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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... 

Argonaut adds resources at its two operating assets

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 On the heels of pouring first gold at its brand-new San Agustin project earlier this week, Mexico-focused miner Argonaut Gold has also increased the pit-constrained resources at its two operating mines, the company has advised. At El Castillo, the Toronto-based miner added about 328 000 oz of... 

Offer for Rockwell affiliates flops on BRP haste; orderly wind down still planned

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Bankrupts alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds advised on Friday that it has received two offers which, when combined, would have been able to buy out the Canadian company’s distressed South African subsidiaries. However, an untimely motion to place the affiliates into provisional liquidation... 

Tahoe dials up gold guidance as Escobal impasse drags on

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources has increased its guidance for expected gold output while its flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance, despite holding a valid licence to mine. The Vancouver-headquartered company announced after market close on... 

Opec says winning battle to curb oil glut

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Output cuts by Opec and other oil producers are clearing a supply glut that has weighed on crude prices for three years, ministers said at a meeting on Friday to review the pact that expires in March 2018. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and several other producers... 

Hernic Ferrochrome in business rescue – Mitsubishi

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Ferrochrome producer Hernic has been placed in business rescue, Mitsubishi Corporation said on Friday. The businessrescue of the Japanese subsidiary, Mitsubishi Corporation said in a release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online, is taking place under the Companies Act, following a... 

Rio launches $2.5bn share buy-back

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd September 2017 Diversified major Rio Tinto will spend an additional $2.5-billion on its ongoing share buy-back programme, funded by the recent sale of its Coal & Allied subsidiary to ASX-listed Yancoal. The capital return programme will be executed through a combination of an off-market buy-back tender,... 

Rio launches $2.5bn share buy-back

Alamos expands revolver by $250m

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed miner Alamos Gold has reached agreement with its syndicate of lenders to increase its undrawn existing $150-million revolving credit facility by $250-million to $400-million on more favourable terms the company announced on Thursday. Based in Canada’s financial capital... 

Fire disrupts Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 A fire disrupted operations at a Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais on Thursday, the company said. The fire occurred at a water cooling tower for a plant producing sulphuric acid in its Uberaba facility around noon and was under control within an hour, a... 

Primero’s fall from grace accelerates on San Dimas ramp-up delay

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Precious metals producer Primero Mining’s proverbial fall from grace is near complete with the company once more trading in penny stock territory since early September – a level last seen in 2009 and a far cry from its peak at C$8.89 a share in July 2014. The Toronto-based company’s NYSE- and... 

Zinc darling Trevali poised for further organic, M&A growth as prices climb

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Following the recent $400-million acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets from mining major Glencore, Vancouver-headquartered Trevali Mining has become the go-to investment vehicle for investors keen to get in on rising zinc prices. Supported by strong fundamentals, including a growing supply... 

Zinc darling Trevali poised for further organic, M&A growth as prices climb
Photo by Trevali Mining
Trevali president and CEO Mark Cruise

Brazil miner Votorantim Metais files for New York, Toronto IPO

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Brazil-based mining company Votorantim Metais Holding filed on Thursday for an initial public offering in New York and Toronto, according to a securities filing, which did not signal the pricing or total fundraising expected. Proceeds from the offering would go entirely to the controlling... 

Eldorado calls off threat to shutter Greek development projects as relations thaw

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2017 Canadian gold producer Eldorado Gold reports that icy relations with the leftist Greek government is on the mend, and it has temporarily postponed its threats to mothball development of the Kasandra Mines assets in Halkidiki, Northern Greece. The Vancouver-based company said on Thursday that it... 

Pan African rolling out vibrant internal growth projects 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Midtier gold mining company Pan African is rolling out vibrant internal growth projects involving the revival of Evander Mines’ 7 Shaft and the alleviation of congestion at Barberton Mines’ Fairview operation, which will provide the flexibility needed to better exploit what is arguably the... 

Pan African rolling out vibrant internal growth projects
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots outlines gold growth projects to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery material technology

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Johnson Matthey said it will invest an initial £200-million in expanding its battery material technology business from 2018, aiming to capitalise on growth in the electric vehicle market. The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30-billion (in) sales... 

Further investment in Anglo by majority shareholder of Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Vedanta head Anil Agarwal has once again hit the headlines by announcing an intended further personal investment in Anglo American through Volcan Investments, which is the majority shareholder of Vedanta Resources. Volcan announced on Wednesday that it intended investing £1.25-billion to... 

Further investment in Anglo by majority shareholder of Vedanta
Photo by Bloomberg
Vedanta head Anil Agarwal

Longford buys US company

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st September 2017 ASX-listed junior Longford Resources has moved to acquire two cobalt/copper projects, in the US. The company on Thursday announced that it would acquire US-based Liaz, which holds the Colsons copper/cobalt project in Idaho, and the Goodsprings copper/cobalt project in Nevada. 

Miner Hochschild on hunt for acquisitions – executive

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 London-based precious metals miner Hochschild Mining is looking for opportunities to grow through acquisitions of early-stage projects, the chief executive said on Wednesday. Speaking during a presentation at the mining convention Perumin, in southern Peru, Ignacio Bustamante added that the... 

Roxgold lifts FY guidance 9%

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2017 TSX-listed issuer Roxgold has increased its full-year guidance by nearly 9% to a range of between 115 000 oz and 125 000 oz of gold, compared with the previous guidance of 105 000 oz to 115 000 oz. The Toronto-based company, which operates its flagship Yaramoko gold mine, in the Houndé greenstone... 

PotashRidge to spin out Quebec assets; Encanto secures C$100m for Muskowekwan work

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2017 Despite a potash glut, junior project developers are making steady progress developing the next generation of mines that will provide plant nutrients needed to cater for exploding food demand across the globe. TSX-listed PotashRidge announced on Wednesday that it would spin out its Quebec assets... 

Angkor, Renaissance get Cambodian approval to proceed with Koan Nheak exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 TSX-V-listed Angkor Gold has, together with its joint venture partner Renaissance Minerals, received approval from the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy to proceed with their joint exploration plans of Koan Nheak under a definitive earn-in agreement signed in July. Renaissance is a Cambodian... 

PotashCorp curtails some capacity; Mosaic flags Irma disruption

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Canada’s largest potash producer PotashCorp of Saskatchewan said on Wednesday it would curtail some capacity to balance its supply with market demand. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp said it would fully rely on its lowest-cost Rocanville operations, while the Allan operation would... 

PotashCorp curtails some capacity; Mosaic flags Irma disruption

Integra seizes precious metals opportunity in Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Mere months after Integra Gold was bought out in a deal worth about C$590-million by Eldorado Gold, essentially the same team – reincarnated as Integra Resources – has reached agreement with major Kinross Gold to buy the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in Southern Idaho. The C$7.5-million... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 The world’s refined copper balance for the first half of 2017 indicates a deficit of around 75 000 t, including revisions to data previously presented, the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group revealed on Wednesday. This is mainly owing to stagnant growth in the world refined copper... 

H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t

Endeavour board OKs Ity CIL expansion in Cote d'Ivoire

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 West African gold producer Endeavour Mining has given the $412-million Ity carbon-in-leach (CIL) project, in Cote d'Ivoire, the go-ahead, adding about 235 000 oz/y over the first five years to Endeavour’s current production profile of between 600 000 oz and 640 000 oz this year, at lower costs.... 

Endeavour board OKs Ity CIL expansion in Cote d'Ivoire
Photo by Endeavour Mining
Endeavour Mining's Ity mine, in Cote d'Ivoire

Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2017 More than a third of the yearly gold production of Pan African Resources is destined to arise from low-cost, low-risk tailings businesses, which have long lives ahead of them. Pan African CEO Cobus Loots told investors, analysts and journalists at the company’s presentation of financial results... 

Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings
Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots at the financial results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 20.09.2017

Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The... 

BHP says it paid $4.7bn in global taxes

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 Mining major BHP paid some $4.7-billion in global taxes and royalties in the 2017 financial year, with a further $1.2-billion payable to the Australian government in corporate tax income payments before the end of the calendar year. Australian taxes, royalties and other payments accounted for... 

BHP says it paid $4.7bn in global taxes

Black Butte advances further – Sandfire

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 ASX-listed Sandfire Resources has overcome another development hurdle at its Black Butte project, in Montana, after it was issued a draft operating permit for the copper project. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality now considers the project to be "complete and compliant" in... 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush. After a collapse in the price of uranium, Rosatom Corp. plans to start mining and trading the metal used in batteries as it seeks to profit from the rapid rise of electric vehicles. 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

Kinross to invest $820m to tread water on production

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Kinross Gold is spending more than $800-million to essentially tread water as – like many miners – it faces a future in which new gold assets are increasingly difficult to find and costly to develop. The Canadian miner said Monday it will move ahead with expansions at mines in Mauritania and... 

Buenaventura eyes $2bn copper project in Peru – chairperson

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 Buenaventura is considering making a bid on a $2-billion copper project in Peru as the precious metal miner's gold production dwindles and copper prices rally, the company's chairperson told Reuters on Tuesday. Speaking at the Perumin industry convention in Arequipa, Peru, Roque Benavides said... 

More than 120 birds dead at Suncor-owned Canada oil sands mine

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 More than 120 birds in Canada's oil heartland of Alberta were killed after getting caught in a pond of oil sands byproducts operated by the country's largest producer Suncor Energy, the local regulator said on Tuesday. The Alberta Energy Regulator said the animals, waterfowl and songbirds, were... 

GoldMining makes first Peruvian foray

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Americas-focused project developer GoldMining Inc is making its first foray into Peru with the 100% acquisition of Crucero gold project, located in south-eastern Peru, from Lupaka Gold. The TSX-V-listed companies have signed a sale agreement providing for total payment of 3.5-million GoldMining... 

Leagold ‘turning a corner’ at Los Filos as Bermejal upside beckons 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 Gold miner Leagold Mining is making good progress with transforming the 200 000 oz/y-plus Los Filos mine into a strong, long-lived growth platform with which it can pursue other growth opportunities in Latin America. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online in Vancouver (see attached video), president... 

Leagold ‘turning a corner’ at Los Filos as Bermejal upside beckons
Leagold Mining president and CEO Neil Woodyer discusses the company’s progress at the flagship Los Filos mine, in Mexico, as it aims to create a growth platform for expansion into the Americas. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats
Photo by Duane Daws
Impala Platinum (Implats) group executive marketing Paul Finney

Sibanye-Stillwater announces $450m convertible bond offering

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced the impending launch of a $450-million convertible bond offering linked to the refinancing of the outstanding portion of the bridge loan the company raised to buy Stillwater Mining in the US. The senior unsecured guaranteed... 

Sibanye-Stillwater announces $450m convertible bond offering
Photo by Duane Daws
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Rally in zinc price raises spectre of substitution

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 A sharp rally in zinc prices is posing the threat that industrial users will find ways to substitute the metal with cheaper alternatives or use less, curbing overall consumption. High prices may also dampen a nascent move by Chinese automakers to use more zinc for galvanising, while the Western... 

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