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Chinese investment underpins Africa’s mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2019 China has played an important role in developing the mining industries of Africa’s emerging nations, such as Zambia, where the Asian country’s investment has particularly helped infrastructure development, an important precursor needed for mining, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda... 

Nevada Zinc closes financing with InCoR

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2019 TSX-V-listed explorer Nevada Zinc this week closed financing with InCoR Holdings at a premium of 78% above the closing price of the company’s shares on September 9. The non-brokered private placement of common shares was completed at C$0.08 a share for proceeds of C$100 000.  

Trafigura accused of throttling Nyrstar with lopsided zinc deals

By: , Bloomberg     9th September 2019 Commodities trader Trafigura Group used its influence at Nyrstar, one of the world’s biggest zinc refiners, to undermine the company and unfairly enrich itself, a group of Nyrstar shareholders has alleged. Through its sway on the board and management committee, Trafigura was able to negotiate... 

Trafigura accused of throttling Nyrstar with lopsided zinc deals

Electricity issues a major constraint on investment – Mantashe  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2019 South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has urged continued foreign investment into the country’s resources sector, saying that the government is actively working to address electricity issues, which have constrained economic growth. Speaking on the sidelines of... 

Electricity issues a major constraint on investment – Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the Africa Downunder conference in Perth.

Orion awarded mining right at Prieska, strengthens exploration pipeline 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd September 2019 Dual-listed Orion Minerals is making significant strides in advancing its Prieska copper/zinc project, in South Africa's Northern Cape, while also strengthening its base metals exploration pipeline in the highly prospective Areachap belt. It has been granted a mining right for its flagship... 

Orion awarded mining right at Prieska, strengthens exploration pipeline
Orion CEO Errol Smart

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future

30th August 2019 State-owned Swedish power utility Vattenfall and base metals mining company Boliden AB have signed a partnership agreement relating to technical development in the field of the electrification of mines and smelters, the circular economy and a fossil-fuel-free future. The agreement, which covers a... 

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future
SUN BAKED Vattenfall used not only solar but also wind and battery power too decrease mines reliance on fossil fuels

Platina signs up for US zinc project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th August 2019 Junior Platina Resources has struck a joint venture (JV) agreement to earn a 70% interest and become the operator of the Blue Moon zinc project, in the US. The company will spend C$3.25-million over the next 18 months to earn an initial 50% interest in Blue Moon, and a further A$3.75-million... 

Teck warns of up to 30 000 t zinc loss following equipment failure

By: Mariaan Webb     27th August 2019 An electrical equipment failure at the Trail Operations zinc refinery on Sunday could cost base metals miner Teck Resources between 20 000 t and 30 000 t in lost production. The dual listed miner reported on Monday that the equipment failure at the British Columbia-based refinery affected one of... 

Jubilee to start operating multimetal refinery in Zambia from fourth quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2019 Aim- and AltX-listed Jubilee Metals can now start implementing a fully integrated multimetal refinery, in Zambia, following its acquisition of the refinery owned by Sable Zinc. This has been a key milestone in the company’s strategy in the country.  

Positive momentum continues for Canadian miners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2019 The positive start to 2019 for miners continued in the second quarter of the year with advisory firm EY’s Canadian Mining Eye index moving up three percentage points from the first quarter, supported by stronger gold prices. The price of gold increased by 9% in the second quarter, after a 1% gain... 

Prieska project epitomises South Africa’s base metals potential – Smart  

By: Nadine James     16th August 2019 There is a “fantastic opportunity” for the South African base metals sector, given the Northern Cape’s mineralisation, the impending global copper supply deficit, the battery technology trends in the automotive and energy sectors and the improved and modernised exploration and mining techniques,... 

Prieska project epitomises South Africa’s base metals potential – Smart
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Errol Smart

Key countries set to boost global zinc production

16th August 2019 Global mined zinc production will continue to ramp up as strong zinc prices prompt miners to bring idled capacity back on line and invest in new projects, according to analysis and consultancy company Fitch Solutions. While some capacity taken off line over 2015 to 2016 is the result of permanent... 

Supplier progresses tech advancements

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th August 2019 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has made advancements in projects pertaining to base metals, platinum group metals and gold ores. Axis House supplies a large quantity of flotation collectors, which are used to separate minerals from waste rock, to Zambia and the Democratic... 

Supplier progresses  tech advancements
LATEST ADVANCEMENTS Axis House supplies large quantities of flotation collectors which are used in key regions with large base metal reserves

UAM subsidiary signs earn-in agreement over Northern Cape tin, zinc project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th August 2019 A subsidiary of JSE-listed Union Atlantic Minerals (UAM), formerly Miranda Mineral Holdings, has secured an earn-in option to acquire all of the shares in Renosterkop Mining, a company that holds a prospecting right for tin, zinc and tungsten over certain properties located near Augrabies, in the... 

NorZinc issued draft permit for Prairie Creek all-season road

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2019 TSX-listed mine development company NorZinc has been issued a draft permit for the all-season road to its Prairie Creek mine, in the Northwest Territories, and expects to have the final permits in hand early in the fourth quarter. The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board issued the draft... 

Platinum-catalysed fuel cells can cut mine ventilation costs – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2019 Replacing diesel machines with zero-emitting fuel cell electrical equipment can lower the cost of underground mine ventilation, says Hydrogen Infrastructure (HySA) director Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, who adds that renewable hydrogen can also be used to mitigate air pollution at Eskom power stations.... 

Platinum-catalysed fuel cells can cut mine ventilation costs – HySA
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HySA's clean mining ventilation test facility.

Europa submits conceptional plan for Spain project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th August 2019 Aim- and JSE-listed Europa Metals has formally submitted the initial documentation for obtaining an exploitation licence for its 100%-owned Toral lead/zinc/silver project, in Spain. The initial document contains a conceptual plan for the Toral project based on the findings of the scoping study. 

Glencore locked out from Ironbark board

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2019 Swiss-listed Glencore has lost its bid to appoint a replacement nominee to the board of ASX-listed Ironbark Zinc. The two companies earlier this year entered into arbitration following the resignation of Glencore nominee David Kelly from the Ironbark board in October of last year. 

Chinese demand for ‘green’ metals increasing 'exceptionally fast' – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2019 The demand for environmentally protective ‘green’ metals is increasing exceptionally fast, boosted by a 59% increase in electric vehicle production in China, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Wednesday. In response to Mining Weekly Online during a post-results conference call, Glasenberg... 

Chinese demand for ‘green’ metals increasing 'exceptionally fast' – Glencore
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Ivan Glasenberg

Orion’s JV partner tests targets with similar mineralisation to Areachap Belt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th August 2019 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ joint venture partner Independence Group has started diamond drilling to test several highly prospective intrusive nickel/copper and volcanic massive sulphide copper/zinc targets in Western Australia. The drill target at the North West Passage prospect, in... 

New economic model for Idaho copper mine

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2019 North America-focused Phoenix Copper has completed a new economic model for the Idaho-based Empire mine, which the company will now use as a basis for the feasibility study that it aims to deliver before the middle of next year. The economic model, which was prepared by Hard Rock Consulting of... 

Glencore’s African assets underperform 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st July 2019 Diversified miner Glencore has warned of a $350-million noncash loss within its marketing division for the six months ended June 30, as a result of lower cobalt prices. The miner reported that cobalt prices had decreased by about 50% year-on-year to $29 400/t. 

Glencore’s African assets underperform
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Ivan Glasenberg

Optimisation work on north Wales mine project moving forward

By: Mariaan Webb     31st July 2019 Optimisation work to determine the optimum production plan for the Parys Mountain copper/lead/zinc project, on the island of Anglesey, north Wales, is moving steadily ahead, with results expected by the end of the year. The objective of the optimisation study, undertaken by QME at no cost to... 

Optimisation work on north Wales mine project moving forward

Lundin’s Portugal zinc expansion cost creeps higher

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2019 The completion of the Neves-Corvo zinc expansion project (ZEP) in Portugal has been pushed back and the cost of the project has risen by €55-million, Canada-headquartered Lundin Mining has reported. The preproduction cost of the expansion project is now estimated at €360-million, while the total... 

SSR buys partner’s stake in Argentina mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2019 Nasdaq- and TSX-listed silver miner SSR Mining will buy the remaining 25% shareholding in the Puna operation, in Argentina, from TSX-V-listed Golden Arrow Resources for $34-million. Upon closing of the transaction, SSR will own 100% of Puna – a joint venture that was formed through the... 

South32 reports strong end to FY2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th July 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a strong finish to the 2019 financial year, with revenue equivalent production growing by 10% in the June quarter and by 3% in the full year, while record production was achieved at the Hillside aluminium operation, and metallurgical coal production from the... 

South32 reports strong end to FY2019
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

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... 

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... 

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