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South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     17th October 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... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

First Quantum falls as Panama court casts uncertainty on project

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2018 Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals headed for a one-week low after a ruling by Panama’s Supreme Court cast uncertainty over a major copper mine it’s developing in the central American country. Local media in Panama reported that the court ruled on Monday that Law 9 – used to approve a mining... 

First Quantum commends stability of Zambian mining policies

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 Global mining company First Quantum Minerals has complimented the Zambian government for the recent stability of the nation’s mining tax and royalty regime, which – if it continues – may increase investor confidence. Moreover, First Quantum head of government affairs John Gladston commends... 

Mine looks to increase local labour force

14th September 2018 Canada-based mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals (FQM) aims to achieve a target of sourcing 25% of its employees from the surrounding area of the North-Western province of Zambia for the Sentinel mine in Kalumbila. The miner states that its local employment figures have continued to... 

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Zambia seen considering higher mine taxes to trim Budget gap

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Zambia plans to trim its fiscal deficit next year even as Africa’s second-biggest copper producer boosts spending. It may be considering raising mine taxes to achieve that, according to analysts. The Finance Ministry is targeting a budget shortfall of 6.5% of gross domestic product next year,... 

Namibia Critical Metals to start cobalt/copper drilling before end-Sept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 TSX-V-listed Namibia Critical Metals has identified multiple prospective targets at its Kunene cobalt/copper project, in Namibia, following the completion of an airborne electromagnetic survey covering 4 200 line kilometers. The survey data shows clear conductive trends associated with... 

Zambia’s refined copper outlook positive

17th August 2018 Zambia will remain one of the fastest growing refined copper producers in the world over the coming years, owing to strong domestic smelting capacity, rising mine output and continuing government support, according to economic research company BMI Research, a member of the Fitch Group. As the... 

Liebherr celebrates mining solution milestones

20th July 2018 Three of Swiss mining and construction manufacturer Liebherr Group’s hydraulic excavators have been provided to the mining industry for up to 18 years. The R 9100, R 996B and the R 9350 have been available for between five and 18 years. The current range of Liebherr Mining hydraulic excavators... 

The world's biggest miners want more copper but nobody's selling

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2018 It’s the mining world’s biggest dilemma: everyone’s hunting for copper deals, but even the richest producers just can’t pull the trigger. The largest miners all say they’re bullish on copper and looking for growth in the metal that’s forecast to be in ever-greater demand as cities expand and... 

Rand Merchant Bank cements its relationship with First Quantum Minerals

11th July 2018 The positive outlook for the copper sector bodes well for Zambia and its copper mines with copper comprising around 60% of the country’s total exports, while the country is expected to produce more than 1 million tonnes of the metal this year. Mining companies such as Canadian-based First... 

First Quantum given time to solve $7.9bn Zambian tax row

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Zambia agreed to give First Quantum Minerals more time to complete its analysis of what the company might owe the southern African nation after it was slapped with a $7.9-billion tax bill, according to the Finance Minister. The Vancouver-based company is challenging the assessment from Zambia’s... 

First Quantum and Lumina make Ecuador earn-in formal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2018 Copper miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has signed a formal earn-in agreement with Vancouver-based junior Lumina Gold to earn into the Orquideas and Cascas gold/copper concessions in Ecuador. In terms of the previously announced five-year agreement, FQM has committed to contribute $1.5-million... 

Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 The seemingly increasing trend towards nationalist thinking, combined with and likely driven by growing economic inequality, has resulted in several changes in mining and tax legislation in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group co-chair and partner Peter Leon says the... 

Resource nationalism on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 The seemingly increasing trend towards nationalist thinking, combined with and likely driven by growing economic inequality, has resulted in several changes in mining and tax legislation in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group co-chair and partner Peter Leon says the... 

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... 

Rising resource nationalism seen as 'fire burning' for miners

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 A rising tide of resource nationalism is causing miners to rethink where they invest and creating volatility for a sector already buffeted by brewing trade wars. “A significant industry issue is resource nationalism,” Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told investors at a conference in... 

First Quantum weighs further increases at Cobre Panama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th May 2018 The Cobre Panama copper project, being developed by dual-listed First Quantum Minerals, is 72% complete and due for first concentrate production early in 2019. Project manager Gavin Ashley told delegates at the Latin America Downunder conference, in Perth, that the process plant would be... 

Barrick, Glencore expect to get licence for Tanzanian project

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2018 Executives at Barrick Gold and Glencore expect to receive a new license for their joint venture Kabanga nickel project in Tanzania, having held “productive” talks with the government during the past several months, Barrick said Sunday. Under changes to Tanzania’s mining license structure put into... 

Vedanta's KCM disputes $18m Zambia tax bill – industry source

By: Reuters     9th May 2018 Vedanta Resources' Zambia unit, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), is disputing a bill of almost $18-million slapped on it by tax authorities after an audit, an industry source familiar with the matter, told Reuters on Wednesday. Zambia's revenue authority concluded audits of mining companies that... 

Zambia concludes mine tax audits after slapping huge bill on First Quantum

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia concluded audits of mining companies that prompted the nation to slap Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals with a tax bill of over 76.5-billion Zambian kwacha ($8-billion), its revenue authority said on Monday. First Quantum, which owns two copper mines in Zambia, said in March that... 

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... 

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... 

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