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Tahoe’s Clayton passes baton to James Voorhees

By: Mariaan Webb     12th June 2018 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources has appointed mining engineer and founding director James Voorhees as its new president and CEO, succeeding Ronald Clayton, who is retiring on Friday. Voorhees has been a director of the company since its inception in 2010 and he will remain on the board... 

Project could extend Alaska mine’s life by 6yrs – Kinross

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 TSX-listed Kinross Gold has decided to proceed with the Gilmore expansion project at its Fort Knox mine, in Alaska.  

Project could extend Alaska mine’s life by 6yrs – Kinross
The Fort Knox mine, in Alaska

Cleveland-Cliffs exits Australian iron-ore

By: Mariaan Webb     12th June 2018 Iron-ore pellet producer Cleveland-Cliffs has reached the final step in the implementation of its US iron-ore-centric strategy with the announcement on Tuesday that it would sell its Australian iron-ore business. The Cleveland, Ohio-based firm has reached an agreement with Australian mining... 

Cleveland-Cliffs exits Australian iron-ore

AngloGold maintains option for Nevada earn-in

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Renaissance Gold, which has based is business model on joint ventures, has received a $200 0000 payment from gold major AngloGold Ashanti to maintain an option to earn into the Silicon gold project in the Bare Mountains of Nevada, US. In its first year of exploration, AngloGold has... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
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Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

China Inc takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. Congo holds huge reserves of copper, but is also one of the hardest countries to navigate -- with problems with security,... 

Rio appoints replacement for Lynch

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has appointed Jakob Stausholm as CFO, succeeding Chris Lynch who will stand down from the board on September 3, and who will retire from Rio on September 30. Stausholm recently stepped down as group CFO of AP Moller-Maersk, and will join Rio as an executive director on... 

Chile creates committee to oversee lithium contracts

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Chile's government said on Monday it was creating a committee to supervise lithium contracts the state has with local miner SQM and US-based Albemarle Corp, deals that are key to positioning the country as a top producer of the white metal. The committee will aim to ensure concession agreements... 

First Cobalt to spend A$9m on new project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 ASX- and TSX-listed First Cobalt has approved a A$9-million works programme at the Iron Creek project, in the US. First Cobalt acquired the Iron Creek project through its takeover of US Cobalt in June. 

Goldcorp says protest could halt production at Mexico gold mine

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Canada's Goldcorp said on Monday an ongoing protest blocking entry to its Penasquito mine, one of Mexico's biggest gold producers, could force the company to halt output. The mine, in northern Zacatecas state, produced 476 000 oz of gold last year, comprising 18% of Goldcorp's total production... 

Vale signs $690m in cobalt deals with Wheaton, Cobalt 27

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached agreements to sell future production of cobalt for $690-million upfront as producers look to capitalize on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. The deal includes $390-million from Wheaton Precious Metals and $300-million from Cobalt 27 Capital, the companies... 

Three miners killed in accident at Sibanye gold mine

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Three gold miners were killed in South Africa on Monday at a Sibanye-Stillwater plant and the company said rescue teams are searching for two others. At least 18 people have died at Sibanye's South African mines this year including seven trapped underground at the Masakhane mine in May. 

Vale to proceed with Voisey’s Bay expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2018 Diversified major Vale will proceed with the construction of the Voisey’s Bay underground mine and will invest close to $2-billion in the project, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced on Monday. The investment by Vale will extend the operational life of Voisey’s Bay, currently... 

Vale to proceed with Voisey’s Bay expansion
Vale will proceed with an underground mine at the Voisey's Bay nickel operation in northern Labrador.

Nautilus secures $34m loan to progress Solwara 1 project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 TSX-listed Nautilus Minerals has entered into a loan agreement with Deep Sea Mining Finance, formalising the previously disclosed secured structured credit facility of up to $34-million.  

Pembridge, Japanese trading house enter into $30m offtake financing arrangement

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge Resources has signed definitive heads of terms with a global Japanese trading house to receive $30-million in prepayment financing through an offtake financing agreement for 125 000 t of copper concentrate to be produced at the Minto copper/gold/silver mine, in Canada. The... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2018 Deputy Minerals Minister Godfrey Oliphant is engaging with companies on local value-addition opportunities in zinc and platinum-catalysed fuel cells, and would like mining companies to make these and other locally mined commodities available at developmental prices to facilitate... 

Beneficiation opportunities in zinc, fuel cells – Oliphant
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Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Chaarat plans to lead consolidation in CIS region

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2018 London-listed Chaarat Gold’s offer to take over Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine, Kumtor, is only “one of a number of potential deals” that the company is considering in former Soviet Union countries, chairperson Martin Andersson said on Monday, reaffirming the junior’s strategy of selective... 

Chaarat plans to lead consolidation in CIS region
Chaarat chairperson Martin Andersson

Cobalt battery boom wavers as prices slide in top user China

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Cobalt is facing its first major test since an impending demand boom from electric vehicles triggered a two-year surge, with prices retreating in top consumer China amid signs there’s still enough material to go around. The price for cobalt sulfate – the chemical form used in car batteries and... 

AM Resources to acquire 60% in Colombian gold property

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 TSX-listed AM Resources Corporation has signed an option agreement to acquire a 60% interest in a Colombian gold property and is seeking to raise $600 000 in a private placement on the TSX.  

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output
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Voisey's Bay mine and concentrator in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Coal rallies to six-year high as heatwave fires up China demand

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 The heat is on in the global coal market. Prices of Newcastle coal are at the highest level since 2012 after surging 24% since mid-April to $112.05 a metric ton on Thursday as China maintains robust demand during unseasonably hot weather. Despite measures imposed by the top user to cool soaring... 

Entrée Resources sells Cañariaco royalty

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Entrée Resources has sold its 0.5% net smelter return royalty on Candente Copper’s Cañariaco copper project, in northern Peru, to TSX- and LSE-listed natural resources royalty and streaming company Anglo Pacific Group. Under the terms of the agreement with Anglo Pacific,... 

Farellon copper/gold mine on track to meet 5 000 t/m in June

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 TSX-listed mineral exploration company Altiplano Metals has improved capacity at its Farellon copper/gold mine, in Chile, which was now on track to meet its targeted extraction rate of 5 000 t/ m later this month.   "Through professional management of extraction methods and operations, our team... 

Laramide increases private placement to C$3.3m

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Uranium miner Laramide Resources has increased the previously announced private placement from seven-million units to ten-million units, at a company price of C$0.30 a unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of up to C$3.3-million. The ASX- and TSX-listed company had, earlier this month, announced its... 

Suncor production well-positioned for the remainder of the year

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2018 Energy company Suncor produced, on average, about 636 000 bbl/d of oil equivalent so far in the second quarter. This follows the completion of major planned turnaround activities and strong production from growth projects. 

Murchison Minerals expands prospective area in Canada

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed zinc/copper/silver miner Murchison Minerals has acquired more ground near its Brabant-McKenzie property, in Saskatchewan, Canada, by staking and is planning additional ground geophysics at the property.  

Alio Gold appoints executive VP, COO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed gold miner Alio Gold has appointed Doug Jones as executive VP and COO.  

Nevada Sunrise acquires option to buy Nevada mine

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Nevada Sunrise Gold Corporation has entered into a 90-day due diligence period related to an option to buy the Coronado property, in Nevada. During the due diligence period, Nevada Sunrise will commission Geotech, of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, to fly a vertical transient... 

Honey Badger acquires Thunder Bay Silver & Cobalt Corporation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed Honey Badger Exploration has acquired Thunder Bay Silver & Cobalt Corporation – a private company with assets comprising 359 claims, covering 6 880 ha within the Thunder Bay polymetallic silver camp, in Canada.  

Hannan Metals to raise C$1m for Irish project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 TSX-listed base metals miner Hannan Metals will raise about C$1-million through a nonbrokered private placement of up to 6.7-million units of the company at a price of C$0.15 apiece.  

Teck recognised for its corporate citizenship

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has been recognised as one of the top companies in Canada for corporate citizenship by media and investment research company Corporate Knights, marking the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.... 

Callinex files technical report for updated resource estimate at the Nash Creek project

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian zinc miner Callinex has filed an updated technical report for its 100% owned Nash Creek project, in New Brunswick, outlining a major increase in contained zinc, lead and silver mineralisation within indicated and inferred categories. A 2018 maiden preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

Anglo-Chilean miner reports tax and fees payments

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th June 2018 UK-domiciled, London Stock Exchange- (LSE-) listed mining group Antofagasta plc last year paid $316 833 000.00 to Chilean, and $206 000.00 to US, Government authorities in taxes and fees. The company released this information at the start of this month in its “2017 Report on Payments to... 

BlueBird to acquire Oberon Gold to expand Australia portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 TSX-listed BlueBird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of Australian exploration company Oberon Gold from Providence Gold and Minerals.  

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
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JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Altus starts exploration at Côte d'Ivoire project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th June 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies has started exploration at its 369.5 km2 Prikro gold project, in eastern Côte d'Ivoire. "Prikro is an exciting gold project located in an emerging gold province in eastern Côte d'Ivoire. The licence targets Birimian age metasedimentary belts that are... 

Congo mining regulations to be signed into law on Friday – mines minister

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's prime minister will sign into law on Friday regulations to immediately implement a new mining code without any concessions to industry demands that key provisions be amended, the mines minister said on Thursday. The move could set off a legal battle between the... 

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