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Crop nutrients have double potential of coal being exited – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2020 Covid-19 notwithstanding, diversified mining company Anglo American will this year be spending the $300-million that it forecast on the Woodsmith polyhalite project in the UK, which gives it entry into the crop nutrients business at a time when fertilising is being hailed a godsend to ease global... 

Crop nutrients have double potential of coal being exited – Anglo
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Anglo American's Woodsmith polyhalite mining shaft under construction.

Bushveld Minerals advances plans to support VRFB development 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has advanced the acquisition of Austrian group Enerox by acquiring a further 65.1% of the investment vehicle’s share capital through Enerox Holdings Limited (EHL). EHL is a newly incorporated investment vehicle formed by a consortium of investors, including Bushveld... 

Eskom, SIU issue summonses to recover State capture funds 

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago State-owned power utility Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on August 3 issued summonses in the North Gauteng High Court to recover funds from former Eskom executives, board members and members of the Gupta family and their associates, as well as others. "The funds were lost in a... 

Implats appoints chairperson designate

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has appointed advocate Thandi Orleyn as an independent nonexecutive director and chairperson designate. Her appointment to the board will take effect on August 3, and she will assume the role of chairperson at the conclusion of the company’s... 

Implats appoints chairperson designate
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Implats incoming chairperson designate Thandi Orleyn

Barrick reinforces exploration with appointment of regional VPs

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago TSX- and NYSE-listed gold miner Barrick Gold Corporation has strengthened its exploration team through the appointment of eminent geologists Aoife McGrath and Leandro Sastre in the newly created positions of Africa and Middle East exploration VP and Latin America and Asia Pacific exploration VP,... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

3rd August 2020 There is an expectation of price recovery in the market, as demand for power grows alongside the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, and as more producers hold back supply. In Europe, coal burn is likely to remain weak through 2020 but will be offset by an even bigger contraction in supply,... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

Global coal power falls for first time even as China builds more

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2020 Global coal-fired power capacity edged down for the first time on record in the first half of 2020 as retirements accelerated and the coronavirus saw new projects put on hold. The closing of plants, especially in Europe and the US, outpaced the start of new units, more than 60% of which were in... 

Global coal power falls for first time even as China builds more
The Asheville power plant, in North Carolina, US.

Gold surges to record as week opens with spot price near $2 000

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2020 Gold’s spot and futures prices opened the week by hitting records, with metal for immediate delivery closing in on $2 000 an ounce as the search for haven assets continued amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spot bullion surged 11% in July, the biggest monthly gain since 2012, as investors weighed a... 

Gold surges to record as week opens with spot price near $2 000

Sasol calls for bids for 10 MW solar plants at Mpumalanga, Free State operations

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of two embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities of 10 MW apiece at its operations in Secunda, in Mpumalanga, and Sasolburg, in the Free State. The closing date for submissions is Friday, October 2. 

Sasol calls for bids for 10 MW solar plants at Mpumalanga, Free State operations
The Secunda complex

AfriTin raises £3m for debottlenecking capital projects

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago African tin miner AfriTin has secured additional financing by way of a placing and subscription to raise just over £3-million. The majority of the placing is being subscribed for by existing shareholders. 

Kropz delays Elandsfontein's first production date to 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago The target date for commissioning at emerging African plant nutrient feed minerals producer Kropz’s Elandsfontein phosphate project has been moved to the fourth quarter of 2021. The move is as a result of additional test work being required, as well as the design and delivery of long-lead capital... 

Sylvania buys back more shares

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago Rustenburg-based platinum group metals miner Sylvania Platinum in July acquired 7 535 ordinary shares, representing about 0.003% of the company’s issued share capital, at A$0.9195 each. This forms part of Sylvania’s plan for the buyback of up to 1.65-million ordinary shares of $0.01 from all... 

Tietto raises cash for African gold project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Gold explorer Tietto Minerals will raise A$62.5-million through a share placement and share purchase plan (SPP) to fund exploration work and feasibility studies at the Abujar gold project, in Cote d’Ivoire. The ASX-listed company on Monday said that it had received firm commitments for the... 

Air Envirotech launched to assist mining industry in creating ‘cleaner air’

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Air pollution, dust control and pneumatic product handling specialists Air Envirotech has started operating, providing a comprehensive range of air environmental and pneumatic conveying services, systems and technologies. The company mainly focuses on the mining, metallurgical processing and... 

Maxam launches new integrated blasting service

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Energetic materials manufacturer Maxam has officially launched its new integrated blasting service, called X-Energy, which is aimed at addressing and optimising the total cost of ownership in mining, quarrying and infrastructure operations through a continuous improvement spiral.   

Maxam launches new integrated blasting service

Former SARB chief economist Dr Monde Mnyande dies

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago Former South African Reserve Bank (SARB) chief economist and executive GM Dr Monde Mnyande passed away on August 2 following a short illness. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on August 3 said Mnyande joined the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) team when he was... 

Galiano Gold COO dies of Covid-19

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2020 Galiano Gold COO Josephat Zvaipa has died after contracting Covid-19. Galiano is the operator and manager of the Asanko mine, in Ghana, which it jointly owns with South Africa-based major Gold Fields. “The entire Galiano Gold and Asanko Gold Ghana family mourns the loss and we extend our... 

China steelmaker HBIS lines up investment in Peru iron-ore mine

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago HBIS Resources Co, a unit of China's second-biggest steelmaker HBIS Group, said on Monday it had signed an initial deal to develop the Pampa de Pongo iron-ore mine in Peru alongside current licence-holder Zhongrong Xinda. The two Chinese companies plan to set up a joint venture to work on the... 

Metso Outotec buys Australian fastener and wear monitoring technology firm

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 3 hours ago Helsinki-based Metso Outotec has closed the acquisition of Australia-based fastener and wear monitoring technology provider Davies Wear Plate Systems, extending its wear lining portfolio and capabilities. The acquired technology includes fasteners with a unique locking mechanism that does not... 

Top copper nation gets tougher on water with BHP in crosshairs

By: Bloomberg     Updated 5 hours ago Authorities in Chile are cracking down on water use by mines in the driest desert on earth, threatening future supply in the top copper-producing nation. On Friday, Chile’s environmental agency SMA charged BHP Group’s Escondida for allegedly drawing more water than allowed for almost 15 years in... 

Greenland's Dundas has considerable support from govt, locals

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 5 hours ago The final face-to-face consultation meeting for the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland, concluded on Friday, and judging by London-listed junior Bluejay Mining’s latest statement, the project has received strong support from local citizens. According to a company announcement, Greenland... 

Kazatomprom workers returning to site, confirms spot market purchases

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago Kazakhstan-based Kazatomprom is mobilising employees and expects to have its sites back to normal staff levels within two to three weeks. The world’s largest uranium producer said on Monday it believed it could safely begin to bring staff back to its mine sites, after a four-month... 

Kazatomprom workers returning to site, confirms spot market purchases

Rio Tinto sues Australia's Monadelphous over fire at iron-ore facility

By: Reuters     3rd August 2020 Global miner Rio Tinto on Monday said it has initiated proceedings against a unit of engineering contractor Monadelphous Group over a fire that occurred last year at its iron ore processing facility at Western Australia. A Rio spokesperson confirmed the suit after Monadelphous said in a... 

Carnaby sells Tick Hill stockpile

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 ASX-listed Carnaby Resources has sold the historic Tick Hill tailings stockpile, in Queensland, for A$6-million, retaining full ownership of the Tick Hill project. The consideration from private mining and processing group BIM Metals will consists of A$4-million in cash and a 5% net smelter... 

Guyana-Zijin court hearing delayed

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2020 TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields still expects its takeover by Zijin Mining to conclude this month, despite a delay in a court hearing for the final order to approve the South America-focused mining company's takeover by the Chinese group. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice fairness hearing for... 

Energy Fuels optimistic about US uranium developments

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2020 Uranium and rare earths elements (REE) company Energy Fuels CEO Mark Chalmers is optimistic that the proposed $1.5-billion to create a US uranium reserve will be funded and implemented, despite sometimes “slow and uneven” progress in the government. “Our allies in Congress and the Trump... 

Energy Fuels optimistic about US uranium developments
The White Mesa mill, in Utah.

Venture raises cash for Riley start

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Junior Venture Minerals will raise A$4-million through a share placement to fund the start of mining activities at its Riley iron-ore project, in Tasmania. Venture on Monday said it had received firm commitments from sophisticated, professional and institutional investors for the placement of... 

Rio strikes exploration deal with Sipa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Gold and base metals explorer Sipa Resources has inked a A$12-million farm-in agreement with the exploration arm of major Rio Tinto over its Paterson North copper/gold project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement, Rio will commit a minimum... 

AuStar inks concentrate deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Junior AuStar Gold has inked a definitive concentrate sales agreement with New York based metals trading house MCC Non-Ferrous Trading for the sale of high-grade concentrate product. AuStar told shareholders that the terms of the agreement remained commercial-in-confidence, but represented... 

Peel moves ahead with Mallee Bull deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Junior Peel Mining has exercised its pre-emptive rights to acquire joint venture (JV) partner CBH Resource’s 50% stake in the Mallee Bull base metals project, in New South Wales, launching its one-for-eight pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer. The company in July this year announced... 

Pretium reports Brucejack fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2020 A worker has died at the Brucejack mine, near Stewart, British Columbia, gold miner Pretium Resources (Pretivm) reported at the weekend. The incident occurred on Friday and the employee died in a hospital in Terrace on Saturday. The incident occurred during maintenance at a support facility on... 

First contract awarded at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has awarded a A$23-million contract to civil and mining contractor Macmahon for the construction of road access and bulk earthworks at the Coburn project, in Western Australia. The scope of the work will include the construction of a 43-km bitumen... 

BHP recycling tyres in Queensland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Diversified miner BHP on Monday announced that up to 30 new jobs would be created in Queensland’s Bowen Basin as a result of a new partnership with Novum Energy to recycle mining truck tyres for the first time in Australia. Used earth moving tyres from all seven coal mine sites in Queensland... 

Rio invests further in Australian skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Major Rio Tinto on Monday announced plans to invest some A$60-million in Western Australia in 2021 to support the development of critical skills for the mining industry. By 2021, the company will start recruiting over 150 people as part of its intake of graduates, apprentices, trainees and... 

Rio invests further in Australian skills

Chilean regulators scrap lithium miner SQM's environmental plan

By: Reuters     3rd August 2020 Chilean regulators have rejected lithium producer SQM's $25-million environmental compliance plan for the Atacama salt flat, requesting the miner to start again from scratch, a filing showed. Chile's Environmental Superintendent (SMA) approved SQM's compliance plan early in 2019 after a... 

AngloGold CEO asked to leave after fund pressure, Bloomberg reports 

By: Bloomberg     31st July 2020 AngloGold Ashanti's CEO was pushed to leave after shareholders asked for further investigations into a bonus payment by his former employer that he didn’t initially disclose, according to people familiar with the matter. The mining company announced on Thursday that Kelvin Dushnisky would step... 

AngloGold CEO asked to leave after fund pressure, Bloomberg reports
Kelvin Dushnisky

Chile copper output dips in June for first time since coronavirus hit

By: Reuters     31st July 2020 Chile's copper output fell in June for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic landed in the world´s top producer of the red metal, dropping 0.6% to 472 172 t, according to data released on Friday by government statistics agency INE. The South American nation´s manufacturing output,... 

Chilean regulators charge BHP's Escondida copper mine with water misuse

By: Reuters     31st July 2020 Chile's environmental watchdog said on Friday it would charge BHP's Escondida copper mine, the world`s largest, with drawing more water from the parched Chilean desert than its permits allowed for nearly 15 years. The SMA regulator said the mine had caused a sufficiently serious drop in the... 

Chilean regulators charge BHP's Escondida copper mine with water misuse
The Escondida mine

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