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Copper production declined in first ten months of 2017 – ICSG

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2018 Worldwide copper mine production declined 2.6% in the ten months to October 2017, while concentrate production declined by 2.2% and production through solvent extraction-electrowinning declined by 4.3% in the same period, according to the intergovernmental copper body The International Copper... 

Graphite miner closes more sales agreements for its Mozambique mine’s product

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 Australian Securities Exchange-listed miner Syrah Resources has announced a number of sales agreements for flake graphite produced by its Balama project in Mozambique. These agreements are with China’s Yichang Xincheng Graphite Company Limited and Germany’s CS Additive GmbH. Yichang Xincheng is a... 

Output at Chile's Escondida copper mine falls 7.8% in 2017

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Output at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine, in Chile, the largest copper mine in the world, fell 7.8% in 2017 compared to the prior year due to a prolonged strike, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The decline to 903 000 t came despite the start of operations at a new wing. 

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Auto manufacturers are ramping up strategies to cash in on the accelerating worldwide acceptance and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), prompting advice from research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie for automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’ and take stakes in mines or new mine projects... 

Cloud Peak to export US coal to new power plants in Japan

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 US miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year. The coal from Montana's Spring Creek Mine will be carried by rail to Vancouver and then sent by ship for... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

Australian LNG exports surge on strong Chinese demand

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports hit 56.8-million tonnes last year, jumping 26.3% from 44.9-million in 2016, owing to a watershed year of exports to China. Combined with higher oil prices, the increase in volumes pushed up Australia’s 2017 LNG export revenue by 44.1% to... 

Queensland LNG exports surpass prior records in 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2018 Queensland has achieved record liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports in the year to December 2017, Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane said on Friday. During 2017, Queensland exported 20.2-million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 2.7-million tonnes on the exports reported in 2016. 

Champion ramps up Bloom Lake activity, first train to roll by March

By: Henry Lazenby     30th December 2017 Activities are ramping up at the Bloom Lake mine, in near Fermont, Quebec, with preparations well under way towards the ultimate goal of sending off the first fully laden train of iron-ore by the end of February, or early March. “The highlights have been coming thick and fast this year,” Champion... 

Tokyo Electric says Canada's Cameco seeks $682m in damages

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2017 Japan's Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) has revealed that Canadian uranium major Cameco is seeking $681.9-million in damages following a dispute that has driven the former partners to international arbitration. News agency Reuters reported from Tokyo, Japan, that Tepco has confirmed receipt of a... 

Australia cobalt rush accelerates on electric vehicle demand, DRC troubles

By: Reuters     15th December 2017 Australia, home to the world's second-biggest cobalt reserves, is seeing a rush of interest in projects still years from production as makers of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) seek supplies of the metal from a more costly but less risky source than top miner, the Democratic Republic of... 

Kibaran mulling battery-grade graphite pilot in Germany

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, exploration company Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of premium battery... 

Liviero Mining Chooses Komatsu For Performance, Efficiency And Cost

     14th December 2017 Jan Steyn, Plant Director at Liviero Mining, was one of a number of executives from major South African mining and construction houses that recently returned from an intensive fact-finding visit to Komatsu headquarters in Japan. Liviero Mining is a subsidiary of the Liviero Group, widely... 

Lead project engineers appointed for Waterberg JV project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2017 A technical committee appointed by Waterberg JV Resources, which holds the Waterberg platinum project, in South Africa, has appointed Stantec Consulting International and DRA Projects South Africa as lead independent project engineers. Stantec will focus on underground mining engineering and... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 The global diamond industry is either growing in affluent regions or remaining steady in less affluent ones, thereby reflecting a degree of positivity, as well as signs of growth. This also points to untapped potential that is ready to be unlocked through increased investment upstream and... 

New polishing facility a boost to Dubai’s status as a diamond trading centre

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 The global diamond industry is either growing in affluent regions or remaining steady in less affluent regions, thereby showing a degree of positivity with signs of growth. This also points to a degree of untapped potential that is ready to be unlocked through increased investment upstream and... 

LIQUID LITHIUM

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 Australian mining company Orocobre extracts lithium needed in electric car batteries from this giant pool of turquoise-coloured brine at a salt pan in Argentina. The Australian company is one of several lithium producers stepping up investment in Argentina amid expectations that President... 

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

Vale confirms Moatize production target, while govt seeks artisanal mining cooperatives

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A senior executive of Vale Moçambique, the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian major mining group Vale, has told local journalists that the company’s production target for its Moatize coal operation this year is 13-million tons of both metallurgical and thermal coal. This will be a 120% increase... 

Electric cars' success leaves Toyota isolated with hydrogen bet

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 Toyota Motor, which has made a big bet on hydrogen-powered cars, is looking more isolated as industry rivals double down on plug-in electric vehicles as the dominant technology in the emerging post-fossil fuel era. Three years ago, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, grandson of company founder... 

BHP, Goldman hunt for energy fix amid remote banana plantations

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 The world’s biggest miner and Wall Street’s top-ranked merger firm are among the high-profile backers of a remote solar project nestled among banana crops in Australia’s far tropical northeast. For BHP Billiton, it’s a chance to unlock renewable technology for the global mining sector. As... 

South Africa crucial to global chrome supply, Chromium 2017 hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 South Africa is an irreplaceable supplier of chrome ore and ferrochrome, which is, in turn, an irreplaceable component of China-dominated stainless steel production, global delegates to last week’s well-attended Chromium 2017 conference heard. South Africa, as the dominant global chrome producer,... 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Wheatstone ships first LNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st November 2017 US oil major Chevron has shipped the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Wheatstone project, in Western Australia, to customers in Japan. “The first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone project signifies our commitment to be a safe and reliable long-term supplier of cleaner-burning natural... 

Blasting experts gather at must-attend BME annual event

     24th October 2017 South Africa’s best-known futurologist, Clem Sunter, will be among the star attractions at BME’s annual drilling and blasting conference to be held on Thursday 2 November at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria – giving delegates vital insights into future business risks and opportunities.... 

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Inside one billionaire's fight against global iron-ore glut

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 The global iron-ore market may be oversupplied for as long as half a decade, keeping prices under pressure, according to billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta, which plans to fight back by raising the quality of its output amid a global shift toward higher-grade material being driven by China’s... 

Global steel production for 9 months to Sept up 5.6% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     23rd October 2017 Global crude steel production for the first nine months of this year reached 1.27-billion tonnes – a 5.6% year-on-year increase. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Monday reported that Asia had produced 876.3-million tonnes of crude steel in the first nine months of this year, an... 

Brexit takes bureaucracy to the atomic level for UK industry

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2017 To understand the implications of Brexit, it helps to go nuclear. Of all the international regulatory challenges created by the UK’s impending departure from the European Union, the atomic-energy industry may best encapsulate the decision’s bottom-line effect: more bureaucracy and costs for a... 

Russell Shor

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Russell Shor of the Gemological Institute of America, which grades diamonds and gemstones 

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... 

Cokal raises A$4m to get started on BBM Stage 2

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 Coal producer Cokal has announced plans to raise A$4-million to assist in funding the Stage 2 development of its flagship Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) project, in Indonesia, as Stage 1 production continues apace. The miner on Wednesday reported that Stage 1 of the BBM asset was achieving... 

Japan Gold expands portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 TSX-V-listed exploration junior Japan Gold has expanded its epithermal gold exploration portfolio in Japan with the addition of two new projects in the prospective Southern Kyushu epithermal gold province. The Vancouver-headquartered company advised that the Tobaru and Ohra-Takamine projects... 

Oaktree's Molycorp legacy firm is said to weigh IPO, sale

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Advanced materials producer Neo Performance Materials, carved from the remains of bankrupt Molycorp, is weighing an initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Neo Performance, backed by investment firm Oaktree Capital Group, has not... 

Giant miner vies with Google, GE, for hires amid automation push

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2017 Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining company, is focused as much on driver-less trucks and automated drills as conventional shovels and loaders these days. That means it needs a whole lot more high-tech workers. The London-based company is stepping up efforts to lure engineers and... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this year,... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye Resources and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this... 

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 To increase demand in the fuel cell (FC) industry, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) aims to take its Impala Platinum Refinery off the State-owned power utility Eskom grid and power the refinery using FC technology, with commercial operation of its first phase aimed to... 

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