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Teck ups Red Dog guidance; outlines significant exploration target for Aktigiruq
Published: 19 Sep 17
Canada’s largest diversified miner Teck Resources has added about 50 000 t of zinc output to the full-year guidance for its Red Dog mine, in Alaska. Vancouver-headquartered Teck advised that improving recoveries in the last few months has prompted the company to lift guidance to a range of 525 000 t to 550 000 t of zinc, up from the most recent guidance range of 475 000 t to 500 000 t of zinc.
Brazil mining reform is raising costs for industry – Vale exec
Published: 19 Sep 17
Mining reforms in Brazil are raising the cost of operating without generating increased interest in investing in the sector, an executive for world's largest iron-ore producer Vale said on Monday. Brazil President Michel Temer issued decrees in July to boost mining royalties, create a new industry regulator and streamline regulations, arguing that efficient and transparent rules would bring in more investment.
Brazil's Vale to meet debt target before implementing new growth plans – exec
Published: 19 Sep 17
The new growth strategy being evaluated by Brazil's Vale would only be implemented once the company meets its debt reduction targets, an executive director for the world's largest iron ore producer said on Monday. The company is also interested in investing in the electricity sector itself or through a joint venture, including potentially bidding for Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais hydroelectric projects, said Clovis Torres, an executive director who oversees legal issues and human resources.
First Cobalt exits volatile DRC in favour of mining friendly Ontario Cobalt Camp
Published: 19 Sep 17
TSX-V-listed First Cobalt will not complete a strategic alliance over seven cobalt exploration properties close to several major copper/cobalt operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Central African Copperbelt. The Toronto-headquartered company announced on Monday that it would instead focus its efforts in 2017 on the Canadian Cobalt Camp, in Ontario, where it is in the process of consolidating a large land package.
MAC adds two new factors to TSM initiative to combat child labour
Published: 19 Sep 17
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has added two new components to its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative to help curb child and forced labour in the mining supply chain, and to provide the information needed for companies to demonstrate their responsible sourcing of minerals and metals, the association announced on Monday. Despite Canada having rigorous legal measures in place to prevent child and forced labour, this action was undertaken because ...
Mountain Province reports lowest prices yet for Gahcho Kué diamonds
Published: 19 Sep 17
The seventh sale of diamonds produced from Mountain Province Diamonds’ 49%-owned Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, saw the average price of rough stones fall to the lowest level since sales started in January. The September tender included an unusually large proportion of small stones and fewer high-end goods, the company advised.
Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud
Published: 18 Sep 17
Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors, including natural resources, and the true cost to the mining industry is likely to be much higher, owing to the inherent fraud issues facing the sector and the endemic fraud issues in mining hotspots around the world, according to UK-based audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill head of forensic and counter fraud services Jim Gee.
Kinross to proceed with Tasiast Phase 2, Round Mountain expansion projects Kinross to proceed with Tasiast Phase 2, Round Mountain expansion projects
Published: 18 Sep 17
Senior Canadian miner Kinross Gold has revealed that it will spend about a $1-billion on two significant capital growth plans for the Phase 2 expansion of its Tasiast mine, in Mauritania, as well as the Phase W of the Round Mountain mine, in Nevada. “With Phase 2, Tasiast's annual production is expected to increase to more than 800 000 gold ounces per year for the first five years and significantly reduce costs. This strong improvement in Tasiast's performance is expected to positively impact overall company performance metrics, strengthening our production profile and increasing cash flow.
Eastplats’ report confirms Barplats reserves, economics
Published: 18 Sep 17
Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) independent technical report (ITR), chrome mineral reserve estimate and economic assessment on its Barplats Zandfontein UG2 tailings storage facility (TSF), located at Crocodile river mine, has been completed, the dual-listed miner said on Monday. The ITR, undertaken by Sound Mining, confirmed mineral resource estimates of 13.68-million tons at an average grade of 20.72% chromium oxide and a mineral reserve estimate of 6.4-mineral tons, containing 1.4-million tons of chromium oxide at an average grade of 22.36%.
2 500 jobs at risk at lossmaking Impala Rustenburg 2 500 jobs at risk at lossmaking Impala Rustenburg
Published: 18 Sep 17
South Africa’s second-largest platinum mining company has initiated a process that may lead to 2 500 staff reductions at its lossmaking Impala Rustenburg operation, where financial sustainability has deteriorated significantly in recent years.  The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) reported last week that it was in the first phase of the review of an intended restructuring of Rustenburg after its headline earnings per share plunged to a 137c a share loss in the 12 months to June 30.
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