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Bauxite News

Metro Stage 2 to cost A$51m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th October 2019 A definitive feasibility study on Stage 2 of the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland, has estimated that it would require a capital investment of A$51.4-million to increase production from the current 3.5-million tonnes a year to six-million tonnes a year. ASX-listed Metro Mining on Monday said... 

Metallica weighing logistics at Urquhart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2019 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has identified three potential logistic options for its Urquhart bauxite project, in the Cape York Peninsula. The company on Friday told shareholders that an updated prefeasibility study for the Urquhart project would determine the appropriate logistic option, with... 

China's Chalco delays Boffa bauxite mine launch to 2020

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 Aluminum Corp of China, also known as Chalco, has delayed the launch of its Boffa bauxite project in Guinea until at least the first quarter of 2020, a company official said on Thursday. Construction on the project, expected to produce 12-million tonnes of the aluminium ore a year, would be... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2019 South Africa is one of the world’s top three mega biodiverse nations along with Brazil and Indonesia, said Environment Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy in her address to the Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC). “We are thus one of the richest countries in terms of the diversity of... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy ORC presentation by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 The Environment Ministry is the most important ministry in the government, former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer said at this week’s tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference. “Environment is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, and we in South Africa are unbelievably blessed with the environment... 

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer
Former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo’s address to Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2019 It has been said that entering the Elvey Security Technologies headquarters in the Greenstone Hill Office Park, in Modderfontein, Edenvale, is like boarding USS Enterprise on a Star Trek movie set. All the futuristic trappings are evident in this Hudaco company’s Pentagon demonstration room,... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
SOLVING A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM Hudaco executive director Louis Meiring (left) and Commercial ICT MD Brad Morein in futuristic demonstration room.

Brazil court lifts final embargo on Alunorte

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2019 The Brazilian Federal Court has lifted the final embargo on Alunorte's new bauxite residue disposal (DRS2) under a criminal lawsuit, Norway's Norsk Hydro said on Thursday. This allows the alumina refinery to resume activities of installation and commissioning at DRS2, ending a 19-month embargo... 

Brazil court lifts final embargo on Alunorte

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Indonesia sees China as ally as it weighs bans on exporting minerals

By: , Bloomberg     13th September 2019 Indonesia, which is weighing an early ban on exports of bauxite and copper concentrates, is betting on Chinese companies to add to the billions of dollars of investment in building smelters and processing plants. Making a deal with China is “simple", as the country “is willing to meet any... 

Malaysia firms up bauxite mining, export operating procedures

By: Reuters     5th September 2019 Malaysia announced on Thursday it has finalized new operating procedures for bauxite mining and export activities based on an earlier draft proposal after discussions with various stakeholders including miners and green groups. The new operating procedures include capping monthly bauxite exports... 

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future

30th August 2019 State-owned Swedish power utility Vattenfall and base metals mining company Boliden AB have signed a partnership agreement relating to technical development in the field of the electrification of mines and smelters, the circular economy and a fossil-fuel-free future. The agreement, which covers a... 

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future
SUN BAKED Vattenfall used not only solar but also wind and battery power too decrease mines reliance on fossil fuels

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme

9th August 2019 Australian mineral exploration company Lindian Resources has received binding commitments in a placement to investors to raise up to $1.3-million for the company’s inaugural drilling programme at the Gaoual bauxite project, in Guinea. The $1.3-million raised, which includes $200 000 from Lindian... 

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme
Photo by Bloomberg
EAGER TO DRILL With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible

Prospects for high-grade and shallow mines luring Australian investors to Africa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2019 While the growth in global commodity prices has unequivocally driven economic growth in Africa, several African countries still lag behind, despite an abundance of mineral resources. A recent report by British banking and financial services company HSBC revealed that for 35 of the 48 African... 

Prospects for high-grade and shallow mines luring Australian investors to Africa

Canyon raises A$4m for bauxite PFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd July 2019 Junior Canyon Resources has raised A$4-million through a share placement to sophisticated and professional investors to fund a prefeasibility study at its Minim Martap bauxite project, in Cameroon. The company placed 25-million shares, at a price of 16c each, to raise the capital, with the... 

Mining stocks could rebound with help from Trump and China

By: , Bloomberg     9th July 2019 The backdrop for miners is ready to brighten in the second half of this year. They just need a resolution of the trade war between the US and China to light a fire under their stocks. Metal prices and mining equities have been at the mercy of trade headlines all year, and business fundamentals... 

Andhra Pradesh govt in southern India rescinds bauxite mining order

By: Ajoy K Das     27th June 2019 The newly elected government of southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has rescinded an order issued by a previous government permitting bauxite mining along the Eastern Ghats around Vishakhapatnam. By recinding the bauxite mining order, the TSR Congress-led government, elected last month, met... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Ghana seeks investors to mine bauxite to fund infrastructure

By: , Bloomberg     23rd May 2019 Ghana is inviting investors to submit plans on how to tap the nation’s bauxite deposits as the government seeks to leverage more of its mineral resources to fund infrastructure. The government will receive proposals from interested parties until the end of the year on how to expand production and... 

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2019 Environmental consultancy and product developer I-CAT finalised a dust management project on a bauxite mine – a first for the company – in Guinea last month. “This is a different ore than what we are used to – it was unique . . . and we have been successful,” I-CAT divisional manager Morné van... 

I-CAT finalises dust management project in Guinea
DEFEATING THE DUST I-CAT has completed 17 dust suppression projects in Africa in the past three months

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

LME appoints first female chairperson in its history

By: Reuters     10th May 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans – the first female chairperson in its 142-year history. Evans, who is also on the board of Itau BBA International and has previously worked at Citi, Barclays Capital and the UK's... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Australia, Guinea, Indonesia to lead bauxite mining up to 2029

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2019 Following a decline in global bauxite production in 2018, consultancy company Fitch Solutions says global bauxite production this year is being driven by new projects coming on line in Guinea and Australia, as well as a ramp-up in production in India and Indonesia. Australia holds 12 of the 29... 

Australia, Guinea, Indonesia to lead bauxite mining up to 2029

Guinea boosts power output to foster bauxite refining

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Guinea expects to boost its energy production capacity by nearly four-fold over the next six years as it pushes mining companies to refine their bauxite output locally, the energy minister said on Friday. The West African nation, Africa's biggest producer of the aluminium ore, is in the midst of... 

Alufer shifts focus to expansion of Guinea bauxite mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th April 2019 Independent mineral exploration and development company Alufer Mining has started detailed engineering studies for the proposed expansion of production at its Bel Air bauxite mine, in Guinea, to ten-million tonnes a year. The company on Wednesday said operations were on track to produce the... 

Metallica pushes back Urquhart start

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th April 2019 The share price of ASX-listed Metallica Minerals fell by nearly 18% on Wednesday on news that the company had failed to access export facilities for its Urquhart bauxite project, in the Cape York Peninsula, pushing back the start of mining. Metallica and its joint venture (JV) partner in... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules

Guinea transfers oversight of State mining company to Presidency

By: , Bloomberg     23rd April 2019 The office of Guinean President Alpha Conde is assuming oversight of the West African nation’s State-owned mining company in a move that will hand him more authority over the country’s holdings in some of world’s biggest bauxite deposits. The Presidency will take command of Societe Guinneenne du... 

Metro restarts ops at Bauxite Hills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2019 ASX-listed Metro Mining has restarted mining operations at the Bauxite Hills project, in Queensland, and has started loading its first shipment. The company ceased activities at Bauxite Hills at the end of December, with more than two-million tonnes of bauxite having been loaded onto 33 vessels... 

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 The cheerful mood among operators at the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, coupled with some proactive and innovative governments competing for attention, suggests that the West African mining sector’s vast potential may increasingly be realised through the successful development of new... 

Mineral-rich West Africa shows much potential
POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE The West African mining sector’s vast potential could be realised through successful proactive project development

West African mining rising steadily

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 Mining activity in West Africa is increasing and this trend is likely to continue. New mines have been established in Mali over the past few years, as well as in countries, such as Liberia, which are not traditionally associated with mining, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting... 

West African mining  rising steadily
JOHN KWOFIE West Africans are expressing their right to benefit from mining activities taking place in their own backyard

ERG joins UN Global Compact

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th April 2019 Diversified natural resources group Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) has joined the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. ERG has also undertaken to implement the compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour the environment... 

Queensland angers QRC over bauxite changes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th March 2019 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has raised concerns over legislation considered in the state Parliament to amend the royalty rates on bauxite exports. The Queensland Parliament reaffirmed a 2008 royalty decision maintaining the existing minimum royalty rate on bauxite for export A$2/t and... 

Norsk Hydro, Brazil prosecutor agree steps that could lead to Alunorte's full restart

By: Reuters     27th March 2019 Norsk Hydro has agreed with Brazil's federal prosecutor to have a third-party technical assessment that, if positive, could lead to it resuming full production at the half-shut Alunorte alumina refinery, the company said on Tuesday. The refinery, the world's biggest, has been operating at half... 

Guinea risks 'conflict and confusion' with mining eviction policy

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation. Seven human rights and development organisations asked the government not to adopt the proposed national... 

Norsk Hydro says Alunorte problems, higher raw material costs led to earnings fall

By: Reuters     18th March 2019 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro said its 2018 underlying earnings before interest and tax fell by 2.15-billion crowns, due to higher raw material costs and reduced operations at Brazil's Alunorte plant, it said on Friday. The world's largest alumina refinery has been running at half its capacity... 

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