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Rare Earth Minerals News

Steenkampskraal BFS to be finalised in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, in the Western Cape, will be concluded in the next 6 to 12 months, says Steenkampskraal Holdings chairperson Trevor Blench. The mine is one of the highest-grade rare earth and thorium mines in the world, with average... 

Peak gets permission for Teesside plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Rare earths developer Peak Resources has been granted planning permission for the Teesside refinery, in the UK by the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. The planning permission is the approval required for the construction of the planned rare earth separation plant, with the environmental... 

Talaxis to acquire up to 75% of Mkango’s Songwe project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 Noble Group subsidiary Talaxis has entered into definitive agreements with Mkango Resources to acquire up to a 75% interest in Mkango’s Lancaster Exploration subsidiary, as well as a 49% stake in its downstream metals division Maginito Investments. In January, Talaxis paid Mkango £5-million in... 

Nolans gets environmental approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 The federal government has approved the Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, for development. Developer Arafura Resources on Monday told shareholders that the approval was the final step in the project’s environmental approvals process, after the Northern... 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

Browns Range starts commissioning

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2018 Commissioning of the Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot plant project, in Western Australia, has started with the successful commissioning of the crushing circuit. ASX-listed Northern Minerals said on Wednesday that the final component to the crushing circuit was delivered on site in April. 

Northwest Territories gets shortest end of straw as mining boosts Nunavut, Yukon economies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 A lack of new mining projects in the development pipeline of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT) is threatening to derail the region’s economic growth outlook, the latest ‘Territorial Outlook’ by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has found. The independent Ottawa-headquartered think tank... 

Rainbow aims to ramp up Gakara production to 5 000 t by year-end

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 Rainbow Rare Earths plans to increase production at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, to an annualised rate of 5 000 t/y by the end of this year. This follows after the company discovered significant rare earth element (REE) mineralisation during its maiden drilling campaign at Gakara. 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Gakara exports first batch of rare earth concentrate, ramps up production

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, has produced and exported its first 25 t batch of high-grade rare earth concentrate. The commissioning of the gravity processing plant at the mine, which started production in December 2017, has also been completed.  

Commissioning starts at Browns Range pilot

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Commissioning of the Browns Range crushing circuit has now started, heavy rare earths developer Northern Minerals reported on Tuesday. The commissioning of the crusher circuit was the first phase of the commissioning for the Browns Range project, in Western Australia, with the pilot plant... 

NEXT starts to deliver results for Lynas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported a 9% increase in neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) volumes during the three months to March, as the company’s NEXT project advanced. Lynas in the December quarter of last year launched a A$35-million investment into its NEXT programme, which is aimed at... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Premier appoints financial adviser for Zimbabwe mine

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2018 Emerging tungsten producer Premier African Minerals has appointed London-based financial consultant Brandon Hill Capital as financial adviser to assist the company with regards to the funding and development of the Zimbabwe-based RHA tungsten mine, in which Premier has a 49% interest and is the... 

US Congressional action underscores strong desire to establish domestic REE supply chains

By: Henry Lazenby     19th March 2018 Recent US Congressional actions point to a strong desire to establish domestic rare earth element (REE) supply chains, as the industry seeks to diversify away from dominant producer and consumer – China. Congress continues to work on the development of REE separation technologies, as evidenced by... 

US Congressional action underscores strong desire to establish domestic REE supply chains
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US legislation bodes well for Thor Mining's Nevada tungsten project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 The US House of Representative's Natural Resources Committee has passed the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, which Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining said would benefit its Pilot Mountain tungsten project in Nevada. While further steps are required in the legislative process,... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
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Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

Peak waiting on special mining licence for Tanzania rare earths mine

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2018 ASX-listed Peak Resources’ special mining licence (SML) for its Tanzania-based Ngualla rare earths project has not yet been considered by government, owing to changes in Tanzanian legislation surrounding all mining activities in the country. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
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Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Browns Range rare earths pilot plant installation on track

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 ASX-listed Northern Minerals’ Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot plant installation, in Western Australia, is on track for completion in June. In a project update on Monday, the heavy rare earths developer said that, owing to the successful share purchase plan, which raised $11.7-million for... 

Indian govt pushing for JVs to acquire overseas battery mineral assets

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd February 2018 The Indian government is considering pushing government-owned mining and mineral processing companies to form joint ventures (JV) to acquire strategic assets overseas. Senior official say that JVs will not only combine the mining expertise of these companies across various minerals, but also... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

Rainbow puts focus on Gakara ramp-up, exploration

By: Simone Liedtke     21st February 2018 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has set the ramp-up of production at its Gakara mine, in Burundi, and the completion of the first phase drilling programme, as its priorities for the next six months. The company on Wednesday described the six months ended December 31, as "a busy and highly... 

New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20%, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker... 

Black Mountain to sell Uganda mine as part of strategic restructuring

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Vermiculite miner Black Mountain Resources on Monday updated shareholders on restructure initiatives that have been agreed to by the company and its major lender Richmond Partners Masters. These initiatives, which are subject to shareholder approvals, formal documentation and regulatory sign off,... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Browns Range pilot plant on track for completion in June

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 Despite heavy rains in the area over the last two weeks causing some delays, rare earths developer Northern Minerals MD George Bauk confirmed in a progress update on Monday that the Browns Range pilot plant project, in Western Australia, was on track for completion by the end of June. He said in... 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Rising commodity prices may have revived enthusiasm for African resources, but it’s unlikely to be the old mainstays of coal and iron ore pulling crowds next week as the mining industry meets in Cape Town. The electric-vehicle boom and shifting industrial demand have transformed formerly niche... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 With commodity prices improving and the mining industry moving towards positive growth, indications are that participants at the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2018 will experience the “return of investor appetite” first hand, says Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose.  This renewed investor interest... 

Mining Indaba to provide ‘first-hand experience’ of return of investor appetite

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

Goldman, Citi final bidders for Scotiabank's metals business – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 The field of prospective bidders for ScotiaMocatta, the metals trading arm of Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, has narrowed to two, three banking and industry sources said on Wednesday. The two - Goldman Sachs Group and Citi - are undertaking due diligence checks, the sources said. 

Mkango shareholders approve Talaxis investment transaction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Shareholders of Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources have approved an investment transaction with Noble Group subsidiary Talaxis. In November, the company secured a direct investment from Talaxis, to be paid in three tranches, in exchange for a 49% interest in Mkango subsidiary Lancaster... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast
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