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Volkswagen scandal to cause diesel autos to lose market share, drive platinum lower

By: Henry Lazenby As a direct result of German automaker Volkswagen’s (VW’s) admission that it has violated US emission regulations, diesel propelled vehicles stood to lose market share, removing a source of demand growth and sending platinum prices falling. On 18 September the US Environmental Protection Agency... 

Joburg Indaba to discuss SA’s competitiveness

By: Dylan Stewart The 2015 Joburg Indaba is set to attract a significant number of mining industry stakeholders, particularly at executive level, states independent investment business Coronation Fund Managers analyst Henk Groenewald. 

Joburg Indaba to discuss SA’s competitiveness
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STEALTH IN RESERVE Despite difficult times South Africa still has good platinum and manganese reserves like those mined at Kgalagadi Mine

Syncrude gains access to patent rights that could reduce environmental footprint

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed technology firm Titanium Corp has assigned a 50% interest and signed a co-ownership agreement with oil sands miner Syncrude Canada in a patent that could help Syncrude reduce its environmental footprint. Under the terms of the agreement announced on Thursday, Titanium had assigned a... 

African opportunities depend on economic corridors and additional infrastructure 

By: Simon Rees Sub-Saharan Africa continued to face transport bottlenecks and difficulties in bringing large-scale infrastructure projects to fruition, despite increased economic growth and growing population levels, delegates were told at a recent Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business infrastructure... 

Mining leaders to learn about the energy savings potential of renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter The global mining sector is facing a tough business environment with low commodity pricing, rising energy costs and constraints, increasingly remote locations and heightened stakeholder opposition. In this environment, the need to reduce operational power costs and gain stakeholder buy-in was... 

Megafactory trend sparks ‘arms race’ in battery sector 

By: Simon Rees Tesla Motors’ so-called ‘gigafactory’ has sparked an “arms race” in the battery sector, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence MD Simon Moores told an audience attending the Toronto leg of the company’s World Tour 2015, in which Mining Weekly Online participated. The gigafactory, now being built in... 

Glencore fightback over debt fears lifts shares

By: Reuters Glencore said on Tuesday it was strong enough to ride out current volatility in commodity markets, helping to lift the mining group's shares by a fifth. Glencore's stock rebounded after a fall of 30% to a record low on Monday in response to uncertainty over its ability to cope with a prolonged... 

Glencore fightback over debt fears lifts shares
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg.

TSX monitoring roll-out of latest shareholder voting rights

By: Simon Rees Recent requirements surrounding shareholder voting adopted by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) have been successfully rolled out and are being closely monitored, TSX director of compliance and disclosure Eleanor Fritz told an audience at a recent gathering of Women in Mining in Toronto.... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Dylan Slater Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

Heavy lifting and logistics  company aims for mining market
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Chile laments World Court decision to hear Bolivia sea dispute

By: Reuters Bolivia won the first round of its battle against Chile to gain unfettered access to the Pacific Ocean, as an International Court of Justice decision went in its favour, disappointing Chileans who had hoped the case would end on Thursday. The ICJ, also known as the World Court, said on Thursday... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining 

By: RDM News Wire Communities in Sekhukhune, in Limpopo, were not only being stripped of their dignity‚ but of their heritage too thanks to mining‚ said Trevor Malope‚ a Bench Marks Foundation’s community monitor. “Our land is an incredibly important part of our culture and integral to our lives‚ but mining has... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining
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Anglo-American’s Twickenham mine, Limpopo.

Flinders chosen as industry partner for Swedish graphene commercialisation programme

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Flinders Resources has been chosen as an industry partner within Svenskt Grafen (Swedish Graphene), a government funded programme to research and commercialise graphene production from Swedish-sourced graphite.  Flinders said its flagship production-ready and fully permitted Woxna... 

Mining’s long-term outlook positive as urbanisation and infrastructure development intensifies

By: Simon Rees The outlook for the global economy, infrastructure development and mining is not as dismal as many might believe, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood recently told an audience at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Commerce’s seminar on infrastructure in Southern Africa. “People talk about... 

Mining’s long-term outlook positive as urbanisation and infrastructure development intensifies

Tesla awards another lithium offtake agreement, this time on home turf

By: Henry Lazenby Electric vehicle maker and energy storage solutions provider Tesla Motors has signed another lithium hydroxide offtake agreement, this time with TSX-V-listed Pure Energy Minerals, which is developing the Clayton Valley lithium brine project, in Nevada. Tesla's willingness to back the higher-risk... 

Tesla awards another lithium offtake agreement, this time on home turf

Stonegate to restart permitting work at high-grade Idaho project

By: Henry Lazenby Phosphate project developer Stonegate Agricom plans to resume permitting activities for its proposed Paris Hills underground phosphate mine, in south-east Idaho, after groundwater testing conducted during the summer confirmed previous groundwater pumping assumptions used in the 2012 feasibility... 

Kentucky limestone quarry on auction

By: Henry Lazenby A Kentucky limestone quarry is to be sold in a sealed bid auction in November, representing the region’s last fully zoned and nearly fully permitted quarry for mining high-calcium limestone or scrubber stone. The project, spanning 178 ha, was expected to provide the winning bidder with... 

Greenland government approves 30 yr mining licence for Hudson Resources’ White Mountain project

By: Henry Lazenby The Greenland government has approved the 30-year exploitation (mining) license for Canadian project developer Hudson Resources' White Mountain anorthosite project, located in the west of the country. "The fact that we have taken this project from initial exploration through to a permitted mine... 

Climate change deepens mines’ power woes

As Zambia’s energy-starved mines struggle with the shortfall between the country’s stalled power generation capacity and its consistent economic growth, climate change appears to be “dealing a further blow to energy output”, states multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK... 

Climate change deepens mines’ power woes
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CLIMATIC VULNERABILITY Shifting rainfall patterns suggest that Zambia will see more droughts in future, similar to the one that is currently exacerbating its power crisis

Conference highlights copper production outlook, legislative changes

Whereas copper production in Zambia did not reach the set target in 2014, the 2015 production target is also unlikely to be met, delegates at the fifth Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition (Zimec) forecast. Zimec, which focuses on the state, challenges, successes and... 

Conference highlights copper production outlook, legislative changes
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DEFYING TARGET While the Zambian government had targeted to raise production to about 900 000 t in 2015, production dropped to 708 259 t at the close of last year

Copperbelt expo shows substantial growth and increased visitor interest

The second Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-Tec), that took place in Kitwe, Zambia, in May, showed a 67% growth in new visitors, event organisers integrated media company Spintelligent and events company Specialised Exhibitions report. Spintelligent – which oversees a specialist... 

Copperbelt expo shows substantial growth and increased visitor interest
ATTRACTING INTEREST The second Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference showed a 67% growth in new visitors, with more than 120 exhibitors

Gemstone producer targeting Zambia in-pit ore-reserve extension

By: Mia Breytenbach Once the fourth phase of the high-wall pushback programme at coloured gemstone producer Gemfields’ flagship Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, is completed, the company plans to embark on a fifth-phase pushback programme to further extend the mine’s in-pit ore reserves to 2024. Gemfields CEO Ian... 

Gemstone producer  targeting Zambia in-pit ore-reserve extension
EXTENSION PLAN The current and planned high-wall pushback programmes will extend the Chama pit to increase in-pit mineable ore reserves

Integrated coal project achieves financial closure

Coal miner Maamba Collieries’ fully integrated coal and power project in Zambia, reached financial closure at the end of July, financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance reported. The project, which is 80% complete, comprises the redevelopment of the existing coal mine and the construction of... 

Integrated coal project achieves financial closure
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SUPPLY POTENTIAL Maamba Collieries has the largest coal mine in Zambia, with estimated reserves of 140-million tons comprising high grade and thermal grade coal

Zambia sustains investment appeal, but requires fiscal stability and certainty

By: Mia Breytenbach Zambia remains an attractive mining investment destination, says mining consultancy The MSA Group, pointing out that in the ‘Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2014 Investment Attractiveness Index for Africa’ report, Zambia ranked third, behind Namibia and Botswana. This ranking... 

Zambia sustains investment appeal, but requires fiscal stability and certainty
ACTIVE ROLE The MSA Group has been involved in exploration company Intrepid Mining’s Kitumba project since 2006

Zambian mining to experience downturn

By: Mia Breytenbach The Zambian mining sector is reeling from the effects of the global commodity-demand slowdown, which is mainly attributed to lower demand from China, and lower copper prices, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice regional analyst Sinethemba Zonke, stating that the firm,... 

Zambian mining to experience downturn
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REELING EFFECT In addition to global commodity-demand slowdowns, the copper price, at about $10 000/t in 2011, has dropped by 40% to $6 000/t and less this year

Critical Elements strikes ‘game changing’ strategic accord

By: Henry Lazenby Quebec-based lithium/tantalum project developer Critical Elements has struck a “game changing” strategic collaboration agreement with an unnamed chemical company that includes offtake for all products produced from the Rose project, in Quebec. Without identifying its strategic partner, Critical... 

Nemaska changes lithium plant location for reduced construction time, costs

By: Henry Lazenby Lithium project developer Nemaska Lithium has decided to build its Phase 1 plant and future commercial Hydromet plant in Shawinigan, Quebec, after signing an agreement in principle with local authorities for the partial acquisition of land and existing manufacturing facilities in the city. "The... 

Peru miner Minsur says capacity at smaller tin unit to fall 33%

By: Reuters Peruvian miner Minsur said emergency repairs at its Pitinga tin mine in Brazil would lower that unit's capacity by 33% over the next nine to 12 months. The company, one of the world's top tin producers, said in a statement that it was working to repair water leaks at a hydroelectric plant that... 

Miners increasingly looking to renewable energy sources to drive operational savings

By: Creamer Media Reporter Current pressures on the mining sector are driving increased interest in the cost savings and power security advantages that renewables could provide mining operations. To this end, a record number of mining leaders will meet with renewable energy and finance experts to network and share... 

IBC receives 2nd Lockheed Martin purchase order for F-35 Lightning II castings

By: Henry Lazenby Vancouver-based IBC Advanced Alloys has received a second contract to produce components for the F-35 Lightning II electro-optical targeting system (EOTS), which makes use of IBC’s new disruptive beryllium-aluminium alloy casting process, known as Beralcast. This purchase order extended... 

Alcoa invests $60m in 3D-printing R&D centre expansion

By: Henry Lazenby Specialty alloys firm Alcoa will invest $60-million to expand a research and development (R&D) centre near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that would accelerate advanced three-dimensional (3D) printing materials and processes. NYSE-listed Alcoa has been transforming its business focus in recent years,... 

Wenco to install precision fleet management systems at Polyus Gold’s Russian mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter The Krasnoyarsk division of Russian miner Polyus Gold has chosen Wenco International Mining Systems to supply its high-precision machine guidance systems for shovels and drills at three mine sites in Eastern Siberia. Wenco, a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery, had been providing the... 

Ivernia to shift focus to lead mining through $30m Geo Zone deal

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian miner Ivernia hopes to position itself as a base metal mining, exploration and development company with a focus on lead metal through a $30-million deal to buy Geo Zone Exploration. Ivernia said on Tueday that it would acquire all the Geo Zone's outstanding shares by issuing about... 

Tesla awards first offtake agreement for lithium-ion battery Gigafactory

By: Henry Lazenby Electric vehicle maker and energy storage solutions provider Tesla Motors has selected the northern Mexico-located Sonora lithium project to supply lithium hydroxide for its Gigafactory, in Nevada. Partners TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals and LSE-listed Rare Earth Minerals (REM) had finalised a... 

Tesla awards first offtake agreement for lithium-ion battery Gigafactory

Goldcorp, Teck to combine Chile projects into massive 50/50 JV

By: Henry Lazenby Gold major Goldcorp and Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources will combine their El Morro and Relincho projects, in Chile, to leverage increased financial returns and dramatically reduce capital expenditure. The miners announced on Thursday that both companies would contribute their separate... 

Goldcorp, Teck to combine Chile projects into massive 50/50 JV
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Project Corridor, in Chile, aims to combine the El Morro and Relincho projects.

Fortune Minerals sells remaining Hemlo equipment for $415 000

By: Henry Lazenby Project developer Fortune Minerals has replenished its coffers through the sale of the remaining equipment it salvaged from the Golden Giant mine, at Hemlo, in Ontario. While the equipment was originally meant for use at the proposed Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper development, in the Northwest... 

Titanium industry weakness to endure amid added supply, slow demand

By: Henry Lazenby Titanium dioxide producers would see their earnings under pressure at least into 2016, as the industry continued to weaken in the near term amid price pressures associated with increased supply and sluggish demand growth, ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service said on Wednesday. In it's report... 

Largo racks-up daily production record of 110% capacity

By: Henry Lazenby Vanadium producer Largo Resources has achieved two new production records over consecutive days this week at its Maracas Menchen mine, in Brazil, and expects continued growth. The Bahia-state project achieved a new daily production record on Monday of 27 t of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5), which... 

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