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Villagers in Peru decide to impose new road blockade on Las Bambas mine-ombudsman

21st May 2019 The indigenous community of Fuerabamba in Peru decided to impose a new road blockade on MMG's Las Bambas copper mine after talks with the company over compensation broke down, a representative of the ombudsman's office said on Tuesday. The community planned to start the blockade at midnight on... 

Zambian court appoints provisional liquidator of Vedanta's KCM

21st May 2019 Zambia's High Court on Tuesday appointed a legal firm as a provisional liquidator of Vedanta-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), according to a court document seen by Reuters. The document named Zambian law firm Lungu Simwanza & Company to oversee KCM a day after the president said Zambia... 

Fresnillo warns of 'more challenging' 2019

21st May 2019 Fresnillo said on Tuesday the current year would be more challenging than 2018 as a number of industry variables were "working against" the precious metals miner. The company, which posted a 15% drop in first-quarter silver production last month, said it was "disappointed" not to meet its... 

Brazil iron-ore exports in rise in first half of May amid higher prices

21st May 2019 Brazil's iron-ore exports rose sharply in the first half of May, data showed on Monday, recovering from a more than seven-year low in April, as higher prices encouraged sellers to close more deals internationally. Until May 17, Brazil exported 16.2-million tonnes, according to data from the... 

Vale's Gongo Soco mine dam has up to 15% chance of bursting -Brazil official

21st May 2019 Brazilian miner Vale's tailings dam in the town of Barao de Cocais in Minas Gerais has up to a 15% chance of breaking, the state's environment secretary said on Monday. The dam at Vale's Gongo Soco mine is about 64 km from Brumadinho, where a tailings dam collapse unleashed a torrent of toxic... 

Tanzania fines Acacia Mining $2.4m over alleged pollution

20th May 2019 Tanzania's mining minister said on Monday Acacia Mining had been fined 5.6-billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.4-million) for alleged pollution at its North Mara mine. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania. 

Canada vows 'full steam ahead' on ratifying trade pact after US lifts metals tariffs

20th May 2019 Canada will move quickly to ratify the new North American trade pact, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday, a day after the United States agreed to lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. US President Donald Trump had imposed the global "Section 232" tariffs of 25% on steel... 

Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

17th May 2019 A surge in palladium prices has thrown struggling South African mining companies a lifeline. But it may not be enough. Besides patchy power supplies and high labour costs, South African miners are saddled with ore that typically produces twice as much platinum as palladium - just at a time a... 

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Vale warns Brazil prosecutors another dam at risk of collapse

17th May 2019 Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA told prosecutors in the state of Minas Gerais that a dam is at risk of rupturing at its Gongo Soco mine, about 40 miles from where its Brumadinho dam collapsed, killing more than 230 people. According to a document published on Thursday, prosecutors said Vale is... 

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