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Orion clears another significant hurdle at Prieska project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2018 The receipt of the final assay results from the recently completed deep sulphide mineral resource drill-out at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape, has paved way for the updated mineral resource due mid-December, says ASX-listed Orion Minerals MD and CEO Errol Smart. The... 

Pan American Silver buys Tahoe Resources

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2018 The world’s second-largest primary silver producer, Pan American Silver, is about to get bigger with the $1.07-billion acquisition of Tahoe Resources, which owns the troubled Escobal silver mine, in Guatemala, in addition to gold mines in Peru and Canada. Pan American Silver, which operates six... 

Pan American Silver buys Tahoe Resources
Escobal is the world's second-largest silver mine.

Perkoa to make up for lower output from Caribou – Trevali

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2018 A stellar production quarter from the Perkoa mine, in Burkina Faso, is keeping zinc and lead miner Trevali on track to achieve its production guidance this year, offsetting lower expected output from the Caribou mine, in New Brunswick, Canada, president and CEO Mark Cruise reported on Wednesday.... 

Tahoe Resources loss less then forecast but wider than last year

By: Reuters     7th November 2018 Tahoe Resources Inc posted a quarterly loss on Tuesday that was less then Wall Street expected although it widened from a year earlier, while the gold and silver miner predicted that its production for the year would be at the low end of guidance. Tahoe's Escobal silver mine in Guatemala, the... 

For Tahoe Resources, Guatemala troubles underscore tense outlook

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 A years-long fight over the future of the world's second largest silver mine between Tahoe Resources and opponents of the project shows no signs of abating, creating uncertainty for the US miner and its investors. With environmental and indigenous opponents of Tahoe's Escobal mine vowing it will... 

Excellon revenue dives in ‘tough’ Q3

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2018 The September quarter has been a tough one for Mexico-focused Excellon Resources, which on Thursday reported significantly lower revenue and production, citing surveying and planning issues. Excellon, which operates the Platosa mine in Durango, produced 300 766 oz of silver-equivalent, down from... 

Shipping delay hits Copper Mountain Q3 results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 The share price of Vancouver-based miner Copper Mountain fell to a 52-week low on Wednesday, after the company posted a third-quarter adjusted loss of C$8.31-million, after a shipping delay and lower prices hit revenue. The company explained that its revenue fell from C$77.15-million in the... 

Yamana Gold sells Argentina mine, reports lower adjusted earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Canadian gold and silver miner Yamana Gold will sell its Gualcamayo mine, in San Juan, Argentina, to Colombia-based Latin American gold producer Mineros and has granted that company an option to acquire up to 51% of its La Pepa project in Chile. Yamana will receive $30-million in cash upon... 

Hecla says Q3 output meets expectations

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 US silver and gold producer Hecla Mining produced lower third-quarter silver production of 2.5-million ounces and gold output of 72 995 oz, but the miner stated on Tuesday that the production was in line with its expectations. Silver production fell by 24% year-on-year in the September quarter,... 

Trevali lowers Caribou mine guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd October 2018 TSX-listed Trevali Mining has lowered its zinc and lead production guidance for the Caribou mine in Bathurst, New Brunswick, but the company remains on track to achieve its consolidated zinc production guidance. The Caribou mine’s zinc guidance has been lowered from a range of 86-million to... 

Hochschild ups production target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 London-listed Hochschild has raised its production target from 38-million ounces to 38.5-million ounces of silver equivalent, following a record nine-month performance. The miner, which operates three mines in Peru and one in Argentina, reported attributable nine-month production of 29.5-million... 

Metal Tiger T3 mine feasibility study ‘progressing well within budget’

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 The T3 mine feasibility study for Aim-listed strategic natural resource investor Metal Tiger’s joint venture project with ASX-listed MOD Resources in the Kalahari copperbelt, in Botswana, is “progressing well within budget”, and is due for completion in March 2019, Metal Tiger said on Tuesday.... 

Higher grades lift First Majestic output to a record

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2018 Mexico-focused First Majestic has reported a record of 6.7-million ounces of silver equivalent production in the three months ended September, on the back of a full quarter of output from the San Dimas mine, along with higher silver and gold grades at five of the company’s six mines. Total... 

Polymetal to outperform 2018 production and cost guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     15th October 2018 Russian miner Polymetal expects to exceed its 2018 production guidance of 1.55-million ounces of gold equivalent by up to 50 000 oz, on the back of the successful ramp-up of the Kyzyl mine. The company produced 1.07-million ounces of gold equivalent in the first nine months of the year, 447 000... 

Cradle Arc’s Thakadu mining licence extended to May 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 Aim-listed copper and gold miner Cradle Arc has been granted an extension on its mining licence by the Botswana Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The licence is now valid until May 31, 2020, and covers 28.5 km2, which includes the Thakadu openpit and adjacent... 

Chile environmental court orders Barrick to close Pascua-Lama gold mine

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Chile's environmental court on Friday ordered Canada's Barrick Gold to definitively close the Chilean side of its stalled Pascua-Lama mining project, a final procedural step that draws a line under a long-running saga. The court, sitting in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta, approved by... 

Chile environmental court orders Barrick to close Pascua-Lama gold mine

Fortuna Silver lifts Q3 output, reports San Jose contingency pond overflow

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2018 Latin American miner Fortuna Silver has reported improved third-quarter silver and gold output and is on schedule to meet its production guidance for the year, the NYSE- and TSX-listed company reported on Thursday. Compared with the third quarter of 2017, Fortuna’s silver production increased by... 

Minto idled as Pembridge struggles to close acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 LSE-listed Pembridge said on Thursday that it would renegotiate the acquisition terms for the Minto openpit mine and that Capstone Mining would implement a phased care-and-maintenance programme at the Canada-based mine until the acquisition can be closed. Pembridge stated that market conditions... 

Minto idled as Pembridge struggles to close acquisition
The Minto mine.

Endeavour Silver to miss 2018 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 Mexico-focused miner Endeavour Silver warned on Thursday that it would fall short of its 2018 production guidance and that its costs would also be affected, citing delayed commercial production at its El Compas mine, lower grades at Bolañitos and lower mine output at Guanaceví. In the third... 

Court-ordered Escobal consultation to begin

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 The court-ordered ILO 169 consultation process with the Xinka communities over the Escobal mine is set to begin, precious metals miner Tahoe Resources reported on Wednesday, adding that Stage 1 of the consultation process could be concluded in one month. On Tuesday, the Guatemala Constitutional... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Prognoz likely to succeed Dukat as one of world’s largest silver deposits – Polymetal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 LSE-listed Polymetal has announced an updated mineral resource estimate for the Prognoz silver deposit, in Yakutia, Russia, which the company says has the potential to be one of the world’s largest primary silver deposits. Prognoz has resources of 256-million ounces of silver-equivalent at 789 g/t. 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 NYSE-listed miner Coeur Mining has maintained its production guidance for the year, despite reporting lower third-quarter production results, at 8.5-million ounces of silver equivalent. The company, which owns mines in Mexico, the US and Canada, produced 2.9-million ounces of silver, 88 833 oz... 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output
Palmajero in Mexico

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

2018 ‘challenging’ for South African mining companies – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2018 The 12 months to June 30 proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies, in contrast with the global mining industry, which achieved a considerable improvement in financial performance compared with the prior year. PwC on Tuesday released the tenth edition of its ‘SA Mine... 

2018 ‘challenging’ for South African mining companies – PwC
PwC energy and mining assurance partner Andries Rossouw

Relief Canyon ‘next leg of growth’ for Americas Silver

By: Mariaan Webb     1st October 2018 The announcement on Monday of a business combination of silver miner Americas Silver and emerging gold producer Pershing Gold is providing a “clear path” to the development of the Relief Canyon openpit gold mine, in Nevada. The increased financial and operating capabilities of the combined... 

Relief Canyon ‘next leg of growth’ for Americas Silver
The Relief Canyon project in Nevada.

Ariana mulling opportunities to diversify

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2018 Gold and silver miner Ariana Resources on Friday reported an interim profit of £319-million, helped by record performance from its joint venture (JV) mine in Turkey, and also announced that it was evaluating opportunities to diversify. The interim profit compares with a loss of £663-million in... 

Constantine updates Palmer resource to indicated category at 11% zinc

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2018 TSX-listed Constantine Metal Resources (CMR) has updated its mineral resource estimate for the Palmer copper/zinc/gold/silver deposit, in Alaska, to an indicated resource of 4.6-million tonnes, grading 11.67% zinc equivalent and 3.84% copper equivalent. This mineral resource update represents... 

Arian Silver to become Alien, seeks acquisitions

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 London-listed Arian Silver is set to change its name to Alien Metals, the company announced to the market on Tuesday, and said that it was scouting for project acquisitions to enhance its value. The name change was approved at the September 20 shareholders meeting, where 76% voted in favour of... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Struggling Aldridge agrees to be bought by Virtus Mining

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Troubled Turkey-focused junior Aldridge Minerals has agreed to be bought by Virtus Mining – a development-stage mining company in which Aldridge director Ahmet Taçyildiz will indirectly hold 70%. Virtus will acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Aldridge for C$0.10 in cash,... 

Coeur reports fatal accident at Palmarejo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 NYSE-listed Coeur Mining on Monday reported that two workers had died at its Palmarejo silver/gold mine, in Mexico, the previous week. The company explained that two underground production drillers fell into a void after the ground below them collapsed. The area was evacuated and all underground... 

Tahoe Resources' Guatemalan unit announces new round of layoffs

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 The Guatemalan unit of US miner Tahoe Resources laid off an additional 169 workers on Monday, two weeks after the country's top court kept in place a more than 14-month suspension of operations at the company's Escobal silver mine. The layoffs at Minera San Rafael, Tahoe's local unit, now total... 

China expected to continue as major driver in global silver market – Silver Institute

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 China will continue to be a major driver in the global silver market for years to come, fueled by continued industrial demand and silver mining activity, says international industry association, the Silver Institute. “China is by far the largest consumer of silver globally, accounting for 18%... 

European miners enter bear market with more pain seen for sector

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 A sixth consecutive day of declines took European miners to a bear market, and analysts predict more tough times for the sector that has lost more than 20 percent since June. “We have the beginning of a bearish trend,” Valerie Gastaldy, technical strategist at Day By Day, wrote in a note. “The... 

European miners enter bear market with more pain seen for sector

Tahoe aims to work 'in good faith' to restart Guatemala mine 

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Tahoe Resources will work closely with Guatemalan officials and locals to resolve a dispute and resume operations at its flagship Escobal silver mine, one of the world's largest, CEO Jim Voorhees said on Monday. Guatemala's Constitutional Court last week upheld the suspension of licenses at... 

First Majestic sees near-term production potential at Ermitano

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2018 Canadian silver miner First Majestic Silver exercised its option agreements over the Ermitaño and Cumobabi projects and has earned 100% of these projects, which are located near its operating Santa Elena mine, in Sonara, Mexico. In terms of a 2014 option agreement with Evrim Resources, First... 

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