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Fuel cell electric vehicles set to make strong entry – visiting experts  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2019 There is simply no doubt that fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), which use platinum group metal catalysts, will make a very strong global entry in the next decade, global experts said on Monday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the eve of Nedbank’s FCEV conference in Cape Town, Professor Dr... 

Fuel cell experts talk to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Cramer Media’s Dylan Slater.

PGMs eyed to elevate battery tech to new heights 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) have launched a joint venture, Lion Battery Technologies, to accelerate the development of next-generation battery technology using platinum and palladium. Lion has subsequently entered into an agreement with... 

PGMs eyed to elevate battery tech to new heights
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Amplats market development head Benny Oeyen

MC secures funding for Makhado Phase 1 construction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2019 The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa’s (IDC’s) credit committee has approved a R245-million loan facility for ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining for the construction of Phase 1 of its Makhado hard coking coal project, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The term loan reaffirms... 

MC secures funding for Makhado Phase 1 construction
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MC CEO David Brown

Lucapa on track for profits in 2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company is on track to report an operating profit for 2019, as production from the Lulo and Mothae diamond mines, in Angola and Lesotho respectively, continues to ramp up. Lucapa on Monday reported that some 10 217 ct of diamonds were recovered during the three... 

Eskom’s quickest fix is giving it cash now, swapping debt later

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2019 Ask Nedbank Group CEO Mike Brown how to save South Africa’s beleaguered State-owned power utility and his approach is simple: first give it cash and then consider a debt-to-equity swap later. Eskom Holdings is paying so much in interest on its debt – at the same time that its income is falling –... 

Avesoro reduces funding shortfall with contractor appointment at Youga

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 TSX- and Aim-listed gold miner Avesoro Resources’ subsidiaries, Burkina Mining and Netiana Mining, have entered into an openpit mining contract with Orkun Group, for the Youga gold mine, in Burkina Faso. The appointment of the contractor will help to reduce the company’s expected capital... 

Additional resources extend Shanta’s New Luika mine life to 2025

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2019 The resource at Aim-listed Shanta Gold’s New Luika gold mine (NLGM), in Tanzania, has increased, extending the mine’s life to 2025. Drilling at Bauhinia Creek (BC) Central, conducted in April and May, resulted in the conversion of 126 787 oz of inferred resources, grading 3.15 g/t, into 83 543 oz... 

Xtract appointed as contractor at Zambian copper processing project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago Xtract Resources has concluded a memorandum of agreement with KPZ International (KPZ) for Xtract to act as contractor for the Kalengwa processing project on the large-scale copper mining licence number 24401-HQ-LEL located in the central part of the Republic of Zambia. The historic Kalengwa... 

Tsodilo planning surface bulk sampling programme at BK16

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources has submitted a renewal application for prospecting licence 369/2014 to the Botswana Department of Mines (DoM) within the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. The renewal application is for a two-year period and the area includes the... 

Kavango acquires new licence at Ditau in Botswana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2019 Aim-listed Kavango Resources has acquired a new prospecting licence (PL) adjacent to its current Ditau PL, in Botswana. The new PL covers an area of 916.4 km2 to the south-west of the current PL. 

Newfield progresses underground decline development at Tongo mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 Newfield Resources has progressed with blasting to access an underground mine decline at its Tongo diamond mine, in Sierra Leone. The company has excavated 42 600 cubic metres of material, with three blasts conducted so far and two blasts remaining, to bring the boxcut to the desired elevation... 

Bass reports record quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 Graphite miner Bass Metals has reported a record quarter during the three months to June from its Graphmada mine, in Mozambique. The company on Monday reported that a record 32 000 t of ore was processed during the quarter, with 1 005 t of graphite produced at a benchmark quality of more than... 

Uranium market activity seen returning to 'more normal' levels

By: Mariaan Webb     15th July 2019 London-listed uranium fund Yellow Cake said on Monday that activity in the uranium market should pick up in the near term, following US President Donald Trump’s decision at the weekend to steer clear from imposing import tariffs on uranium. The Section 232 investigation, which started early last... 

Canadian, Australian miners cheer Trump’s uranium import decision

By: Mariaan Webb     15th July 2019 US President Donald Trump’s decision to back away from implementing new trade restrictions on uranium imports into the US has won praise from Canadian and Australian producers, which argue that the uranium they supply is not a threat to US national security. Trump has rejected the recommendation... 

Canadian, Australian miners cheer Trump’s uranium import decision
US President Donald Trump

BHP and Luminex make Ecuador earn-in binding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2019 Canadian junior Luminex Resources on Monday announced the signing of a formal earn-in and joint venture (JV) agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP, which would earn into two mining concessions in Ecuador. Ultimately, the major will have the right to earn a 70% interest in a JV company... 

Karelian raises £100k from new investor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2019 Finland-focused diamond exploration company Karelian Diamonds on Monday announced that it had conditionally raised £100 000 from a new investor, Martello Holdings. Martello subscribed for 2.5-million new ordinary shares at 4p each – a premium of about 31% to the closing mid-market price of 3.05p... 

Teck and Liberty Gold sell Turkey project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2019 Canadian companies Teck Resources and Liberty Gold have agreed to sell the Halilağa copper/gold porphyry deposit in north-western Turkey to Cengiz Holdings for $55-million in cash. The Turkish construction, mining and energy group will pay Teck and Liberty in three stages, over a two-year period. 

Metgasco fields offer from Melbana

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 ASX-listed Metgasco on Monday urged shareholders not to take any action around an unsolicited conditional takeover offer from fellow-listed Melbana Energy. Melbana has announced plans to make an all-script conditional takeover offer for Metgasco, under which it would offer four of its own... 

Cameco awarded $40m in Tepco dispute

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2019 A tribunal of international arbitrators has ordered Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to pay Canadian miner Cameco $40.3-million in damages, following the termination of a multibillion-dollar supply agreement in 2017. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Cameco’s claim was for damages of... 

Strike reports maiden resource at Paulsens East

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 Iron-ore hopeful Strike Resources has reported a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee (Jorc) compliant resource of 9.1-million tones, at 63.4% iron, at its Paulsens East iron-ore project, in the Pilbara. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the mineral resource estimated a near 3-km long... 

Pakistan ordered to pay Antofagasta-Barrick venture $5.84bn in damages

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2019 The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has awarded a joint venture between London-listed Antofagasta and Toronto-listed Barrick Gold $5.84-billion in damages. The joint venture, Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), has filed for damages against the government of... 

Canada's Belo Sun touts procedural win but Brazil gold mine still on hold

By: Reuters     15th July 2019 Belo Sun Mining said on Friday it had won a legal victory in its push to mine the country's largest undeveloped gold deposit in the Amazon rainforest, which has drawn criticism from environmentalists and indigenous advocates. But the public prosecutor's office that is seeking to block the mine... 

Oz Minerals signs up for Maslins exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 Copper and gold miner Oz Minerals will spend up to A$10-million at the Maslins iron-oxide copper gold (IOCG) project, in South Australia, to earn a 70% stake. The agreement with ASX-listed Investigator Resources would require Oz Minerals to commit to a A$1.4-million minimum spend on the project... 

MCA welcomes US uranium decision

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 The Minerals Council of Australia has welcomed US President Donald Trump’s decision not to impose quotas on uranium imports, following an investigation by the US Department of Commerce into foreign imports of uranium. Trump rejected findings by the Commerce Secretary that foreign uranium posed... 

Rio could fast-track key Australia copper find before US asset

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2019 Rio Tinto Group’s much-followed copper discovery in remote Western Australia could leapfrog a key US project to be fast-tracked into production by the world’s No. 2 miner, according to a senior executive. Work is progressing to assess the size and quality of the Winu exploration project in the... 

Codelco names insider to replace departing CEO

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2019 Chile’s State-owned copper producer Codelco named Octavio Araneda as CEO, following the departure of Nelson Pizarro. Pizarro handed in his resignation on Friday during a board meeting at the company’s headquarters in Santiago, Codelco said in a statement. Araneda, who was most recently... 

Troy ticks the box in full year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 Gold miner Troy Resources on Monday reported that despite missing its quarterly production targets, the Karouni mine, in Guyana, had reached its full-year potential. The ASX-listed Troy reported that gold production during the three months to June had reached 11 567 oz, slightly below the... 

Adani wins native title battle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed a native title challenge to Indian major Adani’s Carmichael coal project, in Queensland. The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) People in 2016 voted 294 to 1 in favour of an indigenous land use agreement for the Carmichael project, with the agreement inked... 

Adani wins native title battle

Fading US utility demand for coal to hit Powder River Basin hardest

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2019 While the outlook for the US coal industry over the next 12 to 18 months is stable, fading utility demand in the 2020-to-2030 decade will drive the ongoing contraction of the domestic coal industry, presenting a significant challenge for US coal miners. Last year, utilities consumed about 84% of... 

Fading US utility demand for coal to hit Powder River Basin hardest

Jubilee completes Sable Zinc refinery acquisition

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group on Thursday confirmed the completion of its acquisition of the Sable Zinc Kabwe refinery, in Zambia. “I am delighted that we have successfully achieved all conditions precedent for the implementation of the Sable Zinc Kabwe acquisition,... 

WearCheck acquires reliability testing company, boosts services

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 Durban-based condition monitoring specialist WearCheck has bought Anglo Field Services (AFS), adding three new established divisions to the company’s reliability solutions portfolio, including nondestructive testing (NDT), technical compliance (TC) and rope condition assessment (RCA). The fourth... 

WearCheck acquires reliability testing company, boosts services
WearCheck MD Neil Robinson

Caledonia on track to achieve full-year guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2019 Caledonia Mining’s Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 712 oz of gold in the second quarter ended June 30. While this was slightly below target, it was ahead of the 12 657 oz produced in the second quarter of 2018 and was also still at a level at which Caledonia was comfortable that it could... 

De Beers reports successful second translocation of elephants

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 The second translocation of elephants from diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), in South Africa, to Zinave National Parks, in Mozambique, has been completed. The first herds of elephants were corralled at the VLNR on June 25, before being transported by road for about 1... 

Pan African exceeds full-year production guidance 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th July 2019 Africa-focused metals producer Pan African Resources has exceeded its full-year production guidance of 170 000 oz, with output up 7.5% year-on-year to 172 442 oz. This has seen Pan African emerging as a “safe, low-cost and long-life gold producer”, CEO Cobus Loots said on Friday. 

Pan African exceeds full-year production guidance
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Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots

IEA sees oil market oversupplied in 2019 on US production

By: Reuters     12th July 2019 Surging US oil output will outpace sluggish global demand and lead to a large stocks build around the world in the next nine months, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. The forecasts appear to predict the need for producer club Opec and its allies to reduce production to balance... 

Lepidico settles Desert Lion buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2019 ASX-listed Lepidico has settled its plans to acquire TSXV-listed Desert Lion Energy, after shareholders in the Canadian company approved the share offer. Lepidico in May this year launched a takeover offer for Desert Lion, offering 5.4 of is own shares for every one Desert Lion share held to... 

Aerial survey for Arctic oil scrapped amid risks to polar bears

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2019 A company abandoned plans to conduct an aerial survey of potential oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge following stern warnings from US government scientists the work could harm polar bears. The risk to polar bears “is high enough that it cannot be discounted", Interior’s Fish and... 

Cornish Lithium gets crowdfunding behind Cornwall project

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2019 British mining company Cornish Lithium has turned to crowdfunding to raise £1-million for drilling at its lithium project in Cornwall, south-west England, further advancing its strategy of opening a domestic source of the strategic mineral. This is the first UK crowdfunding in the mining sector... 

Cornish Lithium gets crowdfunding behind Cornwall project

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