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De Beers’ marine mining unit assessing feasibility of digital transformation

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Diamond company De Beers’ marine mining division is currently running a pilot project to assess the feasibility of implementing digital transformation and thereby ensuring optimal operational excellence in the business unit and potentially throughout the rest of the group’s operations. De Beers... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor. DeepGreen Resources chief development officer Anthony O’Sullivan believes... 

Technological innovations will be key to success of seabed mining

By: Ilan Solomons     16th June 2017 Minerals from the deep sea, such as polymetallic nodules, ferromanganese crusts and hydrothermal sulfides are potential sources of metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, manganese and iron. In future, depending on the development of suitable technologies, these minerals could be mined and metals... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of Scientific and... 

Proponents see glistening future in seabed mining, but environmentalists fret

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 With the current known mineral deposits on land increasingly being depleted globally, necessitating greater exploration, interest in the prevalence of deep-sea minerals is growing as mining companies look for future sources to exploit. “The ocean is where future resources exist,” India Council of... 

Glencore sees nickel shortage as electric vehicle demand burgeons

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2016 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees a shortage in nickel arising as a result of burgeoning demand from electric vehicle (EV) production. Batteries used in EVs are consuming about 100 000 t of nickel demand and if 10% of the world’s vehicle fleet transitions to electric power,... 

K+S on track to start August commissioning of $4.1bn Legacy project

By: Henry Lazenby     21st June 2016 Germany's K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) on Tuesday said its $4.1-billion Legacy potash project, in Saskatchewan, was on track to start commissioning activities by the end of August, with the aim of producing the first tonne of potash before year-end. KSPC broke ground on the project – the first new... 

Gensource outlines PEA for new ‘potash facility like no other’ in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     1st June 2016 Potash project developer Gensource Potash has published a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its flagship Vanguard project, in Canada’s potash-rich province of Saskatchewan, saying the report indicates that there is “good potential” for an economic potash operation using small-scale... 

Lihir mine, Papua New Guinea

By: Sheila Barradas     1st April 2016 A gold operation on Niolam Island, the largest island in the Lihir Island group, in the province of New Ireland, in Papua New Guinea. 

Indian agribusiness firm to fund first phase of Karnalyte’s Saskatchewan potash project

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2016 India-listed agribusiness firm Gujarat State Fertilisers and Chemicals (GSFC) has agreed in principle to provide $700-million to finance construction of the first phase of project developer Karnalyte Resources’ 625 000 t/y Wynyard potash deposit, in Saskatchewan. TSX-listed Karnalyte would also... 

Lack of discipline to keep pressure on potash prices into the next decade

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2016 The consensus among potash companies participating in Bank of Montreal's (BMO's) Capital Markets Metals and Mining conference this week was that potash prices had reached a seasonal bottom on the back of production deferrals and cutbacks. However, BMO fertilisers and chemicals research analyst... 

‘Painful measures’ needed to make diamond beneficiation viable in Namibia

By: Ilan Solomons     19th February 2016 If Namibia wants to acquire a commercial advantage in diamond processing then it will have to pay the cost of doing this, as it will require investment and substantial sacrifice by the population, says nongovernmental research organisation Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis senior... 

BC First Nation strikes pipeline benefit accord for TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th December 2015 The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation of British Columbia has concluded a new pipeline benefits agreement (PBA) for TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline that would run from the north-eastern town of Dawson Creek to the Pacific Ocean at Kitimat. The British Columbia government expected the PBA... 

NGOs, scientists calling for halt to deep-sea mining

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2015 Nongovernment organisations (NGOs) and scientists are calling on the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to halt issuing further exploration licences and to establish a moratorium on deep-sea mining, NGO Deep Sea Mining Campaign coordinater Dr Helen Rosenbaum says. “We, along with over 650 000... 

Glencore, French open $7bn nickel mine in New Caledonia

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2014 French President François Hollande on Monday officially opened the new $7-billion Koniambo nickel project in New Caledonia, a territory of France that is located 1 210 km east of Australia, in the south-west Pacific Ocean. The joint venture (JV) between the London-, Hong Kong- and now also... 

Fed govt accepts independent review of Northern Gateway pipelines

By: Henry Lazenby     18th June 2014 The Canadian federal government on Tuesday accepted an independent panel’s recommendation to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, subject to 209 conditions. In outlining the federal government’s decision for the C$6.5-billion project, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said the... 

Nicaragua an attractive mining destination, says ‘open for business’

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2014 While several regions in the Central American isthmus might be perceived as being “closed” for mining investment, the largest country in the region, Nicaragua, is “open for business”, the country’s general director for mining at the Energy and Mines Ministry (MEM), Carlos Zarruk, recently told... 

Rio Tinto sells wharf and land options to LNG Canada

By: Henry Lazenby     12th February 2014 UK-based mining giant Rio Tinto on Wednesday said it had entered into an option agreement with LNG Canada, an international joint venture (JV), to acquire or lease a wharf and associated land at its port facility at Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, where the JV is proposing to construct and... 

Panel advises federal government to approve C$7.9bn Northern Gateway pipeline – with conditions

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2013 A federal joint review panel for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project on Thursday recommended that, subject to 209 required conditions, the federal Canadian government approve the Northern Gateway pipeline project. The pipeline would link Canada’s significant oil sands-crude oil... 

UN may license first seabed mining in 2016, but enviro scepticism lingers

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th June 2013 The United Nations (UN) has published its first plan for deep-sea mining and has announced that companies could apply for mining licences as soon as 2016. This comes at a time when this form of mining is becoming an increasingly attractive investment proposition. After the release of a technical... 

UN may license first seabed mining operations in 2016, but enviro scepticism lingers

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th June 2013 Deep-sea mining is increasingly becoming an attractive investment for mining companies and the United Nations (UN) has published its first plan for deep-sea mining and says that companies could apply for mining licences as soon as 2016.  

BC Coastal First Nations air anti-oil commercial 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2013 The Coastal First Nations alliance last week aired a television commercial warning British Columbians of the dangers and costs of bringing oil tankers to British Columbia's (BC's) pristine coastal waters. The commercial opened with the original audio recording of the stricken oil tanker Exxon... 

Company Announcement: Global base metals miner to spend up to US$35M at Llahuin Copper-Gold Project

     17th October 2012 Southern Hemisphere Mining Limited is pleased to announce that it has struck a pivotal strategic agreement with global base metals miner Lundin Mining Corporation and executed a terms sheet 

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