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SSR confirms near-term production growth at Marigold

By: Mariaan Webb     19th June 2018 Precious metals producer SSR Mining has updated the life-of-mine (LoM) plan for its Marigold operation, which confirms near-term production growth for the gold mine situated in the northern foothills of the Battle mountain range of Nevada. The 3.2-million ounces of gold that the US mine has in... 

RNC to withdraw $12m from Dumont JV

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2018 Diversified miner RNC Minerals on Monday said that it would withdraw $12-million in capital from the Dumont joint venture (JV), in lieu of the debt extension and equity raise that it announced at the end of May. CEO Mark Selby explained in a news release that the cash withdrawal would avoid an... 

Canadian project generator seeks to expand base metal/gold holdings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Mineral exploration project generator Rainy Mountain Royalty, which acquires early stage exploration projects and deliver them drill target ready to joint venture (JV) partners, is considering opportunities outside Canada, the TSX-V-listed company has revealed. In a news release issued on... 

Group Eleven says Stonepark open towards Glencore’s Pallas Green

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2018 The Stonepark zinc deposit in Ireland, which TSX-V-listed Group Eleven owns with Aim-listed Connemara Mining, is likely open towards the neighbouring Pallas Green deposit of mining major Glencore and results from hole drilled in a key area of the resource have returned high-grade results. Hole... 

Group Eleven says Stonepark open towards Glencore’s Pallas Green

GoldMining graduates to TSX

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Gold-focused minerals explorer GoldMining is expected to delist from the TSX-V on Tuesday, when its shares will start trading on the TSX. Commenting on the company's graduation to the TSX, GoldMining chairperson Amir Adnani said that the new listing would elevate the visibility of the company,... 

Erris gives update on Centerra-funded exploration JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Canada’s Centerra Resources has elected not to earn into the Klippen project, in Sweden, its joint venture (JV) partner Erris Resources reported on Monday, explaining that drill results had confirmed gold mineralisation, but that the nature of the veining was not indicative of a potentially... 

Red 5 divests of Mt Cattlin royalty

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 ASX-listed junior Red 5 has entered into an agreement to divest of its royalty entitlement from the Mt Cattlin lithium mine, in Western Australia, to Canadian royalty company Lithium Royalty Corporation (LRC). Red 5 owns the right to receive A$1.50/t of ore processed from the Mt Cattlin mine,... 

South32 offers $1.3bn for rest of Arizona

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 Diversified miner South32 has struck a $1.3-billion takeover deal with TSX-listed Arizona Mining, offering to acquire the remaining 83% interest in the company through an all-cash offer. South32 is offering Arizona shareholders C$6.20 a share for their interest in the TSX-listed miner, which... 

South32 offers $1.3bn for rest of Arizona
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Not many billion-dollar companies would be willing to circumvent US sanctions for their business partner, but then few people are as powerful as Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gertler scored a victory when Glencore said on Friday that it would evade US sanctions to keep paying... 

The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions
Dan Gertler

Tahltan to receive C$7m a year from Brucejack taxes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th June 2018 The Tahltan First Nation will receive about C$7-million a year in tax revenue from the new Brucejack gold mine, under a revenue-sharing agreement between the British Columbia government and the Tahltan central government. The Brucejack mine, in north-western British Columbia, is expected to... 

China's taxing America's coal just as it was looking to buy more

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Forgive US coal miners for feeling a bit of whiplash over China’s trade policies. Just two weeks ago, the Chinese government was said to be considering buying more American coal as part of an effort to narrow its trade deficit with the US. Now, in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s duties... 

China's taxing America's coal just as it was looking to buy more

Hedge funds pick the wrong time to go big on gold as prices drop

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Hedge funds just mistimed their gold bets. Money managers as of Tuesday pushed their wagers on a bullion rally to the highest in seven weeks. The next day, Federal Reserve policy makers signaled more interest-rate increases this year than earlier projected. Gold ended up posting a weekly loss as... 

Big metal is conspicuously tight-lipped on US-China rift

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 If mining companies are as bothered by Trump’s tariffs as investors appear to be, they’re not saying. A full-out trade war between the US and China could negatively affect the metals and mining sector in several ways. China could respond to Friday’s US tariffs by cutting imports of raw... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s settlement, this week, of various disputes with entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), should allay investor concerns about the risk of a seizure of its DRC assets, says Goldman Sachs. Glencore, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Friday announced that it had... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Albemarle receives approval for WA lithium plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the development of a lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant, outside of Bunbury. The plant, to be developed by global producer Albemarle, will produce up to 100 000 t/y of lithium hydroxide monohydrate from five 20 000... 

Hawkstone abandons US lithium buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The Australian share price of Hawkstone Mining dropped by more than 22% on Friday after the company announced its withdrawal from its acquisition of USA Lithium. Hawkstone in March this year took an option over USA Lithium, which holds the Big Sandy and Lordsburg lithium projects, in Arizona and... 

Second LNG train at Wheatstone starts up

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) production from the second train at the Wheatstone project, near Onslow in Western Australia, has started. US major Chevron said on Friday that the Wheatstone project is expected to produce 8.9-million tonnes a year of LNG over an estimated 30-year mine life, adding... 

Second LNG train at Wheatstone starts up

Nevsun extends Bisha mine life to 2022

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX-listed Nevsun has approved an openpit extension of the Bisha mine in Eritrea, which will add 3.3-million tonnes of ore to the mill, delivering about 470-million pounds of zinc and 52-million pounds of copper. The extension will allow operations to continue to 2022 and gives Nevsun time to... 

Canada and Argentina sign energy and mining MoUs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Ministers from Canada and Argentina on Thursday signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs), dealing with energy efficiency, mining policy and nuclear energy cooperation. The MoUs demonstrate that the two countries place a high priority on energy efficiency as a means to reduce energy use and... 

Fortune may defer Saskatchewan metals processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Project developer Fortune Minerals may defer its planned metals processing plant near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and may opt to sell concentrates from the flagship Nico mine directly to third parties, the company said on Thursday. The London, Ontario-based company has approval for a $200-million... 

Piedmont delivers Carolina belt’s first lithium resource estimate in over 30 years

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Australia-listed junior Piedmont Lithium has competed the first resource estimate in more than 30 years in the historic Carolina tin/spodumene belt, in the US, which was home to most of the world’s lithium production and processing between the 1950s and 1980s. The estimate for its Core property,... 

Piedmont delivers Carolina belt’s first lithium resource estimate in over 30 years

World's largest gold ETF is getting a cheaper little brother  

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2018 The price of gold is falling, at least for investors in exchange-traded funds. The World Gold Council is readying a new fund that will charge less than any other gold ETF, regulatory filings show. It will vie for assets with 35 other precious-metals exchange-traded products in the US, including... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC
Photo by Dylan Slater
Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

Canada’s Erdene is Mongolia exchange’s first cross-listed firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX-listed Erdene Resource Development has launched a secondary listing of its common shares on the Mongolian Stock Exchange (MSE), becoming the first cross-listed, and only precious metals exploration company listed on the MSE. Erdene, which has interests in four exploration licences and a... 

Trump's coal gambit may yield political points, not mining jobs

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2018 The Trump administration’s plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president’s support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. President Donald Trump has asked Energy... 

 Trump's coal gambit may yield political points, not mining jobs

Americas Silver warns of lower-than-planned Q2 output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Americas Silver on Thursday advised that the Galena Complex in Idaho would fail to meet its planned production targets for the June quarter, after mining was interrupted twice in the last two months. The latest interruption occurred on Monday, following a mechanical failure... 

Equinox Gold says Brazil gold project past halfway mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 The Aurizona gold project that Canadian junior Equinox Gold is building in Brazil has moved past the halfway mark, with the overall project now 55% complete and the engineering, procurement and construction management activities about 70% complete. In a project update on Thursday,... 

Wallbridge starts ramp development at Quebec gold mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Junior explorer Wallbridge Mining has completed the rehabilitation of existing underground workings at its Fenelon gold mine, in Quebec, and has started ramp development and underground drilling, as it works towards a production decision early next year. The mine has been dewatered on the... 

US suggests need for broader conflict diamond definition, due diligence for responsible sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 The Kimberley Process (KP) intercessional, which will take place from June 18 to 22 in Antwerp, Belgium, will focus on proposed reforms in the certification system to help achieve ambitious goals in the global diamond industry. This year, the European Union is chairing the KP and India is serving... 

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s Katanga Mining subsidiary has settled its legal dispute with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned trading and mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines).  

Glencore’s Katanga resolves debt dispute with Gécamines
Machinery is seen at the Gecamines' copper plant in Kambove.

Canadian junior opens Empire State zinc mine

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2018 Canadian zinc junior Titan Mining on Tuesday officially reopened the historic Empire State zinc mine, in the US, at a ceremony attended by company director George Pataki, who is the former Governor of the New York state. The mine, which has more than 100 years of previous operating history, was... 

Canadian junior opens Empire State zinc mine
George Pataki (former Governor of New York state and Titan director), Austin Juillet (miner trainee), Keith Boyle (Titan COO), Judge Eugene Nicandri (NYPA board of trustees vice chairman), Gil Quiniones (NYPA president and CEO), Darrel Johnson (miner trainer), Alex Arbogast (miner trainee).

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2018 Mining companies are taking firm steps to help combat the scourge of malaria, which affects 3.3-billion people worldwide and kills a child every 30 seconds. International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton reports that: 

Mining companies combating malaria scourge – ICMM
International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) health, safety and product stewardship director John Atherton.

Global Geoscience raises A$53m for Nevada project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 ASX-listed Global Geoscience was hoping to raise A$53-million through a fully underwritten institutional share placement to fully fund its Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project, in the US, through to a mine development decision in late 2019. The company said on Wednesday that it will place... 

Inca One reports record output in May

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2018 Canadian minerals processor Inca One has had its best-month ever in May, producing 1 531 oz in the month, compared with 765 oz in May last year. The company, which produces gold from processing purchased minerals in Peru, achieved an average throughput of 110 t/d in May, a 114% year-on-year... 

Tethyan granted new exploration permit in Kosovo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2018 Base metals explorer Tethyan Resources has been granted a new exploration licence in the north-eastern part of the Trepca lead/zinc mining district of Kosovo. The 75 km2 licence, named Bistrice, is valid for three years, with an option to extend that up to three times for a period of two years... 

Positive PEA indicates viability of Firesteel’s Laiva mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Firesteel Resources on Tuesday announced the positive results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) at the company’s Laiva gold mine, in Finland.  

Bluebird to acquire another Australian cobalt project

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2018 TSX-listed Bluebird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of the rights, title and interest in the granted exploration licences of the Ashburton cobalt project, in Western Australia.   “A key reason we selected the Ashburton project, other than the style and... 

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