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Chaarat extends Kapan closing date
Published: 16 Jan 19
The closing date for the acquisition of the Kapan mine, in Armenia, has been extended to month-end, London-listed Chaarat reported on Wednesday. The $55-million transaction with fellow-listed Polymetal was meant to close on January 15, but will now close on January 31, owing to the “extended winter holiday season in Armenia and Russia”.
Detour reports ‘best-ever’ quarterly results Detour reports ‘best-ever’ quarterly results
Published: 16 Jan 19
Canadian miner Detour Gold has delivered its “best-ever” quarterly production result in the final three months of 2018, which interim CEO Bill Williams said on Tuesday confirmed that the operational changes throughout last year had had a positive impact. Williams was appointed to his position earlier this month, following a proxy battle between Detour and John Paulson’s hedge fund, which pushed for a complete overhaul of the board and replacing former CEO Michael Kenyon.
Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week
Published: 16 Jan 19
Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been in continuous discussions with all stakeholders and creditors to vote on the proposed business rescue plans for the mines.
First Quantum achieves record copper sales, production in 2018
Published: 16 Jan 19
TSX-listed copper miner First Quantum has announced record production and sales for 2018, with copper output rising by 6% and sales by 3%. Total copper production amounted to 605 853 t, compared with 573 963 t in 2017. The company sold 596 513 t in 2018, compared with 580 130 t the year prior.  
Phase 2 drilling delivers promising results at Tando’s vanadium project
Published: 16 Jan 19
ASX-listed Tando Resources on Wednesday announced encouraging first assay results from its Phase 2 drill programme at the SPD vanadium project, in the Bushveld Complex of South Africa. The results included 14 m at 0.98% vanadium oxide from surface, 11 m at 0.99% vanadium oxide from 17 m and 10 m at 1.17% vanadium oxide from 35 m, which demonstrated the viability of developing the SPD project through openpit mining.
Orion drilling confirms another zinc/copper VMS body near Prieska, Annex
Published: 16 Jan 19
ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals’ analytical results for the Ayoba prospect, which is 5.3 km from its flagship Prieska project, have confirmed the discovery of a new volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) zinc/copper-bearing body. The new mineralisation find validated Orion’s expectation that there is potential to discover a cluster of VMS deposits around the Prieska project.
Iamgold in $170m prepayment deal
Published: 16 Jan 19
Midtier mining company Iamgold has entered into a $170-million prepayment agreement for 150 000 oz of gold, the company announced on Tuesday. The floor price has been set at $1 300/oz and the cap price at $1 500/oz.
Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results Lundin’s strong Q4 boosts full-year production results
Published: 16 Jan 19
TSX-listed Lundin Mining has achieved, or exceeded, its yearly guidance at all of its operations, the diversified miner announced on Tuesday, releasing production results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018. The company produced 48 206 t of copper in the fourth quarter, taking full-year output to 199 630 t, which is at the upper-end of its guidance of 193 750 t to 201 250 t.
TMAC completes permitting for Madrid and Boston
Published: 16 Jan 19
Emerging miner TMAC Resources has received two water licences for the Madrid and Boston projects, thereby wrapping up permitting for the three new mines that the company is planning near its existing Doris mine, in Nunavut. The Madrid North, Madrid South and Boston mine will be linked by a 55 km all-weather road to the Doris mine.
Kingsrose gets final nod for Way Linggo
Published: 16 Jan 19
Gold miner Kingsrose Mining has secured the final approvals for its Way Linggo and Talang Santo openpit operations, after the Indonesian equivalent of an environmental impact assessment was approved by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Kingsrose on Wednesday said that the approval secured the company’s near-term production and growth strategy at Way Linggo, with all permitting now in place to allow for ore production from the newly established Talang Santo gold/silver openpit mine to start, and for production from the Way Linggo openpit mine to continue.
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