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Latest WGC report demonstrates how responsible gold mining distributes value

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 34 minutes ago The World Gold Council (WGC) this week released the second edition of its ‘Responsible gold mining and value distribution’ report, covering 2013 data, highlighting the continuing contribution responsible gold mining could make in supporting economic development in host countries. The report was... 

Morro Bay Resources finds more resource upside at multi-vein Mexico project

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 1 hour 41 minutes ago Mexico-focused mineral exploration firm Morro Bay Resources this week released results from a drilling campaign at the San Rafael historic mine area, at the multi-veined Peñoles project, in Durango state, indicating the presence of multiple mineralised zones. The Calgary, Alberta-based explorer... 

Morro Bay Resources finds more resource upside at multi-vein Mexico project
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Peñoles, Mexico

BHP sets sights on another $3.5bn in yearly productivity gains

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton said on Friday that it was targeting further productivity gains, with the company operating more like an advanced manufacturer than a traditional resource company. “By the end of the 2017 financial year, we are targeting at least $3.5-billion of additional annualised... 

BHP sets sights on another $3.5bn in yearly productivity gains

Alcoa agrees to sell majority interest in S Carolina aluminium smelter

By: Henry Lazenby Alcoa has agreed to sell its 50.3% stake in the Mt Holly aluminium smelter, in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to  its 49.7%-partner Century Aluminium, further trimming its primary aluminium production capacity as part of efforts to establish a low-cost portfolio of smelters. The US-based integrated... 

Massive gold nugget goes on sale for $400 000 in San Francisco

By: Reuters A huge gold nugget dug up in Northern California earlier this year that is believed to be the largest privately held piece of its kind from the state was offered for $400 000 on Thursday, said the president of the company behind the sale. The chunk of gold, which is larger than a human palm and... 

BC tables amendment to Mine Act allowing more time to investigate, charge offenders

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia government on Thursday tabled proposals to amend the provincial Mines Act to give investigators and Crown Counsel more time to investigate violations under the Act and bring charges if necessary. Energy and Mines Minister and Minister Responsible for Core Review Bill Bennett... 

Vale lifts Q3 iron-ore output to historic highs

By: Henry Lazenby Diversified Brazil-based miner Vale on Thursday reported record iron-ore output for the third quarter ended September 30, boosted by quarter-on-quarter gains in all its business segments. Vale said iron-ore output was 85.7-million tonnes in the period, underpinned by the ramp-ups of Plant 2 at... 

Vale lifts Q3 iron-ore output to historic highs

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

By: Henry Lazenby The world’s largest fertiliser company PotashCorp of Saskatchewan on Thursday reported lower third-quarter earnings for the three months ended September 30, as increased taxes and a disappointing performance from its offshore investments weighed on results. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based... 

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

ABG Q3 production up 16%, AISC continues decline

By: Leandi Kolver Tanzania-focused gold producer African Barrick Gold (ABG) increased its production for the three months ended September 30, by 16% year-on-year, while all-in sustaining costs (AISC) declined for the eight successive quarter. ABG CEO Brad Gordon said the company’s production amounted to 190 986 oz... 

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported 12% lower coal production for South Africa’s State electricity utility Eskom, 31% less refined platinum production, 4% lower iron-ore exports and fewer diamond carats from South African diamond mines, in the three months to September... 

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo
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Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

Rio extends Walsh's contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The CEO of mining giant Rio Tinto, Sam Walsh, would remain at the company’s helm for the foreseeable future after the company’s board extended his tenure. Rio CFO Chris Lynch also had his tenure extended. 

BC introduces new two-tier tax on income from LNG facilities

By: Henry Lazenby The province of British Columbia this week introduced its much-anticipated legislation for a new two-tier tax on net income from liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The legislation, which was originally announced in the provincial budget in February, introduced a two-tier income tax that... 

BC introduces new two-tier tax on income from LNG facilities

MBAC stock surges on loan maturity extensions, liquidity update

By: Henry Lazenby The TSX-listed stock of Brazil-focused fertiliser producer MBAC Fertilizer on Wednesday jumped by as much as 157%, or C$0.11, after the struggling company reported that it had signed final agreements with its senior lenders to extend the maturity of its loans and defer related interest and... 

Nautilus Minerals steps closer to releasing PNG funding

By: Henry Lazenby Prospective seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals has satisfied one of the conditions precedent to releasing $113-million, which its project partner – the Papua New Guinea government – had paid into escrow in May, representing the balance of the State’s 15% share of capital required to complete the... 

Quebec govt and miners to undertake Labrador Trough rail feasibility

By: Henry Lazenby The Quebec government has formed a partnership with mining companies Champion Iron and Lac Otelnuk Mining to undertake a feasibility study for the construction of a multi-user railway, linking the port of Sept-Îles with the Labrador Trough, a 1 600-km-long geological belt rich in iron-ore... 

Lucara’s exceptional diamond tenders rake in $136m in 2014

By: Henry Lazenby Southern Africa-focused miner Lucara Diamond Corp this week reported that exceptional stone tenders had this year accounted for $136-million, reflecting a strong diamond market and robust demand for large precious gems from the company’s flagship Karowe mine, in Botswana. The TSX- and... 

Lucara’s exceptional diamond tenders rake in $136m in 2014

Fortress Minerals to buy stalled Ecuador project for $240m from Kinross

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Fortress Minerals has agreed to buy the stalled Fruta del Norte (FDN) gold/silver project, in Ecuador, for $240-million in cash and scrip from TSX- and NYSE-listed Kinross Gold. Kinross last year booked a $720-million charge related to the discontinued FDN. Kinross shelved the... 

Fortress Minerals to buy stalled Ecuador project for $240m from Kinross

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal

By: Martin Creamer Platinum mining company Northam on Wednesday concluded a fully funded ten-year R6.6-billion black economic-empowerment (BEE) equity transaction underpinned by a R4.6-billion capital raising, which has the potential to position the JSE-listed company as a fully integrated, fully empowered South... 

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal
Photo by Duane Daws
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Sibanye maintains FY output guidance

By: Creamer Media Reporter Gold miner Sibanye Gold has maintained its output guidance for 2014 at 1.61-million ounces. The company, which would release an operating update for the third quarter on October 28, on Tuesday said total cash costs for the year to end December 31 would be about $850/oz, while all-in sustaining... 

OceanaGold hopeful on Blackwater economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A preliminary economic report on dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold’s Blackwater gold project, in New Zealand, has indicated an economically robust project. In a report released on Wednesday, the ASX- and TSX-listed miner stated that Blackwater could be mined at a rate of 120 000 t/y, to produce... 

BHP reports record production, says no major projects under way

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton has reported record production across four commodities and eight operations during the quarter ended September, including from its Pilbara iron-ore operations. Iron-ore production for the three months under review increased by 1% on the previous quarter, and 17% on the... 

BHP reports record production, says no major projects under way
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BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Global REE supply threatened after reports that 40% of Chinese supply is illegal

By: Henry Lazenby China, the world's most prolific producer of rare earth elements (REE),  has revealed that 40% of its supply is from illegally mined sources in the country, market-focused research house Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyst Simon Moores reported on Tuesday. Industrial Minerals Company of... 

Global REE supply threatened after reports that 40% of Chinese supply is illegal

PEA outlines significant extra cash flow for True Gold’s Karma project

By: Henry Lazenby A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on TSX-V-listed True Gold’s North Kao deposit has outlined an extra $118-million in after-tax free cash flow for the project developer’s Karma gold project, in Burkina Faso. The report, released on Tuesday, also found that – as a result of its high gold... 

Treasury Metals files EIS for Goliath gold project, Ontario

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-listed project developer Treasury Metals on Tuesday announced that it had achieved a significant milestone in developing its flagship Goliath Gold project, in north-western Ontario, after filing an environmental-impact statement (EIS) with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).... 

Chieftain Metals reports strong project feasibility optimisation

By: Henry Lazenby The proponent of the Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, Chieftain Metals, late on Monday published the results of an optimised feasibility study, aimed at improving the financeability of the project in the current difficult market. The 2014 feasibility update, prepared by... 

Chieftain Metals reports strong project feasibility optimisation

De Beers plans to keep South African diamond exploration spend at R30m a year

By: Martin Creamer Diamond company De Beers plans to maintain its diamond exploration spend in South Africa at R30-million to R35-million a year. De Beers Consolidation Mines (DBCM) CEO Phillip Barton, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in a video interview (see attached) on the sidelines of the Diamond Route... 

De Beers plans to keep South African diamond exploration spend at R30m a year
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Phillip Barton (right) and Martin Creamer

Newcrest to wrap up Wafi-Golpu study by year-end

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold major Newcrest is hoping to complete an updated prefeasibility study (PFS) on its Wafi-Golpu joint venture, in Papua New Guinea, by the end of 2014, the Australian company reported on Tuesday. The project, which is being developed with South Africa’s Harmony Gold and comprises the Golpu and... 

Tiger ups production as SX-EW plant hits nameplate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Copper cathode producer Tiger Resources has reported a significant surge in production after its solvent extraction electrowinning (SX-EW) plant, at its Kipoi project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reached nameplate capacity. First copper cathode was produced in May this year, and the... 

On back of strong Q3 output growth, Klondex lifts full-year outlook

By: Henry Lazenby Nevada-focused gold producer Klondex Mines on Monday reported a 73% quarter-on-quarter rise in precious metals produced during the three months ended September 30, as production benefitted from increased mill throughput and higher gold grades. The company, which this year transformed from a... 

Monument Mining obtains Malaysia federal stay order pending hearing

By: Henry Lazenby Malaysia-focused gold producer Monument Mining has obtained a stay from the Federal Court against the Court of Appeal's order forcing it to deposit $9.4-million into a joint account maintained by legal counsels of the respective parties to a lawsuit regarding a claimed interest in the Selinsing... 

Peabody beats Street Q3 forecast as Australian cost savings lift results

By: Henry Lazenby US coal producer Peabody Energy’s NYSE-listed stock was on Monday trending lower despite the company reporting a much narrower loss than what Wall Street analysts were expecting, mainly owing to lower costs at its Australian operations. For the three months ended September 30, the St Louis,... 

Peabody beats Street Q3 forecast as Australian cost savings lift results
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