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Australia to pay China's Shenhua $200m to buy back mining licence
Published: 12 Jul 17
Australia's New South Wales state said on Wednesday it would buy back half of a coal exploration licence from China Shenhua Energy Co Ltd, bowing to pressure from farmers and environmentalists opposed to mining on prime agricultural land. The government of Australia's most populous state said it had agreed to pay A$262-million ($200-million) to buy back 51.4% of Shenhua's exploration licence on the Liverpool Plains 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Sydney.
Resolute beats upgraded guidance, earmarks A$162m for FY18 growth projects
Published: 12 Jul 17
Gold miner Resolute Mining produced 329 834 oz of gold in the year ended June, exceeding both its original and upgraded guidance of 300 000 oz and 325 000 oz, respectively. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) for the year of A$1 130/oz were also better than the original cost guidance of A$1 280/oz and the revised guidance of A$1 150/oz.
Epanko financing not affected by Tanzanian laws
Published: 12 Jul 17
Graphite developer Kibaran Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that the recent legislative changes in Tanzania were unlikely to affect project funding for the Epanko project. The company has held discussions with its international banking partners, which has supported Kibaran throughout the bankable feasibility study (BFS) process, and which now remain supportive of the debt financing process that was recently commenced.
Davyhurst delayed by GR Engineering walk-out
Published: 12 Jul 17
Gold miner Eastern Goldfields on Wednesday said that it would vigorously defend legal proceedings launched in the Western Australian Supreme Court by project house GR Engineering Services. GR Engineering this week announced that it had started legal proceedings against Eastern Goldfields, claiming A$9.9-million plus interest and costs after commercial discussions between the two parties broke down regarding a contract for the refurbishment of the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year Davyhurst gold processing plant, in Western Australia.
ERA production falls in June quarter
Published: 12 Jul 17
Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has reported a 25% fall in uranium oxide (U3O8) production during the three months to June, compared with the first quarter. Production for the second quarter fell to 449 t of U3O8, compared with 666 t U3O8 produced in the previous quarter, with all ore sourced from existing stockpiles.
Hayes Creek proves up for PNX
Published: 12 Jul 17
A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Hayes Creek zinc-gold-silver project, in the Northern Territory, has found that the project would require a capital investment of A$58-million to construct a 450 000 t/y sulphide flotation process plant and associated infrastructure. ASX-listed PNX Metals said on Wednesday that the project is expected to deliver annual concentrates of 18 300 t of zinc, 14 700 oz of gold and 1.4-million ounces of silver, generating net smelter revenues of A$628-million over a six-and-a-half year mine life.
Centaurus raises cash for Brazilian exploration
Published: 12 Jul 17
ASX-listed Centaurus Metals will raise some A$2.5-million to advance exploration at its gold and copper projects in Brazil. The company on Wednesday announced it will undertake a partially underwritten rights issue under which eligible shareholders will be allowed to subscribe for five new shares for every nine held, at an issue price of 0.4c a share.
Alcoa to partially restart Warrick smelter in Indiana
Published: 12 Jul 17
Aluminium producer Alcoa Corp said on Tuesday it would partially restart its Warrick smelter in Indiana, more than a year after closing the then largest operating smelter in the US. Alcoa expects the aluminium smelting capacity from the restart to supply its rolling mill at Warrick ahead of an expected increase in production, said Tim Reyes, the president of Alcoa's aluminium business.
Argentina court orders suspension of Glencore's Alumbrera mine
Published: 12 Jul 17
A federal court in Argentina has ordered the suspension of activities at Glencore's Alumbrera gold and copper mine as part of a pollution complaint, according to court documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The mine, in the northwestern province of Catamarca, had been scheduled to shut down next year. Glencore owns 50% of the unit, Goldcorp 37.5%, and Yamana Gold 12.5%.
EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska EPA considers cancelling Clean Water Act veto on debated Pebble project, Alaska
Published: 12 Jul 17
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a pre-publication federal register notice to withdraw the July 2014 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(c) proposed determination, which would have pre-emotively imposed restrictions on the discharge of dredged or fill material from the Pebble project, in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. The EPA has agreed to initiate the proposed withdrawal as part of a May 11 settlement agreement with the project’s proponent, the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP), a fully owned subsidiary of Northern Dynasty Minerals.
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