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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. 

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 &... 

Controversial Act reducing investment in US
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. 

US-Canada critical metals focus could aid Nico
PROJECT OVERVIEW Fortune Minerals is working on increasing grade and gold contribution from its Nico deposit and reducing the capital costs of production facilities

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... 

Global interest growing in Canada’s sustainability initiative
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

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... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
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... 

New boss for Mexico’s largest openpit mine
PRODUCTIVITY PICK UP One of the key focus areas for Peñasquito includes improving throughput at the front end of the mill

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... 

South African  foundry involved in product development
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

Constant improvement crucial for the  mining industry
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... 

Company confirms  presence of substantial gold zone
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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... 

eCobalt sees potential  to increase production  rate at Idaho project
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

Government key role-player fostering  competitive minerals industry
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,... 

Nico project positioned to help meet growing cobalt demand
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... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America
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... 

Call to entice investment in Canada’s exploration, mining
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.... 

Attendees set to return to  PDAC 2018 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,... 

Lengthy permitting  process affecting  investment in US mining
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... 

PDAC honours industry leaders
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

Nico project potentially to start early next year
ROBIN GOAD Canadian mining and exploration companies operate in a globally competitive market and are price takers

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
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PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

Critical minerals project awaits funding for construction

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 With cobalt trading above $17/lb and trending higher toward longer-term averages, project developer Fortune Minerals saw this as an opportune time to secure the project financing needed to build its Nico project, in Canada. 

Critical minerals  project awaits funding for construction
COBALT SULPHATE Cobalt-based lithium-ion battery chemistries deliver superior energy density for power and performance

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Modest growth forecast for US iron-ore demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Advisory and consultancy firm the AME group forecasts modest growth in US iron-ore demand over the next three to five years, based on a recovering domestic economy. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser

17th February 2017 Ohio, US-based mobile crushing and screening equipment manufacturer IROCK Crushers has redesigned its TS-522 TD track portable screening plant to include a rinser. 

Three-deck screener now includes rinser
IROCK RINSER Users can set up the unit in as little as 20 minutes using hydraulically powered features such as conveyors and easy-to-use controls

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations

By: Malusi Mkhize     12th February 2016 Given the limited resources available to Canada’s territorial governments, federal funding will play a key role in developing infrastructure to facilitate the country’s minerals exploitation, according to a study by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and other industry... 

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations
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UNLOCKING MINERAL WEALTH Improving infrastructure to aid mining will be a common theme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention 2016

Major Canadian gold producer to release 2016 guidance

12th February 2016 Canadian gold producer Goldcorp, which could seek to expand its footprint beyond the Americas, expects to release its 2016 guidance after the markets close on February 25. In January, Reuters reported that the company would have to look for large scale assets outside the Americas as these become... 

Major Canadian gold producer  to release 2016 guidance
DAVID GAROFALO Assets in European and African countries could possibly meet Goldcorp’s criteria, which includes low political risk and the existence of a mining code

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling

12th February 2016 Vancouver-based gold explorer Pilot Gold expects to resume drilling in March at its Goldstrike property in Southwestern Utah, in the US, to focus on extending and defining mineralisation along the main gold trend. The company released the results of the second phase of its inaugural drill... 

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling
The Goldstrike property comprises a past-producing gold mine within an 8-km-long corridor of gold mineralisation that is largely untested and ready to be drilled

US govt depts join forces to further clamp down on safety violations

12th February 2016 The US Department of Labour (DoL) and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (Mou) to coordinate on matters pertaining to worker safety in mining operations that could lead to criminal prosecutions by the DoJ. The MoU, signed on December 17, 2015,... 

US govt depts join  forces to further clamp down on safety violations
Photo by Bloomberg
COMPLIANCE ISSUES The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations are complex and, therefore, it should not be assumed that employess will become experts

Promising anomalies discovered by Australian prospectors in US

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 Australian exploration company Carnavale Resources has come across promising anomalies in western Arizona and eastern Nevada, Carnavale MD Andrew Beckwith tells Mining Weekly. 

Promising anomalies  discovered by Australian prospectors in US
BIG POTENTIAL The four Carlin anomolies found are spread over an area of about 20km² on the eastern margin of Nevada

Low commodity prices challenge diversified junior’s US operation

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 Low commodity prices are a significant challenge for diversified junior mining company Fortune Minerals’ only producing asset, the Revenue silver mine, in south-west Colorado, Mining Weekly learns from president and CEO Robin Goad and investor relations manager Troy Nazarewicz. 

Low commodity prices challenge diversified  junior’s US operation
ROBIN GOAD Fortune has now focused its mining activity on higher-grade areas of the Revenue mine to compensate for the lower commodity prices

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology

By: Dylan Stewart     20th February 2015 The June 2014 acquisition of US-headquartered mining software developer MineSight by design, measurement and visualisation technology provider Hexagon AB to form its new division Hexagon Mining (HxM) has created many possibilities, highlighted by MineSight’s new data repository and analytics... 

New partnership generates cutting-edge technology
HXM BLAST Viewing the volume of influence solids and polygons will be among the features of MineSight's new blast technology
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