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Miner Hochschild on hunt for acquisitions – executive
Published: 21 Sep 17
London-based precious metals miner Hochschild Mining is looking for opportunities to grow through acquisitions of early-stage projects, the chief executive said on Wednesday. Speaking during a presentation at the mining convention Perumin, in southern Peru, Ignacio Bustamante added that the company expects to produce 37-million silver equivalent ounces, up from about 35.5-million last year.
Roxgold lifts FY guidance 9%
Published: 21 Sep 17
TSX-listed issuer Roxgold has increased its full-year guidance by nearly 9% to a range of between 115 000 oz and 125 000 oz of gold, compared with the previous guidance of 105 000 oz to 115 000 oz. The Toronto-based company, that operates its flagship Yaramoko gold mine, in the Houndé greenstone region of Burkina Faso, said higher-than-expected mining rates and grades at Yaramoko's 55 Zone, has boosted the production forecast.
PotashRidge to spin out Quebec assets; Encanto secures C$100m for Muskowekwan work
Published: 21 Sep 17
Despite a potash glut, junior project developers are making steady progress with developing the next generation of mines that will provide plant nutrients needed to cater for exploding food demand across the globe. TSX-listed PotashRidge announced on Wednesday that it will spin out its Quebec assets in order to better focus on the flagship Blawn Mountain project, in Utah.
Angkor, Renaissance get Cambodian approval to proceed with Koan Nheak exploration
Published: 20 Sep 17
TSX-V-listed Angkor Gold has, together with its joint-venture partner Renaissance Minerals, received approval from the Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy to proceed with their joint exploration plans of Koan Nheak under a definitive earn-in agreement signed in July. Renaissance is a Cambodian subsidiary of ASX-listed Emerald Resources, which is currently working through the final permitting process on their Okvau fold deposit located about 60 km from the southern edge of Angkor’s Koan Nheak licence.
PotashCorp curtails some capacity; Mosaic flags Irma disruption PotashCorp curtails some capacity; Mosaic flags Irma disruption
Published: 20 Sep 17
Canada’s largest potash producer PotashCorp of Saskatchewan said on Wednesday it would curtail some capacity to balance its supply with market demand. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp said it will fully rely on its lowest-cost Rocanville operations, while the Allan operation will curtail output for ten weeks, starting on November 19. The Lanigan mine will also curtail production for eight weeks, starting on December 3.
Integra seizes precious metals opportunity in Idaho
Published: 20 Sep 17
Mere months after Integra Gold was bought out in a deal worth about C$590-million by Eldorado Gold, essentially the same team – reincarnated as Integra Resources – has reached agreement with major Kinross Gold to buy the DeLamar gold/silver mine, in Southern Idaho. The C$7.5-million cash-and-scrip deal will give the Integra team full access to to the brownfields project, which was shuttered in 1998 on the back of precious metal prices dipping below $300/oz, after producing 1.6-million ounces of gold and 100-million ounces of silver.
H1 2017 shows world refined copper deficit of 75 000 t
Published: 20 Sep 17
The world’s refined copper balance for the first half of 2017 indicates a deficit of around 75 000 t, including revisions to data previously presented, the Lisbon-based International Copper Study Group revealed on Wednesday. This is mainly owing to stagnant growth in the world refined copper supply, the think tank said in its September copper bulletin. However, the copper balance in the first half of the year, adjusted for changes in Chinese bonded stocks, indicates a deficit of around 5 000 t.
Endeavour board OKs Ity CIL expansion in Cote d'Ivoire Endeavour board OKs Ity CIL expansion in Cote d'Ivoire
Published: 20 Sep 17
West African gold producer Endeavour Mining has given the $412-million Ity carbon-in-leach (CIL) project, in Cote d'Ivoire, the go-ahead, adding about 235 000 oz/y over the first five years to Endeavour’s current production profile of between 600 000 oz and 640 000 oz this year, at lower costs. The London, UK-based company based its decision on an optimisation study completed on the Ity mine. Based on a long-term gold price of $1 250/oz on a flat-line basis from the start of production, the after-tax net present value, at a 5% discount, is $710-million, with an internal rate of return of 40.3% and project payback period is 1.8 years.
Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings Third of Pan African gold from low-cost, low-risk surface tailings Has Video
Published: 20 Sep 17
More than a third of the yearly gold production of Pan African Resources is destined to arise from low-cost, low-risk tailings businesses, which have long lives ahead of them. Pan African CEO Cobus Loots told investors, analysts and journalists at the company’s presentation of financial results on Wednesday that the London- and Johannesburg-listed mid-tier mining company expects to produce 190 000 oz-plus of gold in its 2018 financial year. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video).
Brown receives outstanding information on Eskom’s relationship with Gupta-linked Trillian
Published: 20 Sep 17
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has received answers from Eskom to outstanding questions about its relationship with Trillian, a Gupta-linked company, her office said on Wednesday. “Minister Brown last night received Eskom’s responses to her queries. She noted  progress and Eskom will soon announce more details,” her office said.
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