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African Tantalum gears mine towards future tantalum deliveries

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 African Tantalum has sent its third shipment of high-purity tantalum from the Namibia tantalite investment mine (NTI) to its customer, a global North American tantalum consumer and end-user of tantalum ore, with a fourth shipment currently being tested by a third party before being sent. Aftan,... 

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

Eldorado agrees to extend Greek arbitration period

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold has agreed to extend the 90-day arbitration period by 60 days to April 6, 2018. The Greek arbitration panel hearing a complaint by the country’s Finance, and Environment and Energy Ministries against the company's subsidiary Hellas Gold requested the extension. 

Namibia Rare Earths bags Lofdal enviro clearance

By: Henry Lazenby     19th December 2017 The Namibian Environment Ministry has cleared TSX-V-listed project promotor Namibia Rare Earths’ (NRE’s) Lofdal heavy rare earth project for mining and processing operations and for a planned power and water line corridor, the company announced on Monday. 

Semarnat issues Great Panther with Topia Phase 2 tailings permit

By: Henry Lazenby     19th December 2017 The Mexican environmental authority Semarnat has granted Great Panther Silver all the permits required to build and operate the new Phase II tailings storage facility (TSF) at its Topia mine, in Durango state, Mexico. The Vancouver-based company said on Monday that the permits, in combination... 

First Quantum breathes new life into Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th December 2017 Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals has signed a framework agreement with Northern Dynasty Minerals to work on formalising an option on the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in south-east Alaska. The announcement on Monday breathes new life into the project billed as the largest... 

Odisha rules out extension of deadline for payment of illegal mining penalty

By: Ajoy K Das     15th December 2017 With the Supreme Court set deadline of December 31, to recover dues and penalties for illegal mining in eastern province of Odisha fast approaching, the government has ruled out any extension of the deadline or recalculation of the penalties recoverable from liable miners. Officials in Odisha... 

Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp capacity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2017 JSE-listed Sappi has announced plans to “significantly” expand its dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP mill. The company aims to increase the mill’s capacity by up to 250 000 t/y to meet strong projected... 

Space mining is getting close to reality 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th December 2017 Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of most of the world’s current senior mining executives, personal communication devices (cellphones)... 

BC govt refuses KGHM’s Ajax environmental permit

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2017 The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday refused to issue Polish base metals miner KGHM Polska Miedź’s Ajax copper/gold mine a provincial environmental certificate, saying the adverse effects of the project outweigh the potential benefits. The news is a blow to the nearby City of... 

Plans on track for rapid rail network extensions in Gauteng

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is hopeful that the National Treasury will approve the much-awaited Treasury Approval 1 (TA1) for the planned extension of a rapid rail network, following the submission of the feasibility study early this year. “We . . . handed in the documents to the... 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

     15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies viable, necessary for SA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Different fuel and vehicle technologies will be required for a successful and sustainable transition to a low-carbon future, and how the transport sector evolves amid growing global demand for energy will have a significant impact on efforts to address climate change, indicates energy giant Shell... 

Longmeadow solar PV project nearing completion

By: Nadine James     15th December 2017 Solar power specialist Energy Partners (EP) Solar has invested in a photovoltaic (PV) solar system to power South African retailer Pick n Pay’s Longmeadow distribution centre, in Modderfontein, Gauteng. The project is currently about 80% complete and will be fully operational by the end of... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has completed delivery of the third boiler unit of the Medupi power station project. 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Canada’s federal National Energy Board has issued an order declaring that the project need not comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws as the company prepares to begin construction. 

Polymetal, Alrosa receive top honours in Russian environmental report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 LSE-listed Polymetal International was awarded the top rating in environmental responsibility among Russian metals and mining companies by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environmental Facility, and the Russian... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

By: Samantha Herbst     13th December 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals’ Sonora lithium project, located in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, has the potential to become a significant supplier of battery-grade lithium to growing industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, according to Bacanora CEO Peter Secker.... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Ratings agency Moody’s believes 2018 will be a year of relative stability for the global base metals industry after some recovery was experienced this year. In a 2018 outlook analysis, released on Wednesday, the agency noted that these improved supply/demand fundamentals would hold on the back of... 

KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

MRC refused mining right for West Coast mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has refused to extend Australian junior Mineral Commodities’ mining rights application for its Tormin mineral sands mine, on the West Coast near Lutzville. In an attempt to accelerate early access to identified resources to extend its mining... 

Novovoronezh NPP Unit 7 nearing completion

By: Nadine James     13th December 2017 The construction of a 1 200 MW water-to-water energetic reactor (VVER) for Unit 7 at Russian State-owned nuclear company Rosatom’s Novovoronezh nuclear power plant (NPP) is nearing completion, Novovoronezh NPP information and public relations head Yuri Molotov told a delegation of African media... 

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West 

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Canada to create overseas mining watchdog early in 2018

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Ottawa plans early next year to create an independent office to oversee Canadian mining, oil and gas companies' activities abroad, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that environmental and human rights groups have long demanded. The office would have both an "advisory and robust... 

Newmont CEO Goldberg inducted into American Mining Hall of Fame

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 The American Mining Hall of Fame has inducted US-based gold producer Newmont Mining’s president and CEO Gary Goldberg into its illustrious ranks. Goldberg has been honoured by his peers for outstanding contributions to the mining industry and the award honours his accomplishments over the course... 

Lupaka upgrades Invicta road as a critical step towards imminent production

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2017 Peru-focused gold explorer and project developer Lupaka Gold has appointed a contractor to expand, enhance, and modify 27 km of road starting from the paved Huacho-Churin-Oyon highway, located at about 1 500 m above sea level, up to the Invicta project, located at about 3 500 m above sea level.... 

SA power plant listed 4th dirtiest in world's 'Dirty Dozen' 

By: News24Wire      12th December 2017 South Africa’s Thabametsi project has been listed as one of the “Dirty Dozen projects”, twelve fossil fuel projects worldwide environmental groups say exemplify the massive volumes of public finances still flowing to fossil fuel projects, which are driving climate change. The list comes as world... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees itself as being best placed for the electric vehicle revolution through its ‘tier 1’ copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc and thermal coal assets. The company said in an investor day update on Tuesday that sustainably low-cost and long-life first... 

New JV to develop small-scale Zambian hydropower projects

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company... 

Seasonal battery demand, tight supply to buoy lead prices

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Seasonally strong demand from battery makers, tight supplies caused by mine shutdowns and dwindling inventories in London Metal Exchange warehouses are expected to sustain lead prices, which recently hit six-year highs. Benchmark lead on the London Metal Exchange at around $2 500/t is up about... 

Integrated Pump Rental Expands Into Industrial Sector

     12th December 2017 Signalling its expansion into the economy’s industrial segment, pump and dredging specialist, Integrated Pump Rental recently made short work of cleaning the sediment from the reservoirs of a customer in tile manufacturing. According to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine, the tile... 

W Resources receives preliminary approval for tungsten mine funding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Aim-listed W Resources has received preliminary approval from US Specialists Situations Fund for a $30-million term loan to fund the La Parrilla tungsten mine, in Spain. The term loan is subject to final due diligence and legal documentation, with financial close targeted for late December or... 

Egg unboiling machine enables graphene battery development

     12th December 2017 The Australian researchers who successfully unboiled an egg are turning their attention to capturing the energy of graphene oxide to make a more efficient alternative to lithium-ion batteries. The Flinders University team in South Australia has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology... 

eThala Biomass-To-Power Project

     12th December 2017 eThala Management Services has received a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) administrated by the African Development Bank to undertake project preparation/development activities for the proposed eThala Biomass-to-Power Project to approach... 

Queensland Premier vetoes NAIF funding for Carmichael project

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2017 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has followed through on her election promise to exercise the state’s veto over funding from the North Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for a rail link associated with the Carmichael coal mine. Palaszczuk, whose government was sworn in on... 

Maptek unveils new strategic panel caving application

     12th December 2017 A new strategic panel caving product developed by Maptek™ targets the most cost effective underground mining method in a transparent, analytical way while maximising productivity. Panel, or block caving, is widely considered the ‘new frontier’ as mining operations move towards underground methods. 

Brazil's Samarco wins waste permits in small step toward resuming operations

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Samarco Mineração, a joint venture between Brazilian miner Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, on Monday received two waste system permits in a small step toward resuming operations halted after a November 2015 tailings mine dam collapsed, killing 19 people. The permits issued by Minas Gerais... 

Construction sector confidence: not all hope is lost

     11th December 2017 Reports of construction sector confidence plummeting to 17-year lows should not be the reason for investors and developers to lose complete faith in the industry, according to the Building and Property Economics Committee of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). “Low... 

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