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Mariaan Webb

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Teck details suspension impact on QB2 cost and schedule

1st April 2020 Construction activities at the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) copper project remain suspended, in line with the Chilean government’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. Initially only a two-week suspension, construction activities are still on hold and Canadian diversified major Teck... 

Teck reduces coal output rate and suspends 2020 guidance

1st April 2020 Notwithstanding the challenges related to the fast-spreading coronavirus, Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources president and CEO Don Lindsay on Wednesday reported that all the group’s operations remained in production, albeit on a reduced basis. The Vancouver-headquartered group announced... 

Miners to benefit as Canada extends wage subsidy to businesses of all sizes

31st March 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s extension of the wage subsidy to include businesses of all sizes has been welcomed, with the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) saying that it will provide much-needed support to the country’s mining industry. The wage subsidy, initially only meant for smaller... 

Premier confirms $205m offer for Centerra’s stake in Hardrock project

30th March 2020 TSX-listed Premier Gold Mines on Monday confirmed a $205-million offer to buy Centerra Gold’s 50% interest in the Greenstone Gold Mines (GGM) partnership, which owns the Hardrock project, in Ontario. The acquiring party, Premier said, would be another company that was an assignee of Premier... 

US coal mines hit by virus pandemic

30th March 2020 The fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic is affecting US coal operations, with two companies on Monday announcing that they would idle operations in response to Covid-19, which has hit the global economy hard. NYSE-listed Consol Energy said it would curtail production at its Bailey mine, in... 

Gold miners Argonaut and Alio announce merger

30th March 2020 Canadian companies Argonaut Gold and Alio Gold on Monday announced an at-market merger in which Argonaut would buy Alio to create an intermediate miner producing 235 000 gold-equivalent ounces a year. Alio’s shares would be exchanged on the basis of 0.67 of an Argonaut share, with the exchange... 

Mines close as Spain tightens coronavirus controls

30th March 2020 Spain has implemented enhanced measures to protect its people from the fast-spreading coronavirus with a new royal decree on Sunday stipulating that only employees from essential industries are allowed to work for the next week-and-a-half. The list of essential industries excludes mining and... 

'Mines are shedding jobs and SME suppliers'

30th March 2020 While Canada’s support for small businesses hit by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has been welcomed, Mining Association of Canada president and CEO Paul Gratton says the entire economy needs to be protected to allow the country to respond when the recovery starts. Responding to... 

Anglo pushes pause button on newly acquired UK project

27th March 2020 Construction and development activity at the Woodsmith polyhalite project, which Anglo American acquired earlier this month, is being paused, the diversified major announced on Friday. This is in line with the British government’s measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which by Friday has... 

Alaska’s Pebble project team keeps eye on RoD goal despite Covid-19 precautions

27th March 2020 Canada’s Northern Dynasty said on Thursday that work on the Pebble project, in Alaska, continued to advance, despite the mandatory and voluntary steps that its US-based subsidiary implemented in response to the spreading of the novel coronavirus. The project developer confirmed that it still... 

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