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Evolution awards FEED contract in Tanzania

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 Graphite developer Evolution Energy Minerals has awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, to CPC Engineering. “The commencement of the FEED study is a significant milestone towards the realisation of the Chilalo graphite project. We... 

Base pulls the trigger at Bumamani

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 ASX- and Aim-listed Mineral Sands miner Base Resources has taken a final investment decision on the $28.1-million Bumamani project, which will extend the mine life of its Kwale operations, in Kenya, by 13 months to December 2024. The Bumamani project comprises the higher-grade subsets of the... 

Iluka shareholders to vote on Sierra Rutile demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 Mineral sands miner Iluka has unveiled details of the demerger of its Sierra Rutile operations, in Sierra Leone, creating two independent ASX listed companies. Iluka will continue to be a leading global supplier of critical minerals, while Sierra Rutile will be a West African focused mineral... 

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Guinea gives Simandou iron-ore mine developers 14-day deadline

By: Reuters     20th June 2022 Partners in Guinea's Simandou iron-ore mine have 14 days to finalise a joint venture, interim president Mamady Doumbouya said at a meeting with the miners, Rio Tinto and Chinese-backed Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS) on Friday. Guinea has grown increasingly impatient with the companies that... 

The Simandou iron-ore mine site

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

Deep Yellow extends Hylron’s option timeframe on Shiyela project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 ASX-listed Deep Yellow has extended the current 12-month option on the exclusivity agreement it has with Hylron Green Technologies., relating to the Shiyela iron-ore project, in Namibia. Deep Yellow entered into an agreement with HyIron for the sale of shares in Shiyela Iron, which holds the... 

Goldplat awarded water-use licence for new tailings facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 Aim-listed gold recovery company Goldplat has been granted a new 12-year water use licence (WUL) for its operations in South Africa. The new WUL includes stipulations on the abstraction and use of water in Goldplat’s recovery processes, as well as the impact of its new tailings storage facility... 

Glencore interim trading profit seen beating full-year guidance at $3.2bn 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 Diversified miner and commodities trader Glencore said on Friday that its marketing division’s interim earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) would exceed $3.2-billion, which is the top end of its full-year guidance. The company’s full-year adjusted EBIT guidance range was between... 

Glencore interim trading profit seen beating full-year guidance at $3.2bn

Global Atomic receives LoI from North America for Dasa uranium

By: Mariaan Webb     17th June 2022 Canada’s Global Atomic has received a letter of intent (LoI) for the procurement of 2.1-million pounds of uranium oxide (U3O8) from the Dasa mine, in Niger, with a revenue potential of $110-million. The LoI was received from a “major North American utility”. 

High Court dismisses challenge against Maseve sale  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 The High Court of South Africa has dismissed a challenge brought by Africa Wide Mineral Prospecting and Exploration (Africa Wide) against Platinum Group Metals (PTM) and Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) over their 2018 Maseve transaction. PTM announced in 2017 that it would sell the concentrator... 

An image of the Maseve concentrator
The Maseve concentrator

Expanded scoping study confirms credentials of Malawi rutile/graphite project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 Aim-listed Sovereign Metals’ expanded scoping study for Kasiya, in Malawi, has confirmed that the project will be one of the world’s biggest and lowest cost producers of natural rutile and natural graphite with a carbon-footprint substantially lower than current alternatives, the company reports.... 

Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines   

17th June 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the new age battery metals potential in Namibia; the new green hydrogen partnership between Prieska Power Reserve and the IDC; and Volvo Construction Equipment’s first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype.   

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Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines

Shanta awarded mining licence for another Lupa Gold Fields prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has been awarded a mining licence for the Porcupine South area within the Lupa Gold Fields of Tanzania. The orebody, which the company discovered in 2020, is located 22 km from its New Luika processing plant. The mining licence, including extendable periods, spans 30 years. 

Eskom has 32 GW of grid capacity, but not where most renewables investors want it 

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2022 Eskom acknowledges that transmission constraints remain an obstacle to the introduction of new renewables generation, but the utility also highlights that 32 GW of grid capacity is immediately available to those independent power producers (IPPs) willing to build projects outside of the country’s... 

Eskom power lines
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Eskom power lines

Syrah lifts precautionary measures in Moz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 ASX-listed Syrah Resources on Friday said that temporary logistical suspensions and suspensions to personnel movements on its primary transport route in Mozambique had been lifted. The company last week implemented a number of measures following an insurgent attack at the nearby Ancuabe graphite... 

Nature’s Vault offers investors a ‘green’ gold option

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2022 About 3 000 t of gold are mined each year, of which 50% goes directly into bank vaults. Environmental, social and governance finance company Nature's Vault aims to keep gold in the ground, thereby avoiding the carbon emissions and environmental impact of mining, while providing investors with... 

Nature's Vault CEO Phil Rickard
Nature's Vault CEO Phil Rickard

Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for Total in Mozambique

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 A fresh wave of attacks by an Islamic State affiliate in northern Mozambique has prompted the evacuation of the nation’s biggest solar power plant and threatens to further delay TotalEnergies' $20-billion liquefied natural gas project. Forces from Rwanda and a southern African regional bloc have... 

Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for Total in Mozambique

Gold’s floor price is getting higher, Newmont's Palmer says

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 st gold producer isn’t about to join bullion bugs in predicting a price rally. But Tom Palmer does see a higher floor forming under the market as years of stimulus devolve into a fight to contain inflation. As global markets wilt on fears of stagflation, gold has stayed relatively resilient... 

An image of Newmont CEO Tom Palmer speaking at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto, Canada, this week.
Newmont CEO Tom Palmer speaking at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto, Canada, this week.

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine 'conflict diamonds'

By: Reuters     16th June 2022 Russia has torpedoed a Western-backed proposal to discuss whether its diamonds are funding war ahead of an international conflict diamond meeting in Botswana, letters seen by Reuters show. The rift in the Kimberley Process (KP), which certifies rough diamond exports, risks paralyzing the body... 

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine 'conflict diamonds'

Cobre makes a move on Metal Tiger's Kalahari exploration vehicle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2022 ASX-listed Cobre has struck a share purchase deed with fellow-listed Metal Tiger to acquire take full ownership of the Kalahari Metals (KML) exploration vehicle. Cobre holds a 51% stake inKML, which controls some 8 595 km2 of tenements within the Kalahari copper belt, in Botswana.The tenement... 

Alphamin unaffected by Bunagana border post closure

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2022 Tin concentrate producer Alphamin Resources reports that its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not been impacted on by the recent closure of the Bunagana border post with Uganda. The Bunagana border post, located 60 km north-east of North Kivu province’s capital Goma, has been... 

ICMM doubles down on tangible sustainability efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published an ambitious new strategy for the next three years, which doubles down on the organisation’s spirit of partnership and collaboration. The ‘Strategy and Action Plan 2022 – 2024’ aims to make breakthrough progress on four key... 

ICMM president and CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.
ICMM president and CEO Rohitesh Dhawan.

Zambia's ZCCM-IH hires Rothschild & Co for Mopani Copper Mines restructuring

By: Reuters     15th June 2022 Zambian mining investment firm ZCCM-IH has hired investment bank Rothschild & Co for a strategic review of Mopani Copper Mines "to ensure its sustainability and continued development", the state-owned company said on Wednesday. In April, ZCCM-IH said it was seeking a financial adviser to... 

Oriole reports positive drilling results at Bibemi in Cameroon

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 Aim-listed Oriole Resources has provided an exploration update on its 90%-owned Bibemi gold project in Cameroon, with the first two holes of the ongoing Phase 4 diamond drilling programme confirming the existence of mineralised sub-horizontal quartz veins between the previously defined... 

PwC suggests miners use 2021 gains to prepare for critical minerals future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 Although the world’s top 40 mining companies demonstrated stellar financial results in 2021, it is unclear how long this record run can continue, since the industry is experiencing unprecedented change, says PwC. The enterprise services and advisory company finds in its ‘Mine 2022’ report that... 

PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw
PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Europe imports more South African coal as Russian ban looms

By: Reuters     15th June 2022 European countries, scrambling to secure alternatives to Russian coal, imported 40% more coal from South Africa's main export hub in the first five months of this year than over the whole of 2021, figures obtained by Reuters showed on Wednesday. South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT)... 

Europe imports more South African coal as Russian ban looms

Melco rolls from strength to strength thanks to bulk unit handling capabilities

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2022 Goods conveying is a critical aspect of production, packaging and distribution of numerous large consumer products and industrial components, says conveyor equipment manufacturer Melco Conveyor Equipment. Part of the Rulmeca Group, Melco supplies rollers, idlers, pulleys and motorised pulleys for... 

Pic of Melco's Germiston-based manufacturing facility
Melco's Germiston-based manufacturing facility

Southern Palladium progressing Bengwenyama project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 JSE- and ASX-listed Southern Palladium will be undertaking a near-term exploration programme at its 70%-owned Bengwenyama palladium/rhodium-dominated platinum group metals (PGM) project, on the Eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in South Africa, following a successful capital raise and... 

Arc Minerals starts two-part exploration programme in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 London-listed Arc Minerals has started a maiden exploration programme at the prospective Virgo copper/gold project, in Botswana. The first step of the programme involves soil geochemistry surveying, which will be followed by drilling.  

Court calls for Vimy meeting on Deep Yellow deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2022 The Supreme Court of Western Australia has called on ASX-listed Vimy Resources to call a shareholder meeting to vote on the proposed A$658-million merger agreement with fellow-listed Deep Yellow. The two companies in April announced the merger agreement under which Deep Yellow would acquire all... 

Base restarts operations at Kwale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2022 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has resumed operations at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. The company earlier this month reported that heavy rainstorms had caused flash flooding in the area, which had overwhelmed the project’s dewatering system. 

Resources Watch  

15th June 2022 This week: Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres; Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds; and, JSE recounts rousing tent-to-tech journey as Southern Palladium turns listing tide 

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Resources Watch

Harmony secures govt approvals for Kareerand expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2022 Gold miner Harmony Gold Mining Company has obtained key regulatory approvals for its Kareerand expansion project, enabling it to continue with the retreatment of surface deposits at Mine Waste Solutions (MWS). Harmony acquired the MWS reclamation operation, near Stilfontein, in North West, in... 

Hummingbird confirms positive metrics in Dugbe feasibility study

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2022 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has confirmed strong financial metrics for the Dugbe gold project, in Liberia, in a feasibility study released by project partner TSX-V-listed Pasofino Gold on June 13. The study estimates a net present value after tax of $530-million and a 23.6% internal rate... 

Dugbe project n progress
Dugbe project n progress

Climate Commission sets sights on energy mix as it wraps up work on just transition framework 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2022 The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) is initiating a process of research and consultation on South Africa’s future energy mix, which it aims to present to Cabinet before the end of 2022. Speaking at a conference hosted by the RES4Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, executive director Dr... 

PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver
PCC executive director Dr Crispian Olver

Namibia has potential to become new age battery metals Pilbara – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Namibia has the potential to become the Pilbara of new age battery metals. That is the view of AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen, who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Black Chrome Mine placed under business rescue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2022 The board of Black Chrome Mine (BCM), based in Limpopo, has resolved to place the mine under business rescue, voluntarily, to best ensure the long-term survival of the mine. BCM, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Chrometco, confirmed the operation’s financially distressed state, noting that it is not... 

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