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India’s Coal Ministry to fund CIL technical wing to increase exploration activity

By: Ajoy K Das     21st February 2020 The Indian government has framed a scheme to offer funds to the technical and consultancy arm of State miner Coal India Limited (CIL) to expand exploration activities so that more fully explored coal blocks could be put up for auction for bidding by private miners. Under the scheme, Central... 

First gold pour at Americas' Relief Canyon

By: Mariaan Webb     19th February 2020 The Relief Canyon gold mine, in Nevada, has successfully poured its first gold and has now completed initial construction within its budget of $28-million to $30-million, TSX- and NYSE American-listed Americas Gold and Silver reported on Tuesday. The first gold pour was achieved in nine months... 

Freeport Indonesia aims for August kick-off of construction on new copper smelter

By: Reuters     19th February 2020 Freeport Indonesia, operator of Grasberg, the world's second-biggest copper mine, expects to start construction of a new smelter in August, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Front-end engineering and design for the $3-billion smelter has been concluded and ground preparation is expected to... 

Rio punts refinery technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2020 Mining giant Rio Tinto and aluminium equipment supplier STAS have agreed to terms to commercialise Rio’s advanced compact filtration (AFC) technology for aluminium cast houses. The ACF technology developed by Rio will now be manufactured and sold under license by equipment manufacturer STAS... 

South32 and Trilogy appoint Ambler Metals board

By: Mariaan Webb     12th February 2020 Canada’s Trilogy Metals and Australia’s South32 have completed the formation of their 50:50 joint venture (JV), named Ambler Metals, focusing on projects in the US state of Alaska. Ambler is an independently operated company controlled by Trilogy and South32 through a four-member board, the... 

Talbot unveils mobile test unit to help mining and mineral companies to improve water and product recovery

6th February 2020 Water specialist Talbot has launched a state-of-the-art mobile unit that enables mining and mineral resources players to test a highly efficient and cost-effective water treatment and mineral product recovery solution, right on site. For more on this post, visit http://www.talbot.co.za/  

Transnet plans to boost the volume of coal transported by rail to Eskom 

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2020 State-owned Transnet says it is planning to ramp up the amount of coal it transports by rail to power utility Eskom's power stations to 32.5-million tonnes over the next five years, starting with a small increase over the next year. Chief customer officer Mike Fanucchi on Wednesday said Transnet... 

Alcore appoints Clough as engineering firm

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2020 ASX-listed Australian Bauxite subsidiary Alcore has appointed engineering firm Clough Projects Australia to provide the engineering for the design and construction of its planned bauxite refining plant. “Clough is an ideal engineer for Alcore’s transition from lab research stage to its first... 

Orion Minerals flags cost saving at Prieska

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2020 Dual-listed copper developer Orion Minerals has flagged a possible A$15-million in cost savings at its Prieska copper/zinc project, in South Africa, after identifying two new 3 600 kW mills that can be incorporated at the project. The new mills are immediately available at a significant discount... 

Rainbow ships more concentrate from Gakara

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2020 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths, which operates the Gakara rare earths mine, in Burundi, has exported a further 75 t of concentrate, grading at about 53% total rare earth oxides. The concentrate was sold through the company's offtake partner thyssenkrupp Materials Trading . 

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