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Paladin to return to ASX, most shares in hands of creditors

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd February 2018 Uranium miner Paladin Energy will apply for its securities to be reinstated to official quotation on the ASX, the Australia-based company said on Friday, announcing the completion of its restructuring and the appointment of two new directors. With the deed of company arrangement (DOCA) effected,... 

A modern land run? Trump move opens Utah to mining claims under 1872 law

By: Reuters     31st January 2018 US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of Utah wilderness will reopen much of the iconic terrain to gold, silver, copper, and uranium land claims under a Wild West-era mining law, according to federal officials. Starting at 6 am on February 2... 

DFS demonstrates 'robustness' of WA uranium project - Vimy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) at ASX-listed Vimy Resources' Mulga Rock project (MRP), in Western Australia, has confirmed robust financials and a simple, low-cost mining process. "The DFS reinforces the status of the MRP as Australia's largest and most advanced uranium project based on a... 

NexGen embarks on winter exploration programme for Rook I

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Uranium explorer NexGen Energy has started work on its winter 2018 drill programme at the fully owned Rook I property, in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan. The winter 2018 programme will comprise about 25 000 m using eight drill rigs. 

Cameco's JV Inkai lifts 2018 guidance 25%

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2018 Despite lacklustre uranium spot and contract prices, Canadian producer Cameco announced on Thursday that its joint venture (JV) over the Inkai in situ recovery uranium mine, in south Kazakhstan, with the National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom) will lift output 25% this... 

Cameco's JV Inkai lifts 2018 guidance 25%

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 State-owned financial services provider Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) is keen to deepen partnerships with South African exporters who offer their capital goods and services in international and emerging markets, including in Africa.  

Corporation to strengthen partnerships at Indaba
PAUL MOJALEFA PAUL MOJALEFA The Export Credit Insurance Corporation will exhibit to further promote and position its brand in the mining sector

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

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. 

Uranium veteran expects price stalemate to crack in 2019

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Uranium producers’ deliberate cuts to production should finally begin to prop up prices next year as reserves of the rare metal dwindle and nuclear power generators rush to lock-in long-term contracts, according to sector veteran John Borshoff. Shares in uranium producers briefly rose late last... 

Argentina, Russia ink uranium exploration, production deal

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Argentina and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding to boost uranium exploration and production in the South American country that could include $250-million in investment, Argentina's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The agreement was sealed during a visit by Argentine President Mauricio... 

New French firm Orano, formerly called Areva, says uranium price too low to invest in mines

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Philippe Knoche, chief executive officer of French uranium and nuclear fuel group Orano - formerly called Areva - said current market prices for uranium are too low to invest in new uranium mines. He added that long-term contract prices for uranium are about $10/lb higher than spot prices. 

Berkeley says offtake activity to intensify this year

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2018 Uranium project developer Berkeley Energia is seeing a “notable” increase in public tender activity and says it expects offtake activity to intensify, once full construction of its Salamanca mine, in Spain, is under way. In a quarterly update on Tuesday, Berkeley said that it would participate... 

Berkeley says offtake activity to intensify this year

'There has never been a bigger disconnect between price and value' – VRIC 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 "The disconnect between price and value is as stunning as I've ever seen," founder of The Stock Catalyst Report Michael Alkin told attendees at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) on Sunday. Industry participants seemed to agree. 

Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2018 US Republican senator for Wyoming John Barrasso has called on the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. "For years, government-owned uranium producers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have unfairly flooded American markets... 

Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it had clinched an agreement to sell its claims in bankrupt US nuclear plant maker Westinghouse Electric Co in a deal that would add $3.7-billion to the Japanese owner's depleted capital base. The Japanese conglomerate has also agreed to transfer its... 

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

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
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DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

Australia’s Vimy maintains positive view on uranium

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2018 Perth-based uranium mining hopeful Vimy Resources is maintaining a positive view on the uranium market and will “actively and energetically” engage in contract negotiations this year, to underpin financing for a new mine in the Great Victoria desert of Western Australia. The company, which is... 

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
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

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.

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... 

Fission hits among strongest mineralisation yet at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 Explorer Fission Uranium has hit some of the strongest mineralisation to date at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project, in Northern Saskatchewan’s south-western Athabasca Basin. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based miner on Wednesday reported the assay results from the last three... 

Fission hits among strongest mineralisation yet at PLS

Kazatomprom records tidy profit on Westinghouse Electric Company stake sale

By: Henry Lazenby     27th December 2017 The National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom) has recorded a profit of $85-million after it sold its 10% stake in US-based Westinghouse Electric Company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March. Kazatomprom has exercised its rights under a put option... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Reuters     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

Retrenched Gupta mine employees fail to receive pay

By: Martin Creamer     22nd December 2017 Forty-four people retrenched from the Shiva Uranium Mine in North West belonging to the Gupta company Oakbay have failed to receive expected December pay that formed part of an agreed retrenchment package, Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Maritha Coetzee told Mining Weekly Online on Friday.... 

Retrenched Gupta mine employees fail to receive pay

Tokyo Electric says Canada's Cameco seeks $682m in damages

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2017 Japan's Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has revealed that Canadian uranium major Cameco is seeking $681.9-million in damages following a dispute that has driven the former partners to international arbitration. News agency Reuters reported from Tokyo, Japan, that Tepco has confirmed receipt of a... 

Tokyo Electric says Canada's Cameco seeks $682m in damages

IDC sues Gupta-linked firms to recover debt

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2017 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is suing four companies linked to the politically connected Gupta family after they failed to repay a loan that the state-owned development financier canceled because it suspected illegal activity. The Guptas’ Oakbay Resources and Energy,... 

Berkeley selects mining and construction contractors for Salamanca mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Dual-listed Berkeley Energia expects to pour concrete at its fully-funded Salamanca mine, in western Spain, in the new year, the company said on Tuesday, as it announced the award of major contracts for the uranium mine. The company said that Sanchez y Lago, one of Spain’s major construction... 

Berkeley selects mining and construction contractors for Salamanca mine

Cameco, Kazatomprom restructure JV Inkai

By: Henry Lazenby     11th December 2017 Canadian uranium producer Cameco and the National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom) have agreed to restructure their joint venture over the Inkai in situ recovery uranium mine, in south Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom CEO Galymzhan Pirmatov and Cameco president and CEO Tim Gitzel... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviews Johann de Bruin, the founding director of the new project engineering company Erudite. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

Boss consolidates Honeymoon uranium project ownership

By: Mariaan Webb     7th December 2017 ASX-listed Boss Resources has entered into a binding conditional agreement to buy Wattle Mining – the owner of 20% of the shares in the Honeymoon uranium project – in a move that will give the company full ownership of the South Australian project. Consolidating the ownership sets the Honeymoon... 

Uranium companies jump on another round of Kazatomprom production cuts

By: Henry Lazenby     4th December 2017 An announcement Monday by the world’s largest uranium producer, the National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom), that it would curtail another 20% of output for three years, starting from January, sent most TSX-listed uranium companies’ equities soaring. The national miner... 

Uranium companies jump on another round of Kazatomprom production cuts

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2017 The 'mine of tomorrow' is expected to be a factory-like entity equipped with a multiplicity of autonomous devices, which are controlled by technology savvy personnel working from remote centres, attendees of the natural resources forum heard in Sandton on Thursday. The ‘mine of tomorrow’ would... 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era
Dassault Systèmes Geovia CEO Raoul Jacquand interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on mine modernisation. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Berkeley closes Oman financing transaction

By: Samantha Herbst     30th November 2017 Following shareholder approval announced on Thursday, uranium project developer Berkeley Energia has completed a strategic investment of up to $120-million with the sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman, which means that Berkeley can now bring the Spain-based Salamanca uranium mine into... 

Integrated, regional approach needed for mine water treatment – DWS

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th November 2017 Government and regulators should promote a regional integrated approach to mine water treatment, says Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Mine Water/Water Quality Management chief director Marius Keet. Speaking at the Science Business Society Dialogue Conference on Linking Science, Society,... 

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