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Emmerson awards Reminex basic engineering contract outside mineral processing facility

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago Morocco-focused potash developer Emmerson has awarded the balance of the basic engineering scope of the Khemisset potash project, outside of the mineral processing facility, to Reminex – the engineering arm of Moroccan mining company Managem Group. This follows Emmerson awarding the basic... 

Eskom warns of elevated diesel use as system outlook remains precarious 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago State-owned electricity group Eskom is warning that its use of the country’s diesel-fuelled open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) is set to remain elevated in the coming months as the utility seeks to avoid load-shedding in a context of rising planned maintenance and the ongoing risk of unplanned... 

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Group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers

Paladin reiterates confidence in Langer Heinrich mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago ASX-listed Paladin Energy’s technical programmes to restart work at the Langer Heinrich mine, in Namibia, are now complete and have reinforced its confidence in the mine as a robust, competitive and long-life operation that is ready to rapidly restart production in the right uranium price... 

Aura advances towards net-zero emission uranium production at Tiris

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago Aim-listed Aura Energy continues to advance towards net-zero emission uranium production at the Tiris uranium project, in Mauritania, with an initial study of Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions undertaken by consulting group Wood Group now complete, clearly defining a net-zero... 

Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton  

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago A speeded up solar, wind and storage (SWS) approach is needed to advance South Africa’s decarbonised energy situation and take the country into a cleaner, greener future. Also, steps need to be taken to allow the delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to go ahead as an independent power producer... 

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Retired civil engineering construction cost consultant David Easton interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Lucapa records strong 2021 performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company recorded a year of operational growth and consolidation in 2021, with record operational and financial performances, MD Stephen Wetherall said in a quarterly activities report for the period ended December 31. “The commissioning of the standalone kimberlite bulk... 

Amplats records strong fourth-quarter performance, but safety a concern

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on January 27 lamented increased levels of absenteeism and a 13% regression in its total recordable case frequency rate (TRIFR) for the fourth quarter of 2021, which Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen said was related to Covid-19.... 

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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Mining majors included in Bloomberg 2022 Gender Equality Index  

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Major mining companies AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye-Stillwater, Exxaro Resources, Gold Fields, Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Kumba Iron Ore, Harmony Gold and Newmont have all been included in software and media company Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender Equality Index (GEI). The... 

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A total of 418 companies from across 45 countries were included in in Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender Equality Index

De Beers raises output as demand strengthens

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 Diamond miner De Beers increased its rough diamond production by 15% year-on-year to 7.7-million carats for the fourth quarter of 2021, reflecting planned higher production to meet strengthening levels of demand. Production from its Botswana operations increased by 23% to 5.2-million carats for... 

Trident secures rights over Sonora lithium royalty interest

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2022 Mining royalty and streaming company Trident Royalties has entered into an agreement to acquire an indirect royalty over the Sonora lithium project, in Mexico, from the estate of Colin Orr-Ewing. Orr-Ewing, who passed away in 2016, was the founder of Bacanora, which jointly owns the Sonora... 

Anglo Asian completes strategic investment in Libero

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2022 Aim-listed Anglo Asian Mining has completed its strategic 19.8% investment in TSX-V-listed Libero Copper and Gold, in line with its strategy to expand its interests in Azerbaijan and internationally. Anglo Asian acquired the interest in Libero for $6.3-million. The initial 9.8% was acquired upon... 

Bluejay appoints Sondergaard to board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2022 Exploration and development company Bluejay Mining has appointed Eric Sondergaard to its board as an executive director, with immediate effect. Sondergaard is COO of Bluejay and MD of 100%-owned subsidiary Disko Exploration, which holds base and precious metals licences in Greenland. The board... 

Kumba lifts 2021 production by 9%, achieves fifth year of fatality-free production

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 JSE-listed iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore increased its production by 9% in 2021, with 40.9-million tonnes mined as volumes recovered following the Covid-19 impacts of 2020, and plant reliability improved. For the fourth quarter of 2021, the miner produced 9.7-million tonnes.  

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Miners inspect a bucket wheel excavator at Kumba's Kolomela mine

Wits pays tribute to Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2022 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has paid tribute to the late Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips – a Wits stalwart known for his teaching, research and leadership in mining engineering the world over. “An integral part of the Wits community, Professor Phillips left an indelible mark in his... 

Indonesia has cleared 171 miners to resume coal exports, more being assessed - official

By: Reuters     27th January 2022 Indonesia has allowed 171 miners to restart coal exports since a ban was imposed at New Year to secure domestic supply, while the compliance of hundreds more miners is still being assessed, an advisor to the energy minister said on Thursday. The world's biggest thermal coal exporter shocked... 

Emerald extends takeover time for Bullseye

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 ASX-listed Emerald Resources has extended its takeover offer for unlisted Bullseye Mining as it awaits consent from the Takeovers Panel. The Takeovers Panel in early January received an application from Hongkong Xinhe International Investment Company to halt the proposed bid, with Hongkong Xinhe... 

Anglo increases copper guidance for 2022 as Peru mine comes online

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2022 Global miner Anglo American says its production for the fourth quarter of 2021 was flat compared with output in the fourth quarter of 2020. CEO Mark Cutifani noted on January 27 that operating levels across the group had been at about 95% of normal capacity throughout 2021 as a result of... 

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Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

Teck’s Elk Valley to deploy zero-emission trucks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2022 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources will deploy 30 Caterpillar zero-emission trucks at its Elk Valley steelmaking coal operations, in British Columbia, as part of a multi-phase approach to decarbonise its vehicle fleet. The 30-strong fleet, which would include Cat 794 ultra-class trucks,... 

Artemis raises cash for UK listing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Junior Artemis Resources will raise A$9.5-million in a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund its dual listing on the Aim, in London. The company on Thursday said that it would place more than 133.33-million shares, at a price of 7.1c each. 

Fresnillo cuts 2022 guidance as omicron worsens staffing challenges

By: Mariaan Webb     27th January 2022 Mexico-focused precious metals miner Fresnillo has lowered its production expectations for the year, as the highly contagious omicron variant has worsened ongoing operational challenges relating to its labour force. The fourth wave of Covid has resulted in higher staff absenteeism, starting in... 

Northern Minerals reviews Browns Range plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 ASX-listed Northern Minerals has paused the feasibility study for a full-scale beneficiation plant at its Browns Range rare earths project, in Western Australia, as it undertakes a company-wide strategic review. The company on Thursday told shareholders that newly appointed chairperson Nick... 

Rising copper prices boost Freeport-McMoRan profit

By: Reuters     27th January 2022 Copper miner Freeport-McMoRan on Wednesday reported a 56% jump in quarterly profit that matched expectations as supply concerns and the global economic recovery from the pandemic drove up prices of the red metal. Prices of copper, considered to be an economic bellwether, rose by a quarter last... 

Poseidon provides costing for Lake Johnston

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel on Thursday said that the refurbishment of its Lake Johnston processing circuit, in Western Australia, has been estimated at around A$31-million. A scoping study into the project has also estimated that the operating costs for the process facility is estimated... 

Biden administration kills Antofagasta's Minnesota copper project

By: Reuters     27th January 2022 The US Department of the Interior canceled two mineral leases for Antofagasta's proposed Twin Metals copper and nickel mine in Minnesota on Wednesday, effectively killing the project and handing a major win to environmentalists. The decision shows President Joe Biden's administration is... 

Biden administration kills Antofagasta's Minnesota copper project

Work starts at Dolphin

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 ASX-listed Group 6 Metals has started construction at the Dolphin tungsten mine, in Tasmania. “Today is a momentous day for the company, following many years of hard work by the team to reach this point. We will be keeping shareholders and the wider market updated regularly now that our... 

Western Areas ups production in Dec quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Nickel miner Western Areas has reported an increase in production for the December quarter as the development of its Odysseus mine continued to ramp up, following first production in October. Nickel mined during the quarter increased from the 3 741 t mined in the September quarter, to 4 200 t,... 

Aurelia moving ahead with Great Cobar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Great Cobar base metal and gold deposit, in New South Wales, has estimated that the project could produce some 47 000 t of copper and 61 000 oz of gold over an initial five-year mine life. ASX-listed Aurelia Metals on Thursday reported that the PFS estimated... 

Woodside withdraws from Myanmar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Australian energy producer Woodside on Thursday announced its withdrawal from Myanmar. The ASX-listed company has operated in Myanmar since 2013, conducting multiple exploration and drilling campaigns, and holds a 40% participating interest in the A-6 joint venture (JV) as joint operator and... 

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Evolution finishes the year strongly

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Gold miner Evolution Mining has reported a strong quarter of production following the divestment of its Mt Carlton project to fellow-listed Navarre Minerals, in October last year. Evolution on Thursday reported that gold production for the three months to December had reached 148 084 oz, down... 

Oz Minerals ticks production boxes for 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has hit its production targets for the 2021 financial year, following a strong December quarter. The miner on Thursday revealed that 125 486 t of copper was produced in the full year, in line with the guidance of between 120 000 t and 145 000 t of copper, while gold... 

UK Court backs BHP's restructure plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2022 The UK Court has sanctioned diversified miner BHP’s unification scheme of arrangement, meaning the company’s simplification plans would become effective on January 28, when the UK Court Order will be delivered to the UK Registrar of Companies. BHP shareholders earlier this month voted on the... 

Metal prices expected to maintain their strong performance this year  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th January 2022 Metal prices, which have been on an uptrend since 2020, are expected to continue their strong performance this year and next Fitch Solutions, a unit of Fitch Group, noted during a webinar on January 26. Following a year of record profitability and revenue in 2021, the outlook for miners and... 

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Fitch Solutions senior commodities analyst Sabrin Chowdhury outlines how the green transition presents opportunities, risks and challenges for the metals and mining industries

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

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North West Mining and Energy Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats lauded for gender quality practices

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2022 JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has been included in the latest Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the third year in a row. The company takes pride in its inclusive and diverse workplace, and the fact that it is one of 418 companies across 45 countries and regions to be... 

Harmony lowers 2022 full-year guidance amid challenges at Hidden Valley

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2022 JSE-listed Harmony Gold says its South Africa gold production for the six months ended December 31, remained steady at 718 726 oz, compared with the 708 310 oz produced in the preceding six months ended June 30, 2021. The Hidden Vallley mine, in Papua New Guinea, however, reported a 26% decrease... 

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
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Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Glencore, Managem partner to recover cobalt, lithium, nickel from recycled batteries 

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2022 Diversified miners Glencore and Managem have entered into a partnership to produce cobalt from recycled cobalt, nickel and lithium at Managem’s Compagnie de Tifnout Tiranimine (CTT) hydrometallurgical refinery in Morocco. Glencore and CTT intend to enter into a five-year tolling agreement for 1... 

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