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Menell to chair Brazilian Nickel

4th February 2021 Brian Menell has been appointed nonexecutive chairperson of private UK firm Brazilian Nickel (BRN), following the recent $25-million investment by TechMet, of which he is chairperson and CEO. The South African industrialist succeeds Paul Lush, who is now deputy chairperson of BRN. Commenting on... 

North Island attractive at start of new super cycle, says Northisle CEO

4th February 2021 The North Island project, near Port Hardy, British Columbia, is one of Canada’s most attractive copper/gold porphyry projects, TSX-V-listed Northisle Copper and Gold said on Thursday, announcing the results of the latest preliminary economic assessment (PEA). The 2021 PEA illustrates a... 

Bacanora raises $65m for Mexico lithium project

4th February 2021 Aim-listed Bacanora Lithium has successfully raised $65-million for its Sonora lithium project, in Mexico, setting the company on a path to becoming a lithium producer in the next two years. The fundraise is the final piece of Bacanora’s 50% share of the financing required to bring into... 

SilverCrest approves Las Chispas construction

3rd February 2021 Vancouver-headquartered SilverCrest Metals on Tuesday announced the results of a feasibility study for its Las Chispas project, in Sonora, Mexico, and formally approved construction of the $137.7-million project. With engineering, procurement and construction contract and underground development... 

Two injured, one presumed dead in New Afton mud rush

3rd February 2021 Toronto-listed New Gold has suspended all activities at the New Afton mine, in Kamloops, British Columbia, after a mud rush incident on Tuesday involving three individuals. The company states that two New Gold employees have received non-life threatening injuries and have received medical care,... 

Freeport names Adkerson chair, reinstates dividend

3rd February 2021 Richard Adkerson has been named chairperson of the world’s largest publicly-traded copper miner, Freeport-McMoRan, succeeding Gerald Ford who has stepped down as nonexecutive chairperson. Adkerson, 74, will also continue as CEO, a position he has held since 2003, the NYSE-listed group said on... 

Newmont centre seeks to improve industry relations with Indigenous communities

2nd February 2021 To promote education and engagement between the mining industry and Indigenous peoples, Newmont has launched a centre for indigenous community relations, which will serve as a resource for the company and industry. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the centre will seek to establish a source of... 

Cameco ups interest in laser enrichment technology firm

2nd February 2021 Canadian uranium firm Cameco’s interest in a partnership developing third generation uranium enrichment technology has climbed to 49% with an option to attain a majority interest of up to 75%. Previously, the company had a 24% stake in Global Laser Enrichment (GLE), which is the exclusive... 

Kazatomprom issues 2021 guidance as it monitors Covid outbreak at sites

1st February 2021 The world’s largest uranium producer, Kazatomprom, on Monday issued a guidance for 2021 that is in line with its market-centric strategy to flex down production volumes by 20% between 2018 and 2022. The company expects output to be 22 500 t to 22 800 t in 2021, on a 100% basis, compared with the... 

McEwen has ‘ambitious' plans for Fox Complex

1st February 2021 Dual-listed McEwen Mining has reported progress with the turnaround at its Black Fox mine, in Timmins, Canada, and says it has “ambitious” plans for its Fox Complex, which has a combined resource base of three-million ounces. Consultants are working on a preliminary economic assessment to expand... 

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