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Central banks add 193 t of gold to reserves in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Central banks have added 193.3 t of gold to their reserves in the first six months of this year, which is an 8% increase compared with the 178.6 t bought in the same period last year, making it the strongest first half for central bank gold buying since 2015. The World Gold Council (WGC) states... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities
Minergy CEO Andre Bojé

BHP seeks approval for $50m US pact over fatal Brazil dam burst

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 BHP Billiton has asked a US judge to approve a $50-million settlement of claims that it fraudulently inflated its share price by overstating its ability to manage safety risks before a fatal 2015 dam burst at a Brazilian mine. The Anglo-Australian mining company's preliminary settlement of... 

Serabi fills new COO position with Brazilian national

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Brazil-focused gold mining and development company Serabi on Thursday announced the appointment of Roney Almeida to the newly established position of COO. Almeida, a Brazilian national and resident in Belo Horizonte, will report to Serabi CEO Mike Hodgson. 

Consolidated Zinc ships first ore from Plomosas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 The first shipment of ore has left the Plomosas zinc/lead/silver project for processing at Grupo Mexico’s Santa Eulalia plant, ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc reported on Thursday. The company said it would deliver about 100 t/d to the concentrator for the rest of the month, where after it would... 

Glencore to issue new bonds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Global diversified miner Glencore has placed a tap issue of nondilutive zero-coupon cash settled guaranteed convertible bonds for $125-million to be consolidated with its $500-million nondilutive bonds due 2025. The new bonds are to be issued on the same terms as the original bonds and, as of... 

Rio Tinto returns $3.2bn in coal disposal proceeds to shareholders

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Anglo-Australian multinational mining group Rio Tinto on Thursday unveiled how it intends to return the proceeds of its recent Australian coal disposals to its shareholders. The company will launch a $3.2-billion share buyback programme, combining an off-market buyback tender targeting up to... 

Rio Tinto returns $3.2bn in coal disposal proceeds to shareholders
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Lundin cuts Fruta del Norte operating costs, confirms schedule

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 The Fruta del Norte gold mine that Lundin Gold is building in Ecuador is progressing on schedule, with first mine production planned in the second quarter of next year, followed by first gold output in the fourth quarter. Construction of the 340 000 oz/y gold mine in the Cordillera del Condor... 

Lundin cuts Fruta del Norte operating costs, confirms schedule
The Fruta del Norte project site in August 2018.

Vale says it could expand Brazil iron-ore mine as Chinese demand grows

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Mining giant Vale is looking at expanding its flagship iron ore project in Brazil amid growing Chinese appetite for higher-grade varieties of the commodity, a company official said on Thursday. China, the world's top consumer of the steelmaking ingredient, has ramped up buying of higher-quality,... 

Vale says it could expand Brazil iron-ore mine as Chinese demand grows

With copper options, China steps up challenge to London, New York rivals

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) will launch copper options trading on Friday, aiming to take a slice of a $270 billion global market in one of its biggest challenges yet to London and New York rivals. The product, which follows the launch of sugar and soymeal options last year, comes as... 

CITIC completes $556m equity deal with Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 CITIC Metal Africa Investments, which is a subsidiary of CITIC Metal, has completed a major strategic equity investment of C$723-million, or $556-million, in TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines. The investment was initiated by CITIC Metal in June.  

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 South Africa was on Wednesday reaffirmed as a country where business is able to do what is required, when London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Pan African Resources outlined the remarkably efficient manner in which this country’s regulatory environment facilitated the closure of a... 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA
Pan African Resources management outline the company’s low-cost repositioning to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer 19.09.2018

Mineral resource estimate at Avesoro’s Liberia mine now 1.1Moz of gold

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 TSX- and Aim-listed Avesoro Resources has increased the measured and indicated mineral resource at its New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, to more than 1.1-million ounces of gold. The company said in a statement on Wednesday that total openpittable and underground measured and indicated mineral... 

Eldorado claims €750m from Greek State over permit delays

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 Gold and base metals producer Eldorado Gold’s Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold has filed an application for payment with the Hellenic Republic, requesting about €750-million for damages suffered by the company, arising from delays in the issuance of permits for the Skouries project, in northern... 

Eldorado claims €750m from Greek State over permit delays

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells
CNN-flighted advertisement projecting fuel cell growth.

Sibanye announces early tender results for bond notes buyback

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2018 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater announced early tender results of its offer to repurchase up to $350-million of the 6.1% notes due in June 2022 and 7.1% notes due in June 2025. The aggregate purchase price relating to the 6.1% notes amounted to $145-million and the... 

Sibanye announces early tender results for bond notes buyback
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Gold continues 'slow dance' around $1 200 despite fund exodus

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Gold is sticking to a narrow trading range around $1 200/oz even after holdings in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds plunged to their lowest in a year. Bullion for immediate delivery was 0.2 percent lower at $1 198.74/oz as of 11:29 a.m. in London. In the last month, gold has traded within a... 

MMG slashes Las Bambas copper forecast

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Hong Kong- and Australia-listed MMG has lowered its 2018 copper concentrate production guidance for the Las Bambas mine, in Peru, to between 375 000 t and 395 000 t, from an earlier guidance of 410 000 t to 430 000 t. The lower production forecast is as a result of wall instability restricting... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Rising US-China trade tensions threaten to curb consumer purchasing power, crimp productivity growth and limit global economic expansion, according to the world’s biggest mining company. The confrontation between the world’s top two economies, “along with an increasingly unpredictable policy... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

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... 

Serabi gets extension for Sprott loan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Brazil-focused Serabi Gold has agreed an extension to the repayment terms for a $3-million loan with Sprott, allowing the Aim- and TSX-listed gold miner and developer with flexibility to fund work brought forward at the Coringa project. The loan, which was taken out in January, will now have a... 

Feasibility study at Lance projects indicates a viable low-pH operation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Uranium miner Peninsula Energy has completed a feasibility study for its Lance projects, in Wyoming, US, which confirmed the economic viability of transitioning to a low-pH in-situ recovery (ISR) operation. The study had the aim of demonstrating the robustness of the planned transition from... 

New Voisey’s Bay royalty calculation agreed on

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 TSX-listed Altius Minerals and Nasdaq-listed Royal Gold have entered into an agreement with Vale Canada to settle litigation related to the calculation of the royalty in respect of all concentrates produced from the Voisey’s Bay mine, in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Voisey’s Bay 3% net... 

Kidman and SQM ‘firmly committed’ to WA lithium venture

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2018 Joint venture (JV) partners Kidman Resources and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) have confirmed their commitment to the Mt Holland lithium project, in Western Australia, despite a recommendation that Kidman’s request to be exempt from minimum expenditure obligations over certain... 

Kidman and SQM ‘firmly committed’ to WA lithium venture

Nexa says to invest $1.17bn in Peru, Brazil in five years

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources plans to invest some $1.17-billion in copper and zinc projects in Peru and Brazil over the next five years, the company's general manager Ricardo Porta said on Friday. About $816-million will be invested in Peru, including $555-million in copper projects... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2018 Anglo American has quietly become a commodities trader. In just five years, the century-old miner assembled marketing operations that now sell more metals than the company produces. Yet the trading business gets barely a mention at presentations by Anglo executives or in analyst reports, taking... 

How Anglo quietly built a commodity trader in Glencore's shadow

Chilean lawmakers study extra tax for copper, lithium mines

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chile's congress is studying a proposal for an additional royalty payment for copper and lithium miners operating in the country to bolster the development of the regions around their deposits, according to a draft seen by Reuters. The initiative, which was put forward by opposition legislators... 

Association expects lower tin consumption this year

By: Simone Liedtke     14th September 2018 Tin consumption is expected to be weaker this year, as a result of escalating trade tensions and macroeconomic developments, especially in China, where other factors are hindering growth, the International Tin Association (ITA) has found. ITA analyst Tom Mulqueen pointed out that the latest... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

Chile's lithium miner SQM asks court to reject Tianqi agreement

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM objected to the terms of a deal drawn up between the country's anti-trust regulator and the Chinese miner Tianqi which hopes to buy almost a quarter of SQM, its lawyers told the country's anti-trust court on Thursday. An attorney representing SQM told Chile’s anti-trust... 

Collahuasi copper mine in Chile to raise output 4% this year -VP

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 The copper mine Collahuasi in Chile is expected to produce 545 000 t of copper this year, 4% more than in 2017, its vice president of operations, Francisco Carvajal, told journalists on the sidelines of an event in Peru on Thursday. Collahuasi, owned by Anglo American and Glencore, is located in... 

Teck's copper project attracts interest before end-Sept deadline - sources

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Mining companies and commodities trading houses are expected to table first-round offers by a September 28 deadline for a stake in Teck Resources' Quebrada Blanca copper mine expansion in northern Chile, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Canada's Teck has said a development partner... 

Gold Fields plans to extend life of Peru mine through 2040

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 South African miner Gold Fields aims to extend the life of its Cerro Corona gold mine in Peru through 2040 with an investment of at least $240-million, the company's vice president for the Americas said late on Wednesday. "We're doing studies with Peruvian consulting firms and international... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats), which is collaborating closely with the South African government to preserve jobs at the heavily lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, is also working in very close cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe, where it has secured major tax... 

Strong new collaboration with governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe – Implats
Implats CEO Nico Muller interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Gold Fields ranked top South African mining company, third best global gold company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields has again been ranked the top South African mining company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) benchmarking database. The DJSI scorecard for 2018, which was published on Thursday, shows that Gold Fields’ sustainability practices rank with the best of... 

Gold Fields ranked top South African mining company, third best global gold company
Photo by Creamer Media
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Rising generations drive record diamond demand but require new approaches by industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2018 The worldwide demand for diamond jewellery set a new record high of $82-billion in 2017, diamond giant De Beers reported in its “Diamond Insight Report 2018”. The driving forces behind this demand were Millennial and Generation Z (Gen Z) consumers, who, together, accounted for 66% of global... 

Rising generations drive record diamond demand but require new approaches by industry

Kidman, SQM may have to forfeit lithium mine after Australian govt ruling

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Australia's Kidman Resources and Chilean partner SQM may lose their right to develop the Mount Holland lithium project after a recommendation by a unit of the West Australian government that regulates mining leases. Kidman had asked the Western Australia Department of Mines for an exemption to... 

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