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Mariaan Webb

Mariaan Webb

Mariaan Webb is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Mariaan Webb

Mawson to acquire Southern Cross Gold in merger

12th June 2024

Exploration and development company Mawson Gold has announced a nonbinding term sheet with Southern Cross Gold (SXG), outlining its intent to acquire all the ordinary shares of the Australian... 


Image kicks off preliminary works at WA mineral sands project

11th June 2024

ASX-listed Image Resources has started minor, or preliminary work activities at its Atlas mineral sands project, north of Perth in Western Australia. Preliminary works include the construction of... 


US BLM approves follow up drilling at Arizona Lithium’s Big Sandy

11th June 2024

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued Arizona Lithium a permit for a drill and bulk sampling programme at the Big Sandy project, in Arizona. The ASX-listed company is now set to start... 


E25 explores Butcherbird restart amid record high manganese ore prices

E25 explores Butcherbird restart amid record high manganese ore prices

11th June 2024

Australia’s Element25 is investigating the potential restart of operations at the Butcherbird manganese project in Western Australia to capitalise on the recent surge in manganese ore prices.... 


Canadian govt invests C$10m in Ontario critical mineral projects

11th June 2024

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Monday announced two investments of C$5-million each to support the critical minerals sector in Canada, specifically in northern... 


Premium Nickel raises C$27.5m for Botswana projects amid strong investor interest

11th June 2024

Canadian mining company Premium Nickel Resources will raise C$27.5-million through an upsized private placement offer, the company announced on Monday. This is an increase from the initial... 


The White Mesa mill

Energy Fuels achieves commercial production of separated rare earths at White Mesa

11th June 2024

Uranium and rare earths elements (REEs) producer Energy Fuels has begun commercial production of separated neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) at its White Mesa mill, in Utah. This marks a milestone,... 


Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

Canada expands critical minerals list to 34

11th June 2024

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Monday announced an expansion of Canada’s critical minerals list, adding high-purity iron, phosphorus, and silicon metal to the... 


Rio Tinto ups stake in Australia's second-biggest aluminium smelter

Rio Tinto ups stake in Australia's second-biggest aluminium smelter

11th June 2024

Commodities giant Rio Tinto will increase its interest Boyne Smelters (BSL), which owns and operates the Boyne Island aluminium smelter in Gladstone, Australia, to 73.5%. The company has agreed to... 


Tom Albanese has been appointed chairperson

Nevada Copper files for bankruptcy, CEO steps down

10th June 2024

US copper miner Nevada Copper on Monday announced that it had filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. The company, which owns the Pumpkin Hollow mine, will not... 


Nevada Copper urgently seeks funding

Nevada Copper urgently seeks funding

7th June 2024

Vancouver-based Nevada Copper said on Thursday that it urgently needed funding to maintain operations and complete the commissioning and ramp-up of its Pumpkin Hollow underground mine in Yerington,... 


Processing equipment at Santa Barbara

Aguia outlines reopening plans for Colombia's Santa Barbara mine

7th June 2024

ASX-listed Aguia Resources has announced a comprehensive work programme for the reopening of the high-grade Santa Barbara gold mine, in Colombia. This update follows Aguia's successful takeover of... 


Gold bars poured at the Chatree mine

Kingsgate marks first gold pour at refurbished Chatree plant

7th June 2024

Gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated has announced its first gold pour at the newly refurbished Plant #1 at the Chatree mine, in Thailand. The company reported on Friday that the first four doré bars... 


Walkabout ships first graphite from Tanzania mine

Walkabout ships first graphite from Tanzania mine

7th June 2024

Australia-listed Walkabout has produced and shipped its first consignment of on-specification graphite concentrate from the Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania. The shipment is destined for... 


Ausgold fully funded through to FID

Ausgold fully funded through to FID

6th June 2024

Exploration and development company Ausgold has garnered robust investor support for the Katanning Gold Project (KGP), in Western Australia, successfully raising A$38-million in a two-tranche... 


The transaction includes a 2.7% NSR royalty on the Kiaka gold project, owned by West African Resources.

B2Gold sells royalties to Versamet

6th June 2024

Canada-based B2Gold on Thursday announced the sale of a portfolio of ten precious and base metals royalties to Sandbox Royalties, a private, returns-focused metals royalty company that has been... 


Firetail’s stock catches alight with Canada copper acquisition

Firetail’s stock catches alight with Canada copper acquisition

6th June 2024

The share price of Australia-listed Firetail Resources skyrocketed 150% on Thursday, as the company unveiled a copper acquisition in Newfoundland, Canada. Firetail announced it had executed an... 


West Red Lake aims for Madsen restart in H2 2025

West Red Lake aims for Madsen restart in H2 2025

6th June 2024

TSX-V-listed West Red Lake is gearing up for a big year in 2025. After bolstering its financings through recent fundraisings, the company is setting its sights on restarting the Madsen gold mine,... 


SolGold inks exploitation contract for Ecuador copper and gold mine

SolGold inks exploitation contract for Ecuador copper and gold mine

6th June 2024

Dual-listed SolGold has signed an exploitation contract for its flagship Cascabel copper and gold project, in Ecuador. The signing follows successful contractual negotiations and approval of the... 


Independence is located entirely within Nevada Gold Mines' Phoenix mine permitted plan of operations.

Nexus Uranium to separately list its Nevada gold project

5th June 2024

North America-focused Nexus Uranium has announced that it will spin off and separately list its Independence gold mine, in the Battle Mountain district of Nevada, on a Canadian exchange. The... 


Glencore to toll treat Crean Hill bulk sample – Magna

Glencore to toll treat Crean Hill bulk sample – Magna

5th June 2024

Exploration and development company Magna Mining has signed a toll milling agreement with Glencore Canada for the surface bulk sample of the 109 Footwall (FW) zone at its Crean Hill project, in... 


Eskay Mining taps P2 team to bolster Golden Triangle success

Eskay Mining taps P2 team to bolster Golden Triangle success

5th June 2024

TSX-V-listed Eskay Mining has entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to acquire fellow junior P2 Gold in a business combination transaction to create a gold and copper explorer focused on the... 


External probe finds Sandfire disturbed artefact scatters at DeGrussa

External probe finds Sandfire disturbed artefact scatters at DeGrussa

5th June 2024

Copper miner Sandfire Resources chairperson John Richards on Wednesday apologised to traditional owners Yugunga-Nya for failing to protect artefact scatters during the construction of the Monty... 


Energy Fuels eyes 5Mlb/y uranium run rate in coming years

Energy Fuels eyes 5Mlb/y uranium run rate in coming years

4th June 2024

Uranium and rare earths producer Energy Fuels is continuing to ramp up its uranium production in the US, with a targeted output of up to 500 000 lb of uranium oxide (U3O8) this year. The company... 


Energy Fuels shores up Australian supply for REE production

Energy Fuels shores up Australian supply for REE production

4th June 2024

US-based Energy Fuels has formed a joint venture with Astron to develop the Donald rare earth element (REE) and mineral sands project in Australia, securing supply for its White Mesa mill, in... 


With ARM as strategic investor, Surge Copper kick starts Berg PFS work

3rd June 2024

TSX-V-listed Surge Copper has initiated its prefeasibility study (PFS) work on its Berg property, in British Columbia, having completed a C$5-million funding package. The biggest component of the... 


Gibraltar mine operations halted as hundreds of employees strike

Gibraltar mine operations halted as hundreds of employees strike

3rd June 2024

Mid-tier copper producer Taseko Mines has halted operations at the Gibraltar mine, in British Columbia, after failing to reach a collective bargaining agreement with unionised workers. About 550... 


Miner dies in Virginia coal mine accident

Miner dies in Virginia coal mine accident

3rd June 2024

Metallurgical coal producer Coronado Global Resources halted production at the Buchanan underground complex in Virginia, US, on Friday evening, after a 27-year old miner lost his life when a loose... 


Champion Iron reports higher profit

Champion Iron reports higher profit

31st May 2024

Quebec iron-ore miner Champion Iron has reported a robust revenue and net income performance for the year ended March 31, 2024. Despite facing challenges due to lower selling prices and logistical... 


Rio Tinto secures future of NZ aluminium smelter, acquires full ownership

Rio Tinto secures future of NZ aluminium smelter, acquires full ownership

31st May 2024

Commodities giant Rio Tinto announced on Friday that it would keep New Zealand’s sole aluminium smelter operational until at least 2044, following the completion of new 20-year electricity supply... 


New World secures option on Arizona copper deposit

New World secures option on Arizona copper deposit

30th May 2024

Copper developer New World has secured an option to acquire a 630 000 t, high-grade historical copper and zinc resource, located in a district of Arizona where the firm is currently actively... 


New power contract facilitates Sierra Rutile's Area 1 restart

New power contract facilitates Sierra Rutile's Area 1 restart

30th May 2024

Mineral sands miner Sierra Rutile has restarted operations at Area 1 in Sierra Leone, facilitated by a new contract for additional power generation capacity. The ASX-listed company has entered... 


Anglo American digs in its heels, denies BHP's extension request

Anglo American digs in its heels, denies BHP's extension request

29th May 2024

Diversified miner Anglo American on Wednesday denied BHP’s request for more time to engage on a proposed takeover transaction, stating that its fundamental concerns regarding the $49-billion... 


Thunderbird shifts focus to high-potential Canadian uranium, drops lithium

Thunderbird shifts focus to high-potential Canadian uranium, drops lithium

29th May 2024

Exploration company Thunderbird Resources on Wednesday announced its decision to concentrate all efforts on the high-potential uranium assets in Canada’s Athabasca basin, following a strategic... 


Adriatic to raise $50m

Adriatic to raise $50m

28th May 2024

Silver developer Adriatic Metals has announced a $50-million institutional placement to optimise its balance sheet while ramping up the Vares operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The company,... 


Lucapa chairperson Stuart Brown is a former De Beers CFO and interim CEO.

Angola is world’s foremost diamond exploration target, says Lucapa’s Brown

28th May 2024

Australia-based diamond miner Lucapa’s newly appointed chairperson, Stuart Brown,has hailed Angola as foremost diamond exploration target on the world stage. In an address to shareholders on... 


Canada’s EDC grants conditional approval for $300m funding to Arafura

Canada’s EDC grants conditional approval for $300m funding to Arafura

27th May 2024

Export Development Canada (EDC) has conditionally approved $300-million in debt financing for the Nolans rare earths project, near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The funding package... 


Armada ventures in US lithium market with Midwest acquisition

Armada ventures in US lithium market with Midwest acquisition

27th May 2024

Sydney-headquartered Armada Metals has set its sights on the lithium market in the US. The company on Monday unveiled a binding term sheet agreement to acquire Midwest Lithium – a mineral explorer... 


Adam Handley's core focus will be on strategic stakeholder engagement.

Northern Minerals appoints new chair as Curtis resigns

27th May 2024

Heavy rare earths firm Northern Minerals has replaced Nicholas Curtis as chairperson, appointing Adam Handley as part of a board restructuring. Curtis has taken on the role of strategic adviser of... 


The Endeavor zinc mine in Cobar

Polymetal and MAC form Cobar mine alliance

27th May 2024

The stock of ASX-listed base metals miner Polymetals Resources jumped 21% on Monday as the company announced a strategic alliance with, and investment by, ASX- and NYSE-listed Metals Acquisition... 


Metallica puts Cape Flattery development works on hold amid takeover

Metallica puts Cape Flattery development works on hold amid takeover

23rd May 2024

Takeover target Metallica Minerals has suspended the majority of the planned project development works at its Cape Flattery silica project, in Queensland, citing the unsolicited, offmarket takeover... 


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