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Companies reach shaft sinking milestones

     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago Multinational mining company Turquoise Hill Resources’ Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has achieved significant underground development milestones with the completed sinking of two shafts this year. The Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper/gold mines, is located in the South... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices of aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium, and more modestly in gold,”... 

Promise of Vision 2030 for mining new breath of fresh air

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago The announcement by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that it is engaged in the development of a Vision 2030 for mining is a positive step in the right direction after years of short-term pussyfooting by a department that had fallen behind those of competitive mining jurisdictions in... 

Denison outlines more high-grade mineralisation at Gryphon

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 6 hours ago Uranium explorer and development company Denison Mines has discovered more high-grade uranium ore 600 m and 1 km to the northeast of the Gryphon uranium deposit, on the company’s 63.3%-owned Wheeler River project, in northern Saskatchewan, the company reported on Wednesday. With the 21 153-m... 

Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion investment untenable – CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 The CEO of Kinder Morgan Steven Kean has conceded that the C$7.4-billion twinning of the existing Kinder Morgan crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia “may be untenable for a private party to undertake”. He made the comments during the company’s first-quarter conference call on... 

Union workers reject Rio-owned IOC offer

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 The United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 5795/6731, in Labrador City, rejected the latest labour offer proposed by Rio Tinto’s majority-owned Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) and the USW negotiations teams. The union represents about 1 400 workers of whom 90% voted in favour of downing tools... 

Canada's Alouette aluminium smelter denies force majeure rumours

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The Alouette aluminium smelter in Canada, the biggest in the Americas, does not plan to declare force majeure, a spokesperson said on Wednesday, denying a market rumour. There was speculation in the market that Alouette may have to take the measure due to a shortage of raw material alumina. 

Poll shows divided British Columbia opinions for/against Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 A slim majority of Canadians and British Columbians have come forward in favour of the proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan’s diluted bitumen pipeline connecting Canada’s Alberta oil patch with new markets in the Far East, via the West Coast. A new survey conducted by the nonprofit Angus Reid... 

Northcliff hopeful of ‘timely conclusion’ of Sisson permitting

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 Project developer Northcliff Resources is hopeful for a timely conclusion of the amendment process of the applicable metal mining effluent regulations, in consultation with all stakeholders and led by Environment Canada and Climate Change, for its Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New... 

Canada's Trudeau ready to offer aid to ensure pipeline is built

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday moved to end an escalating crisis over a Kinder Morgan Canada oil pipeline, saying Ottawa was prepared to offer financial aid to ensure the project went ahead. Trudeau cited investor confidence as one reason to help Kinder Morgan Canada, part of... 

Nemaska secures $150m streaming deal with private lender Orion

By: Henry Lazenby     16th April 2018 Quebec-based lithium producer Nemaska Lithium has secured a $150-million streaming financing deal with private lender Orion Mine Finance Group. Under terms of the streaming deal, Orion will take 14.5% of the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate produced at Shawinigan and that are sold to third... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Home-Grown, World Class Mine Winder Manufacture

     16th April 2018 So well regarded is Parnis Manufacturing’s reputation in manufacturing and refurbishing mine winders, that the company recently delivered a 23 tonne, 3 metre single drum winder to a gold mining company in Canada. The unit will be used as a man winder and service hoist, and will be used to reach a... 

Gensource offtake MoUs signal supply malaise in N American potash market

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2018 The fact that junior Canadian start-up Gensource Potash has been able to secure two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) from separate US offtake partners that support the establishment of a new and independent supply of potash, speaks to a certain malaise in the continent’s crop nutrient market.... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

Stornoway's lower Q1 output belies Renard's large diamond potential

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 Quebec’s sole diamond mine owner and operator Stornoway Diamond Corp has reported higher prices during the first quarter ended March 31 for diamonds produced from its Renard mine, which is increasingly showing a tendency to produce large diamonds. A stronger diamond market in general and the sale... 

Shareholders give thumbs up for Leagold/Brio merger

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The shareholders of both Leagold Mining and Brio Gold have voted in favour of a friendly $264-million all-scrip offer by Leagold to acquire Brio. Brio now intends to seek a final order approving the transaction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by next Tuesday. Assuming all other... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

     13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new survey by the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters has found that global silver output had fallen 4.1% in 2017 to 852.1-million ounces. Prepared by GFMS, the report found that total physical demand of 1.02-billion ounces was 25% lower year-on-year, signalling that the tightening of the... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Rio Tinto becomes first aluminium producer certified under new sustainability benchmark

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2018 Mining giant Rio Tinto has become the first company in the world to be certified under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) – a new benchmark for healthy environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling, the company announced on... 

Canadian crude increasingly attractive for US Gulf Coast refineries as market landscape changes

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian crude oil could account for up to one-third of the US Gulf Coast (USGC) region’s heavy oil refining market by 2020, a new report by market research and consultancy firm IHS Markit has found. According to the analyst’s latest research, supplies of Canadian oil sands heavy crude are... 

Global trade politics cast shadow over Canadian M&A action – Oreninc

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Market volatility continues to rattle the stock markets and metals commodities are alternately coming under pressure and recovering as US President Donald Trump and China stand-off over trade, or more specifically, their bilateral trade balance. It was against this backdrop that data company... 

Tahoe says La Arena fuel spill fully contained

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer Tahoe Resources reported on Monday that it had fully contained a fuel spill at the La Arena mine, in Peru. According to a company statement, a contractor overfilled a diesel storage tank on Friday evening, spilling diesel into the containment facilities. 

Kinross says it remains unaffected by US sanctions on Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian miner Kinross Gold said on Monday that a fresh round of US sanctions targeting Russian State officials or connected businesses that were announced on Friday does not affect its Russian operations. The US announced on Friday new sanctions against Russian oligarchs with ties to President... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

Rio Tinto discloses details of the $5.1bn tax payments

By: Anine Kilian     9th April 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto on Tuesday revealed that its tax payments and royalties paid had increased from $4-billion in 2016, to more than $5.1-billion in 2017, with the majority of taxes paid in Australia. In its latest voluntary taxes paid report, published on Tuesday, Rio Tinto detailed that... 

Rio Tinto stands to win from Rusal sanctions, US consumers to lose

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Rio Tinto will be among the biggest winners from the US sanctions imposed on Russian aluminium giant United Company Rusal as the penalties further shake up the global metals trade and boost costs for US consumers, industry sources said on Monday. The United States on Friday imposed the sanctions... 

Bacanora terminates NextView placing, reaffirms Sonara H1 construction start

By: Mariaan Webb     6th April 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium has terminated its £31.17-million placing agreement with NextView, after the Chinese institutional fund management group defaulted on the December 2017 agreement. NextView would have acquired a 19.89% equity interest in Bacanora through the acquisition of 32 976... 

Engineering firm to launch raise mining offering for Africa

     6th April 2018 Mining contracting and engineering firm Redpath Mining Africa, in partnership with Redpath Mining Australia, is gearing up to launch a new raise mining offering and adding the new Redbore 65 raise drill to its fleet of Raisebore drilling equipment in Africa from the fourth quarter of this year.... 

Moody’s downgrades Eldorado credit rating

By: Henry Lazenby     6th April 2018 Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Canadian miner Eldorado Gold’s corporate family credit to B2 from B1, citing high geopolitical risks, limited mine diversity, and execution risks related to its material development projects. "The downgrade of Eldorado's rating reflects the high execution... 

Technology imperative to improve operations, safety in deep mines

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 Advancing and applying smart technology is improving miners' ability to delineate geological structures more accurately, which is important because a key aspect that affects safety in the sector is the variability of rock mass characteristics over time and space, says consulting engineers and... 

Seabee gold operation, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 A gold mine in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Large uranium deficits expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th April 2018 The outlook for future uranium demand remains positive amid prevailing low prices, as significant deficits and “substantially higher prices” are expected over the next decade when future supply will be hampered by current under-investment, says uranium development company Bannerman Resources CEO... 

Technical innovation receives industry thumbs up

     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Mira Geoscience received the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) Outstanding Achievement in Commercialisation award for a technical innovation and commercial sale that is quickly becoming the industry’s most comprehensive and advanced geotechnical data management and hazard... 

Gold price seen 'moving north' as world fails to replace output

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2018 Bullion prices are set to rise because there’s been a lack of exploration and the global industry isn’t replacing the reserves it’s been mining, according to Stephen Letwin, CEO at Iamgold. “Gold has a much higher probability of moving north as opposed to south,” Letwin said in an interview at... 

Matador buys Canadian gold project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2018 ASX-listed junior Matador Mining has announced plans to acquire an 80% interest in the Cape Ray gold project, in Newfoundland. The project is estimated to contain more than 500 000 oz of gold within its 100 km2 of secured tenure. 

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