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Transnet misses H1 export coal volume target
Published: 19 Dec 18
Freight logistics group Transnet has missed its half-year coal export target by 2.3-million tons, the State-owned company reported on Wednesday, citing locomotive failures, community unrest, as well as customer and export terminal constraints. The export coal line, which connects mines in Mpumalanga with the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in Z-Natal, transported 35.7-million tons in the first half of the 2019 financial year, down 5.6% on the prior-year period.
Heron starts Woodlawn commissioning
Published: 19 Dec 18
Base metals firm Heron Resources has started commissioning activities at its Woodlawn zinc/copper project, in New South Wales, the ASX-listed firm announced on Wednesday. Commissioning activities mark the start of the final phase in the construction programme for the Woodlawn project, which has now been under way for 16 months.
AMCU slams Sibanye for strike interdict at gold operations
Published: 19 Dec 18
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday accused Sibanye-Stillwater of trying to interdict its protected strike, saying the company had tried underhand tactics to discredit the labour action from the outset. This as Sibanye on Tuesday filed an application at the Labour Court in Johannesburg for an interdict to prevent members of AMCU from continuing with their strike which began exactly four weeks ago.
After Europe mining stocks' humbling year, five themes for 2019 After Europe mining stocks' humbling year, five themes for 2019
Published: 19 Dec 18
It all started so well in 2018 for investors in European metal and mining stocks, but as the year closes out, the sector index is languishing about 25% below its June peak. Fractious trade-war rhetoric between Washington and Beijing, plus growing worries about the state of China’s economy undid the good work of the first half. And there are plenty of signs that these worries will remain top of mind for traders in 2019.
Letšeng yielded record number of 100-ct-plus diamonds this year
Published: 19 Dec 18
The Letšeng mine in Lesotho has produced a 101 ct diamond, bringing the total recoveries to a record 14 diamonds of more than 100 ct during the year, London-listed Gem Diamonds reported on Wednesday. Besides the 101 ct diamond, the miner also extracted a 71 ct white Type IIa diamond.
Orion presents case for first 10 years of Prieska mine Orion presents case for first 10 years of Prieska mine
Published: 19 Dec 18
With a resource upgrade in hand, base metals mine developer Orion Minerals on Wednesday presented the outcomes of a scoping study for its Prieska zinc/copper project in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The study investigated the economic viability of an initial ten-year phase of underground mining to extract portions of the 28.73-million tonne resource at Prieska.
Botswana’s Mowana copper mine applies for provisional liquidation
Published: 19 Dec 18
Base and precious metals company Cradle Arc has applied for the provisional liquidation of its 60%-owned Leboam Holding subsidiary, which owns the now suspended Mowana copper mine, in Botswana, while talks on alternative funding arrangements continue. The mine is facing significant working capital constraints after Mowana and Fujax Minerals and Energy could not agree on collateral for the drawdown of its financing facility. It has a conditional $4-million working capital facility from Fujax, from which it had drawn down $1-million.
Australia Federal Court narrows BHP's suits over Samarco disaster
Published: 19 Dec 18
The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered that the number of class-action lawsuits against BHP Group over a Brazilian mine collapse be narrowed to one from three. BHP is facing legal challenges over the 2015 collapse of the Fundao tailings dam, which stored mining waste at a mined owned by the Samarco joint venture between BHP and Brazilian iron-ore mining giant Vale. The disaster killed 19 and spilled about 40-million cubic metres of sludge over communities and into the Rio Doce river and the Atlantic Ocean.
This odd couple plots to save $100bn gold mining business
Published: 18 Dec 18
John Thornton is a Goldman Sachs alumnus educated at Yale, Harvard and Oxford. Mark Bristow is a South African geologist and big-game hunter. Together, this corporate odd couple has a plan to turn around the lagging fortunes of the world’s largest gold-mining company, whose shares are down 67% from their high in 2010. Thornton, executive chairman of Barrick Gold, set the partnership in motion when he announced a deal for smaller rival Randgold Resources for $5.4 billion in September. He tapped Bristow, Randgold’s CEO, to be the CEO of the combined companies.
Pretivm refinances construction credit facility, repurchases stream
Published: 18 Dec 18
TSX- and NYSE-listed Pretium Resources (Pretivm) said on Tuesday that it had accomplished all its objectives for the year, following the successfully refinancing of its construction credit facility and the repurchase of the precious metals stream that was sold as part of the construction financing package for the Brucejack mine. The other key goals that Pretivm had set for 2018 were reaching steady state gold production and receiving permit amendments to expand the British Columbia-based mine’s production to 3 800 t/d – both of these have been achieved.
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