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Gold Fields starts construction of Salares Norte mining infrastructure

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2021 Dual-listed Gold Fields has formally started construction of the mining infrastructure at its Salares Norte project, in Chile. Construction of the $860-million project is scheduled to be completed in late 2022, with first gold production in early 2023. Once commissioned, the mine will process... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2021 If you want a fuel cell, you need platinum, is one of the multiplicity of points Bernstein investment company makes in a major work just released, which shows growing and ongoing demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) and provides ample reason why metals and mining matter more than ever. In the... 

IronRidge commences Ewoyaa drilling

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2021 Aim-listed explorer IronRidge Resources says a 12 500 m drilling programme at its Ewoyaa lithium project, in Ghana, has started, with contractor GeoDrill having mobilised on site and started reverse circulation (RC) drilling. The campaign is intended to add resource tonnes within the immediate... 

Trump moves to loosen mining regulations, approve projects as he exits

By: Reuters     8th January 2021 Outgoing US President Donald Trump's administration is moving to loosen mining regulations and green light new mineral projects before leaving office this month, with successor Joe Biden unable to reverse some of the changes. Administration officials tell Reuters they plan to publish a raft of... 

BWR receives $300 000 grant from Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2021 The Manitoba Mineral Development Fund (MMDF) will provide a $300 000 grant to TSX-V-listed BWR Exploration to advance the Little Stull Lake gold project, in Northeastern Manitoba. Prior to entering into a contribution agreement with the MMDF, BWR will need to provide confirmation of required... 

Aveng may ‘upsize’ R300m recapitalisation should shareholders show appetite 

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2020 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng has expressed confidence that its recently unveiled debt restructure and recapitalisation plan will provide the “reset” required for its two  remaining core businesses, McConnell Dowell and Moolmans, to begin growing again, with the Australasian... 

BCI secures Mardie access

By: Mariaan Webb     27th November 2020 Developer BCI Minerals has entered into an access agreement with the lease holder of the Mardie station, which overlaps in small areas with the proposed Mardie project development footprint and tenure. The access agreement provides Pastoral Management’s (PMPL’s) consent to the grant of key... 

Exxaro sets out to improve the streets of Belfast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd October 2020 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro Resources on October 23 held a sod-turning ceremony in Belfast, Mpumalanga, to mark the start of its rehabilitation of the town’s streets and associated stormwater management systems. As part of Exxaro’s commitment to local economic development, the objective... 

Minerals Council bemoans lack of competiveness focus in economic recovery plan 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa says the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan – unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15 to a joint hybrid sitting of Parliament – does not go far enough in addressing areas where South Africa can improve its global competitiveness. While the... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch  

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

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