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Rio Tinto aims for 'intelligent' Australian iron-ore mine

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 Rio Tinto next year will seek board approval to develop an "intelligent" iron ore mine at a cost of $2.2-billion, fully incorporating technologies such as robotics and driverless trains and trucks on a single site, the company's head of iron-ore said on Monday. A feasibility study was underway... 

Greenfield exploration on the rise in Australia

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2017 The search for new mineral deposits in Australia is starting to recover, with greenfield exploration expenditure increasing by 16.9% and exploration drilling by 23.3% in the September quarter. In original terms, total mineral exploration expenditure rose 6.8% to A$475.2-million, the Australian... 

Bowen Coking Coal buys ‘small, but strategic’ Isaac River project

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2017 Queensland explorer Bowen Coking Coal has acquired a “small, but strategic” project, which positions the company among several large producing mines with well-established infrastructure. The ASX-listed company announced on Monday that it had entered into an asset sale agreement with Aquila Coal... 

Change of name for BCI to reflect broader strategy

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2017 BCI Iron has changed its name to BCI Minerals to reflect the broadening of the company’s strategy to increase its focus on additional commodities. The ASX-listed company has expanded its focus to also include a presence in gold and base metals and has set out to be an “influential Australian... 

Rio picks Thompson for chairperson as investors target discipline

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2017 Rio Tinto named industry veteran Simon Thompson as chairman after shareholders rejected a plan to install a renowned dealmaker -- reinforcing an industry-wide investor drive for higher returns and caution over project spending. Thompson, 58, a Rio director since 2014 and previously an executive... 

Rio picks Thompson for chairperson as investors target discipline
Simon Thompson

Canada court backs need to consult aboriginals on projects

By: Reuters     2nd December 2017 Canada's top court on Friday unanimously ruled in favour of aboriginal bands seeking a say in a Yukon territorial government effort to develop coal and iron deposits in a wilderness region, in contravention of a treaty requiring the agreement of local native groups. The ruling, by the country's... 

Banro defers December interest payment

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2017 Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused miner Banro Corp has decided to defer an interest payment of $4.94-million that was due on Friday for up to 30 days. Under the terms of the indenture governing the 10% notes due 2021, no event of default will occur if the interest payment is made... 

Bear Creek wins C$30.4m award in international arbitration against Peru

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2017 A tribunal of arbitrators at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ordered an award of c$30.4-million to Canadian project developer Bear Creek Mining. The arbitrators agreed with the TSX-V-listed company that Peru had breached its obligations to the... 

Mountain Province prices $330m senior second-lien notes to settle construction debt

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd December 2017 Diamond producer Mountain Province Diamonds has launched a $330-million debt financing to settle its Gahcho Kué project construction loan facility and to repay previously sunk expenses by the mine’s majority owner and operator De Beers Canada. The Toronto-headquartered company is offering senior... 

Reunion’s profile bolstered as Barrick sinks C$9.12m to take 15% stake

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The TSX-V-listed equity of Canadian exploration and development company Reunion Gold jumped more than 10% on Friday after announcing that the world’s largest gold producer by output, Barrick Gold, has taken a 15% stake. NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick has acquired 48-million Reunion shares, through... 

McEwen secures $10m in Timmins exploration funding

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Gold producer McEwen Mining has secured a $10-million financing to support a 2018 exploration programme on its newly acquired Black Fox mine and associated assets in Ontario’s Abitibi Gold Belt. The financing comprises a $10-million bought deal of four-million flow-through common shares priced at... 

Competition Amendment Bill moves to give teeth to market inquiry instrument

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released the Competition Amendment Bill for public comment on Friday, indicating that he expects the proposed legislation to be placed before lawmakers during the first half of 2018. The amendments, which were drafted with the assistance of an expert... 

Competition Amendment Bill moves to give teeth to market inquiry instrument
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Firestone revises mine plan amid lower diamond values

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds has made a good start to mining at the Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, with all operational targets within management's control having either been met or exceeded after the mine development project was completed within budget. However, lower-than-expected average diamond... 

Russia's 51-ct diamond named for Romanovs fails to sell

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 The most expensive diamond ever polished in Russia, named Dynasty after the Romanov-era Imperial Court, failed to sell in an auction. Alrosa said it didn’t receive a high enough offer for the 51.4-carat gem in a November 29 online auction. The stone has the best so-called triple excellence... 

Core Exploration enters maiden offtake, prepayment agreements

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Core Exploration has entered into a binding lithium offtake agreement and a conditional $20-million prepayment agreement with China-based lithium hydroxide and carbonate producer Ya Hua International Investment and Development for the Finniss lithium project, near Darwin, in the... 

PNX appoints study manager for Hayes Creek project DFS

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed PNX Metals has appointed engineering, consulting and contracting company GR Engineering Services as the study manager for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) of the Hayes Creek zinc/gold/silver project, in the Northern Territory. GR Engineering will be tasked with the process design... 

Arrow and QCLNG announce major gas deal

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 Multinational oil and gas major Shell and its joint venture (JV) partner PetroChina have approved a major gas supply deal that will bring to market Arrow Energy’s significant gas reserves in the Surat basin of Queensland. The JV partners have approved a 27-year deal between Arrow and Queensland... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Magnis signs 25 000 t/y graphite sales deal with World Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has entered into a three-year flake graphite sales agreement with major European group World Plastik ve Petrokimya Sanayi ve Ticaret. Magnis will supply the World Group subsidiary with 15 000 t/y of super jumbo flake graphite and 10 000 t/y of jumbo flake graphite from... 

C$1.17m raised for Northern Ireland’s Omagh mine

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 The owner of Northern Ireland’s only producing gold mine has raised about C$1.17-million (or £682 859) in a private placement, which the company plans to use to accelerate underground development. TSX-V and Aim-listed Galantas Gold closed the private placement on Thursday for 16 655 099 common... 

Demand for battery metals will drive African exploration, investment

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market will boost demand for battery metals exponentially, driving exploration and investment in Africa. This was discussed during a live-streamed Mining Indaba panel on energy metals in which Cobalt 27 chairperson Anthony Milewski, Montero president and CEO Dr... 

Queensland’s DMRM slaps Rockland with suspension directive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2017 Queensland copper producer CuDeco has temporarily suspended processing plant operations at its Rocklands copper mine, after an investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources and Mines (DNRM) on Thursday identified a number of safety issues. The suspension would remain in place pending... 

Battery Minerals prepares for Montepuez development

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals is gearing up to start the development of its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, following its $20-million over-subscribed capital raising, the appointment of the lead design engineer and ordering of the primary crusher. Battery Minerals is progressing its... 

No opencut mining at Drayton South, but underground allowed

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 The New South Wales government on Friday announced that it would amend policies to ban opencut coal mining in the Hunter Valley, where a heated battle between horse stud owners and major miner Anglo American has been raging over the Drayton South coal project. The New South Wales government,... 

No opencut mining at Drayton South, but underground allowed

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

NUM reaches wage deal with Kangra Coal Mine, ends strike

By: African News Agency      1st December 2017 South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday it had signed a three-year wage agreement with Kangra Coal Mine, effectively ending a week-long strike. In a statement, NUM said the two parties agreed on a R600 wage increase for 2017, and 7% rises for the following two years... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global automotive markets are adopting electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once- in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy metals’ –... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

Newmont selects preferred bidder for power at remote Australian mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2017 Gold major Newmont Mining has awarded power generation specialist Zenith Energy preferred bidder status to build, own and operate a 62 MW power station for its Tanami gold mine, which is about 520 km north-west of Alice Springs in the remote Tanami desert of the Northern Territory. The power... 

Tyranna announces Kalgoorlie gold mine acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2017 ASX-listed gold explorer Tyranna Resources on Friday announced the acquisition of the near-producing Eureka project in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, from TSX-V-listed Central Iron Ore for $3.2-million consisting of cash and shares. The acquisition of the Eureka project, including the Eureka... 

Novo meets commitment to earn 50% in Karratha JV

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 Canada’s Novo Resources has satisfied its farm-in and joint venture (JV) expenditure commitment to earn 50% into a venture with Australia’s Artemis Resources focusing on conglomerate gold in the Karratha region of the Pilbara. Three separate unincorporated 50:50 JVs have been formed between Novo... 

Countdown to Mt Morgans production starts as openpit mining contract is awarded

By: Mariaan Webb     1st December 2017 The countdown has started for the biggest gold mine to come on line in Australia in six years, with ASX-listed Dacian Gold awarding the final material contract required for the 200 000 oz/y Mt Morgans mine, near Laverton, Western Australia, to start production. The company awarded the mining... 

'Miner's revenge' is coming with electric cars, Friedland says

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Surging demand for metals like copper, nickel and cobalt for use in electric vehicles promises to overturn the balance of power between mining companies and their customers, according to billionaire investor Robert Friedland. Automakers will have to change the way they approach procurement if... 

Lundin stock tumbles on disappointing production outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Base metals producer Lundin Mining saw about 21% of its TSX-listed equity wiped out on Thursday after it reported a disappointing long-term production outlook on Wednesday. The Toronto-headquartered company punted significant investments in both the Candelaria copper mine and mill, in Chile,... 

Orefinders consolidates prospective Shining Tree district, in Ontario’s famed Abitibi

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 TSX-V-listed Orefinders Resources has entered into agreements for a series of three acquisitions of adjoining properties from two individual landholders and from private company Premet. Orefinders said in a press release on Thursday that it views the Shining Tree District as a significantly... 

Orford to capitalise on ‘district-scale’ Qiqavik gold discovery, near-term catalysts in Carolina

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2017 Planning is under way for another summer drill campaign at recently-gone-public explorer Orford Mining’s Qiqavik project, in the remote emerging gold belt of Cape Smith, in Northern Quebec. “We’ve discovered a new gold district in Canada. This is like walking into the Timmins Belt for the first... 

Orford to capitalise on ‘district-scale’ Qiqavik gold discovery, near-term catalysts in Carolina
Photo by Orford Mining
Qiqavik prospecting, Northern Quebec

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining industry's demise

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th November 2017 In order for South Africa's mining industry to return to more successful times, the country will need to go back to basics, says Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood, who also suggests that these basics could aid in sidestepping the demise of the mining industry in South Africa.... 

South Africa urged to go back to basics to avoid mining industry's demise
Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood

Osisko agrees to extend Falco loan; in talks to pick up Horne 5 stream

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2017 Royalties and streaming firm Osisko Gold Royalties has entered negotiations with Abitibi-focused explorer Falco Resources on a precious metal streaming agreement for its Horne 5 project, following Osisko agreeing to extend a loan. TSX-V-listed Falco reported that Osisko has agreed to extend a... 

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