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Diamond plant optimisation nearing completion, sights set on exploration

By: Mia Breytenbach Southern Africa-focused precious gem producer Lucara Diamonds is finalising the optimisation of the newly integrated circuit as part of its flagship Botswana-based Karowe diamond mine’s plant optimisation project. Lucara president and CEO William Lamb tells Mining Weekly that Karowe’s optimised... 

India to adopt open door policy for mineral exploration

By: Ajoy K Das The Indian government was working towards adopting an open door policy for mineral exploration but would not offer any fiscal incentive or relaxed ownership rights in cases of successful exploration. A senior official in the Mines Ministry said that under the open door policy, exploration in... 

Encounter signs $6m earn-in over Lookout Rocks

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Uranium and base metals explorer Encounter Resources has entered into an earn-in agreement with Antofagasta Minerals in a deal valued at $6-million. Under the terms of the agreement, Antofagasta would earn a 51% interest in the tenements making up the Lookout Rocks copper prospect, in Western... 

Centerra Gold makes progress in diversifying asset base, reports strong Q2 performance

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian miner Centerra Gold has completed a positive feasibility study on its fully owned Öksüt project, in south-central Turkey, with first gold production slated for early in the second quarter of 2017. The feasibility study's base-case scenario estimated that the project would have an... 

Nautilus Mining awards vessel dewatering plant design contract

By: Henry Lazenby Prospective seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals has awarded a contract for the detailed design of the Solwara 1 dewatering plant to be used on the company’s production support vessel to the Brisbane office of global consulting engineering firm DRA Group. The scope of work awarded to DRA involved the... 

Lawson signs JV over Silver Swan North

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed explorer Lawson Gold has signed a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement with Moho Resources over the Silver Swan North project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Moho could acquire a 25% stake in the tenement by drill testing two high-priority electromagnetic... 

Carlisle makes progress at Lynn Lake despite tough gold market rout 

By: Simon Rees The spot price for gold came under notable pressure during the past week, sinking below the psychological barrier of $1 100/oz and reaching five-year lows. On Friday, the London afternoon fix stood at $1 080.80/oz of gold,  compared with $1 132.80/oz the week beforehand. The slide was unwelcome... 

Carlisle makes progress at Lynn Lake despite tough gold market rout

Expected mine tonnage increases at Guinea project

By: Dylan Stewart Aim-listed exploration company Sable Mining Africa in February announced an increase in the total Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource for its Nimba iron-ore project, in south-east Guinea, from 181.8-million tonnes to 205.2-million tonnes. 

Global mining sector raises $80bn-plus in three years despite turbulence

By: Ilan Solomons The past three years have unquestionably been particularly challenging for the mining industry. Nevertheless, in spite of these hardships, the global mining industry continues to attract new funding, says global mining and research company SNL Metals & Mining analyst Chris Galbraith. He says that... 

Global mining sector raises $80bn-plus in three years despite turbulence
SLOW START While the 2013/14 period has been relatively consistent in total funds raised for mining and exploration, 2015 has so far been off to a troubled start

Govt increases funding for Perth core library

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The federal and Western Australian state governments will invest an additional A$2.5-million to expand the Perth core library, in Carlisle. The expansion would create extra viewing space for geologists to examine drill core, as well as a conference room. The area housing a sophisticated rapid... 

DNI Metals receives mining licence for Madagascar graphite project

By: Henry Lazenby Project developer DNI Metals has been granted a full commercial mining licence over its Vohitsara graphite project, in Madagascar. Originally classified as an artisanal mining permit when DNI acquired the property in June, the Madagascar Minister for Mines, through the national mining cadastre... 

PTM’s Waterberg JV adds to project resources

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian project developer Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has increased the resource estimate for platinum, palladium and gold (3E) at its 58.62%-owned Waterberg Joint Venture (JV) project, expanding the inferred resource and improving the confidence in previous results. The Vancouver-based company... 

Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold project developer Gabriel Resources has filed a request for arbitration before the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against Romania. The TSX-listed company had been embroiled in a longstanding dispute with Romania over the development... 

Canada’s Gabriel Resources files international arbitration suit against Romania

At US Capitol, Arizona Apaches protest planned copper mine

By: Reuters Scores of Native American demonstrators protested at the US Capitol on Tuesday against a proposed $6-billion copper mine in Arizona at a site that members of the Apache tribe say is sacred. Members of the San Carlos Apache tribe began a cross-country caravan to Washington this month to persuade... 

Strong H1 exploration results replace Primero’s full-year depletion

By: Henry Lazenby Precious metals producer Primero Mining expects to replace full-year production with drilling from the first half of 2015 at its Black Fox complex, in Ontario, and the cornerstone San Dimas mine, in Mexico, owing to strong exploration results. At the Black Fox complex, which TSX- and NYSE-listed... 

Resources roadmap to set out mineral exploration priorities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the launch of the UNCOVER Roadmap, saying it advocated the belief that greenfield exploration had to be prioritised to ensure the discovery of the mines of tomorrow. Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane and... 

 Resources roadmap to set out mineral exploration priorities

Canada’s exploration, mining industries call for government collaboration on policy priorities

By: Henry Lazenby At the seventy-second yearly conference of Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers, the country’s exploration and mining industries on Monday lobbied for increased government attention in several challenging sector areas during the current period of economic downturn and uncertainty. The Canadian... 

Lydian says further project upgrades possible at Amulsar

By: Sashnee Moodley Gold mining and mineral exploration company Lydian International on Thursday said there was potential for further project upgrades through a value-engineering programme at its 100% owned Amulsar gold project, in Armenia. 

Lydian says further project upgrades possible at Amulsar

$2m drilling programme starts at Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project

By: Sashnee Moodley A drilling programme had started at the Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project, in south-west Alaska, explorer Millrock Resources reported on Thursday.  

$2m drilling programme starts at Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project

Electrohydraulic system enables control of multiple wells through single cable

Cables and cabling systems company Nexans, in May, launched its next generation electro-hydraulic SUTA-FLEX subsea umbilical termination assembly system, which enables the control of multiple wells through a single umbilical cable. The solution, launched at the Offshore Technology Conference... 

Electrohydraulic system enables control of multiple wells through single cable
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OIL AND GAS PROJECT EXECUTION Nexans’s subsea umbilical termination assembly enables multiple wells to be controlled by a single umbilical through connecting a number of subsea control modules

Process reliability of hydraulic connection technology crucial

The process reliability of hydraulic connection technology is crucial for the effective and economical operation of modern working machinery, says hydraulic coupling technology provider VOSS Fluid. To ensure that systems, which are subject to permanent stress, such as large excavators in mining,... 

Process reliability of  hydraulic connection  technology crucial
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED VOSS Fluid uses its in-house, sustainable zinc-nickel base coating for all tube couplings

PTM on track for planned production from WBJV Project 1 in 2015

By: Henry Lazenby Vancouver-based project developer Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) 82.9% owned Western Bushveld joint venture (WBJV) Project 1, located near Rustenburg, South Africa, was about 90% complete and on track for planned production this year. PTM said cold commissioning of processing plant equipment was... 

Qld neglecting investment in exploration sector – Amec

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (Amec) has accused the Queensland government of overlooking the minerals explorations sector in its most recent Budget. The state government on Tuesday revealed a Budget that provided for a A$962-million operating surplus in 2014/15, rising to... 

Rickford highlights fed commitment to supporting the mining sector

By: Henry Lazenby The Canadian government's enhanced support for the mining industry through its Economic Action Plan will help ensure a thriving, dynamic mining sector that will provide jobs and growth for Canadians, Natural Resources Minister and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for... 

Premier African Minerals expands exploration to Benin

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has been awarded new exploration tenements in central Benin, after it concluded a convention with the West African country’s Ministry of Mines. Obligations under the convention would see Premier spend a minimum of $125 000 in the first year. 

Regis looks for gold on Duketon land

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed gold miner Regis Resources has signed a letter of agreement with fellow-listed Duketon Mining to hunt for gold on four of Duketon’s exploration licenses which were in close proximity to Regis’ Moolart Well project. The proposed joint venture (JV) would cover some 373 km2, and hosts a... 

Nevada Copper moving ahead with fine-tuning Pumpkin Hollow permits

By: Simon Rees Nevada Copper is considering modifications of its current state permits for its Pumpkin Hollow project to allow for an operation as envisaged in its recently released integrated feasibility study (IFS) and estimates that this fine-tuning will be completed during the current quarter. Nevada’s... 

Namibia Rare Earths starts EIA for Lofdal project

By: Henry Lazenby Heavy rare earth project developer Namibia Rare Earths has started work on an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for the Lofdal project, after selecting SLR Environmental Consulting to lead the study. The TSX-listed company had focused its operations in Namibia on baseline environmental... 

Avanco adds to its Brazilian resources

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior metals developer Avanco Resources has reported an 18% increase in the mineral resource at its Pedra Branca copper project, in Brazil. The company on Monday announced that the deposit was estimated to host about 18.58-million tonnes of ore, grading at 2.45% copper for 454 000 t of... 

Hannans granted Lapland permits

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Hannans Reward has announced that all permits over its Lapland nickel/copper/platinum group elements project, in Sweden, have now been granted. Over the next 12 months, the company would undertake environmental assessment, mappings, sampling and prospecting, as well as geophysical... 

Talisman raises A$8m to progress WA projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Metals developer Talisman Mining has raised A$8-million through a share placement to progress its Western Australia copper/gold and nickel projects. The miner announced on Friday that it had placed about 17-million shares, at 47c each, to raise the capital. 

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