vehicle – economist

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Although some economists regard cryptocurrencies – bitcoin being the most popular – as a fad, others, such as Nascence Advisory director and economist Xhanti Payi, remain open-minded, unwilling to write off a potentially disruptive technology with massive implications for global economic... 

Despite bitcoin craze, bullion unlikely to lose its status as a major investment vehicle – economist

Glencore, Randgold mines quit Congolese industry body ahead of govt talks

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Mines run by Glencore, Randgold Resources and three other international companies have quit the Democratic Republic of Congo's chamber of commerce, saying the industry body does not adequately represent their interests after the introduction of a new mining law. The miners said in a joint... 

Russian billionaire Potanin buys 2% of Nornickel from Abramovich

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin's Interros Holding said it had completed the purchase from businessman Roman Abramovich of a 2% stake in Norilsk Nickel, which has been the subject of a legal battle. Abramovich struck a provisional deal last week that allowed him to sell a 4% stake in... 

Russian-Zimbabwean firm to invest $400m in Zimbabwe platinum

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Great Dyke Investments (GDI) said on Thursday it would invest around $400-million to build a precious metals mine and smelter in Zimbabwe, as the country opens up to international business. The joint venture between Russia's Afromet and Zimbabwe's Pen East expects to produce up to 855 000 oz (27... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
Photo by Goldman Sachs
Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Georgian agrees terms for Kvemo Bolnisi development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2018 London-listed Georgian Mining and its joint venture (JV) partner Caucasian Mining have agreed on terms for the development of the Kvemo Bolnisi (KB) copper/gold project, in the Tehtyan Belt in Georgia. The parties have settled on funding the JV company, Georgian Copper and Gold (GCG), on a 50:50... 

Scotgold offloads French exploration licences

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2018 Aim-listed Scotgold has sold the subsidiary that holds its exploration licence in Vendrennes, France, to focus its effort on the Cononish gold project, in Scotland. The subsidiary, SGZ France, also has applications pending for exploration licences for Penlan and Olivet. 

New mine to help K+S post significant earnings gain in 2018

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 German potash miner K+S vowed to increase earnings significantly this year, as it ramps up production at its new Bethune mine in Canada and after overcoming temporary restrictions on waste water at its main domestic mine. Revenues would be tangibly higher and earnings before interest, taxes,... 

Vele impairment sees MC Mining widen H1 loss

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2018 South Africa-focused coal miner MC Mining has widened its after-tax loss from $12.9-million in the six months ended December 2016, to $97.3-million in the same period of 2017. The loss includes a cost of sales of $14.36-million, and an impairment of $87.5-million on the Vele coking and thermal... 

Vele impairment sees MC Mining widen H1 loss
MC Mining CEO David Brown

Polish copper miner KGHM misses forecasts with Q4 net loss

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Poland's KGHM, one of the world's biggest copper producers, reported a fourth-quarter consolidated net loss of 87-million zlotys on Wednesday compared to an almost five-billion zlotys impairment-driven loss a year ago. The loss came despite a rise in copper prices and contrasted with an average... 

Glencore signs massive cobalt sale deal with China's GEM

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Glencore, the world's biggest producer of cobalt, has agreed to sell around a third of its cobalt production over the next three years to Chinese battery recycler GEM Co, according to a filing by GEM on Wednesday. Glencore will sell 52 800 t of cobalt hydroxide to GEM between 2018 and 2020 as... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success
Photo by BHP Billiton
Escondida, Chile

RNC's Mark Selby dispels myths regarding nickel demand as new EV markets beckon

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2018 Tightening long-term fundamentals for nickel are sketching a rosy picture for the stainless steel-making ingredient, as increased dependence from the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) market adds a growing new demand stream in an already constrained supply scenario. RNC Minerals president and CEO... 

RNC's Mark Selby dispels myths regarding nickel demand as new EV markets beckon
Photo by Reuters
Nickel ore

Gem recovers 169 ct diamond at Letšeng

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has recovered a 169 ct to white colour Type IIa diamond at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This is the seventh diamond larger than 100 ct recover at the mine so far this year. 

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