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Mineral Sands News

Eramet’s Norwegian plant sale to Tronox falls through

By: Mariaan Webb     18th January 2021 French miner Eramet announced on Monday that Toronox Holdings had terminated an agreement to acquire TiZir Titanium and Iron (TTI), following a challenge of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). CMA referred the proposed $300-million acquisition of the Norwegian ilmenite transformation... 

Thunderbird JV gets inked

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th January 2021 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has inked binding documentation with Yansteel to form a joint venture (JV) at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The two companies last year signed a non-binding term sheet to form a JV, under which Yansteel will invest A$130.1-million to... 

FIRB approves Thunderbird JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2020 The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has approved a proposed A$130-million joint venture (JV) agreement over the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources in August inked a non-binding term sheet with Yansteel to form JV at its... 

Greenland grants Bluejay exploitation licence

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2020 The government of Greenland has granted dual-listed Bluejay Mining an exploitation licence for the Dundas ilmenite project, allowing the company to progress towards procurement, construction and ilmenite production. The licence, which is valid for 30 years, grants Dundas the right to the... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
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Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Port access secured for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has secured port access for its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Monday announced that it had signed binding port access and services agreement with the Mid West Ports Authority, which operates the port of... 

IronRidge CFO resigns

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2020 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has advised that Priy Jayasuriya has resigned as CFO, effective immediately, by mutual agreement with the company. The company has started an executive search for a new CFO and has appointed Karl Schlobohm as interim CFO to provide continuity until the search... 

Toliara FID delayed until late 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2020 Mineral sands miner Base Resources is not expecting a final investment decision (FID) on its Toliara project, in Madagascar, ahead of September 2021. Speaking at the Africa Downunder Conference, in Perth, Base MD Tim Carstens said that there was little clarity on the timing of the FID, given the... 

Power solution found for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has tapped Contract Power as the preferred contractor to build, own and operate a 32 MW hybrid gas and renewable energy solution for its Coburn project, in Western Australia. Strandline on Wednesday said that the proposed power solution would enable... 

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 South Africa should be an exploration site that contributes to gross domestic product growth and employment creation. “Exploration is the way to go and a priority,” Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told the 2020 Junior Indaba in his keynote address on Tuesday. (Also watch... 

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe
The Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2020 A flow-through share scheme tax incentive, currently under consideration for South Africa, must serve to incentivise not only exploration but also public listed market development and market participation by a diversity of investors. Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller... 

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller
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Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration
Minerals Council South Africa Junior Miners’ Forum Chairperson Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kenmare starts production at Pilivili ahead of schedule

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 Minerals producer Kenmare Resources has announced that the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B at Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, has started production at the Pilivili orezone, ahead of schedule. WCP B and its dredge were relocated 23 km from their previous... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2020 The extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance, Australia Mining managing editor Ben Creagh said on Wednesday. Creagh was speaking during a virtual... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor
ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.

Navigational safety investigation accepted for Dundas

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2020 Exploration and development company Bluejay Mining has ticked another prerequisite for an exploitation licence for its Dundas project, in Greenland, with the acceptance of its navigational safety investigation (NSI) study. The purpose of the NSI was to verify that navigation can be carried out... 

Iluka shareholders agree to demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2020 The shareholders of mineral sands miner Iluka have voted in favour of the demerger of Deterra Royalties. The company in September announced plans to demerge the royalty business, which will result in two independently listed ASX companies. Iluka would retain its portfolio of mineral sands... 

Iluka shareholders agree to demerger

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives are saved and health is improved. Speaking at a global virtual health seminar to reprioritise... 

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala
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Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Iluka's sales improved in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th October 2020 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a solid quarter of production during the three months to September, with sales for both zircon and rutile products increasing. Total zircon, rutile and synthetic rutile production in the September quarter reached 135 000 t, which was on par with production... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results

9th October 2020 Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019, producing 371 000 t  of mineral sands over the period. Notably, GCO is the largest single dredge... 

Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results
NOT SCRAPING THE BOTTOM The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during question time on day one of the Joburg... 

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer putting a question at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tajiri proves up for Strandline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2020 A scoping study into the Tajiri mineral sands project, in Tanzinia, has estimated that the project could support a mine life of some 23-years, based on a mining rate of eight-million tonnes a year. ASX-listed Strandline Resources on Wednesday reported that the scoping study estimate a pre-tax... 

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry

2nd October 2020 Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE has announced plans to host a virtual trade event for the global materials wet processing industry. Continuing its engineering insights education series, the major two-day virtual event will take place on October 14 and 15. 

Virtual symposium pending for wet processing industry
ALL PART OF THE PROCESS At the symposium, topics covered will include improving operating economics and profits across various minerals

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future
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Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

Drilling to start at Browns Range

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 Mineral sands developer Northern Minerals has set a A$5-million exploration budget for the 2021/21 financial year at its Browns Range project, in Western Australia. Drill rigs are expected on site in mid October, the company said on Tuesday, with the exploration programme focused on increasing... 

Kenmare safely relocates WCP B plant to Pilivili

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 Mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources has safely relocated the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B to Pilivili at its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. Kenmare previously announced three development projects that together have the objective of increasing ilmenite production to... 

Kenmare safely relocates dredge as part of WCP B move

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources has safely completed relocation of the dredge that forms part of the wet concentrator plant (WCP) B mining operation and its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. Kenmare previously announced three development projects that together have the objective... 

Kenmare safely relocates dredge as part of WCP B move
Kenmare Resources WCP B Move

Sheffield moves ahead with Thunderbird work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2020 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that a work programme has started to ensure the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the revised scope of its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, to assure a final investment decision is reached ahead of... 

Mkango's Malawi exploration unearths interesting grades of rutile

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Malawi-focused rare earth element explorer Mkango Resources reports that the reconnaissance shallow soil sampling and auger programme at its Mchinji licence area has returned interesting grades of rutile plus anatase. The results demonstrate the presence of... 

Kenmare WCP B relocation under way in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2020 The relocation of the Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) B at Kenmare Resources' Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, is under way. Kenmare previously announced three development projects that, together, have the objective of increasing yearly ilmenite production to 1.2-million tonnes... 

Another contract awarded at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2020 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has awarded a A$21-million fixed price contract to supply in-pit dozer mining units for its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The contract, which was awarded to Piacentini & Son, includes the design and construction of three mobile... 

Mayur puts a price tag on Orokolo Bay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2020 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Orokolo Bay industrial sands project, in Papua New Guinea, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $20.48-million. Project owner Mayur Resources on Friday said that the DFS estimated that the project would generate... 

Mineral Commodities starts mining at Western Strandline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2020 Mining has started at the Western Strandline mineral sands project, adjacent to the existing Tormin mining operations, in South Africa’s Western Cape. ASX-listed Mineral Commodities on Friday reported that conventional openpit mining has commenced, accessing mineralisation from near surface,... 

Iluka announces royalty demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 The shareholders of mineral sands miner Iluka are expected to meet on October 16 to vote on the demerger of the company’s royalty business Deterra Royalties. The directors of Iluka have unanimously recommended that shareholder vote in favour of the proposed demerger, which would result in two... 

ASM produces first sample from Korean ops

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) has produced 9 kg of key permanent magnet alloy neodymium praeseodymiium (NdPr) at its commercial plant in South Korea. The company told shareholders on Tuesday that following this success, the company, through Zircon Tech, was now progressing an... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Employee dies in accident at Kenmare’s Moma mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st September 2020 An employee died in an accident at mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources' Moma titanium minerals mine in northern Mozambique on August 31. Initial investigations found that the employee, a front-end loader operator, suffered a fatal crush injury during the night shift at wet concentrator plant... 

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