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Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Altus to transfer Cameroon licences to Canyon

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies has signed a letter of intent with ASX-listed Canyon Resources to terminate its existing bauxite joint venture agreement with Canyon and to transfer 100% of Altus’ interest in the Birsok and Mandoum licences to Canyon. In return, Altus will receive up to... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Opec sees weaker demand for its crude next year as rivals surge

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Opec is under intense pressure right now from consumers to ease prices by pumping more crude, but for 2019 it sees a more doubtful picture. The cartel cut its estimate for global demand for its crude next year due to weakening economic growth and higher output from rivals, notably US shale... 

Gold gets ignored as global equity rout fails to fire up havens

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Equities are plummeting, President Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve’s gone ‘loco’ and the trade war’s heating up, yet traditional havens in times of trouble such as gold are not getting any love. The biggest selloff in equities since February rolled through Asia and into Europe on Thursday,... 

Tribe opposes Midas’ proposed Stibnite project

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 The Nez Perce Tribe has formally adopted a resolution opposing the Stibnite gold project, that TSX-listed Midas Gold is advancing in the Valley county, Idaho, over concerns relating to the potential impact of mining on natural resources. Midas CEO Stephen Quin has expressed the company’s... 

SQM controlling shareholder moves to block stake sale to China's Tianqi

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 The controlling shareholder in Chilean lithium producer SQM on Wednesday filed suit with Chile's Constitutional Court to block a deal allowing the sale of nearly one-fourth of the miner to China's Tianqi Lithium. The lawsuit alleges that Chile's antitrust court last week failed to follow due... 

Chile's Supreme Court signals death knell for Kinross gold mine

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Chile's Supreme Court upheld an environmental order for a gold mine owned by Canada's Kinross Gold Corp to close its water pumping wells, the environmental regulator said on Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a long-running dispute that sparked the Toronto-based miner's retreat from Chile.... 

Court-ordered Escobal consultation to begin

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 The court-ordered ILO 169 consultation process with the Xinka communities over the Escobal mine is set to begin, precious metals miner Tahoe Resources reported on Wednesday, adding that Stage 1 of the consultation process could be concluded in one month. On Tuesday, the Guatemala Constitutional... 

Yaouré FEED study confirms pricing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 A value engineering assessment (VEA) and the front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the Yaouré gold project, in Cote d’Ivoire, has confirmed the 2017 cost estimates, ASX- and TSX-listed Perseus Mining reported. The 2017 definitive feasibility study (DFS) estimated that Yaouré would... 

First Cobalt eyes restart of Canadian refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Dual-listed First Cobalt has undertaken three independent studies to assess restarting its refinery in Ontario, Canada. The First Cobalt refinery was commissioned in 1996, and has a nominal throughput capacity of between 12 t/d and 24 t/d. 

Pacton buys into more Pilbara land

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Canadian miner Pacton Gold has entered into a binding letter of intent with ASX-listed Clancy Exploration over the Hong Kong project, in the Pilbara. Under the letter of intent, Pacton would acquire a 70% interest in the Hong Kong project for a total of C$1.7-million, comprising a C$25 000... 

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold has maintained its 2018 production guidance at 4.5-million to 5-million ounces and its copper guidance at 345-million to 410-million pounds, after reporting preliminary third-quarter production results. The miner, which recently agreed to buy London-listed... 

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance
The Lumwana copper mine in Zambia.

DMR accepts Waterberg mining right application – PTM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has accepted TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) mining right application for the large-scale Waterberg platinum group metals (PGMs) project. The application comprises a mining work programme, social and labour plan, and associated... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Alaska's Graphite Creek is potentially key to US defence industrial base

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The Graphite Creek graphite project that TSX-V-listed Graphite One Resources is studying in Alaska could be a key source of supply for the US defence industry, which has recommended that the country reduce its import reliance for critical equipment and material. Commenting on the White House/US... 

Avesoro on track to convert 1Moz from resources to reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 TSX- and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources has reported positive drill results from its Ouaré and Gassore West deposits, and the discovery of two mineralised vein systems that are 1.5 km east of the company’s Youga gold processing plant, in Burkina Faso. Avesoro aims to convert 1-million ounces of... 

Atalaya ups guidance following record Q3

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 Copper production at the Proyecto Riotinto mine has exceeded Atalaya Mining’s expectations, prompting the Aim- and TSX-listed miner to increase its full-year guidance by 2 000 t. Proyecto Riotinto, in southwest Spain, delivered its highest-ever copper production of 11 055 t in the third quarter... 

Atalaya ups guidance following record Q3
The Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain, reported record third-quarter output.

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from... 

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon
Photo by Creamer Media
Peter Leon

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

Titan appoints former Arizona directors to its board

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 Zinc miner Titan Mining has appointed three new board members, all of whom served on the board of Arizona Mining, which was taken over by South32 in a $1.3bn deal. The TSX-listed company, which owns the Empire State Mine (ESM) in New York state, appointed former speaker John Boehner, former... 

Monarques to graduate to TSX

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 Emerging gold miner Monarques, which focuses its growth efforts in the Abitibi mining camp of Quebec, has received conditional approval to move its listing to the TSX. The listing is subject to compliance of all TSX requirements by December 30, the company, which is currently listed on the... 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 NYSE-listed miner Coeur Mining has maintained its production guidance for the year, despite reporting lower third-quarter production results, at 8.5-million ounces of silver equivalent. The company, which owns mines in Mexico, the US and Canada, produced 2.9-million ounces of silver, 88 833 oz... 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output
Palmajero in Mexico

Superior Lake restart feasible

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 ASX-listed Superior Lake will undertake a definitive feasibility study on its namesake project, which will be completed by mid-2019, after the restart study demonstrated that the project, in Canada, proved positive. The study estimated that some $75-million would be required to restart the... 

Fertoz buys stockpiled ore in Montana

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 ASX-listed Fertoz has inked a marketing agreement over 100 000 t of additional phosphate ore resource close to its operations in Montana. Fertoz said on Wednesday that the stockpiled material provided sufficient supply to meet the company’s sales target of between 30 000 t and 50 000 t of... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 For all the bullish talk about metals of the future, miners are making some of their biggest profits from heavy-industry stalwart coal. Base metals from copper to zinc have tumbled this year, caught up as a proxy for trade fears and emerging market jitters. Meanwhile, coal has ground steadily... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

China aluminium exports to surge on trade war - CRU

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chinese aluminium exports are expected to surge in coming months and next year after Beijing boosted tax rebates as part of a package to soften the impact of a trade war with the United States, according to industry consultancy CRU. High Chinese exports of metals such as aluminium and steel in... 

Kirkland Lake output exceeds targeted levels

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 Triple-listed Kirkland Lake Gold has exceeded its production target for the third quarter, driven by record quarterly output from the Fosterville mine, in Australia, as well as a strong contribution from its Canadian operations – Macassa, Holt and Taylor. Third-quarter production increased to... 

Kirkland Lake output exceeds targeted levels
Kirkland Lake's Macassa mine, in Canada.

IEA urges Opec to open the taps as oil market enters 'red zone'

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 The International Energy Agency made a direct appeal to Opec and other major oil producers to boost output, warning that prices are inflicting damage on the global economy. “We should all see the risky situation, the oil markets are entering the red zone,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol said... 

Brucejack Q3 gold output up 13%

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Pretium Resources increased its gold production at the Brucejack mine, in British Columbia, by nearly 13% in the third quarter, standing the company in good stead to meet its second-half production guidance. The mine produced 92 641 oz of gold in the third quarter, which... 

Is the reign of Glencore’s billionaire copper king near its end?

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Aristotelis Mistakidis is one of the world’s most powerful commodity traders. For nearly 20 years, the brash, hyperactive Greek known to everyone simply as “Telis” has ruled over the global copper market, buying and selling enough of the red metal to supply every factory in the US twice over.... 

MGX prepares for drilling programme at new Chile projects

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 Canadian firm MGX Minerals is set to hit the road running in Chile, announcing on Tuesday that it had made its option agreement to acquire an interest in three lithium projects definitive and that it would start a drilling programme this week. MGX, which in August announced an option to buy into... 

Gold nudges up on risk aversion amid China worries

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as risk appetite fell, with Asian stocks slipping to 17-month lows amid concerns over a potential slowdown in China's economic growth. Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1 189.58/oz at 07:15 GMT. On Monday, it fell 1.2%, its biggest one-day percentage fall since August... 

Albemarle shares drop after media report on Chile lithium quota

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Shares of Albemarle Corp fell more than 2% on Monday after a newspaper reported that Chile's nuclear regulator has refused to increase the company's lithium production quota. The report, which has yet to be confirmed by officials, would be a blow to the world's largest lithium producer's aim to... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chile aims to find new copper markets and expand its lithium industry as it seeks to shield its economy from a US.China trade war, the mining minister of the world's biggest copper producer said on Monday. Baldo Prokurica also told Reuters the South American nation was considering further... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Gold miner Randgold Resources’ Morila gold mine’s ambitious agribusiness project has been approved by the Malian government. The project is designed to replace mining with a sustainable economic activity in the local community after the operation’s closure in two years’ time. 

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion
Photo by Bloomberg
Randgold Resources CE Mark Bristow

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

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