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Ark Mines to establish gold processing plant early next year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 ASX-listed Ark Mines is on track to complete its Union extended (UE) mining management plan (MMP) for the establishment and operation of a carbon-in-leach (CIL) gold processing plant in the Northern Territory by early 2018. Desktop hydrogeological studies and terrestrial ecology desktop studies... 

Company moves forward with tailings retreatment project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th December 2017 Aim-listed Goldplat PLC’s recovery operation in South Africa, Goldplat Recovery, will be investing in a tailings retreatment project during 2018, as its growth over the past decade has resulted in the operation accumulating a large tailings stock dam.  

Europe’s coal plants will bleed more cash by end of 2020s

By: Bloomberg     15th December 2017 Almost all coal plants in the European Union will be outspending their income by the end of the next decade, relying on subsidies to stay open to back up wind and solar generation. About 54 percent of the region’s plants already fail to break even, according to a report by London-based Carbon... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

By: Samantha Herbst     13th December 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals’ Sonora lithium project, located in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, has the potential to become a significant supplier of battery-grade lithium to growing industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, according to Bacanora CEO Peter Secker.... 

Separate stock exchange listing for Aura’s Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 Dual-listed uranium and gold focused Aura Energy has started the process to list its Häggån project in Sweden separately on multiple international exchanges to “maximise the value of the battery metal content” of the project. The project contains vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, neodymium, nickel... 

Agrium expands retail reach in Australia with Macrofertil acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed fertiliser giant Agrium Inc has reached a definitive agreement with Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) for the acquisition of Macrofertil, a fertiliser distribution business in Australia with about $120-million in yearly sales. Agrium subsidiary Landmark Operations will take control... 

Egg unboiling machine enables graphene battery development

     12th December 2017 The Australian researchers who successfully unboiled an egg are turning their attention to capturing the energy of graphene oxide to make a more efficient alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The Flinders University team in South Australia has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology... 

Kasbah to revise plans for Morocco tin project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 ASX-listed Kasbah Resources will revise its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Achmmach tin project, in Morocco, after having identified several project optimisation opportunities that have the potential to materially improve the project and reduce risk. These opportunities mainly relate... 

More than 100 jobs on offer at Rio Tinto’s Weipa mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has launched a recruitment drive for more than 100 new roles at its bauxite mines on the western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The opportunities are available across Rio Tinto’s operations at Weipa including existing mines at Andoom and East Weipa and the new... 

Mine improves output as copper price slated to rise

     8th December 2017 In the medium to long term, the fundamental outlook for copper is among the strongest of all metals, says diversified natural resources producer Eurasian Resources Group (ERC), which has copper assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The lack of major copper plants due on stream,... 

Galena Complex, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 A silver/copper/lead/zinc mine in Shoshone County, Idaho. 

Exploration for, and production of, valuable minerals in Mozambique continue to advance

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 There have been a number of recent developments involving smaller mining companies, both local and foreign, in Mozambique recently. These involve both exploration and production activities.  

India’s electric-vehicle target faces raw material challenges

By: Ajoy K Das     7th December 2017 India’s goal of moving completely to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, is facing severe challenges, including a lack of reserves for litium-ion components, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, and uncoordinated efforts from various stakeholders, the government’s apex advisory body has warned. In a... 

TDS Projects Construction Will Go the Extra Mile with 13km Pipeline for Nkomati Mine

     7th December 2017 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction of a 13km tailing pipeline at Nkomati Nickel mine. Nkomati is situated 300km east of Johannesburg. It represents one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 408.6 million tonnes of ore... 

TDS Projects Construction Will Go the Extra Mile with 13km Pipeline for Nkomati Mine

     7th December 2017 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction of a 13km tailing pipeline at Nkomati Nickel mine. Nkomati is situated 300km east of Johannesburg. It represents one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 408.6 million tonnes of ore... 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

Syrah signs sales agreement with China-based battery manufacturer

By: Samantha Herbst     4th December 2017 ASX-listed graphite developer Syrah Resources has signed a binding sales agreement with China-based Zhanjiang Juxin New Energy materials for 20 000 t of natural graphite from Syrah’s Mozambique-based Balama operation, in 2018. “This contract represents another significant import of Balama... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global automotive markets are adopting electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once- in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy metals’ –... 

Policy certainty needed to drive oil and gas in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st December 2017 The large-scale production of oil and gas has the potential to stabilise South Africa’s economy, relieving unemployment and poverty challenges while driving growth across industries, but government must provide policy certainty and an assertion of future contract stability, says South African Oil... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Planning decision for Connonish gold project delayed

By: Mariaan Webb     30th November 2017 Aim-listed Scotgold will have to wait longer to hear whether it has been granted planning permission for its revised plans for the Cononish gold and silver project, near the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland. A decision by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks Planning... 

European Cobalt zones in on Slovakia project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 Explorer European Cobalt is stepping up efforts to tap into the growing market for cobalt, which is seen as one of the most important metals in the fast-growing energy storage market. The company, which estimates that in three years’ time one fifth of global cobalt demand will stem from electric... 

Construction activities at Spanish tungsten project gather pace

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 Construction activities at the Barruecopardo tungsten mine in Salamanca, Spain, are gathering momentum, with about 100 people now working on the project. Ormondo Minerals, which has a 30% shareholding in the mine, reported on Tuesday that the major earthmoving phase relating to construction of... 

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... 

Company offers mine to market solutions

     24th November 2017 Combining concept-to-completion expertise with design and major project delivery capabilities for the minerals and metals sector, from bulk commodities to rare earths, professional services provider WorleyParsons offers its customers complete mine-to-market solutions from inception to... 

New tin player aiming to achieve steady-state production at Namibian project within 12 months 

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals’ tin platform AfriTin Mining, which has assets in Namibia and South Africa, will focus on becoming “The Africa tin champion” by bringing its flagship Uis tin project, in Namibia, to commercial production, says AfriTin Mining CEO Anthony... 

Sibanye share price rises on gold tailings deal with DRDGold

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2017 The share price of Sibanye-Stillwater rose quickly and sharply on Wednesday on the news that the precious metals company had moved to create an industry-leading surface mining partnership with gold tailings retreatment company DRDGold. The proposed transaction, which saw the share price of... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC, Eskom to test first vanadium redox flow battery

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy has deployed its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) to power utility Eskom for testing. The power utility will, at its research, testing and development centre, in Rosherville, test the VRFB and its... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

Reefton mine, New Zealand

By: Thabi Madiba     17th November 2017 A gold mine located about 7 km south-east of Reefton, in the West Coast region of New Zealand’s South Island. 

CSIR signals renewables-led electricity mix by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The CSIR Energy Centre has published updated research outcomes indicating that South Africa’s least-cost electricity mix, by 2050, includes predominantly solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind contributing nearly 80% of the country’s electrical energy. The research outcomes, which were released... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Network Video Surveillance Provides Business Intelligence To Today’s Mining Community

     15th November 2017 Today’s mining sector remains under constant threat. The ever present, and growing, number of illegal miners make efficient and effective security essential. “This is as critical for open mine shafts as it is for inefficient or temporarily closed ones,” says Roy Alves, Country Manager at Axis... 

Afritin targets Africa tin champion title, Namibia project upscaled to commercial production 

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2017 Following the demerger of Afritin Mining from Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals – and its subsequent listing as the only pure - play tin platform on the Aim last week – the company, which has assets in Namibia and South Africa, will focus on becoming “The Africa tin champion” by bringing its flagship... 

Foam-based fire suppression for fuel storage facilities

     13th November 2017 Fighting fire with foam concentrates Fuel storage fire protection is critical and even more so when it is done underground. Detection systems for early response to a fire outbreak are essential. In this article, fires safety specialist, Mike Feldon, discusses the use of firefighting foam as a... 

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