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31st May 2022 Mining success relies on efficient and cost effective minerals processing, and Multotec partners with its mining customers to achieve this vital goal. Recognised as an industry leader in metallurgy and process engineering, we have driven technology development in this field for five decades.... 

Company’s software can support exploration boom

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 The North American mining industry is experiencing a “remarkable period of expansion in exploration”, with mining companies rapidly turning to technology for support. This, in turn, is accelerating the uptake of software company Seequent’s solutions, states Seequent mining exploration director... 

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GRADE-CONTROL OFFERING Instantly available and dynamically updated data improves geologists’ knowledge of a deposit, and their ability to predict the location, quality and quantity of the orebody

Project to help diversify critical minerals production

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 The shovel-ready status of North American miner Fortune Minerals’ NICO cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project positions it well to help diversify the sources of critical minerals in North America in the near term, states Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. The company announced in January... 

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CRITICAL MINERALS DEMAND The vertically integrated NICO project would provide a reliable North American source of three Critical Minerals produced responsibly with Canadian ESG values

Acquisition helps improve mining digitalisation

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 Digital reality solutions developer Hexagon acquired drilling technology provider Minnovare last month; its solutions improve the speed, cost and accuracy of underground drilling. Hexagon Mining division chief technology officer Rob Daw says this acquisition by Hexagon’s mining portfolio is... 

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ENHANCING UNDERGROUND CAPABILITIES Hexagon recently acquired Minnovare, a leading provider of drilling technology that improves the speed, cost and accuracy of underground drilling

Hybrid PDAC allows for more stakeholder engagement

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 The decision to postpone the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC’s) convention, from March to June, offers “the best chance of success for all of our stakeholders” to engage in the event, states PDAC president Alex Christopher. He explains that capacity limits for indoor... 

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ALEX CHRISTOPHER There are stakeholders all over the world who want access to the forum offered by the PDAC convention, be it online or in person

PDAC welcomes proposed flow-through legislation

12th February 2021 In December, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) welcomed the federal government’s draft legislative proposals to protect jobs and save operations within the junior mining exploration sector and other flow-through share issuers, by extending the timelines for spending the... 

GREATER REACH 
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada made the decision to go virtual after many months of analysis and careful consideration, and was encouraged by the prospect of reaching an even greater number of international attendees
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GREATER REACH The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada made the decision to go virtual after many months of analysis and careful consideration, and was encouraged by the prospect of reaching an even greater number of international attendees

Canadian firm launches pioneering hydrogen advisory team

12th February 2021 Canadian law firm Fasken has launched a new Hydrogen Energy Advisory Team (H2EAT), a pioneering initiative to help clients navigate the global transition to a clean hydrogen economy. 

CASH INJECTION 
Conventional energy producers, transportation companies, and power suppliers are making substantial investments in hydrogen
CASH INJECTION Conventional energy producers, transportation companies, and power suppliers are making substantial investments in hydrogen

Hydrogen electrolyser installed in Canada

12th February 2021 Multinational industrial gases supplier Air Liquide has completed the construction of the world's largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser. 

LOW-CARBON COMMITMENTS 
Air Liquide confirms its commitment to the production of low-carbon hydrogen on an industrial scale and its ability to effectively deploy the related technological solutions
LOW-CARBON COMMITMENTS Air Liquide confirms its commitment to the production of low-carbon hydrogen on an industrial scale and its ability to effectively deploy the related technological solutions

Major enters scandium market

12th February 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto will become the first producer of high-quality scandium oxide in North America, with construction of a new commercial-scale demonstration plant underway at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. 

MULTIFACETED 
Scandium oxide is used to improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells, which are used as a power source for data centres and hospitals, as well as in niche products such as lasers and lighting for stadiums or studios
MULTIFACETED Scandium oxide is used to improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells, which are used as a power source for data centres and hospitals, as well as in niche products such as lasers and lighting for stadiums or studios

Challenges need to be met to further development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 While Canada’s mineral potential is well recognised, it has several challenges that need to be addressed to capitalise on the resource development opportunity, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

GOVERNANCE GOALS 
Governments in Canada, particularly those provinces responsible for resource development, need to be more aligned with national objectives, priorities and policies
GOVERNANCE GOALS Governments in Canada, particularly those provinces responsible for resource development, need to be more aligned with national objectives, priorities and policies

Association commits to supporting diversity, inclusion

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 In December, the national organisation for the Canadian mining industry, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, which include 45 of Canada’s leading mining companies, released a statement denouncing all forms of discrimination, racism and sexism, and committed to eliminating such... 

PIERRE GRATTON 
It is clear our industry has much more to do to eliminate racism, discrimination and sexism in all its forms
PIERRE GRATTON It is clear our industry has much more to do to eliminate racism, discrimination and sexism in all its forms

Canada’s potential growth backed by non-traditional demand

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th February 2021 Canada is the second largest country in the world and has vast uninhabited regions with diverse geology, hosting one of the most prolific mineral endowments on the planet, says North American mine developer Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad. 

GETTING THERE 
The NICO Project (pictured above) is a near shovel-ready, vertically integrated primary cobalt deposit with a 1.1-million-ounce in-situ gold co-product
GETTING THERE The NICO Project (pictured above) is a near shovel-ready, vertically integrated primary cobalt deposit with a 1.1-million-ounce in-situ gold co-product

PDAC 2021: The world’s premier virtual mineral exploration and mining convention

10th February 2021 The mineral exploration and mining industry will come together – virtually – on March 8-11, 2021, for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2021 Convention. This year marks the 89th year for the iconic event. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel and major... 

United Mining Services Group: value driven solutions to the mining and mineral processing markets

14th February 2020 United Mining Services (UMS) Group, incorporating the internationally recognised Mining Engineering Technical Services (METS) and Shaft Sinkers brands, is a leader in the mining and minerals processing sectors. 

United Mining Services Group: value driven solutions to the mining and mineral processing markets

Controversial Act reducing investment in US

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 While the US scores high in terms of its steady economic and political systems, lack of government corruption and currency stability, it has a low ranking for permitting delays, with the necessary government authorisations taking about seven to ten years to secure, says the American Exploration &... 

ENVIRONMENTAL ACT ASSESMENT The National Environmental Policy Act is being misused in ways that delay a whole array of desirable projects that create jobs
ENVIRONMENTAL ACT ASSESMENT The National Environmental Policy Act is being misused in ways that delay a whole array of desirable projects that create jobs

US-Canada critical metals focus could aid Nico

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 The Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is among several advanced critical minerals projects in the country that could be fast-tracked to production stage with some government assistance, says developer Fortune Minerals. 

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Fortune Minerals is working on increasing grade and gold contribution from its Nico deposit and reducing the capital costs of production facilities
PROJECT OVERVIEW Fortune Minerals is working on increasing grade and gold contribution from its Nico deposit and reducing the capital costs of production facilities

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

CRITICAL GATHERING
Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

New boss for Mexico’s largest openpit mine

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Colorado-based gold mining company Newmont will transfer its Boddington gold and copper mine GM, Jim Cooper, from Australia to Mexico in the first quarter of this year to optimise its civil action-plagued Peñasquito openpit mine to improve productivity, lower costs and extend mine life. Newmont... 

PRODUCTIVITY PICK UP One of the key focus areas for Peñasquito includes improving throughput at the front end of the mill
PRODUCTIVITY PICK UP One of the key focus areas for Peñasquito includes improving throughput at the front end of the mill

Global interest growing in Canada’s sustainability initiative

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 The implementation of the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC’s) Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative at its members’ operations is helping drive demand for Canadian investment in global mining jurisdictions. “We are extremely proud of all that TSM has accomplished in terms of raising the... 

EXPORTING STANDARDS
Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative has been adopted by Finland, Argentina, Botswana, the Philippines and Brazil, with mining associations in many other countries expressing their interest
EXPORTING STANDARDS Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative has been adopted by Finland, Argentina, Botswana, the Philippines and Brazil, with mining associations in many other countries expressing their interest

South African foundry involved in product development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     18th April 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the... 

NICHE MARKET
Thos Begbie has new products pending further investigation and studies that could present the opportunity to produce unique components for the steel industry, particularly blast furnaces
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NICHE MARKET Thos Begbie has new products pending further investigation and studies that could present the opportunity to produce unique components for the steel industry, particularly blast furnaces

Constant improvement crucial for the mining industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 Industry organisation the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC’s) is to hold its annual convention in Toronto, Canada from March 3 to 6, and PDAC president Glenn Mullan says the convention must constantly improve to benefit people in the industry. “Staying relevant is... 

EXPANDING EXHIBITION
The exhibition space at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange is expanding this year
EXPANDING EXHIBITION The exhibition space at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange is expanding this year

Company confirms presence of substantial gold zone

15th February 2019 Exploration company Tudor Gold has confirmed the presence of a substantial new gold zone, which has been named Goldstorm, at Treaty Creek, in the Golden Triangle region – one of the most important mineral districts of northwestern British Columbia, Canada. It was previously thought that gold... 

GOLD Over the coming months, Tudor Gold hopes to gain a better understanding of aspects that control gold mineralisation
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GOLD Over the coming months, Tudor Gold hopes to gain a better understanding of aspects that control gold mineralisation

eCobalt sees potential to increase production rate at Idaho project

15th February 2019 Cobalt producer eCobalt Solutions has identified the potential to increase the targeted production rate to 1 200 t/d from 800 t/d, an increase of 50% compared to the previous mine plan, at its Idaho cobalt project, located near the town of Salmon in east-central Idaho, in the US. The project is... 

COBALT SUPPLY CHAIN
The cobalt supply chain, from mine production to intermediates and finished product, has rapidly transformed over the past several years in response to the electric vehicle market
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COBALT SUPPLY CHAIN The cobalt supply chain, from mine production to intermediates and finished product, has rapidly transformed over the past several years in response to the electric vehicle market

Government key role-player fostering competitive minerals industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 Government plays a key role in creating a favourable environment for a competitive Canadian mineral industry that will continue to provide significant socioeconomic benefits, says industry organisation Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) president Glenn Mullan. He tells Mining... 

Canada’s mineral exploration and mining sector generates significant socioeconomic benefits for the country’s remote and Indigenous communities
Canada’s mineral exploration and mining sector generates significant socioeconomic benefits for the country’s remote and Indigenous communities

Nico project positioned to help meet growing cobalt demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 Development-stage mining company Fortune Minerals’ Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is one of the few cobalt development stage projects situated outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that can support near-term accelerating demand for cobalt,... 

ROBIN GOAD
Fortune Minerals’ Nico asset is unique, as the cobalt produced is the primary metal in the deposit and the byproducts are gold and bismuth
ROBIN GOAD Fortune Minerals’ Nico asset is unique, as the cobalt produced is the primary metal in the deposit and the byproducts are gold and bismuth

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     11th April 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

QUALITY PRODUCTS Thos Begbie has the capacity to meet any client requirement in size, quality and complexity
Thos Begbie CEO Edwin Dreyer discusses the North America smelting market. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 Although there was a prolonged downturn from 2012 to 2016 in the global mineral industry, the outlook for exploration financing and expenditures continues to improve. However, while there was a significant recovery globally in 2017, the recovery was only modest in Canada, says industry... 

EXPLORATION EDGE The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada wants a conducive environment to improve Canada's mineral exploration and mining competitiveness
EXPLORATION EDGE The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada wants a conducive environment to improve Canada's mineral exploration and mining competitiveness

Attendees set to return to PDAC 2018 Convention

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 More than 24 000 attendees, including investors and exhibitors from 130 countries, are expected at industry organisation the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) annual PDAC International Convention, Trade Show and Investors Exchange, in Toronto, Canada, from March 4 to 7.... 

CURRENT TRENDS
Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention
CURRENT TRENDS Thousands of delegates, including exhibitors and investors, are expected at this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention

Lengthy permitting process affecting investment in US mining

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The lengthy, outdated and burdensome permitting process involving federal, state and local authorities is currently the biggest barrier to new mining investment in the US, says mining-focused US trade organisation the National Mining Association (NMA). Despite having abundant mineral resources,... 

SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year
SAFETY IS CORE The National Mining Association's mining safety initiative, Core Safety, registered zero fatalities for its 29 participating companies last year

PDAC honours industry leaders

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The largest challenge facing the mining industry globally is the disconnect between investors' timeframes and the timeframe to discover and develop mining projects, says exploration and development company NexGen Energy, the winner of nonprofit organisation the Prospectors and Developers... 

RECOGNISING INDUSTRY LEADERS The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada will salute exceptional industry members at its annual convention
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RECOGNISING INDUSTRY LEADERS The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada will salute exceptional industry members at its annual convention

Nico project potentially to start early next year

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The two-year construction of the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, could start in early 2019 on receipt of the project financing and remaining regulatory approvals, which are expected later this year. “The environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approvals... 

ROBIN GOAD
Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers
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