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Vast one step closer to final approval for Baita Plai

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2018 Aim-listed mining company Vast Resources could start mining a 1.8-million-tonne-orebody in Romania in the near future, with the company only one regulatory step away from final approval for the Baita Plai polymetallic mine. Vast said Minister of Economy had approved the association licence... 

Skills needed in local quarrying industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     22nd June 2018 The surface mining association, Aspasa, raised awareness about skills shortages in the local opencast mining and quarrying profession through a presentation delivered to an international audience of peers at the Global Aggregates Information Network (Gain) conference, in Spain, last month. Skills... 

Erris starts brownfield exploration near historic Ireland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     21st June 2018 Mineral exploration company Erris Resources has started a surface diamond drilling programme 300 m south of the old Abbeytown zinc mine in Sligo, Ireland. The surface drilling will test for potential extensions of zinc/lead/silver/copper mineralisation extending south from the old workings at... 

Alrosa to lower production at International underground mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th June 2018 Russian mining major Alrosa has revised the production plan of its International underground mine, near Mirny, as it takes a tougher stance on health and safety management. The production plan for 2018 remains unchanged at 36.6-million carats, but under the revised plan for 2019 to 2022, output... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Albemarle receives approval for WA lithium plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the development of a lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant, outside of Bunbury. The plant, to be developed by global producer Albemarle, will produce up to 100 000 t/y of lithium hydroxide monohydrate from five 20 000... 

Varvara hub, Kazakhstan

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 A gold/copper mine in the Kostanay region. 

Virtual reality blast wall, cube providing ‘memorable’ training

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solution’s (STS’s) world-first VR blast wall and its VR cube have resulted in efficient, effective and memorable training programmes for Anglo American Platinum’s Engineering Services Training Centre (ESTC) in Randfontein, and Murray and... 

Wobbler technology benefits overhead irrigation for heap leaching

15th June 2018 Heap leach depths have increased from 15 m of ore depth to 150 m since the turn of the century. Higher closure and reclamation costs, as well as a need to decrease the impact on agricultural land, prompted mine managers to increase ore depths as a way to make mining operations more efficient and... 

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. 

Wallbridge starts ramp development at Quebec gold mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Junior explorer Wallbridge Mining has completed the rehabilitation of existing underground workings at its Fenelon gold mine, in Quebec, and has started ramp development and underground drilling, as it works towards a production decision early next year. The mine has been dewatered on the... 

Bluebird, Southern Gold JV signed for South Korea gold mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Asia-focused resource development group Bluebird Merchant Ventures on Tuesday signed a formal 50/50 joint venture (JV) agreement with ASX-listed Southern Gold for the Kochang gold and silver project, in South Korea.  

AuStar takes ownership of Rose of Denmark

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 Gold junior AuStar Gold has taken full ownership of the Rose of Denmark gold project, in Victoria. The company told shareholders that it had acquired the remaining 51% interest of the mining license that holds the project, from Shandong Tianye Real Estate Development Group for A$225 000 in... 

Global Geoscience raises A$53m for Nevada project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 ASX-listed Global Geoscience was hoping to raise A$53-million through a fully underwritten institutional share placement to fully fund its Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project, in the US, through to a mine development decision in late 2019. The company said on Wednesday that it will place... 

Brazil court rejects Alunorte bid to overturn forced output cuts

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 A court in the Brazilian state of Para denied a bid by Norsk Hydro ASA to appeal the partial suspension of bauxite refining operations at its Alunorte unit in another blow to the world's largest alumina refinery. In February, the court in Para, where the Alunorte refinery is located, ordered the... 

Bluebird to acquire another Australian cobalt project

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2018 TSX-listed Bluebird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of the rights, title and interest in the granted exploration licences of the Ashburton cobalt project, in Western Australia.   “A key reason we selected the Ashburton project, other than the style and... 

Sibanye suspends operations at Kloof mine for a day of mourning

By: African News Agency      12th June 2018 Sibanye-Stillwater said on Tuesday it had suspended mining operations at its Kloof Ikamva shaft for a day of mourning after four mineworkers died underground. Sibanye on Tuesday located the body of a fourth mineworker killed at the shaft near Westonaria, south-west of Johannesburg, following a... 

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... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project

8th June 2018 Emerging multicommodity miner Mustang Resources’ latest assay results for the Caula vanadium/graphite project in northern Mozambique continue to underpin a strong economic outlook for the project, with the miner noting that a maiden vanadium resource is due soon. Mustang Resources announced last... 

Voro mine, Russia

By: Thabi Madiba     8th June 2018 A gold mine located about 370 km north of the regional centre of Ekaterinburg and 25 km south of the city of Krasnoturinsk, in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region. 

BlueBird to acquire Oberon Gold to expand Australia portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 TSX-listed BlueBird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of Australian exploration company Oberon Gold from Providence Gold and Minerals.  

Don’t let your network dictate your choices

7th June 2018 Strata Worldwide and RFI Technology Solutions have joined forces to bring the underground world a simple yet powerful solution for overcoming many of the classic constraints of typical digital networks. It assists in resolving the common “last mile” difficulties of getting power and connectivity... 

Velocity appoints consultancy to undertake Rozino PEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed gold miner Velocity Minerals has appointed consultancy CSA Global Canada Geoscience to complete a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and a National Instrument (NI) 43-101-compliant mineral resource estimate for the Rozino gold project, in south-east Bulgaria.  

Positive drill results at Harmony’s Kalgold underpins resource growth

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Exploration drilling at Harmony Gold’s Kalgold openpit operation in the North West province outline an expanded, robust mineralised system that extends beyond the current limits. “Our exploration strategy targets highly prospective, underexplored terrains and mining districts to discover and... 

ALX undertakes airborne radiometric, magnetic survey at Lazy Edward Bay project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 A low-level, airborne radiometric and magnetic survey of about 4 000 line kilometres by Special Projects Inc (SPI) of Calgary is under way on TSX-V-listed ALX Uranium Corporation’s 100%-owned Lazy Edward Bay uranium project, in Canada. Lazy Edward Bay, which straddles the southern edge of the... 

Shanta Gold achieves exploration objectives at Singida gold mining project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has achieved its objective of the 1 600 m reverse circulation drilling programme, which targeted two of the seven key targets at its Singida project, in Tanzania, to upgrade resources from the inferred to the measured and indicated (M&I) categories. The M&I resources have... 

Frydenberg promises more scrutiny as study shows Hunter coal mines threaten groundwater

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg on Friday said that any new coal mining operation in the Hunter region of New South Wales would be subject to a review of their impact on groundwater resources, before they would be approved. This comes after the government released new... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Varvara hub, Kazakhstan

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 A gold/copper concentrate operation in the Kostanay region, north-west Kazakhstan. 

Civil society seeks to protect Mpumalanga water source from coal mining impact

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 New legal proceedings have been launched in the Mbombela High Court against Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed development of the Yzermyn coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water resource area, in Mpumalanga. A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations have lodged a... 

ATON questions logic of M&R’s proposed ‘poison pill’ Aveng deal

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2018 Investment company ATON, which is preparing a mandatory offer to buy all the shares in Murray & Roberts (M&R) it does not already own, has reiterated it steadfast opposition to M&R’s proposed acquisition of Aveng, describing the proposed Aveng transaction as a “poison pill” to prevent a takeover... 

Botswana’s Karowe Mine – home to exceptional diamonds and the second largest diamond in history

30th May 2018 The Karowe Mine, located in northern Botswana, 22km south east of the Orapa Mine, which was discovered three years earlier in 1967 as the nation’s first diamond mine, is wholly owned by Lucara Diamond Corporation and has a remarkable success story in its first five years of production. Between... 

Gold Fields to set aside acquisitions, sees industry costs rising – CEO

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 South Africa's Gold Fields is setting aside pursuit of new acquisitions for a year as it focuses on its existing operations and nearby prospects instead, the bullion producer's chief executive told Reuters late on Tuesday. Gold Fields' finances might be "a little bit negative" this year before... 

Ivanhoe installs new crusher at Kipushi mine

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines has installed a large-capacity rock crusher 1 150 m below surface at its upgraded Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The crusher has a maximum capacity of 1 085 t/h. After the 54 t... 

IronRidge drilling programme progresses, assays expected in two months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Aim-listed minerals exploration company IronRidge Resources on Tuesday reported that its reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme at the Ewoyaa project, in Ghana, had encountered multiple, broad visible pegmatite intersections.  

Integration: the key to improving our mining future

28th May 2018 Visualisation and technology-integration are key themes for mining IT and software developers and they are not surprisingly continue to be the most talked about from a mine management and reporting point of view, collaboration and partnering are two hot themes that continue to be driven... 

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