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Drilling services provider secures NGL contract

Integrated exploration drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear was awarded a contract in August this year for drilling services at the renewable energy company Magnum’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) Storage project at the Western Energy Hub, in Utah, in the US.... 

Exploration conference takes place next month

By: David D‘ Oliveira Strategic conferences, training courses and customised training solutions provider the Institute for International Research (IIR) South Africa is hosting the third yearly Junior Mining & Exploration Exhibition & Conference, which will take place at the Campus, in Bryanston, Johannesburg, from... 

Exploration conference takes place next month
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INVESTOR CONFIDENCE? There is currently a lack of investor confidence in the South African mining industry, with junior miners being affected the most

Exploration team achieves LTIF milestone

By: David D‘ Oliveira The exploration team at a brownfield project, near mining major Anglo American iron-ore business unit Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, reached 670 lost-time injury-free days (LTIF) at the start of last month, confirms drilling and grouting services provider Rosond. “This is... 

Exploration team achieves LTIF milestone
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PERCUSSION DRILL RIG Rosond has 27 drill rigs at a brownfield exploration project near Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, including a persussion drill rig

Kitumba progresses to DFS

By: David D‘ Oliveira A definitive feasibility study (DFS) is currently under way at Australia-based resources company Blackthorn Resources’ Kitumba copper project, in Zambia.  Fieldwork in support of the DFS is expected to be complete by the end of the year. This follows the optimised prefeasibility study (PFS)... 

Kitumba progresses to DFS
KITUMBA HILL About 85 000 m of drilling has been completed at Kitumba and the region around the current mineral resource area

Ugandan mining investment opportunities to come under the spotlight at seminar to be held later this month

By: Zandile Mavuso Support services company Africa Exchange in partnership with multinational consulting firm KPMG is set to host the Uganda Country Focus Seminar on October 27 in which topics such as foreign investment into the undeveloped Ugandan mining sector will be discussed. 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF 

By: Henry Lazenby A poll released on Thursday revealed that First Nations living in the remote far northern reaches of Ontario, including near the latent Ring of Fire minerals-rich district, would be more agreeable to allow mining projects to take root near their communities if the mines were to make use of... 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF

Cockatoo inks exploration deal with Jogmec

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Australian coal developer Cockatoo Coal has signed an exploration joint venture agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) over its Dingo West project, in Queensland. The project consists of two exploration permits covering 76 km2, and is located about 50 km from... 

Baobab testwork confirms chosen technology route, robust project economics

By: Leandi Kolver Bench and pilot scale metallurgical test work at Aim-listed Baobab Resources’ Tete pig iron and ferrovanadium project, in Mozambique, has confirmed the chosen technology route for the project, MD Ben James said on Wednesday. He noted that the results, to date, had also identified areas where... 

Northern Minerals ups Browns Range resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior Northern Minerals has reported a more than 4.3-million kilogram increase in the mineral resource at its Browns Range heavy rare earths project, in Western Australia. The company reported on Wednesday that the mineral resource at Browns Range now stood at 8.47-million tonnes, grading 0.62%... 

Eloise partners approve A$6m spend

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Metals developer Minotaur Exploration on Monday announced a A$6-million spend at the Eloise copper joint venture (JV), in Queensland, with partner Golden Fields Resources, to bring the JV programme forward by about 24 months. The new exploration work, which would include ground geophysics and... 

Kibaran launches Tanzania graphite feasibility study

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior explorer Kibaran Resources has launched a feasibility study on its Epanko graphite deposit, in Tanzania. The study would be based on a project life of about 15 years, with production initially targeted at 40 000 t/y of high-quality, large flake greater than 75 micron. 

Data-management systems supplied to Tanzania gold mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a current lull in mining and exploration projects in Tanzania, Australia-based mining software solutions and services provider Micromine has this year supplied two of its mining data-management solutions to the gold mining industry in Tanzania and aims to increase its software supply to... 

Data-management systems supplied to Tanzania gold mines
DATA COLLECTION Geologists can use Geobank software at field sites and capture data at the core drill rigs, allowing for data transfer from the field to the office

Drilling programme scheduled for November completion

Following the successful completion of $4-million financing in July, exploration company Helio Resources has approved a $1.5-million diamond-drilling programme for its SMP gold project, in south-west Tanzania. The SMP gold project covers a 238 km2 area in the Lupa goldfield, while gold... 

Drilling programme scheduled for November completion
NEW RESOURCE At a 1 g/t cutoff, the resource reported 9.44-million tonnes grading 2.1 g/t gold in the indicated category

Junior explorer aims for first graphite production in 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach ASX-listed junior explorer Kibaran Resources expects to complete the feasibility and project evaluation study of its Epanko graphite deposit, part of the Mahenge graphite project, in south-east Tanzania, by mid-2015, says Kibaran Resources executive director Andrew Spinks, adding that, upon... 

Junior explorer aims for first graphite  production in 2016
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GRAPHITE PROSPECT Kibaran aims to reach first production at its Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania, in 2016

Mining lab extends services to Tanzania

By: Mia Breytenbach Mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services will conduct an audit for accreditation purposes for a commercial gold-testing laboratory in the Mwanza region of Tanzania, says technical director Nhlanhla Mamba. He tells Mining Weekly that Qotho will start the... 

Mining lab extends services to Tanzania
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TESTING SCHEME PARTICIPANT Tanzania is one of the 15 participants in both the gold and the iron-ore proficiency testing schemes

Outlook for Tanzania mining industry still positive – Ministry

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a recognised slowdown in exploration spending owing to credit challenges, Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals believes the country’s mining industry remains vibrant as it diversifies its commodity base from gold to base metals, including iron, copper and nickel, and to energy... 

Outlook for Tanzania mining industry still positive – Ministry
NEW PROSPECTS There is potential for new medium midtier and large-scale mines on the horizon for Tanzania, despite current market conditions

Tanzania mining needs regulatory certainty, transparency – law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach Tanzania’s mining industry is currently facing several key challenges, including the need to attract investment for exploration in a difficult financial climate, compounded by regulatory uncertainty discouraging additional investment, states law firm Norton Rose Fulbright Tanzania director Adam... 

Tanzania mining needs regulatory certainty, transparency – law firm
MINING PROSPECTS To unlock mining potential in Tanzania, more investment in infrastructure and power is required

Tanzania mining sees uptake in reinvestment

By: Mia Breytenbach Tanzania’s mining sector has suffered in recent years, owing to “an unpleasant cocktail” of escalating production costs, a subdued gold price, fiscal and regulatory uncertainty, and power shortages in the country’s north-west, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice Tanzania... 

Tanzania mining sees uptake in reinvestment
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RENEWED INTEREST Mining companies have worked hard to lower their all-in production costs, while companies appear willing to reinvest in exploration and development in Tanzania

Romarco receives S Carolina water permit, shakes hands with enviro groups

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed Romarco Minerals this week made strides towards completing project permitting for its flagship Haile gold project, in South Carolina, after receiving its water quality certification from the state of South Carolina and clinching agreements with several environmentalist groups not to... 

Romarco receives S Carolina water permit, shakes hands with enviro groups

Canada Carbon sets ‘gold standard’ for graphite purity in pilot flotation tests 

By: Henry Lazenby The preliminary results from pilot-scale flotation processing of ore from Quebec-focused project developer Canada Carbon’s Miller property has set a new ‘gold standard’ in graphite purity obtained from simple flotation processing. The TSX-V-listed company last week reported that testing by... 

Canada Carbon sets ‘gold standard’ for graphite purity in pilot flotation tests

Western Areas partners with Gunson, Monax on exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Nickel miner Western Areas is advancing its exploration drive by signing a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreements with fellow-listed Gunson Resources and Monax Mining. Western Areas told shareholders on Thursday that the agreements provided the company with a staged programme to acquire up to... 

Western Areas partners with Gunson, Monax on exploration

Vittangi delivers positive results for Talga

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A scoping study into ASX-listed Talga Resources’ Vittangi graphite project, in Sweden, has indicated that the project could deliver about 46 000 t/y of graphite and 1 000 t/y of graphene over a 20-year mine life. The project would mine at a rate of about 250 000 t/y. 

Vittangi delivers positive results for Talga

Ivanhoe blasts media report alleging South African transgressions

By: Henry Lazenby Ivanhoe Mines on Wednesday hit back at a media report by Bloomberg that, among other accusations, alleged the company had rigged representative elections to a community trust that was set up as part of a broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) deal that gave 20 local communities a 26%... 

Ivanhoe blasts media report alleging South African transgressions

Laramide resources consolidates interest in Australian uranium project

By: Henry Lazenby TSX- and ASX-listed Laramide Resources on Wednesday reported that it had entered into a ‘sale purchase agreement’ (SPA) to buy out partner Gulf Copper’s full interest in the Gulf JV tenement EL 29898 in Australia’s Northern Territory, thereby further consolidating interest in its flagship asset.... 

Laramide resources consolidates interest in Australian uranium project

Dart Mining urges ‘no action’ on takeover offer

Melbourne-based exploration and development company Dart Mining said on Monday that it had received a takeover offer from an undisclosed bidder, but recommended shareholders take no action. Dart Mining, which is focused on the Unicorn molybdenum/copper/silver project in Victoria, said the bidder... 

Fission Uranium to graduate to TSX main board

By: Henry Lazenby Athabasca Basin explorer Fission Uranium on Friday announced that the TSX had given it conditional approval to move its common stock listing from the TSX-V Exchange to the main board. The company explained that it expected its TSX-listed common shares to start trading when the morning bell rang... 

Fission Uranium to graduate to TSX main board

Alecto appoints new executive chairperson

By: Leandi Kolver Aim-listed West and East Africa-focused mineral exploration company Alecto Minerals on Friday announced the appointment of Mark Wellesley-Wood as nonexecutive chairperson with immediate effect. Wellesley-Wood, who was until recently a director within the corporate finance division of Investec... 

Alecto appoints new executive chairperson

Commander options majority stake in South Voisey’s Bay nickel project to Fjordland

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Fjordland Exploration on Thursday reported that private firm Commander Resources had given it the option to acquire up to 70% of the South Voisey's Bay nickel/cobalt project, in central Labrador. The two explorers had executed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), under which... 

Commander options majority stake in South Voisey’s Bay nickel project to Fjordland

Cassini gears up for PFS work at West Musgrave

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior explorer Cassini Resources was hoping to start prefeasibility level studies at its West Musgrave nickel project, in Western Australia, by early next year. Cassini MD Richard Bevan told delegates at the Paydirt Nickel conference that the company was currently undertaking a 25 000 m infill... 

White Cliffs raises cash for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior nickel and gold explorer White Cliff Minerals has secured a $4-million funding agreement with New York-based investment firm Magna Equities. Under the convertible note facility, White Cliff would receive $500 000 within the five business days of closing, with an additional $500 000... 

PEA gives Namibia Rare Earths investors a sense of things to come

By: Henry Lazenby A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Lofdal rare earths project, in Namibia, had given investors in project promoter Namibia Rare Earths their first positive indications of the economic potential of the project. The TSX-listed project developer on Wednesday reported the positive... 

PEA gives Namibia Rare Earths investors a sense of things to come
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