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In over-built potash sector, tiny segment commands premium

By: Reuters Excess production capacity over-hangs the price of potash, but its premium form may offer upside that investors have yet to cash in on. Sulfate of potash (SOP) is a chloride-free fertiliser suited to sensitive crops such as fruits and nuts. Standard SOP traded over five years to mid-2013 in... 

South Boulder publishes PFS for Eritrea potash project  

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea, has estimated that the project would require an initial investment of some $442-million. The PFS examined a two-module development with an expected production of 425 000 t/y sulphate potash for the first five years of... 

Potash West gains 25% stake in technology firm, mulls separate listing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The share price of ASX-listed Potash West fell slightly on Friday as the company raised the possibility of listing a venture that will pursue potash technologies. Potash West has obtained a 25% interest in a lithium technology licensing company, which holds the licence for a unique lithium... 

South Boulder Mines nears completion of second tranche on Eritrean project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Eritrea-focused potash exploration company South Boulder Mines expected its final tranche of baseline submissions for its one-billion-ton Colluli potash project to be completed and submitted in the second quarter, while expecting the results fromm its prefeasibility study (PFS) to be released by... 

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index falls 12% in Q4, lower oil prices provide some respite

By: Henry Lazenby Global professional services firm EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index fell 12% in the quarter ended December 31, compared with a 15% decline in the prior period. The index underperformed against the S&P/TSX Composite index, which fell 2% in the last quarter of 2014, while the London Metal Exchange... 

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index falls 12% in Q4, lower oil prices provide some respite

Elemental targets 2019 start at Dougou

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Potash developer Elemental Minerals is aiming to start production from its Dougou project,in the Republic of Congo, in 2019. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday released the results of a scoping study into the project, which indicated that a capital investment of $430-million would be require to... 

Norway's Yara plans to develop $740m Ethiopian potash mine

By: Reuters Norwegian fertiliser firm Yara said it was looking for equity partners to develop a $740-million potash mining project in Ethiopia after a feasibility study confirmed the prospect's potential. "The independent study identified an annual production of 600 000 metric tons sulfate of potash over 23... 

Mosaic nearly triples Q4 earnings on the back of robust fertiliser demand

By: Henry Lazenby The NYSE-listed stock of The Mosaic Company rose on Wednesday after the US-based concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients producer reported that fourth-quarter earnings had almost tripled year-over-year on the back of strong fertiliser demand. The Plymouth, Minnesota-based company noted... 

Optimisation study finds cost savings for Arianne’s Lac-à-Paul

By: Henry Lazenby An optimisation study has identified a cost reduction of almost 5% with regard to the planned phosphate concentrate production at Quebec-focused project developer Arianne Phosphate's Lac-à-Paul project, in Quebec. Arianne's October 2013 feasibility study expected the free-on-board Port of... 

PotashCorp lifts dividend on outlook optimism, Q4 profit rises 75%

By: Henry Lazenby The world’s most significant fertiliser producer PotashCorp of Saskatchewan has lifted its quarterly cash dividend by about 9% on the back of a confident sector outlook as its potash expansion programme was nearing completion. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based miner on Wednesday declared a cash... 

PotashCorp lifts dividend on outlook optimism, Q4 profit rises 75%

Stonegate Agricom halts work on Idaho project permitting as coffers empty

By: Henry Lazenby Phosphate project developer Stonegate Agricom has temporarily halted permitting activities at its Paris Hills project, in Idaho, citing financial constraints. The TSX-listed firm noted on Monday that third-party consultants appointed to finalise the groundwater model for permitting applications,... 

Danakil DFS to potentially uplift value of Premier’s interest in Circum

Circum Minerals expects to complete the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Danakil potash project, in the northern margin of the Danakil depression, in Ethiopia, by mid-year and foresees the production of 2.75-million tonnes a year of saleable potash salts over a minimum of 30 years.... 

Investors to blame for supporting dithering juniors

By: Henry Lazenby In the aftermath of several key mining-related indexes having dropped significantly since 2011, the mining industry as a whole, and particularly the junior explorers and project generators, have had to “reset” and undergo a paradigm shift from being project promoters to true value creators. This... 

Potash West improves Dinner Hill economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A scoping study by ASX-listed Potash West into its proposed Dinner Hill phosphate project, in Western Australia, has again improved the project economics. A previous economic model of the Dinner Hill project had estimated the project’s net present value (NPV) to be around A$331-million, with the... 

Premier receives final $1m for Danakil

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has received the final $1-million tranche from potash developer Circum Minerals as payment for a 30% interest in the Danakil potash project, in Ethiopia. In May last year, Premier acquired Mandalore Development, which held a 30% stake in the project, from... 

Karnalyte Resources in talks for $700m financing, announces special shareholder meeting

By: Henry Lazenby Potash project developer Karnalyte Resources inked an engagement letter with an Indian financial institution in October last year to help arrange $700-million to develop the Wynyard carnallite-sylvite project, in Saskatchewan. The company said on Friday that the investment capital was expected to... 

Management-shuffling Karnalyte receives meeting request from activist shareholders

By: Henry Lazenby Saskatchewan-focused potash project developer Karnalyte Resources on Thursday said it had received a shareholder-meeting requisition from company founder, former president, CEO and director Robin Phinney. TSX-listed Karnalyte said the board was asked to call a special shareholder meeting to... 

South Boulder sets up pilot plant for Colluli

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Potash developer South Boulder Mines has started pilot testing of the process design of its Colluli project, in Eritrea, at the Saskatchewan Research Council, in Canada. South Boulder MD Paul Donaldson said on Thursday that the pilot plant would use potassium-bearing salts from the Colluli... 

Drill results point to multiple potash seams at Lac Dinga

By: Natalie Greve Recent assay results from Aim-listed African Potash’s Lac Dinga potash project, in the Republic of Congo, have confirmed the presence of multiple potash seams which the company believes are characteristic of the Congolese coastal basin and further underpin the project’s potential to host... 

Colluli PFS will determine project balance – South Boulder CEO

By: Leandi Kolver The prefeasibility study (PFS) of ASX-listed South Boulder Mines’ (SBM’s) Colluli project, in Eritrea, was an exercise of scale through which the company would determine the correct balance between risk mitigation, fundability and the economic return of the project, South Boulder CEO and MD Paul... 

Vale approves 2015 capex budget of $10.2bn

By: Henry Lazenby The board of Brazil-based diversified miner Vale has approved an investment budget for new and sustaining projects of $10.2-billion for 2015, representing the fourth consecutive year in which Vale has reduced its capital expenditure (capex), as it deals with low iron-ore prices. Iron-ore prices... 

Cartesian invests in IC Potash subsidiary

By: Creamer Media Reporter Cartesian Capital Group has made a $10-million strategic investment in project developer IC Potash (ICP) subsidiary Intercontinental Potash Corp USA (ICPUSA), which owns the Ochoa sulphate of potash project, in New Mexico. Cartesian had acquired 500 000 class A preferred shares of ICPUSA at a... 

Premier receives further $1m for Danakil disposal

By: Creamer Media Reporter Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has received a further $1-million from Circum Minerals in relation to the disposal of its interest in the Danakil potash project, in Ethiopia. Premier, in May, acquired Mandalore Development, which held a 30% stake in the Danakil project, from AgriMinco. 

Cape Alumina doubles MetroCoal debt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Takeover target Cape Alumina has doubled the unsecured debt financing provided by fellow-listed MetroCoal to progress its Bauxite Hills project, in Queensland. As part of a takeover offer launched in August, MetroCoal provided Cape Alumina with A$250 000 debt financing to progress the Bauxite... 

Agrium stock surges as activist investor amasses sizeable position

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium's stock rose 7.46% on the NYSE on Friday after San Francisco-based activist investor ValueAct Capital Management disclosed a 5.7% stake in the Canadian fertiliser giant in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Starting in August, ValueAct amassed about... 

Agrium stock surges as activist investor amasses sizeable position

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

Elemental halves Congo capex in refigured project plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Potash developer Elemental Minerals on Thursday announced a new capital estimate of $908-million for the development of its Sintoukola sylvinite (Kola) project, in the Republic of Congo. This compares with an initial capital estimate of $1.85-billion in the 2012 prefeasiblity study (PFS), which... 

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... 

Second drill hole at Lac Dinga confirms potash mineralisation

By: Natalie Greve Sub-Saharan Africa-focused African Potash has intersected multiple potash seams at the second exploration drill hole at its Lac Dinga potash project, in the Republic of Congo. The latest drill hole, which was completed at one of two delineated target locations, intersected a 112-m-thick salt... 

PFS drilling at South Boulder’s Colluli completed ahead of schedule

By: Leandi Kolver ASX-listed South Boulder Mines on Wednesday announced that prefeasibility study (PFS) level drilling at its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea, had been completed ahead of schedule. This early completion of the PFS section of the drilling programme enabled the finalisation of the mining study and... 

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