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Chile's Pinera taps businessman Benavides as Codelco chair

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean President Sebastian Pinera named Juan Benavides, a former CEO of Chile retail leader Falabella, as chairperson of the board of directors at Codelco, the world's top copper producer, the government said on Friday. Benavides was currently serving as chairman at Chilean private pension fund... 

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to... 

Chile's Codelco posts first quarter pre-tax profit of $537m

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Chilean state copper company Codelco reported on Friday first quarter pre-tax profits of $537-million, a slight increase over the previous year, even as ore grades continued to decline at the miner's aging deposits. The world´s top copper miner produced 446 300 t of copper in the first quarter,... 

Vedanta to stick to ops in Indian city despite deadly protests – co executive

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 London-listed Vedanta Resources plans to stick to operations in a southern Indian city despite protests demanding the closure of its copper smelter that killed 13 people this week, a company executive told Reuters on Friday. The company's position comes a day after the state of Tamil Nadu, where... 

In lithium hot spot, ghost towns recall another boom gone bust

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Chile knows what it is to be expendable. Ghost towns that pepper the nation’s north are a painful reminder of a time when it was replaced almost overnight as the world’s top fertiliser producer. These days, the decaying buildings and rusty plants serve as a harbinger for miners embarking on a... 

Agarwal wants to build Indian commodity giant to rival majors

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Billionaire industrialist Anil Agarwal plans to leave behind a legacy: an Indian resources group to rival the world’s biggest. The founder and owner of Vedanta Resources wants to keep building the company into a giant producer of the commodities that India needs to curb its reliance on imports,... 

Copper Mountain sets aside cash for Cloncurry exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 The board of ASX- and TSX-listed Copper Mountain Mining has approved a A$5-million budget for exploration work at the Cloncurry project, in Queensland. The company said on Friday that the planned work programmes would include follow-up drilling on discoveries made in 2017, as well as testing of... 

Electric vehicles seen driving cobalt crunch by mid-2020s

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 The increasing popularity of electric vehicles may create a crunch for supplies of cobalt in the early-to-mid 2020s, miners and analysts say, adding that small operators trying to start up mines outside Africa could play a bigger role over time in satisfying demand for the metal used in... 

EY’s Canadian Mining Eye Index falls in Q1

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The EY Canadian Mining Eye Index has shown a decline in first-quarter performance, falling 8% from the fourth quarter of 2017, the professional services firm reported on Thursday. Based on the 2018 operating guidance released by the majority of Canadian gold mining companies, average production... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Mining and engineering company Pan African Minerals says it attended the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana Conference, which was held in Gaborone from April 10 to 11, to create partnerships, networks and take advantage of the business matching prospects. The company’s attendance has already yielded... 

Ivanhoe Mines’ SA, DRC projects progressing well

25th May 2018 Canadian mining exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines’ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) exploration team is continuing with its regional drilling programme that is targeting the Kamoa-Kakula-style copper mineralisation on its exploration licences in the west of the Kamoa-Kakula... 

Madaouela and Mutanga uranium projects ready for development

By: Donald Makhafola     25th May 2018 Canadian uranium company GoviEx Uranium’s two projects, the Madaouela project, in Niger, and the Mutanga project, in Zambia, are fully licensed, and the junior company is ready to start the development of these projects to improve supply to the world uranium market. “We have made several... 

East Africa Metals continues to explore Ethiopia

25th May 2018 Mineral exploration company East Africa Metals will continue to explore highly prospective areas in the immediate vicinity of the Terakimti gold project, Mato Bula copper and Da Tambuk gold deposit areas, in Ethiopia. This work will be concurrent with an on-going development review and assessment... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Anglo Asian copper, gold, silver miner moots maiden dividend

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 Anglo Asian Mining, which focuses on copper, gold and silver mining in Azerbaijan, said on Thursday it was considering paying its first dividend now that it had reported a profit, cut debt and built up cash. A dividend would set Anglo Asian apart from many London-listed junior miners, which... 

Copper miner Atalaya's Q1 profit jumps 54%

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining has posted a 54% increase in its first-quarter profit, on the back of stronger copper prices and an increase in concentrate volumes sold. After-tax profit increased from €5.7-million, or 4.8c a share, in the first quarter of 2017, to €8.8-million, 6.5c a share, in... 

Hillgrove restarts Kanmantoo plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Copper/gold miner Hillgrove Resources has resumed processing at its Kanmantoo operation, after a mechanical failure earlier in the month resulted in a temporary stoppage in production. Hillgrove undertook work to replace a failed bearing, with the company telling shareholders on Thursday that... 

Oz extends Avanco takeover

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has extended its takeover offer period for fellow-listed Avanco Resources until June 14. Oz Minerals is offering Avanco shareholders 8.5c in cash and 0.009 of its own shares for every Avanco share held, valuing the company at A$418-million. 

Chile high court declines to weigh in on lithium spat at Maricunga

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 Chile's constitutional court said it would not get involved in a dispute between a foreign-backed miner and state-run copper miner Codelco over adjoining lithium deposits in the Maricunga salt flat, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Salar Blanco, 50%-owned by... 

Global copper surplus falls 12.8% to 110 000 t

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 The global refined copper balance for the first two months of this year indicates a surplus of about 110 000 t, a 12.8% drop year-on-year, the International Copper Study Group has found. The Lisbon, Portugal-based think tank said apparent refined demand increased 3.9% year-on-year to 3.77-million... 

Copper shortfall expected – Antofagasta CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 London-based base metals company Antofagasta said on Wednesday it expects a shortfall of copper to emerge because of the slow rate at which new mines are permitted and built. Antofagasta chairperson Jean-Paul Luksic said at the company's annual general meeting that the emergence of new sources of... 

Euro Sun says Rovina Valley mining licence working its way through Romania govt

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 TSX-listed project developer Euro Sun Mining reported on Wednesday that the mining licence for its flagship Rovina Valley copper/gold project, in Romania, is working its way through government, with the National Agency for Mineral Resources and the Secretary General of Government (SGG) having... 

Cobalt streaming may presage bigger deals as Vale weighs options

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 A streaming deal for cobalt and nickel from a mine in Papua New Guinea may foreshadow other similar arrangements as producers look to capitalise on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. On Tuesday, Cobalt 27 Capital – a Toronto-listed vehicle designed to invest in the metal –... 

Vedanta working with regulators to restart Indian copper smelter

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 British mining and energy group Vedanta Resources is working with regulators to expedite restarting its copper smelter in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, it said on Wednesday, a day after protests turned violent at the plant. The company also posted a 27% rise in full-year core profit... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Minotaur buys Syndicated copper

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 ASX-listed Syndicated Metals has struck a deal with fellow listed Minotaur Exploration to sell its Northern Hub copper exploration tenements in north Queensland. The project area includes nine exploration permits, which will collectively be known as the Highlands project, covering some 776 km2. 

Avanco warns of cuts at Antas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Copper miner Avanco has warned shareholders that it might scale back operations at its Antas openpit mine, in Brazil, due to a nation-wide truck driver strike. The miner said on Wednesday that a prolonged strike could adversely impact the supply of consumables for mining and processing... 

Rio Tinto confirms talks to sell $3.5bn Grasberg stake

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 Multinational diversified miner Rio Tinto confirmed on Tuesday that it is in talks to potentially sell its stake in the Grasberg copper/gold mine, in Indonesia, to PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) for $3.5-billion. Media rumours swirled on Tuesday about the deal, prompting Rio Tinto to make... 

Titan raises A$11m for Mirador acquisition

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2018 Peru-focused explorer Titan Minerals has raised A$11-million through a share placement to fund the acquisition of the Mirador copper and gold plant, and to fund exploration and development at its Torrecillas and San Santiago gold projects. The share placement, which was priced at 3c a share,... 

Aegion South Africa ‘conveys’ improved, cost-effective bulk mineral hydro-transportation solutions in the pan-African mining sector

22nd May 2018 Africa faces the urgent problem of having to address its ageing pipeline infrastructure. Specialist pipeline rehabilitation company, Aegion South Africa, has a range of highly effective solutions to this pressing problem; and has been providing successful project solutions locally and to various... 

Glencore goes from crisis to crisis with possible bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 It’s becoming hard to keep track of all of Glencore’s legal battles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The world’s biggest commodity trader is facing the possibility of a bribery investigation by British prosecutors over its work with Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire and close friend of... 

Intrepid looks at new options for Kitumba as Weatherly deal lapses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st May 2018 ASX-listed Intrepid Mines on Monday said that it was considering alternative options for its Zambian assets, given the current copper price environment. The announcement comes after the Zambian Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development’s conditional approval for the sale of Intrepid’s Zambian... 

Glencore said to face UK bribery probe over Congo dealings

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2018 The UK’s white-collar crime prosecutor is preparing to open a formal bribery investigation into Glencore and its work with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler and the leader of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Investigators at the Serious Fraud... 

Konkola CEO to head up new antimony and gold plant in Oman

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2018 The CEO of Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines, Steven Din, will join Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP) as CEO on August 1. He will lead SPMP’s new Oman antimony and gold processing facility, which is coming into production. 

KGL adds volumes at Jervois

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 ASX-listed KGL Resources has reported an 18% increase in copper volumes at its Jervois project, in the Northern Territory, on the back of exploration. Total contained copper for the total project area has increased by 18%, to 384 800 t, with the overall grade increasing by 43%, to 1.53% copper. 

Independence takes greater stake in Orion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 Diversified metals miner Independence Group has taken a bigger stake in South Africa-focused explorer Orion Minerals, increasing its shareholding from 4.2% to 11.1%. Independence will subscribe for A$5-million worth of Orion shares, priced at 5c each, with the two companies also entering into a... 

Nyrstar and South Australia disagree on loan repayment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 Belgium-based mining and metals group Nyrstar has maintained that it was within its legal rights to defer repayments on a loan to upgrade the Port Pirie smelter, after South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas threatened the company with legal action. The redeveloped Port Pirie smelter was opened in... 

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