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Jan 30, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
A platinum export levy announced by the Zimbabwe government in 2013 remains mired in uncertainty, after the planned deferral of the tax to 2017, was not provided for in the country’s 2015 Finance Bill, gazetted on January 9. Platinum majors Impala Platinum (Implats)...
Jan 30, 2015
The shares of triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) rose by more than 3% before noon on Friday following the company’s release of a quarterly update, which recorded a series of financial settlements, environmental go-aheads and project advances. CoAL also...
Jan 30, 2015
Gold producer Harmony Gold on Thursday evening reported that its gold output for the quarter ended December 31, would be 10% lower compared with the September 2014 quarter. While it did not provide its production figures for the quarter, it attributed the lower...
Jan 30, 2015
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni confirms that local gold producers Sibanye Gold, AngloGold Ashanti and Harmony Gold are undertaking retrenchments at their respective operations across South Africa. “Some of these companies have...
Jan 30, 2015
After what the company describes as an “exceptional” first quarter, production by platinum group metal producer Sylvania Platinum declined to 14 701 oz in the three months ended December 31. The company had reported a sixth consecutive quarter of continuous growth in...
Jan 30, 2015
Merafe Resources has lifted attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe chrome venture by 3% year-on-year to 92 000 t in the quarter ended December 31. The company said in a report on Friday that the improved output was the result of the start-up of...
Jan 30, 2015
First copper production from base metals miner Weatherly International’s Tschudi copper mine, in Namibia, is now expected in February. The Aim-listed company, which previously expected production to start in the second quarter of this year, on Friday said the project...
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Jan 30, 2015
The continued fluidity of events in Burkina Faso has made an update on the timeline of TSX-V-listed True Gold's flagship Karma gold difficult to pin down, with the company initially expecting to pour first gold as early as October this year. While the West...
Jan 30, 2015
Junior explorer Middle Island Resources has started acquisition negotiations on two possible gold assets, the company reported on Friday. The company said that it was actively reviewing project acquisition opportunities in West Africa and Australia, and, to date,...
Jan 31, 2015
Updated 6 hours ago US Mint American Eagle gold coin sales in January rose from December but were the lowest for that month since 2008, as a rally in prices discouraged collector buying in what is typically a period of peak demand, data showed on Friday. The US Mint sold 81 000 oz of...
Jan 31, 2015
Updated 6 hours ago Brazilian miner Vale proposed on Friday to pay dividends of $2-billion this year, less than half the $4.2-billion it distributed in 2014, amid falling prices of iron ore and other base metals. The company intends to pay $0.388095186 per outstanding common and...
Jan 31, 2015
Updated 6 hours ago US coal miner Alpha Natural Resources on Friday announced that two of its operating affiliates had given employees notice that certain West Virginia coal mines were being idled in response to sustained weak market conditions and increasingly stringent federal...
Jan 31, 2015
Updated 7 hours ago British Columbia will immediately act on seven critical recommendations of an independent panel that investigated the tailings storage facility (TSF) failure that took place early in August last year at Canadian base metals miner Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley...
Jan 30, 2015
Marine mining project developer Nautilus Minerals has completed the second of three machines it needs to mine high-grade polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits at 1 600 m below the surface of the Bismarck Sea, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG). The TSX-listed...
Jan 30, 2015
Canadian miner Goldcorp and the Wabauskang First Nation had this week inked a collaboration agreement that paved the way for long-term economic benefits for the north-western Ontario First Nation. The new agreement, which marked Goldcorp's sixth First Nation...
Jan 30, 2015
Canada's main stock index declined on Friday as negative sentiment following a sluggish US economic report helped offset gains in commodity prices and resource stocks. Government data showed that US economic growth slowed in the fourth quarter, following two...
Jan 30, 2015
Despite oil prices having tested multi-year lows in recent months that saw many producers scrambling to cut costs in efforts to survive, US oil, gas and coal producer Consol Energy on Friday confirmed that it expected to continue expanding its exploration and...
 
 
 
 
Jan 30, 2015
Codelco does not expect Thursday's fire at its El Teniente mine to affect copper production, the chief executive of the Chilean state-run copper firm told Reuters on Friday. Codelco halted operations at the Colon Alto secondary crushing plant at El Teniente after a...
Jan 30, 2015
World No 1 copper miner Codelco will slash costs by $1-billion in 2015 and cut direct cash costs by $0.193/lb of copper at its operations, CEO Nelson Pizarro said Friday, as the price of the base metal slumped to multi-year lows. Still, none of the Chilean state-run...
Jan 30, 2015
ASX-listed KBL Mining was again wading through the thicket, this time facing investigators from debt holder Capri Trading for an alleged breach of its general security agreement (GSA). Capri Trading regained a A$12.6-million KBL debt from ASX-listed Kidman...
Jan 30, 2015
Australian gold major Newcrest Mining on Friday increased its production expectations for the 2015 financial year, as the ramp-up of the Cadia East operation, in New South Wales, continued faster than expected. Newcrest upped its gold production expectations from...
Jan 30, 2015
Despite the declining coal prices, ASX-listed producer Whitehaven Coal remains upbeat about the company’s prospects for the future. “While not ignoring the current weakness in coal markets, we remain confident that coal has a growing role to play in the world’s...
Jan 30, 2015
Iron-ore producer BC Iron returned to an annual run-rate of six-million tonnes a year during the three months to December, following a troubled September quarter, with the miner on Friday also downgrading its cost expectations for the full year. The Nullagine joint...
Jan 30, 2015
ASX-listed Chesser Resources would exit Turkey by June this year, with the miner reporting on Friday that it would cease its hunt for new resource opportunities. In September, Chesser announced the sale of its Kestanelik gold project in Turkey, for $40-million to...
Jan 30, 2015
Uranium developer Black Range Minerals has become a takeover target for Canada’s Western Uranium Corporation, which on Friday launched an A$18.5-million offer for the Australian company. Western Uranium was offering one of its own shares for every 750 Black Range...
Jan 30, 2015
TSX-listed explorer Pilot Gold has completed a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Halilaga copper/gold porphyry project, in north-western Turkey, sketching metrics for a robust, low strip, technically simple and scalable openpit project, using...
Jan 30, 2015
A fire forced Chile's state miner Codelco to halt operations at a crushing plant at its El Teniente copper mine on Thursday, the company told Reuters.
 
 
 
 
Jan 30, 2015
Brazilian miner Vale's mega-ships have been able to dock at five ports in China, the firm's head of investor relations said on Thursday, as a ban that had been in place since 2012 is relaxed. "The issue ... of the obstruction, that's overcome," investor relations...
Jan 30, 2015
TSX-listed Wesdome Gold Mines has boosted the compliant reserve bases at its Eagle River and Mishi gold mines, west of Wawa, in Ontario. At Eagle River, Wesdome lifted the National Instrument 43-101-compliant proven and probable reserves by 57% to 265 000 oz, grading...
Jan 29, 2015
The world’s most significant fertiliser producer PotashCorp of Saskatchewan has lifted its quarterly cash dividend by about 9% on the back of a confident sector outlook as its potash expansion programme was nearing completion. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based miner...
Jan 29, 2015
Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Africa fell by 3% to around $55-billion in 2014, amid an 8% fall in global inflows to an estimated $1.26-trillion, from $1.36-trillion in 2013. In its Global Investment Trends Monitor, the United Nations Conference on Trade...
Jan 29, 2015
Spot iron-ore prices hit a new 5-1/2 year low on Thursday as more signs emerged of slowing Chinese economic growth, although iron-ore and steel futures in China edged higher on interest from bargain hunters. A deepening iron-ore glut and worries over a sharper...
Jan 29, 2015
Despite the lower gold price, global mine production continued to grow last year, increasing 2% to an all-time high of 3 109 t, the latest survey by GFMS showed. However, total physical demand fell 19% in 2014 as all areas, with the exception of official sector...
Jan 29, 2015
Mozambique-focused miner Baobab Resources was nearing the conclusion of the selection process of a Chinese partner to conclude a feasibility study at its Tete iron project, in Mozambique. The company has been in detailed discussions with steel industry specialists...
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it is “shocked and saddened” by an announcement this week by diversified mining major Glencore that it was considering the closure of several coal-mining operations in South Africa, including the Optimum coal mine, in...
Jan 29, 2015
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Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa director Lizel Oberholzer says the referral back to the National Assembly of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, may potentially result in changes, unrelated to the substantive...
 
 
 
 
Jan 29, 2015
Smelter shutdowns cut a big chunk of refined platinum out of Lonmin’s production in the three months to December 31, when the company's overall platinum group metal (PGM) output slumped by 31.1%. The world’s third-largest platinum producer managed, however, to record...
Jan 29, 2015
International Ferro Metals (IFM) lifted ferrochrome production by a modest 3% to 49 800 t for the quarter ended December 31, despite the issuance of a Section 54 notice in November following a health and safety incident that led to two employees being exposed to...
Jan 29, 2015
DiamondCorp’s developing Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, is likely to come into production in the second half of this year, despite a six-week strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) in October and November. Following...
Jan 29, 2015
ASX-listed Beach Energy on Thursday announced that it would reduce its capital expenditure (capex) during the second half of the 2015 financial year by around 20%, or by about A$55-million. The company told shareholders that it had undertaken a detailed review of...
Jan 29, 2015
A revised feasibility study of ASX-listed Metals X’s Central Murchison gold project, in Western Australia, has delivered encouraging results, with the project now expected to require a less-intensive capital investment and have a longer mine life. The revised...
 
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