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Canada to create overseas mining watchdog early in 2018

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Ottawa plans early next year to create an independent office to oversee Canadian mining, oil and gas companies' activities abroad, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that environmental and human rights groups have long demanded. The office would have both an "advisory and robust... 

Nevsun loses bid to stop Canadian lawsuit over forced labour claims in Africa mine

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Nevsun Resources lost its bid to have a Canadian court throw out a lawsuit by Eritreans workers who say they were forced to work at its mine in East Africa, according to an appeals court judgment released on Tuesday. A lower Canadian court ruled last October that the lawsuit against Nevsun can... 

Danakali board approves dual listing plans

By: Mariaan Webb     21st November 2017 Potash junior Danakali on Tuesday announced its intention to list on the LSE next year, becoming the second ASX-listed exploration and development firm to announce a dual listing in London this week. Danakali said its dual listing, planned for the first half of 2018, was in line with its equity... 

Building presence in East Africa through Tanzanian office

     13th October 2017 Drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive is adding to its existing presence in Tanzania, its main hub in Eastern Africa, by opening a new office in Kenya and starting a recruitment drive in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SEW-Eurodrive’s Tanzanian branch, in Der Es Salaam,... 

Zinc deficit grows 30% in first eight months of 2017; lead narrows gap – ILZSG

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 The zinc supply gap has widened by 30% year-on-year for the first eight months of this year, new data published by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) shows. The Lisbon, Portugal-based organisation on Wednesday said the zinc deficit had grown from 221 000 t over the same... 

Ortac strengthens strategic focus on high potential African exploration

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th September 2017 Aim-listed Ortac Resources has set its focus exclusively on its high-potential African exploration mining assets after a board revamp set a strategy review in motion. The exploration and mine development company aims to fast-track its core gold and copper assets in the Democratic Republic of... 

Zinc’s six-month deficit grows 3% y/y – ILZSG

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 The latest date published by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) has found a 3% year-on-year wider zinc market supply gap for the first six months of 2017. According to preliminary data recently compiled by the ILZSG, the global market for refined zinc metal was in deficit by 203... 

Nevsun delays Timok schedule, provides more capital for flagship Bisha ops

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources this week announced a strategic update on its capital allocation plans, allotting extra capital to its Eritrea-based Bisha zinc/copper/gold operation and delaying the timetable for delivery of the Serbia-based Timok prefeasibility study (PFS) to the... 

Zinc, lead demand continue to outstrip output

By: Henry Lazenby     18th July 2017 New analysis by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) has found that demand for zinc grew by 1.14% during the first five months of 2017, with mine output rising 6.3% and refined metal output up 0.4%. In its latest report published on Monday, the ILZSG said that preliminary data it... 

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 Mining houses’ use of microgrids and renewable energy to generate power and supplement diesel energy at isolated mining operations has been steadily increasing, says renewable-energy and microgrid consultant THEnergy. THEnergy founder and MD Dr Thomas Hillig notes that the company has been... 

Nevsun restarts copper concentrate sales

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Base metals producer Nevsun Resources has resumed sales of copper concentrate produced from primary ore at the Bisha mine, in Eritrea. The Vancouver-based miner reported on Tuesday that it has sold and shipped 5 800 t of concentrate to an international trader on competitive commercial terms. 

Andiamo Exploration raising funds to explore Eritrea licences

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Private UK-based junior miner Andiamo Exploration is seeking to raise $2-million to undertake exploration at its licences, in Eritrea, and continue the development of its mines. Speaking at the Junior Mining Indaba, in Johannesburg, CEO Tim Williams on Thursday said the company, in which mineral... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Danakali finds power solution for Colluli

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2017 Potash developer Danakali has appointed a preferred power provider for its Colluli project, in Eritrea, following a tender process. US-based Inglett and Stubbs International has now been appointed as the preferred power provider, and Danakali said on Wednesday that work will now start on further... 

Danakali finds funding for Colluli

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 Potash developer Danakali will raise some A$12.25-million through a share placement to sophisticated and institutional investors in the UK and Australia. The company told shareholders that some 20-million new shares will be issued at a price of 62c each, representing a 7.4% discount to the... 

Colluli gets extra output at no cost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2017 Potash developer Danakali has added a further 47 000 t/y of potash of sulphate output capacity at its Colluli project, in Eritrea, after a systematic debottlenecking of the processing plant configuration. The ASX-listed company this week stated that the expected additional capacity had been... 

Nevsun taps UK-based Aggreko to provide 29.5 MW solar-diesel hybrid power to Bisha

By: Henry Lazenby     4th May 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources has signed a ten-year deal with Glasgow-based Aggreko to provide solar-diesel hybrid power to Nevsun’s flagship Bisha mine, in Eritrea. Aggreko will supply 22 MW of diesel and 7.5 MW of solar-generated power for the company’s copper and zinc... 

Aggreko powers Bisha mine with hybrid plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Power provider Aggreko has signed a ten-year deal for the supply of a 22 MW diesel and 7.5 MW solar-generated hybrid power plant to base metals miner Nevsun’s copper and zinc operations in Eritrea. Nevsun owns the Bisha mine, a large, high-grade volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, located 150... 

Danakali to short-list mining contractors for Colluli

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2017 Potash developer Danakali has completed the expressions of interest process for mining contractors at its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea, saying the contract tendering process will start shortly. The company received expressions of interest from mining contractors in Australia, South Africa... 

Nevsun finds more mineralisation at Eritrea-based Bisha, satellite deposits

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources has found more mineralisation at its flagship Bisha mine and satellite deposits in Eritrea, on the Horn of Africa. Drilling undertaken in 2016 has increased the inferred resource at the Harena deposit by nearly 130% to 25-million tonnes grading 0.93%... 

Hummingbird appoints GM for Yanfolila

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has appointed Kevin Moxham GM of its Yanfolila gold project, in Mali. An engineer by profession, Moxham has over 30 years’ experience in the effective management and commissioning of mining projects in jurisdictions including Ghana, Eritrea, Tanzania and South... 

Danakali clears ‘significant milestone’ as Colluli licence is granted

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st February 2017 The Eritrean Energy and Mines Ministry has awarded potash developer Danakali a mining licence for its Colluli tenements, following the signing of a mining agreement. ASX-listed Danakali told shareholders on Wednesday that the licence allowed for the exploitation of potassium, calcium, sodium and... 

Fluor clinches engineering contract for Eritrean potash project

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 Global engineering and construction company Fluor announced earlier this month that it had secured a front-end engineering, design and optimisation contract from ASX-listed potash producer Danakali for its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. Following a competitive tendering process, initiated... 

Fluor wins Feed contract for Eritrea potash project

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2017 ASX-listed Danakali has awarded engineering and construction company Fluor the front-end engineering and design (Feed) and optimisation contract for the Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. The award followed a competitive tendering process that was completed in 2016. 

Fluor Wins FEED Contract for Potash Mining Project in East Africa

     11th January 2017 Danakali Limited selects Fluor following competitive bid process IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) was awarded a front-end engineering, design and optimization (FEED) contract by Danakali Limited (ASX: DNK) in Eritrea, East Africa for the Colluli Potash Project... 

Gensource to form JV with Essel Group ME to develop Saskatchewan potash project

By: Henry Lazenby     30th November 2016 Potash project developer Gensource Potash has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Essel Group Middle East (EGME), a subsidiary of Essel Group India, to form a joint venture (JV) company that will focus on the development of one of Gensource’s potash projects in Saskatchewan, Canada.... 

R10-million laboratory commissioned in DRC

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Turnkey laboratory solutions provider Tramecon has commissioned the R10-million Kinsenda laboratory, a project headed by midtier mining group Metorex, near the border town of Kasumbalesa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

African Mining Vision, Zambezi Protocol taking centre stage as South African mining companies espouse new insights

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2016 Chamber of Mines of South Africa VP Neal Froneman has raised the Africa Mining Vision, Zambesi Protocol and possible Mining Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a means to ending the mining crisis in South Africa and the continent. 

Nevsun sidesteps class action; mulls appealing precedent-setting Canadian suits

By: Henry Lazenby     7th October 2016 The British Columbia Supreme Court on Thursday rendered a precedent-setting decision  allowing Eritreans to bring civil action against Nevsun Resources. While the court refused to allow a class-action claim to proceed in court, Nevsun said it would consider appealing a court decision allowing... 

Nevsun sells, ships first zinc concentrate from Bisha

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2016 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources has sold and shipped the first 10 000 t of zinc concentrate from its flagship Bisha mine, in Eritrea. The shipment was loaded at the Port of Massawa and sailed on September 7, after being sold on the spot market, attracting multiple offers and highly... 

Danakali’s Eritrea potash project attracts A$6.7m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2016 ASX-listed Danakali is looking to raise A$6.7-million through the issue of 20.2-million shares, at A$0.33 apiece, which will be used to advance the development of its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. MD Paul Donaldson said on Friday that the placement was testimony to how the international... 

Zinc price to reach cyclical high in 2018

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th August 2016 The outlook for the zinc market over the next few years is positive, with the price forecast to reach a cyclical high of more than $3 800/t in 2018, says research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie zinc markets principal analyst Jonathan Leng. 

Perth mining event reflects flat investment environment

By: Sebastian Whyle     5th August 2016 The decrease in size and scope of mining investment events, such as Australia’s annual Africa Down Under, is a reflection of the state of the global mining economy and the lack of funding available for the development of projects, South African State-owned minerals processing and metallurgical... 

Danakali to supply 200 000 t potash to potential offtakers

By: Samantha Herbst     20th July 2016 Potash developer Danakali has signed several nonbinding memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with potential offtakers for the supply of 200 000 t/y potassium magnesium sulphate (SOP-M), which represents the second premium, choride-free multinutrient potash type from Danakali’s Colluli resource,... 

Dover Systems announces more major International orders.

     18th July 2016 South African Psychometric Testing Program – The Dover Test –Latest export orders to Guinea Bauxite, West Africa and Panama Gold, has expanded its positive degree of international success. The Dover Test (www.doversystems.co.za) with has been an industry standard for the past 30 years.  Expansion... 

Bada’s initial drill phase set for August

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Resource company Essel Group Middle East (EGME) expects to start Phase 1 of its drilling programme for its Bada potash project, in Eritrea, next month. EGME CEO Punkaj Gupta says the remainder of its 2016 exploration campaign will primarily be focused on drilling test holes to examine the layers... 

Nevsun, Reservoir shareholders approve sweetened offer

By: Henry Lazenby     17th June 2016 The TSX-listed stock of base metals producer Nevsun Resources fell nearly 10% on Friday after the company announced a sweetened bid for Reservoir Metals that would give it control of a portfolio of development projects in Africa and Europe, including the flagship Timok copper/gold project, in... 

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