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Miraflores to cost $71.8m - Metminco
Published: 18 Oct 17
A feasibility study (FS) into Aim- and ASX-listed Metminco’s Miraflores gold project, in Colombia, has found that the project could deliver average production of 45 000 oz/y of gold and 22 600 oz/y of silver. Metminco reported that the project was expected to cost about $71.8-million to develop, with an additional $18.5-million required in sustaining capital over the nearly ten-year mine life.
Pan African concludes wage agreement at Barberton Mines
Published: 18 Oct 17
Pan African Resources’ Mpumalanga-based Barberton Mines has successfully concluded a one-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Uasa. The average wage increase for all Barberton Mines employees will be about 8%, effective from July.
Newcrest announces A$93m Telfer investment as royalty hike is dropped
Published: 18 Oct 17
Australian gold miner Newcrest Mining has approved a A$93-million capital investment into its Telfer mine, in Western Australia, which will extend the openpit mine life by four years, until 2023. The company on Wednesday said that the capital would be spent on expanding the West Dome openpit, with the ongoing access to economic grades of ore enabled by the capital investment expected to improve the mine’s narrow margins over time.
China's CEFC eyes big league with Rosneft oil offtake deal
Published: 18 Oct 17
As part of its recent $9.1-billion investment in Russian oil giant Rosneft, little-known CEFC China Energy will have access to up to 260 000 bbl/d of Russian oil - giving it the sort of market clout to potentially challenge dominant Western oil traders like Vitol. For China, the world's top crude importer, having access to Russian oil would be a big step towards its ambition to create a globally integrated oil supply chain.
Egg-sized diamond for sale: proceeds to benefit Sierra Leone's poorest
Published: 18 Oct 17
Sierra Leone will auction one of the world's largest diamonds to fund development projects in the impoverished community where it was found, the group managing the sale said on Tuesday. The 709 ct gem, named the "peace diamond", was found in the eastern Kono region in March by a Christian pastor who handed it over to the West African country's government to sell.
Peninsula hopes to sell Karoo project
Published: 18 Oct 17
ASX-listed uranium miner Peninsula Energy will divest of its 74% interest in the Karoo projects, in South Africa. The company on Wednesday told shareholders that while it had advanced the Karoo projects from exploration to early stage prefeasibility over the past decade, Peninsula has now decided to focus its future capital expenditure on the operation Lance projects in the US, to take full advantage of long-term sales contracts, which extend out to 2030 and are well above the current and predicted spot prices.
Po Valley gets new production concession
Published: 18 Oct 17
The Italian Ministry of Economic Development has granted ASX-listed PO Valley a production concession for a new onshore gas field close to existing producing infrastructure. Po Valley said on Wednesday that the Sant Alberto production concession, near Bologna, covers an area of 19.51 km2 and was closing to the producing Sillaro gas field, which is also wholly-owned by Po Valley.
Moz coal assets come back to haunt former Rio Tinto CEO, CFO Moz coal assets come back to haunt former Rio Tinto CEO, CFO
Published: 18 Oct 17
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has laid charges of fraud against diversified miner Rio Tinto and its former CEO and CFO Tom Albanese and Guy Elliott. The SEC in a statement this week said that the company and the former two executives had inflated the value of Mozambique coal assets, which were initially acquired for $3.7-billion in 2011, and then divested for A$50-million.
Trevali stock trades lower on production miss
Published: 18 Oct 17
The value of the recent acquisition of two African zinc assets from mining major Glencore is evident in zinc-focused miner Trevali Mining latest operating results, which it published on Monday, accounting for about 65% of output. However, the company’s TSX-listed equity on Tuesday fell as much as 6.4% on Tuesday to C$1.47 a share, after investors saw the operating results as a miss.
BHP on track for 7% volume growth in FY18; guidance intact BHP on track for 7% volume growth in FY18; guidance intact
Published: 18 Oct 17
The world’s largest mining house BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it remained on track for a 7% volume growth in the 2018 financial year, leaving its full-year 2018 guidance unaltered. The Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported its operating results for the three months ended September 30, recording a 3% year-on-year drop in iron-ore output to 55.6-million tonnes.
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