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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... 

As commodities roar, Africa wants bigger slice of mining pie

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2018 One by one, the biggest names in African mining are getting squeezed. The tactics might be blunt, but the message is clear: the countries where they operate want a bigger share of the proceeds. The collapse in commodities through 2015 hobbled some of Africa’s biggest resource economies, stunting... 

First Quantum steadies as CEO hopeful of escaping giant tax bill 

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2018 First Quantum Minerals recovered from what was shaping up to be its worst two-day drop in two years as its chief executive officer said he’s hoping to talk his way out of a $7.9-billion tax bill in Zambia - which includes $5.7-billion in interest. First Quantum received a letter from the Zambia... 

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

     16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

EY's Mining Eye index puts in solid Q4; M&A activity muted ahead of PDAC

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2018 The EY Canadian Mining Eye index has showed a fourth-quarter gain of more than 2% quarter-on-quarter, to 4%. The increase in the Canadian Mining Eye index's performance suggests confidence in pursuing growth is returning to the sector, after an extended period of volatility, according to EY. The... 

First Quantum lifts Cobre Panama capacity 15%; swings to FY17 loss

By: Henry Lazenby     13th February 2018 Base metals producer First Quantum Minerals will expand the capacity of its massive Cobre Panama copper project, in Panama, by 15% to 85-million tonnes a year. The Toronto-based miner on Monday also said it has sanctioned upgrades to certain areas to accommodate a further capacity expansion to... 

Suricate Minerals seeks to unlock latent mineral wealth in Mauritania

     7th February 2018 Privately-owned Mauritanian mining and exploration company Suricate Minerals is engaging with international financial and technical service partners to develop its quartz, barite, lithium, copper and gold prospects located throughout the country. Suricate Executive Director Ahmed Hertani, who has... 

US Army Corps of Engineers selects third-party contractor to complete Pebble EIA 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of copper/gold project proponent Northern Dynasty Minerals gained about 11% on Tuesday, after the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it had appointed a third-party contractor to undertake an environmental-impact assessment for the controversial Pebble project,... 

China demand and tight supplies set to sustain nickel price rally

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 A combination of surging China imports, tighter supplies and fund interest are expected to sustain prices of stainless steel ingredient nickel, which have reached their highest level in more than two years. Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange hit $14 040/t on Monday, the highest since... 

Brazil, Peru to lead LatAm mineral project development to 2020

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Boosted by higher commodity prices in general, miners are increasingly focusing on project development as healthier balance sheets allow them the opportunity to return to their long-term growth strategies. According to data supplied by Fitch-affiliated research firm BMI, two countries are... 

Zambia court dismisses First Quantum bid to stop $1.4bn lawsuit

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 A $1.4-billion lawsuit against Canada's First Quantum Minerals in Zambia will go ahead, a Zambian court ruled after dismissing the company's bid to stop the case. State-owned ZCCM-IH launched action in October 2016 to sue First Quantum for $1.4-billion over claims that the Canadian company... 

African Energy to delist from Botswana exchange

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 ASX-lsited African Energy Resources (AER) on Friday said it would delist from the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE), as it currently encompassed only 22 shareholders with less than 0.3% of its shares on issue. Listed since October 2011, AER’s directors believed that the administrative costs and... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Northern Dynasty ready to file application for Pebble’s US CWA 404 permit

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2017 Canadian project promoter Northern Dynasty Minerals announced on Thursday that its US-based subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) is ready to file an application for a US Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers on Friday. “At the outset of 2017, we established... 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2017 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed a framework agreement with Northern Dynasty Minerals to work on formalising an option on the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-east Alaska. The announcement on Monday breathes new life into the project billed as the largest... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and, in many cases, reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of the large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and in many cases reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

BME claims world record for most electronic detonators fired in single blast

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2017 Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME says it has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast. This was achieved in conjunction with its client Kansanshi Mining at its Kansanshi operation, in North-Western province, in Zambia.... 

Argentina Lithium starts digging at Arizaro

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Lithium explorer Argentina Lithium & Energy has initiated its first drilling and subsurface brine sampling programme at the 20 500 ha Arizaro lithium project, located on the Arizaro Salar in Salta province. The TSX-V-listed company initially plans to drill three to four holes, with depths up to... 

Golden value-addition for Zambian copper miner

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 Copper mining can produce lucrative by-products, with the most common one in Zambia being cobalt. It sells for five times more than copper on world markets. However, Zambia Chamber of Mines initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ) points out that the ultimate by-product for any copper mine is gold and... 

800 000 t copper output by year-end conservative estimate

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Copper production in Zambia will reach just more than 800 000 t by the end of this year as the country is taking steps to regain its position as Africa’s leading copper producer, according to Zambia Chamber of Mines (CoM) initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ). “This is a conservative estimate,... 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

     15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Solutions provider helping Zambia tackle mining challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining and mineral processing sectors present some of the most challenging production environments, as the large-scale operations are often located in harsh, remote areas, explains technical solutions provider BMG.  

Nitrogen generator offers Zambian mines extended tyre life

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 There are several opencast mines on the Copperbelt in Zambia using large haul trucks to transport ore from the pit for crushing and processing, and extending the life of tyres plays a significant role in cutting costs and improving production, says on-site nitrogen gas generator supplier NitraLife. 

World's richest mines slipping from hands of multinationals

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2017 Outnumbered and outflanked, Freeport-McMoRan CEO Richard Adkerson made an about-face. Only months before, Adkerson had dismissed the idea of selling a majority stake in the Phoenix-based company’s flagship Indonesian copper-and-gold mine to local investors. But, seated beside government officials... 

Zambian copper production to grow by 7% this year, despite power challenges

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 The Zambian government’s support for the mining industry and strong copper prices are expected to drive growth in the country’s copper production for this year, despite ongoing power shortages. BMI Research on Monday pointed out that, according to data published by the Zambian central bank,... 

First Quantum acquires Korean smelter’s stake in Minera Panama

By: Samantha Herbst     1st September 2017 TSX-listed base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed an agreement with LS-Nikko Copper to acquire the Korea-based smelter’s 10% ownership interest and shareholder loans in Minera Panama, First Quantum’s Panamanian subsidiary, for a headline value of $635-million, payable in six... 

Africa's biggest copper mine hit by Zambian power restrictions

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2017 Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals, escalating a fight over tariffs. "They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100% because of the... 

This Canadian copper giant is missing best of metal's surge

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2017 As copper producers from Freeport-McMoRan to BHP Billiton ponder what to do with the windfall from surging prices, First Quantum Minerals has no such dilemma. Unlike most of its peers, First Quantum’s copper sales are fully hedged – at an expected average price of $2.37/lb for the second half of... 

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

     11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Nedbank debt-financing African mining projects to the tune of $7bn

By: Ilan Solomons     11th August 2017 Investment banking services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) is providing the African mining industry with about $7-billion in debt financing products and says it remains open for business opportunities across the continent. Nedbank CIB mining finance principal Paul Miller... 

Depressed nickel price prompts care and maintenance for First Quantum’s Ravensthorpe mine

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2017 Starting in September, base metals producer First Quantum Minerals will mothball its nickel-producing Ravensthorpe mine, in Western Australia, on the back of the persistently low nickel price, the company announced on Wednesday. The Toronto-headquartered company expects that full care and... 

Conflicting Perceptions

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 There exists a clear sense of optimism in Zambia’s government circles about the future of the mining industry, particularly regarding the stability of the regulatory and fiscal regime, a stronger copper price and increased production, which the government projects will reach 850 000 in 2017 from... 

Zambian copper mines urged to ‘grasp the opportunity’ as price enjoys strongest, most sustained rally

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 With the copper price hovering at around $6 000/t, the red metal is enjoying its strongest and most sustained price rally since the depths of the global commodity slump in January 2015, when it was languishing at around $4 300/t owing to slower Chinese demand, notes the Zambia Chamber of Mines... 

First Quantum swings to headline Q2 loss despite red metal ramp-up

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2017 Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals has reported a comparative loss of $18-million, or $0.03 a share, for the three months ended June, despite an 8% year-on-year improvement of copper output. This contrasted with the Toronto-based company’s comparative earnings of $38-million, or $0.06 a share,... 

Zambian miners join forces to improve occupational health and safety

By: Dylan Slater     21st July 2017 Metals mining company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) subsidiary mining companies in Zambia, Kansanshi Mining and Kalumbila Minerals, together with gold and copper miner Barrick Gold’s nearby copper mine – Lumwana mine – have taken proactive steps to improve their mine safety procedures to save... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the country’s government, says Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that the Mauritania... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the Mauritanian government, says Mauritania Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that... 

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