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2018 minerals-focused financings off to slow start
Published: 22 Jan 18
In the wake of a slow start to mineral-focused financing activity, analysts are predicting more of the same for at least the first four months of 2018. This year is also not expected to surpass 2017 in the number and value of mineral-focused financings undertaken at the market, data company Oreninc told attendees at the 2018 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference on Sunday.
2017's worst-returning precious metal becomes hedge fund darling
Published: 22 Jan 18
After lagging behind other precious metals last year, platinum is finally outperforming, and hedge funds are taking notice. Money managers increased their bets on a rally for platinum, a commodity used in pollution-control devices for cars. Investors had been pessimistic on prices until the start of this year, but that sentiment changed as signs of synchronized global growth boosted expectations for demand. The metal’s strong correlation to gold is also providing support as a weaker dollar propels alternative assets higher.
Tiger sells DRC assets to Chinese consortium
Published: 22 Jan 18
Copper miner Tiger Resources, which has been in voluntary suspension on the ASX for nearly a year, announced on Monday that it would sell its Kipoi mine and other Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) assets to a Chinese consortium. Sinomine Fuhai (Hong Kong) Overseas Resources Investment, a special purpose vehicle comprising geotech services company Sinomine Resource, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and venture capital investment firm Shenzhen Oriental Fortune Capital will pay $260-million for the assets, which includes the Kipoi and Lupoto projects, as well as the La Patience permit.
Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives Policy advocacy, tech innovation and fact-based talks key 2018 AME BC objectives
Published: 22 Jan 18
Government policy advocacy and fostering genuine fact-based conversations among all stakeholders in the minerals exploration and mining industries are main priorities for the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) this year. "Government is increasingly getting more confident in leading, after transitioning from the role of playing opposition. We have an opportunity here to help guide how they'll implement their mandate," AME BC president and CEO Edie Thome told Mining Weekly Online in an interview.
Rio Tinto strengthens presence in Mongolia with new exploration office
Published: 22 Jan 18
Global mining major Rio Tinto will open a new office in “strategically important” Mongolia to strengthen its presence in a country in which it had already invested $7-billion in the last eight years. The office in Ulaanbaatar will be separate from Oyu Tolgoi – the large copper and gold mine that 51%-Rio Tinto-owned Turquoise Hill jointly owns with the government of Mongolia.
South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chair in board shake-up South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chair in board shake-up Has PDF
Published: 20 Jan 18
  South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new board at state-owned power utility Eskom and named Telkom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza as its new chairman, the country’s presidency said on Saturday.
Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports
Published: 20 Jan 18
US Republican senator for Wyoming John Barrasso has called on the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. "For years, government-owned uranium producers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have unfairly flooded American markets with cheap uranium. As a result, uranium production in the US has fallen to the lowest levels we have seen since the early 1950s," said Barrasso.
Nevsun discovers new high-grade copper/gold deposit east of Timok Upper Zone
Published: 20 Jan 18
Base metals producer Nevsun Resources announced this week that it has discovered a new high-grade copper/gold deposit about 500 m east of the Timok Upper Zone, in Serbia. Ongoing drilling has intersected new high-sulphidation epithermal (HSE) copper/gold mineralisation, similar to that found at the Timok Upper Zone deposit.
ADM has made takeover approach to Bunge – WSJ
Published: 20 Jan 18
Agricultural processing and trading company Archer Daniels Midland has proposed a takeover of Bunge, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore in an industry moving towards consolidation. Bunge and other top grains traders - who make money by buying, selling, storing, shipping and trading crops - are struggling to adapt to a world of oversupply.
Union at Colombia's Cerrejon to hear wage offer before possible strike vote
Published: 19 Jan 18
The largest union at Cerrejon, Colombia's top thermal coal mine, was set to meet with the company on Friday to hear a new salary and benefits offer before deciding whether to hold a vote on a possible strike. A work stoppage at the Cerrejon mine, which belongs in equal parts to BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Glencore and produces about 37% of Colombia's total output, could reduce production and overseas sales from the world's fifth-largest coal exporting nation. Production and exports at Cerrejon, which produced 31.7-million tonnes of coal in 2017, fell for a third straight year as heavy rainfall affected operations, the mine's owners said this month.
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