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Sundance inches closer to developing Mbalam-Nabeba project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 Iron-ore developer Sundance Resources has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with private Chinese company Tidfore Heavy Equipment Group and Cam Iron – a subsidiary of Sundance that has a mining permit application over the previous EP92 in Cameroon. The MoU will provide a framework... 

Jupiter launches $42m buyback; Pallinghurst to receive $8m

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 Perth-based mining company Jupiter Mines has announced a $42-million off-market equal access share buyback priced at $0.35 apiece. The buyback will be for 5.81% of the shares in Jupiter and is expected to be mostly funded by a significant distribution by subsidiary Tshipi é Ntle manganese mining... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

China govt curbs drop avg daily steel output to 12-mth low in Dec

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 China's average daily steel output fell 1.9% in December from the previous month, official data showed on Thursday, touching the lowest level in a year as government-imposed production curbs deepened. Total output climbed to 67.05-million tonnes in December from 66.15-million tonnes in November,... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
Danie Pretorius

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Multinational miner BHP on Thursday kept its full-year production guidance unchanged for all commodities, except metallurgical coal, and said that it would achieve 6% volume growth in the 2018 financial year.  

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth
The Escondida mine in Chile delivered higher volumes in the December half year.

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Brazil's Vale is in talks with BHP Billiton on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday. "Maybe Vale would be a natural owner of Samarco, maybe it could make... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 The Constitutional Court of South Africa is being asked to pronounce on a marathon mineral rights entanglement that lower courts have failed to resolve. What the High Court proclaimed, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned, and now Chinese subsidiary company Aquila Steel has applied to the... 

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court
Mineral rights case before Constitutional Court

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Triple-listed diversified miner South32 on Wednesday reported that, while it had achieved its guidance for all its operations during the three months to December 31, its South African manganese operations, in particular, exceeded expectations, owing to strong market demand. Saleable ore... 

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Miners bolster senior ranks in preparation for fast-paced 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Several Canadian listed miners reported senior management changes on Tuesday. Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals announced Tuesday that Tariq Al Barwani has been appointed to the role of nonexecutive chairperson. Al Barwani joined the board in May 2016. He is a director and shareholder of MB... 

November mining figures impress, but volatility seems to be on the cards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 While the local November mining production statistics showed a relatively solid increase by 6.5% year-on-year, bolstered by platinum group metals (PGMs), iron-ore and coal, the longer-term prospects for the industry remain less certain, owing to a difficult operating environment and policy... 

Montezuma moves to scoping study as manganese test results exceed expectations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 Test work carried out last year on the hydrometallurgical processing of ores from the ASX-listed Montezuma’s 100%-owned Butcherbird manganese project, in Western Australia, has triggered the decision to immediately start a scoping study, the company said on Tuesday. In a statement, Montezuma... 

Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron-ore miner Vale to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil. Federal prosecutors announced the ruling in a statement that said the electricity... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Port Elizabeth manganese export terminal to be transferred to Port of Ngqura

By: Anine Kilian     12th January 2018 State-owned Transnet has confirmed that its manganese export facility at the Port of Port Elizabeth will be transferred to the neighbouring Port of Ngqura by October 2023, where the commodity will continue to serve as an important catalyst for economic growth and development. During a site visit... 

Strong commodity price rally lifts IHS Materials Price Index for ninth consecutive week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 The IHS Materials Price Index (MPI) is in its ninth consecutive week of gains, jumping 2.8% last week – the strongest weekly performance since early September. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the MPI was supported by broad-based positive indicators, with eight of ten subcomponents... 

Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

By: Reuters     11th January 2018 Australia's Port Hedland iron-ore terminal expects to clear all remaining vessels from its harbour by 10:30 GMT as a safety measure after a tropical cyclone intensified off the nation's western coast on Thursday, Pilbara Ports Authority said. The port's biggest user, global mining giant BHP,... 

BCI Minerals signs MoU with Sinosteel to develop Buckland

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 Australian iron-ore miner BCI Minerals has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sinosteel Australia to support the development of BCI's 100%-owned Buckland project in the West Pilbara region. The project comprises proposed mines, a private haul road and a new port at Cape... 

Port Hedland may clear ships as storm builds off Australia - port authority

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 essels may be cleared from Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, as early as Thursday as a safety precaution because of a tropical storm, port manager Pilbara Ports Authority said on Wednesday. The authority said Port Hedland may commence the clearing of vessels... 

Tharisa enters 2018 with a bang

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 The market fundamentals for chrome remain sound with continued growth forecast for the global stainless steel industry, Tharisa said on Wednesday, when it reported a strong operational performance in the three months to December 31. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed chrome and platinum group... 

Tharisa enters 2018 with a bang
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

Pelletiser maintenance impacts on Ferrexpo FY output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2018 Swiss headquartered iron-ore company Ferrexpo said on Tuesday that its pellet production had fallen to 10.4-million tonnes in 2017, owing to planned pelletiser maintenance. The London-listed company, which is the largest exporter of pellets from the former Soviet Union, produced 11.2-million... 

Top iron-ore port ships half billion tons as bears call time

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2018 Iron-ore cargoes from Australia’s Port Hedland, the world’s biggest bulk export terminal, jumped to an all-time high of almost half a billion metric tons last year, offering fresh evidence of burgeoning global supply at a time when bearish forecasts for the commodity are stacking up. Exports... 

Top iron-ore port ships half billion tons as bears call time

Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March

By: Henry Lazenby     30th December 2017 Activities are ramping up at the Bloom Lake mine, in near Fermont, Quebec, with preparations well under way towards the ultimate goal of sending off the first fully laden train of iron-ore by the end of February, or early March. “The highlights have been coming thick and fast this year,” Champion... 

Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Champon Iron Ore and QIO chairperson and CEO Michael O’Keeffe at Bloom Lake

Alderon resolves Kami’s Sept-Îles take-or-pay headache

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Iron-ore project developer Alderon Iron Ore has reached an agreement with the Sept-Îles Port Authority to resolve a take-or-pay obligation for reserved annual iron-ore loading capacity. In lieu of any further take-or-pay obligations, the port authority will hold on to the C$20.46-million security... 

ELB contracted to set up DMS plant at iron-ore mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) has been awarded a contract to set up a 200 t/h dense media separator (DMS) plant at an undisclosed iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape. The plant will be capable of handling and beneficiating around one-million tonnes of -32 mm iron-ore a year and will beneficiate... 

Rio recalibrating understanding of Africa, working on Africa strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th December 2017 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto is recalibrating its understanding of Africa and working on an Africa strategy that is scheduled to be presented to the company’s executive committee next year. The company, which has the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South... 

Rio recalibrating understanding of Africa, working on Africa strategy
Rio Tinto VP Corporate Relations Africa Lawrence Dechambenoit talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on Rio Tinto’s activities in South Africa and Africa. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva

Rio Tinto embarks on automation roll-out at Pilbara iron-ore operations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Mining giant Rio Tinto will expand its fleet of autonomous haul trucks at its iron-ore operations in the Pilbara by more than 50% by 2019, after signing agreements with manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu to convert traditional trucks to autonomous vehicles. A total of 29 Komatsu haul trucks... 

Rio Tinto embarks on automation roll-out at Pilbara iron-ore operations

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

Mines urged to leverage technology to supercharge human capital development

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Mining companies should leverage technology to spur employee development, aiding in the upskilling of staff while enhancing employee and resource management, says information technology services company Wipro Southern Africa. While mines have incrementally implemented technology into their... 

State of local mining regulations shun investment, says CoM report 

By: Dylan Slater     14th December 2017 The findings of a recently conducted Chamber of Mines (CoM) survey indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of competitive, stable and... 

Cleveland-Cliffs picks up substantial Minnesota iron-ore landholdings

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 NYSE-listed iron-ore producer Cleveland-Cliffs has acquired extensive iron-ore landholdings in Minnesota that could in the future serve to replace depleted resources. Cleveland, Ohio-based Cliffs has completed the acquisition of interests located in Itasca County, west of Nashwauk, Minnesota,... 

Brazil's Samarco wins waste permits in small step toward resuming operations

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Samarco Mineração, a joint venture between Brazilian miner Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, on Monday received two waste system permits in a small step toward resuming operations halted after a November 2015 tailings mine dam collapsed, killing 19 people. The permits issued by Minas Gerais... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

WA EPA recommends BHP’s Southern Flank for approval

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended diversified major BHP’s proposal to expand its Mining Area C iron-ore operations for environmental approval. The Southern Flank operation, about 100 km from Newman, will expand the existing Mining Area C hub and is BHP’s... 

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