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Non-disclosure of dam safety risks could prompt big investors to pull out

By: Reuters     17th June 2019 Investors with a combined $12.5-trillion in assets, including the Swedish National Pension Funds and the Church of England, could review their stakes in resource companies that use storage dams if they do not release information to assess safety risks. The safety of dams used to store mining... 

Pilbara stunts output at Pilgangoora

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2019 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals on Monday said that it would cut back on production form its Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia, during June and July this year, on the back of constrained sales during the June quarter. Pilbara told shareholders that the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project... 

Hydrogen offers pathway for lowering hard-to-abate carbon emissions – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2019 Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels could help facilitate the decarbonisation of a range of sectors where the pathway for achieving meaningful emission reductions is currently uncertain or difficult, a new global study argues. Released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) at a meeting of G20... 

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... 

Asante ‘excited’ about new mining technique at Ghana mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2019 Ghana-focused Asante Gold is considering using a new “disrupter” mining method at its Kubi gold project, which CEO Douglas MacQuarrie says has the potential to do for narrow, hard rock mining what hydraulic fracturing did for previously uneconomic gas and oil deposits. SMD, or sustainable mining... 

Bushveld Energy partners with US company on vanadium electrolyte rental product

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned Bushveld Energy subsidiary has enabled the successful deployment of a vanadium electrolyte rental product in industrial-scale batteries developed and sold by Avalon Battery Corporation of Fremont, California. Bushveld Energy and Avalon worked together to... 

AngloGold’s confidence in its TSF management system intact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s board of directors and management believe the company’s management and governance approach provides an effective way to manage the risks associated with tailings storage facilities (TSFs). The company has 34 TSFs across its global portfolio, of which 60% are active,... 

South32 budgets $55m for tailings dams in 2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th June 2019 Diversified miner South32 has revealed that it will spend $55-million on its tailings storage facilities (TSFs) in the 2019 financial year, following up the $35-million expenditure of the previous year. South32 has joined the ranks of other global miners providing information on the standards of... 

Swiss expert to start work on new standards for mining dam safety

By: Reuters     10th June 2019 A Swiss environmental expert will make a fact-finding trip this week to the site of the Vale dam disaster in Brazil to start work on setting new dam safety standards for miners. The safety of dams used to store mining waste, known as tailings, gained prominence after the collapse of Vale's dam... 

Global miners respond to call to publish tailings dam details

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Global mining companies have responded to a call by ethical investors working on a global standard for tailings dams to provide information about the facilities that they control, with several companies having published information about their tailings storage facilities (TSFs). These include... 

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