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Mineral Sands News

Northern Minerals completes debt agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 Rare earths miner Northern Minerals has completed a A$7.5-million convertible debt agreement, with the funds earmarked to progress enhancement initiatives at the Browns Range project, n Western Australia. The convertible debt formed part of a greater A$15-million placement and convertible debt... 

Ribbon cut at Iluka's Cataby

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has official opened the A$270-million Cataby mineral sands mine, owned by ASX-listed Iluka Resources. Cataby is expected to average a a production of 200 000 t/y of synthetic rutile from 370 000 t/y of ilmenite, 50 000 t/y of zircon and 30 000 t/y of... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
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BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 US condition-based monitoring device supplier SpotSee is in the process of obtaining certification in Africa for its Wi-Fi radio, which enables its OpsWatch vibration monitoring system to stream condition-based data to central operations through a Web-hosted platform. The system can detect... 

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs
DON’T BE REACTIVE Having measures in place to predict pending failures, enables mining companies to be proactive and stay ahead of problems instead of waiting to react and, as a result, spending capital to solve them

Athabasca Minerals signs agreement with First Nation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2019 Canadian mineral explorer Athabasca Minerals Inc (AMI) has signed a ten-year aggregates management agreement with the Montana First Nation (MFN) for the processing and sale of aggregates from MFN’s 185 acre Colchester property located near Ponoka, Alberta. The scope of the agreement includes... 

Metso mulls potential closure of South African foundry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th June 2019 Global industrial company Metso is considering the potential closure of, or other alternatives for, its foundry operation in Isithebe, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Isithebe foundry produces metallic wear part castings for the mining and aggregates industries and employs about 200 people. 

W awards La Parilla mining contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Aim-listed tin, gold and tungsten miner W Resources has appointed General de Maquinaria y Excavación (GME) its mining contractor for the La Parilla tungsten project, in Spain. The La Parrilla mining fleet was in place, said W in a statement on Friday, with three 60-tonne haul trucks, a Liebherr... 

Company awaits mining lease approval

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources is eagerly awaiting the last outstanding mining lease approval for the Mutamba heavy mineral sands joint venture (JV) project, in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces of Mozambique, says Savannah CEO David Archer. Savannah has a consortium agreement... 

Company awaits mining lease approval
TREASURE TROVE The Mutamba project is one of the largest undeveloped mineral sands accumulations in the world

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager Thinus Kruger tells Mining Weekly that there is potential for the company to grow further. Multotec... 

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz
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KRIS VERGOTE Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients

Bluejay submits Dundas PFS to Greenland authorities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining has reached an important step in the permitting process for the Dundas project with the submission of its prefeasibility study (PFS) to the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority of Greenland. The lodgement of the PFS marks the completion of the final module... 

Iluka partners with IFC in Sierra Leone

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2019 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest $60-million in mineral sands miner Iluka Resources’ Sierra Rutile operation, in Sierra Leone, the Perth-headquartered miner announced on Thursday. The IFC would initially invest $20-million for a 3.57% stake, with a further $50-million... 

Iluka partners with IFC in Sierra Leone

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.

Kenmare growth plans on track as WCP B relocation is approved

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2019 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources’ board has approved the $106-million relocation of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B to the Pilivili ore zone at Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. This follows the completion of a definitive feasibility study, which confirmed the technical and economic... 

Strandline raises cash for mineral sands work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th May 2019 Mineral sands miner Strandline Resources will raise A$5.5-million for project works in Western Australia and Tanzania. The company will issue 46-million shares, priced at 12c each, to institutional and sophisticated investors, with shareholder Tembo Capital set to take part in the placement. 

Vametco’s ore reserves, grade increase significantly

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ updated mineral resource and ore reserve for the Vametco vanadium mine near Brits on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex has indicated a significant increase in ore reserves and grade from the 2017 estimate, Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo indicated in a statement... 

Denham to support Diamond Fields’ Madagascar zircon project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 TSX-V-listed Diamond Fields Resources (DFR) on Thursday unveiled a cooperation agreement with private equity firm Denham Capital’s Denham Mining Fund, which also includes an option agreement that could see the junior being carried to production at the Beravina zircon project, in Madagascar.... 

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.

Study shows job potential of Bluejay’s Dundas mine

By: Mariaan Webb     10th May 2019 The Dundas ilmenite project that Bluejay Mining is advancing will bring significant employment opportunities and economic development to the region and Greenland in general, the Aim- and FSE-listed company reported on Friday. Announcing the completion and submission of the social impact... 

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
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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.

North Dune offers mine extension for Base

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2019 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported a mineral resource estimate of 171-million tonnes, grading an average of 1.5% heavy minera,s for 2.6-million tonnes of heavy minerals at the Kwale North Dune, at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. Mining at the Kwale operation is currently being... 

Lower ore grades tip scales at Kwale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2019 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported lower production in the March quarter as the ore grades from the Kwale operation lowered, as expected. Base on Monday reported that ilmenite production from Kwale, in Kenya, declined from the 108 465 t produced in the December quarter, to 87 179 t,... 

Xolobeni community asks Ramaphosa to stop Mantashe's upcoming visit

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Amadiba Crisis Committee on Monday asked President Cyril Ramaphosa and "democratic institutions" to stop Mines Minister Gwede Mantashe from visiting Xolobeni, where there is a raging dispute over keeping the area pristine versus allowing mining activities to go ahead. Mantashe's last visit to... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2019 The South African mining industry has continuously recommitted to the shared aspiration of zero harm, which aims to ensure that mineworkers return home from work unharmed every day. While there was an 86% decline in the number of fatalities from 1994 to 2016, the death of 90 mineworkers marked a... 

Mining sector’s pursuit of ‘zero harm’ continues

Strandline’s Coburn delivers strong financial returns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Mineral sands project developer Strandline said on Tuesday that it would move to finalise funding and partnering for its Coburn project, in Western Australia, after a definitive feasibility study (DFS) outlined the projects strong financial returns. The DFS calculates that Coburn will generate... 

Voluntary administrators appointed for MZI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 RMB Resources, the 60% shareholder of MZI Resources, has appointed Rob Kirman, Rob Brauer and Jason Preston as voluntary administrators of the ASX-listed mineral sands company, independent advisory firm McGrathNicol announced on Tuesday. The administrators would oversee the listed entity, MZI,... 

Iluka's output drops as maintenance takes a toll

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th April 2019 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a 17% quarter-on-quarter decline in production for the three months ended March, on the back of kiln maintenance. Iluka produced 154 000 t of mineral sands during the quarter under review, including 81 600 t of zircon, 44 400 t of rutile and 55 500 t of... 

Kenmare achieves solid production at Moma in March quarter

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th April 2019 Kenmare Resources recorded “robust” production at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, during the quarter ended March 31, benefitting from an increased contribution from the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B following the upgrade work completed in 2018, Kenmare MD Michael Carvill... 

Base lowers expectations for 2020

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th April 2019 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has flagged lower production expectations for the 2020 financial year as operations at the Kwale mineral sands project, in Kenya, moved from the Central Dune orebody to the South Dune orebody. For the full 2019, Base is expecting to produce between 88 000 t to... 

Rio Tinto approves $463m Zulti South project to extend RBM's life 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2019 Diversified miner Rio Tinto on Monday approved the construction of the $463-million Zulti South project − the next stage in the development of mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. The project will sustain RBM's current capacity, as well as... 

Rio Tinto approves $463m Zulti South project to extend RBM's life
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Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastian Jacques

Melior targets commercial production at Australia project in June

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2019 The Goondicum ilmenite project in Australia’s Queensland is poised to become cash positive in the June quarter, Toronto-based Melior Resources reported on Tuesday. The project produced 4 440 t in February and 7 860 t March, against goals of 7 900 t and 7 320 t, respectively. Melior said that... 

Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2019 South Africa’s largest coal producer and black-empowered coal company Exxaro has unveiled its new ultramodern headquarters. The conneXXion, in Centurion, has e-parking bays for employees to charge their electric or hybrid vehicles while they work, and attractive central staircases to encourage... 

Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters
New Exxaro headquarters

Tronox now domiciled in the UK, expands board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2019 Global mining and inorganic chemicals company Tronox Holdings has expanded its board to ten people, following the completion of its re-domiciliation to the UK, from Australia. The company’s new board appointments include Australian businesswoman, Vanessa Guthrie, currently the chairperson of the... 

Wesfarmers makes A$1.5bn bid for Lynas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2019 Rare earths miner Lynas went into a trading halt on Tuesday after fellow-listed Wesfarmers launched a A$2.25c a share cash offer for the company. The A$1.5-billion cash bid offered a premium of 44.7% to Lynas’ last closing price, and a 36.4% premium to its 60-day volume weighted average share... 

Wesfarmers makes A$1.5bn bid for Lynas

Toliara proves positive for Base

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2019 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Toliara mineral sands project, in Madagascar, has estimated that the project could produce some 37.1-million tonnes of heavy mineral concentrate over a life-of-mine of 33 years. ASX-listed Base Resources told shareholders that the PFS envisaged a two-stage... 

Kavango completes Phase 2 AEM survey at Botswana licences

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2019 SkyTEM has completed Phase 2 of the airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey over the northern section of LSE-listed Kavango Resources’ prospecting licences that cover much of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) structure, in southwest Botswana. The AEM survey covered about 2 100 line kilometres to the... 

Zim government secures $6m investment for RHA tungsten project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2019 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals says it has received notice from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development that is has secured a proposed investment of $6-million for the RHA Tungsten project being developed by Premier. The funds will be used for the... 

Kenmare delivers record shipment volumes for third consecutive year 

By: Nadine James     13th March 2019 Mozambique-focused titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources on Wednesday announced “strong” preliminary results for the 2018 financial year. Its flagship operation, the Moma mine, in northern Mozambique, is a tier-one asset with a resource life of over 100 years at planned production levels,... 

Kenmare delivers record shipment volumes for third consecutive year
Kenmare MD Michael Carvill

Court of Appeal rules in Kenmare’s favour on damages in libel case

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2019 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources on Thursday announced that the Court of Appeal in Ireland had ruled that the High Court jury’s award of damages, made in favour of its former director Donal Kinsella in November 2010, be considerably reduced from €10-million to €250 000. The... 

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