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Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

Metallurgical coal miners may curb costs as prices slip – Fitch Ratings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Strong cost inflation in the global metallurgical coal sector suggests that miners may focus on cost controls as prices decline over the next 18 months, says Fitch Ratings and CRU. CRU estimates that global costs in the metallurgical coal sector increased by 18% in 2017 and continued to rise this... 

ASX-hopeful Montem to develop Canada coking coal projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Montem Resources, a company with coking coal development projects in Canada, has announced its planned initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the ASX as it seeks to shore up funding for its brownfield projects in Alberta and British Columbia. The company has lodged its prospectus the... 

Teck's copper project attracts interest before end-Sept deadline - sources

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Mining companies and commodities trading houses are expected to table first-round offers by a September 28 deadline for a stake in Teck Resources' Quebrada Blanca copper mine expansion in northern Chile, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Canada's Teck has said a development partner... 

Cleveland-sized mine signals the path for an oil-sands revival

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 A colossal Canadian oil-sands project may be showing the way forward for an industry many thought would never see new investments. In a forest clearing roughly the size of Cleveland, building-sized trucks dump tons of oily soil into a massive crushing facility, while conveyors move the dirt on... 

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. 

Teck idles lead smelting due to BC wildfires

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources said on Thursday that lead smelting at its Trail, British Columbia facility was suspended for a fourth day due to wildfires in the province. Teck temporarily shut down lead smelting on Sunday because the flash smelting technology requires high-purity... 

Teck gets approval to expand Quebrada Blanca mine in Chile

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Teck Resources said on Wednesday it had received regulatory approval for its $4.8-billion Phase 2 project at its Quebrada Blanca copper mine in northern Chile, a sprawling expansion that will boost production from the deposit to 300 000 t/y of copper. The environmental approvals will allow the... 

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. 

Teck’s $1.2bn sale of Waneta dam interest closes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed diversified miner Teck Resources on Friday announced the closing of the sale of its two-thirds interest in the Waneta dam, in British Columbia, to BC Hydro for $1.2-billion. The transaction has received the necessary regulatory approvals and consents, including approval by... 

Teck seeks partner on big Chile copper project as approval nears

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2018 Teck Resources will seek a partner for its huge Chilean copper project ahead of a final decision on moving forward with construction. CEO Don Lindsay has called the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 expansion project in northern Chile Teck’s most significant growth opportunity, saying it has the potential... 

Newmont buys 50% of large Canada copper/gold project, forges partnership with Teck

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2018 Gold major Newmont on Thursday announced that it would pay $275-million for a 50% interest in the Galore Creek project, which with resources of eight-million ounces of gold and nine-billion pounds of copper is one of the world’s largest undeveloped projects of its kind. Newmont is buying half of... 

Teck Resources profit beats as higher coal prices offset lower sales volumes

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Canada's Teck Resources, beat analyst estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday as higher prices more than offset lower-than-expected sales volume of metallurgical coal. The world's second-biggest exporter of steelmaking coal stuck to its annual coal production forecast of 26-million tonnes to... 

Trump started the metals rally, now he's the reason it's ending

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 The US election of Donald Trump lit a fire under metals markets in 2016 as investors took a liking to his pro-business agenda. Now, copper and other metals are tanking as Trump’s trade war against China threatens to derail economic growth. Copper sunk to an almost one-year low and has fallen 16%... 

Drilling resumes at Oldcastle zinc project in Ireland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th July 2018 A new drill programme at the Oldcastle zinc project, in Cavan and Meath, Ireland, has been launched, with about 1 800 m of drilling planned, gold and zinc explorer Connemara reported on Wednesday. The Oldcastle project is a joint venture between Connemara and Teck Resources subsidiary Teck... 

Big metal is conspicuously tight-lipped on US-China rift

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 If mining companies are as bothered by Trump’s tariffs as investors appear to be, they’re not saying. A full-out trade war between the US and China could negatively affect the metals and mining sector in several ways. China could respond to Friday’s US tariffs by cutting imports of raw... 

Teck recognised for its corporate citizenship

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has been recognised as one of the top companies in Canada for corporate citizenship by media and investment research company Corporate Knights, marking the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.... 

Goldcorp says Peru and Nevada would make portfolio perfect

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2018 Goldcorp CEO David Garofalo says he’s happy with his company’s portfolio of assets, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a wish list. In an ideal world, the company would have an asset in Nevada’s Carlin Trend. “If you’re an Americas-based gold company, you should be there. Barrick and Newmont... 

Midas jumps on Barrick’s strategic backing

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Midas Gold jumped nearly 19% following an announcement by Barrick Gold that it will increase its position in the company to 19.9%. Barrick sees the investment as a strategic move to gain access to the Stibnite gold project, in Idaho, which Barrick president Kelvin... 

Maiden resource announced at Connemara’s Stonepark JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2018 Irish gold and zinc explorer Connemara Mining has announced a maiden inferred resource estimate at its Stonepark zinc project, in Limerick. The joint venture (JV) project between Group Eleven (76.56%) and Connemara (23.44%) has a mineral resource estimate of 5.3-million tonnes, grading 11.15%... 

Teck lifts Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 ownership to 90%

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has bought out a further 13.5% minority stake in the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) project, in Chile, for $52.5-million in cash by acquiring private Chilean company Inversiones Mineras (IMSA), the company said on Wednesday. The transaction lifts Teck’s... 

Teck Resources lowers Q1 met coal sales guidance

By: Anine Kilian     12th March 2018 Canadian metals and mining company Teck Resources has lowered its metallurgical coal sales guidance for the first quarter of this year to six-million tonnes. It had previously expected coal sales to be between 6.3-million and 6.5-million tonnes. 

Drilling gets under way at Stonepark zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 Drilling at the Stonepark zinc joint venture (JV) project, in Limerick, is set to start in the next few weeks, 23.44%-owner Connemara Mining reported on Friday. The London-listed company said that the drilling was aimed at determining if exploration success at the adjacent Pallas Green project of... 

Southern Copper wins tender for Peru's mine

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Southern Copper won a tender to develop Peru's estimated $2-billion Michiquillay copper mine in an auction that attracted just two bidders, the government's Proinversion investment agency said on Tuesday. Southern, controlled by Grupo Mexico , won with a proposal to transfer $400-million to the... 

Despite reporting a Q4 earnings miss, Teck equity rises on record revenue, cash flow

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has reported fourth-quarter headline earnings slightly below analyst expectations, as lower metallurgical coal sales and prices offset metal price improvements in the three-month period to December 31. Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders in the... 

Smelters expected to reduce zinc processing fees amid mine supply shortage

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Zinc smelters are set to accept lower fees for processing concentrate into metal when annual contracts are hammered out next week at a conference in California, as a crunch in mine supply stretches into a third year. Treatment charges (TCs), the fees miners pay smelters to process their ore, are... 

China's war on noxious smog stokes rally in minor metals

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 China's environmental crackdown is curbing supplies of minor metals such as steel-making ingredient vanadium and defence equipment material germanium, and fuelling an already potent price rally which shows no sign of abating. Strict environmental rules and inspections to ensure standards are... 

Fort Hills Energy LP reports first oil

By: Henry Lazenby     30th January 2018 Lead shareholder and operator of Canada's newest oil sands mine Suncor announced on Monday that the new C$13.5-billion Fort Hills oil sands project, in Alberta, had started secondary extraction on Saturday. Fort Hills, which is located about 90 km north of the country's oil capital, Fort... 

Elkview dryer incident to cost Teck 200 000 t of coal output

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources said on Thursday that a "significant pressure event" that had interrupted operations in the coal dryer at its Elkview mine, in British Columbia, will cost the company about 200 000 t of coal output this year. The Vancouver-based miner has informed the... 

Zinc exploration budgets expected to outperform in 2018

By: Anine Kilian     8th January 2018 While budget allocations for most commodities are expected to increase this year as the recovery in the mining industry continues, zinc will outperform owing to the strong prices seen in 2017, the latest report from S&P’s Global Market Intelligence’s Metals & Mining team states. Prompted by the... 

Suncor, Teck up stakes in new Fort Hills oil sands project

By: Henry Lazenby     4th January 2018 The partners of the C$13.5-billion Fort Hills oil sands project, in Alberta, have resolved a commercial dispute, resulting in Suncor Energy increasing its ownership in the project to 53.06%, and Teck Resources upping its stake to 20.89%, from 50.8% and 20%, respectively. The companies reached... 

Teck forecasts higher Q4 realised coal prices

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2017 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has increased its forecast realised prices for all tonnes of coal sold in the fourth quarter to a range $165/t to $170/t, the Vancouver-based miner said on Tuesday. The TSX- and NYSE-listed company advised that its realised price for the period is now... 

Teck declares supplemental dividend of C$0.40 a share

By: Henry Lazenby     17th November 2017 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has declared a C$260-million supplementary dividend to return surplus cash on hand to shareholders, while simultaneously announcing a C$230-million share buyback programme. The Vancouver-headquartered company reported a strong balance sheet at the end of... 

Ghost town of Cobalt gets first jolt from Tesla’s electric cars

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Ironically, Cobalt, Ontario – population 1,100 – was built on silver. Remnants of a boom that transformed the town more than a century ago are everywhere. A mine headframe still protrudes from the roof of the bookstore, which was previously a grocery. The butcher used to toss unwanted bones down... 

Teck concludes acquisition of Goldcorp’s 21% minority share in San Nicolas

By: Samantha Herbst     19th October 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed senior gold producer Goldcorp has completed the $50-million sale of its 21% minority interest in the San Nicolas copper-zinc project, located in Zacatecas, Mexico to Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources. The closing follows receipt of Mexican anti-trust approval and the... 

Time for mining industry to take action

29th September 2017 In the wake of commodity prices beginning to show signs of recovery in 2016, mining companies globally have taken steps to strengthen their balance sheets, building a platform from which to take decisive action about the future, says multinational professional services provider PwC Africa energy,... 

Market Report: How carbon is shaping energy for mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 By Catherine Skrzypinski, Energy and Mines Alongside power security and cutting energy costs, reducing the emissions intensity of mining operations has been elevated to a top strategic concern for the global mining sector. The combination of carbon pricing in key mining markets and increased... 

Teck ups Red Dog guidance; outlines significant exploration target for Aktigiruq

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2017 Canada’s largest diversified miner Teck Resources has added about 50 000 t of zinc output to the full-year guidance for its Red Dog mine, in Alaska. Vancouver-headquartered Teck advised that improving recoveries in the last few months has prompted the company to lift guidance to a range of 525... 

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