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Rio Tinto enters scandium market with Canada plant

15th January 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto is set to become North America’s first producer of scandium oxide, with the construction of a commercial scale demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Fer et Titane (RTFT) metallurgical complex in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. Rio Tinto is investing$6-million in the construction... 

Pueblo Viejo helps lift Barrick quarterly output

15th January 2021 Bullion major Barrick Gold produced more gold in the fourth quarter at a lower all-in sustaining cost (AISC) as its Pueblo Viejo mine, in the Dominican Republic, delivered a strong performance. Fourth-quarter output was also helped by the ramp-up of operations at Bulyanhulu, in Tanzania, and... 

Miners reiterate support for shift to cleaner vehicles

15th January 2021 The mining industry is making progress on a shift to cleaner, safer vehicles, as collaboration between the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) gains momentum. Under the ICMM’s Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative, the... 

Calibre sees 30% output growth in 2021

13th January 2021 Gold mining and exploration company Calibre, which operates mines in Nicaragua, has exceeded the high-end of its 2020 production guidance and is forecasting a 30% increase in output this year. The Toronto-listed company produced 136 009 oz and sold 135 357 oz in 2020. The guidance for the year... 

Taseko optimistic about year ahead

12th January 2021 Base metals miner Taseko is expecting a strong 2021, citing an improvement in copper market conditions based on strong demand and ongoing mine supply challenges. “Copper prices have continued to strengthen, and many analysts are forecasting higher prices going forward,” president Stuart McDonald... 

Sierra Metals explores potential sale

12th January 2021 Canadian miner Sierra Metals, which produces precious and base metals from mines in Peru and Mexico, has started a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives. These alternatives include the potential sale of part, or all, of the company, a sale of some assets, a merger of... 

2020 was year of ‘tremendous’ growth for Equinox Gold

12th January 2021 Canada-listed miner Equinox Gold has exceeded its revised guidance for 2020, producing 477 200 oz of gold in a year marked by “tremendous growth” despite the global health pandemic. The gold miner, which in 2020 completed the Leagold merger, beat its guidance of 425 000 to 465 000 oz and expects... 

Alaska to challenge Pebble federal permit denial

11th January 2021 The State of Alaska will appeal the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE's) denial of a key federal permit for the Pebble project, says mine developer Northern Dynasty, citing a statement from the office of Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. The Toronto- and New York-listed company said on Monday that... 

UK base metals project has potential to be a serious development – Anglesey CEO

11th January 2021 The Parys Mountain base metals project, in north Wales, has the potential to be a “major” mining operation, able to produce copper, zinc, lead and gold concentrates at a cost that will allow it to withstand industry cycles, Anglesey Mining CEO Bill Hooley said on Monday. Announcing the results of... 

Yamana completes Agua Rica integration with Alumbrera plant

18th December 2020 Canadian precious metals miner Yamama Gold has completed the integration of the Agua Rica project with the Minera Alumbrera plant and infrastructure, effectively turning a greenfield project into a lower-risk brownfield project. The Agua Rica project will use infrastructure and facilities of a... 

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