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Intermin delivers strong December quarter
Published: 23 Jan 18
Western Australia-focused Intermin on Tuesday reported strong December-quarter operational performance for its 100% owned Teal gold mine, near Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The first toll milling campaign at the one-million tonne Lakewood toll milling facility has been successfully completed and the mine is safely and efficiently moving to completion in the March quarter.
Copper production declined in first ten months of 2017 – ICSG
Published: 23 Jan 18
Worldwide copper mine production declined 2.6% in the ten months to October 2017, while concentrate production declined by 2.2% and production through solvent extraction-electrowinning declined by 4.3% in the same period, according to the intergovernmental copper body The International Copper Study Group (ICSG). On a regional basis, mine production in Africa is estimated to have declined by 1%, in the Americas by 3%, in Asia by 4% and in Oceania by 3%, while increasing in Europe (including Russia) by 2%.
Zimbabwe considers building gold, diamond reserves to back currency relaunch
Published: 23 Jan 18
Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said his government is considering building reserves of gold and diamonds to back the eventual relaunch of the country’s own currency. The nation abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar in February 2009 after an economic collapse saw inflation surge to about 500-billion percent, according to the International Monetary Fund, after exports slumped and international lenders had withdrawn lines of credit. This resulted in the central bank printing banknotes with a face value of 100-trillion Zimbabwe dollars.
Gold market mulling blockchain to secure $200bn of supply
Published: 23 Jan 18
Gold is going digital. Blockchain technology may help keep track of the roughly $200 billion of the precious metal dug from remote mines, traded by middlemen and melted down by recyclers that’s sold each year to buyers scattered around the world.
China to drive another year of rapid developments in aluminium market
Published: 23 Jan 18
Buoyed by events in China, the aluminium market is expected to see rapid growth in 2018, according to global energy, chemicals, renewables, metals and mining research and consulting group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). In its latest aluminium report, the company highlighted that China supply reforms, the possible capping of future growth in Chinese smelting capacity additions, trade cases against Chinese exports of semi-finished products, and the direction of premia would be stand-out factors that would shape the trajectory of prices and the global aluminium market balance.
Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant
Published: 23 Jan 18
Innovative metals and energy company Thakadu Battery Materials has secured a R50-million black industrialist grant from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the construction of its pure nickel sulphate plant in North West province, which will make use of platinum producer Lonmin’s crude nickel sulphate stream. Lonmin has agreed to supply its crude nickel sulphate stream to Thakadu for beneficiation into high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate at a proposed R250-million purification plant to be constructed at Lonmin’s base metals refinery.
Lundin secures a $300m debt facility to ensure Fruta del Norte’s development
Published: 23 Jan 18
Canadian project developer Lundin Gold has secured a $300-million debt facility through commitments from five senior lenders – namely ING Capital, Société Générale, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, the Bank of Nova Scotia and KfW IPEX-Bank – for the development and construction of the TSX-listed company’s Ecuador-based Fruta del Norte gold project. Lundin president and CEO Ron Hochstein said in a note published Monday that, together with the project financing package from Orion Mine Finance Group and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, this facility reflects a strong endorsement of the project and confidence in the Lundin Gold team.
Southern Gold, Westgold in deal to develop Cannon underground mine
Published: 23 Jan 18
Australian gold producer Southern Gold has entered an agreement with development partner Westgold Resources for the underground development phase at the Cannon gold mine, near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Westgold will pay Southern Gold A$1.5-million upfront for a five-year right-to-mine within a defined area at the Cannon gold project, as well as a production payment on a dollar per troy ounce of gold produced.
Carbine expects Mt Morgan revised environmental approval by May
Published: 23 Jan 18
ASX-listed Carbine Resources on Tuesday said it expected the completion of a revised environmental authority (EA) for its Mount Morgan gold and copper project, located in central Queensland, in May. The miner lodged an EA amendment application in 2017, with the Department of Environment and Science (DES) having now advised that the application will be assessed as a major amendment to the original 2010 EA.
Po Valley sells Italy operations subsidiary to Saffron Energy
Published: 23 Jan 18
Perth-based Po Valley on Tuesday signed a binding share sale and purchase agreement with Aim-listed Saffron Energy, under which the latter would acquire onshore and offshore oil and gas production, development and exploration assets in northern Italy held by Po Valley Operations (PVO). Subject to shareholder approval, the transaction forms part of a broader three-way commercial deal to create a large European oil and gas business and from which Saffron intends to expand its interests to include South East Asian oil and gas assets.
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