R/€ = 14.59 Change: -0.04
R/$ = 12.51 Change: -0.09
Au 1304.60 $/oz Change: 8.90
Pt 909.00 $/oz Change: 0.60


African Sun Mining pursues opportunities at Junior Indaba

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Owing to the current high prices of commodities, wholly black-owned, Pretoria-based opencast mining contractor African Sun Mining hopes to liaise with mining companies, which are prepared to start new projects, during this year’s Junior Indaba to be held from June 5 to 6 at the Johannesburg... 

Eurasia’s West Kytlim fully operational

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2018 The West Kytlim alluvial platinum mine, in the Ural mountains of Russia, is fully operational and is producing an average of 1.8 kg a day of raw platinum, Aim-listed Eurasia Mining reported on Wednesday. In the first two weeks of production, the mine produced 11.8 kg at a suggested average grade... 

Tharisa on track to achieve Vision 2020 strategy; acquires Zim chrome asset

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Integrated resource group Tharisa CFO Michael Jones says the company’s Vision 2020 strategy, which is aimed at increasing production to 200 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) and two-million tonnes of chrome concentrates by year-end 2020, is well on track. Tharisa, which on Wednesday... 

Mining starts at Comet Vale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 Mining has started at the Comet Vale gold project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Orminex on Tuesday said that its strategic partner, underground mining contractor GBF Mining has started work on a decline which marked the start of the 27-month mine plan. 

West Kytlim off to a good start as 2018 mining season kicks off

By: Mariaan Webb     10th May 2018 The West Kytlim alluvial gold and platinum mine, in the Ural mountains of Russia, has started the 2018 mining season on a high note, with 4.6 kg of raw platinum having been produced in the first six days of production. Aim-listed Eurasia appointed Techstroy to mine at West Kytlim and executive... 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

Yanfolila ramp-up sees 9 912 oz of gold poured in March

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2018 Aim-listed West African gold producer Hummingbird Resources has successfully ramped up gold production at its opencast Yanfolila mine and plant, in Mali, with 9 912 oz poured in March. The Yanfolila project produced 18 785 oz of gold in the quarter ended March 31, with the mine and plant... 

Randgold works to recover lost output at Tongon after work stoppages

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 With operations at Randgold Resources’ Tongon mine, in Côte d'lvoire, now back at full capacity after a series of work stoppages, the company is making a “determined effort” to recover most of the lost output. The gold miner on Monday warned that the mine’s production guidance of 290 000 oz for... 

Gem lifts Q1 production, sales

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds’ carat recoveries increased by 32% year-on-year to 33 526 ct for the three months ended March 31, compared with the 25 479 ct recovered in the first quarter of 2017. Carat recoveries also rose by 10% on the 30 560 ct recovered in the December 2017 quarter. 

MC Mining’s Q3 output falls on equipment availability challenges at Uitkomst

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 Equipment availability challenges resulted in an 18% quarter-on-quarter decrease in production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst metallurgical and thermal coal colliery to 115 750 t for the three months ended March 31. “The contract miner experienced equipment availability challenges during the quarter,... 

Trans Hex to dispose of Lower Orange River operations

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 JSE-listed diamond mining company Trans Hex’s subsidiary Trans Hex Operations (THO) has entered into an agreement to sell its Lower Orange River (LOR) operations – the Bloeddrif and Baken mines – to black women-owned LOR Diamonds for R72-million. The agreement includes the disposal of the... 

Giyani Metals identifies prospective manganese mineralisation locations in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 TSX-listed junior exploration company Giyani Metals Corporation is progressing Phase 1 of its 2018 operational programme in Botswana.  

Coal India to scout for global CBM technology, production partner

By: Ajoy K Das     12th April 2018 With India’s Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday liberalising rules for coalbed methane (CBM), Coal India Limited (CIL) will shortly start scouting for global technology and production partners to extract the gas from coal blocks that it holds. While detailed search plans... 

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. 

Matsa investigates restart options at Red October

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 ASX-listed Matsa Resources has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pit N Portal Mining Services (PNP) to investigate the restart of the Red October gold mine, in Western Australia. Matsa in September last year agreed to acquire the Red October project from fellow listed Saracen... 

First phase at platinum mine project completed

6th April 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons RSA in December completed the first phase of platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum's R10.7-billion Bakubung platinum mine project near Rustenburg in the North West. Wesizwe Platinum officially launched its flagship Bakubung... 

Digital tools deliver transparency, control to deep-level mining

6th April 2018 To deliver transparency and control to deep-level and other mining operations, global supplier of engineering and mining equipment Sandvik has developed the next generation of service offering from Optimine, OptiMine Analytics, which can  transform data into process improvements through... 

‘Home away from home’ accommodation for mine

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Prefabricated site accommodation supplier Speedspace completed the installation of a management camp for diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ zinc subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project in February. 

Woodlawn on track - Heron

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, is on track to start commissioning by year-end, ASX- and TSX-listed Heron Resources said. The company said on Wednesday that significant progress has been made at the site to date, with the start of process plant foundations, and with the... 

Centerra-funded EM survey starts at Erris’ Käringberget

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th March 2018 Europe-focused explorer Erris Resources reported on Monday that a 20 km electromagnetic (EM) ground geophysical survey has started over previously identified targets at the Käringberget gold project, in northern Sweden. The survey, which is funded by joint venture partner Centerra Gold, is... 

US Army Corps announces scoping period for Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 The US Army Corps of Engineers' Alaska District will publish a notice of intent in the US federal register next week to prepare a draft environmental-impact statement (EIS) to review the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP's) application to discharge fill material into US waters for the purpose of... 

Beta Hunt mine, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd March 2018 A gold mine in Kambalda, Western Australia. 

Software solution aids tailings management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2018 Governance, risk and compliance software supplier IsoMetrix has developed the IsoMetrix tailings management solution (TMS) to specifically enable mining operations to manage their tailings storage facilities (TSFs) more effectively and responsively, as these are inherently environmentally risky,... 

Triton rebalances cash after Grafex buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th March 2018 ASX-listed Triton Minerals will raise A$5.2-million through a share placement and entitlement issue to fund work at its Ancuabe project, in Mozambique, and to accelerate the review of the vanadium development potential at the Nicanda Hill graphite project. Triton will place some 12.5-million new... 

Biggest Ghana mine union plans strikes over Gold Fields jobs

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 Ghana’s largest mineworkers’ union plans protests and strikes throughout operations in the country if the government allows Gold Fields’s local unit to dismiss more than 2,000 staff as it starts the process of hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. Gold Fields... 

BCI appoints drilling contractor for Buckland’s Kumina tenements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 JOHANNESBURG ( – ASX-listed BCI Minerals has contracted Core Drilling Services for an upcoming major drilling programme at its Kumina tenements, a component of the Buckland iron-ore project, in the West Pilbara region. The Kumina tenements comprise 480 km2 and were acquired from... 

New contractor starts 2018 mining season at Eurasia’s West Kytlim

By: Mariaan Webb     9th March 2018 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia has appointed alluvial mining contractor Techstroy to mine the West Kytlim project, which contains the world’s second-largest alluvial platinum reserve. The new contractor has hit the ground running, starting site work in the first week of March,... 

New Century Resources appoints EPC contractor for zinc plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 ASX-listed New Century Resources has contracted Sedgman as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, while selecting Ausenco as preferred bidder for the complete refurbishment and commissioning of operations associated with the Century zinc processing plant, slurry pipeline... 

Mastermyne secures early contractor involvement at proposed Isaac Plains development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed Mastermyne Group has been selected as a contract partner for an early contractor involvement (ECI) process for ASX-listed Stanmore Coal's proposed Isaac Plains underground mine. The ECI process will see the company working with Stanmore to undertake a bankable feasibility study, which... 

Mines urged to develop a roadmap to mitigate cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 A risk-based approach to mitigating cyberthreats is the best practice for mining companies seeking to prevent and address vulnerabilities, and can fit seamlessly with routine operating and maintenance processes of mines. It does, however, require the right skills and the support of mine leaders,... 

Platina brings Owendale closer to production with DFS contract award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 Brisbane-based Ausenco Services has been appointed as the engineering contractor to assist ASX-listed Platinum Resources to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Owendale scandium/cobalt and nickel project, in New South Wales. The DFS will bring together the information that the... 

Optimum workers paid but questions raised about future sale

By: African News Agency      28th February 2018 There was no reason to place Optimum Coal Mine into business rescue other than the financing woes of Tegeta Exploration and the now fugitive Gupta family, Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources heard on Wednesday. Goodwill Mthombeni, the chairperson of the Optimum branch of the... 

Downer awarded A$600m contract at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th February 2018 Mining contractor Downer EDI has been awarded a three-year, A$600-million contract to provide mining services at the Blackwater coal mine, in central Queensland. The BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) owns the mine. 

Woodlawn underground mining contract awarded

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th February 2018 Australian mining contractor Pybar Mining Services has been awarded the contract for underground mining at the Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, ASX-listed Heron Resources announced on Tuesday. MD Wayne Taylor commented that awarding the contract for Woodlawn was a key step on the... 

Poland's PGE says facing delays in coal-fuelled Opole power plant

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 Poland's biggest power producer PGE said two units at its coal-fired Opole power plant will be completed a few months later than planned, potentially delaying the country's biggest infrastructure investment since 1989. The plant in the south-west of Poland is expected to help avoid power... 

Partnerships key as South Africa tackles Gamsberg project

23rd February 2018 At global diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine, in the Northern Cape, motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise its range of transformers and motors across a number of... 

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines

23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of diesel and gas generator sets, hybrid generators, lighting towers and control panels Himoinsa Southern Africa is delivering solutions to power mines across Southern Africa, emphasising that its generators and lighting towers are robust and durable enough to provide... 

Adani may sell stake in Carmichael coal mine amid funding delay

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 The battle to build one of the world’s biggest coal mines has suffered a fresh setback after Adani Enterprises conceded it would fail to meet a March deadline to arrange A$3-billion in financing for the project. The December decision by the Queensland government to veto Adani’s A$900-million... 

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