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Project Management News

Ontario creates Ring of Fire Infrastructure Development Corporation

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2014 The Ontario government on Thursday announced that it had established the Ring of Fire (RoF) Infrastructure Development Corporation, first mooted in November last year. The provincial government said the not-for-profit corporation’s headquarters would be located in Thunder Bay and its mandate... 

Nemaska Lithium core patent applications published

By: Henry Lazenby     27th August 2014 Quebec-based lithium project developer Nemaska Lithium on Wednesday reported that its  two core patents for its proprietary methods to produce lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate were published as part of the review process under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The TSX-V-listed junior... 

Nemaska Lithium core patent applications published

Next generation of graphite producers to partake in transformed market

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2014 A wave of new graphite producers that have recently started or will start production in the coming years will participate in a significantly different market than that witnessed over the last several decades, as new technology is set to turn the status quo on its head. Independent consultant in... 

Next generation of graphite producers to partake in transformed market

Largo Resources rebrands Maracas flagship to honour management

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2014 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources has renamed its flagship Maracas project to The Vanadio de Maracas Menchen Mine, in honour of Largo's president of Brazilian operations, Kurt Menchen, who the company said was instrumental in driving the project’s success. The processing facility at the... 

Largo Resources rebrands Maracas flagship to honour management

British Columbia orders independent reviews of all province’s tailings dams

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2014 In the wake of Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mining disaster, the British Columbia government on Monday ordered independent third-party reviews of 98 permitted tailings impoundments at 60 operating and closed metal and coal mines in the province. Under the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for... 

British Columbia orders independent reviews of all province’s tailings dams

New software optimises drilling, enhances blast effectiveness 

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th August 2014 Mining services company Sandvik Mining has developed a mining software called Intelligent Sandvik Underground Rock Excavation (iSure) that optimises drilling and enhances blast effectiveness. 

Copper mine enhances project management capabilities

By: Bruce Montiea     15th August 2014 Refined copper producer Palabora Copper has successfully enhanced its project management and tracking functions by implementing Project Portfolio Office (PPO), an online project portfolio management and collaboration application. Having first implemented PPO in September 2012, Palabora has since... 

ON-SITE ORGANISATION
Palabora has enhanced its project management by implementing a project portfolio management system
ON-SITE ORGANISATION Palabora has enhanced its project management by implementing a project portfolio management system

KWG subsidiary to appeal court order waiving its consent for land easement

By: Henry Lazenby     14th August 2014 Ontario-focused explorer KWG Resources on Wednesday announced that subsidiary Canada Chrome Corp (CCC) would seek permission from the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn the July 30 ruling of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that ruled that CCC's consent should be... 

Staked land for railway.
Photo by KWG Resources
Staked land for railway.

Verde Potash reports ‘clear sight’ on available lines of credit

By: Henry Lazenby     13th August 2014 Brazilian potash project developer Verde Potash on Wednesday reported that the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) had briefed it on its available lines of credit to construct the 330 000 t/y ThermoPotash (TK) plant that would start as soon as all required permits were in hand. Verde in March... 

Verde Potash reports ‘clear sight’ on available lines of credit

M&A deals to continue in H2 as companies take advantage of perceived low prices

By: Henry Lazenby     9th August 2014 The market can expect continued unsolicited merger-and-acquisition (M&A) activity during the second half of the year, driven by companies trying to take advantage of what they perceive to be lower target valuations and prices, Fasken Martineau partner and global mining group leader John Turner... 

M&A deals to continue in H2 as companies take advantage of perceived low prices

Local software connects Australia office to SA mine

By: Donna Slater     8th August 2014 Implementing its own project management software solutions, project management software and consulting company SSG Consulting has helped Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities Limited (MRC) link vital mining project documentation across three offices and a distance of more than... 

WERNER KRUGER
While running the project controls, SSG project consultants never needed to set foot on the actual project site
WERNER KRUGER While running the project controls, SSG project consultants never needed to set foot on the actual project site

Venezuela on slow, unsteady path to private-sector rapprochement

By: Simon Rees     6th August 2014 With violent antigovernment demonstrations petering out and many of his leading opponents now muzzled, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro might be forgiven for thinking his administration is now on firmer ground. However, the underlying causes for the disturbances and dissatisfaction remain: the... 

Largo produces first vanadium from flagship Maracas project, Brazil

By: Henry Lazenby     5th August 2014 Canadian miner Largo Resources on Tuesday reported that it had produced the first vanadium at its Maracas project, in Bahia, Brazil. The first vanadium pentoxide material was produced on Saturday. 

Maracas, Brazil
Photo by Largo Resources
Maracas, Brazil

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2014 Toronto-based gold producer Iamgold president and CEO Steve Letwin is championing the use of renewable energy as an opportunity for gold mines to reduce costs – a proposition that the company is testing through its Rosebel gold mine, in Suriname. Although saving money is an imperative for all... 

Rosebel PV Plant, Suriname
Photo by Iamgold Corp
Rosebel PV Plant, Suriname

Despite rising revenues, Sherritt reports Q2 loss

By: Henry Lazenby     31st July 2014 TSX-listed nickel and cobalt producer Sherritt International reported a net loss for the three months ended June 30, of C$30.1-million, or C$0.10 a share, compared with C$10.7-million, or C$0.04 a share, in the same period in the prior year. Earnings were mainly impacted on by the company’s... 

Ambatovy, Madagascar
Photo by Sherritt International Corp
Ambatovy, Madagascar

Ivanhoe starts Kamoa construction

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2014 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines last week said it had started construction on the box cut for the initial portal to planned decline ramps that will provide underground access to the proposed Kamoa copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province. The TSX-listed... 

Ivanhoe starts Kamoa construction

Miners need to reverse decade-long productivity decline

By: Henry Lazenby     25th July 2014 Miners will need to radically transform their business models if they wanted to reverse the decade-long decline in productivity, a new report by professional services firm EY has found. ‘Productivity in mining: A case for broad transformation’ described the drop-off in productivity, on both a... 

Miners need to reverse decade-long productivity decline

Big deals surge in Q2

By: Henry Lazenby     24th July 2014 After a quiet first quarter, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Canada accelerated in the second quarter, according to professional services firm PwC's 'Capital Markets Flash' report. The second quarter saw 748 deals with a total value of C$45.8-billion in 91 days. This translated into a... 

Big deals surge in Q2

Transition Metals and Nunavut Resources add prospective land to portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2014 Canadian project generator Transition Metals on Wednesday announced that 433 km2 of high potential gold and base metal exploration properties had been acquired in Nunavut through its strategic alliance partnership with Nunavut Resources Corporation (NRC). The TSX-listed project generator, through... 

Transition Metals and Nunavut Resources add prospective land to portfolio

Fortune Receives final Nico water licence

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2014 The developer of the Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper mine and concentrator in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Fortune Metals, on Wednesday reported that the Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Miltenberger had given final approval for the Type A water licence... 

Fortune Receives final Nico water licence

In taking up its Aim listing Friday, Bacanora is ready to take on majors

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd July 2014 Mexico-focused project-developing junior Bacanora Minerals will on Friday take up its new listing on London’s Aim, creating a more direct line to the bulk of the company’s investors. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on Tuesday, the TSX-V-listed firm’s cofounder and chairperson Colin Orr-Ewing,... 

In taking up its Aim listing Friday, Bacanora is ready to take on majors

PTM appoints DRA Mineral Projects as ‘qualified person’ for Waterberg PFS

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd July 2014 TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) on Tuesday awarded the ‘independent qualified person’ role for the ongoing Waterberg prefeasibility study to South Africa-based global engineering firm DRA Mineral Projects. “We are very pleased to be working with DRA at Waterberg. DRA had a... 

PTM appoints DRA Mineral Projects as ‘qualified person’ for Waterberg PFS

Kumba revenue up on rand weakness, dividend maintained

By: Martin Creamer     22nd July 2014 The operational profit of JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore fell 14% in the six months to June 30 on lower exports and the cost of increased mining activities. But revenue was up mainly on currency weakness and Kumba maintained its interim cash dividend of R5-billion, which amounts to R15.61 a share.... 

Kumba CEO Norman Mbazima
Photo by Duane Daws
Kumba CEO Norman Mbazima

Carbon-capture pioneers achieve breakthrough results

By: Henry Lazenby     18th July 2014 Canadian enzyme-enabled carbon-capture technology innovator CO2 Solutions and US emissions-control solutions provider Neumann Systems Group (NSG) this week announced “breakthrough” results for their collaboration efforts, resulting in the partners moving construction of their proposed pilot... 

Carbon-capture pioneers achieve breakthrough results

Amerigo’s Q2 output below target on low tailings grades

By: Henry Lazenby     18th July 2014 Tailings reprocessor Amerigo Resources on Friday reported below-target copper and sulphide output for the second quarter ended June, as the grades in both old and fresh tailings at the Minera Valle Central (MVC) operations, in Chile, were lower compared with the same period last year. MVC, which... 

Amerigo’s Q2 output below target on low tailings grades

Arianne Phosphate lifts Quebec resource base

By: Henry Lazenby     18th July 2014 TSX-V-listed Arianne Phosphate, which is developing the Lac à Paul project, in Quebec, this week reported that its 2014 drilling programme had enabled it to significantly lift its flagship project’s compliant inferred resources. The Saguenay, Quebec-based firm on Wednesday said it had added... 

Arianne Phosphate lifts Quebec resource base

Infrastructure deficit thwarting investment

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th July 2014 A lack of infrastructure in several African countries continues to hinder investment in new mining projects and efficient operations at existing mining operations, says multidisciplinary mining and engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting. Company chairperson and corporate consultant Roger... 

ROGER DIXON A lack of well-maintained infrastructure in many African countries remains a serious obstacle to new mining investment
ROGER DIXON A lack of well-maintained infrastructure in many African countries remains a serious obstacle to new mining investment

Financing pressure eases as alternatives fill gap – TD Securities

By: Simon Rees     10th July 2014 The financing pressures experienced by the mining sector are slowly lifting as alternative options become more accessible and increasingly popular, TD Securities head of global mining investment banking Michael Faralla told an audience at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business’s Innovative... 

Financing pressure eases as alternatives fill gap – TD Securities

Mining’s revival making slow and steady progress – PwC

By: Simon Rees     3rd July 2014 Despite the economic supercycle having reached its bottom, the mining sector will continue to feel pressure from the difficulties experienced over 2013, PwC mining practice partner James Lusby recently told an audience at the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business’s ‘Innovative Financing’... 

Mining’s revival making slow and steady progress – PwC

Ontario securities regulators mull lessening compliance burden on some issuers

By: Simon Rees     27th June 2014 Proposals to reduce the burden of securities regulations on Ontario’s mining and exploration companies will alleviate some of the compliance pressures; however, the overall regulatory environment will remain rigorous as the industry continues to be held to high standards, Goodmans partner Kari... 

Ontario securities regulators mull lessening compliance burden on some issuers

Venetia contributing significantly to SA

By: Carina Borralho     27th June 2014 Over its life-of-mine, the De Beers-owned Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo will create significant direct and indirect economic benefits, along with long-term employment and procurement opportunities, says the diamond producer. This project, which represents De Beers’ largest-ever investment in... 

Venetia will impact positively on investor confidence

By: Carina Borralho     27th June 2014 The Limpopo-based Venetia diamond expansion project, owned by diversified mining major Anglo American subsidiary De Beers, is a significant boost for the South African mining industry as a whole, as it signals both companies’ confidence in the future of the country, says mining consultancy The... 

Digital document control enhances workflows

By: Donna Slater     27th June 2014 Project managers, consultants, vendors, contractors and engineers working on diversified mining group Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), in Lephalale, Limpopo, have drastically cut lead times on technical clarifications and project concessions during project design,... 

STEVEN GOLDING
SSG's CEO was instrumental in providing input during the prefeasibility and feasibility studies required for the project
STEVEN GOLDING SSG's CEO was instrumental in providing input during the prefeasibility and feasibility studies required for the project

US soda ash producers aim to capture more market share with cleaner footprint

By: Henry Lazenby     26th June 2014 The US soda ash industry is an export success story, with the export market being critical for growing the industry in the face of a stagnant domestic market. Soda ash, or sodium carbonate, which was first used by the Egyptians to make glass containers from trona ore and by the early Romans as an... 

US soda ash producers aim to capture more market share with cleaner footprint

Largo Resources bullish on supplying world from vanadium crown jewel

By: Henry Lazenby     26th June 2014 Having started to feed vanadium concentrate into the heated kiln at its Maracas vanadium project in Bahia, Brazil, Canadian miner Largo Resources is bullish on supplying a significant chunk of the growing global demand for the steelmaking ingredient. The TSX-V-listed company expects to capture... 

President and CEO Mark Brennan.
Photo by Largo Resources
President and CEO Mark Brennan.

NovX21 to build Quebec’s first PGM recycling plant at Thetford Mines

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2014 Green-technology pioneer NovX21 on Wednesday announced that it would build Quebec’s first platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling plant in a Thetford Mines-industrial park, a critical step on the road to commercial-scale deployment of its patented technology to recover PGMs from end-of-life... 

NovX21 to build Quebec’s first PGM recycling plant at Thetford Mines

With Lac Knife feasibility in hand, Focus becomes global graphite frontrunner 

By: Henry Lazenby     25th June 2014 Emerging Canadian graphite producer Focus Graphite said it was now the frontrunner in a group of project developers aiming to diversify the global dependence on Chinese supplied graphite, reporting the positive results on Wednesday of a feasibility study carried out on its flagship Lac Knife... 

With Lac Knife feasibility in hand, Focus becomes global graphite frontrunner

Women lift presence in SA mining as global demographic deficit looms

By: Simon Rees     24th June 2014 Women remain underrepresented in South Africa’s mining industry, although this is changing as the female contingent continues to grow, Laurion Mineral Exploration president Cynthia Le Sueur-Aquin told audience members at the Toronto’s Women in Mining Luncheon on June 11. Le Sueur-Aquin has more... 

Women lift presence in SA mining as global demographic deficit looms
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