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OceanaGold achieves record yearly production

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 3 hours ago Dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold has ended 2017 on a high note, with the company on Thursday reporting record full year and fourth-quarter gold production of 574 606 oz, and 166 211 oz, respectively. The record quarterly production led to OceanaGold achieving its yearly guidance for the sixth... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
Danie Pretorius

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

Argentina energy producer Genneia weighs IPO

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Argentine thermal and renewable energy producer Genneia will consider an initial public offering on the local or international stock market, the company said in a letter to the Buenos Aires stock exchange on Wednesday. The proposal will be discussed at a shareholders meeting on February 7, said... 

Chile's Corfo, SQM strike deal in lithium dispute

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Chilean development agency Corfo said on Wednesday that it had struck a deal with lithium company SQM, ending a long dispute over royalties in Chile's Salar de Atacama, home to one of the world's richest lithium deposits. The deal frees the miner to apply for an increase in its production quota... 

Output at Chile's Escondida copper mine falls 7.8% in 2017

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Output at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine, in Chile, the largest copper mine in the world, fell 7.8% in 2017 compared to the prior year due to a prolonged strike, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The decline to 903 000 t came despite the start of operations at a new wing. 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Auto manufacturers are ramping up strategies to cash in on the accelerating worldwide acceptance and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), prompting advice from research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie for automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’ and take stakes in mines or new mine projects... 

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Brazil's Vale is in talks with BHP Billiton on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday. "Maybe Vale would be a natural owner of Samarco, maybe it could make... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 The Constitutional Court of South Africa is being asked to pronounce on a marathon mineral rights entanglement that lower courts have failed to resolve. What the High Court proclaimed, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned, and now Chinese subsidiary company Aquila Steel has applied to the... 

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court
Mineral rights case before Constitutional Court

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Triple-listed diversified miner South32 on Wednesday reported that, while it had achieved its guidance for all its operations during the three months to December 31, its South African manganese operations, in particular, exceeded expectations, owing to strong market demand. Saleable ore... 

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Palladium risks tripping up as prices stampede higher

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Palladium, the hottest property in the precious metals deck last year, is tipped for a record performance in 2018 even among bearish forecasters, but the metal could become a victim of its own success. The prospect of sharply higher prices could well prompt substitution of the metal for cheaper... 

Gold losses in years past keep producers from buying more mines

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2018 Stung by some lousy investments that led to billions of dollars in losses a few years ago, the world’s major gold producers have cut way back on mining deals – even as metal prices posted their biggest rally since 2010. The value of the industry’s transactions, from acquisitions to... 

GoldMining lifts global resource estimate with a million indicated ounces from Crucero

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Americas-focused project developer GoldMining Inc has reported a new Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant resource estimate for its newly acquired Crucero project, in south-eastern Peru, adding about one-million ounces of gold in the indicated category to its global resource profile. The... 

Two top gold miners hit 2017 gold guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Two of the world’s largest gold producers by volume have realised their production goals for 2017. Toronto-based Barrick Gold, currently still the world’s largest gold producer by output, on Tuesday announced that preliminary full-year gold output of 5.32-million ounces for 2017 was in line with... 

Two top gold miners hit 2017 gold guidance

South32 Q2 coal output falls as mine outage weighs

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Mining group South32's second-quarter metallurgical coal output dropped 43% due to the suspension of operations at its Appin mine, in Australia, over safety concerns, the company said on Wednesday. Production of coal used in steelmaking fell to 788 000 t in the December quarter from 1.39-million... 

Miners bolster senior ranks in preparation for fast-paced 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Several Canadian listed miners reported senior management changes on Tuesday. Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals announced Tuesday that Tariq Al Barwani has been appointed to the role of nonexecutive chairperson. Al Barwani joined the board in May 2016. He is a director and shareholder of MB... 

As stockpiles fall, which metals are really in tight supply?

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 Stocks of industrial metals in London Metal Exchange (LME) warehouses fell more than 40 percent last year and further declines are expected in 2018, which should in theory signal tighter supplies and fuel a blistering price rally. But rising inventories of metals at smaller rival exchanges... 

World Gold Council spots trends that'll be gold’s 2018 friends

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2018 Synchronised global economic growth, shrinking central bank balance sheets, rising interest rates, insubstantial asset prices and market transparency are the trends that will be gold’s best friends in 2018, the World Gold Council said on Tuesday. These trends, the council said in delivering its... 

World Gold Council spots trends that'll be gold’s 2018 friends
Photo by Duane Daws
Gold bars produced at Rand Refinery, Germiston.

De Beers turns to blockchain to track diamond origins and purity

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers aims to launch the first industry-wide blockchain this year to track gems each time they change hands starting from the moment they are dug from the ground, its chief executive said on Tuesday. De Beers, the world's biggest diamond producer by the value of... 

De Beers turns to blockchain to track diamond origins and purity
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Copper falls most in 6 weeks as metal rally starts to give

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2018 After a non-stop rally, metals prices are starting to pull back. Copper, aluminium and nickel slid more than 2% on Tuesday as investors focused on the rebounding dollar and evidence of ample supply in the physical market. Precious metals also retreated, with silver falling as much as 3.2%. 

Avanco takes option on Vale’s Pantera copper project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 ASX-listed Avanco has agreed terms for an option to acquire 100% of the Pantera copper project from Brazilian major Vale, with a payment of $500 000 paid upon signing. Located near Avanco’s existing operations in the Carajás mineral province, in Brazil, the 9 7000 ha Pantera licence has the... 

Rio Tinto maintains fourth-quarter guidance across the board

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto reported on Tuesday that it had met its iron-ore shipment guidance for the three months ended December 31, 2017, noting a 1% rise in shipments for the year to 330.1-million tonnes. "The business performed well in the fourth quarter and we finished the year in line with... 

Rio Tinto maintains fourth-quarter guidance across the board

Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron-ore miner Vale to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil. Federal prosecutors announced the ruling in a statement that said the electricity... 

Tahoe fires 25% of Escobal workforce as Guatemala court process dawdles

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance following a court-ordered suspension of its mining permit in July 2017, has moved to reduce the mine’s workforce by 25%, the miner announced on Monday. The... 

Harvest to expand Arapua fertiliser capacity

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Brazil-focused fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals is planning a significant expansion at its Arapua fertiliser project, with the addition of four knife mills and associated infrastructure that will push production capacity above the 320 000 t/y level. The LSE Aim-listed company announced on... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Copper jumped by the most in two months and zinc hit a fresh decade-high as base metals rallied on a potent combination of a softer dollar and continued robust outlook for demand. Gold and palladium also climbed. Copper surged as much as 2.1%, the most since November 13, to $7 259 a metric ton... 

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 Canadian gemstone-focused miner Fura Gems is setting up a single-stop destination in Dubai, where rubies and emeralds produced from its Mozambique and Colombian assets will be graded and sold at the Almas Tower. “The Almas Tower is arguably one of the most secure spaces in the world, from where... 

Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

Search for space water heats up with Planetary’s Arkyd-6 satellite launch

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Space mining hopeful Planetary Resources has successfully launched its latest satellite, the Arkyd-6 – a 6U CubeSat – containing a demonstration of technology designed to detect water resources in space. Planetary reported that the team has already started receiving telemetry from the spacecraft,... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Orinoco delivers further high-grade samples through hammer mill

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2018 ASX-listed Orinoco Gold has obtained further high-grade samples from its pilot hammer mill at the Cascavel gold project, in Brazil, as it works towards sustainable and profitable production in 2018. The most recent batch of six samples milled through the pilot hammer mill returned grades of 9.61... 

Gold set for 5th week of gains, buoyed by slump in dollar

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Gold prices rose for a third session on Friday to hit their highest since September, with a slump in the US dollar helping drive bullion towards its fifth-straight weekly gain. Spot gold had edged up 0.5% to $1 328.84/oz by 0703 GMT, after earlier touching its highest since Sept. 15 at $1 330.34. 

Gold set for 5th week of gains, buoyed by slump in dollar

Strong commodity price rally lifts IHS Materials Price Index for ninth consecutive week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 The IHS Materials Price Index (MPI) is in its ninth consecutive week of gains, jumping 2.8% last week – the strongest weekly performance since early September. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the MPI was supported by broad-based positive indicators, with eight of ten subcomponents... 

Ascendant on the rise as team delivers on 2017 mine turnaround strategy

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2018 Investors welcomed a report by TSX-listed base metals producer Ascendant Resources on Thursday that it has beaten its maiden 2017 production guidance after successfully executing a turnaround strategy for its underperforming flagship asset. The news pushed the miner’s TSX-listed stock more than... 

Ascendant on the rise as team delivers on 2017 mine turnaround strategy
Photo by Ascendant Resources
Ascendant Resources' El Mochito mine, Honduras

Gold set to gain from retail, geopolitical risks, hedging

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 The gold price is expected to increase in the year ahead, driven by stronger interest from Asian retail investors and consistent interest in global gold exchange-traded funds, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS. The firm highlighted on Thursday that the efficient frontier theory... 

Gold set to gain from retail, geopolitical risks, hedging

Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Technology company Dell is piloting a project to recover gold from used electronics for use in new computer motherboards and jewellery. Dell has partnered with Wistron GreenTech, which uses an environmentally responsible extraction process to break the used electronics down into individual... 

Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery
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