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Iron Ore News

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

Political tension slows mining activity in Tanzania

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 Despite the fact that political tension in Tanzania has impacted the mining industry, with several operations subsequently closing, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to have a strong presence in the country, with Tanzania as its main hub for East Africa. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager... 

Political tension  slows mining activity in Tanzania
NORMAN MALEKA There will be demand for after-sales support in Tanzania, owing to new industries established in the country

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology chair at University of Pretoria

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered developer, producer and supplier of commercial explosives AEL Mining Services has, in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP), launched the AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology, which will reside within the Department of Mining... 

AEL Mining Services launches rock-breaking technology  chair at University of Pretoria
CHAIRED PROJECT The first project from AEL Mining Services Chair in Innovative Rock Breaking Technology will be to determine safe blast-clearance radii for blasting

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched
Photo by Duane Daws
DEON DE KOCK With this modular plant, we can really live our vision by delivering that extra value

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

Zanaga iron-ore project granted environmental permit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2017 The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Congo (RoC) has granted Aim-listed Zanaga Iron Ore Company (ZIOC) an environmental permit for its Zanaga project. The permit covers the project's first phase of development, which is expected to produce 12-million tonnes of iron-ore. 

Zanaga iron-ore project granted environmental permit

Korab gets export capacity at Darwin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th November 2017 Diversified explorer Korab Resources has inked a non-binding heads of agreement (HoA) with the Darwin Port operator to export some 500 000 t/y of magnesite rock through the port. The HoA included sub-leasing of the land, access to various port facilities, the use of loaders and other equipment,... 

Alderon confident in Kami project economics, sans Wabush pits

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Maritime Canada-focused project developer Alderon Iron Ore has published details of an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on the Rose deposit of its flagship Kamistiatusset project, located in the high-grade iron-ore rich Labrador Trough of Western Labrador. The latest PEA is an update... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate

By: Martin Creamer     7th November 2017 Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed... 

Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate
Photo by Creamer Media
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) and Martin Creamer

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

By: Henry Lazenby     7th November 2017 Despite signs of improved investor confidence in Canada's prolific junior mining sector – mainly driven by rising consumer technology demand for resources – analysts are warning that the market recovery is in a delicate phase and will require discipline to survive until more substantial commodity... 

Canadian junior mining sector riding renewed wave of confidence

Flinders finds A$5m facility for Pilbara project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th November 2017 ASX-listed Flinders Mines has secured a A$5-million loan facility to complete the maturation work at its Pilbara iron-ore project, in Western Australia. The short-term loan facility can be drawn down in two tranches, with the first A$3-million available immediately, and the remaining tranche... 

Kogi awarded another licence at Agbaja

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd November 2017 The Nigerian Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has granted ASX-listed Kogi Iron an additional mining lease covering some 4 km2. The lease is valid for a period of 25 years, and is renewable, Kogi told shareholders on Friday. 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year
SOLID SISHEN Sishen iron-ore mine maintained its consistent performance, with ongoing improvements that have resulted in a revised production guidance for 2017

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder is unveiled

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Mining equipment and service provider Komatsu has launched its first South African-manufactured Joy reclaim feeder. Joy is the high-productivity mining solutions subsidiary of Komatsu, having been acquired earlier this year in a $3.7-billion deal.  

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder  is unveiled
RECLAIM FEEDER The new Joy reclaim feeder can be used for synthetic-fuel plants, power plant facilities, synthetic-gypsum plants, truck load-out facilities, port load-out facilities and coal-mining operations

Afrimat continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset Diro

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March. The acquisition of the distressed small iron-ore mine, Diro, in the Northern Cape, had marked a new phase of... 

Iron-ore shape-shifters flip curve on bets demand to recover

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Iron-ore’s in very unfamiliar territory. As China presses home its campaign to curb steel production, some investors are starting to wager that after a chill in winter, a torrent of pent-up demand will spur a springtime rebound in a move that’s shifted the shape of the futures curve. On the... 

Fresh dampener on increased iron-ore production cap in Goa

By: Ajoy K Das     31st October 2017 The western Indian province of Goa is staring at the possibility of a cut in the yearly production cap for iron-ore, following a fresh petition filed before the Supreme Court. A nongovernmental organisation (NGO) has approached the apex court, seeking a reduction of the production cap from... 

Reviewed Central Eyre mine plan speeds up production timetable, cuts capital costs

By: Ilan Solomons     31st October 2017 ASX-listed Iron Road on Tuesday announced that a review of the mine plan of its Central Eyre iron-ore project (CEIP), in South Australia, had identified lower upfront capital requirements and that it had accelerated the project’s ore extraction. The review, conducted by Thiess-RWE, focused on... 

Reviewed Central Eyre mine plan speeds up production timetable, cuts capital costs
Photo by Iron Road
The mine plan review focussed on opportunities relating to early ore access and mine establishment costs

Beowulf appoints Swedish chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2017 Mineral exploration and development company Beowulf Mining has appointed 68-year-old Swede Per Göran Färm as its chairperson with immediate effect, succeeding Bevan Metcalf. Färm was an elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 to 2004 and, then again, from 2007 to 2014. He was... 

IHS Markit's materials price index rises 1.6% as commodities lead the way

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 1.6% last week, its strongest increase since late August, breaking a two-week streak of losses, the research firm revealed on Friday. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the expansion was broad-based, with seven... 

NMDC requests protecton from ultra-left extremists in Chhattisgarh

By: Ajoy K Das     27th October 2017 Indian iron-ore miner NMDC has stated that ultra-leftwing extremism and violence pose the greatest risk to its assets in central Indian province of Chhattisgarh. In a company statement, NMDC points to disturbances created by extremists in the Bailadila region, where it operates iron-ore mines. 

Fortescue lowers C1 costs further

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th October 2017 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported a slight decline in production during the three months to September, while shipping volumes remained relatively unchanged. Ore mined during the quarter reached 45.7-million tonnes, down from the 53.5-million tonnes produced in the previous quarter,... 

Govt eager to get mining parties back to the table – Gigaba

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With the implementation of the revised – and heavily contested – Mining Charter Three postponed to December, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said it was critical that the current impasse in the mining sector be resolved. Earlier this year, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)... 

Govt eager to get mining parties back to the table – Gigaba
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane

Shared vision needed for mining to boost entire economy – Mgojo

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2017 A collective national vision, which must be viable, inclusive and transformative, is urgently needed to unleash mining’s latent ability to energise the entire South African economy, Chamber of Mines president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a media lunch, Mgojo emphasised the folly of... 

Shared vision needed for mining to boost entire economy – Mgojo
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines president Mxolisi Mgojo

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

India’s attempts to set benchmark iron-ore price remain a nonstarter

By: Ajoy K Das     24th October 2017 India’s exercise to set a benchmark iron-ore price is likely to remain work in progress, if not be relegated to the backburner, in the absence of any consensus within government and industry. The Mines Ministry has mooted and initiated processes to evolve a benchmark iron-ore price, based on the... 

Inside one billionaire's fight against global iron-ore glut

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 The global iron-ore market may be oversupplied for as long as half a decade, keeping prices under pressure, according to billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta, which plans to fight back by raising the quality of its output amid a global shift toward higher-grade material being driven by China’s... 

Cleveland-Cliffs lifts Q3 earnings as US ops shine, Asian segment struggles

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2017 US iron-ore producer Cleveland-Cliffs has reported strong third-quarter results for the three months ended September 30, beating analyst forecasts for earnings per share. The Cleveland, Ohio-based company reported adjusted net earnings, which typically excludes special items, of $0.36 a share,... 

Cleveland-Cliffs lifts Q3 earnings as US ops shine, Asian segment struggles

Nigeria seeks to boost mining reserves to lure investors

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Nigeria plans to spend 15-billion naira ($42-million) over the next year to explore for minerals and attract investors into mining and reduce its dependence on oil, Solid Minerals Development Minister Kayode Fayemi said. “Because we are starting from a low base, we want to have a portfolio of... 

Atlas Iron turns cash positive as turnaround bears fruit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th October 2017 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron on Friday announced that it had become net cash positive following the end of the September quarter with some A$93-million cash on hand and a further A$21-million in its reserve account. MD Cliff Lawrenson told shareholders that the transition to a net cash status... 

Atlas Iron turns cash positive as turnaround bears fruit

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve

By: Ilan Solomons     20th October 2017 There have been a number of recent positive developments in West Africa’s mining industry, such as in Mali, where two new mines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. This is according to engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting Ghana country manager John Kwofie,... 

General uptick in West Africa mining as commodity prices improve
Photo by SRK Consulting
JOHN KWOFIE SRK has been engaged in aspects of iron-ore projects in Cameroon, bauxite in Guinea and diamonds in Sierra Leone and Guinea in recent years

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2017 The excessive red tape around minerals exploration must be removed to prevent the demise of South Africa’s vital mining industry, consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad said on Thursday. Saad, who spent 18 years in geological roles with mining major Rio Tinto and who formerly represented the... 

Remove exploration red tape or mining will die, geologist warns
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad outlines current exploration constraints to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Christo Greyling. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BHP's chairperson holds first annual meeting, plans to review board

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 In  Ken MacKenzie’s first annual shareholder meeting at BHP Billiton, he emphasised that while the company will listen to investors, it is the board that makes decisions. For most companies, that’s a pretty unremarkable statement, but it carries extra weight at BHP, which is under pressure by... 

BHP's chairperson holds first annual meeting, plans to review board
BHP chairperson Ken Mackenzie

Cu-River unveils A$800m Cairn Hill magnetite expansion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th October 2017 Privately held Cu-River Mining Australia has announced an A$800-million expansion of the Cairn Hill magnetite mine, in South Australia. The investment would triple current magnetite production initially to three-million tonnes a year, and then up to 15-million tonnes a year by 2021, creating up... 

Cu-River unveils A$800m Cairn Hill magnetite expansion

BHP told bending to activists poses risks for debt investors

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 BHP Billiton’s new chairman Ken MacKenzie is grappling with a simmering campaign by activist shareholders -- moving too far to appease them could risk unsettling debt investors who own the world’s biggest miner’s $24-billion of bonds. The campaign by funds including billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

BHP told bending to activists poses risks for debt investors
BHP new chairperson Ken Mackenzie

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter

By: News24Wire      18th October 2017 The Chamber of Mines filed an application in the North Gauteng High court on Tuesday to have a judicial review and setting aside of the Mining Charter. According to the founding affidavit, the Charter released by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 had, and continues to have, a... 

Chamber files for review of 'disastrous' Mining Charter
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

South African mining industry must modernise – Chamber of Mines

By: Dylan Slater     18th October 2017 The South African mining industry has to modernise as a matter of urgency in order to halt job cuts in the industry, as well as to create more jobs, says Chamber of Mines modernisation and safety head Sietse van der Woude. Delivering a keynote address at diversified engineering solutions company... 

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