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Canada Nickel arranges loan, says Crawford feasibility expected by year-end

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 3 minutes ago Canadian developer Canada Nickel has arranged a $10-million loan with precious metals merchant Auramet, which will be used for post-feasibility study work, including permitting and detailed engineering. Chairperson and CEO Mark Selby reports that the feasibility study for the Crawford project is... 

Rio produces first lithium concentrate in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago Major Rio Tinto has started spodumene concentrate production at a demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) Quebec Operation, in Canada. The plant will demonstrate at industrial scale a new spodumene concentration process that provides lithium oxide grades and recoveries well... 

An image of the Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium metallurgical complex in Quebec.
Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium metallurgical complex in Quebec.

ESG risks and geopolitics ranked top risks for mining companies – survey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2022 Global mining and metals executives rank environment, social and governance (ESG), geopolitics and climate change as the top three risks facing their business over the next 12 months, a survey by consultancy EY has found. “We have witnessed huge upheaval and change over the last year, namely due... 

Not much activity in the gold markets in August – WGC

By: Darren Parker     29th September 2022 Gold-related activity among central banks was muted in August, with only a handful of banks meaningfully contributing to the overall monthly total, World Gold Council (WGC) senior analyst Krishan Gopaul said on September 29 with the release of the WGC’s quarterly statistical update on gold... 

gold coins stacked

US redoubles efforts to end dependence on Russian nuclear fuel

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2022 The Biden administration’s top energy official said the US will redouble its efforts to break free from its reliance on Russian nuclear fuel. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said the White House is prioritising development of domestic uranium-enrichment capacity and predicted key... 

EPCM phase gets under way at Dasa uranium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2022 Toronto- and Frankfurt-listed Global Atomic has signed Development Consultants Private (DPCL) of Kolkata, India, and Lycopodium Minerals of Canada to start the basic and detailed engineering, procurement and project management of the Dasa mine processing plant in Niger. These engineering and... 

Sierra reaches agreement with communities blocking Yauricocha road

By: Mariaan Webb     29th September 2022 Toronto-listed Sierra Metals has reached an agreement with residents from the town of Alis, following the blockade of the main access road to the Yauricocha mine, in Peru, the company reported on Wednesday. The company is undertaking safety inspections and reviews to support the progressive... 

Sabina makes first drawdown on $125m gold stream

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th September 2022 Precious metals company Sabina Gold & Silver has drawn $31.25-million on its $125-million gold stream facility with Wheaton Precious Metals. The proceeds of the stream are being used to continue development and construction of the Goose mine at its 100%-owned Back River gold district, in Nunavut. 

Newmont finance chief steps down

By: Mariaan Webb     29th September 2022 Gold major Newmont has started a global search for a CFO following the departure of Nancy Buese, who is stepping down to pursue an opportunity outside of the company. Brian Tabolt, currently VP, controller and chief accounting officer, has been appointed CFO on an interim basis. 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nutrien sees supply chaos adding to world’s food security woes

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2022 The world’s top fertiliser maker says Russia’s war in Ukraine is driving supply disruptions in nitrogen and potash markets and exacerbating concerns of global food shortages. Challenges of shipping food and fertilizer from Russia are expected to persist, Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz said in an... 

An image of Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz
Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz

PTM appoints Blair permanent CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2022 TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has permanently appointed Greg Blair CFO, effective September 27. He has served as interim CFO since July 2021.  

Nevada Gold Mines wraps up gold royalty sale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2022 Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) – a joint venture between Barrick and Newmont – on Wednesday announced the closing of its previously announced sale of a portfolio of royalties to Gold Royalty for $27.5-million. The sale was satisfied through the issuance of Gold Royalty to NGM of 9 393 681 common shares. 

Each Anglo Platinum employee to receive R8 000 worth of shares a year 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum has launched a new employee share ownership plan (Esop), which it envisages will be implemented in the fourth quarter of this year. The Esop involves employees receiving Anglo Platinum listed shares to the value of... 

Anglo American Platinum Executive Head Human Resources Virginia Tyobeka.
Anglo American Platinum Executive Head Human Resources Virginia Tyobeka.

Metals for cleaner future being turned to account in minerals-endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 South Africa’s critical minerals potential is being highlighted in an increasingly promising manner by Orion Minerals, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company that is showing the way in the minerals-endowed Northern Cape. Orion, headed by its Boksburg-born CEO Errol Smart, is poised to bestow... 

Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.
Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.

Noront renamed Ring of Fire Metals; Eagle's Nest activity restarts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2022 Australia-based Wyloo Metals has rebranded its Canada-based business as Ring of Fire Metals, and has restarted activity at the Eagle’s Nest project, in northern Ontario. Mining mogul Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo in April bought Noront Resources, having outbid diversified major BHP in the battle for... 

An image of an exploration site

Sandstorm Gold to raise $80m

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2022 Gold royalty company Sandstorm Gold has announced a $80-million capital raising to fund future acquisitions or streams and royalties, as well as the repayment, from time to time, of amounts drawn under its revolving creditor facility. The NYSE- and TSX-listed company has entered into an... 

Beaufor idled amid operational, financial woes

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2022 The Beaufor gold mine, in Val’d Or, Quebec, is being put on care and maintenance for “an undetermined period”, owner Monarch Mining said on Tuesday, citing financial and operational challenges. The TSX-listed company at the end of last month started slowing down its mining activities at Beaufor,... 

Piedmont still open to more spodumene opportunities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2022 Lithium developer Piedmont was looking at opportunities to increase its resource and ore reserves as it works towards bringing its US assets into production. The dual listed company earlier this year earmarked a site in Tennessee for the development of a new 30 000 t/y lithium hydroxide... 

Piedmont holds a 25% interest in Sayona Quebec, which has three lithium projects, including North American Lithium (pictured).
Piedmont holds a 25% interest in Sayona Quebec, which has three lithium projects, including North American Lithium (pictured).

Rio warns miners not moving fast enough on lithium extraction

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2022 Planned lithium production will fail to meet growth in demand for lithium ion batteries that are needed to meet global climate goals, according to Rio Tinto ’s minerals chief. Lithium consumption needed “to surge way above anything that’s planned to be mined,” Sinead Kaufman told a conference in... 

Rio warns miners not moving fast enough on lithium extraction

BHP redeems notes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2022 Diversified giant BHP has announced the early redemption of £600-million Sterling hybrid notes, which were issued in October 2015. The notes were issued by BHP Billiton Finance and due in 2077, however, the miner on Wednesday said that in accordance with its group strategy and strong liquidity... 

GCM and Aris complete business combination

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th September 2022 Toronto-listed mining companies GCM Mining and Aris Gold have completed their business combination and renamed the combined entity Aris Mining Corporation. Aris Mining now operates several high-grade underground mines at its Segovia Operations and the Marmato mine, in Colombia, which together... 

Rio approves underground mining at Kennecott

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th September 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has approved a $55-million investment to start underground mining at the Kennecott copper operations, in Utah. The miner said on Tuesday that underground mining will initially focus on an area known as the Lower Commercial Skarn (LCS), which will deliver a total of... 

Rio approves underground mining at Kennecott

Pumpkin Hollow restart making progress, says Nevada Copper CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2022 The restart of the Pumpkin Hollow underground copper mine, in Nevada, is making progress, with plans in place to restart the mill by the middle of next year, Toronto-listed Nevada Copper CEO Randy Buffington said on Monday. The company, which recently agreed a nonbinding funding package that... 

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Local contractor benefits from NAL restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th September 2022 Lithium developer Sayona Mining has awarded a near C$200-million, four-year mining contract at its North American Lithium (NAL) operations, in Quebec, to local company L. Fournier & Fils. Under the agreement, Fournier will be responsible for the supervision of all stripping and drilling,... 

FFI strikes $80m investment deal with US' NREL

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th September 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ green energy arm, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) will invest some $80-million in a partnership with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to create green jobs in America and advance green hydrogen production and... 

Manchin’s energy-permit Bill gets backing of US Chamber, with changes

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2022 The US Chamber of Congress is lobbying Congress for passage of Senator Joe Manchin’s bill that would make it easier to obtain permits for energy-related projects, while saying some changes are needed. The powerful business group encouraged the Senate to include the measure, as promised by Senate... 

An image of Senator Joe Manchin
Senator Joe Manchin

NorZinc ticks Prairie Creek permitting boxes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2022 TSX-listed mine developer NorZinc has received a water licence from the Northwest Territories government for its Prairie Creek project. Combined with the receipt of the land use permit, announced in mid-August, NorZinc has now completed the permitting process for mining operations at Prairie Creek. 

NioCorp to merge with Nasdaq-listed blank check firm

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Rare earth miner NioCorp Developments said on Monday it will merge with blank-check firm GX Acquisition Corp II, giving it access to up to $285-million for the development of its Elk Creek project in southeastern Nebraska. The Elk Creek project is targeting the production of niobium, scandium... 

Grim demand outlook pushes copper prices to 2-month low

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Copper prices dropped to two-month lows on Monday as fears of a global growth slowdown, weaker demand, a higher dollar and climbing stocks in London Metal Exchange (LME) registered warehouses sparked a sell-off. Benchmark copper CMCU3 on the LME was down 0.8% at $7 375 a tonne at 09:45 GMT. 

71-ct yellow diamond unearthed at Canada’s Ekati

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2022 Arctic Canadian, the company that owns and operates the Ekati diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, has announced the recovery of an exceptional gemstone – an octahedron diamond, weighing 71.26 ct. The stone was recovered on August 25, from the Ekati mine’s Misery Pipe. 

The 71 ct stone is likely the biggest fancy vivid yellow diamond recovered in Canada.
The 71 ct stone is likely the biggest fancy vivid yellow diamond recovered in Canada.

Brazil approves Araguaia as strategic project – Horizonte

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2022 The Brazilian government has approved the Araguaia nickel project as a strategic minerals project, dual-listed Horizonte Minerals reported on Monday. The approval would ensure that the various government agencies engaged in the construction and operation of the mine would treat Araguaia as a... 

Greenland Minerals dealt setback in legal fight for rare earth project licence

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Australia's Greenland Minerals said on Monday an arbitration tribunal had declined its request for interim orders against the Greenland government's draft decision to reject the miner a licence for the Kvanefjeld rare-earths project. The company had, in July, lodged an objection against the... 

An image of Greenland Minerals' Kvanjefield area

Lithium One buys property adjoining Patriot’s Corvette

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2022 TSX-V-listed Lithium One Metals is expanding its portfolio near the Patriot’s Corvette discovery, announcing on Friday that it has reached an arms-length agreement with Glenn Griesbach to acquire the Lac Astrid lithium project, in north-western Quebec. The Lac Astrid project is composed of 70... 

Skeena closes C$34.5m bought deal to buy down Barrick NSR royalty

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2022 TSX- and NYSE- listed Skeena Resources has closed the previously announced bought-offering of 5 702 479 shares of the company at C$6.05 each, raising C$34.5-million. The company will use the proceeds to exercise its right to buy down a 0.5% net smelter return royalty, currently held by Barrick... 

Canada, South Korea seek deeper cooperation on critical minerals

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday agreed to deepen cooperation on critical minerals used in electric vehicles (EVs) batteries as both countries seek to cut emissions to fight climate change. Yoon visited London for the funeral of Queen... 

Trevali to close Burkina Faso Perkoa zinc mine after deadly flood

By: Reuters     25th September 2022 Canadian mining firm Trevali will close its Perkoa zinc mine in Burkina Faso, a company official told Reuters on Friday, following a flood at the mine in April that killed eight workers. The miners drowned in the underground passages of the mine in Sanguie province after unexpected torrential... 

Trevali to close Burkina Faso Perkoa zinc mine after deadly flood
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