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Potash News

Nutrien eyes potash sales in regions where prices are strongest

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2021 Nutrien, the world’s biggest fertiliser company, is making the most of soaring potash demand this year by targeting sales where it’ll get the highest prices – all while trying to maintain relationships with longtime customers who will likely pay less. The company is still negotiating potash... 

Minbos raises cash for Cabinda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2021 ASX-listed Minbos Resources is looking to raise A$7.3-million in a share placement to sophisticated investors to fully fund the definitive feasibility study and accelerate work at its Cabinda phosphate project, in Angola. The company has received firm commitments for the placement of... 

Emmerson eyes staged development of Khemisset with cost reduction, expansion

By: Donna Slater     17th February 2021 LSE-listed Morocco-focused potash developer Emmerson is in the process of assessing a conceptual and staged development for its 100%-owned Khemisset potash project, aimed at reducing upfront capital costs and incorporating expansion options into the development plan of the project. Emmerson... 

Emmerson receives mining licence for Morroco project 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2021 The Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment has granted potash developer Emmerson a mining licence for its wholly owned Khemisset potash project. The licence provides the company with the exclusive right to develop and mine the potash deposit, within the perimeter of the licence, in... 

New contractor secured at Fort Cady

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th February 2021 Potash developer American Pacific has appointed Oklahoma-based Matrix Services Company to complete the construction if Phase 1 A of its Fort Cady borate mine, in Southern California. The company on Tuesday noted that initial borate production from the Fort Cady project remained on track for the... 

Updated feasibility study for Kropz's Hinda project to be completed by September

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2021 Aim-listed Kropz has appointed engineering and construction firm Hatch Africa to complete an updated feasibility study on its Hinda phosphate project, in Congo-Brazzaville. The appointment follows the conclusion of a focussed logistics study, completed by Hatch in September 2020. 

SOP production pushed at Fort Cady

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2021 An updated enhanced definitive feasibility study (eDFS) on the Fort Cady borate mine, in Southern California, has been undertaken in an effort to bring forward planned sulphate of potash (SOP) development. The updated eDFS built on the eDFS completed in April of last year, which in turn built on... 

Mining has a role to play in supporting the global population, says Cutifani

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 The global human population – almost nine-billion people – cannot be supported without mining, diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said during a panel discussion at the virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba on February 2. Speaking during an environmental, social and governance-... 

Kropz’s Elandsfontein project on schedule, budget

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2021 Aim-listed phosphate explorer and developer Kropz reports that, because of significant progress continuing to be made at its Elandsfontein project, it remains on track to achieve the target date for production in the fourth quarter of the year. The project also remains within budget.  

Kropz’s Elandsfontein project on schedule, budget
The site of the new tailings thickener

Minister approves Lake Wells development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2021 The Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project has been granted full environmental approval by Western Australia’s Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. ASX-listed Australian Potash MD and CEO Matt Shackleton on Tuesday said the company was pleased with another significant milestone in the... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NAIF backs Mardie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2021 The federal government has confirmed that ASX-listed BCI Mineral’s Mardie salt and potash project, in Western Australia, has been approved for a A$450-million from the The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). BCI in December last year announced that the loan for the A$498-million... 

Emmerson outlines potential sustainability benefits of Khemisset project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2021 Potash development company Emmerson’s 2020 Sustainability Summary, published on January 28, provides a forward-looking view of the development and construction of its Khemisset potash project, in Morocco, with CEO Graham Clarke saying it will contribute to the overarching agenda of enriching... 

Lake Wells EPA issues cleared

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2021 The Western Australian Minister for Environment has resolved an appeal against the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) approval of ASX-listed Australian Potash’s Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SoP) project. Australian Potash told shareholders on Friday that the Minister was satisfied... 

Elandsfontein water use licence hearing postponed again

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 The hearing into Aim-listed phosphate explorer and developer Kropz’s Elandsfontein project’s integrated water-use licence (WUL) has been rescheduled for February 1. Kropz notes that the Water Tribunal will be resumed in February following a number of postponements since March 2020 owing to... 

Keras raises £1m 

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Aim-listed phosphate and manganese miner Keras Resources has conditionally raised £1-million through the placing of 869.57-million shares. The funds will be used to explore opportunities to grow the company's portfolio through organic growth and the potential introduction of new projects.  

Lake Way progressing on target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2021 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash is nearing project completion at its Lake Way project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday told shareholders that the process plant construction was some 88% complete at the end of December, with the overall project completion, including all on-lake... 

Gensource appoints new CFO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2021 TSX-V-listed fertiliser development company Gensource Potash Corporation has advised that Alton Anderson will transition to the role of CFO, effective April 1. He joined the company on January 1 to transition into the role. 

Thousands register for job opportunities at NMP's Sandpiper project 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th December 2020 More than 6 000 people have registered for future job opportunities at emerging marine phosphate miner Namibian Marine Phosphate's (NMP's) Sandpiper project, in Namibia. NMP in October launched a job registration drive to enable it to compile a database of prospective job seekers who may be... 

Kore assures Congo-Brazzaville govt of progress at DX, Kola projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed Kore Potash has assured the Minister of Mines of Congo-Brazzaville of the progress being made at its Dougou Extention (DX) and Kola projects. This follows after the company received correspondence from the Minister, expressing his disappointment at the speed of progress... 

NAIF backs Mardie with A$450m loan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2020 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has agreed to provide a A$450-million loan to ASX-listed BCI Minerals for its Mardie salt and potash project in Western Australia The A$498-million Mardie salt and potash project is expected to produce more than four-million tonnes of high... 

NAIF backs Mardie with A$450m loan

Salt Lake raises A$52m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th December 2020 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash on Friday announced that it had received binding commitments from institutional shareholders and investors to raise up to A$52-million in a share placement. The company would place up to 130-million new shares, at a price of 40c each, to raise the funds. 

Kropz makes another quarterly drawdown under ARC Fund equity facility

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2020 Aim-listed Kropz has made its third quarterly drawdown request under the equity facility with the company’s major shareholder, the ARC Fund. The equity facility is for $40-million, and the third drawdown is for $5-million, which will be paid through the issue of over 63.7-million new ordinary... 

Kore’s DX feasibility study on track, budget for completion in May

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2020 Potash development company Kore Potash reports that the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Phase 1 of its 97%-owned Dougou Extension (DX) potash project in Congo-Brazzaville remains on track and within budget to be completed in May. The drilling campaign at the DX project, which is located... 

Kore’s DX feasibility study on track, budget for completion in May
Kore CEO Brad Sampson

Ammaroo granted major project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2020 The federal government has granted Major Project status to the A$1.5-billion Ammaroo phosphate, project to mine phosphate in the Northern Territory, which will create more than a thousand jobs and export opportunities. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the project... 

Davenport raises $10m for German potash projects

By: Mariaan Webb     27th November 2020 Australia-listed Davenport Resources has received firm commitments for a placement of new securities to a range of sophisticated and institutional investors to raise a total of $10-million. The capital raising will ensure that Davenport is well funded to advance its portfolio of four standalone... 

BCI secures Mardie access

By: Mariaan Webb     27th November 2020 Developer BCI Minerals has entered into an access agreement with the lease holder of the Mardie station, which overlaps in small areas with the proposed Mardie project development footprint and tenure. The access agreement provides Pastoral Management’s (PMPL’s) consent to the grant of key... 

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.

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th November 2020 Thermal engineering solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) recently supplied a field-erected bulk air cooler for a mine site in Burkina Faso, in addition, supplying the associated condenser cooling towers for the associated refrigeration plant. Further to this, several cooling towers... 

Bulk air coolers improving efficiencies and working conditions
COOLER CONDITIONS Bulk air coolers reduce the working temperatures inside a mine, consequently enabling mineworkers to operate in better conditions and allowing for improved efficiencies

Emmerson completes enviro, social impact assessment on Khemisset

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th November 2020 London-listed Emmerson has completed all of the workstreams required for its environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) for the Khemisset potash project, in Morocco, and will soon submit it to the relevant governmental bodies for approval. Emmerson says the assessment package comes as a... 

Resources Watch 

18th November 2020 Zambia copper explorer has exclusivity agreement with Anglo American; Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa; And, Completion of first phase of Kore Potash’s new starter project expected in May 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines  

13th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the ferrochrome industry committing to solar generation; the green hydrogen economy and its benefits for Africa; and Kore Potash expecting to complete the first phase of its starter project in May.   

Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines
Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines

Completion of first phase of Kore Potash’s new starter project expected in May  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2020 The current strategy of Kore Potash is to focus on the Dougou Extension (DX) project, a 400 000 t/y selective solution-mining project in the Republic of Congo (RoC), rather than the considerably larger Kola underground mining project. Kola, as the first project of the AIM-, ASX- and JSE-listed... 

Completion of first phase of Kore Potash’s new starter project expected in May
Kore Potash COO Gavin Chamberlain interviewed on potash project by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Updated PFS extends Dougou Extension project's life-of-mine to 30 years

By: Donna Slater     9th November 2020 An updated prefeasibility study (PFS) into Aim-, ASX- and JSE-listed mineral exploration and development company Kore Potash' Dougou Extension (DX) project has extended the life-of-mine from 18.4 years to 30 years at a production rate of 400 000 t/y of potash, based on probable ore reserves. The... 

Australian Potash raises A$7m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash has completed a A$7-million capital raise to advance work on its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia. The company this week reported that it had received commitments for the placement of more than 63-million shares at a price of 11.1c... 

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
Photo by Creamer Media
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.
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