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Phoenix Global embarks on ambitious plan to restart Empire copper mine, Idaho Phoenix Global embarks on ambitious plan to restart Empire copper mine, Idaho
Published: 08 Nov 17
Aim-listed copper junior Phoenix Global Mining has formulated an ambitious growth strategy to restart mining at the brownfields Empire copper mine, in Idaho, by 2020. The company made its debut on the LSE's Aim market late in June, with the aim of bringing the historic mine back into production, just as a copper supply deficit is forecast to emerge.
Alderon confident in Kami project economics, sans Wabush pits
Published: 07 Nov 17
Maritime Canada-focused project developer Alderon Iron Ore has published details of an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on the Rose deposit of its flagship Kamistiatusset project, located in the high-grade iron-ore rich Labrador Trough of Western Labrador. The latest PEA is an update on a re-scoped PEA on the Kami project, released in March 2017, which assumed the project would be able to make use of the next-door depleted pit at the Wabush Scully mine, as part of a tailings solution.
PotashCorp, Agrium 'merger of equals' gains Chinese competition consent
Published: 07 Nov 17
The merger of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc has received the thumbs up from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Billed as a 'merger of equals', the business combination will create a new $36-billion entity, to be named Nutrien. The transaction is working its way through the regulatory review and approval process in several jurisdictions.
Centerra, Aurico Metals reveal C$310m friendly tie-up Centerra, Aurico Metals reveal C$310m friendly tie-up
Published: 07 Nov 17
Canadian gold miners Centerra Gold and AuRico Metals have struck an accord to combine their businesses through a friendly C$310-million deal that will see Centerra usurp all of the outstanding equities of AuRico. Centerra is offering C$1.80 a share, representing a 38% premium on AuRico's TSX-listed shares' closing price on Monday and a 37% premium on the 20-day volume-weighted average price.
Mining industry should review business models, CSR collaboration – DMR
Published: 07 Nov 17
With the mining industry now recovering from the downturn in commodity prices, and a new balance emerging in the global demand and supply of minerals, now is the time to reflect, innovate and plan for a more resilient industry in the future, says Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant. Speaking at the Implementing CSR Strategies in Mining conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Oliphant noted that the industry needs to review its business models to ensure that they are more sustainable, efficient and more able to withstand challenges.  In addition to urging the industry to sustain and enhance investment in areas that will support the industry in future – such as skills development, the acquisition of geological information and the establishment of systems and economic infrastructure – Oliphant emphasised that the gaps between miners, the government and communities needed to be closed.
Armadale graphite project yields positive drilling results
Published: 07 Nov 17
Aim-listed Armadale has received the results of its 1 500 m, 28-hole reverse circulation drill programme, recently completed at the Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania.   Wide high-grade mineralisation was consistently intersected at shallow, near-surface depths, with thick graphite intersected in 24 of the 28 holes completed. Numerous holes returned exceptionally high-grade intercepts, making Mahenge Liandu one of the highest-grade graphite deposits in Tanzania, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
BMI forecasts bright spots in global aluminium industry BMI forecasts bright spots in global aluminium industry
Published: 07 Nov 17
Global aluminium producers are likely to experience solid financial recoveries in the year ahead, following years of financial austerity, as prices remain elevated, global research firm BMI said on Tuesday. This would result in targeted acquisitions of specific, value-added aluminium producers and a modest uptick in spending, the firm added.
China iron-ore hits six-week high, but steel output curbs to weigh
Published: 07 Nov 17
Iron ore futures in China rallied to their highest in nearly six weeks on Tuesday, extending recent gains along with steel prices, although steel production curbs over winter suggest further price increases in the raw material may be limited. Chinese cities have ordered their steel mills to cut output from this month through March as part of Beijing's campaign to fight smog. Some cities, including top steelmaker Tangshan, have already enforced cuts since October.
Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate Bristow, Friedland may go head-to-head in on-stage copper-gold debate
Published: 07 Nov 17
Dr Mark Bristow of Randgold Resources and Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines may go head-to-head in a live on-stage gold-versus-copper debate at the Investing in African Mining Indaba event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose disclosed to journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The introduction of the debate concept are one of several changes that are expected to shoot the lights out at what has become the world’s biggest mining investment event.
Trans Hex expects to report H1 loss
Published: 07 Nov 17
JSE-listed Trans Hex expects to report a loss a share of 188.4c for the six months ended September 30, the company said in a trading statement on Tuesday. Its headline loss a share is expected to be 195.1c, compared with headline earnings a share of 31.4c in the previous corresponding period.
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