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Zinc News

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
Photo by Creamer Media
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... 

South Sudan invites investment in agriculture, mining, oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2019 Since its official independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has ripened the environment for investment in the country, which was apparent when the country’s Ministers on Wednesday met with South African investors and businesspersons during a roadshow, in Sandton, to discuss investment... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules

Canadian miner finds new high-grade zinc and gold deposit

19th April 2019 Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals has announced the discovery of 35.6 m of high-grade mineralisation including both zinc-rich massive sulphides and gold. The deposit is located between the old Chisel North mine and the producing Lalor mine in Manitoba, Canada, at a down hole depth between... 

Canadian miner finds  new high-grade zinc  and gold deposit
ALAN HAIR These zinc-rich and gold-rich intersections highlight the ever prospective nature of the Flin Flon greenstone belt and demonstrate the value of our Manitoba assets

Zinc inventories continue to fall

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The poor performance of Chinese smelters and the closure of major zinc mines in the past two years have led to global and refined zinc inventories continuing to fall, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Many smelters last year chose not to buy expensive... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape  

By: Martin Creamer     18th April 2019 Three years ago, Orion Minerals was trading at an eighth of an Australian cent a share. It had a market capitalisation of $4-milllion and set out to find something that could be turned into a mine. The good news is that the company found that opportunity in South Africa, and its share price has... 

Orion reawakening geological giant in Northern Cape
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviewing Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Hudbay says largest shareholder to vote for its nominees

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2019 TSX- and NYSE-listed Hudbay Minerals said on Wednesday that its largest shareholder, Letko, Brosseau & Associates, had confirmed that it would vote for the company's director nominees at the upcoming shareholders meeting. Letko, Brosseau & Associates exercises investment control or direction... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black investors have self-funded the purchase of shares at a premium price in the fast-tracked redevelopment of the Prieska zinc and copper mine in the Northern Cape, which has a three-year payback and a minimum mine life of ten years. The $8-million equity capital raising by Orion Minerals,... 

Eager black investors fund premium-priced opportunity in zinc, copper
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
Orion Minerals’ ‘meet-the-media’ attendees were from left: Jowell Tobias, Godfrey Gomwe, Billy Mawasha, Michelle Jenkins, Errol Smart, Nelson Mosiapoa, Tom Borman, Sharon Matthews and Roger Matthews.

Galileo raises £500 000 for Zambia zinc project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2019 Aim-listed Galileo Resources has raised £500 000 through the placing of 100-million new shares at a price of 0.5p a share. The proceeds will be used for general working capital, as well as for advancing its Star Zinc project, in Zambia. Specifically, the company plans to use the proceeds to... 

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