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McEwen Mining PEA outlines new lease on life for El Gallo Complex McEwen Mining PEA outlines new lease on life for El Gallo Complex
Published: 25 May 18
Dual-listed precious metals producer McEwen Mining has published a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its El Gallo Complex, in Sinaloa state, Mexico, outlining a redevelopment plan called Project Fenix that could add between 10 and 12 additional years to the operation. Based on an updated resource estimate comprising 13-million tonnes grading on average 0.39 g/t gold and 77 g/t silver in the measured and indicated categories, containing 591 000 oz of gold equivalent (AuEq), and 5.7-million tonnes grading 0.81 g/t gold and 27 g/t silver in the inferred category, containing 214 000 oz AuEq, the PEA calculated a 25% after-tax internal rate of return and a $60-million net present value at 5% discount rate.
Centerra agrees to extend first Kyrgyz agreement longstop date by a month
Published: 25 May 18
TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has agreed to a month’s extension of the first longstop date of a strategic accord it signed with the Kyrgyz government on September 11, 2017. The Toronto-based miner said that the first longstop date is the date by which all conditions precedent to the completion of the strategic agreement are required to be satisfied. This has now been further extended by agreement of all the parties from May 31, to June 22.
Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out
Published: 25 May 18
The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to develop the controversial Pebble copper/gold project, in South-Eastern Alaska. Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty’s equity lost about 36% in value on Friday morning, to a new 52-week low of C$0.58 a share, while that of First Quantum fell 4.8% to C$19.80 apiece.
Chile's Codelco posts first quarter pre-tax profit of $537m
Published: 25 May 18
Chilean state copper company Codelco reported on Friday first quarter pre-tax profits of $537-million, a slight increase over the previous year, even as ore grades continued to decline at the miner's aging deposits. The world´s top copper miner produced 446 300 t of copper in the first quarter, according to state copper commission Cochilco statistics released earlier this month, marking a 7.2% increase over the previous year.
Vedanta to stick to ops in Indian city despite deadly protests – co executive
Published: 25 May 18
London-listed Vedanta Resources plans to stick to operations in a southern Indian city despite protests demanding the closure of its copper smelter that killed 13 people this week, a company executive told Reuters on Friday. The company's position comes a day after the state of Tamil Nadu, where the smelter is located, said it was seeking a permanent closure of the plant on environmental grounds.
Endeavour discovers new mineralised zones at Houndé
Published: 25 May 18
TSX-listed Endeavour Mining has discovered two new large mineralised zones – Kari Centre and Kari West – at its Houndé mine, in Burkina Faso. Following the Kari Pump discovery in December last year, exploration efforts were prioritised on the wider Kari area, which hosts a large gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly covering a 6-km-long by 2.5-km-wide area.
Sierra Leone president to push review of mining law, contracts Sierra Leone president to push review of mining law, contracts
Published: 25 May 18
Sierra Leone's new president will follow through with campaign promises to review mining contracts and consider changes to the law that would ensure the West African nation benefits from its natural resources, his spokesperson told Reuters. Sierra Leone, which is recovering from a devastating 2014-16 Ebola epidemic that killed thousands, is the latest nation to take a hard line against mining companies in an attempt to ensure a larger share of revenues.
Agarwal wants to build Indian commodity giant to rival majors Agarwal wants to build Indian commodity giant to rival majors
Published: 25 May 18
Billionaire industrialist Anil Agarwal plans to leave behind a legacy: an Indian resources group to rival the world’s biggest. The founder and owner of Vedanta Resources wants to keep building the company into a giant producer of the commodities that India needs to curb its reliance on imports, create jobs and reduce poverty. Despite its insatiable appetite for materials, India is yet to impose itself among the mining heavyweights in the way that Australia, China or even the UK does.
Australia’s energy sector should leverage automation and technology to boost competitiveness Australia’s energy sector should leverage automation and technology to boost competitiveness
Published: 25 May 18
Australia’s energy resources sector could unlock a potential A$10-billion in value to the national economy if it pursues a number of transforms, a report by National Energy Resources Australia (Nera) has found. In its 2018 update to the ‘Sector Competitiveness Plan’, Nera identified collaboration, increased innovation investment and the integration of autonomous and digital technologies across the supply chain as critical factors that will power future growth across Australia’s A$55-billion energy resources sector.
Paladin mothballs Namibia uranium mine Paladin mothballs Namibia uranium mine
Published: 25 May 18
Dual-listed Paladin Energy on Friday confirmed that its Langer Heinrich uranium mine, in Namibia, was being placed on care and maintenance, but said that the low-cost openpit operation would be one of the first to resume production when the uranium market normalised. Paladin in April said that it was unlikely to resume physical mining activities at the mine despite the medium-grade ore stockpile currently feeding the processing plant set to be exhausted before mid-2019.
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