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Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings
Published: 22 Jan 18
Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%, refined production soar 17% and tailings retreatment generate hard cash. The 33 000-employee Lonmin, which in recent years has had to stave off challenges ranging from police massacres to community protests and severe cash burn, has irrepressibly taken every possible step to keep itself financially liquid, including entering into synergistic and opportunistic transactions with rival producers.
Altus’s Daro prospect encouraging after reconnaissance exploration programme
Published: 22 Jan 18
Aim-listed Altus Strategies has reported encouraging gold and copper results from its Daro project, in northern Ethiopia, following a recently completed reconnaissance exploration programme. A follow-up stream sediment sampling programme across 165 km2 of the 412 km2 Daro licence area is now under way.
Gem Diamonds makes fourth 100-ct-plus discovery at Letšeng this year
Published: 22 Jan 18
LSE-listed Gem Diamonds on Monday reported that it has the recovered a 149 ct, D-colour Type IIa diamond, with excellent shape, from its 70%-owned Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. This is the fourth high-quality diamond of over 100 ct recovered so far this year, and follows closely upon the recovery of the exceptional 910 ct diamond on January 15. Letšeng is the highest dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.
Atalaya increases copper output in first full year of production Atalaya increases copper output in first full year of production
Published: 22 Jan 18
Aim- and TSX-listed Atalaya Mining has delivered an increase in copper output during the first full year of commercial production as mining operations stabilise quarter-on-quarter. Proyecto Riotinto, in Andalucía, Spain, achieved 37 164 t of copper production in 2017, a rise on the 26 179 t reported in 2016.
Paringa starts installing coal infrastructure at Poplar Grove
Published: 22 Jan 18
The installation of major coal processing infrastructure has started at ASX-listed Paringa Resources’ Poplar Grove coal mine, in the Illinois basin, Kentucky. Construction at Poplar Grove remains on track to be completed in the third quarter, as the erection of structural support steel at the preparation plant continues and all major internal coal processing infrastructure is now being delivered and installed.
Sundance inches closer to developing Mbalam-Nabeba project
Published: 22 Jan 18
Iron-ore developer Sundance Resources has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with private Chinese company Tidfore Heavy Equipment Group and Cam Iron – a subsidiary of Sundance that has a mining permit application over the previous EP92 in Cameroon. The MoU will provide a framework for cooperation between the parties and their joint venture (JV) partners to establish the required consortium of expertise to fund, or assist in sourcing the funding, the construction and infrastructure of Sundance’s flagship Mbalam-Nabeba iron-ore project, which straddles the border of Cameroon and the Republic of Congo.
India to revamp coal block auction process
Published: 22 Jan 18
India’s Coal Ministry has initiated a revamp of the coal block auction process following the cancellation of two bidding rounds last year, owing to a poor response from non-power companies. The Ministry has set up a committee to prepare a report suggesting changes in the auction model and expects to put in place a new regime within the next six to eight months.
Jupiter launches $42m buyback; Pallinghurst to receive $8m
Published: 22 Jan 18
Perth-based mining company Jupiter Mines has announced a $42-million off-market equal access share buyback priced at $0.35 apiece. The buyback will be for 5.81% of the shares in Jupiter and is expected to be mostly funded by a significant distribution by subsidiary Tshipi é Ntle manganese mining and the profits earned by Jupiter’s manganese marketing business.
Saudi energy minister: oil producers have consensus on cooperating after 2018
Published: 22 Jan 18
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-Opec oil producers have a consensus that they should continue cooperating on production after the end of 2018, when their current agreement on production cuts expires, Saudi Arabian energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday. If oil inventories increase in 2018 as some in the market expect, producers may have to consider rolling the supply cut agreement into 2019, but the exact mechanism for cooperation next year has not yet been decided, Falih said.
'There has never been a bigger disconnect between price and value' – VRIC 2018
Published: 22 Jan 18
"The disconnect between price and value is as stunning as I've ever seen," founder of The Stock Catalyst Report Michael Alkin told attendees at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) on Sunday. Industry participants seemed to agree.
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