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Mineral Sands News

Trilogy Metals to undertake more than 14 000 m of drilling at its UKMP this year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2021 TSX-listed Trilogy Metals reports that activities at its Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects (UKMP) for the 2021 field season will include 7 600 m of drilling at the Arctic project, with the focus on extracting additional material for metallurgical work and for the conversion of mineral resources into... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Strandline settles bond issue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has completed the settlement of a $60-million bond issue to partly fund the development of its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The bond proceeds, along with a A$150-million loan facility from the Northern Australia Infrastructure... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PFS concludes Kwale North is not viable, Base reports

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st April 2021 African mineral sands producer Base Resources is assessing the potential of mining only a subset of the North Dune and Bumamani deposits at its mineral sands operations in Kenya, after a prefeasibility study (PFS) concluded that it is not viable to mine the entirety of these deposits. This is... 

Strandline raises its first A$89m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has successfully completed the share placement and institutional component of its entitlement offer. The company on Wednesday said that the institutional component of its 1-for-1.3 fully underwritten pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Despite the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian resource exports are expected to reach a record A$296-billion in 2020/21, and will remain strong over the next five years, the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and... 

Aus resource exports strong despite Covid

Strandline sets cap for A$122m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has launched a 1-for-1.3 pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer and institutional placement with the aim of raising A$122-million. The ASX-listed company on Monday said that up to 402-million ordinary shares would be up for offer... 

Kenmare lifts full-year dividend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2021 London-listed ilmenite miner Kenmare Resources says 2020 had been a year of transition for the company, with the company already seeing benefits of having moved its Wet Concentrator Plant B from the Namalope site to Pilivili. The move has resulted in an increase in production volumes and a... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Kazera readies 242 ct for sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global has reported that it final tally of sorted diamonds had increased to 242 ct from the 220 ct reported on February 23. Once this month’s production is sold, assuming an average price of $200/ct, it will take the company’s South African operation into... 

Andromeda secures first offtake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2021 ASX-listed Andromeda Metals has inked its first binding offtake agreement with a Japanese customer over its Great White kaolin project, in South Australia. The agreement covers 5 000 t/y of premium ceramic grade product priced at A$700/t.  

Strandline secures funding for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has secured $60-million in debt funding for its flagship Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The combination of the bond and the 15-year A$150-million loan facility from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) meant that... 

Two more projects granted Major Project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 The federal government has awarded Major Project status to the Finniss lithium project and the Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, both in the Northern Territory. ASX-listed Core Lithium’s Finniss lithium project will require an estimated pre-production capital investment of A$53.5-million... 

Premier granted exclusive prospecting order for Zimbabwe project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2021 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has been granted an exclusive prospecting order (EPO) over an area that encompasses the Zulu lithium and tantalum claims in the Fort Rixon district of Zimbabwe for a period of three years. "I am deeply appreciative of the Zimbabwe Government for the granting of... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sheffield/Yansteel JV gets under way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2021 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources has concluded its joint venture (JV) transaction with Yansteel over its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The two companies last year inked a non-binding term sheet to form a JV, under which Yansteel will invest A$130.1-million to acquire a 50% stake in... 

Sheffield/Yansteel JV gets under way

Kenmare says production continues despite surge in Covid-19 infections at Moma

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th March 2021 London-listed Kenmare Resources has announced that there is currently a surge of Covid-19 cases at its Moma Titanium Minerals mine, in Mozambique. The company has 177 employees in isolation, with the majority of them being asymptomatic.  

Coburn power supply secured

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has inked a 15-year electricity supply agreement for its Coburn project, in Western Australia. The company has signed the supply agreement with Contract Power Australia, a subsidiary of Pacific Energy, which would see Contract Power build, own,... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
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Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Titanium feedstocks market up despite pandemic onset

5th March 2021 The titanium feedstocks market enjoyed a strong year in 2020, according to mineral sands miner Kenmare Resource’s fourth quarter financial statement, issued in January. Despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of last year, Kenmare achieved higher average prices for its... 

MOVING MOUNTAINS
The wet concentrator plant B was moved from the Namalope to the Pilivili ore zone in the third quarter of last year
MOVING MOUNTAINS The wet concentrator plant B was moved from the Namalope to the Pilivili ore zone in the third quarter of last year

Failure to consummate titanium smelter deal triggers $18m break-up payment

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet expects to receive an $18-million payment from titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox, following the collapse of a proposed smelter acquisition. This payment arises as a result of the unilateral termination of the $300-million proposal... 

ONE SUPPLIER TO RULE THEM ALL
Tronox’s proposed purchase of TTI could have had a knock-on effect on the creation of titanium dioxide pigment, negatively affecting competition in the market
Photo by Tronox
ONE SUPPLIER TO RULE THEM ALL Tronox’s proposed purchase of TTI could have had a knock-on effect on the creation of titanium dioxide pigment, negatively affecting competition in the market

Second phase under way

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet’s rutile exploration and development project in Cameroon is progressing steadily, with the second phase of exploration under way. A pilot rutile processing plant is also planned, according to a statement issued by Cameroon Ministry of Mines,... 

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
The exploration permits extend about 160 km along the Nyong river in Cameroon
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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT The exploration permits extend about 160 km along the Nyong river in Cameroon

New titanium processing plant headed for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 UK minerals technology company Fodere Titanium is taking substantial steps towards the commercialisation of a pilot project in South Africa, through which it expects to commission a small industrial process plant in the fourth quarter of this year. A larger plant will developed thereafter to... 

TANTALISING PROSPECT
The new titanium processing plant project will benefit from being able to produce a high-value product with relatively low operating costs
TANTALISING PROSPECT The new titanium processing plant project will benefit from being able to produce a high-value product with relatively low operating costs

Strandline signs rutile offtake agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2021 ASX-listed Strandline Resources has inked the final binding offtake agreement for its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The agreement with titanium dioxide producer Venator Materials covers all of the expected rutile production at Coburn, which is expected to generate between... 

Iluka's plans unveiled for 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th February 2021 Mineral sands miner Iluka has unveiled plans for the downstream processing of mineral sands in Australia, as underlying profits for the full year declined by 45.7%. Iluka on Thursday reported a net profit after tax of A$2.4-billion for the period, including a A$2.2-billion gain from the... 

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Clockwise from top left Sietse van der Woude, Ian Mackay, and Bernard Swanepoel.
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minexx pioneers minerals export with certified blockchain payments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2021 Technology provider Minexx has exported minerals with full financial transparency from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by processing $250 000 of blockchain-certified payments. In a statement, Minexx acclaims that this represents a milestone for the company, as well as the sector, as it... 

Base revenue tumbles

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2021 Mineral sands producer Base Resources has reported a 170% decline in profits for the half-year ended December, along with a 13% decline in revenues on the back of lower production and prices. The ASX and Aim-listed company on Monday reported that sales revenue for the six months to December had... 

Resource updates made at Kwale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2021 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has updated the resource estimate for its Kwale North Dune and Bumamani deposits at its Kwale operation, in Kenya. The resource estimate at the Kwale North Dune deposit has increased by 13%, to 194-million tonnes at an average heavy mineral grade of 1.5%, for... 

Bluejay receives Exim LoI for $208m to build Greenland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     15th February 2021 Exploration and development company Bluejay Mining on Monday announced that it had received a letter of intent (LoI) for $208-million to fund the capital requirements of its Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. The LoI is from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exim). Bluejay said... 

Bluejay receives Exim LoI for $208m to build Greenland mine

Environmental attorneys, activists welcome High Court's SLAPP judgment

By: Donna Slater     11th February 2021 Nonprofit shareholder activism and responsible investment organisation Just Share’s board of directors has welcomed an “important” High Court judgment, handed down on February 9, in relation to a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) lawsuit initiated by Australian minerals... 

Arafura secures leases around Nolans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th February 2021 The Northern Territory government has granted ASX-listed Arafura Resources mineral leases for areas supporting its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project. Arafura said on Tuesday that the mineral leases, which will host the Nolans borefield, were granted for an initial 25-year term and... 

Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 Rio Tinto's KwaZulu-Natal mineral sands mining company, Richards Bay Minerals, has got a major project called Zulti South that is fully permitted and fully funded – but is not being developed. Construction began in the first half of 2019, but was then brought to a halt in December 2019 amidst... 

From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.

Kodal says it will not extend JV with Resolute

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2021 Mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals says it has refused a request from Resolute Mining for an additional extension of the terms of a joint venture (JV) agreement between the two companies, claiming that Resolute’s expenditure in the JV of about $2-million falls short of its... 

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