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Palladium One obtains another project in Finland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2020 Vancouver-headquartered Palladium One Mining has received approval from the Finnish Mining Authority for a 20 000-ha reservation, Kostonjarvi (KS), which is adjacent to its flagship Läntinen Koillismaa (LK) project in central Finland. The KS reservation covers a large buried gravity and magnetic... 

Nevada Gold Mines assisting its local communities

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2020 Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), in collaboration with the state of Nevada and its stakeholders, is working to identify immediate needs and provide financial and logistical support to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its local communities. NGM is a joint venture (JV) between Barrick Gold... 

Ivanhoe equips DRC mine with 10 ICU units as it speeds ahead with Kamoa-Kakula construction 

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd April 2020 Canada-headquartered Ivanhoe Mines has unveiled “extraordinary” measures to continue construction of its large-scale Kamoa-Kakula copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), amid the coronavirus crisis. The miner has locked down Kamoa-Kakula and all key personnel on site, with... 

Ivanhoe equips DRC mine with 10 ICU units as it speeds ahead with Kamoa-Kakula construction
Dr Delvareine Kabwayi Buyamba of the Kamoa-Kakula medical response team.

Golden Minerals reports promising economics for Mexico project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 Colorado-based miner Golden Minerals has reported positive findings in a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and updated mineral resource estimate for the Velardeña Properties, which is the company’s silver and gold project located in Durango state, Mexico. Engineering company Tetra Tech was... 

Assore to host electronic general meeting

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2020 Owing to the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, JSE-listed Assore will hold an electronic general meeting relating to a shares repurchase offer. The general meeting will proceed at 11:00 am on April 16, but will only be accessible through electronic communication, as permitted by... 

Indonesia nickel miners urge end to export ban to cushion coronavirus impact

By: Reuters     2nd April 2020 Indonesia should allow exports of nickel ore to help offset the impact of the fall in exports of processed nickel caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Indonesian nickel miners' association (APNI) said in a document seen by Reuters. Indonesia, once the world's biggest nickel ore exporter,... 

Antofagasta operating with half its workforce, unveils $6m fund to help fight virus

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd April 2020 London-listed Antofagasta on Thursday reported that its production had not been significantly impacted by measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, despite the company operating with only about 50% of its workforce. Antofagasta, which owns mines in Chile where coronavirus cases have risen to... 

Antofagasta operating with half its workforce, unveils $6m fund to help fight virus

Chilean State copper miner Codelco confirms fifth case of coronavirus among workers

By: Reuters     1st April 2020 Chile's State-owned Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Wednesday that a fifth worker has been confirmed as having contracted coronavirus, at its Ministro Hales mine. The diagnosis of the contract worker was confirmed in the central coastal city of La Serena on his final rest... 

All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewables at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 All of the electricity of the mining division of the London-listed Chile-based Antofagasta plc will from 2022 be from renewable sources at lower cost. This follows the signing by Antofagasta’s Centinela copper mine of a new power purchase agreement with Engie Energía Chile, effective from 2022... 

All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewables at lower cost
Antofagasta CEO Iván Arriagada

Central Asia Metals’ results demonstrate company’s ‘fundamental strength’

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2020 Copper, zinc and lead production and exploration company Central Asia Metals’ (CAML’s) results for the year ended December 31, demonstrate the “fundamental strength” of the business, which owns two low-cost base metals operations, one in Kazakhstan and the other in North Macedonia. CEO Nigel... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 Capital and liquidity requirements across all the markets in which it operates are continuing to be met, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said during an investor call. Daehnke disclosed that the bank was benefitting from building up increased capital levels over the last few years in line... 

Standard Bank meeting all capital and liquidity requirements
Sim Tshabalala

GlobalData revises full-year copper output growth forecast lower

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2020 Global copper production is expected to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with data analytics and consulting company GlobalData now forecasting output growth of just 1.9% to 21-million tonnes for this year. This compares with its previous forecast of 3.4% year-on-year growth in global copper... 

Worker at Russia's Nornickel vessel tested positive for coronavirus

By: Reuters     1st April 2020 Russian nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel said on Tuesday that a mechanic at one of its vessels tested positive for the coronavirus. Nornickel's Arctic port of Dudinka and Nornickel's production assets, located near the city of Norilsk of the Krasnoyarsk region, remain unaffected, the... 

Teck reduces coal output rate and suspends 2020 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     1st April 2020 Notwithstanding the challenges related to the fast-spreading coronavirus, Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources president and CEO Don Lindsay on Wednesday reported that all the group’s operations remained in production, albeit on a reduced basis. The Vancouver-headquartered group announced... 

Teck reduces coal output rate and suspends 2020 guidance
Teck president and CEO Don Lindsay

Covid-19 prompts Glencore to defer cash distribution, reinforce liquidity 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has prompted global diversified mining and marketing company Glencore to defer its proposed $2.6-billion distribution of cash and reinforce its $10.1- billion liquidity through the refinancing and extension of revolving credit facilities on the same commercial terms as... 

Covid-19 prompts Glencore to defer cash distribution, reinforce liquidity
Ivan Glasenberg

AfriTin suspends mining in Namibia, continues processing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st March 2020 Aim-listed AfriTin has partly suspended activity at its Uis mine, in Namibia, following the country’s declaration of a partial lockdown from March 27 to April 16. In Namibia’s legislation, mining operations are categorised as critical economic services and are able to continue minimum... 

AfriTin suspends mining in Namibia, continues processing
AfriTin's Uis tin mine, in Namibia

Katanga postpones acid plant commissioning

By: Simone Liedtke     31st March 2020 TSX-listed Katanga Mining is closely monitoring the progress of the spread of Covid-19 and is taking measures to contain the impact thereof on the health of its employees and operations. Meanwhile, as previously announced, Katanga’s 75%-owned subsidiary Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) entered into an... 

Zinc miners expected to restart operations on strong prices

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2020 Strong zinc prices are increasingly prompting miners to bring idled capacity back online and invest in new projects. The latest ‘Global Zinc Mining Outlook’ report shows that the return of some stalled capacity and new projects in key countries will drive growth over the coming quarters, despite... 

Nevada Copper closes balance sheet strengthening transactions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2020 TSX-listed copper producer Nevada Copper, which owns Pumpkin Hollow in Nevada, US, has closed several previously announced balance sheet strengthening transactions, including amendments to its senior credit facility with KfW IPEX-Bank and amendments to the metals purchase and sales agreement with... 

Rio halts potline at NZ smelter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2020 Major Rio Tinto will close one of its four potlines at Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, in New Zealand, as part of measures to combat Covid-19. CEO and GM of the New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter, in which Rio holds a 79.36% interest, Stewart Hamilton said that the company had worked hard to... 

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2020 Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company Gold Fields has placed its South Deep gold mine in Gauteng on care-and-maintenance to coincide with South Africa’s lockdown until April 16. In publishing its integrated annual report for 2019 and a number of associated reports on its website,... 

Gold Fields places South Deep mine on care and maintenance
Photo by Creamer Media
Nick Holland

EPA approves Sulphur Springs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2020 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended the approval of ASX-listed Venturex Resources’ Sulphur Springs copper/zinc project. The Minister of Environment is now expected to make a final decision on the project. 

Global copper miners head for worst quarter since 2008

By: , Bloomberg     30th March 2020 Copper miners are poised for their worst quarter since 2008 after the coronavirus pandemic fueled demand fears for industrial metals and forced companies to curb mining operations. The BI Global Copper Competitive Peers index has slumped 37% this quarter, led by Teck Resources, Hudbay Minerals... 

Mines close as Spain tightens coronavirus controls

By: Mariaan Webb     30th March 2020 Spain has implemented enhanced measures to protect its people from the fast-spreading coronavirus with a new royal decree on Sunday stipulating that only employees from essential industries are allowed to work for the next week-and-a-half. The list of essential industries excludes mining and... 

Mines close as Spain tightens coronavirus controls
The Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain.

Trevali says processing impacted by Peru emergency extension

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 The Santander zinc/lead mine is continuing to operate during Peru’s national emergency, but TSX-listed Trevali Mining reported on Friday that the country’s extension of the emergency would impact on processing at the 2 000 t/d operation. The Vanouver-based miner said that it would not be able to... 

Oz Minerals targets A$150m cost cuts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2020 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals on Monday maintained its production guidance for the full 2020, but announced a A$150-million deferral in overall capital expenditure for the year. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company had undertaken an... 

Fitch Solutions says volatility to continue driving metals prices lower

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 Research agency Fitch Solutions expects volatility to continue playing to the downside for metal prices in the coming weeks owing mainly to bearish investor sentiment on the back of the widespread Covid-19 pandemic. The agency notes that metal prices started the year on a strong footing as the... 

Fitch Solutions says volatility to continue driving metals prices lower

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2020 South Africa’s diversified black-controlled mining and minerals company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and the Motsepe family on Saturday formed the key part of the partnership of companies and organisations that have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic... 

ARM, Motsepe family play key roles in R1bn coronavirus pledge
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe at Saturday's remote media conference using the Internet to ensure social distance.

Vedanta CEO Venkatakrishnan resigns

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 Diversified miner Vedanta said on Friday CEO S Venkatakrishnan has resigned due to personal reasons, less than two years after he took the helm. Sunil Duggal, current head of Vedanta unit Hindustan Zinc, will take over as interim CEO. Venkatakrishnan, who was previously CEO of South African... 

Vedanta CEO Venkatakrishnan resigns
Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

Bolivia's largest mine suspends operations as virus controls tighten

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 Bolivia's San Cristóbal mine, a huge desposit of zinc, lead and silver, has suspended operations after the country imposed tough rules to halt the spread of coronavirus, its operator Minera San Cristóbal said in a statement on Friday. The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japana's Sumitomo... 

Anglo American cuts South African iron-ore, coal guidance 

By: Donna Slater     27th March 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American is taking steps at its relevant operations in line with Covid-19-related regulations enforced in the various jurisdictions in which it operates around the world. It will also continue to provide a number of essential services, including security; mine... 

CEZ to proceed with Cinovec investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2020 London-listed European Metal Holdings (EMH) on Friday reached final agreement with integrated energy utility CEZ Group around a partnership and investment into the Cinovec lithium/tin project, in Czech Republic. CEZ in November agreed to become a 51% shareholder in EMH's Czech subsidiary Geomet.... 

CEZ to proceed with Cinovec investment

Glencore winds down most operations in line with Covid-19 restrictions 

By: Donna Slater     27th March 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, with operations internationally, is winding down most of its operations and putting them on temporary care and maintenance as lockdowns are enforced in various countries to slow the spread of Covid-19. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company... 

Alaska’s Pebble project team keeps eye on RoD goal despite Covid-19 precautions

By: Mariaan Webb     27th March 2020 Canada’s Northern Dynasty said on Thursday that work on the Pebble project, in Alaska, continued to advance, despite the mandatory and voluntary steps that its US-based subsidiary implemented in response to the spreading of the novel coronavirus. The project developer confirmed that it still... 

Alaska’s Pebble project team keeps eye on RoD goal despite Covid-19 precautions

Zimbabwe cuts rates, miners send coronavirus distress signals

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 Zimbabwe's central bank cut its main lending rate to 25% on Thursday and set a fixed exchange rate as part of measures to support the economy against the coronavirus pandemic. The Chamber of Mines, which represents major mining companies in the country, said mineral production could fall 60% in... 

Freeport-McMoRan in talks over limited operations at Cerro Verde

By: Mariaan Webb     27th March 2020 NYSE-listed Freeport-McMoRan said on Thursday that it was in discussions with Peruvian authorities to allow the Cerro Verde mine to conduct limited operations during the country’s extended state of emergency, positioning the mine to return to normal operations when restrictions were lifted.... 

Freeport-McMoRan in talks over limited operations at Cerro Verde

Trevali puts Caribou mine on care and maintenance amid Covid-19 outbreak

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 TSX-listed Trevali Mining Corporation has announced the temporary suspension of operating activities at its Caribou mine near Bathurst, in New Brunswick. The temporary suspensions follow the deterioration of the global zinc market, which has been exacerbated by the continued challenges presented... 

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