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BioteQ to construct fourth Chinese treatment plant

By: Henry Lazenby     5th October 2012 Vancouver-based BioteQ Environmental Technologies on Friday told Mining Weekly Online that it had entered into another joint venture (JV) partnership with China’s largest copper miner to build a wastewater treatment plant to extract heavy metals. BioteQ CEO Jonathan Wilkinson said this would be... 

Ontario’s McGuinty government modernises Mining Act

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2012 Ontario’s provincial government, under the leadership of Premier Dalton McGuinty, on Wednesday said new rules aimed at modernising the provincial Mining Act would come into effect in November. The Ontario government announced new rules that would impose exploration plans and permits on anyone... 

Orbite Aluminae refines plant design, reduces costs

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2012 oronto-listed clean-technology company Orbite Aluminae on Tuesday said it had finalised improvements to the design of its smelter-grade alumina (SGA) plant, resulting in significant cost savings. Orbite’s proprietary plant technology, which would also produce high-quality smelter grade alumina... 

Lacklustre year for IPOs could yet be redeemed – PwC

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd October 2012 After what had been described as a “lacklustre” year for Canadian initial public offerings (IPOs), chances were that companies are waiting for the "right" time to reach Canadian equity markets, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study has found. PwC on Tuesday said a quarterly survey of IPO activity... 

Goldcorp opens Toronto bourse to celebrate Timmins century

By: Henry Lazenby     1st October 2012 Canadian miner Goldcorp on Monday ceremoniously opened the Toronto bourse in recognition of the integral historical role its Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM) had played in developing the century-old City of Timmins, in northern Ontario. PGM GM Marc Lauzier was invited by Timmins mayor Tom Laughren to... 

Macro concerns fuel debate at resource investment conference

By: Simon Rees     1st October 2012 Given the current global economic outlook and the on-going European debt crisis, close attention was paid to macro concerns during key-note speeches, panel discussions and presentations at the Toronto Resource Investment Conference on September 27 and September 28. There was also much debate... 

Inmet mails $112m takeover offer to Petaquilla shareholders

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2012 Toronto-listed Inmet Mining on Friday filed its formal $112-million takeover offer for fellow-listed gold miner Petaquilla Minerals with Canadian securities regulators and mailed the offer and related documents to shareholders. Petaquilla had previously cautioned its shareholders against the... 

Forsys Metals updates Namibia resource, to consolidate projects

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2012 Namibia-focused uranium project developer Forsys Metals on Friday reported an updated National Instrument 43-101-compliant resource for its Namibplaas project, which had paved the way to start work on a technical report (TR) aimed at consolidating it with the company’s other nearby project,... 

PMI Gold secures $30m standby facility, to receive Ghana mining leases

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2012 TSX-V- and ASX-listed PMI Gold secured a $30-million standby funding facility from finance provider Macquarie Bank for use while it completes its flagship Obotan gold project, in south-west Ghana. The company said that although it had $30-million cash in the bank at the end of August, the... 

Panoro Minerals awarded full ownership of Peruvian project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2012 Peru-focused project developer Panoro Minerals on Thursday said an arbitration committee had confirmed that it had followed the required legal steps to cancel the Antilla joint venture (JV) agreement with Chancadora Centauro two years ago, and that it was the sole owner of the copper/molybdenum... 

Mining industry increasingly seeking water solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2012 The global mining water and wastewater sector was expected to grow as the focus on sustainable water solutions within the mining industry increased, a recent report by Frost & Sullivan found. In its ‘CEO 360 Degree Perspective of the Global Mining Water and Wastewater Treatment Market’ report,... 

La Platosa access blocked - again

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2012 Access to besieged Mexico silver miner Excellon Resources’ La Platosa mine was on Wednesday again blocked by protesting landowners and workers after labour authorities in the state of Durango deferred certification of the results of a union election held on July 5. Based on the initial results... 

‘Game changing’ company to assist Aboriginal economic management

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2012 A new “ground breaking” company had been formed to assist aboriginal communities and individuals to become successful at managing economic opportunities in their traditional territories. Newly formed Eagle Spirit Energy board member and aboriginal businessman Dave Tuccaro said major corporations... 

NRC receives funding commitment to unearth new Nunavut projects

By: Henry Lazenby     27th September 2012 A long-term vision for the economic inclusion and direct participation in the resources sector of the Inuit people of Canada’s newest territory Nunavut was one step closer to realisation, with a funding commitment, on Wednesday, by the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), which set in motion the... 

Despite tough market, junior Parkside Resources rings bourse bell

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2012 Exploration junior Parkside Resources on Tuesday morning rang the ceremonial market-opening bell to officially mark the company’s listing on the Toronto Venture-exchange. The company, which was formally admitted to trading on the Toronto bourse in August, had completed a primary public offering... 

BC success story starts new global chapter

By: Henry Lazenby     24th September 2012 The recent business combination of environmental and sustainability consultancy ERM and British Columbia–based firm Rescan Environmental Services had catapulted Rescan into the global arena, CEO Clem Pelletier told Mining Weekly Online on Monday. The company, which was founded by Pelletier in... 

Orbit Garant Drilling says exploration spending at ‘all-time high’  

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2012 Canada’s Orbit Garant Drilling on Friday said global exploration spending was at an “all-time high” in 2011, which helped bolster the company’s full-year revenue. "Despite the current global economic uncertainties stemming from the European debt crisis, slowing growth in China, and the upcoming... 

Duluth Metals receives prospecting permits for Minnesota

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2012 Canadian project developer Duluth Metals on Friday said it had received four prospecting permits from the US Bureau of Land Management that would enable it to further its Minnesota exploration programme. The permits would cover strategic targets at its properties in north-eastern Minnesota,... 

Acid mine drainage issue reaching critical stage – WRC 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st September 2012 The issue of mine water treatment and the management thereof has become urgent. South Africa has run out of time to debate and must act, says Water Research Commission (WRC) mine water treatment and management research manager Dr Jo Burgess. The western, central and eastern basins of the... 

Correct waste management crucial

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 Waste management is generally a problem in the mining industry, with abandoned quarries often used by mining companies for the illegal disposal of wastewater or other hazardous waste. This is tempting, as most quarries are situated in remote areas close to other mining operations and the cost of... 

New techniques impact on fossil discoveries

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 Quarry operations and the paleoanthropology fraternity continuously liaise to ensure fossils and artefacts are preserved; however, modern mining techniques have made it more difficult to recover fossils and artefacts from quarries, says University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Professor and reader... 

Little done by government to mitigate illegal quarrying – Aspasa

By: Yolandi Booyens     21st September 2012 The practice of illegal mining is still the number one complaint of the members of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa), who experience financial repercussions, owing to unfair competition caused by this activity. “As government holds the mineral rights in... 

Acid mine drainage issue reaching critical stage – Water Research Commission 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st September 2012 The issue of mine water treatment and the management thereof has become urgent. South Africa has run out of time to debate and must act, says Water Research Commission (WRC) mine water treatment and management research manager Dr Jo Burgess. The western, central and eastern basins of the... 

Market volatility slows M&A activity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2012 While global economic uncertainty and a drop in commodity prices had led to a marked slowdown in merger and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of the year, miners with cash were viewing it as an opportunity to take advantage of lower valuations by entering M&A discussions and finding creative... 

Queenston Mining closure plan for Ontario gold project approved

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2012 The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) had approved TSX-listed Queenston Mining’s proposed closure plan for its Upper Beaver exploration project, located in the Kirkland Lake gold camp of northern Ontario. The company said the approval of the closure plan allowed it to... 

Centerra Gold receives approval for two Mongolian projects

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2012 Toronto-listed Centerra Gold on Wednesday said it had received regulatory approval for its mine plan to restart using the heap leach facility at its Boroo mine, in Mongolia. The miner said it expected to resume the heap leach operation when it had been recommissioned and estimated production... 

Tensions rise as construction of Guatemala project powers on

By: Henry Lazenby     19th September 2012 A Guatemala judge and a work crew were this week pelted by stones and held against their will by protesters at the site where a power line was being constructed to connect Toronto-listed Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver project, in the south-east of the country, to the power grid. The company on... 

Flathead Valley off limits to mining, $10m raised to implement Act

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2012 Two nongovernmental nature conservation organisations on Friday announced that through a collaboration of public and private partners, more than $10-million had been raised to implement legislation that permanently bans mining and exploration in British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley. The... 

Brazil project ‘advantageously timed’ for price recovery – Largo

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2012 Tungsten- and Vanadium-focused miner Largo Resources, developing the Maracás vanadium project, in Bahia, Brazil, said it expected an upswing in demand for vanadium, positioning the project well to take advantage of rising prices when production starts at the end of 2013. CEO Mark Brennan on... 

Pebble mine’s problems underline environmental tensions in Alaska 

By: Simon Rees     14th September 2012 As summer turns to fall in Alaska, mining companies small and large are bringing their primary exploration and development campaigns to a close. They will have also been strengthening community relations and monitoring the environment in which they work. Formulation of plans and feasibility... 

‘Need to become serious about clean air’

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th September 2012 Filtration solutions company Aircure has unveiled seven new dust control innovations that are expected to help mines and other industries deal with hazardous air to which workers are exposed.  

Uncertain economy squeezes mining CEO bonuses

By: Henry Lazenby     13th September 2012 Canadian mining company CEOs saw their average total cash compensation decline this, as average base pay rates remained flat from the previous year, but average yearly bonus payments dropped, the ‘2012 Mining Industry Salary Survey’ by Coopers Consulting and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) found.... 

Canada's territories given bright prospects by mining potential - report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2012 Despite the global economic uncertainty and the unresolved fiscal and economic woes in Europe, economic growth in the Canadian territories is forecast to outpace the country as a whole for several years to come. Real gross domestic product (GDP) in the territories was expected to grow by 3.6%... 

Golder & Associates awarded pre-emptive western Quebec EIA study

By: Henry Lazenby     12th September 2012 Quebec heavy rare-earths elements (HREE) project developer Matamec Explorations on Wednesday said it had awarded consulting engineering firm Golder & Associates a contract to conduct an environmental and social impact assessment for its Kipiwa project as a precautionary measure. The company said... 

Barrick Gold lowers copper output on Saudi mine delay  

By: Henry Lazenby     11th September 2012 The world’s largest gold miner Barrick Gold on Tuesday said it had lowered its copper production outlook for 2013 owing to the company’s Jabal Sayid project, in Saudi Arabia, not complying with the country’s safety and security standards. CE Jamie Sokalsky told the Denver Gold Forum that the... 

Excellon says La Platosa blockade ended, shares jump

By: Henry Lazenby     10th September 2012 The Toronto-listed stocks of besieged Mexico silver miner Excellon Resources closed 25% higher on Monday, following the miner’s announcement that an illegal blockade of the main entrance to its La Platosa mine by local landowners had been lifted. Workers at the mine were able to enter the mine... 

MAC says mining paid Canadian governments $9bn in 2011

By: Henry Lazenby     10th September 2012 The Canadian mining industry had paid about $9-billion to Canadian governments in 2011 – nearly as much as during the peak production period of 2007/08 – backed by higher prices and rise in production, a report released on Monday said. The Canadian mining industry had paid about $9-billion to... 

Atlantic Canada economic prospects improves, resources assist – RBC

By: Henry Lazenby     10th September 2012 The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) said it expected a sizeable drop in oil and gas extraction output - the largest contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) in Newfoundland and Labrador on an industry basis - would slow economic growth substantially to 1.5% this year, down from 3% in 2011. The... 

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