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Mining in South America

Company further explores, develops Marudi gold project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Gold exploration and development company Guyana Goldstrike is implementing its Phase 1 exploration programme with trenching, mapping and sampling at the west extension of the Marudi North zone on its Marudi gold project, located in the Marudi Mountain property, in the Republic of Guyana, South... 

ICMM welcomes two South American miners

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Two South American mining companies, Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur, have joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). ICMM CEO Tom Butler notes that both companies have earned their membership of ICMM by complying with the council’s “rigorous” admission procedure, adding that... 

ICMM welcomes two South American miners
TOM BUTLER Both Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur have shown real leadership in their environmental and social performance and have valuable experience to share

Company expands South American service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 As part of its coordinated international strategy, minerals processing specialist Multotec is establishing a joint venture (JV) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which will enhance its presence in the South American region, says Multotec screening media VP Roy Roche. He tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Company expands South American service offering
PRODUCT STRATEGY Multotec is following a five-product strategy focussed on screening media, cyclones, samplers, spirals and ceramic linings in its targeting of South America

Cumbre will drive investment, collaboration in Latin America

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 The focus of this year’s Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre, one of the world’s largest mining investment conferences run by the same team behind the Investing in African Mining Indaba, is to drive increased investment and collaboration in Latin American mining, says content developer and... 

Cumbre will drive investment, collaboration in Latin America
INCREASED REPRESENTATION The Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre will boast 25% female representation, in terms of speakers and advisory board members, this year

Inaugural Cumbre aims to bolster investment in Latin America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 Generalist and specialist investors are returning to the Latin American mining sector in large numbers, as they see the opportunity for returns re-emerging, Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman tells Mining Weekly. Therefore, leveraging the success and channelling the expertise gleaned... 

Inaugural Cumbre aims to bolster investment in Latin America
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BRIGHTER FUTURE The cusp of macroeconomic reform in countries like Argentina, a stable business environment in Chile, and improved support for foreign direct investment has improved the outlook for the Latin American region

New mining technologies inspire optimism in South America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 While there is a level of general caution, owing to the inherent “volatile nature” of the mining industry, the South American mining market is mostly characterised by growing optimism, owing to the benefits of mining technologies, posits global leader in the development of advanced dragline and... 

New mining technologies inspire optimism  in South America
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ADVANCING SECTOR Some of South America’s newer mines, as well as those yet to be developed, are favouring an uptake of technology that ensures the lowest possible mining costs per ton

Conveyor belt measuring systems delivered to notable iron-ore project

7th July 2017 Laser measurement technology supplier LASE has delivered 15 LaseBVC laser-based measuring systems for bulk volume transported on conveyor belts to an iron-ore mining project at the S11D Eliezer Batista complex owned by Brazilian mining major Vale. Opened in December 2016, the iron-ore mining... 

Conveyor belt measuring systems delivered to  notable iron-ore project
ONE FOR THE BOOKS Vale’s iron-ore mining project in North Brazil is the largest of its kind in the company’s history

Laguna Verde surveys yield encouraging results

7th July 2017 Mineral resource company Wealth Minerals has completed transient electromagnetic and gravity geophysical surveys at the Laguna Verde lithium project, in northern Chile, with its geophysical contractor reporting that the data quality is good to excellent for both surveys. The resulting gravity... 

Laguna Verde  surveys yield encouraging results
CHANGE-UP Laguna Verde was originally targeted for its surface brines; however, exploration results over the past six months have switched Wealth Minerals' focus to a conventional lithium brine model

Good geology, favourable policy underpin stable mining industry

By: Nadine James     1st July 2016 South American mining countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru have adequately managed the 2015 commodities crash, as their mining industries remain stable with a positive outlook, advises international market researcher BMI Research. BMI commodities analyst Molly Shutt notes that the... 

Good geology, favourable policy underpin stable mining industry
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MOUNTAINOUS POTENTIAL South America's vast mineral reserves ensure that its countries have relatively stable mining industries

South America attractive market for explosives manufacturer

By: Nadine James     1st July 2016 South African explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services has increased its presence in South America, owing to the nature and resilience of the South American mining industry. AEL GM for business development in South America and West Central Africa Alois Kwenda notes that,... 

South America  attractive market for explosives manufacturer
BOOMING MARKET South America’s status as a major mining destination and its potential for new mining projects despite the current environment of depressed commodities prices make it even more attractive

Las Bambas on track

1st July 2016 The Las Bambas copper mine, in Apurímac, Peru, is still expected to produce between 250 000 t and 300 000 t of copper concentrate in 2016. The mine, a joint venture between multinational resource company MMG and Hong Kong investment company Guoxin International Investment Corporation, reported a... 

Las Bambas on track
LAS BAMBAS CONCENTRATOR Mine management have transferred responsibilities for the concentrator plant from the construction team to the operations team

Declining South America copper ore grades require ingenuity

By: Dylan Slater     3rd July 2015 Declining ore grades is one of the major challenges faced by copper miners in South America, specifically in Chile, says professional services firm Deloitte. 

Declining South America copper  ore grades require ingenuity
CHRISTOPHER LYON The aim in Chile is to grow copper production by between 3% and 4% yearly

Established miner expands portfolio

By: Dylan Slater     3rd July 2015 Chile-based copper mining group Antofagasta Minerals is currently focusing on bringing its new Antucoya mine on stream, the company tells Mining Weekly. 

Established miner expands portfolio
IVÁN ARRIAGADA Antofagasta Minerals is committed to copper, as it is a commodity that the group knows well

Gold mineralisation discovered in Brazil

3rd July 2015 Australian-managed and ASX-listed minerals company Cleveland Mining Company announced, in March, the discovery of an extensive zone of primary gold mineralisation, less than 1.5 km south of its operational Premier Joint Venture gold mine, in central Brazil. 

Software to enhance project NPV

3rd July 2015 Australia-based business enhancement company Whittle Consulting Limited (WCL) in June signed a contract to supply strategic mineral company Largo Resources with its Enterprise Optimisation software suite to develop a new operational pit design on Largo’s Maracas Menchen vanadium mine in Bahia... 

Software to enhance project NPV
LIBERATING VALUE Mine enhancement leads to increased profit margins

Iron-ore portfolio expanded with highly prospective project

3rd July 2015 Iron-ore company Centaurus Metals announced it has taken the first step towards expanding its direct shipping ore (DSO) business in south‐east Brazil, after securing an option to acquire 100% interest in a portfolio of highly prospective tenements with extensive DSO mineralisation. 

Iron-ore portfolio expanded with highly prospective project
HIGH GRADE SAMPLES The itabirite samples returned high grades with low levels of impurities

Harsh operating environment creates ultimate testimonial

3rd July 2015 Operating in South America poses unique challenges, as the continent has high altitudes and extreme hot and cold weather, combined with dust and steep gradients, says dust control company Dust-A-Side. Dust-A-Side Chile GM Ramón Rada says the company is operating at mines in South America that... 

Harsh operating environment creates ultimate testimonial

US miner receives $500 000 investment

25th July 2014 California-based mining company Brazil Minerals (BMIX) announced in May that it received $500 000 when it sold Gemological Institute of America- (GIA-) graded diamonds, common stock and two-year options to four investors. The GIA-graded diamonds will be delivered over time until December 2015.... 

US miner receives  $500 000 investment
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SHINE ON BMIX is selling a portion of its production as polished diamonds, at much higher margins than rough diamonds

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine

25th July 2014 Integrated exploration drilling services provider Boart Longyear was, in May, contracted to conduct exploration drilling at BHP Billiton-operated Minera Escondida copper mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, says Boart Longyear Latin America drilling services GM Scott Whitt. Minera Escondida... 

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine
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LEADING THE PACK Chile is widely known as the world’s number one copper producer

L & J Gemmell Plant Services

25th July 2014 Established by Les, Johnny and Ivy Gemmell in 1982, plant equipment solutions provider L & J Gemmell Plant Services spent its first 20 years renting trucks, graders, rollers, tankers and tractors, with operators on a sub-contract basis, to road construction and property development contractors.... 

L & J Gemmell Plant Services

Automation systems company expands S America services

25th July 2014 Mineral processing equipment and automation systems provider Metso has expanded its service offering to Peru and Mexico by establishing mining service centres in the two countries. These investments, worth €6-million each, dovetail with Metso's long-term strategy to strengthen its presence in... 

Automation systems company expands  S America services
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CONTINUALLY EXPANDING Peru’s new service centre strengthens Metso's already solid position in South America

Brazil-based potash project in development phase

By: Jonathan Rodin     25th July 2014 Brazil-based fertiliser development company Verde Potash is focusing on securing an environmental licence for its Cerrado Verde potash project, which is currently in the development stage, in Brazil’s Minas Gerais province. Verde Potash CEO Cristiano Veloso tells Mining Weekly that the company... 

Brazil-based potash project in development phase
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POSITIVE RESULTS Verde Potash published a positive update in March on Cerrado Verde’s measured and indicated resource

Potential in Peru phosphate deposit

25th July 2014 California-based phosphate explorer Focus Ventures in January signed a formal option agreement for the acquisition of shares in Juan Paulo Quay (JPQ), the titleholders of the Bayovar 12 nonmetallic mining concession, in Peru. The concession has the potential to host a large sedimentary phosphate... 

Potential in Peru phosphate deposit
PHOSPHATE ROCK Focus Ventures’ conceptual geological target size is between 80-million tonnes and 100-million tonnes of phosphate rock

Opportunity for South Africa in Peru

25th July 2014 A South African business delegation last month visited the Lima-based Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers to learn about the various opportunities available in the sector, and possible opportunities that could still be explored. “South African business people in the mining sector have been... 

Opportunity for South Africa in Peru
ELSA DRY South African business people in the mining sector have been urged to capitalise on the opportunities that currently exist in Peru

South American mining to reach 6.2% growth by 2017

By: Jonathan Rodin     25th July 2014 The South American mining industry will reach an estimated compound yearly growth rate of about 6.2% from 2012 to 2017, which will take the industry to a total value of $184.3-billion. Some of the world’s largest copper, bauxite, iron and nickel deposits are situated in South America, with the... 

South American mining to reach 6.2% growth by 2017
MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR Brazil's mining industry contributes almost 40% of South America's total region revenue

Investment crucial for growth of South American mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th July 2013 The fulfilment of the South American mining industry’s potential for growth lies not only in the resource-rich areas of the continent, but also in the ability to articulate the several challenges and the eagerness of the government to help on this, given the complexity of such kinds of investments.  

Company increases presence in South American mining market

26th July 2013 International specialist equipment supplier Multotec is steadily expanding its footprint within a rapidly growing South American mining arena, with an expectant substantial increase in mining capital expenditure over the next three years. 

First high-grade gold mineralisation discovery in Peru

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th July 2013 Latin American-focused Fortuna Silver Mines is active in South America, with a $6.7-million brownfields exploration budget for the area around its Caylloma mine, in Peru, where it has discovered high-grade gold mineralisation in the Ramal Piso Carolina and Don Luis veins, located in the northern... 

Expansion on the cards for Peruvian manufacturer

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th July 2013 Peru-based manufacturer Resemin reports that the underground mining industry in South America is increasing significantly, with the industry demanding about 240 drilling rigs a year. 

Exploration company outlines its Argentina growth strategy

26th July 2013 A preliminary economic assessment is expected in late 2013 to determine if Canada-based exploration company U3O8 Corp’s Laguna Salada deposit in Argentina’s Chubut province could potentially be positioned for near-term production using low-cost mining and processing techniques that nonetheless... 

Precious metals company expands into Latin America

26th July 2013 Gold and precious minerals refiner Kaloti Group reports that construction has started on its first gold and precious metals refinery and bullion manufacturing plant, in Suriname, South America. 

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