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Relief measures for Nunavut mineral leases announced

14th August 2020 The government of Canada is giving mineral lease holders in Nunavut an extra six months to pay rent on leases that became due during the Covid-19 pandemic. This applies to mineral leases on Crown lands that fall under the Nunavut Mining Regulations and become due between March 13, 2020 and... 

Orla receives key permit for Mexico project

14th August 2020 The Mexican federal environmental department has approved Toronto-listed Orla Mining’s environmental impact statement, or MIA, which is required for the development of the Camino Rojo oxide gold project. The receipt of the MIA also satisfies one of the key conditions precedent to the drawdown of... 

Mining giant gives Varispeed and Solcon a big thumbs up

14th August 2020 Operating on a mine leaves little room for error or downtime. In a harsh environment, robust, long-lasting solutions ensure continuous operations and peace-of-mind.  As a proud supplier to the mining industry, Varispeed understands the need for high performance and proven reliability and takes... 

Berkeley one permit away from building uranium mine in Spain

14th August 2020 Australia-listed Berkeley Energia is one permit away from starting full construction of the four-million-pound-a-year Salamanca uranium mine, in Spain. The company this week announced that the Municipality of Retortillo had granted its urbanism licence (UL), which is the land use permit needed... 

Atico inks power agreement in Ecuador

14th August 2020 Latin America-focused Atico Mining has sealed a power agreement with Ecuadorian national electricity company CNEL, which CEO Alain Bureau describes as a major milestone for the La Plata project. The power agreement confirms the collaboration between Compañía Minera La Plata, the local subsidiary... 

Kirkland Lake sells shares in Osisko and Novo

14th August 2020 Gold mining company Kirkland Lake on Thursday announced that it had disposed of its shareholding in Osisko Mining and that it had reduced its interest in Novo Resources. The company, which trades in the Toronto, New York and Sydney, sold 32 627 632 common shares of Osisko through the facilities... 

Former Glencore lawyer joins Group Eleven board

13th August 2020 Ireland-focused explorer Group Eleven has announced that laywer Ken Klassen has joined its board of directors. He was appointed after Glencore Canada exercised its right to appoint a director to the TSX-V-listed company’s board. “Ken is an experienced and well-respected lawyer in the... 

Harte Gold restarts mill

13th August 2020 Ontario gold junior Harte Gold has restarted milling operations at the Sugar Zone mine, after a temporary suspension in the second quarter to safeguard its workforce from Covid-19. “I am pleased to say that Harte Gold is back in production and emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic in a very strong... 

Make sure all pumps add to efficiency, urges expert

12th August 2020 Pump users need to make the most of their operational inventory, even pumps that may be considered redundant. Pump expert Lee Vine, managing director of specialist companies Integrated Pump Technology and Integrated Pump Rental, says all industries can benefit from improved pump efficiencies.... 

Covid puts spotlight on mine digitalisation

12th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic means less people in the mining area, working to achieve the same output; this makes digitalisation no longer a nice-to-have but a vital efficiency mechanism for survival. This is according to Niel McCoy, business line manager for automation and digitalisation at Sandvik... 

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