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Jubilee completes Sable Zinc refinery acquisition

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group on Thursday confirmed the completion of its acquisition of the Sable Zinc Kabwe refinery, in Zambia. “I am delighted that we have successfully achieved all conditions precedent for the implementation of the Sable Zinc Kabwe acquisition,... 

Lead, zinc and copper markets all in deficit during first quarter of 2019

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Provisional data reported to the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) indicate that global refined lead metal demand exceeded supply by 39 000 t during the first four months of 2019, the organisation stated in a press release last month. Over the same period total reported stock levels... 

Lead, zinc and copper markets all in deficit during first quarter of 2019
RUNNING LOW The global market for refined zinc metal was in deficit by 97 000 t over the first four months of 2019

Consistent delivery from Central Asia’s Sasa and Kounrad

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2019 The Sasa and Kounrad operations that London-listed Central Asia Metals (CAML) own in Kazakhstan and north Macedonia, respectively, have achieved “another period of consistent delivery”, CEO Nigel Robinson said on Wednesday. The Kounrad solvent extraction and electrowinning copper plant produced... 

Mining stocks could rebound with help from Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2019 The backdrop for miners is ready to brighten in the second half of this year. They just need a resolution of the trade war between the US and China to light a fire under their stocks. Metal prices and mining equities have been at the mercy of trade headlines all year, and business fundamentals... 

Phoenix lines up lead adviser for Empire feasibility and construction funding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2019 North America-focused base and precious metals exploration and development company Phoenix Copper has appointed mining finance advisory firm Medea Natural Resources as lead financial adviser to arrange up to $70-million for the construction of the Empire Mine openpit project, in Idaho, US. The... 

Nyrstar extends stoppage at Port Pirie smelter until late July

By: Reuters     9th July 2019 Metals and mining company Nyrstar said on Tuesday that it was extending force majeure at its Port Pirie lead and zinc smelter in Australia until the last week of July. The Belgium-based company now expects both the TSL and the blast furnace to restart by the end of July. 

Zinc One to raise up to C$2.44-million in rights offer

By: Nadine James     5th July 2019 TSX-V-listed Zinc One Resources will proceed with a rights offer to raise between C$1.22-million and C$2.44-million. The company will offer rights to holders of its common shares, as from the close of business on July 8, on the basis of one right for each common share held. 

Acquisition, base metals demand create growth in South America

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Metso’s acquisition of Chilean mining engineering and construction company HighService Corp’s service division will enable Metso to grow further in the mining sector in Chile and the South American region, says Metso Pacific Rim market area senior VP... 

Acquisition, base metals demand create growth in South America
EXPANDED OFFERING The acquisition of HighService Corp’s service division increases Metso’s service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets, maintaining its growth strategy

Ayawilca possibly one of the best new zinc developments in the Americas – Tinka

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2019 TSX-V-listed Tinka Resources has garnered positive results from a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its 100%-owned Ayawilca Zinc Zone project in central Peru. The PEA estimates an after-tax net present value (NPV) of $363-million and a pre-tax NPV of $609-million using metal prices of... 

Platinum Valley SEZ, Kukama, Orion BFS make headlines  

28th June 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses the Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone, the Kukama shaft and Orion’s Bankable Feasibility Study.   

Platinum Valley SEZ, Kukama, Orion BFS make headlines
Platinum Valley SEZ, Kukama, Orion BFS make headlines

Pleasing Orion bankable points to fast project payback 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2019 Zinc and copper exploration and development company Orion Minerals pleasantly surprised the market on Monday when it announced a bankable feasibility study (BFS) that paves the way for financing, concentrate offtake and mine construction of the Prieska project in the Northern Cape. The BFS... 

Pleasing Orion bankable points to fast project payback
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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Galileo increases stake in Star Zinc project

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has acquired the remaining Kabwe residual rights, including the Kashitu zinc willemite exploration prospect, as well as exercised its right to acquire a further 15% interest in Enviro Zambia from BMR Group for 9.6-million Galileo shares. Enviro Zambia owns 95% of... 

Azure’s Mexico project receives all regulatory approvals

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2019 ASX-listed Azure Minerals has received all regulatory approvals necessary for its planned mining operation at Oposura, Mexico, including openpit and underground mining permits, environmental clearances, explosives permits and surface land-use agreements. The fully-funded zinc/lead/silver project... 

LME electronic pricing trial fails to boost volumes - sources

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 The London Metal Exchange's (LME's) three-month trial of switching to electronic closing prices for one of its benchmark base metal contracts has failed to lift volumes, industry sources said, lending further support to traditional open outcry trading. The trial, which moved nickel from the ring... 

Russian miner partners with AI solutions provider to mine in the extreme north

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 First Ore-Mining Company, which forms a part of ARMZ Uranium – the mining division of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation – has signed a memorandum of understanding with Finnish-Russian digital solutions provider ZYFRA to deploy artificial intelligence-based solutions in mining and... 

Ivanhoe says copper is the king of ‘green metals’ 

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2019 Efforts to wean the world from burning fossil fuels for transportation and energy generation will drive demand for commodities for years to come, paving the way for miners of so-called green metals to play a crucial part in solving some of the planet’s biggest problems, says Canadian miner... 

Ivanhoe says copper is the king of ‘green metals’
Ivanhoe co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Trevali recruits former Barrick COO to its board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th June 2019 Vancouver-headquartered zinc miner Trevali has appointed former Barrick COO Richard Williams to its board of directors. Commenting on the appointment, chairperson Jessica McDonald said that Williams’ track record as a global mining leader and board member, as well his unique set of skills and... 

Northern Cape may be where parts of Australia were in 90s – The Mineral Corporation 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2019 South Africa’s highly prospective Northern Cape may now be where geologically endowed parts Australia were in the early 1990s, John Murphy, the MD of The Mineral Corporation (TMC), said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online in an exclusive interview at the 21-year-old advisory group’s... 

Northern Cape may be where parts of Australia were in 90s – The Mineral Corporation
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The Mineral Corporation MD John Murphy.

Jubilee progresses towards producing 60 000 oz/y of PGMs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2019 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals is making progress in increasing production from, and commodity exposure to, its projects in South Africa and Zambia. The company’s PlatCro platinum group metals (PGMs) processing project in South Africa has been commissioned, with a 60 000 t per month... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Azure to start trial mining at Mexico project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Australia-based emerging miner Azure Minerals on Wednesday announced that its board had approved the start of trial mining and processing of high-grade mineralisation from its Oposura zinc/lead project in Sonara, Mexico. Operations would start in the September quarter and would be funded through... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Constantine publishes Alaska zinc/copper project PEA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2019 TSX-V-listed Constantine Metal Resources has announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its 51%-owned Palmer zinc/copper/gold/silver project, in south-east Alaska, demonstrating a “high-quality project with strong economics”. CEO Garfield MacVeigh said on Wednesday that... 

Silvercorp profit falls as prices dip

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 Canada-based, China-focused Silvercorp Metals has reported a lower profit margin for the financial year ended March 2019, on the back of lower prices for the precious and base metals that the company produces. In the reporting period, the company sold about 6.4-million ounces of silver (up 6%... 

African zinc production to rise to 5% of global share with Gamsberg development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 Vedanta’s $400-million investment into the Gamsberg zinc mine, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, will result in Africa’s zinc production rising to 5% of global production, compared with the current 3.4%, CNN said on Friday. CNN Marketplace Africa will, on Friday evening, air a discussion by host... 

African zinc production to rise to 5% of global share with Gamsberg development
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Vedanta's Gamsberg mine, in the Northern Cape

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Sierra Metals still expects to meet 2019 guidance despite strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 Despite losing 12 days of production to an illegal strike at the Yauricocha mine, in Peru, and reporting a slower-than-expected ramp up of throughput at its Mexico mines, Sierra Metals still expects to achieve its 2019 production guidance, CEO Igor Gonzales said on Tuesday. The TSX-listed miner... 

LME appoints first female chairperson in its history

By: Reuters     10th May 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans – the first female chairperson in its 142-year history. Evans, who is also on the board of Itau BBA International and has previously worked at Citi, Barclays Capital and the UK's... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Orion readies local community for development of Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Dual-listed Orion Minerals has commissioned introductory mining familiarisation short courses within the Siyathemba municipality, in the Northern Cape, in line with its commitment to ensuring local communities’ benefit from its ventures. The programme is aimed at raising public awareness of the... 

Orion readies local community for development of Prieska project

Michigan judge upholds Back Forty permit – Aquila

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2019 Project developer Aquila Resources on Monday announced that the state of Michigan had issued a final decision and order upholding the mining permit for its Back Forty zinc and gold project. The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and an individual owing property near the project site in 2017... 

Arctic nations to meet amid tensions over environment, resources

By: Reuters     6th May 2019 Top diplomats from the US, Russia and other nations which border the Arctic meet in Finland on Monday to discuss policies governing the polar region, as tensions grow over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth. Countries have been scrambling to claim territory or, like... 

Arctic nations to meet amid tensions over environment, resources

Hudbay and Waterton settle board differences

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2019 TSX-listed Hudbay Minerals announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement with shareholder Waterton Global Resource Management and that the two parties would put forward a slate of 11 board members for election at the upcoming shareholders meeting. The slate includes chairperson Alan Hibben... 

Hudbay and Waterton settle board differences
Alan Hibben

Glencore lowers full-year copper output guidance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 Diversified miner Glencore has lowered its full-year production guidance for copper to 1.46-million tonnes, compared with the previously guided 1.54-million tonnes. The group, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Tuesday reported that its own sourced copper production for the first quarter of this year... 

Glencore lowers full-year copper output guidance
Photo by Creamer Media
Ivan Glasenberg

Glass Lewis supports three dissident nominees at Hudbay Minerals

By: Bloomberg     29th April 2019 A prominent shareholder advisory firm has recommended investors partially support efforts from one of Hudbay Minerals Inc.’s largest investors to revamp the board, including withholding their votes for the company’s chairperson Alan Hibben. Glass Lewis urged investors to support three nominees... 

Glass Lewis supports three dissident nominees at Hudbay Minerals

Positive start to the year for Canadian miners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2019 Following several quarters of declines, the Canadian Mining Eye index increased by 5% in the first quarter of 2019. The index, which tracks the mining sector performance of 100 TSX- and TSX-V-listed midtier and junior companies with market capitalisations falling between C$158-million and... 

Ivanhoe to fast-track Southern Africa mines as Citic invests another C$612m 

By: Mariaan Webb     26th April 2019 Canada-based Ivanhoe Mines will fast-track production at its southern African projects, after Chinese shareholder Citic Metal invested another C$612-million, pushing the company’s cash position to C$1.3-billion – about double what it needs to finance its share of the construction costs for the... 

Ivanhoe to fast-track Southern Africa mines as Citic invests another C$612m
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Ivanhoe Mines CEO Robert Friedland

Lundin net earnings down 30%

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2019 The first-quarter earnings of TSX- and Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Lundin Mining fell by 30% to $60.9-million, the Canadian base metals miner reported on Wednesday. The first-quarter earnings include a loss on Lundin’s equity investment in Finnish business Freeport Cobalt of $11.9-million, which was... 

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