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Glencore CFO to assist Katanga in strengthening its corporate governance

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours ago JSE- and LSE-listed Glencore has nominated three directors, including its CFO Steve Kalmin, to serve on the board of subsidiary company, TSX-listed Katanga Mining. The three directors will work with Katanga’s independent directors to implement the required remediation measures to strengthen... 

Nornickel sees capex rising by 2019-2020

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago Russia's Norilsk Nickel plans to increase capital expenditure to an average of $2.3-billion to $2.5-billion a year in 2019 and 2020 from about $2-billion in 2018 due to an environmental project and infrastructure modernisation, it said on Monday. Nornickel, part-owned by Russian businessman... 

Copper Mountain to acquire Altona in A$93m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th November 2017 TSX-listed Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (CMMC) on Monday announced that it would buy ASX-listed Altona Mining for A$93-million, giving the company access to the undeveloped Cloncurry copper project, in Queensland. The project holds a measured and indicated mineral resource containing more... 

Queensland’s Capricorn copper mine reopens

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th November 2017 he Capricorn copper mine, in near Mount Isa, in Queensland, has produced its first copper concentrate and has officially been declared open. The mine, jointly owned by private equity fund EMR Capital and mining group Lighthouse Minerals, will produce about 30 000 t/y of copper in concentrate over... 

23c-a-share offer for Finders opens

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2017 The offer period for ASX-listed Finders Resources is open, after the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for a group of Indonesian investors, Eastern Field Developments, on Monday displaced its bidder’s statement. The offer of A$0.23 a share will close on December 20, unless it is extended of withdrawn. 

Venturex raises A$4m from investors

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2017 Metals explorer Venturex Resources will raise some A$4-million through an institutional placement to advance its Sulphur Springs copper/zinc project, in Western Australia. The company on Friday said that it would place some 222-million shares, at 1.8c each to institutional and sophisticated... 

Finders expects lower Dec quarter copper output, higher costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2017 Copper miner Finders Resources reported on Friday that a delay at its Wetar copper project, in Indonesia, would see quarterly production remain below par. The company lowered its copper cathode production for the December quarter to be between 4 000 t and 5 000 t, from a previous estimate of... 

More ounces added at Antipa's Citadel project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2017 ASX-listed Antipa Minerals has reported a 50% increase in gold grade and ounces at its Citadel project’s Calibre deposit, in Western Australia, following an exploration programme funded by major Rio Tinto. The Calibre deposit is now estimated to host an inferred mineral resource of 47.7-million... 

Fire hits Freeport Indonesia port facility in Papua

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 A fire broke out at the main port used by copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc in Papua, Indonesia, on Thursday night, the company said. The fire occurred at the Amamapare port in a plant where copper concentrate from the giant Grasberg copper mine is processed before loading onto vessels for... 

Zambian mining sector edging closer to ‘zero harm’

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 The atmosphere at the Zambian mining industry’s third annual Health and Safety Conference, held in Ndola on November 2 and 3, was particularly positive as, at the time, the industry was firmly on course for a fatality-free year, the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) reports. This was significant, as... 

Atalaya encouraged by positive copper expansion study

By: Mariaan Webb     16th November 2017 The expansion of the Proyecto Riotinto copper mine in Andalucía, Spain, is “technically and financially robust”, a study into the feasibility of increasing capacity beyond 9.5-million tonnes a year has found. Dual-listed Atalaya Mining reported on Thursday that it had completed the study, which... 

Orion initiates hitech regional exploration in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2017 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company Orion Minerals will from November 26 initiate an airborne survey across a large area of South Africa’s Northern Cape as part of a regional exploration programme that will make use of the latest available technology in an area last explored in the 1980s.... 

Cazaly changes focus at Mt Venn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th November 2017 Junior Cazaly Resources is reviewing the base metal potential of its Mount Venn project, in Western Australia, after fellow-listed Great Boulder Resources discovered copper/nickel/cobalt mineralisation at its own Yamarna project. The results from Great Boulder’s first nine holes at its Yamarna... 

Orion’s shares rise on Prieska metallurgical testwork update, loan facility extension

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Dual-listed base metals miner Orion Minerals’s share price on the JSE was trading 6.15% higher on Wednesday after the company announced the positive results from initial metallurgical test work at its Prieska zinc/copper project and the extension of a loan facility. Orion and mining-focused,... 

Savannah secures enviro permits for Oman copper projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2017 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources has been granted environmental operating permits for the first two of a series of planned copper mine developments in Oman, marking a “major breakthrough” for its development plans, CEO David Archer announced on Wednesday. The Ministry of Environment and Climate... 

Polish copper producer KGHM cuts 2017 investment and output targets

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 Polish copper producer KGHM cut its 2017 capital investment to around 510-million zlotys ($141.88-million) from an expected 1.02-billion due to the improving results of its foreign assets, the company said on Wednesday. The state-run firm also said that this year's output of electrolytic copper... 

Myanmar raises A$7m for Bawdwin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th November 2017 Base metals explorer Myanmar Metals will raise A$7-million through a share placement to help fund work at its Bawdwin zinc/lead/silver/copper project, in Myanmar. The company on Wednesday announced that it had received binding commitments for 100-million new fully paid shares, at a price of 7c... 

Apple leads way in tracing cobalt from Congo, Microsoft lags – Amnesty

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 Apple is leading the way in tracing cobalt used in its electronics to ensure the metal has not been mined by children in Democratic Republic of Congo while Microsoft is lagging, Amnesty International said. Microsoft disagreed with the pressure group's conclusions published on Wednesday. 

China's copper smelters insist no concentrate deficit after surprise Shanghai meeting

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 China's top copper smelters held an unscheduled meeting in Shanghai on Tuesday to reaffirm their position that there will be no shortage of copper concentrate supply in 2018 as the key contract renegotiation season hots up. The 10 companies on the China Smelters Purchase Team (CSPT) met to... 

Glencore is said close to creating mining royalty company

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2017 Glencore is close to finalising a $700-million deal with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to create a new base-metals royalty company, according to people familiar with the matter. The Swiss commodity giant will bring royalty agreements from about 10 mines, while Ontario Teachers’ will... 

Exploration boosts Ariana’s confidence in Salinbas project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th November 2017 Turkey-focused explorer Ariana Resources is encouraged by the results of its latest exploration across the so-called hot gold corridor in Turkey, where its one-million-ounce Salinbas project is located. The Salinbas gold project comprises the Salinbas gold/silver deposit and the Ardala... 

Winmar withdraws from Spain JV, reduces salaries by 50%

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2017 Australia’s Winmar Resources has slashed its staff salaries and directors fees by half to minimise cash outflows until it has secured a new lead project. The announcement on Tuesday comes a day after the company said that it had withdrawn from the Lomero joint venture project with Kimberly... 

Scoping study confirms West Musgrave potential – Oz Minerals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th November 2017 ASX-listed Oz Minerals has committed A$19-million to proceed to the next stage of earn-in at the West Musgrave nickel/copper project, in Western Australia. To earn a 51% interest from fellow-listed Cassini Resources, Oz Minerals will proceed to a prefeasibility study (PFS) following a positive... 

Avanco ups gold resource by 45%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th November 2017 ASX-listed Avanco Copper has reported a 45% increase in the resource estimate at its Centro gold project in, Brazil. The company on Monday reported a maiden resource estimate of 11.3-million tonnes, grading 1.6 g/t gold for 577 000 oz of gold at the Chega Tudo deposit, taking the combined... 

Parnis Completes Skid-Mounted Substations For Panama

     13th November 2017 Heavy engineering and fabrication specialist Parnis Manufacturing has successfully completed a fast track project to supply skids and enclosures for three skid-mounted substations for Schneider Electrics. The large mining skids are bound for Panama. Parnis Manufacturing project manager Manuel Di... 

Rethink under way at Portia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th November 2017 Junior Havilah Resources has restructured the revenue stream at its Portia gold project, in South Australia, allowing the company to focus on its copper growth strategy. Havilah has reached an agreement with its mining partner Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC) to amend the mining and... 

Namibia Rare Earths expands metals portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 TSX-V-listed project developer Namibia Rare Earths has signed an agreement with private firm Gecko Namibia to acquire a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus from heavy rare earths to include cobalt, copper, zinc, lithium, graphite, tantalum,... 

Miner Vedanta continues its recovery with robust first-half profits

By: Reuters     10th November 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources said it sees further upside for zinc prices as it announced a 37.4% rise in half-year profit on Friday. A rebound in metals prices has prompted the miner to expand production of zinc and aluminium, enabling it to continue its recovery after being particularly... 

Australia-Peru FTA to benefit mining industry

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th November 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Friday welcomed the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru, with interim CEO David Byers saying it would create significant new opportunities for Australia’s mining and mining services exports and investment. “The trade deal will immediately... 

Russian fund plans a $1bn mining venture with China Gold

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2017 Russia’s State-owned Far East Development Fund is in talks to create a $1-billion joint venture to invest in the country’s mining industry with China National Gold Group, a government controlled producer of the precious metal. "We and China Gold will create an attractive financial platform that... 

Fortune to consider higher cobalt output in Nico feasibility report

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Project developer Fortune Minerals plans to increase the production rate at its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, by between 20% and 30% in a response to feedback from potential strategic partners, the company announced on Thursday. London,... 

Wheaton Precious Metals posts 20% dip in Q3 profit

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 The world’s largest precious metals streaming firm Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM) has reported a 20% year-on-year drop in profit, as lower attributable production and lower metals prices weighed on the bottom line. For the three months ended September, the Vancouver-based company recorded net... 

New Alliance to ensure responsible cobalt supply from Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Joining other international businesses and organisations at the inaugural World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, held in New York from September 18 to 19, diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) helped launch the Global Battery Alliance. 

Political tension slows mining activity in Tanzania

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 Despite the fact that political tension in Tanzania has impacted the mining industry, with several operations subsequently closing, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to have a strong presence in the country, with Tanzania as its main hub for East Africa. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager... 

Zambian chamber lauds Chile as model of what mining can achieve with the right policies

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 A two-person team from Chile’s mining industry recently visited Zambia and met with the Zambian Chamber of Mines (ZCM), the Presidency, the Zambia Revenue Authority’s Mineral Value Chain Monitoring Project and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings. The ZCM believes that Zambia can... 

Positive signs for African miners with transparent regulations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2017 While the African mining industry is in a downturn, countries that boast favourable mining regulations will capitalise once the industry improves, says global engineering, project and technical services firm Wood Mining & Minerals EMEA business development director Trevor Anderson. Wood is a... 

NICKEL UPTURN:

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 Russian mineworkers stand in a skip that is about to descend the mine shaft at the Taymyrsky mine, operated by MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, in Norilsk, Russia, which competes with Vale of Brazil as the world’s top nickel producer. Norilsk Nickel, which mines the rich deposits of nickel, copper and... 

Ivanhoe expects new mineral resource estimate for Kakula by year-end

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2017 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines expects a new mineral resource estimate for the entire Kakula discovery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by the end of the year, based on the current, delineated strike extent of least 12 km, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The new evaluation will expand... 

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