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Karst MD Guy Richards.
Use underground mines for electricity storage, optimise mine water use – Karst Hydro
8th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s many underground mines can be used as batteries that store the clean electricity that the water descending for cooling can provide. At the same time, the local community could end up... 


'Data driven' players help prolong record profits in commodity trading, says McKinsey
8th April 2024 By: Reuters

The growing number of "data-driven" players such as hedge funds in the world of commodity trading has helped sustain record levels of profit, even as the volatility that supercharged earnings in... 


Former De Beers, Mountain Province exec Brown appointed Lucapa chairperson
8th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company has appointed former De Beers interim CEO and CFO Stuart Brown as independent nonexecutive chairperson and former Rothschild Australia investment banking head... 


South32 earns majority stake in Minsud’s Argentina subsidiary
8th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Diversified miner South32 has earned a majority stake in Minera Sud Argentina (MSA), an indirect subsidiary of TSX-V-listed Minsud that owns and operates the Chita Valley project. Minsud has... 


Jeremy Weir
Succession drama grips commodity trading’s billionaire factories
8th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Trafigura Group has fired the starting gun on an era of upheaval at the top of the commodity trading world, with some of the biggest players preparing a new generation of leaders at a moment of... 


Bold Baatar
Baatar appointed Rio Tinto COO to spearhead global business development
8th April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Multinational mining giant Rio Tinto has announced the appointment of Bold Baatar as its COO, tasked with spearheading the group's commercial and business development endeavors worldwide. Baatar's... 


The next breakthrough must be zero fatality
Mines investing R46m to put an end to fall-of-ground fatalities
5th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s mining industry is investing R46-million in an action plan to eliminate fall-of-ground (FoG) fatalities. The FoG action plan is being implemented through Minerals Council South... 


Gold bulls eye more record highs despite lightning gains
Gold bulls eye more record highs despite lightning gains
5th April 2024 By: Reuters

An upgraded gold price forecast for 2024 from Nicky Shiels, head of metals strategy at Swiss gold refinery MKS PAMP, drew an unexpected follow-up question this week from market participants. The... 


Sigma Lithium CEO won't sell the company at current lithium prices
Sigma Lithium CEO won't sell the company at current lithium prices
5th April 2024 By: Reuters

Sigma Lithium's chief executive won't sell the miner at current lithium price levels and is concentrating on its near-term expansion plans, she told Reuters in an interview. The Vancouver-based... 


Chile port workers stage protests, threatening commodity exports
4th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Chilean port workers staged protests on Thursday, disrupting the loading and unloading of ships in one of the biggest exporters of raw materials from copper and lithium to pulp and fruit. A... 


Mattiq Product Management Head Dr Mike Ashley.
New electrochemical PGMs demand on way, iridium scarcity fears eased still further
4th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A far-reaching new drive is under way to ease iridium scarcity still further and, especially in the short term, demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) from electrochemical processes is on the way.... 


Copper rises to 14-month high as Powell affirms Fed rate stance
4th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Copper rose to a 14-month high as expectations for US rate cuts and threats to supply added impetus to a rally that’s been underway since early February. It climbed for a fourth session on the... 


Gold sets another record high above $2 300 after Powell comments
Gold sets another record high above $2 300 after Powell comments
4th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Gold set another record high above $2 300 an ounce on the likelihood the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates this year, and sustained demand from central banks. Bullion touched a peak of $2... 


Peru's Congress backs new cabinet after government announces new funding for mining
4th April 2024 By: Reuters

LIMA - Lawmakers in Peru voted to support the government's new slate of ministers on Wednesday, just hours after the prime minister promised billions of dollars in new spending, including for... 


Rio Tinto owns 22% of MRN. Glencore is the biggest owner and South32 also owns a share.
Norway’s $1.5tr fund raises concerns with Rio Tinto over mine in Brazil
4th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

The ethics adviser to Norway’s $1.5-trillion sovereign wealth fund has raised concerns with Rio Tinto Group about the environmental impact of a mine in Brazil, reviving questions about the fund’s... 


Rare earth oxides
IonicRE, Viridis to form JV to advance rare earth prospects in Brazil
3rd April 2024 By: Darren Parker

ASX-listed companies Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE) and Viridis Mining and Minerals are to form a 50:50 joint venture (JV) company to advance rare earth separation business prospects in Brazil. The JV... 


ARM Executive Chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe
South Africa’s ARM to acquire 15% of Canada’s Surge Copper
3rd April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has entered into a subscription agreement for a private placement financing with Surge Copper, a Canadian company that is advancing an... 


The deal will give SQM a foothold in Australia with a stake in Azure's Andover project.
Australia regulator extends approval deadline for SQM-Hancock's $1.bn bid for Azure
3rd April 2024 By: Reuters

Australia's Azure Minerals said on Wednesday the country's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) extended a deadline for approving SQM and Hancock Prospecting's A$1.7-billion offer for the lithium... 


Argentinean entrepreneur Elsztain acquires 5% in Challenger, eyes larger investment
2nd April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Argentinean businessman and entrepreneur Eduardo Elsztain has acquired an initial 5% stake in Challenger Gold and has signalled an intention to take a larger stake pending a more detailed due... 


Nedbank CIB Markets Research Head Arnold van Graan.
Current low PGM prices not reflective of supply/demand fundamentals – Nedbank CIB
2nd April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Platinum group metals (PGM) prices, where they are now, do not reflect the medium to long-term supply demand fundamentals. Instead, they are driven by short-term distortions, which imply that a... 


Gold Fields’ new Chile mine delivers its first gold
Gold Fields’ new Chile mine delivers its first gold
2nd April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The new Salares Norte mine, in Chile, has produced its first gold, Johannesburg- and New York-listed Gold Fields reported on Tuesday. The new mine, which is key to the company achieving its gold... 


Brand new fuel cell is platinum-catalysed.
New platinum-based hydrogen fuel cell as cheap to make as conventional car engine
2nd April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The brand-new platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell system that has just been released for passenger cars reveals that fuel cells can be as cheap to manufacture as internal combustion engines... 


Copper rises on nascent optimism over outlook for China economy
2nd April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Copper advanced to the highest level in more than a week as investors weighed upbeat factory data from top consumer China and the potential for output cuts by the country’s leading smelters.... 


Chile wants to double its lithium output to avert risk of substitution in batteries
2nd April 2024 By: Bloomberg

For a global lithium industry still reeling from gluts along the battery supply chain, the greater long-term risk is producing too little of the metal rather than too much, according to the world’s... 


Chile sees Codelco revival after years of copper output declines
Chile sees Codelco revival after years of copper output declines
2nd April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Codelco is turning the corner after a production slump and project overruns eroded the state-owned copper behemoth’s finances, according to a top Chilean government official. “In 2024, the... 


Vale Indonesia targets 2024 output of about 70 800 metric tons nickel in matte
2nd April 2024 By: Reuters

ickel miner PT Vale Indonesia is aiming for output this year of about 70 800 metric tons of nickel in matte, an official said on Monday, a similar volume to the 70 728 metric tons produced in... 


Gold hits record on Fed cut outlook and geopolitical tension
Gold hits record on Fed cut outlook and geopolitical tension
2nd April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Gold rose to a record as the second quarter kicked off, extending a rally that’s been driven the Federal Reserve edging closer to rate cuts and deepening geopolitical tensions. Bullion jumped as... 


Sasscal Executive Director Dr Jane Olwoch
More green hydrogen insight on way as Southern African scientists head to Germany
28th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Twelve scientists from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries will head to Germany in May, where they will have an opportunity to obtain more in-depth insight into green hydrogen... 


Rio Tinto releases details of taxes, royalties paid in 2023 
Rio Tinto releases details of taxes, royalties paid in 2023 
28th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Diversified mining company Rio Tinto has paid $8.5-billion in taxes and royalties globally in 2023, the majority of which was paid in Australia.  The 2023 amount compares with $10.8-billion paid... 


Peruvian miner Buenaventura adds two board members from Chile's Antofagasta
28th March 2024 By: Reuters

Peru's Buenaventura, one of the country's largest miners of precious metals, on Wednesday said it added two executives from Chile's Antofagasta to its board of directors following a partnership... 


Vale acquires remaining stake in Aliança Energia, plans energy expansion
Vale acquires remaining stake in Aliança Energia, plans energy expansion
28th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Brazilian miner Vale announced on Wednesday that it had finalised an agreement to buy a 45% share in Aliança Energia from Cemig GT, a subsidiary of energy company Cemig.  The R$2.7-billion... 


Chile needs to finalise more lithium plan details to spur investment, miners say
Chile needs to finalise more lithium plan details to spur investment, miners say
28th March 2024 By: Reuters

The Chilean government's new plan to usher in private investment at a number of the country's lithium salt flats may stumble over unresolved details that will raise concerns for investors, mining... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
DRDGOLD to determine economic viability of copper recovery from Copper 360’s tailings dams
27th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Northern Cape copper company Copper 360 announced on Wednesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DRDGOLD’s Far West Gold Recoveries tailings retreatment subsidiary to... 


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