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Financiers circle as Arianne seeks funds to advance Lac à Paul project

Financiers circle as Arianne seeks funds to advance Lac à Paul project

5th August 2016

With a Ministerial decree in hand, issued on December 22, to advance its Lac à Paul phosphate project, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Arianne Phosphate hopes to put Canada – where... 


Fission outlines two-prong strategy as summer exploration campaign is mounted

Fission outlines two-prong strategy as summer exploration campaign is mounted

28th July 2016

Flying into Fort McMurray, Alberta, evidence of the gargantuan forest fire the region suffered in May stretched for miles around: blackened trees, burnt branches and buildings turned to ash. The... 


Silver outshines gold with robust H1 performance

Silver outshines gold with robust H1 performance

15th July 2016

While silver is sometimes called “poor man’s gold”, it has nevertheless outshone the yellow metal’s performance in recent months. Silver reached $20.47/oz on the July 11 London Bullion Market... 


Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of them have outperformed the market

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers

11th July 2016

Lithium is in a bubble and many investors have taken positions in companies with little prospect of achieving a market presence, let alone creating value, Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen... 


Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

1st July 2016

The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an... 


Rockwood's Lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply

23rd June 2016

Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage... 


Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

Average capex overrun for mining companies hits 37% – EDC study

20th June 2016

The average cost overrun for mining projects studied by Export Development Canada (EDC) has reached 37% over the capital expenditure (capex) budgeted, EDC managing principal Tin Lwin told an... 


Incoming Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Peruvian mining volumes continue to grow as new president takes helm

15th June 2016

The Peruvian mining industry is expected to spur renewed growth in the country as output grows, prices stabilise and revive, several speakers told a recent Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce... 


Mining companies urged to consider price forecasting with greater care

27th May 2016

While predicting future metals prices is a vital tool for assessing the viability of a deposit, a project’s economics or the potential income an operation could expect to generate, the... 


Mining companies urged to consider price forecasting with greater care

18th May 2016

While predicting future metals prices is a vital tool for assessing the viability of a deposit, a project’s economics or the potential income an operation could expect to generate, the... 


Latin American Minerals overcoming hurdles to get back on track

6th May 2016

Despite strong economic headwinds, several junior and midtier miners were able to advance projects towards near-production or into operation during the downcycle’s trough; however, plenty of others... 


Denham Capital seeks upside advantage during downturn

Denham Capital seeks upside advantage during downturn

18th April 2016

With most metals reaching a bottom, and many of the ‘zombie juniors’ finally laid to rest, opportunities for private-equity companies to find value and upside potential in the mining space have... 


Mining companies falter on failure to comprehend sustainability

6th April 2016

Companies need to think beyond environmental or socio-economic engagement when considering sustainability, Schulich School of Business programme director and Inmet chair Richard Ross told an... 


China sets course for smooth economic transition and commodity price gains

China sets course for smooth economic transition and commodity price gains

24th March 2016

The retreat of commodity prices on the back of China’s economic shift belied rising levels of uptake and the likelihood of an upcycle later in the decade, CRU Group managing consultant Philip... 


Lithium-ion batteries.

Burst bubbles offer salutary lessons for mining industry

21st March 2016

Speculative bubbles offered useful templates for those seeking to identify new ones through which value can be realised before their inevitable burst, newsletter writer Mickey Fulp told an audience... 


While lithium opportunities grow, investors urged to maintain caution

18th March 2016

The increase in lithium prices has tempted more companies to enter the space and take advantage of the growing market interest, said Disruptive Discoveries Journal newsletter writer Chris Berry at... 


Seniors record sluggish 2015 performance as cycle turns in gold’s favour

16th March 2016

Senior mining companies continue to struggle with production costs, reserves depletion and write-downs, according to Adrian Day Asset Management owner Adrian Day, who addressed an audience at the... 


John Kaiser of Kaiser Research

Juniors a safer bet as culling nears completion

15th March 2016

Most of the middling- to poor-quality juniors have finally been eradicated or left impotent by the downturn, which have enabled investors to back the survivors with greater certainty, head of... 


Colombia’s six-pillar strategy lays foundations for mining future

12th March 2016

Colombia’s newly launched six-pillar mining strategy would boost confidence and investor appeal, said Mines and Energy Vice-Minister María-Isabel Ulloa in an interview with Mining Weekly Online.... 


Ecuador open for business as Lundin advances Fruta del Norte flagship

10th March 2016

Lundin Gold’s Fruta del Norte gold project has become a symbol of Ecuador’s desire and confidence to further develop its nascent mining sector. “We’re very happy with Lundin; they’re a world-class... 


Failed mining projects offer critical analytical tools to avoid future disappointment

9th March 2016

The capital structures of failed or faltered mines offer important insights when it comes to assessing the potential of future projects, according to Exploration Insights economic geologist and... 


US recovery involves short-term pain and long-term gain for commodities

US recovery involves short-term pain and long-term gain for commodities

1st March 2016

The US economic recovery placed pressure on metals prices as investors continued to unwind commodities-based positions taken during the resource supercycle, according to Export Development Canada... 


Cripple Creek & Victor mine, Colorado

Gold’s breakout heralds boost for smaller producers as seniors lumber behind

19th February 2016

Gold’s run so far this year might have surprised several analysts, specifically those who had predicted an annus horribilis for the yellow metal starting mid-2015. Gold certainly came under some... 


Mining’s improving fortunes weighed down by debt

Mining’s improving fortunes weighed down by debt

11th February 2016

The mining sector was expected to climb out of the downturn’s trough by year-end 2016, Paradigm Capital partner and senior analyst David Davidson told an audience at a recent meeting of the... 


Mining pressed to overcome barriers to secure greater renewable presence

26th January 2016

The pace of renewables uptake by mining companies has been weighted down by the economic downturn, excessive capital costs and cultural barriers, an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of... 


Renewables require innovation and change of mining industry mindset

19th January 2016

The future success of renewables in the mining sector will require companies to overhaul the way they think about energy and mine development, according to professional services firm Deloitte.... 


Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

15th January 2016

TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Despite the tie-up between the renewables market and the mining sector being dynamic and exciting, the high levels of upfront capital expenditure (capex) needed to... 


Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

9th January 2016

The mining sector’s uptake of renewable energy could be slowed by cheaper diesel in the wake of crude oil’s price plunge, head of energy consulting firm THEnergy Thomas Hillig told an audience at a... 


Another tough year for mining as new approaches offer vision of hope

Another tough year for mining as new approaches offer vision of hope

15th December 2015

The downcycle for mining remained in place across 2015 as economic headwinds experienced in many developing-world countries continued to weigh on commodities uptake, Watts, Griffis and McOuat... 


Mining industry must adapt to new mind-set surrounding indigenous engagement

9th December 2015

The Canadian and global mining industry must recognise new forms of engagement with indigenous peoples or risk disruption, protest and possible failure, an audience at PwC’s recent Mega Mining... 


Mexico retains appeal for mining investment in tough times

Mexico retains appeal for mining investment in tough times

7th December 2015

Mexico’s appeal for Canadian mining investment has remained rock solid, with almost $290-million in investment a year secured over the last five years via the TSX and TSX-V, an audience at... 


Colombia makes mining progress as Peru struggles with social issues

Colombia makes mining progress as Peru struggles with social issues

27th November 2015

Columbia remains a jurisdiction with excellent potential for mining companies and investors, but risks remain, while permitting delays persist. Peru, too, remained a leading jurisdiction for... 


Samarco tailings breach underscores need for industrywide best practise

23rd November 2015

On November 5, there was a large, destructive breach of tailings dams at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco Mineração, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It was reported that about ten people had... 


Female discrimination stymies mining industry’s need for new blood

Female discrimination stymies mining industry’s need for new blood

19th November 2015

With its baby boomer cohorts retiring in greater numbers, Canada’s mining industry has faced a slow-motion demographic time bomb over recent years. Replacements with less experience are moving up... 


Another listless year for mining belies future opportunities

Another listless year for mining belies future opportunities

10th November 2015

China’s economic shift and the ongoing debate about a US interest rate rise continue to influence and shape the short-term future of mining and metals, Behre Dolbear senior MD Alastair McIntyre... 


Corruption concerns have increased implications for mining and exploration M&A

29th October 2015

Buyers are becoming increasingly wary of corruption issues when buying projects, operations or other companies, and those looking to sell will have to be more mindful of this, says... 


Mining companies urged to steer clear of ‘investment landmines’

26th October 2015

Mining companies operating in higher-risk jurisdictions need to remain wary of potential “investment landmines” beyond corruption concerns. That included local employment issues, monitoring... 


CSR increasingly at heart of extractive sector’s business with banks

20th October 2015

Extractive and exploration companies needed greater awareness of the banking sector’s view on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how this informed its willingness to lend, Canadian law firm... 


African opportunities depend on economic corridors, additional infrastructure

9th October 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa continued to face transport bottlenecks and difficulties in bringing large-scale infrastructure projects to fruition, despite increased economic growth and growing population... 


Streaming deals continue to evolve, syndication may be seen in future

8th October 2015

In hindsight, July 6 could mark an important date for Canada’s streaming companies, as this was the day Silver Wheaton announced receipt of a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) letter proposing a tax... 


Mining’s long-term outlook positive as urbanisation and infrastructure development intensify

2nd October 2015

The outlook for the global economy, infrastructure development and mining is not as dismal as many might believe, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood recently told an audience at the... 


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