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Lower metals prices weigh on materials price index – IHS

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has slipped 0.1% last week, the first decline in four weeks, as metal markets finally began to slide, the firm advised on Friday. The strength of the last few weeks has been mainly attributable to a surge in metal prices and the... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical,  technological diversification
KEY COMPONENT Master Drilling aims to grow business not only in underground mining, but also in openpit mining, which makes up the majority of mining

African copper, nickel mines on Coal India radar as miner diversifies

By: Ajoy K Das     18th September 2017 Having decided to evolve into a diversified resource major from a pure play coal miner, Coal India Limited (CIL) has identified copper and nickel mines in Africa for its maiden overseas foray into noncoal minerals. KPMG has been appointed to prepare the roadmap that will see CIL emerge as a... 

Sizeable limonite find exposes Horizonte to burgeoning EV market

By: Samantha Herbst     14th September 2017 Brazil-focused nickel development company Horizonte Minerals on Thursday reported sizeable limonite mineral resources at its Araguaia nickel project, which exposes the Aim- and TSX-listed company to the fast-growing nickel/cobalt electric vehicle (EV) battery market. Limonite is treated to... 

Sizeable limonite find exposes Horizonte to burgeoning EV market
Limonite is a type of iron-ore treated to produce nickel and cobalt hydroxides, suitable for supplying the EV battery market

Anglo Pacific acquires royalty interest in Brazil-based nickel/cobalt project

By: Samantha Herbst     14th September 2017 Dual-listed royalty company Anglo Pacific has entered into an agreement with UK-based Brazil Nickel to acquire a gross revenue royalty (GRR) interest for the development of the Piauí nickel/cobalt project, in north-eastern Brazil. This is in line with Anglo Pacific’s strategy to invest in... 

Indonesia's Antam plans to apply for further 1.25Mt of nickel ore exports -Corp Sec

By: Reuters     14th September 2017 Indonesia's Aneka Tambang (Antam) plans to apply for an additional quota to export 1.25-million tonnes of nickel ore, on top of the 2.7-million tonnes already allocated to the state-owned miner, a company official said. "Now we are still completing documentation of the verification by an... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Improved fundamentals amid global economic growth are expected to sustain a higher pricing environment for the global base metals industry, prompting credit ratings firm Moody’s Investors Service to adjust higher the price sensitivity ranges for copper, iron-ore, and metallurgical and thermal... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines advises that, following an approach by legal counsel representing Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, it has reached an agreement with him through his legal counsel in respect of the chamber’s urgent interdict to prevent the implementation of Mining Charter Three, as... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

Demand for quality metals amplifying – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2017 Global climate change mitigation is amplifying the demand for good quality, low-impurity metals, which are being rewarded with high price premiums. There is a huge drive in China towards better quality, which will eventually use less energy and cause less pollution. (Also watch attached Creamer... 

Demand for quality metals amplifying – ARM
African Rainbow Minerals CEO Mike Schmidt discusses of price premiums being paid for quality with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Johannesburg listing on the cards for Australia’s Orion

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 Australian minerals exploration company Orion Minerals expects to start trading on the main board of the Johannesburg bourse on September 18, as it progresses its base metals development strategy in South Africa. Orion, which has received approval from the JSE for a secondary listing under the... 

Johannesburg listing on the cards for Australia’s Orion

Anglesey planning for production at Wales mine in 2020

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2017 The recent increase in the prices of the metals that the Parys Mountain mine will produce has spurred on Anglesey Mining to move into action to bring the project into production “as soon as practicable”. Anglesey on Friday announced four immediate steps to progress the north Wales project,... 

Anglesey planning for production at Wales mine in 2020
Drilling at the Parys Mountain project, in north Wales.

Cuba shuts down nickel industry as Hurricane Irma approaches

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Cuba has begun to shut down its nickel industry in preparation for Hurricane Irma, state-run television said on Thursday. One of two processing plants, the state-owned Ernesto Che Guevara, was closed, and the second, a joint venture with Canadian miner Sherritt International Corporation, was... 

Zim platinum miner reports positive quarter

     8th September 2017 JSE-listed platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum subsidiary Zimplats experienced a positive period in the quarter ended June 30, reporting a safety milestone, greater tonnes mined and ore milled, and revenue growth. During the quarter, Zimplats recorded 365 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free... 

Zim platinum miner reports positive quarter
Photo by Bloomberg
NOTABLE MILESTONE Zimplats recorded 365 lost-time-injury-free days on April 9

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe
All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 7.9.2017

Lundin accelerates exploration at all sites into 2018

By: Samantha Herbst     6th September 2017 TSX-listed base metals miner Lundin Mining’s exploration efforts continue to add significant value to the company’s assets and, in light of improved market conditions, the company plans to accelerate exploration at all mine sites in 2018, as well as advance at least two new copper-focused... 

Australian Mines takes over Sconi

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2017 ASX-listed Australian Mines has taken full ownership of the Sconi cobalt/nickel/scandium project, in Queensland, after striking a A$10-million cash and share deal with Metallica Minerals. Australian Mines’ outright acquisition of the Sconi project negated an earlier earn-in agreement with... 

Philippines' Duterte wants ban on openpit mining to stay

By: Reuters     5th September 2017 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he agreed with banning open-pit mining in the Southeast Asian nation given the environmental harm it causes. He said he had asked Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu "to look into the eventual closure of openpit mining." 

Caldas Engineering

     1st September 2017 South Africa-based quality spare parts specialist for fixed and mobile crushing plants Caldas Engineering has been serving its customers for 21 years and ensures customer satisfaction while meeting the demands of its industry. With a comprehensive range of replacement wear parts for leading... 

Caldas Engineering

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Red Metal Mining

     1st September 2017 Diversified project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated, distributed, or required, we... 

Red Metal Mining

Show expected to achieve further growth

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The number of exhibitors and visitors taking part in the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition and conference, since its inception in 2013, has increased by 17% and 8% respectively, with this years’ event expected to attract further key industry players in the mining, industrial and power generation... 

Show expected to achieve further growth
PROMISING PODIUM Electra Mining Botswana is said to be fast becoming a major mining exhibition and networking platform

Canadian mining sector market value drops 7% in Q2

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2017 Canada’s mining sector saw a slow start to the second quarter of 2017, according to global advisory firm EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index, which reported that the market capitalisation of 100 TSX- and TSX-V-listed midtier and junior companies fell broadly between C$47-million and C$1.6-billion.... 

Amur expects IKEN and KUB to form one deposit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2017 Explorer Amur Minerals has completed 82 diamond core drill holes containing 20 060 m of drilling ahead of schedule at its Kun-Manie project, where another 10 000 m will be drilled before the season wraps up at the end of October. The majority of the 2017 drill season at the project in the far... 

Panoramic narrows FY17 losses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2017 Nickel miner Panoramic Resources has narrowed its net loss after tax for the full year ended June from a loss of A$144.3-million reported in 2016, to a net loss of A$4.7-million, despite a tough operational year. Panoramic on Thursday reported an impairment loss reversal of A$9.2-million as part... 

In its third year, North American Nickel’s Maniitsoq drill campaign casts a wider net

By: Henry Lazenby     30th August 2017 Drilling productivity at base metals explorer North American Nickel's (NAN's) Maniitsoq project, in south-west Greenland, has been lower than expected, prompting the company to add another drill rig and extend the drilling programme by two weeks to late September, to achieve as many metres as... 

In its third year, North American Nickel’s Maniitsoq drill campaign casts a wider net
Photo by North American Nickel
Maniitsoq, Greenland

Horizonte’s Araguaia feasibility study due for completion in early 2018

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 The ongoing feasibility study for Aim- and TSX-listed Horizonte Minerals’ Brazil-based Araguaia project – the country’s next ferro-nickel mine – is progressing on schedule and is now over 60% complete. According to Horizonte CEO Jeremy Martin, the feasibility study is due for completion by year... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor. DeepGreen Resources chief development officer Anthony O’Sullivan believes... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

Platinum, palladium, rhodium on 3-way price parity path – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 The platinum group metals (PGM) market may be heading for three-way price parity, Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne pointed out when the company presented a 60% rise in operating profit to R614-million in the 12 months to June 30, reflecting the benefits of the company’s growth strategy,... 

Platinum, palladium, rhodium on 3-way price parity path – Northam
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne and CFO Ayanda Khumalo at results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Philippine lawmakers seek to ban mining in watershed areas, export of raw ore

By: Reuters     25th August 2017 Philippine lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to ban mining in watershed areas and exports of unprocessed ores and will require miners to get legislative approval before operating, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's pledge to overhaul the sector. The Philippines is the world's top nickel... 

Commodity price improvement drives Glencore’s earnings

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore said “extensive efforts” to reposition its balance sheet and propel the company’s industrial asset portfolio improvements over the last two years were reflected in its strong interim financial performance. The group last week published its... 

Commodity price improvement drives Glencore’s earnings
Photo by Duane Daws
ALL SMILES Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg says the first half of this year had the ‘best growth momentum’ in the global economy in recent years

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 There needs to be ongoing open dialogue between the corporate sector and government to ensure that energy supplies for mining projects are secured and stabilised timeously to take advantage of valuable economic opportunities in Africa, says Johannesburg-based consultancy Core Consultants founder... 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability
LARA SMITH Governments’ lead times for approving new power plants in African countries are often too long, resulting in a failure to realise the full potential of valuable mining projects

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency
Zest WEG Group integrated sales executive Johan van Niekerk discusses the group’s energy efficiency technologies. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Modular, mobile  dry-type transformers ideal for Africa
SAFER OPTION Dry-type transformers are completely flame-retardant and emissions free, using resin and vacuum-pressure impregnation to insulate windings and air as a cooling agent

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines

     25th August 2017 Fuel solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions strongly urges companies to take advantage of the Section 12L Energy Tax Incentive, under South Africa’s Income Tax Act, before it is too late, as this opportunity is limited until 2020. 

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines
FUEL FOCUS Masana offers mines high-performance products and fuel management systems for improved haul road efficiencies and reduced heavy equipment maintenance

‘Key milestone’ for Platreef project

     25th August 2017 The completion of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the first phase of production at platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef project, on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex, is another key milestone in Ivanhoe’s planned transformation of the... 

‘Key milestone’ for Platreef project
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Platreef is expected to produce a suite of vital metals, of which many are essential to sustain the urbanising planet

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2017 Following years of complex negotiations and several delays, the Ontario provincial government on Monday made the historic announcement that it would support and fund road proposals that will connect Northern Ontario’s far-flung First Nation communities and provide industrial road access to the... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp
The Ring of Fire’s rich ores are estimated to hold some C$60-billion worth of nickel/copper/platinum group metals mineral wealth
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