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Low-cost coal key driver of major Mozambique pig iron aspiration

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2013 Nearby low-cost thermal coal is a key driver in a new move to produce mine-mouth pig iron in neighbouring Mozambique, where there is also access to clean, low-tariff hydroelectric power and water. Developing higher value, higher demand products on site is expected to reduce exposure to market... 

Four mining projects receive R&D grants to spur local mining industry

By: Henry Lazenby     7th June 2013 Four mining research and development (R&D) projects on Friday received a total of $464 308 in support from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) to spur the mining industry, which is a significant contributor to the local economy. The Minister responsible for... 

UN may license first seabed mining operations in 2016, but enviro scepticism lingers

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     7th June 2013 Deep-sea mining is increasingly becoming an attractive investment for mining companies and the United Nations (UN) has published its first plan for deep-sea mining and says that companies could apply for mining licences as soon as 2016.  

Environment assessment for Alaska’s Pebble mine ‘theatre of the absurd’ – Northern Dynasty

By: Henry Lazenby     5th June 2013 Dual-listed project developer Northern Dynasty Minerals has filed a 205-page submission with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its call for public comments on the revised draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA), calling the draft report and the process used to... 

Diamcor launches placement to cover opex after rain delays production

By: Henry Lazenby     4th June 2013 Emerging South Africa-focused diamond producer Diamcor Mining on Tuesday launched a nonbrokered private placement for up to $1.87-million to support operations at its flagship Krone-Endora at Venetia project, in the Limpopo province, after record rainfall limited production during the first... 

Encanto lifts flagship project’s resources to support 70 yr LOM

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd June 2013 Project developer Encanto Potash has lifted the resources at its flagship Muskowekwan project to support a potential life-of-mine (LoM) of 70 years, with the potential to add another 60 years to the LoM should the inferred resources be converted to reserves. First Potash Ventures, a partnership... 

Pebble mine impact to propel US and Alaskan economies

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2013 A new report examining the potential economic impact of the proposed Pebble copper, gold and molybdenum mine on the Alaskan and the US economies has found that the mine could support 15 000 American jobs and contribute more than $2.4-billion a year to the US gross domestic product (GDP). The... 

Centerra shuts down Kyrgyz mine as government deals with blockade

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2013 Canada’s Centerra Gold on Friday said it would continue with the orderly shutdown of its flagship Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan, as government is dealing with an illegal blockade by hundreds of protestors of the road leading to the mine. The company said until the government had lifted the state of... 

Afferro more than doubles Cameroon iron-ore resource

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2013 Cameroon-focused iron-ore junior Afferro Mining has lifted the National Instrument 43-101-compliant direct shipping ore (DSO) resource at its flagship Nkout iron-ore project by 156% to 64.3-million tonnes. Afferro said the saprolite DSO, which has a grade of 54.5% iron, could potentially be... 

Centerra Gold suspends Kyrgyz operations as protestors cut power

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2013 Canadian miner Centerra Gold has suspended operations at its flagship Kumtor gold mine, in Kyrgyzstan, after protestors, who have been blocking the road leading to the mine, cut the mine’s power supply. The mine had started an orderly shutdown of the milling facility using back-up... 

Access to Centerra Gold’s Kyrgyz mine blocked by locals

By: Henry Lazenby     28th May 2013 If an illegal roadblock by the community at TSX-listed Centerra Gold’s flagship Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan, is not resolved soon, it could result in a negative impact on the beleaguered company’s operations. Centerra on Tuesday said the illegal protest was interfering with the movement of... 

Allana shares spike after Ethiopian authorities approve impact assessment 

By: Henry Lazenby     27th May 2013 The TSX-listed shares of Ethiopia-focused project developer Allana Potash on Monday jumped almost 15% after authorities approved its environmental-, social- and health-impact assessment (ESHIA) last week, which was seen as an important milestone on the road to being granted a mining licence for... 

Brigus Gold temporarily suspends milling due to water

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2013 Abnormally heavy rainfall and the melting of the remaining snowpack have caused water levels in the holding facility and water management facilities at gold producer Brigus Gold’s Black Fox mill to be higher than recommended, forcing the company to temporarily suspend milling operations. Brigus... 

Belo Sun reports positive metallurgic results for third Brazilian deposit

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2013 Canadian explorer Belo Sun Mining on Thursday said it had received positive results from preliminary metallurgical leach test work on samples from the South Block deposit of its Volta Grande gold project, located in Brazil’s Para state. The purpose of the preliminary metallurgical test work... 

EMED completes TMF design for flagship Spanish project, timeline slips

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2013 Project developer EMED Mining, which is working to restart production at its flagship Rio Tinto mine, in Spain’s Andalucia region, on Thursday said it had completed the design of the tailings management facility (TMF) after it was confirmed that the two authorities responsible for issuing... 

Biodiversity guideline a ‘step in the right direction’ – panel

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd May 2013 The latest environmental guideline report aimed at the mining industry has been welcomed as a first step in starting the process of finding the delicate balance between mining economically and biodiversity protection, a panel agreed on Thursday. Speaking at a Gordon Institute of Business Science... 

Molewa launches environmental-impact mitigation guideline for mining industry

By: Natalie Greve     22nd May 2013 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Wednesday launched a guideline document to provide the mining sector with directives on how to avoid, limit or remedy mining impacts as part of a thorough environmental-impact assessment (EIA) and robust environmental management programme.... 

Orbite shares bounce as new directors assume board positions

By: Henry Lazenby     21st May 2013 Following the immediate appointment of three independent directors to Canadian alumina producer Orbite Aluminae’s board, the company’s TSX-listed shares on Tuesday jumped more than 28% in value to make up some of the ground it had lost since the start of the year. Orbite announced that Peter... 

Tasman Metals receives mining lease for Swedish rare earths project

By: Henry Lazenby     21st May 2013 Rare earths project developer Tasman Metals on Tuesday announced that it has received a 25-year mining lease for the Norra Karr heavy rare-earth element (REE) project in Sweden. Tasman said the mining lease gave the company the full mineral rights for the project for the period, which would then... 

Development of AMD treatment plants for Wits basin under way – Molewa

By: Natalie Greve     21st May 2013 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) has made “good progress” with regard to the challenge of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand area since the inception of an inter-Ministerial committee on AMD in 2010, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told Parliament on Tuesday.... 

Mutiny doubles Deflector size

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2013 Gold developer Mutiny Gold has more than doubled the footprint of its Deflector gold-copper deposit, in Western Australia, following recent exploration activities. The ASX-listed company said that in addition, favourable structural settings for Deflector clones have been identified near the... 

Anketell port project gets environmental thumbs up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th May 2013 Federal Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Minister Tony Burke has approved the development of the Anketell Point port project, as proposed by ASX-listed Aquila Resources. Burke has imposed 45 conditions on the project’s development, which he said would ensure that... 

Environmental group says marine phosphate mining cannot be sustained by Namibia

By: Gia Costella     17th May 2013 The Namibian marine environment cannot accommodate a viable fishing industry and the disruptive exercise of marine phosphate mining, says environmental lobby group Swakopmund Matters. “Either one or the other can thrive – not both,” says the group, which was formed in 2011 to raise awareness of... 

Company highlights importance of water reuse for Namibian mining industry

By: Gia Costella     17th May 2013 Water recycling is of the utmost importance in the Namibian mining industry, as the country is severely affected by drought and shortages of potable water, says water and chemical treatment solutions provider Aqua Services & Engineering (ASE) MD Chris Stöck. The company, which is the Namibian... 

Panoro projects progress as Peru seeks to double copper output

By: Simon Rees     16th May 2013 King copper’s crown recently slipped in Peru; formally the second-largest producer of the red metal, the country was pushed into third place by China during 2011, according to the International Copper Study Group’s 2012 fact book. Peru is keen to rectify this. On May 6, the country’s energy and... 

Norton Rose predicts continued onslaught of proxy battles in mining sector

By: Simon Rees     14th May 2013 On April 8, New York-based hedge fund Jana Partners expressed confidence that two of its five nominees would be voted onto the board of Canadian fertiliser producer Agrium at the company's annual general meeting the following day. The company is also a significant potash producer. In the event,... 

Amplats considers introducing solar power at mines 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2013 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has called for expressions of interests (EoI) from independent power producers for the supply of electric power for its operations. The company, which aimed to enter into a long-term power purchase agreement, was seeking service providers to... 

Papillon awarded environmental permit for Fekola

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th May 2013 ASX-listed Papillon Resources has been granted an environmental permit for its Fekola gold project, in Mali. The company said on Thursday that the granting of the permit was a major milestone for the company, and followed a significant amount of work over the last 18 months, including baseline... 

Equinox Copper secures fiscal stream with small-scale mining

By: Simon Rees     7th May 2013 With the junior mining sector still stuck in the economic doldrums, companies using alternative funding models, or using existing financing routes with bolt-on revenue streams, deserve close attention. One such company is junior miner Equinox Copper. Initially, its main objective was to... 

Quebec announces plans for northern development, assigns $868m

By: Henry Lazenby     7th May 2013 Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and provincial Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet, on Tuesday outlined the province’s incumbent political party, Parti Québécois’ economic vision for developing the vast north, committing $868-million over the next five years to develop the region. Marois,... 

Belo Sun announces PFS for flagship Brazilian project

By: Henry Lazenby     7th May 2013 Brazil-focused exploration company Belo Sun this week announced results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its flagship Volta Grande project in central Brazil. The study placed a potential after-tax net present value of $474.2-million on the project, using a 5% discount rate. The study had also... 

Canada Lithium’s process plant approved for operations

By: Henry Lazenby     7th May 2013 Quebec-focused lithium producer Canada Lithium on Tuesday said it had received official approval from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to operate the new process plant kiln at its flagship Quebec Lithium project, near Val d'Or. Canada Lithium said following an on-site field evaluation on... 

Coal for Eskom now top priority – Coal Roadmap 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2013 Securing coal for Eskom was now the number-one priority, South African Coal Roadmap chairperson Ian Hall said on Tuesday. Addressing the twelfth Coaltrans Southern Africa coal conference at Sun City, the Anglo American Thermal Coal Projects GM said Eskom needed 60-million tons a year of new-mine... 

EMED's Spanish project part of a European mining renaissance

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2013 Toronto-listed project developer EMED Mining was part of what might very well be a renaissance of European mining, as it was preparing to restart mining at its flagship Rio Tinto copper mine, in Spain’s region of Andalucia. The Europe-focused miner told Mining Weekly Online on Monday that... 

Centerra working intensively on long-term waste plan as dump moves

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2013 Unexpected waste movement was again forcing Canadian gold miner Centerra Gold to adjust plans at its flagship Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan, following the faster-than-expected waste movement in a large section of Kumtor's main waste-rock dump, the Davidov Valley waste-rock dump. Centerra late on... 

Aurizon stock slips after ‘minor’ spill

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2013 The Toronto-listed shares of gold miner Aurizon Mines on Friday shed almost 12% of its value after the company reported a “minor” discharge at a tailings facility at its Casa Berardi mine, in Quebec, which reportedly spilled contaminated material into James Bay. The company on Friday said the... 

PM announces support for 55 innovative clean-energy projects

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday announced support for 55 innovative new projects aimed at producing and using energy in a cleaner, more efficient way. This support was being provided through the Canadian government’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, which was introduced in Budget 2011,... 

2012 marks prosperous year for BC mining industry despite lower earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2013 British Columbia’s (BC’s) mining industry has experienced another thriving year in 2012, including mineral exploration and development, despite profits being lower than in 2011, international auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC's) BC Mining Industry Survey for 2012 has found. "BC's mining... 

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