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The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Not many billion-dollar companies would be willing to circumvent US sanctions for their business partner, but then few people are as powerful as Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gertler scored a victory when Glencore said on Friday that it would evade US sanctions to keep paying... 

Fortune may defer Saskatchewan metals processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Project developer Fortune Minerals may defer its planned metals processing plant near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and may opt to sell concentrates from the flagship Nico mine directly to third parties, the company said on Thursday. The London, Ontario-based company has approval for a $200-million... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Germany's Heraeus to open $100m precious metals recycling plant in China

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 German technology group Heraeus will open a precious metals refinery and recycling plant in China in September to take advantage of the country's rising demand for platinum group metals. Heraeus has invested almost $100-million in the facility in Nanjing covering 84 000 square metres, which will... 

Mitsubishi pays $600m to up stake in Anglo American’s Peru copper project

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American has agreed to sell another 21.9% equity interest in its Quellaveco copper project, Peru, to Mitsubishi, increasing the Japanese group’s interest in the project to 40%. Mitsubishi will pay $600-million for the additional interest in Quellaveco, implying a... 

Petra Diamonds shareholders back rights issue

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 Shareholders in mining company Petra Diamonds on Wednesday approved a rights issue to raise about $170-million to help cut its debt burden, driving the share price around 5% higher. The company, which has suffered setbacks in Tanzania as well as production delays and strikes, had said there was a... 

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

China Inc takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. Congo holds huge reserves of copper, but is also one of the hardest countries to navigate -- with problems with security,... 

Chaarat plans to lead consolidation in CIS region

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2018 London-listed Chaarat Gold’s offer to take over Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine, Kumtor, is only “one of a number of potential deals” that the company is considering in former Soviet Union countries, chairperson Martin Andersson said on Monday, reaffirming the junior’s strategy of selective... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

Coal rallies to six-year high as heatwave fires up China demand

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 The heat is on in the global coal market. Prices of Newcastle coal are at the highest level since 2012 after surging 24% since mid-April to $112.05 a metric ton on Thursday as China maintains robust demand during unseasonably hot weather. Despite measures imposed by the top user to cool soaring... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

LME says plans to launch about 15 new contracts in January 2019

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch around 15 new contracts from next January, including cash-settled cobalt and hot-rolled coil steel contracts, an executive said on Wednesday. "We will put in place the technical capabilities by November and then we'll launch them from January,"... 

Gold market could put supply on blockchain as soon as next year

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 The gold market could start using the technology behind cryptocurrencies to track an almost-$200 billion supply chain as soon as next year. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) last week closed an invitation for submissions of ideas for how to track the metal as it’s dug out of remote... 

LME says looking at expanding eligibility for Rusal metal

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) is working to see if it can expand access to Rusal's aluminium, which is under suspension due to US sanctions, but the exchange needs to be cautious, Chief Executive Matthew Chamberlain said on Tuesday. "We are working very closely with all the parties involved to... 

ABM completes two auger programmes at DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM), which has set its sights on becoming a significant explorer, developer and miner of battery minerals, has completed two auger programmes that collected soil samples at its 53 km2 Kisinka permit area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After... 

Emmerson raises cash for Moroccan potash project

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Shares in Emmerson jumped more than 60% on their return to trade on Monday after the London-listed miner raised 6-million pounds ($8.04-million) by issuing 200-million new shares. The shares were halted last October when Emmerson became 100% owner of the Khemisset Potash Project in northern Morocco. 

Extended Hanwa offtake to underpin Sonora expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 London-listed Bacanora has secured an in-principle undertaking from battery chemicals trader Hanwa to extend its lithium offtake agreement, which will underpin an expansion of the Sonora lithium project, in Mexico, to 35 000 t/y. The offtake agreement will be extended by another five years at a... 

Trump metal tariffs send corporate Canada reeling in disbelief

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2018 To get a sense of the disbelief gripping Canadian manufacturers since the U.S. imposed metal import tariffs, have a chat with Marc Dutil. “I just want to scream,” the CEO of structural-steel maker Canam Group said Friday by phone. “All this is doing is creating uncertainty. It’s the last thing... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Fresnillo celebrates 10-year LSE anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Fresnillo, the world’s leading producer of silver and Mexico’s largest gold producer, on Thursday celebrated ten-years of being listed on the LSE. Fresnillo listed on the LSE following its spin-out from parent company Peñoles. 

Dundas vying to be the next large-scale Greenland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining is set to bring into production the world’s highest-grade ilmenite project in 2019, feeding into the Greenland government’s target of opening five large-scale mines in the near term. The first of these five mines, Aappaluttoq, opened last year and is... 

Petropavlovsk requests Fincraft’s Mukazhanov's resignation

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2018 Gold miner Petropavlovsk has requested the resignation of Bektas Mukazhanov as a director, said the LSE-listed firm, which is under shareholder pressure for a management overhaul. Mukazhanov is employed by Petropavlovsk’s major shareholder, Fincraft Holdings, whose beneficial owner, Kazakh... 

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2018 The wave of change that the electrification of automobiles brings is moving beyond electric vehicles (EV) to the micro, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility options, which should increasingly be brought into the outlook for the burgeoning market. “Big gambles and bold leadership does... 

Copper supply shock hits India as top plant ordered to close

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2018 India faces a copper supply shock after a state government ordered billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to shut down a plant permanently following deadly protests in a move that will slash nationwide output and stoke demand for imports. The company’s shares fell. The Tamil Nadu government directed... 

Petropavlovsk asks UK regulators to investigate activist shareholders

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Russian gold miner Petropavlovsk has asked British regulators to investigate the identity of shareholders pressing for an overhaul of the board only a year after a previous revolt forced change, sources close to the company said. The London-listed firm, which has underperformed peers for about... 

Indian state leader says will take all steps to shut down Vedanta's copper smelter

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 India's Tamil Nadu state deputy head said on Monday his government would take all steps to permanently shut a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after deadly protests demanding its closure on environmental grounds. Residents and environmental activists say emissions from the... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that, in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond-backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint, the creator of the diamond-backed D1 Coin,... 

Vedanta to stick to ops in Indian city despite deadly protests – co executive

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 London-listed Vedanta Resources plans to stick to operations in a southern Indian city despite protests demanding the closure of its copper smelter that killed 13 people this week, a company executive told Reuters on Friday. The company's position comes a day after the state of Tamil Nadu, where... 

Agarwal wants to build Indian commodity giant to rival majors

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Billionaire industrialist Anil Agarwal plans to leave behind a legacy: an Indian resources group to rival the world’s biggest. The founder and owner of Vedanta Resources wants to keep building the company into a giant producer of the commodities that India needs to curb its reliance on imports,... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Anglo Asian copper, gold, silver miner moots maiden dividend

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 Anglo Asian Mining, which focuses on copper, gold and silver mining in Azerbaijan, said on Thursday it was considering paying its first dividend now that it had reported a profit, cut debt and built up cash. A dividend would set Anglo Asian apart from many London-listed junior miners, which... 

Copper shortfall expected – Antofagasta CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2018 London-based base metals company Antofagasta said on Wednesday it expects a shortfall of copper to emerge because of the slow rate at which new mines are permitted and built. Antofagasta chairperson Jean-Paul Luksic said at the company's annual general meeting that the emergence of new sources of... 

Gamsberg producing by mid-year – Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2018 The Gamsberg zinc project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is on track with production expected by the middle of this year, the London-listed, India-rooted Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday, when it reported higher revenue and profits and lifted its dividend yield for the year to 6%. Current... 

Glencore goes from crisis to crisis with possible bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 It’s becoming hard to keep track of all of Glencore’s legal battles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The world’s biggest commodity trader is facing the possibility of a bribery investigation by British prosecutors over its work with Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire and close friend of... 

Threat of cobalt supply shock is top risk for electric vehicles

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 A burgeoning risk of a supply crunch in cobalt – a key battery metal that’s more than tripled in price in two years – poses one of the biggest threats to forecasts for rising electric vehicle adoption. Major investment in mines is required to avoid price spikes that could see cost reductions for... 

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