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Overland granted new permit in Canada

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Shareholders of ASX-listed junior Overland Resources smiled on Wednesday as the company announced that it had been awarded a new five-year mining land use permit for its Yukon base metal project, in Canada. The project are covers some 305 km2 of the central Selwyn basin, and the permit allowed... 

True North Gems starts Greenland ruby and sapphire mine construction

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed True North Gems on Tuesday announced that it had given orders to its joint-venture (JV) partner Leonhard Nilsen & Sonner Greenland (LNSG) to allow equipment to be mobilised and to inaugurate construction at the Aappaluttoq ruby and pink sapphire project, located in south-west... 

True North Gems starts Greenland ruby and sapphire mine construction

Maiden resource for Arunta's NT tungsten project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Explorer Arunta Resources has declared a maiden inferred resource of 225 066 t of tungsten at its Hatches Creek project, in the Northern Territory. Grading at 0.58% tungsten, the project is estimated to contain some 1 311 t of tungsten. 

Rio introduces new 3D technology for exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant Rio Tinto has launched its latest technology offering in the form of a three-dimensional (3D) mapping technology, which it boasted would reduce costs and improve the efficiency of mining operations. The new technology supported Rio’s drive for productivity improvements and cost... 

Rio introduces new 3D technology for exploration

Tawana granted new licence near Mofe Creek

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed iron-ore hopeful Tawana Resources has been granted an additional tenement immediately adjacent to its Mofe Creek iron-ore project, in Liberia. Tawana has taken full ownership of the licence area, terminating a previous joint venture agreement with Konblo Bumi, following a review of... 

Tawana granted new licence near Mofe Creek

Cantung life-of-mine extended beyond 2017 – North American Tungsten

By: Creamer Media Reporter Exploration results at junior resource company North American Tungsten’s Cantung mine, in the Northwest Territories, indicate that estimates of mineral reserves have increased, extending the mine's life, the company's chairperson and CEO, Kurt Heikkila, announced last week. "This is excellent... 

Cantung life-of-mine extended beyond 2017 – North American Tungsten

Australian Bauxite shares rise as mining lease is awarded

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed explorer Australian Bauxite (ABx) saw a more than 6% increase in share prices on Monday after the company was awarded its first mining lease at the Bald Hill bauxite project, in Tasmania. “This is the first new bauxite mine in Australia for over 35 years and will introduce a new... 

Australian Bauxite shares rise as mining lease is awarded

Cauldron adds to Bennet Well resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Explorer Cauldron Energy has increased the resource at its Bennet Well uranium deposit, in Western Australia, by 18%, following an eight-hole drill programme. The junior company said on Monday that the project was estimated to host about 32.4-million tonnes of resource, with about 18.6-million... 

Centerra may earn stake in Pacific Ridge’s Yukon project

By: Creamer Media Reporter TSX-listed Centerra Gold, which currently focuses on Central Asia, may be earning a stake in a gold project in northwest Canada, Pacific Ridge Exploration reported on Thursday. Pacific Ridge said it had entered into an agreement to option an interest in its road-accessible King Solomon project,... 

Canada mining association predicts global upswing

By: Ilan Solomons Despite the recent global economic downturn, the Canadian mining industry will remain one of the world’s largest minerals and metals producers for the foreseeable future, says industry body the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). “The Canadian mining industry was somewhat subdued during the first... 

Canada mining  association predicts global upswing
ON THE RIGHT TRACK The Canadian mining industry is recovering, as certain commodity prices are steadily increasing

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to current coal prices, depleting coal reserves and the increasing need for infrastructure investment, the local coal mining industry is focusing more on efficient mining and processing using existing infrastructure without added capital investment, says mining services group Ukwazi... 

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines
UNCERTAIN FUTURE Coal price uncertainty heightens the need for coal mines to decrease unit costs of coal products to remain competitive

Focus and Cobre ink JV agreement in WA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed juniors Focus Minerals and Cobre Montana have executed a joint venture (JV) over the Coolgardie project, in Western Australia, to hunt for rare metals. The Coolgardie tenement covers 20 prospecting licences and two mining leases, and was thought to be prospective for lithium and rare... 

Current activity a portent to future gold dearth

By: Henry Lazenby At the current rate of new gold deposit discoveries around the globe, new finds would only be able to replace about 600-million ounces, or half of the industry’s total output in the last 14 years. This was the stark message professional services firm SNL Metals & Mining VP of sales David Cox told... 

Current activity a portent to future gold dearth

Aguia's concept study in Brazil proves up

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Aguia Resources on Tuesday reported that a concept study into its Tres Estradas phosphate project, in Brazil, had delivered positive results. The study estimated that Tres Estradas could produce about 350 000 t/y of single superphosphate, at an operating cost of $177/t, making it a... 

Aguia's concept study in Brazil proves up

Mining legend Friedland makes case for platinum at gold forum 

By: Henry Lazenby Billionaire mining legend Robert Friedland on Monday made the case for platinum at the Denver Gold Forum, saying that while he was a known gold bear, platinum was the only precious metal that had disruptive medium-term demand dynamics in the cards, boding well for pricing upside. “It is critical... 

Mining legend Friedland makes case for platinum at gold forum

Yellow Rock completes vanadium study in WA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A concept study by ASX-listed junior Yellow Rock Resources has revealed that about A$230-million would be required to bring the Gabanintha vanadium project, in Western Australia, into production. The study estimated that a 2.1-million-tonne-a-year throughput plant would result in vanadium... 

KGL increases Jervois resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed explorer KGL Resources has reported an 85% increase in the resource estimate at its Jervois copper project, in the Northern Territory. The project was estimated to host about 25.3-million tonnes of resource, grading 1.1% copper and 22.1 g/t silver for 280 000 t of contained copper and... 

PepinNini takes option over WA project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed junior PepinNini Minerals has taken a A$150 000 option over the Manchego project, in Western Australia, owned by fellow-listed Phosphate Australia. Under the terms of the option, PepinNini subsidiary NiCul Minerals would take a two-year option to acquire an 80% shareholding in... 

Falco strengthens board, installs Osisko’s Sean Roosen as chair

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed gold explorer Falco Resources has significantly strengthened its board, announcing on Friday that it had appointed former Osisko Mining and current Osisko Gold Royalties CEO Sean Roosen director and chairperson of the board, after Osisko Gold last month announced that it intended to... 

Falco strengthens board, installs Osisko’s Sean Roosen as chair

Maiden resource at Rum Jungle's potash project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Junior explorer Rum Jungle Resources has reported a maiden inferred Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant brine potash resource of 4.5-million tonnes at its Lake Hopkins project, in Western Australia. The Lake Hopkins resource was based on 18 air core drill holes, and some 382 m of drilling... 

Five corruption myths dispelled

By: Henry Lazenby The corruption risk management team at Canadian risk mitigation firm CKR Global often encounter apparent misconceptions among members of senior management within the mining community about the extent of liability when it comes to operations on foreign soil and third-party agents operating there... 

Five corruption myths dispelled

Klondex Mines to start Midas exploration campaign

By: Henry Lazenby Nevada-focused narrow-vein gold miner Klondex Mines on Friday announced that it would start an exploration programme at its Midas Mine, near Winnemucca. Following a detailed review of Midas's historic database, Klondex said it had identified multiple drilling targets to assess over the next 18... 

Klondex Mines to start Midas exploration campaign

Ivanhoe returns more ‘exceptional’ intercepts from Kipushi campaign

By: Henry Lazenby Ivanhoe Mines on Friday said it had found more “exceptional” high-grade zinc and copper drill intercepts from its current drilling campaign at the Kipushi copper/zinc/germanium/lead and precious-metals mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The exploration drilling from Kipushi's 1 272 m... 

Ivanhoe returns more ‘exceptional’ intercepts from Kipushi campaign

Next three years seen as crucial to determining shale gas sector’s trajectory

By: Chantelle Kotze While the development of a shale gas industry in South Africa and its neighbouring countries has commonly been described as an economic ‘game-changer’, legal services firm Webber Wentzel director and oil and gas African exploration and production head Kenny Paton notes that the exploration and... 

Next three years seen as crucial to determining  shale gas sector’s trajectory
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UNCERTAIN FUTURE Regulatory challenges face shale gas development as a result of uncertainty surrounding how the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill will relate to the unconventional gas developments

Master Drilling reports growth, but falls shy of expectations

By: Tracy Hancock JSE-listed Master Drilling on Thursday reported a 20.6% increase in revenue to $65.2-million for the six months ended June 30, from the $54.1-million recorded in the previous comparable period, while its profit was up 20.9% from $7.7-million to $9.3-million compared with the 2013 period. In its... 

Master Drilling reports growth, but falls shy of expectations

Seabridge discovers significant gold/copper deposit below KSM’s Iron Cap

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian project developer Seabridge Resources on Wednesday revealed that early results from this year's drill programme at its flagship KSM project, in north-western British Columbia, had confirmed a major new gold/copper occurrence beneath Iron Cap, one of the project's four large porphyry... 

Talon Metals reports maiden resource at Tamarack project

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed Talon Metals on Tuesday reported a maiden resource estimate for its Tamarack nickel/copper/platinum project, in Minnesota. British Virgin Islands-based Talon in June clinched an earn-in agreement with Kennecott Exploration, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group, to acquire a 30% interest in... 

Talon Metals reports maiden resource at Tamarack project

Reed launches PFS at Barrambie

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Reed Resources would launch a prefeasibility study (PFS) to assess the technical feasibility of a hard rock titanium mining and processing operation at its Barrambie project, in Western Australia, following a successful mini pilot-scale testwork programme. The company said on Tuesday... 

Australian greenfield exploration figures ‘extremely concerning’ – Amec

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Australia’s investment in exploration expenditure continues to be at historically low levels, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) commented on Tuesday as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published the latest quarterly mineral exploration figures. The trend... 

Australian greenfield exploration figures ‘extremely concerning’ – Amec

Quebec to hold public hearings on province’s uranium industry

By: Henry Lazenby Quebec will start holding public inquiries on the province’s uranium industry next week in an effort to iron out the issues concerning the industry in the province, with the help of specialists and resource persons. Created by the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE), the... 

Quebec to hold public hearings on province’s uranium industry

Durable camps popular among remote mines

By: Bruce Montiea Gauteng-based camp solutions provider Dynamic African Projects (DAP’s) mining camps can last for up to 20 years in constant use and are popular among mining companies operating in remote areas, says director Wesley Nel. He tells Mining Weekly that clients that have benefitted from the... 

Durable camps popular among remote mines
TURNKEY PACKAGE DAP is one of the few companies that not only erects mobile buildings but also provides related services such as concrete and sewerage works, as well as water and electrical reticulation

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