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Potash News

More than 4 000 register for 600 job opportunities at NMP’s Sandpiper project

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2020 Project developer Namibian Marine Phosphate’s (NMP’s) job registration drive has received an “overwhelming response”, with more than 4 000 registrations recorded within the first two weeks. Speaking to media on October 27, CEO Chris Jordinson said the sheer number of registrations was likely... 

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.

Kore Potash starts drilling at DX Project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2020 Potash development company Kore Potash has started the planned drilling programme for Phase 1 of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its DX Project. Kore has a 97% interest in the Kola and DX Potash projects in the Sintoukola basin, in Congo-Brazzaville. 

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
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Kore Potash receives authorisation for drilling of additional holes at DX project

By: Donna Slater     14th October 2020 JSE-listed potash development company Kore Potash has received authorisation from the Congo-Brazzaville Department of Tourism and Environment to start with the planned drilling programme for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the company’s DX project. Kore, which owns 97% of the Kola and... 

Danakali appoints potash expert as COO

By: Donna Slater     13th October 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed potash company Danakali has appointed Dr Rod McEachern as COO, effective December 3. According to the company, his appointment strengthens and deepens Danakali’s potash mining and processing knowledge and leadership capability.  

Brazil Potash eyes fundraising round after US elections

By: Reuters     13th October 2020 Canada-based Brazil Potash has filed initial documents with US regulators ahead of a $50-million fund-raising round around November that would value the fertilizer venture at about $520 million, CEO Matt Simpson said on Monday. Simpson said the company, part of a push to launch large-scale... 

BCI completes A$47.9m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2020 Salt and potash developer BCI Minerals has completed the retail entitlement offer component of its one-for-two fully underwritten, accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer, marking the completion of its A$47.9-million capital raise. The company said that under the retail entitlement offer,... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 Major mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day that they take something out of the ground, that value disappears forever, and unless you do... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sir Mick Davis at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer

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.

CMSC appoints Aggreko as power supply contractor for Colluli plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Dual-listed Danakali has announced that Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC) has appointed Aggreko as its preferred power supply contractor for a 12 MW heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant at the Colluli sulphate of potash project in Eritrea. A 12.36 MW thermal HFO solution was chosen as the most... 

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.

Lake Disappointment gets federal backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2020 ASX-listed Reward Minerals’ Lake Disappointment sulphate of potash (SoP) project, in Western Australia, has bridged another hurdle with the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment granting an environmental approval. “This is one of our most significant achievements to date for... 

Namibian Marine Phosphate launches job registration drive  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 While it awaits a court ruling to declare the validity of its mining licence for the Sandpiper marine phosphate project off the Namibian coast, Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) has decided to embark on a job registration drive. Once the project gets the final go-ahead for development, with the... 

Namibian Marine Phosphate launches job registration drive

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
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

MD of Kropz's Elandsfontein project resigns, remains adviser to the project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th September 2020 Jan Steenkamp has resigned as MD of Aim-listed emerging phosphate miner Kropz's Elandsfontein project, in South Africa. He will, however, remain on the board of Kropz Elandsfontein as a nonexecutive director, as well as in a technical advisory capacity for the ongoing development of the... 

Kore starts Phase 1 of DFS for DX project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 Potash development company Kore Potash has started work on the first phase of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its 97%-owned DX Potash project in the Sintoukola basin of Congo-Brazzaville, following a recent equity fundraise. Phase 1 of the DFS is scheduled for completion in May 2021. 

Kropz makes second equity draw down

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 Phosphate explorer and developer Kropz has made its second quarterly drawdown request of $4-million under the equity facility with its major shareholder, the African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Fund. The second drawdown will be paid through the issuing of 50.96-million new ordinary shares at the issue... 

Lake Wells FID targeted for early 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash on Friday said it was on schedule to take a final investment decision on its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, by the first quarter of next year. MD and CEO Matt Shackelton said on Friday that the company has made great progress... 

Renewables eyed at Lake Wells

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2020 he Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, has been positioned as the lowest carbon dioxide emitting potash project development in Australia, following the completion of a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the engineering, procurement and construction... 

Emmerson’s Khemisset potash project a step closer to construction

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Morocco-focused potash development company Emmerson’s 100%-owned Khemisset potash project in Northern Morocco is a step closer to construction with a detailed risk analysis having been completed to identify the areas that need further work to mitigate the risks and prepare the project for funding... 

BCI raises cash for Mardie work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2020 Potash developer BCI Minerals on Monday announced a A$48-million capital raise to allow for the start of early construction at the Mardie salt and potash project, in Western Australia, and to order long lead items. The junior company is undertaking a one-for-two fully underwritten, accelerated a... 

Minbos finds funding for DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 ASX-listed Minbos Resources will raise A$2.2-million in a two tranche share placement, having received commitments from sophisticated investors. Minbos will issue 848-million new shares, at a price of 0.15c each, in the fist tranche under its existing placement capacity. A further 662-million... 

Cantopex potash sales fully committed to end-2020

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2020 Canada’s Canpotex, a joint venture between Mosaic and Nutrien, said on Wednesday that it was fully committed on volumes for potash sales for shipment through to December 31. The company said there was continued strong demand for potash in key offshore markets, supported by solid fundamentals for... 

Farmer appointed Davenport chairperson

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 ASX-listed potash miner Davenport Resources has appointed former Lonmin CEO Ian Farmer as nonexecutive chairperson as it continues the development of its portfolio of potash projects in Germany. Interim chairperson Dr Reinout Koopmans will step down with immediate effect, but will remain on the... 

Lake Wells gets EPA backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash has been granted Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval for its Lake Wells potash project, in Western Australia. “We are very pleased to advise shareholders of the EPA board’s recommendation to the Minister that the Lake Wells project be approved for... 

New reagent increases recovery of phosphate

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th September 2020 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products in addition to the existing Rinkalore collector range for phosphate flotation. 

New reagent increases recovery of phosphate
PHOSPHATE SPECIALISED Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products

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.

Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track

28th August 2020 Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by ASX-listed exploration and development company Kalium Lakes. The Beyondie SoP project initially... 

Accommodation for  Aus SoP mine on track
NO POT LUCK A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project

Danakali starts with detailed design of Colluli potash project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali has confirmed that Phase 1 and 2 of its engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) has been completed on budget, with all vendor and contractor packages received from DRA Global. This now allows for the completion of the tender evaluation process... 

Danakali starts with detailed design of Colluli potash project
Colluli potash site

Belarus unrest to potentially temper potash market, empower other stakeholders

By: Donna Slater     27th August 2020 Amid political unrest in Belarus, which has impacted on many industries with strike action and with as many as 200 000 people having taken to the streets in protest, comes the possibility for new and upcoming potash miners to contribute more greatly and play a bigger role in contributing to... 

Belarus unrest to potentially temper potash market, empower other stakeholders

Resources added at Beyondie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th August 2020 Potash developer Kalium Lakes has reported a six-million-tonne increase in the sulphate of potash (SoP) resource at its Beyondie project, in Western Australia. Kalium Lakes on Thursday reported a 200% increase in the measured and indicated resource at the Lake Sunshine deposit, following... 

Socioeconomic study confirms benefits of Khemisset, says Emmerson

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th August 2020 A socioeconomic study into the Khemisset potash project, in Morocco, has provided measurable and verifiable confirmation of the significant benefits that the project will deliver at a local, regional and national level, says project owner Emmerson. The study indicates that 2 385 direct and... 

Kropz says Elandsfontein advancing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2020 Aim-listed Kropz says development on the Elandsfontein project continues to advance, despite ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19. As previously reported, the company’s hearing with the Water Tribunal regarding Elandsfontein’s integrated water-use licence has been scheduled for September 3... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Kore raises A$7m for DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2020 ASX, Aim and JSE-listed Kore Potash on Wednesday announced a $7-million capital raise to fund the first phase of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Dougou extension sylvenite project, in the Republic of Congo. The placement is being conducted via an accelerated bookbuild, with the... 

Minbos scoping proves true for Cabinda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th August 2020 A scoping study in the Cabinda phosphate project, in Angola, has estimated that the project could cost between $27.9-million and $22.4-million to develop. ASX-listed Minbos Resources noted that the scoping study is based on an initial nameplate capacity of 150 000 t/y of enhanced phosphate rock,... 

Western Australian salt project gets federal backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2020 The federal government has awarded ASX-listed BCI Minerals Major Project status for its Mardie salt and potash project, in Western Australia. Major Project status provides companies with extra support from the Major Projects Facilitation Agency, including a single entry point for Commonwealth... 

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