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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... 

Equinox buys California mine from New Gold

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 Canadian firm Equinox Gold is set to graduate to a gold producer with the $158-million acquisition of the Mesquite openpit gold mine, in the California, from New Gold. Describing the Mesquite mine as the “perfect fit”, Equinox CEO Christian Milau said on Wednesday that the mine would produce 140... 

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... 

Coal crunch faced by Indian nonpower sector to ease, not end

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2018 The coal shortage faced by the nonpower sector is expected to continue, although a reversal of the trend may emerge toward the end of the month, Coal India Limited (CIL) chairperson Anil Kumar Jha has said. “A surge in demand for coal at the start of the summer months this year forced CIL to... 

Galileo to acquire Kabwe residual rights, 95% stake in Star zinc project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2018 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has executed a heads of agreement to acquire the Kabwe residual rights, in Zambia, from BMR Group. The acquisition excludes BMR’s small-scale licence which is used as a zinc/lead/vanadium tailings recovery project, situated within the Kabwe mining licence.  

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Sibanye-Stillwater concludes $450m convertible bonds tender process

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has announced the conclusion of its invitation to tender convertible bonds for purchase up to the aggregate principal amount of $50-million in aggregate purchase price to holders of its $450-million 1.8% guaranteed unsecured... 

BHP buys into Ecuador copper project with SolGold stake

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th September 2018 Diversified miner BHP has struck a deal with TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields (GGI) to acquire its 6.1% interest in SolGold, which is the majority owner and operator of the Cascabel porphyry copper/gold project, in Ecuador. Under the terms of the agreement, BHP will acquire GGI's entire stake of... 

Railway constraints take their toll on India’s captive thermal power plants

By: Ajoy K Das     30th August 2018 Captive thermal power plants in India are facing coal supply shortages, as a result of constraints in the availability of railway wagons to transport the coal. Not officially acknowledging any shortage of coal and instead blaming distribution bottlenecks for the supply challenges, the country’s... 

Indian govt cracks the whip to get states to complete fresh exploration by year-end

By: Ajoy K Das     30th August 2018 The Indian government has cracked the whip on mineral bearing states to ensure that they hold timely auctions of 288 mineral blocks, leases of which are slated to lapse in 2020. The federal Mines Ministry has issued an ultimatum to all mineral-bearing states to complete fresh exploration of... 

Pacton gains greater ground in Pilbara

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th August 2018 Junior gold explorer Calidus Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with TSX-listed Pacton Gold to dispose of its non-core conglomerate gold rights for C$3.5-million in shares. Under the terms of the LoI, Calidus will receive a non-refundable payment of C$10 000 and will be issued... 

Indian coal-fired power plants likely to miss new emission control norms deadline

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd August 2018 Indian coal-fired power plants are unlikely to meet the new emission norms by 2022, missing the deadline for the second time since the Environment Ministry first laid down compliance rules in 2015. In the 2015 notification, the Ministry made it mandatory for thermal power plants to retrofit... 

Zambian Revenue Authority executes search warrant at Gemfield’s Kagem mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Gemstone miner Gemfields on Friday said its Kagem Mining company had been subjected to an unannounced visit on Thursday by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Kagem Mining, through which Gemfields operates and holds 75% of the Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, and its South African polygraph service... 

Gordhan announces whistleblower hotline to boost fight against corruption

By: News24Wire      15th August 2018 Stabilising State-owned enterprises could take six months or longer, depending on the extent of corruption, said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The minister on Wednesday briefed the portfolio committee on public enterprises on the progress made in addressing governance challenges at... 

Lithium and copper tipped as major Australian export drivers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has tipped lithium and copper to be the major drivers for commodity exports in Australia, in the next few years. In its August Statement on Monetary Policy, the RBA noted that mineral exploration and mining activity for commodities used in the rechargeable... 

Merger volumes fall in second quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd August 2018 Global merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction values in the mining and metals sector fell by 9.5% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) reported this week. In its latest quarterly data, the company noted that while deal value in the first half of 2018 was... 

B&E International Is Industry’s Partner In Crushing From Start To Finish

2nd August 2018 Cost effective crushing is vital to the competitiveness of mining and quarrying operations, and experienced experts can ensure the right amount of the required product, while reducing the risk of operational downtime. Dewald Janse van Rensburg, managing director of B&E International, says it is... 

Cradle Arc buys back convertible loan notes

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2018 Aim-listed Cradle Arc plans to redeem all of its £1.28-million outstanding convertible loan notes for £1.59-million in cash, by way of staged and back-end weighted payments up to their scheduled maturity date of December 31.  Funding for such redemption, alongside additional working capital for... 

Lifting of Karnataka iron-ore restrictions brings miners and consumers into fresh conflict

By: Ajoy K Das     31st July 2018 The Central Empowered Committee (CEC), the body appointed by India’s Supreme Court on all matters related to mining, has recommended lifting restrictions on iron-ore pellet exports from the southern province of Karnataka, bringing to the fore the conflict between producers and consumers of the... 

Coal India production picking up but domestic shortage to persist for 2 to 3 years

By: Ajoy K Das     24th July 2018 Green shoots are emerging for State-owned miner Coal India Limited (CIL), with first-quarter coal production and sales increasing, but the government has warned that the domestic coal shortage will persist for the next two to three years. CIL achieved a production growth of 15% during the June... 

Indian iron-ore exports shifting from fines to pellets

By: Ajoy K Das     19th July 2018 Indian international trade in iron-ore is shifting to more iron-ore pellets, rather than high-grade fines, prompted by changing preferences of overseas buyers. Information and data sourced from industry indicate that overseas shipment and sales realisations of iron-ore pellets are outstripping... 

David Price steps down from Lionsgold board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 London-listed gold exploration, production and retail firm Lionsgold has appointed a new interim chairperson, following the resignation of David Price as nonexecutive chairperson with immediate effect to focus on his CEO role at Aim-listed Rockfire Resources. Corporate lawyer Michael Corcoran,... 

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

BlueRock lifts Kareevlei production by 81% y/y in H1

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, achieved “good” production during the second quarter, contributing to an 81% year-on-year increase in tonnes processed to 73 028 t for the first half of this year. Revenue per tonne processed amounted to $7.76. 

Tiger cancels sale of Kipoi to Chinese firm

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th July 2018 Copper miner Tiger Resources has pulled the plug on the divestment of its assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to a Chinese consortium. Tiger in January announced that it would sell its Kipoi mine and other assets in the DRC to special purpose vehicle Sinomine Fuhai (Hong Kong)... 

Orion issues shares to its BEE partner

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th June 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has issued additional shares to its South African black economic empowerment (BEE) partner to the value of $250 000.  

Indian government tighten screws on illegal miners

By: Ajoy K Das     29th June 2018 In a further clampdown, the Indian government has issued a directive that illegal mining projects will not be regularised unless violators submit to the Supreme Court giving an undertaking of compliance and payment of court-imposed penalties. The fresh directive on illegal mining states that no... 

Vast Resources raises £1.25m in share placement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Vast Resources has raised in aggregate £1.25-million through the placing of 238-million shares at a price of 0.5p apiece.  

Skills needed in local quarrying industry 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Kefi raises £3m; issues shares to contractors, third parties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals has conditionally raised £3-million, equivalent to about $4-million, through a placing of 120-million new ordinary shares at 2.5p apiece to existing and new shareholders. The placing proceeds net of expenses are expected to be about £2.8-million and will primarily be used... 

Big names in construction, earthmoving equipment headed for Hillhead 2018

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2018 Later this month, construction solutions company Tarmac’s Hillhead quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire, UK, will again host the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition. Some 525 UK and overseas companies have booked exhibition space at Hillhead 2018, which means this year’s event will be 10%... 

Bushveld settles £5m debt with Atlas Special Opportunities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Bushveld Minerals has redeemed the outstanding unsecured convertible bonds that were issued to Atlas Special Opportunities in September 2017.  

Vale signs $690m in cobalt deals with Wheaton, Cobalt 27

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached agreements to sell future production of cobalt for $690-million upfront as producers look to capitalize on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. The deal includes $390-million from Wheaton Precious Metals and $300-million from Cobalt 27 Capital, the companies... 

Laramide increases private placement to C$3.3m

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Uranium miner Laramide Resources has increased the previously announced private placement from seven-million units to ten-million units, at a company price of C$0.30 a unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of up to C$3.3-million. The ASX- and TSX-listed company had, earlier this month, announced its... 

Fortescue gains 19.9% stake in Atlas Iron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has taken a 19.9% shareholding in fellow-listed Atlas Iron, and has revealed that it would not support a proposed takeover of Atlas by Mineral Resources (MinRes). Fortescue on Thursday revealed that it had acquired a 15% shareholding in Atlas, at a price of 4c a... 

South32 turns its eye to Mexico

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2018 Diversified miner South32 has signed an agreement with Canada’s Silver Bull Resources that could result in a $100-million investment in a Mexican zinc project. The TSX-listed Silver Bull has granted South32 the option to form a 70/30 joint venture (JV) over the Sierra Mojada project. The... 

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