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Open Mineral Exchange revolutionises commodity trading through innovative online platform 

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 A group of former traders at commodity giant Glencore has created an innovative new cloud-based mineral exchange to make it easier for producers and users to trade physical commodities – cutting out the often costly middle man. “We are reinventing the industry,” Open Mineral Exchange (OME) COO... 

Four Mexican miners die of gas poisoning – First Majestic

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 Mexico-focused precious metals producer First Majestic Silver has reported the death of four miners at its La Encantada mine, in Coahuila state. The miners died of gas poisoning underground, despite carrying all required personal protection equipment, including safety belt breathing apparatuses,... 

Sierra lifts Yauricocha M&I resources 68%

By: Henry Lazenby     29th September 2017 Canadian miner Sierra Metals announced on Thursday that its ongoing brownfield exploration at the producing Yauricocha mine, located in Yauyos province, Peru, has increased the resource statement's compliant measured and indicated resources by 68%, and its inferred resources by 77%. The... 

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Noticeable increase  in use of in-cab  video surveillance
HENRY SMITH Stringent mine health and safety requirements are driving the use of in-cab video surveillance

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are exporting, and which have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided through exporting products and not relying solely on sales... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy  amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

Miner Golden Arrow looks toward fourth discovery as revenue rolls in

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2017 “Finally, we’re in production.” Those were the jubilant words of Golden Arrow Resources president and CEO Joseph Grosso to shareholders on Wednesday, during the company’s annual general meeting – the first face-to-face meeting since the company catapulted from explorer, to precious metals... 

Miner Golden Arrow looks toward fourth discovery as revenue rolls in
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Golden Arrow Resources president and CEO Joseph Grosso

Guatemala court clarifies consultation area, denies action on export permit

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2017 The TSX-listed stock of beleaguered miner Tahoe Resources fell as much as 13.5% on Wednesday, after the Guatemalan Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying the specific geographical areas that needs to be included in a fresh round of indigenous consultations; the court also denied action to force... 

BC’s NDP-led govt talks up exploration, mining as basis for building burgeoning communities

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 British Columbia is ‘ground zero’ for mining in Canada, as technological advances require an ever-increasing volume of metals to satisfy improving standards of living and environment-friendly technologies. This was the key message to attendees at the fourth yearly Resource Breakfast Series held... 

BC’s NDP-led govt talks up exploration, mining as basis for building burgeoning communities
Photo by British Columbia Government
BC Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Michelle Mungall was formally sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon

Argonaut adds resources at its two operating assets

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 On the heels of pouring first gold at its brand-new San Agustin project earlier this week, Mexico-focused miner Argonaut Gold has also increased the pit-constrained resources at its two operating mines, the company has advised. At El Castillo, the Toronto-based miner added about 328 000 oz of... 

Tahoe dials up gold guidance as Escobal impasse drags on

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2017 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources has increased its guidance for expected gold output while its flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance, despite holding a valid licence to mine. The Vancouver-headquartered company announced after market close on... 

Primero’s fall from grace accelerates on San Dimas ramp-up delay

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Precious metals producer Primero Mining’s proverbial fall from grace is near complete with the company once more trading in penny stock territory since early September – a level last seen in 2009 and a far cry from its peak at C$8.89 a share in July 2014. The Toronto-based company’s NYSE- and... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical, technological diversification

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 Raise-boring and drilling solutions provider Master Drilling continues to extend its service provision capacity and technology reach, with the company focusing on diversifying into new markets and industries and advancing technologically. “Diversification across geographies, commodities,... 

Master Drilling aiming to extend geographical,  technological diversification
KEY COMPONENT Master Drilling aims to grow business not only in underground mining, but also in openpit mining, which makes up the majority of mining

Integra seizes precious metals opportunity in Idaho

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2017 Mere months after Integra Gold was bought out in a deal worth about C$590-million by Eldorado Gold, essentially the same team – reincarnated as Integra Resources – has reached agreement with major Kinross Gold to buy the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in Southern Idaho. The C$7.5-million... 

Dalradian considering ore sorting at Curraghinalt

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2017 Gold developer Dalradian Resources is considering investing in technology to separate high-grade gold from waste at the Curraghinalt project, in Northern Ireland, using ore sorting technology. The company recently had a bulk sample of 5 t of mineralised material grading 9.52 g/t tested by... 

Dalradian considering ore sorting at Curraghinalt

Black Mountain divests of silver assets to focus on vermiculite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 ASX-listed junior Black Mountain Resources has divested of its non-core US silver assets, in a bid to focus its attention on its Namakara vermiculite mine, in Uganda. The company on Monday told shareholders that it had divested of its 70% stake in two prospective US silver mines in Montana and... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Improved fundamentals amid global economic growth are expected to sustain a higher pricing environment for the global base metals industry, prompting credit ratings firm Moody’s Investors Service to adjust higher the price sensitivity ranges for copper, iron-ore, and metallurgical and thermal... 

Improved fundamentals prompt Moody’s to adjust higher several commodity price sensitivity ranges

All-season road to Canadian Zinc’s Prairie Creek mine proceeds to regulatory phase

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has recommended approval for a proposed all-season road for Canadian Zinc's Prairie Creek mine project, in the Northwest Territories. The review board issued its ‘Report of Environmental Assessment and Reasons for Decision’ on Tuesday and... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2017 The Chamber of Mines advises that, following an approach by legal counsel representing Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, it has reached an agreement with him through his legal counsel in respect of the chamber’s urgent interdict to prevent the implementation of Mining Charter Three, as... 

Chamber agrees to Minister's written undertaking
Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter

Tahoe’s Escobal mine licence reinstated

By: Henry Lazenby     12th September 2017 Precious metals miner Tahoe Resources has been given the go-ahead to restart its Escobal silver mine, in Guatemala. The announcement sent the company's battered TSX-listed stock soaring by a third on Monday, despite still being down nearly 40% since the start of the year on Tuesday. 

Coeur Mining buys Denham-backed JDS Silver for up to $250m

By: Henry Lazenby     11th September 2017 Private equity firm Denham Capital has agreed to sell its 100% stake in silver producer JDS Silver to Coeur Mining – the largest US-based primary silver producer – in a transaction worth up to $250-million. The transaction will see Coeur gain access to the high-grade Silvertip silver/zinc/lead... 

First Quantum sells another precious metals stream on Cobre Panama

By: Henry Lazenby     8th September 2017 Canadian precious metals streaming firm Franco-Nevada has added another gold/silver stream on First Quantum’s massive $5.5-billion Cobre Panama project, in Panama. First Quantum intends to use the proceeds to partially fund its acquisition of a further 10% interest in Cobre Panama from one of its... 

Benefits of coarse particle flotation tech

8th September 2017 Coarse particle flotation (CPF) technology can increase mill throughput by as much as 15% to 20% while reducing energy and media consumption, and provides a coarse tailings stream, without a loss in mineral recovery, says Canada-headquartered global flotation technology provider Eriez Flotation.  

Benefits of coarse particle flotation tech
ALMOST PERFECT As little as 1% surface expression is required for nearly complete recovery of coarse particles with the HydroFloat separator

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it
EnviroLeach expects to capitalise on recovering metals from e-waste – the fastest growing portion of municipal waste expected to grow to 50-million tons by 2020

Ivanhoe plans 'new era of production' for historic DRC mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into discussions to start a “new era of production” at the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-silver-germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that could deliver one of the highest-grade major zinc mines worldwide. Ivanhoe, which, in conjunction... 

Mirasol and Cerro Vanguardia call time on JV

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 The exit by Cerro Vanguardia (CVSA) from its joint venture (JV) with  CTSX-listed Mirasol Resources for the Claudia gold-silver project, in Argentina’s Santa Cruz province, is complete. Mirasol noted on Thursday that it had received the full exploration data set comprising the results of CVSA's... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Red Metal Mining

1st September 2017 Diversified project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated, distributed, or required, we... 

Red Metal Mining

Vedanta appoints interim CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources has appointed Kuldip Kaura interim CEO, effective September 1. Current CEO Tom Albanese will step down on August 31. 

Vast aiming to start operations at Romania’s Baita Plai before year-end

By: Mariaan Webb     30th August 2017 Aim-listed miner Vast Resources is aiming to start operations at the Baita Plai polymetallic mine, in Romania, before the end of 2017, the company said on Wednesday, announcing that it had been selected for a mining right. The holder of the head licence, Baita, has chosen Vast subsidiary African... 

Vast aiming to start operations at Romania’s Baita Plai before year-end
The tailings dam at the Baita Plai mine.

Polymetal profit falls on stronger rouble

By: Mariaan Webb     29th August 2017 Precious metals miner Polymetal has increased its revenue by 15% to $683-million in the first half of 2017, but the strong Russian rouble has eaten into its profit. Adjusted earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) decreased by 12% year-on-year to $257-million in the... 

Polymetal profit falls on stronger rouble
Polymetal chairperson Bobby Godsell

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Colibri expands exploration campaign at newly acquired Pilar project, Mexico

By: Henry Lazenby     24th August 2017 Mexico-focused exploration junior Colibri Resource Corporation plans to extend three tranches of reverse-circulation drilling over 10 000 m at its newly acquired Pilar gold project, in Sonora state. To manage the expanded exploration campaign, the company has enlisted the services of... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

Auroch to start Czech drilling campaign in mid-Sept

By: Mariaan Webb     24th August 2017 Australian explorer Auroch Minerals is ready to proceed to drilling at its Tisová project, in the Czech Republic, and aims to get its drilling campaign under way in mid-September. The company has government approval for an initial 12 holes for 5 500 m of drilling at Tisová. 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd August 2017 Following years of complex negotiations and several delays, the Ontario provincial government on Monday made the historic announcement that it would support and fund road proposals that will connect Northern Ontario’s far-flung First Nation communities and provide industrial road access to the... 

Ontario sets timeframe for road construction into Ring of Fire mining camp
The Ring of Fire’s rich ores are estimated to hold some C$60-billion worth of nickel/copper/platinum group metals mineral wealth

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Rye Patch buys more haulage trucks for Florida Canyon

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2017 Canadian precious metals junior Rye Patch Gold has secured financing to buy four more haul trucks for its Florida Canyon mine, in Nevada. The Vancouver-based company announced on Friday that it would add four Caterpillar 785C haul trucks for a total of $3.67-million, growing the Florida Canyon... 

Progress at Botswana copper project

18th August 2017 Investor in strategic natural resource opportunities Metal Tiger has received all sample assays from previous infill /extensional drilling at its T3 copper/silver project, in Botswana, and is making good progress with its prefeasibility study (PFS) which is on track for completion in the fourth... 

Progress at Botswana copper project
Photo by Bloomberg
INVESTIGATION PENDING The market and smelter investigation for the T3 project has been put on hold until production and concentrate specification is available

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