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Summer doldrums could see lower lows for gold as upside headwinds mount

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2018 Gold bug Mickey Fulp does not expect the gold price to break out this year, bar any substantial geopolitical event that upsets the state of the global economy. During a recent mining conference held in Vancouver, the ‘Mercenary Geologist’ told Mining Weekly Online that he expects gold to test... 

Chile's Pinera taps businessman Benavides as Codelco chair

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean President Sebastian Pinera named Juan Benavides, a former CEO of Chile retail leader Falabella, as chairperson of the board of directors at Codelco, the world's top copper producer, the government said on Friday. Benavides was currently serving as chairman at Chilean private pension fund... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint Limited, the creator of the diamond-backed D1... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

McEwen Mining PEA outlines new lease on life for El Gallo Complex

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer McEwen Mining has published a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its El Gallo Complex, in Sinaloa state, Mexico, outlining a redevelopment plan called Project Fenix that could add between 10 and 12 additional years to the operation. Based on an updated... 

McEwen Mining PEA outlines new lease on life for El Gallo Complex
Photo by Bloomberg
McEwen Mining chief owner Robert McEwen

Centerra agrees to extend first Kyrgyz agreement longstop date by a month

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has agreed to a month’s extension of the first longstop date of a strategic accord it signed with the Kyrgyz government on September 11, 2017. The Toronto-based miner said that the first longstop date is the date by which all conditions precedent to the... 

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to... 

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

Chile's Codelco posts first quarter pre-tax profit of $537m

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean state copper company Codelco reported on Friday first quarter pre-tax profits of $537-million, a slight increase over the previous year, even as ore grades continued to decline at the miner's aging deposits. The world´s top copper miner produced 446 300 t of copper in the first quarter,... 

Copper Mountain sets aside cash for Cloncurry exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 The board of ASX- and TSX-listed Copper Mountain Mining has approved a A$5-million budget for exploration work at the Cloncurry project, in Queensland. The company said on Friday that the planned work programmes would include follow-up drilling on discoveries made in 2017, as well as testing of... 

American Pacific buys into US projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 ASX-listed American Pacific Borate and Lithium will spend $3-million to acquire a 100% interest in the Salt Wells North and Salt Wells South borate and lithium exploration projects, in Nevada. In addition to the $3-million exploration spend over a five-year period, American Pacific will also be... 

Electric vehicles seen driving cobalt crunch by mid-2020s

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 The increasing popularity of electric vehicles may create a crunch for supplies of cobalt in the early-to-mid 2020s, miners and analysts say, adding that small operators trying to start up mines outside Africa could play a bigger role over time in satisfying demand for the metal used in... 

Vale sees key mine topping iron-ore output forecasts in 2018 – source

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Brazilian miner Vale expects iron-ore output at its premier S11D mine to reach 58-million tonnes this year, above an official forecast of 50-million to 55-million tonnes, a person familiar with the matter said. The expected increase is due mainly to selling more "canga," or iron-ore with a... 

Nautilus unveils spider-inspired sediment sampler

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has unveiled a new autonomous sediment sampler called the 'Nautilus Jumping Spider’ for use in sampling deep-sea deposits, that could cut exploration costs “by an order of magnitude”, the company reported on Thursday. Nautilus said it has successfully... 

Fireweed tumbles following positive Macmillan Pass PEA

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Vancouver-based explorer Fireweed Zinc has reported strong economic indicators for its Macmillan Pass project, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, sending its TSX-V-listed stock up 6% on Thursday to open at a 52-week high, before closing down 11% by market close. Based on metal price assumptions of... 

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye Index falls in Q1

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The EY Canadian Mining Eye Index has shown a decline in first-quarter performance, falling 8% from the fourth quarter of 2017, the professional services firm reported on Thursday. Based on the 2018 operating guidance released by the majority of Canadian gold mining companies, average production... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

Signet joins De Beers' Tracr blockchain platform pilot

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Signet Jewelers will become the first retailer to join De Beers Group's end-to-end diamond blockchain pilot programme, known as Tracr. Tracr aims to complete the first digital link all the way from diamond production through to retail. 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Northam ups funding capacity as stockpile monetisation ensues

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2018 Platinum mining company Northam has increased its funding capacity to tide it over a capital intensive development period. A new R1-billion two-year unsecured revolving credit facility to April 2020 is augmenting a previous R2-billion unsecured revolving credit facility to November 2021, taking... 

Northam ups funding capacity as stockpile monetisation ensues
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Rusal warns on ability to operate from October as CEO quits

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2018 United Co Rusal’s CEO resigned after less than three months in the role, as the Russian firm warned that trade partners and international lenders could cut ties with the company if US sanctions aren’t lifted after October 23. The world’s biggest aluminum producer outside China also said the... 

Rusal warns on ability to operate from October as CEO quits

Chile high court declines to weigh in on lithium spat at Maricunga

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 Chile's constitutional court said it would not get involved in a dispute between a foreign-backed miner and state-run copper miner Codelco over adjoining lithium deposits in the Maricunga salt flat, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Salar Blanco, 50%-owned by... 

Global copper surplus falls 12.8% to 110 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 The global refined copper balance for the first two months of this year indicates a surplus of about 110 000 t, a 12.8% drop year-on-year, the International Copper Study Group has found. The Lisbon, Portugal-based think tank said apparent refined demand increased 3.9% year-on-year to 3.77-million... 

Optimistic diamond price outlook could underpin a return to profit, dividends – Zimnisky

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 Absent any significant global economic disturbances disrupting consumer diamond demand, incremental year-on-year diamond production declines are forecast to drive real diamond prices up by about 10% cumulatively from 2018 through 2021, or 17% in nominal terms, a new report by independent analyst... 

Optimistic diamond price outlook could underpin a return to profit, dividends – Zimnisky

Copper shortfall expected – Antofagasta CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 London-based base metals company Antofagasta said on Wednesday it expects a shortfall of copper to emerge because of the slow rate at which new mines are permitted and built. Antofagasta chairperson Jean-Paul Luksic said at the company's annual general meeting that the emergence of new sources of... 

Advantage Lithium reports six-fold resource upgrade at Cauchari

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 The TSX-listed equity of explorer Advantage Lithium rose more than 7% on Wednesday after it reported a six-fold resource increase at the Cauchari joint venture (JV), in Argentina. The Vancouver-based company reported a three-million-tonne inferred resource that comprise the northwest and... 

Advantage Lithium reports six-fold resource upgrade at Cauchari
Photo by Advantage Lithium
Cauchari, Argentina

Euro Sun says Rovina Valley mining licence working its way through Romania govt

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 TSX-listed project developer Euro Sun Mining reported on Wednesday that the mining licence for its flagship Rovina Valley copper/gold project, in Romania, is working its way through government, with the National Agency for Mineral Resources and the Secretary General of Government (SGG) having... 

Cobalt streaming may presage bigger deals as Vale weighs options

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 A streaming deal for cobalt and nickel from a mine in Papua New Guinea may foreshadow other similar arrangements as producers look to capitalise on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. On Tuesday, Cobalt 27 Capital – a Toronto-listed vehicle designed to invest in the metal –... 

Forevermark appeals to Millennials with new flagship store in China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 De Beers Groups’ Forevermark brand has launched Libert’aime by Forevermark – a new flagship store in Shanghai, China.  

Forevermark appeals to Millennials with new flagship store in China

Chalice moves into battery minerals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Dual listed gold developer Chalice Gold Mines has extended its reach into the battery metals market, acquiring two vanadium/nickel exploration projects in Queensland and Western Australia. The company told shareholders that it had successfully applied for a suite of exploration licences in the... 

Nemaska Lithium secures funding for mine with C$400m equity raise

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 Canada's Nemaska Lithium said on Tuesday it had secured funding of up to C$402-million ($314-million) from investors, which it plans to use to build a mine and processing plant to produce lithium, the key ingredient for rechargeable batteries. This brings to more than C$1.1-billion the amount of... 

Cobalt 27 announces first-ever cobalt/nickel streaming deal

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 Canadian cobalt company Cobalt 27 has created the world’s first cobalt/nickel streaming deal with ASX-listed Highlands Nickel on the Ramu mine, in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The two partners have signed a metal purchase and sale agreement (MPA) giving Cobalt 27 the right to buy 55% of Highlands... 

Cobalt 27 announces first-ever cobalt/nickel streaming deal

Rio Tinto confirms talks to sell $3.5bn Grasberg stake

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 Multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto confirmed on Tuesday that it is in talks to potentially sell its stake in the Grasberg copper/gold mine, in Indonesia, to PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) for $3.5-billion. Media rumours swirled on Tuesday about the deal, prompting Rio Tinto to make... 

Rio Tinto confirms talks to sell $3.5bn Grasberg stake

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia “irreparable harm” and could “injure human health and safety in remote communities”, the provincial government argued in a statement of claim filed in Alberta's... 

Oil pipeline plot thickens as British Columbia files Alberta suit over ‘tariff-like’ Act

Goldcorp says Peru and Nevada would make portfolio perfect

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2018 Goldcorp CEO David Garofalo says he’s happy with his company’s portfolio of assets, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a wish list. In an ideal world, the company would have an asset in Nevada’s Carlin Trend. “If you’re an Americas-based gold company, you should be there. Barrick and Newmont... 

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential US tariff retaliation to $3.5bn

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminium, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total US tariff bill to around $3.5-billion annually. The three countries detailed their compensation claims in... 

Greece aims to resolve Eldorado standoff over metallurgy plant soon

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 Greece aims to resolve a long-standing standoff with Canada's Eldorado Gold over its development plans in the coming weeks, the Energy Ministry said on Tuesday. The differences between Eldorado and the government over the miner's plans to produce gold and other metals in the northern Greek... 

Greece aims to resolve Eldorado standoff over metallurgy plant soon
The Olympias project, in Greece

Alrosa reopens office in world’s largest diamond jewellery market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has successfully held its first auction in two years in the US, following the recent reopening of its representative office in New York. The New York office was first opened in 2006, but has not operated since 2016. 

Alrosa reopens office in world’s largest diamond jewellery market

Rio Tinto tells Mongolia to interfere less in Oyu Tolgoi

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has called for less interference at the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, in Mongolia, as it advances underground development. Rio’s copper and diamonds CEO Arnaud Soirat told delegates at the Mongolian Economic Forum that the Oyu Tolgoi development would be used as a... 

Rio Tinto tells Mongolia to interfere less in Oyu Tolgoi

Mustang amends Arena financing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2018 Ruby miner Mustang Resources has amended the terms of a A$19.95-million investment facility from US investor Arena Investors. The amendments would see Mustang split the second tranche of the funding into two parts, reducing the amount of the second tranche from the original A$3.8-million to... 

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