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Acting BC premier proposes retaliatory US thermal coal export ban

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 The leader of the British Columbia Liberal party Christy Clark has written a letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for a retaliatory ban on US thermal coal shipments through the province’s ports. Clark, who has been the acting premier of the province since the legislative... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Breakthrough holmium data storage solution piques Matamec’s interest

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Montreal-based rare earths project developer Matamec Explorations is excited about a breakthrough discovery by a team of nanoscience researchers, mainly from IBM’s Almaden Research Centre, in San Jose, California, of the ability to store one bit (1b) of data on a single holmium atom. The... 

Newmont appoints new head for South American assets

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2017 Gold and copper producer Newmont Mining has tasked mining executive Dean Gehring with leading its South American business, effective June 1. Gehring will succeed Trent Tempel, who is retiring after 33 years at the firm. 

Verde Agritech stock leaps on Brazil enviro licence approval

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2017 The TSX-listed stock of plant nutrient project developer Verde Agritech nearly doubled to a new 12-month high late on Thursday, after it announced that the Minas Gerais State Environmental Agency had issued an environmental licence for its Cerrao Verde project. "With this long-awaited... 

Trump’s latest executive orders may be burdensome for oil

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2017 Oil-services giant Halliburton told employees to stay put. An oil trade group is concerned by the proposed border tax. Another global oil company is reconsidering whether to place a crude trader in Houston. And universities that train energy workers across the country estimated that hundreds of... 

Potash Ridge contemplates smaller-scale ops at Blawn Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2017 TSX-listed project developer Potash Ridge this week published the results of a study updating its 2013 technical report on the Blawn Mountain project, in Utah. The update provides a capital cost that is more attractive given today's market conditions, and sets out an initial production rate that... 

Former coal baron Blankenship’s conviction upheld on appeal

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2017 Former coal baron Donald Blankenship will stay in jail for now after an appeals court upheld his conviction for flouting mine-safety laws. The self-described “political prisoner” didn’t identify any reversible errors in his 2016 trial on charges he ignored safety rules at Massey Energy’s Upper... 

Sunrise reports strong results from Pozz deposit, Nevada

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Aim-listed Sunrise Resources has reported strong initial strength-test results for natural pozzolan sourced from its Pozz project, in Nevada. The test results indicate that the CS Deposit sample is a high quality natural pozzolan competitive with natural pozzolans available on the market today. 

Lithium asset consolidation proceeds unabated

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2016 Asset consolidation is continuing in the junior lithium space, with several companies announcing deals in the past week. Wealth Minerals announced Monday that its Chilean subsidiary has entered a letter of intent dated December 12, with arm’s length vendors giving it the exclusive right and... 

Golden Queen declares commercial production at Soledad Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2016 Emerging gold and silver miner Golden Queen Mining has on Monday declared commercial production at its Soledad Mountain project, located in the Mojave Desert of California. Vancouver-based Golden Queen reached the milestone Monday after the plant consistently hit an average of 80% of design... 

The forgotten gold rush at the foot of Natal’s ‘Table Mountain’

By: Jade Davenport     2nd December 2016 Without a doubt, the early 1850s was a great time for anyone with an adventurous spirit, a desire for fortune and capacity for hard labour. The whole world, it seemed, had been swept up in an unprecedented gold frenzy, following the era-changing auriferous discoveries in California and Australia,... 

Trump’s energy job promise to clash with scant supply of labour

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2016 President-elect Donald Trump promises that his sweeping changes to energy policy will create “many millions” of American jobs. Finding all those workers may be the challenge. World markets are flush with coal and oil, keeping prices subdued and making it difficult for producers to profit from new... 

2015 US crude oil output highest in 40 years

By: Henry Lazenby     8th November 2016 Field production of crude oil in the US has risen to the highest level in four decades, reaching 9.42-million barrels a day in 2015, according to information provided by the US Energy Information Agency (EIA). Output increased for the seventh consecutive year in 2015, the highest crude oil output... 

Freeport reports weaker Q3 results, lowers sales guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     25th October 2016 The world’s largest publicly traded copper producer Freeport-McMoRan on Tuesday announced third-quarter results weaker that analyst predictions, saying it now also expects to sell less copper, gold and molybdenum in 2016. Phoenix-based Freeport now expects to sell about 4.8-billion pounds of... 

As need to reach foreign markets intensifies, Canadian oil industry isolated from Treaty Alliance threats

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2016 Global demand for energy is expected to rise some 32% by 2040 and more than a quarter of that increase will be met by oil, raising the stakes for the Canadian oil industry to diversify its markets. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the lion’s share of demand... 

Sale of Firestone Diamonds’ Botswana asset to Tango lapses

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2016 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds will continue to seek shareholder value for its Botswana assets after its $8-million disposal to potential buyer Canadian diversified junior miner Tango Mining fell through. The diamond development company on Monday said Tango had been unable to meet the conditions... 

Firestone Diamonds again extends deadline for Botswana asset sale

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2016 Canadian diversified junior miner Tango Mining has until the revised drop dead date of September 9 to settle all the conditions under the conditional sale agreement (CSA) for the $8-million acquisition of Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds’ Botswana assets. Firestone on Tuesday agreed to extend the... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2016 Deep Space Industries (DSI) has entered the race to launch spacecraft that will identify and mine near-earth asteroids, in the hope of establishing a new space economy. The California-based company on Tuesday announced plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Its... 

Husky hits snag in efforts to contain Saskatchewan oil spill

By: Bloomberg     25th July 2016 Husky Energy Inc. is running into difficulty containing and cleaning up a 1 570-bl oil pipeline spill that entered the North Saskatchewan River in Canada this week, after rising water levels compromised its initial plan to capture the release. The company responded Thursday morning when a sheen... 

Rand goldfield: ‘Not worth hell room’

By: Jade Davenport     15th July 2016 Perhaps the most extraordinary reality of the early history of the Witwatersrand goldfield is that the discovery of 1886 was greeted with a fair degree of scepticism, particularly from career mining engineers, most of whom had not only mining college degrees, but also considerable experience with... 

Haver & Boecker Hires Certified Sales Manager

12th July 2016 Haver & Boecker, a leading manufacturer in processing, handling, mixing, packing, filling, palletizing and loading systems, hired Ron Gundlach as its southwestern sales manager. He brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his new role. As sales manager, Gundlach works alongside General... 

Balancing exploration and project development key for Fission at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2016 Exploration superstar Fission Uranium is gearing up for a C$13.3-million summer campaign at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project in the relatively underexplored Western Athabasca basin, in northern Saskatchewan, and is looking to balance its exploration activities with the objective of... 

Event heads back to Swakopmund, Namibia

13th May 2016 The African leg of mining software developer and provider Hexagon Mining’s MineQuest 2016, the company’s global user event series, will be hosted by Namibia in Swakopmund from June 22 to 24.  

Freeport loss doubles as low prices bite

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2016 US diversified miner Freeport McMoRan has booked a $3.8-billion write-down of the carrying value of its oil and gas properties, on the back of lower West Texas Intermediate prices. The company reported a net loss attributable to common stock totalling $4.2-billion, or $3.35 a share, for... 

Hexagon Mining Opens Minequest 2016

19th April 2016 Hexagon Mining today opens MineQuest 2016, its global user event series, in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Shaping the Digital Mine is the theme of the event and featured prominently in President, Hélio Samora’s opening address to attendees. “Shaping the Digital Mine embodies our goal of creating safer,... 

Firestone Diamonds extends conditional deadline for Botswana asset sale

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2016 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds has agreed to an extension for the $8-million sale of its Botswana operations to allow buyer TSX-V-listed Tango Mining time to finalise a proposed $30-million loan. Tango Mining would now have until July 29 to finalise the commitment with California-based financial... 

Freeport cuts oil, gas officials as low prices, high debt weigh

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2016 In response to a challenging fossil fuels market, US-based miner Freeport-McMoRan has reintegrated its oil and gas business as an operating division of the parent company, doing away with four senior executives, with one remaining. NYSE-listed Freeport said that subsidiary Freeport-McMoRan Oil &... 

Vanderbilt Commercial to fund $30m Tango loan for Botswana project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2016 California-based financial lender Vanderbilt Commercial Lending has presented TSX-V-listed Tango Mining with a proposal outlining a $30-million loan commitment to fund Tango’s acquisition and the capital required to restart the BK11 kimberlite diamond mine (BK11 mine), in Botswana. Pending... 

Focus for 2016 on improving output, slashing costs

11th March 2016 As 2016 is also expected to be challenging for mineral sands feedstock markets, Australian heavy minerals miner Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL) will focus on production efficiencies and cost-reduction initiatives to ensure the competitiveness of its operations at all stages of the commodity price... 

Septentrio Americas Delivers Machine Control GNSS Receivers for World’s Largest Iron Ore Mine

9th March 2016 Septentrio Americas has completed deliveries of over 40 GNSS machine control receivers, including the new AsteRx-U products, for deployment at the Vale S11D Iron Project in Carajás, Brazil. The Septentrio receivers will be installed on mining equipment from three different machine suppliers that... 

The when, how and by whom controversy of Wits gold discovery

By: Jade Davenport     12th February 2016 One of the most curious realities of South Africa’s mining history is that the precise details relating the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, an event that was to irrevocably alter the economic and socio-political trajectory of the country, are quite vague. In fact, the ‘when, how and by... 

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations

By: Malusi Mkhize     12th February 2016 Given the limited resources available to Canada’s territorial governments, federal funding will play a key role in developing infrastructure to facilitate the country’s minerals exploitation, according to a study by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and other industry... 

Flowsheet selection paying off in pilot phase

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 ASX-listed development company Peak Resources – which has started piloting beneficiation at its Tanzania-based Ngualla pilot plant – is so far “well-pleased” with its flowsheet selection, which allows for lower operating costs and the potential improvement of the leach recovery process, says MD... 

British Columbia unable to support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2016 The British Columbia provincial government has stressed that it cannot support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project based on information submitted to the National Energy Board (NEB) panel reviewing the project. The provincial government stated on Monday that, during the course of the... 

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By: Henry Lazenby     5th January 2016 The US Department of Justice on Monday filed a federal court civil complaint in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against German automotive manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, collectively referred to as Volkswagen. The complaint alleged that... 

Atna declares bankruptcy

By: Henry Lazenby     20th November 2015 Colorado-based gold miner Atna Resources on Thursday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying operational problems at its Pinson mine, in Nevada, the low gold price and a lack of investor interest had rendered it without sufficient liquidity to meet obligations. Atna had filed voluntary... 

Molycorp files two-tracked plan to emerge from bankruptcy

By: Henry Lazenby     4th November 2015 North America’s only commercial rare earths producer on Tuesday filed a joint plan of reorganisation with US securities regulators that could see it emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as either a restructured entity, or by selling its assets. “If approved, the plan would help to... 

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