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SSR buys partner’s stake in Argentina mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2019 Nasdaq- and TSX-listed silver miner SSR Mining will buy the remaining 25% shareholding in the Puna operation, in Argentina, from TSX-V-listed Golden Arrow Resources for $34-million. Upon closing of the transaction, SSR will own 100% of Puna – a joint venture that was formed through the... 

Force finds offtake for prospective Tshimpala

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th July 2019 ASX-listed Force Commodities has signed a binding offtake agreement with Swiss-based Transamine Trading SA over the lead and silver production from its Tshimpala project, in Malawi. Under the terms of the agreement, Transamine would purchase all of the high-grade lead and silver produced from... 

Lead, zinc and copper markets all in deficit during first quarter of 2019

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Provisional data reported to the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) indicate that global refined lead metal demand exceeded supply by 39 000 t during the first four months of 2019, the organisation stated in a press release last month. Over the same period total reported stock levels... 

Lead, zinc and copper markets all in deficit during first quarter of 2019
RUNNING LOW The global market for refined zinc metal was in deficit by 97 000 t over the first four months of 2019

Consistent delivery from Central Asia’s Sasa and Kounrad

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2019 The Sasa and Kounrad operations that London-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML) own in Kazakhstan and north Macedonia, respectively, have achieved “another period of consistent delivery”, CEO Nigel Robinson said on Wednesday. The Kounrad solvent extraction and electrowinning copper plant produced... 

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... 

Azure’s Mexico project receives all regulatory approvals

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2019 ASX-listed Azure Minerals has received all regulatory approvals necessary for its planned mining operation at Oposura, Mexico, including openpit and underground mining permits, environmental clearances, explosives permits and surface land-use agreements. The fully-funded zinc/lead/silver project... 

Russian miner partners with AI solutions provider to mine in the extreme north

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 First Ore-Mining Company, which forms a part of ARMZ Uranium – the mining division of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation – has signed a memorandum of understanding with Finnish-Russian digital solutions provider ZYFRA to deploy artificial intelligence-based solutions in mining and... 

Northern Cape may be where parts of Australia were in 90s – The Mineral Corporation 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2019 South Africa’s highly prospective Northern Cape may now be where geologically endowed parts Australia were in the early 1990s, John Murphy, the MD of The Mineral Corporation (TMC), said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online in an exclusive interview at the 21-year-old advisory group’s... 

Northern Cape may be where parts of Australia were in 90s – The Mineral Corporation
Photo by Creamer Media Photographer Dylan Slater
The Mineral Corporation MD John Murphy.

Nyrstar suspends Port Pirie lead smelter, declares force majeure

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 Nyrstar has halted production at its Port Pirie lead smelter in Australia and declared force majeure, the Belgian-headquartered metals and mining company said on Thursday. It stopped output at Port Pirie on May 28 due to an unplanned outage at the blast furnace, a spokesman said in a email. 

Jubilee progresses towards producing 60 000 oz/y of PGMs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2019 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals is making progress in increasing production from, and commodity exposure to, its projects in South Africa and Zambia. The company’s PlatCro platinum group metals (PGMs) processing project in South Africa has been commissioned, with a 60 000 t per month... 

Azure to start trial mining at Mexico project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Australia-based emerging miner Azure Minerals on Wednesday announced that its board had approved the start of trial mining and processing of high-grade mineralisation from its Oposura zinc/lead project in Sonara, Mexico. Operations would start in the September quarter and would be funded through... 

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.

Silvercorp profit falls as prices dip

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 Canada-based, China-focused Silvercorp Metals has reported a lower profit margin for the financial year ended March 2019, on the back of lower prices for the precious and base metals that the company produces. In the reporting period, the company sold about 6.4-million ounces of silver (up 6%... 

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.

Sierra Metals still expects to meet 2019 guidance despite strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 Despite losing 12 days of production to an illegal strike at the Yauricocha mine, in Peru, and reporting a slower-than-expected ramp up of throughput at its Mexico mines, Sierra Metals still expects to achieve its 2019 production guidance, CEO Igor Gonzales said on Tuesday. The TSX-listed miner... 

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.

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

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Africa will struggle to keep up with major lead-producing countries, such as China and Australia, owing to a lack of new projects in the pipeline, says credit and macro intelligence solutions provider Fitch Group commodities industry expert Diego Oliva-Velez. There are currently only four new... 

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch
Photo by Bloomberg
ENVIRONMENTAL RESTRICTIONS As a highly polluting and toxic metal, global lead production will remain under pressure over the coming years

First Majestic reports solid start to 2019

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Mexico-focused miner First Majestic Silver has had a solid start to 2019, with its first-quarter production reaching 6.3-million silver-equivalent ounces (SEOs). This compares with 3.9-million SEOs in the same quarter of 2018, and 6.5-million SEOs in the fourth quarter of last year. 

Beowulf raises another £500 000

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Nordic-focused mineral exploration and development company Beowulf Mining has announced that it will raise £500 000 by issuing shares at 5.75p each. The funds are for general working capital purposes and for supporting its commitment to Vardar Minerals’ Kosovan exploration programme, the company... 

Good start to 2019 for Central Asia Metals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2019 London-listed Central Asia Metals Limited (CAML) has had a good start to the year at its Kounrad and Sasa operations, with the company on Wednesday declaring that it was on track to meet its full-year guidance for copper, zinc and lead. The Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and... 

Good start to 2019 for Central Asia Metals

Jubilee set to acquire Sable Zinc refinery  

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals on Friday announced that it has executed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the Sable Zinc refinery in Kabwe, Zambia. The refinery is situated immediately adjacent to the large stockpiles of zinc, lead and vanadium that Jubilee has contracted from BMR Group. 

Weaker prices hit Silvercorp Q3 performance

By: Nadine James     15th February 2019 TSX-listed Silvercorp Metals, which owns and operates mines in China, on Thursday reported a net income of $8.7-million for the third quarter ended December 31 – representing a 31% year-on-year decline with the company achieving a net income of  $12.7-million in the third quarter of 2018. The... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Ascendant secures OPIC loan for Honduras expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2019 Toronto-based miner Ascendant Resources has secured financing from a US government agency that helps businesses invest in emerging markets to expand its El Mochito zinc/lead/silver mine in Honduras. The nonbinding term sheet with Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is for a... 

Fresnillo records strong, but lower-than-expected FY results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2019 LSE-listed, Mexico-focused miner Fresnillo achieved record silver production, and strong gold production in 2018, despite it being a challenging year for the company. Silver production for the year was 61.8-million ounces, including Silverstream, up 5.3% on 2017, mainly owing to the first full... 

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass -... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid production performance in the December quarter, with the miner maintaining its production guidance for the full year to June 2019. “We achieved a strong quarter of production, maintaining full-year guidance for all operations with the exception of... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Xolobeni community survey to confirm whether mining can proceed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday announced the imminent start of an independent survey to be undertaken in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows the Minister’s visit to the community on Tuesday in efforts to gain “full consent” to planned mining and economic activity... 

Central Asia Metals meets production guidance for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Aim-listed Central Asia Metals (CAM) met its 2018 production guidance for copper, zinc and lead at the Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and electrowinning copper recovery plant, in Kazakhstan, as well as at the Sasa zinc/lead mine, in Macedonia. Kounrad produced 14 049 t of copper in 2018,... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Europa to progress Toral to full feasibility study

10th December 2018 Explorer Europa Metals is progressing its Toral project to full a full feasibility study to determine the economics, technical and environmental parameters for an underground mining operation in the Castilla y León region of Spain. This follows the outcomes of a positive scoping study, which... 

Europa to progress Toral to full feasibility study

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

SSR in commercial production at Chinchillas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2018 Canada-based SSR has declared commercial production at the Chinchillas mine, which forms part of its Puna Operations joint venture in Argentina. Chincillas is 42 km from the Pirquitas plant, which is currently processing Chincillas ore at a rate of 3 000 t/d and is expected to ramp up to 4 000... 

SSR in commercial production at Chinchillas

Anglesey Mining shares soar on optimisation announcement

By: Mariaan Webb     26th November 2018 Shares in the developer of the Parys Mountain base and precious metals project soared on Monday, as the company announced that a division of Irish firm QME would carry out design, engineering and optimisation studies for the future development of the project on the island of Anglesey, in north... 

Anglesey Mining shares soar on optimisation announcement
The Parys Mountain project, in north Wales.

Canadian firm gets green light for Western Australia lead expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th November 2018 The Western Australian government has granted Canadian miner Rosslyn Hill Mining environmental approvals for a 400 ha expansion of its Paroo Station lead mine, near Wiluna. The state government said on Tuesday that the expanded mine site would enable Rosslyn Hill to operate a hydrometallurgical... 

Canadian firm gets green light for Western Australia lead expansion

Perkoa to make up for lower output from Caribou – Trevali

By: Mariaan Webb     8th November 2018 A stellar production quarter from the Perkoa mine, in Burkina Faso, is keeping zinc and lead miner Trevali on track to achieve its production guidance this year, offsetting lower expected output from the Caribou mine, in New Brunswick, Canada, president and CEO Mark Cruise reported on Wednesday.... 

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