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Low commodity prices challenge diversified junior’s US operation

By: Dylan Stewart Low commodity prices are a significant challenge for diversified junior mining company Fortune Minerals’ only producing asset, the Revenue silver mine, in south-west Colorado, Mining Weekly learns from president and CEO Robin Goad and investor relations manager Troy Nazarewicz. 

Mining companies continue to strive for excellence

By: Dylan Stewart North American mining companies are increasingly pursuing superior performance as they respond to low commodity prices, with innovation gaining in importance and energy costs being managed as a diversified portfolio that can be optimised. These form 3 of 10 key mining trends provided to Mining... 

Mining companies continue to strive for excellence
ANDREW SWART The mining industry could be facing a cliff if new mines and developments are not invested in

Nevada gold producer acquires mining leases

Emerging Nevada gold producer Pershing Gold Corporation has acquired the exclusive mining and surface use rights to about 1 600 acres of new long-term mining leases and 74 unpatented lode mining claims, comprising about 1 300 acres, from gold corporation Newmont USA for a consideration of... 

Nevada gold producer acquires mining leases
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Pershing Gold Corporation believes further exploration core drilling on the land adjacent to its Relief Canyon mine has significant potential to increase the size of this deposit

Nevada project yields high-grade sampling results

Diversified mineral exploration and development company Sunrise Resources has attained further high-grade sampling results at its Bay State silver project, in the Eureka district of Nevada. 

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology

By: Dylan Stewart The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining (HxM) has created many possibilities, highlighted by MineSight’s new data repository and analytics... 

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology

Promising anomalies discovered by Australian prospectors in US

By: Dylan Stewart Australian exploration company Carnavale Resources has come across promising anomalies in western Arizona and eastern Nevada, Carnavale MD Andrew Beckwith tells Mining Weekly. 

Promising anomalies  discovered by Australian prospectors in US
BIG POTENTIAL The four Carlin anomolies found are spread over an area of about 20km² on the eastern margin of Nevada

Prospectors & Developers Association appoints new executive director

The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) last month announced the appointment of Andrew Cheatle as its new executive director, effective February 2. 

Zest WEG Group

Zest WEG Group is Africa’s leading supplier of low- and medium-voltage electric motors, variable-speed drives, softstarters, switchgears, transformers, motor control centres (MCCs), containerised substations, diesel generator sets (gensets), cogeneration solutions and other energy solutions The... 

Zest WEG Group
The Zest WEG Group reports continued demand for its WEG transformers, manufactured by WEG Transformers Africa

Canada mining association predicts global upswing

By: Ilan Solomons Despite the recent global economic downturn, the Canadian mining industry will remain one of the world’s largest minerals and metals producers for the foreseeable future, says industry body the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). “The Canadian mining industry was somewhat subdued during the first... 

Canada mining  association predicts global upswing
ON THE RIGHT TRACK The Canadian mining industry is recovering, as certain commodity prices are steadily increasing

Canada tackles EA bureaucracy

By: Ilan Solomons Canada’s mining industry is governed by both federal and provincial levels of government, and significant efforts have been undertaken by industry stakeholders in the past three years to reduce the bureaucratic overlaps that have plagued Canada’s mining sector for years, says industry body the... 

Canada tackles EA bureaucracy
GREAT EXPECTATIONS In the next five to ten years, the global mining community might regard Canada as a country with a highly efficient mining licensing system

Canada–Africa ties mutually beneficial

By: Ilan Solomons The growing ties between Canada and Africa, particularly in the mining and mining-related sectors, benefits both parties, says nonprofit organisation the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business, which promotes trade and industry between Canada and Southern Africa. Canada-based mining business... 

Canada–Africa ties  mutually beneficial
POSITIVE PROSPECTS Many Southern African companies are trying to penetrate the Canadian mining industry

New technology assisting Canadian miners

By: Ilan Solomons Global contractor and engineering firm Redpath says its battery-powered mechanised raise-climber system and Wi-Fi communications for shaft sinking system, introduced to the Canadian mining industry in January, have been well received, as they improve mine safety and simplify mining operations.... 

New technology assisting Canadian miners
MECHANISED RAISE CLIMBER Redpath’s battery-powered raise climber uses lithium-ion batteries to propel the electric drive

Canadian company experiences success with two advanced-stage developments

By: Gia Costella “Concerns related to the global economy and slower economic growth in China have had a substantial impact on Canada’s mining industry,” says Canadian mining company Fortune Minerals. About 60% of the world’s publicly traded mining companies trade on Canada’s two largest stock exchanges and, for... 

Prosperous future for Canadian Mining – association

By: Gia Costella Canada’s mining industry has a prosperous future, with the benefits of the mining sector reaching past the mine gate and into the communities in which it operates, says Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Pierre Gratton. Delivering his speech for National Mining Week, in Canada, in... 

Success for Canadian simulator supplier

By: Gia Costella Surface and underground equipment simulator supplier to the global mining industry Immersive Technologies reports that it has had success this year with the sales of its equipment, in Canada. In March, the Gibraltar mine, owned by Canadian mining company Taseko, which is focused on the operation... 

Award-winning drilling company puts safety first

By: Zandile Mavuso Safety is of significant importance to mineral exploration drilling company Boart Longyear, which has been supplying Canadian mining projects like iron-ore operations in the remote area of Schefferville in northern Quebec, Canada. 

Canada leads mineral exploration worldwide

By: Zandile Mavuso The Canadian mineral exploration and development sector has been performing well, despite the economic decline experienced by the world’s industries and markets, says the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). 

Initiative to follow 2012 energy and GHG emissions reduction closely

The governance team for the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC’s) initiative, Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM), has made performance improvement for energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management a top priority for 2012. 

Local crane company records good sales in Canada

Germiston-based crane company Condra has made further inroads into Canada’s market for specialised lifting equipment. 

Mount Klappan production delayed 

By: Zandile Mavuso Mineral resource company Fortune Minerals says it aims to start production at its Mount Klappan metallurgical coal project, in north-west British Columbia, Canada, in 2016. 

Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire could potentially be one of Canada’s largest mining centres

By: Zandile Mavuso e Ring of Fire chromite deposit, in northern Ontario, holds the potential to produce "billions in mineral wealth", states Canada’s Treasury Board president Tony Clement, adding that the vast reserve of minerals and metals will generate jobs and economic growth for years to come. 

100 000 people needed by 2020 to meet anticipated production levels

By: Tracy Hancock National sector council for the Canadian minerals and metals industry Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) says the lack of students studying mining-related fields in Canada is challenging, owing to a disconnect between the industry employment cycle and students being recruited into... 

Council focused on improving Canada’s mineral reserve

By: Tracy Hancock Fledgling nonprofit organisation Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) aims to reverse the significant decline of Canada’s reserves through its exploration initiative. Government department Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) reports a reduction exceeding 80% in lead, zinc and silver reserves,... 

Exploration and deposit expenditure expected to increase

By: Tracy Hancock Canada’s mining industry continues to rally from the recent global recession, with this year’s production currently exceeding that of 2010, reports government department Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Commodity demand is also strong, increasing the prices of many commodities, says NRCan... 

Quebec lithium mine’s site construction scheduled for third quarter

Mine developer Canada Lithium Corporation reports the initial site construction of a mine and lithium carbonate processing facility at its Québec Lithium Project, near Val d'Or, Québec, should start in the third quarter of this year. The process plant commissioning is currently scheduled for the... 

Software company’s services prove popular in Canadian mining industry

Canadian maintenance management software company Cogep has experienced a record number of sales in the past year, and has concluded ten contracts in the Canadian mining sector for the implementation of Guide Ti, its maintenance and procurement management software solution. Signing gold... 

South African company’s products gain popularity in Canada

Energy absorption solutions provider Horne Group reports its Barrie-based subsidiary Horne Conveyance Safety’s focus on Levelok and Technogrid product lines has caused mid-year sales of R12-million to Canada’s mining sector.  

Canadian mining seminar promotes investment in African mining

By: Carla Thomaz The largest Africa-focused mining event in North America for the international mining and financial communities is taking place on March 9, 2010, in Toronto. 

Chilean project marks start of group’s new synergy

By: Carla Thomaz The mining contracting division of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), M&R Cementation South Africa and Cementation Canada have been selected as one of the preferred contractors for the shaft design packages at the Chuquicamata mine, in Chile. 

Environmental firm holds forum at Indaba

By: Carla Thomaz Ground engineering and environmental services firm Golder Associates and the Canadian-South African Chamber of Business have held an interactive forum focusing on whether or not Africa is choosing its investors wisely for its own growth and development in the mining industry. 

Full steam ahead for new mining projects

By: Liezel Hill After the deep freeze of 2008 and early 2009, new mine and project activity in Canada is heating up again. Like their peers around the world, Canadian miners and developers responded to the financial crisis and low metals prices by closing mines, curtailing production, delaying projects and... 

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