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Mining companies urged to steer clear of ‘investment landmines’

By: Simon Rees     26th October 2015 Mining companies operating in higher-risk jurisdictions need to remain wary of potential “investment landmines” beyond corruption concerns. That included local employment issues, monitoring political power structures and engaging stakeholders, Veracity CEO Steven Fox told an audience at a recent... 

Dajin poised to take advantage of lithium boom

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2015 There is a land rush happening in the Western US state of Nevada, where entrepreneurs and junior project developers are staking land claims in a bid to get in on the hype created by Tesla Motors’ first $5-billion gigafactory under construction in the state. Nevada held the only economically... 

Energizer appoints new CFO

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2015 Madagascar-focused graphite project developer Energizer Resources has appointed chartered financial analyst Marc Johnson its new CFO, replacing Peter Liabotis with immediate effect. The company advised shareholders on Friday that Johnson brought more than nine years of management experience, as... 

Despite barriers to adoption, cost pressure driving renewed mining interest in renewable energy

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2015 Mine operators are in the current subdued economic reality increasingly looking at renewable electricity sources as a way to reduce current and future costs at operations; however, lower commodity prices hinder renewables’ widespread adoption, as falling profits and lower fuel prices maintain... 

Despite barriers to adoption, cost pressure driving renewed mining interest in renewable energy

Lightship launches advanced worksite productivity, safety application

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2015 A new advanced productivity and safety application for industrial and mining worksites, resulting in dramatically improved worker response times, enhanced worker coordination and reduced operating costs, was launched by worksite management technology developer Lightship on Wednesday. The... 

Nemaska obtains Canadian patent to produce lithium hydroxide, carbonate with membrane electrolysis

By: Henry Lazenby     21st October 2015 Canadian lithium company Nemaska Lithium has obtained a Canadian patent for its new process of preparing lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate from spodumene sources using membrane electrolysis. "We have an extensive patent portfolio strategy and I am pleased with the allowance of one of our... 

Resource lobby groups look forward to collaborative policy development with Prime Minister-designate 

By: Henry Lazenby     20th October 2015 Canada’s resource lobby groups have welcomed Canada’s new Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau, saying they are optimistic about collaborating with the new Liberal government to further advance resource policy reforms to the benefit of the Canadian economy. The Liberal leader on Tuesday afternoon... 

Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister-elect and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
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Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister-elect and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Largo looking at further restructuring options as low vanadium prices undermine ramp-up

By: Henry Lazenby     16th October 2015 Canadian project developer Largo Resources is reviewing seven or eight capital restructuring programmes to ensure the company is able to survive a prolonged low vanadium price environment, where no vanadium producer is generating positive cash. The question whether Largo would have enough cash... 

Vanadium pentoxide flakes produced at the Maracas Menchen mine, in Bahia, Brazil.
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Vanadium pentoxide flakes produced at the Maracas Menchen mine, in Bahia, Brazil.

Streaming deals continue to evolve, syndication may be seen in future

By: Simon Rees     8th October 2015 In hindsight, July 6 could mark an important date for Canada’s streaming companies, as this was the day Silver Wheaton announced receipt of a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) letter proposing a tax reassessment on income through the company’s foreign subsidiaries between 2005 and 2010. On September... 

Junior miners embrace unconventional strategies to survive economic trials

By: Henry Lazenby     8th October 2015 The drying up of equity and debt markets coupled with new lows in cash reserves have pushed Canada's junior mining industry on a further downward financial trend, according to PwC's yearly report on the TSX Venture's top 100 junior mining companies. But the industry was looking to innovate and... 

Junior miners embrace unconventional strategies to survive economic trials

Alcoa wins contract to supply titanium for Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft programme

By: Henry Lazenby     7th October 2015 Lightweight metals manufacturer Alcoa has won a contract to supply titanium for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft programme, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Alcoa explained on Wednesday that under the contract, it would supply titanium for airframe structures for all... 

Canada becomes founding partner of historic Trans-Pacific Partnership, to boost resource sectors

By: Henry Lazenby     5th October 2015 Canada on Monday became one of the 12 founders of the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement (FTA) that could ensure an increase in Canadian exports and investment to member countries, supporting jobs for Canadians at home and abroad. The TPP was a multilateral trade... 

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a news conference on the TPP trade agreement, in Ottawa.
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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a news conference on the TPP trade agreement, in Ottawa.

Diesel autos to lose market share, platinum price to fall on VW scandal

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd October 2015 As a direct result of German automaker Volkswagen’s (VW’s) admission that it has violated US emission regulations, diesel propelled vehicles stood to lose market share, removing a source of platinum demand growth, sending prices falling. On 18 September, the US Environmental Protection Agency... 

Joburg Indaba to discuss SA’s competitiveness

By: Dylan Stewart     2nd October 2015 The 2015 Joburg Indaba is set to attract a significant number of mining industry stakeholders, particularly at executive level, states independent investment business Coronation Fund Managers analyst Henk Groenewald. 

STEALTH IN RESERVE Despite difficult times South Africa still has good platinum and manganese reserves like those mined at Kgalagadi Mine
Photo by Duane Daws
STEALTH IN RESERVE Despite difficult times South Africa still has good platinum and manganese reserves like those mined at Kgalagadi Mine

Syncrude gains access to patent rights that could reduce environmental footprint

By: Henry Lazenby     1st October 2015 TSX-V-listed technology firm Titanium Corp has assigned a 50% interest and signed a co-ownership agreement with oil sands miner Syncrude Canada in a patent that could help Syncrude reduce its environmental footprint. Under the terms of the agreement announced on Thursday, Titanium had assigned a... 

African opportunities depend on economic corridors and additional infrastructure 

By: Simon Rees     30th September 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa continued to face transport bottlenecks and difficulties in bringing large-scale infrastructure projects to fruition, despite increased economic growth and growing population levels, delegates were told at a recent Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business infrastructure... 

Mining leaders to learn about the energy savings potential of renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2015 The global mining sector is facing a tough business environment with low commodity pricing, rising energy costs and constraints, increasingly remote locations and heightened stakeholder opposition. In this environment, the need to reduce operational power costs and gain stakeholder buy-in was... 

Megafactory trend sparks ‘arms race’ in battery sector 

By: Simon Rees     29th September 2015 Tesla Motors’ so-called ‘gigafactory’ has sparked an “arms race” in the battery sector, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence MD Simon Moores told an audience attending the Toronto leg of the company’s World Tour 2015, in which Mining Weekly Online participated. The gigafactory, now being built in... 

TSX monitoring roll-out of latest shareholder voting rights

By: Simon Rees     28th September 2015 Recent requirements surrounding shareholder voting adopted by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) have been successfully rolled out and are being closely monitored, TSX director of compliance and disclosure Eleanor Fritz told an audience at a recent gathering of Women in Mining in Toronto.... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

INTACT HAULAGE
Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining 

By: RDM News Wire      24th September 2015 Communities in Sekhukhune, in Limpopo, were not only being stripped of their dignity‚ but of their heritage too thanks to mining‚ said Trevor Malope‚ a Bench Marks Foundation’s community monitor. “Our land is an incredibly important part of our culture and integral to our lives‚ but mining has... 

Anglo-American’s Twickenham mine, Limpopo.
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Anglo-American’s Twickenham mine, Limpopo.

Flinders chosen as industry partner for Swedish graphene commercialisation programme

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd September 2015 TSX-V-listed Flinders Resources has been chosen as an industry partner within Svenskt Grafen (Swedish Graphene), a government funded programme to research and commercialise graphene production from Swedish-sourced graphite.  Flinders said its flagship production-ready and fully permitted Woxna... 

Mining’s long-term outlook positive as urbanisation and infrastructure development intensifies

By: Simon Rees     18th September 2015 The outlook for the global economy, infrastructure development and mining is not as dismal as many might believe, Deloitte global mining leader Phil Hopwood recently told an audience at the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Commerce’s seminar on infrastructure in Southern Africa. “People talk... 

Mining’s long-term outlook positive as urbanisation and infrastructure development intensifies

Tesla awards another lithium offtake agreement, this time on home turf

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2015 Electric vehicle maker and energy storage solutions provider Tesla Motors has signed another lithium hydroxide offtake agreement, this time with TSX-V-listed Pure Energy Minerals, which is developing the Clayton Valley lithium brine project, in Nevada. Tesla's willingness to back the higher-risk... 

Tesla awards another lithium offtake agreement, this time on home turf

Stonegate to restart permitting work at high-grade Idaho project

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2015 Phosphate project developer Stonegate Agricom plans to resume permitting activities for its proposed Paris Hills underground phosphate mine, in south-east Idaho, after groundwater testing conducted during the summer confirmed previous groundwater pumping assumptions used in the 2012 feasibility... 

Kentucky limestone quarry on auction

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2015 A Kentucky limestone quarry is to be sold in a sealed bid auction in November, representing the region’s last fully zoned and nearly fully permitted quarry for mining high-calcium limestone or scrubber stone. The project, spanning 178 ha, was expected to provide the winning bidder with... 

Greenland government approves 30 yr mining licence for Hudson Resources’ White Mountain project

By: Henry Lazenby     11th September 2015 The Greenland government has approved the 30-year exploitation (mining) license for Canadian project developer Hudson Resources' White Mountain anorthosite project, located in the west of the country. "The fact that we have taken this project from initial exploration through to a permitted mine... 

Zambian mining to experience downturn

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 The Zambian mining sector is reeling from the effects of the global commodity-demand slowdown, which is mainly attributed to lower demand from China, and lower copper prices, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice regional analyst Sinethemba Zonke, stating that the firm,... 

REELING EFFECT
In addition to global commodity-demand slowdowns, the copper price, at about $10 000/t in 2011, has dropped by 40% to $6 000/t and less this year
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REELING EFFECT In addition to global commodity-demand slowdowns, the copper price, at about $10 000/t in 2011, has dropped by 40% to $6 000/t and less this year

Zambia sustains investment appeal, but requires fiscal stability and certainty

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Zambia remains an attractive mining investment destination, says mining consultancy The MSA Group, pointing out that in the ‘Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2014 Investment Attractiveness Index for Africa’ report, Zambia ranked third, behind Namibia and Botswana. This ranking... 

ACTIVE ROLE
The MSA Group has been involved in exploration company Intrepid Mining’s Kitumba project since 2006
ACTIVE ROLE The MSA Group has been involved in exploration company Intrepid Mining’s Kitumba project since 2006

Climate change deepens mines’ power woes

11th September 2015 As Zambia’s energy-starved mines struggle with the shortfall between the country’s stalled power generation capacity and its consistent economic growth, climate change appears to be “dealing a further blow to energy output”, states multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK... 

CLIMATIC VULNERABILITY
Shifting rainfall patterns suggest that Zambia will see more droughts in future, similar to the one that is currently exacerbating its power crisis
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CLIMATIC VULNERABILITY Shifting rainfall patterns suggest that Zambia will see more droughts in future, similar to the one that is currently exacerbating its power crisis

Gemstone producer targeting Zambia in-pit ore-reserve extension

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Once the fourth phase of the high-wall pushback programme at coloured gemstone producer Gemfields’ flagship Kagem emerald mine, in Zambia, is completed, the company plans to embark on a fifth-phase pushback programme to further extend the mine’s in-pit ore reserves to 2024. Gemfields CEO Ian... 

EXTENSION PLAN
The current and planned high-wall pushback programmes will extend the Chama pit to increase in-pit mineable ore reserves
EXTENSION PLAN The current and planned high-wall pushback programmes will extend the Chama pit to increase in-pit mineable ore reserves

Copperbelt expo shows substantial growth and increased visitor interest

11th September 2015 The second Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-Tec), that took place in Kitwe, Zambia, in May, showed a 67% growth in new visitors, event organisers integrated media company Spintelligent and events company Specialised Exhibitions report. Spintelligent – which oversees a specialist... 

ATTRACTING INTEREST
The second Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference showed a 67% growth in new visitors, with more than 120 exhibitors
ATTRACTING INTEREST The second Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference showed a 67% growth in new visitors, with more than 120 exhibitors

Integrated coal project achieves financial closure

11th September 2015 Coal miner Maamba Collieries’ fully integrated coal and power project in Zambia, reached financial closure at the end of July, financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance reported. The project, which is 80% complete, comprises the redevelopment of the existing coal mine and the construction of... 

SUPPLY POTENTIAL
Maamba Collieries has the largest coal mine in Zambia, with estimated reserves of 140-million tons comprising high grade and thermal grade coal
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SUPPLY POTENTIAL Maamba Collieries has the largest coal mine in Zambia, with estimated reserves of 140-million tons comprising high grade and thermal grade coal

Conference highlights copper production outlook, legislative changes

11th September 2015 Whereas copper production in Zambia did not reach the set target in 2014, the 2015 production target is also unlikely to be met, delegates at the fifth Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition (Zimec) forecast. Zimec, which focuses on the state, challenges, successes and... 

DEFYING TARGET 
While the Zambian government had targeted to raise production to about 900 000 t in 2015, production dropped to 708 259 t at the close of last year
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DEFYING TARGET While the Zambian government had targeted to raise production to about 900 000 t in 2015, production dropped to 708 259 t at the close of last year

Critical Elements strikes ‘game changing’ strategic accord

By: Henry Lazenby     8th September 2015 Quebec-based lithium/tantalum project developer Critical Elements has struck a “game changing” strategic collaboration agreement with an unnamed chemical company that includes offtake for all products produced from the Rose project, in Quebec. Without identifying its strategic partner, Critical... 

Nemaska changes lithium plant location for reduced construction time, costs

By: Henry Lazenby     8th September 2015 Lithium project developer Nemaska Lithium has decided to build its Phase 1 plant and future commercial Hydromet plant in Shawinigan, Quebec, after signing an agreement in principle with local authorities for the partial acquisition of land and existing manufacturing facilities in the city. "The... 

Miners increasingly looking to renewable energy sources to drive operational savings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2015 Current pressures on the mining sector are driving increased interest in the cost savings and power security advantages that renewables could provide mining operations. To this end, a record number of mining leaders will meet with renewable energy and finance experts to network and share... 

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