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Hurricane threatens US coking coal exports

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 Prices of metallurgical coal, used by steelmakers, are likely to rise if Hurricane Florence disrupts port operations at Virginia’s Hampton Roads for an extended time, Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said on Thursday. Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded from a category four to a category two... 

Qld seeks public input on A$1bn coking coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2018 The Queensland government has called for public comment on the proposed A$1-billion Olive Downs coal mine, releasing its draft environmental impact statement (EIS). Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said on Thursday that the proposed project... 

ELB-KCC Consortium commencing site clearing and preparing for bulk earthworks at Ngodwana Energy Biomass Power Project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The ELB-KCC Consortium (Consortium), is pleased to announce that the official site clearing started and that preparation for bulk earthworks commenced at the Ngodwana Energy (RF) (Pty) Limited 25MW Biomass Power Project. The project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40km from... 

Putin wants big business to spend $120bn to revive economy

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2018 The Kremlin is leaning on Russia’s oligarchs to spend $120-billion on new investments by the end of Vladimir Putin’s term after shelving plans to hike taxes on big business. That’s an increase of 15% to 20% and part of the Russian leader’s plan to take overall investment to a quarter of gross... 

Greenhills operations, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 A metallurgical coal mine in the East Kootenay region of south-eastern British Columbia, in Canada. 

Orocobre positioning for lithium growth

By: Mariaan Webb     28th August 2018 ASX- and TSX-listed miner Orocobre is confident that market fundamentals for lithium remains strong, despite short-term price volatility, and is gearing up to put money into a mine expansion in Argentina, as well as into a prime lithium hydroxide plant in Japan. The miner is fully funded to... 

Lydian announces payment date extension

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed gold developer Lydian International, which is developing the Amulsar gold project, in Armenia, on Thursday announced that its senior lenders have agreed to extend the initial loan repayment date and the availability period from August 15 to August 31. “Lydian continues to have further... 

Arafura starts geo work at Nolans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 Rare earths developer Arafura Resources has started a major geotechnical programme at its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, to assess the location for critical site infrastructure. The company on Thursday said that some 70 to 80 shallow pits will be... 

Beowulf marks maiden resource milestone at Aitolampi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has announced a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Aitolampi graphite project, which it believes has the potential to serve the developing battery manufacturing market in Finland and Sweden. The Aitolampi project, in eastern Finland, has an indicated and inferred mineral... 

Hundreds gather in Brits to demand jobs at mines

By: African News Agency      8th August 2018 Hundreds of unemployed people have gathered at the Brits sports ground in the North West province, ahead of a march to mining companies in the area to demand jobs. Provincial chairperson of the Village, Township and Small Dorpies  (VTSD) Chamber of Commerce in North West, Robert Ngwenya, said... 

Fording River Operations, Canada

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd August 2018 A steelmaking coal, or metallurgical or coking coal mine located about 29 km north-east of Elkford, in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada. 

1 300 jobs affected as Lydian responds to illegal Armenia demonstrations

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd August 2018 It has been more than a month since Lydian International first reported that illegal road blockages are preventing access to the Amulsar site and the Canadian company has now issued termination notices to about 30% of its workforce, idled construction contractors and warned of more job cuts to... 

Crane Technology Will Slash Mineshaft Pre-Sink Time

30th July 2018 The world’s fifth largest mine, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, will use advanced techniques enabled by pioneering crane design to fast-track the pre-sink phase at Shaft 6. The time needed will be dramatically reduced by a Condra portal crane that combines a very rapid lift speed with optimised cross... 

Rainbow targeting production rate increase to 5 000 t/y by end-2018

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 LSE-listed rare earth element mining company Rainbow Rare Earths is targeting a production rate of about 400 t/m, or 5 000 t/y, for its Gakara project, based in Burundi, by the end of this year. According to CEO Martin Eales, the 180% year-on-year increase in tonnes of concentrate sold in the... 

Perceptions mines are not doing enough for nearby communities fuelling protests

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 In developed countries, community-based protest action (as opposed to industrial action) against mining companies is primarily related to environmental concerns. In South Africa, community-based protests against mining companies are rooted in socioeconomic issues, such as job creation, and... 

Perceptions mines are not doing enough for nearby communities fuelling protests

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 In developed countries, community-based protest action (as opposed to industrial action) against mining companies is primarily related to environmental concerns. In South Africa, community-based protests against mining companies are rooted in socioeconomic issues, such as job creation, and... 

Rio Tinto says minerals sands operation in South Africa shut by protests

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 A mineral sands operation on the South African coast run by Rio Tinto has been closed since Friday due to violent community protests which saw a security guard killed earlier this week, the company and a union said on Wednesday. Community unrest is a common feature of South Africa's social... 

Challenging times for transformation in the mining sector.

9th July 2018 The announcement of the third revision to the Mining Charter in June 2017 sparked a downward spiral for the South African mining industry. With the newest draft Mining Charter released in mid-June 2018, one would be optimistic that confidence could be restored with the progress in transformation... 

Mongolian Parliament OKs plan to sell 30% of Tavan Tolgoi mine

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Mongolian lawmakers approved a plan to sell up to 30% of the troubled Tavan Tolgoi coal mine in the Gobi desert, the latest attempt to develop what’s anticipated to be massive coking and thermal coal deposits. The north Asian country’s Parliament on Friday voted in favor of an initial public... 

Trump trade war looms over Canadian town built to supply America

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 If ever a town embodied US-Canadian symbiosis, it’s Arvida, Quebec. Built by Americans, its giant smelter supplied most of the Allied forces’ aluminum in World War II and today makes metal used in Budweiser beer cans, Tesla and Ford cars and in AR15 rifles, part of the 2.5-million metric tons... 

Copper mine planned for Utah National Monument shrunk by Trump

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 The red sandstone vistas in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument may soon be criss-crossed with dump trucks after a Canadian mining company announced plans to begin operations on land cut from federal protection by President Donald Trump. Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources... 

Isaac Plains East set for July start

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 The Isaac Plains East coal mine, in Queensland, is expected to start production in July this year. Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded project house NRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors a A$93-million contract to start production at Isaac Plains East, with the scope of the contract... 

Royalties to contribute A$20bn to Qld Budget in next five years

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The resources sector’s contribution to the Queensland state Budget is expected to soar to more than A$20-billion between now and July 2023. Total mineral royalties reached A$4.32-billion in the 2018 financial year. 

Coal royalties give Queensland Budget surplus a boost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 A record contribution from coal royalties has assisted the Queensland government in delivering a surplus of A$1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year – three times more than what was predicted in the mid-year fiscal and economic review forecast in December. “The Queensland economy continues... 

Northern Vertex secures right of way for construction at Moss mines

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Northern Vertex Mining has received certified grant letters for right of way (ROW) for the powerline, fibre-optics and access road construction for the Moss gold and silver mine, in Arizona. The letters and ROW, from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), signal a “milestone which... 

Qld refutes claims it will fund access road to Carmichael mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 The Queensland government has denied reports that it is planning to fund up to A$100-million to build an access road for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. “There are currently no proposals about roads and Adani being considered by the government,” Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony... 

Cruz to acquire base metals projects in Norway

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Cruz Cobalt has signed a letter of intent with EMX Royalty and Fennoscandian Investment Group to acquire two cobalt/nickel/copper projects in Norway. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire these projects. The properties are 

Mkango begins major drilling programme at Songwe

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Mkango Resources has started a major diamond drilling programme at its Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. The drilling programme, the Canadian mineral exploration and development company explained, is a key component of the feasibility study for Songwe, which is... 

AfriTin starts civil construction works on Uis mine’s processing plant

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Phase 1 of the civil works construction on the processing plant at Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s flagship Uis mine, in Namibia, is targeted for completion in the third quarter of this year. Phase 1 is designed to process 500 000 t/y. 

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... 

Triton to develop A$99m Mozambique graphite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 The board of graphite developer Triton Minerals has approved the $99.4-million development of its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Early works at the mine have started, including earthworks for the development of the raw water dam needed for construction and operations. Site access roads... 

Santos announces A$400m Gladstone LNG investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture partners in the Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project, will invest more than A$400-million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project, in the Bowen basin. Santos said on Thursday that the A$400-million Arcadia investment was in addition to the... 

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Brazil deal to end truckers' strike rattles Petrobras investors

By: Reuters     29th May 2018 Petrobras shares plunged 15% on Monday after Brazil's government offered new fuel subsidies and softened the oil producer's pricing policy in a bid to settle a truckers' strike that has wreaked havoc on Latin America's largest economy. As a result of tax cuts and subsidies announced by President... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

Maiden resource estimate for Asiamet's BKZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2018 London-listed Asiamet Resources believes that its BKZ polymetallic deposit has the potential to be the company’s second mine in the BK district of Kalimantan, Indonesia, the firm said on Wednesday, announcing an initial resource estimate for the project. The resource estimate for BKZ, which is... 

Botswana President eyes jobs in new 'marriage' with De Beers

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2018 Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, wants a new long-term diamond-sales pact with De Beers when the current ten-year deal expires in 2020 and for more gems to be processed locally. The conclusion of an accord is crucial for both Botswana, which relies on diamonds for almost a fifth of its... 

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