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Chile says rains have hurt productivity at Codelco copper mines

By: Reuters     20th February 2019 Intense rains at the start of this month in Chile, the world's top copper miner, likely hurt productivity at State-owned miner Codelco's Chuquicamata and Radomiro Tomic mines, the country's Mining Minister said Tuesday. Chile's mining industry has lost about $300-million due to the unusually... 

BHP can't rescue iron-ore market after Brazil dam disaster

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2019 BHP Group, the world’s biggest miner, doesn’t have capacity to raise shipments into the iron ore market as competitor Vale faces outages following the fatal mining disaster in Brazil last month. The global iron ore market has been thrown upside down by the tragedy, after Vale was forced to... 

Copper cops play game of cat and mouse around desert convoys

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Just weeks after the police unit was formed, they caught their first glimpse of the copper thieves -- the silhouettes of a group of men on a hill overlooking the rail lines -- triggering a car chase at the dead of night across Chile’s Atacama desert. While the pursuit ended in failure, with the... 

Celebrating the success of women in the mining industry at Mining Investment Asia 2019 in Singapore

18th February 2019 Mining Investment Asia, South East Asia’s largest mining conference and exhibition connecting miners, investors and service providers recognises the important role of women in the mining industry, especially here in Asia. Hence a full day, entitled ‘Women in Mining Day’, will be set aside once... 

Lower South Deep output dents Gold Fields’ FY18 profit 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2019 Dual-listed Gold Fields achieved normalised profit from continuing operations of $27-million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with the $154-million posted for 2017.   The company’s profit was dented by a decline in output, led by its South Deep mine in South Africa. 

Nevada like Witwatersrand of 1970s – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 Nevada is like the Witwatersrand of the 1970s, says new Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, whose Randgold Resources is now merged into Barrick to form the world’s biggest gold mining company, which is also an extractor of copper, a metal that Bristow sees as “another gold”. The brand... 

Lundin says Portugal project costs revised upward

By: Mariaan Webb     15th February 2019 Canada-headquartered Lundin Mining has announced a new cost estimate for its Neves-Corvo zinc expansion project (ZEP), in Portugal, with costs increasing to €320-million. This compares with an initial approved budget of €256.5-million for the project, which will double the mine’s production to... 

Barrick Gold faces challenges to develop Latin America mines

By: Bloomberg     14th February 2019 Just seven weeks into the job, Barrick Gold’s new boss has already discovered, first hand, the challenges of developing and mining giant deposits in Latin America. Barrick’s main project, the Veladero joint venture with Shandong Gold in Argentina, isn’t performing like a tier one asset, Mark... 

Codelco plans to resume Chuquicamata mine operations after rains

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Saturday it hoped to soon restart operations at its northern Chuquicamata copper mine a day after heavy rains forced its suspension. Codelco said operations at its smaller Ministro Hales mine restarted late on Friday after several hours' suspension and that... 

Peru's environmental watchdog reports tailings spill from Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Peru's environmental watchdog said on Sunday it was investigating a tailings spill from a unit of Southern Copper Corp, one of the world's largest copper producers, into a river in an area that has been inundated by heavy rains. The Agency of Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement (OEFA) said... 

Codelco part-suspends operations amid heavy rain

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Friday heavy rains had forced suspension of operations at its northern copper mines Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales. Codelco said it had sent its daytime shift of workers home as a preventative measure and would evaluate whether to cancel its night shift as well. 

Newmont appoints Rio Tinto exec as new COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2019 Global gold miner Newmont has appointed Rio Tinto’s head of productivity Rob Atkinson as executive VP and COO with effect from June 1, the company announced on Monday. Atkinson will succeed Tom Palmer, who is taking over as CEO from Gary Goldberg, who will retire in the fourth quarter. 

Codelco reaches deal with two Chuquicamata unions

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 Chile's Codelco's, the world's top copper miner, said on Thursday it had reached an agreement on the contract for two unions at its sprawling Chuquicamata copper mine in the north of the country. The agreement, which covers 611 workers, includes a salary increase of 1.2% and signing bonuses for... 

Brazil's costly mining failures tied to cheap waste storage

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 The deadly collapse of a Vale tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals from the ground has been... 

UN is right to alert business to opportunity of mining world’s quickly rising brine mountain

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2019 There are about 16 000 desalination plants in the world and these discharge 142-million cubic meters of brine daily, which is well up on previous estimates and enough in a year to cover KwaZulu-Natal in 30 cm of saturated salt water. What is needed is a mining of the salt and metals contained in... 

Anglo American lays off 180 workers at Chile copper mine

By: Reuters     31st January 2019 Global miner Anglo American laid off 180 workers at its flagship Los Bronces mine in central Chile, part of a plan to boost productivity at the deposit that has raised the ire of some of its unionized workers. The layoffs were necessary to combat rising costs at the mine, Anglo American said in... 

Newcrest partners with Mirasol in Chile

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2019 Vancouver-headquartered project generator Mirasol Resources has signed a binding letter agreement with Newcrest International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Newcrest Mining, for an option to farm-in on the Gorbea high-sulphidation epithermal (HSE) gold projects in Chile. “Newcrest is the ideal... 

In the new lithium 'great game', Germany edges out China in Bolivia

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 When Germany signed a deal last month to help Bolivia exploit its huge lithium reserves, it hailed the venture as a deepening of economic ties with the South American country. But it also gives Germany entry into the new "Great Game", in which big powers like China are jostling across the globe... 

Latin American miners digital journey starts with Finnish ZYFRA IIoT and AI solutions developer

28th January 2019 Finnish digital solutions vendor ZYFRA Group has opened an arm of its subsidiary VIST. The company is an industrial leader in development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining. Together, ZYFRA Group and VIST will initiate a business tour as the primary step to fulfill... 

Chile strikes deal with lithium miner Albemarle in contract dispute

By: Reuters     25th January 2019 Chile State development agency Corfo said on Thursday it had reached a deal with the world's top lithium miner, Albemarle, to resolve a contract dispute and would not file a previously threatened arbitration lawsuit against the US-based producer. The spat centered around an amendment to the... 

Candelaria Mining Complex, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 A copper/gold/silver mine in Atacama – Region III. 

BME to focus on product improvement and organic growth 

By: Nadine James     25th January 2019 With commodity prices either stabilising or improving and several mining projects entering the last stages of development or coming online in 2019, explosives company BME aims to enhance its product offering while investing in its existing footprint, says BME MD Joe Keenan. BME will showcase its... 

Gold, copper prices to rebound in 2019 – Fitch Solutions

By: Nadine James     23rd January 2019 Increased economic uncertainty and declining metal stocks are expected to drive gold and copper prices this year, Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury stated during a webcast on Wednesday. She noted that the expected rebound in gold was “already playing out” and that the price... 

Supervisers at Codelco mine in Chile reject labor offer, strike looms

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 The union of supervisors at state miner Codelco's Gabriela Mistral mine in northern Chile has rejected the company's final offer for a new collective labor agreement, raising the specter of a strike in the coming days, the union president told Reuters on Tuesday. The union said Codelco, the... 

Maricunga could start producing lithium in 2023

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Maricunga lithium brine project, in Chile, has estimated that a capital investment of $456-million would be required to develop a 20 000 t/y lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) project with a mine life of 20-years. ASX-listed Lithium Power... 

Cochilco keeps 2019 copper forecast at $3.05/lb amid trade war, Brexit

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Chile's Cochilco state copper commission on Thursday maintained its average price prediction of $3.05/lb for 2019, rising to $3.08 for 2020, amid the continuing US-China trade war and further potential volatility because of Brexit. Cochilco said it saw production at 5.941-million tonnes for... 

Rio Tinto’s copper output, iron-ore shipments rise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2019 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported higher iron-ore and copper production for the quarter ended December, with other commodities remaining stable. “We delivered a solid operational performance in the final quarter of 2018, in particular across our copper assets,” said Rio CEO Jean-Sebastian... 

Argentina set to join global mining transparency initiative

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Resource-rich Argentina is expected to join the international transparency standard for managing oil, gas and mineral resources, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) said on Monday, which could make it more attractive for investors. The global initiative, launched by... 

Filo del Sol PFS confirms significant project potential

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 TSX-V- and Nasdaq-listed Filo Mining’s prefeasibility study (PFS) of its Filo del Sol project, on the border of Chile and Argentina, has confirmed the “incredible” copper, gold and silver potential of the project. CEO Adam Lundin said on Monday that the PFS had positive findings, including a... 

Surge to create copper/gold spin-off company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2019 TSX-V-listed Surge Exploration has approved, in principle, a strategic reorganisation of the company’s assets, in which the company would spin off its interests in the copper/gold Hedge Hog and Mineral Mountain exploration projects in British Columbia, into a newly incorporated subsidiary called... 

Capstone delivers on FY18 copper output guidance

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 TSX-listed Capstone Mining produced 155.2-million pounds of copper in 2018, in line with expectations, and has set its 2019 output guidance at between 145-million and 160-million pounds of copper at a C1 cash cost of between $1.80/lb and $2/lb. During this year, the Canadian base metals miner... 

Barrick CEO to forge ahead in Latin America despite past strains

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Barrick Gold Corp’s new boss intends to push ahead with plans to increase investment in the mineral-rich – but environmentally tricky – deposits straddling the Chile-Argentina border. “If you want to find elephants, go to elephant country,” CEO Mark Bristow, a South African geologist and big-game... 

Anglo American betting on South America to grow base metal assets

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Miner Anglo American is betting on South America as its main growth area for base metals in the coming years, a top executive told Reuters. Ruben Fernandes, who heads Anglo's operations in Brazil and is slated to become its global head of base metals next March, said he wants to prepare the... 

Chile's copper mines post mixed results through Nov 2018 – Cochilco

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's largest copper mines posted mixed results through November of 2018, with a slight drop in output at state miner Codelco offset by a surge in production from BHP's Escondida, the world's largest copper mine. In all, copper production in the world's top producer of the red metal reached... 

Chile's Collahuasi plans resource sharing with Canada's Teck Resources

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's Collahuasi copper mine is talking to Canada's Teck Resources Ltd about resource-sharing as the two companies embark on ambitious expansion projects, its Chief Executive Jorge Gomez said on Wednesday. Collahuasi - owned by Glencore and Anglo American - is seeking "synergies" with companies... 

Chile copper mines to triple use of sea water in ten years – report

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 Chile's copper industry will triple its use of sea water for industrial processes in the next decade, State copper agency Cochilco said on Tuesday, as global miners in the world's top producer of the red metal seek alternatives amid growing water shortages. Cochilco said in a report that it... 

Chile okays lithium miner SQM's plan to remedy water violations

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Chile's environmental regulator on Monday approved a $25-million compliance plan by SQM , ending a multi-year investigation by authorities that found the Chilean miner had overdrawn lithium-rich brine from the Atacama salt flat. The plan requires the world's number two producer of lithium to... 

Chile copper output to jump by 30% in 10 years – report

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Chile's copper production could jump by nearly 30% over the next ten years, Chile’s state copper agency Cochilco said on Monday. Cochilco said in a report that output from Chile, the world's top producer of the red metal, could reach a record of 7.25-million tonnes as early as 2025. 

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