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Mariaan Webb

Mariaan Webb

Mariaan Webb is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Mariaan Webb

Qld approves Winchester South draft EA – Whitehaven

Qld approves Winchester South draft EA – Whitehaven

8th February 2024

Coal miner Whitehaven on Thursday welcomed the decision by Queensland Environment, Science and Innovation to approve the Winchester South coal mine draft environmental authority (EA). The approval... 


New Hope takes up bulk of Malabar’s A$160m raising

7th February 2024

Coal miner New Hope committed to take up A$105-million of a minimum A$160-million institutional placement equity raising launched by coal junior Malabar Resources on Wednesday. The investment will... 


Oversupply of low-quality nickel from Indonesia made the higher quality, but higher cost, ore from Australian mines uncompetitive.

Avebury nickel mine goes into care-and-maintenance

7th February 2024

The receivers and managers of the Mallee Resources group of companies on Wednesday announced that the Avebury nickel mine, in Tasmania, will transition into a care-and-maintenance programme.... 


Optimisation study yields strong support for Globe’s Malawi niobium project

6th February 2024

Australia-listed Globe Metals and Mining has achieved significantly improved economic and environmental outcomes from its Kanyika niobium project, in Malawi, through an optimisation study that... 


Piedmont lays off 27% of staff as lithium prices fall sharply

Piedmont lays off 27% of staff as lithium prices fall sharply

6th February 2024

US-based Piedmont Lithium, which has a joint venture (JV) operation in Canada and a lithium project in Ghana, has laid off 27% of its work force in a bid to curb operating expenses amid a sharp... 


De Grey takes option on Pilbara gold project

6th February 2024

Western Australian gold explorer and project development company De Grey Mining has signed an exclusive option agreement with fellow ASX-listed Kalamazoo Resources to acquire the Ashburton gold... 


Winter exploration at the PLS project

Fission raises C$75m for PLS uranium project

6th February 2024

Kelowna-headquartered uranium exploration and development company Fission on Monday announced a C$75-million bought-deal financing to fund work at the PLS project, in the Athabasca basin.... 


NextSource revises Molo timeline, full production targeted for July

6th February 2024

Battery metals development company NextSource expects to achieve nameplate capacity of 17 000 t/y at its Molo graphite mine by July, the Toronto-based miner said on Monday. The mine, in southern... 


The Bloom Lake mine in Quebec, Canada.

Bloom Lake unionised workers vote for strike mandate

6th February 2024

Unionised employees at the Bloom Lake mine, in Canada, have rejected Champion Iron’s proposed terms towards a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and voted in favour of a strike action... 


Lincoln accelerates study for South Australia graphite project

Lincoln accelerates study for South Australia graphite project

6th February 2024

ASX-listed Lincoln Minerals has accelerated its plan to update the 35 000 t/y concentrate feasibility study for its Kookaburra Gully Graphite Project (KGGP), as the company looks set to achieve its... 


Prairie drilling contractor appointed

6th February 2024

ASX-listed Arizona Lithium has appointed Calgary-based Rhythm Engineering as drilling contractor for the Prairie lithium project, in Saskatchewan, Canada. MD Paul Lloyd says Arizona was impressed... 


Emeco exits underground contracting

5th February 2024

ASX-listed Emeco on Monday announced the completion of the sale of key underground mining contracts and assets to fellow-listed Macmahon Holdings. The company announced in December that it would... 


The Didipio mine, in the Philippines

OceanaGold files for Philippines unit’s IPO

5th February 2024

OceanaGold Philippines (OGPI), a subsidiary of Vancouver-based OceanaGold, has filed a preliminary prospectus with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to 7.9-billion pesos... 


Biden’s natural gas export project freeze is a 'mistake', Exxon CFO says

5th February 2024

The Biden administration’s decision to halt new natural gas-export licences is a “mistake” that will slow efforts to reduce climate-damaging emissions, according to Exxon Mobil. “Reducing... 


Former NT Minister quits Fortescue

Former NT Minister quits Fortescue

2nd February 2024

Former Northern Territory chief Minister Michael Gunner has resigned from Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), citing personal reasons. Announcing his decision, Gunner said that working for the... 


Capstone Copper to raise C$375m in bought deal

Capstone Copper to raise C$375m in bought deal

2nd February 2024

Americas-focused Capstone Copper on Thursday announced a C$375-million bought deal to raise cash for its near-term growth initiatives in Chile. Capstone and affiliates of Orion Mine Finance have... 


Generating 1 GW of solar power capacity through photovoltaics requires 685 000 oz of silver.

Miners appeal to Canada to declare silver a critical mineral

1st February 2024

Executives from Canadian and international silver mining producers operating in the country have appealed to government to recognise silver as a critical mineral. In a letter addressed to Energy... 


Lithium project delays, more M&A on the cards as market transitions – Wood Mac

Lithium project delays, more M&A on the cards as market transitions – Wood Mac

1st February 2024

The lithium market is entering a period of transition, with the once-unstoppable demand growth for the key battery material now decelerating as the market matures and electric vehicle (EV) sales... 


Blackstone executives volunteer to reduce cash-based salaries

Blackstone executives volunteer to reduce cash-based salaries

1st February 2024

ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals, which is developing an integrated battery metals processing business in Vietnam to produce nickel/cobalt/manganese precursor products, has announced cost-cutting... 


BCI launches A$315m equity raising

BCI launches A$315m equity raising

1st February 2024

Australia-based resources company BCI Minerals on Thursday announced a A$315-million fully underwritten equity raising to complete the total funding package required to enable the Mardie project,... 


Bannerman shuffles deck ahead of Etango development

1st February 2024

As Bannerman Energy approaches the targeted construction and long-term operation of its uranium mine at Etango, Namibia, the company has announced changes to its key executive roles from Marh this... 


First product from Syrah’s US anode plant imminent

First product from Syrah’s US anode plant imminent

31st January 2024

The 11 250 t/y active anode material (AAM) facility that graphite miner Syrah Resources is building in the US is about to produce its first finished product. The company, which owns the Balama... 


IGO halts Cosmos nickel project

IGO halts Cosmos nickel project

31st January 2024

Australian miner IGO will transition the Cosmos nickel project, in Western Australia, into care-and-maintenance, the company announced on Wednesday. Since initiating a review of Cosmos in... 


Artemis contemplates accelerating Blackwater Phase 2

31st January 2024

With Phase 1 of the Blackwater project crossing the halfway mark, TSX-V-listed Artemis Gold is considering bringing forward the Phase 2 expansion of the mine in central British Columbia. The... 


Canadian miner greenlights $470m project for low-carbon steel feedstock

Canadian miner greenlights $470m project for low-carbon steel feedstock

31st January 2024

Canadian iron-ore mining company Champion Iron on Tuesday announced a final investment decision (FID) for its direct reduction pellet feed (DRPF) project at the Bloom Lake iron-ore complex, in... 


Jericho shaping up to be one of Australia’s most exciting copper project, says AIC Mines

30th January 2024

Gold and copper miner AIC Mines has significantly increased the mineral resources of its Jericho deposit, setting the stage to transform the Eloise copper mine into a cornerstone asset. The mineral... 


A$300m IPO planned for Australian copper mine

A$300m IPO planned for Australian copper mine

30th January 2024

Metals Acquisition Limited (MAC) is set to open a A$300-million initial public offering (IPO) next week to raise funds for the revival of the CSA copper mine, in New South Wales. NYSE-listed MAC... 


Sandfire exits Bryah JV

29th January 2024

Copper exploration and mining company Sandfire Resources will hand back the 80% exploration interest in the Bryah Basin exploration permits, in Western Australia, ASX-listed Alchemy Resources said... 


Novagold and Barrick diverge on next steps for Donlin

Novagold and Barrick diverge on next steps for Donlin

26th January 2024

The joint owners of the Donlin project – Novagold and Barrick Gold – have yet to reach consensus on the path forward for the Alaska project, it was revealed on Thursday. The December Donlin board... 


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Rio Tinto sees gradual recovery in China’s economy in 2024

26th January 2024

Diversified mining major Rio Tinto expects stimulus measures implemented by China to catalyse a slow but steady recovery of the world’s second-biggest economy in 2024, providing reinforcement to... 


Sayona announces redundancies as it initiates NAL review

Sayona announces redundancies as it initiates NAL review

25th January 2024

Lithium producer Sayona Mining has announced an operational review of its North American Lithium (NAL) operation in Quebec, Canada, to optimise its cost structure in response to “rapidly changing”... 


Ken Brinsden believes Corvette deserves more attention at the local level.

Brinsden becomes Patriot CEO, moves to Quebec

25th January 2024

Hard-rock lithium exploration company Patriot Battery Metals is bolstering its leadership presence in Quebec with a decision to move highly experienced mining executive Ken Brinsden from Australia... 


Langer Heinrich was placed on care-and-maintenance in 2018. The mine will resume operations in the first quarter.

Langer Heinrich restart faces minor delay, costs tweaked

25th January 2024

After more than six years of care-and-maintenance, the Langer Heinrich uranium mine, in Namibia, has restarted production activities and while Paladin Energy continues to target first commercial... 


Northern Star maintains FY24 guidance

Northern Star maintains FY24 guidance

24th January 2024

Gold mining company Northern Star said on Wednesday that it remained on track to deliver its guidance of 1.6-million to 1.75-million ounces of gold for the 2024 financial year. Production will be... 


McClean Lake uranium mining to restart

McClean Lake uranium mining to restart

24th January 2024

The McClean Lake Joint Venture (MLJV) will restart uranium mining operations, targeting 800 000 lb of uranium oxide (U3O8) in 2025, Orano Canada and Denison Mines announced on Wednesday. Mining at... 


Push for smaller mining firms to follow suit on tailings safety standards

Push for smaller mining firms to follow suit on tailings safety standards

24th January 2024

As the mining industry commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Brumadinho tailings disaster, in Brazil, the Church of England Pensions Board has highlighted the significant progress in the... 


Barrick CEO Mark Bristow

Barrick speeds up major Zambia copper mine expansion project

24th January 2024

The Lumwana copper mine’s Super Pit expansion project has been accelerated with initial production now scheduled for 2028, Barrick president and CEO Mark Bristow said on Tuesday. The project will... 


1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations

1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations

24th January 2024

Miner Rio Tinto is set to lead the development of Australia’s biggest solar power project, near Gladstone. The company has committed to buying all electricity generated the 1.1 GW Upper Calliope... 


Mayur secures investment for PNG mineral sands project

23rd January 2024

The share price of Mayur Resources rose 17% on the ASX on Tuesday as the company finalised the funding structure for its Orokolo Bay mineral sands project, in Papua New Guinea. Mayur has executed... 


NMG secures key asset to drive Quebec graphite expansion

NMG secures key asset to drive Quebec graphite expansion

23rd January 2024

Critical minerals explorer Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) on Monday announced an agreement to acquire 100% of Mason Resources’ Lac Gueret graphite deposit, in Quebec, securing an asset that will... 


BC critical minerals strategy missing competitive fiscal policy – MBAC

BC critical minerals strategy missing competitive fiscal policy – MBAC

23rd January 2024

The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) has welcomed the release of the province’s new critical minerals strategy, but says it is missing a foundational element: competitive fiscal... 


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