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Potash News

BHP has secured nonbinding MoUs for Jansen output

By: Mariaan Webb     15th September 2021 Nonbinding memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with major importers are in place for up to 100% of the future production of the massive Jansen potash project, which diversified major BHP is building in Saskatchewan, Canada. The agreements are typically with major buyers across South and Central... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

African Rainbow Capital’s portfolio expands on back of fair value gains

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2021 JSE-listed African Rainbow Capital’s (ARC’s) intrinsic portfolio value increased by 16.3% from R10.55-billion as at June 30, 2020, to R12.27-billion as at June 30, this year. Net fair value gains accounted for R909-million of the increase and net investments for the remaining R810-million... 

Water Tribunal dismisses appeal against granting of Elandsfontein water-use licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2021 Emerging African phosphate explorer and developer Kropz says the Water Tribunal has dismissed an appeal against the granting of an integrated water-use licence (WUL) for the Elandsfontein project. Following the granting of the WUL by the Department of Water and Sanitation in April 2017, an appeal... 

Potash majors interested in reviving $5bn Argentine mine

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2021 Argentina’s Mendoza province is in talks with some of the world’s top producers of potash to revive a mine that requires an investment of as much as $5-billion. Mendoza -- better known for its exports of Malbec wine than its vast mineral wealth -- took over the Rio Colorado potash project... 

Potash majors interested in reviving $5bn Argentine mine

Kropz makes quarterly drawdown requests

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2021 Aim-listed Kropz has made its quarterly drawdown requests under its equity facilities with its major shareholder, the Africa Rainbow Capital (ARC) Fund. The company has two equity facilities, the first original equity facility being for an amount of $40-million, and the second for an amount of up... 

EPA approves $4.5bn Perdaman plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2021 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved plans by multinational Perdaman to construct and operate a urea plant within the Burrup Strategic Industrial Area. Perdaman is proposing to invest $4.5-billion to develop the plant that will transform natural gas into... 

HELM to invest C$50m in Gensource’s Saskatoon potash project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd September 2021 TSX-V-listed Gensource has secured a $50-million equity investment commitment into the 250 000 t/y Tugaske potash project and announced the creation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to finance, own, construct and operate the project, in Saskatoon, Canada. Chemical marketing company HELM, which... 

Kropz holds steady cash of $12m; Elandsfontein work progressing despite some setbacks

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2021 For the six months ended June 30, Aim-listed emerging African phosphate explorer and developer Kropz held steady cash of $12-million, the same value it held at the period ended December 31, 2020. During the period under review, the company also increased its property, plant, equipment and... 

Arianne Phosphate names new COO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2021 Phosphate development company Arianne Phosphate has appointed Raphael Gaudreault, previously of Iamgold, as COO, while Jean-Sebastien David will continue in an advisory role. Arianne says Gaudreault has extensive knowledge of its Lac a Paul project, in Quebec, having previously worked at the... 

Highfield inks another port MoU

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th August 2021 Potash developer Highfield Resources has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with one of Spain’s largest ports, the Port of Bilbao, as a potential transport solution for the Muga potash mine. The ASX-listed Highfield on Monday said that the MoU complemented a similar agreement with the... 

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Staff at SGS Group standing in front of a site being constructed at its better testing facility in Spijkenisse near the Port of Rotterdam
BREAKING GROUND The new groundbreaking state-of -the-art facility being built by SGS Group will allow for better testing

Kore progresses with project development, optimisation in Congo-Brazzaville

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2021 Aim-listed Kore Potash continues to progress with the development of its Kola and DX projects in the Sintoukola Basin of Congo-Brazzaville. Some highlights of the six months ended June 30 include the company successfully raising $14-million through equity financing in April, as well as Kore... 

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

Reginald Demana picture from files
IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Solid year gives BCI boost to Mardie FID

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th August 2021 Junior BCI Minerals on Friday reported a significant jump in net profits after tax for the 2021 financial year, driven by record earnings from the Iron Valley operation. Group net profits for the full year reached A$22-million, compared with the A$0.4-million reported in the previous financial... 

Kalium Lakes commits to higher output at Beyondie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th August 2021 Feasibility study (FS) work into a production increase at ASX-listed Kalium Lake’s Beyondie sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, has confirmed that the project could support the production of 120 000 t/y as a new base case. Kalium Lakes in May confirmed through a... 

Nutrien confident in potash demand even with BHP's huge mine project

By: Reuters     18th August 2021 Canada's largest potash producer Nutrien said on Tuesday it is confident in growing global demand for the crop fertiliser, shrugging off BHP Group's decision to press on with its massive Jansen project in Saskatchewan that will add millions of tonnes a year of potash supply. BHP announced it is... 

An image of Nutrien workers inside a potash facility

Westshore to start construction of potash facilities next year

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2021 Vancouver-based Westshore Terminals expects to start constructing infrastructure required to handle potash from the 4.35-million-tonne-a-year Jansen mine, in Saskatchewan, next year, the port operator said on Tuesday. This comes as diversified major BHP approved Stage 1 of the project,... 

An image of Westshore Terminals.

BHP puts $5.7bn into Canada potash mine as it shifts to ‘future facing’ commodities

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2021 Diversified major BHP has approved $5.7-billion (C$7.5-billion) in capital expenditure for the Jansen Stage 1 potash project, in Canada. The investment is aligned with BHP’s strategy of growing its exposure to “future facing” commodities, CEO Mike Henry said on Tuesday, while also announcing... 

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BHP CEO Mike Henry

Centrex updates Ardmore financials

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th August 2021 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Ardmore phosphate rock project, in Queensland, has confirmed the project’s economic feasibility. ASX-listed Centrex Metals reported that the updated DFS estimated a pre-production capital cost of A$78-million, to support an annual... 

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

A picture of Mark Bristow, taken from quarterly Barrick presentation on August 9, 2021
Photo by Creamer Media
Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Danakali to delist from the LSE

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2021 ASX- and LSE-listed potash miner Danakali has requested that the Financial Conduct Authority cancel the admission of the company’s ordinary shares to the standard segment of the official list of the LSE. It is expected that the cancellation will be effective from September 24, at 08:00. 

Danakali to delist from the LSE

US sanctions on Belarus potash leave out nation’s sole seller

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2021 Potash buyers fretting over US sanctions on Belarus’s state-owned producer, which controls about a fifth of the global market for the crop nutrient, might not need to panic right away. The penalties announced on Monday target Belaruskali, which ships much of its products to China, India and... 

An image of a person holding a handful of potash.

Highfield sets A$19m capital raise target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2021 ASX-listed Highfield Resources on Monday announced plans to raise A$19-million through a share placement and share purchase plan (SPP) to fund pre-construction activities at its Muga potash mine, in Spain. Highfield has received firm commitments for the placement of 28.8-million shares, at a... 

Anglo on trajectory towards becoming minerals solutions provider  

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, which shot the lights out on Thursday with the presentation of an all-time record set of half-year results, is on its way to becoming a minerals solutions provider rather than a digger of holes. The London- and Johannesburg-listed Anglo is... 

Picture for presentation of results July 2021
Anglo American results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

World-beating Anglo reports record half-year earnings of $12.1bn 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported a record half-year financial performance in its position as the best of the world’s top-five global mining companies. Anglo calculates that its elevated global position is poised to continue, assisted by its superior depth, breadth... 

Picture from Anglo American
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Kola enhancement agreement on track for interim completion in September

By: Donna Slater     27th July 2021 JSE- and Aim-listed potash developer Kore Potash and the Summit Consortium have signed an enhancement agreement for the Kola potash project on terms congruent with the memorandum of understanding (MoU) announced by Kore in April. Kore holds a 97% stake in the Kola and Dougou Extension (DX)... 

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jansen go or no-go decision in next two months – BHP

By: Mariaan Webb     20th July 2021 A final decision on the Jansen Stage 1 potash project, in Canada, will be made in the next two months, project owner BHP confirmed on Tuesday. The world’s biggest miner stated that final negotiations on a port solution – a prerequisite for a decision on the big-ticket potash investment – were... 

An images showing a shaft headgear.

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Fox-Davies unpacks the growing market dynamics for potash, phosphates  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2021 The fertiliser industry is poised to benefit from increased consumption in coming years, with the global population being forecast to reach 9.7-billion in 2064, says advisory firm Fox-Davies Capital. The firm’s market analysis suggests that both potash and phosphates is approaching production... 

Kore appoints interim CFO

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2021 JSE- and Aim-listed potash project developer Kore Potash reports that its CFO Jean Michel Bour has resigned. He will, however, continue to work with Kore until August 15 to complete agreed tasks. 

Miners draw the short straw with govt assistance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2021 The Productivity Commission’s latest Trade and Assistance Review has shown that Australian mining had received the least assistance during 2019-20 of all industries. The Australian industry received A$12.1-billion in government assistance during 2019-20, to help prevent job losses and maintain... 

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Emmerson appoints Rupert Joy nonexecutive director

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2021 Morocco-focused potash development company Emmerson has appointed Rupert Joy nonexecutive director, with immediate effect. He succeeds Edward McDermott, who has stepped down from the board. 

Fertoz raises cash for new carbon division

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2021 Phosphate developer Fertoz will raise A$5-million in a share placement to sophisticated and professional investors to accelerate the development of its Fertoz Carbon division. The company on Thursday said that it has received firm bids for the placement of more than 33.33-million shares, at a... 

Mardie gets EPA backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th July 2021 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given its backing for the development of the Mardie salt and potash project, subject to certain conditions. The EPA’s recommended included 19 proposed conditions for the construction and operation of the Mardie project, which... 

Danakali confirms seawater processing viability for potash project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2021 ASX-listed Danakali has presented favourable results from six months of detailed testwork conducted with industry experts Saskatchewan Research Council, Global Potash Solutions, DRA Global and CasCan. The testwork involves the Colluli project’s process design using filtered seawater.  

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