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Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Nevada is like the Witwatersrand of the 1970s, says new Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now merged into Barrick to form the world’s biggest gold mining company, which is also an extractor of copper, a metal that Bristow sees as “another gold”. The brand... 

Centamin announces significant resource increase at Côte d'Ivoire projects

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 A 120 000 m drill programme in 2018 across dual-listed Centamin’s wholly-owned landholdings in Côte d'Ivoire, has resulted in an increase of more than 100% in mineral resources, the company announced on Friday. A maiden resource has been declared at the ABC project, on the west side of the... 

Petropavlovsk says IRC facility refinanced

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 Russian miner Petropavlovsk announced on Friday that it had reached an important step in concluding the refinancing of a $240-million facility that Hong Kong-based IRC, in which it is a large shareholder, has with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). Petropavlovsk is the guarantor... 

Keliber raises €10m in share issue

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2019 Finland’s Keliber has raised more than €10-million through directed share issues to current shareholders and personnel of the company, with the Finnish Minerals Group now the company’s largest shareholder. The share issue directed to the current shareholders of the company was oversubscribed,... 

Lundin says Portugal project costs revised upward

By: Mariaan Webb     15th February 2019 Canada-headquartered Lundin Mining has announced a new cost estimate for its Neves-Corvo zinc expansion project (ZEP), in Portugal, with costs increasing to €320-million. This compares with an initial approved budget of €256.5-million for the project, which will double the mine’s production to... 

Lundin says Portugal project costs revised upward

Agnico Eagle to open two new mines in 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     15th February 2019 With two new mines at Meliadine and Amaruq to start operations in 2019, Canadian gold miner Agnico Eagle is forecasting record gold production for the year, building on the 1.63-million ounces that the company’s mines in Canada, Finland and Mexico produced in 2018. The full-year production... 

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

Gold Fields FY profit slumps as production drops

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 South Africa's Gold Fields Ltd said on Friday its full-year profit slumped 73%, dented by a decline in bullion production led by its South Deep operations. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell to $0.07 per share, for the full year ended Dec. 31, 2018, from $0.26 in the previous year. 

Gold Fields FY profit slumps as production drops
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Lithium Australia progresses towards producing cathode powders in Europe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has identified a metallurgical process route which may provide security for the European renewable energy industry. The company aims to produce lithium from unconventional sources, using mine waste from the Sadisdorf lithium/tin project, in Saxony.  

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 The share prices of Kibo Energy and Edenville Energy took a knock on Thursday after the companies announced that they had not qualified to participate in the next stage of a bidding process by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco) to develop coal power projects with a total capacity... 

Kibo, Edenville’s shares knocked by Tanesco bid rejection
Kibo's drilling at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders
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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

GoldStone expects definitive economic plan for Ghana mine to be completed in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Aim-listed GoldStone Resources expects the definitive economic plan (DEP) for its Akrokeri-Homase gold project, in Ghana, to be completed during the second quarter. The DEP assesses the capital requirements, operating costs and timelines in respect of developing an operational mine on the... 

Vast Resources set to mine Zimbabwe diamond territory – Minister

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 London-listed miner Vast Resources is to be allowed into Zimbabwe's diamond fields, Mining Minister Winston Chitando said on Thursday, joining other new entrants including Russia's Alrosa. Zimbabwe is stepping up efforts to exploit its mineral resources to revive a moribund economy sapped by high... 

Jan Steenkamp appointed MD of Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Aim-listed emerging phosphate producer Kropz has appointed Jan Steenkamp MD of the company’s 74%-owned Elandsfontein project, in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Steenkamp is a South African mining industry veteran and has managed mining operations across a number of commodities. He also... 

Jan Steenkamp appointed MD of Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate mine
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Elandsfontein MD Jan Steenkamp

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 Autonomous production systems and projects are being advanced across Barrick Gold as the group focuses on boosting mining efficiency, new Barrick president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow tells Mining Weekly Online. This is part of an all-out drive by Bristow to ensure that Barrick, into which Randgold... 

Barrick advancing autonomous gold production – Bristow
Barrick Gold CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Famed Cullinan mine banks on big diamonds to drive down debt

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 The owner of one of the world's most famous diamond mines could be about a decade away from clearing its multi-million-dollar debts, in a sign of the struggles facing an industry assailed by synthetic rivals and uncertain demand. Petra Diamonds bought Cullinan in 2008, aiming to breathe new life... 

Norway gives go-ahead to disputed Arctic copper mine

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Norway's government approved on Thursday the building of a copper mine near Europe's northernmost point despite years of opposition from indigenous Sami herders and fishermen. "The mining project will strengthen the industrial base in the north," Industry Minister Torbjoern Roe Isaksen of the... 

Norway gives go-ahead to disputed Arctic copper mine

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown 

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Dr Mark Bristow has snapped into fast action wearing the Barrick crown. His Randgold Resources, which now falls under the Barrick Gold umbrella, on Wednesday bowed out with panache when it declared a 35% dividend increase to $2.69 a share, buoyed by record production of 807 000 oz of gold at the... 

Bristow snaps into fast action wearing Barrick crown
Barrick CEO Mark Bristow in the field.

Palladium supply shortfall will worsen this year – Johnson Matthey

By: Reuters     13th February 2019 A deficit in the palladium market that has driven prices of the autocatalyst metal to record highs will widen dramatically this year, specialist materials company Johnson Matthey said in a report on Wednesday. The company, a leading autocatalyst manufacturer, said the shortfall in the roughly... 

Lemur completes review of power BFS for Imaloto project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th February 2019 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur has completed the review of the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the power aspect of its Imaloto integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP) project, in Madagascar. It has also issued a request for proposals for legal advisory... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius discusses poor electricity infrastructure risk with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

Serabi off to a good start with January production of 3 671 oz

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Aim- and TSX-listed Serabi Gold has set its 2019 production guidance at between 40 000 oz and 44 000 oz, with 3 671 oz already produced in January. CEO Mike Hodgson said in a statement on Wednesday that the step up from the production levels achieved in 2017 and 2018 will be driven by improved... 

Pan African Resources expects up to 126% increase in H1 HEPS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Aim- and JSE-listed Pan African Resources expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the six months to December 31, 2018, to be between 116% and 126% higher year-on-year at between 6.98c and 7.30c . This compares with the EPS of 3.23c reported for the six months ended December 31, 2017.  

Prairie mulls international proceedings to resolve Poland dispute

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 The shares in junior coal developer Prairie Mining increased by nearly 24% on Wednesday, after the company confirmed potential international legal proceedings against the government of Poland. Prairie in December 2016, applied to the Ministry of Environment to amend the 50-year concession of its... 

Prairie mulls international proceedings to resolve Poland dispute

Bacanora sees busy six months ahead with Zinnwald study, Sonora financing

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2019 London-listed lithium exploration and development company Bacanora Lithium CEO Peter Secker said on Wednesday that the company is in for a busy six months, as it works to finalise the funding package for its Sonora project, in Mexico, and complete a feasibility study for the Zinnwald project, in... 

Hochschild to suspend ops at Peru mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2019 London-listed Hochschild Mining said on Wednesday that it would suspend operations at its first mining operation, Arcata, and place the mine in care-and-maintenance in the second quarter. The company said that the low silver price had left it with no option, but to suspend operation. 

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday reported a 54% fall in operating profit to R102.2-million in the six months to December 31, but a major jump in mineral reserves. Reserves shot up by 83% to six-million ounces of gold from a former 3.28-million ounces but gold production in the... 

DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up
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DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius

Harmony exploring Target North, Kalgold 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold is currently adjudicating a tender for the drilling of the Target North greenfield exploration project in the Free State and is engaged in near mine brownfield exploration at Kalgold in the North West. Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp on Tuesday described the Target North prospect as... 

Harmony exploring Target North, Kalgold
Harmony Gold outlines exploration plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer

Serabi reports fatality at Palito gold mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Dual-listed Serabi Gold on Tuesday confirmed a fatality at its Palito gold mine, in Brazil, in a mining-related accident on February 11. The accident involved one of the company’s employees who sustained a crush-related injury and died from his injuries. 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. CEO Peter Steenkamp said on Tuesday when the company issued its half-year results that Eskom’s problems could... 

Harmony cuts energy consumption, ushering in solar, mulling biofuels
Harmony Gold executives talk to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer

Vale disaster could see Brazil’s iron-ore competitive edge slip away

By: Mariaan Webb     12th February 2019 The January 25 Brumadinho dam disaster is expected to knock Brazil’s competitiveness in the global iron-ore market and will elicit a supply response from mines in China, as well as new projects that could be brought on line in the next few years. This is according to analysts at London-based... 

Vale disaster could see Brazil’s iron-ore competitive edge slip away

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Global professional services company Accenture is investing in a new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining, in Johannesburg, which will combine the latest in data science and artificial intelligence technologies with deep industry knowledge for the development of new intelligent digital... 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics
Accenture Applied Intelligence and Data Science lead for Africa Dr Caroline Belrose discusses Accenture's new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Bezant outlines mining options for Mankayan project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Aim-listed Bezant Resources on Tuesday said that an independent study had found that the Mankayan copper/gold porphyry supported different robust routes for the future development of its Philippines-based project. This included, for the first time, a sub-level caving (SLC) ‘stepping stone’... 

Alrosa’s January sales down 44% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Following a strong performance in December, Russian miner Alrosa’s rough and polished diamond sales fell to $281.5-million in January – a 44% decrease on the same month in 2018. January’s rough diamond sales amounted to $278.2-million and polished diamond sales were $3.4-million, the company... 

Alrosa’s January sales down 44% y/y

Firestone’s Lesotho mine delivers 70 ct diamond

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Aim-listed Firestone Diamond has recovered a 70 ct white, makeable diamond from its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho. CEO Paul Bosma said on Tuesday that the 70 ct stone was recovered in the northern, low grade part of the pit where the bulk of Firestone’s mining would take place in the coming months. 

Harmony Gold net profit plunges, operational cash soars

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 The net profit of Harmony Gold plunged in the six months to December 31, dropping from R897-million for the corresponding period of last year to R75-million. However, production soared by 34% and operations generated R1.1-billion in free cash flow on the inclusion of the acquired Moab Khotsong... 

Harmony Gold net profit plunges, operational cash soars
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Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp

Russia's central bank to pay less for domestic gold from May

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Russia's central bank will pay less than an industry benchmark for gold that it buys on the domestic market, it said on Monday. The central bank said that from May 1 it would add a discount to a purchase price currently based on the daily London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) gold price. The... 

Russia's central bank to pay less for domestic gold from May

As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter - study

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast ice sheet and washing large amounts of sediment into the sea, scientists said on Monday. Mining of sand and gravel, widely used in the construction industry, could boost the... 

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