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AngloGold announces potential disposal of lossmaking Kopanang AngloGold announces potential disposal of lossmaking Kopanang
Published: 15 Sep 17
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with a selected party which could result in a sale agreement involving the disposal of the 36-year-old, lossmaking Kopanang gold mine. AngloGold Ashanti said in a media release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online on Friday that unsolicited expressions of interest received from a number of parties had resulted in the company initiating a process to assess the sale of the Kopanang mine through the signing of the MoU. 
Orion on track to develop Prieska zinc/copper project Orion on track to develop Prieska zinc/copper project
Published: 15 Sep 17
ASX-listed Orion Minerals, which will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Monday, is focused on fast -tracking the development of its Northern Cape-based Prieska zinc/copper project. The company plans to leverage the secondary listing to open up more efficient local funding options through the addition of a new market.
Shift in mining finance sources for mid-caps, juniors expected – BMI
Published: 15 Sep 17
Market research multinational BMI Research reported on Thursday that there would be a shift in the status quo of mining finance sources, as mineral prices stabilise and edge higher over the coming years. “Majors will continue to rely on equity and debt financing. Mid-cap and small-cap companies, as well as those looking at higher-risk exploration projects, will benefit from new players taking a greater stake in the sector, including private equity and sovereign wealth funds,” BMI said in its latest ‘Mining Finance Industry Trend Analysis’ report.
Edenville pleased with progress at Rukwa mine
Published: 15 Sep 17
Aim-listed Edenville Energy is pleased with the progress being made with the development of its Rukwa project, in Tanzania. “The first half of 2017 was an extremely busy and transformational period for the company.  Having raised funds in February to start production, we have been able to rapidly put in place the required infrastructure and are seeing strong demand for our coal.   "We look forward to the wash plant being operational shortly and commencing sales of washed coal, while continuing to advance our coal to power project in conjunction with our partner Sinohydro. The remainder of 2017 is expected to be equally busy,” CEO Rufus Short commented on Friday.
New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050
Published: 15 Sep 17
New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates, will be 30% cheaper than the generation mix currently outlined in the Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Base Case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) in November 2016.
Ramelius strikes deal with Newmont in Nevada
Published: 15 Sep 17
Australian gold miner Ramelius Resources has struck a deal with US gold major Newmont Mining over its South Monitor land package, in Nevada. Under the terms of a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement signed this week, Ramelius could earn an 80% interest in the South Monitor gold project by spending $8-million over an eight-year period, through a staged earn-in.
South32 ups stake in Arizona Mining South32 ups stake in Arizona Mining
Published: 15 Sep 17
Diversified miner South32 will acquire an additional 15-million shares in TSX-listed Arizona Mining, taking its share in the Canadian company to 19.9%. South32 in May this year acquired an initial 45-million shares, or a 15% interest in Arizona Mining for an investment of C$110.3-million.
Vital raises A$2m to advance Watershed work
Published: 15 Sep 17
ASX-listed junior Vital Metals has raised A$2-million through a share placement to progress its Watershed tungsten project, in Queensland. The company will issue 263.9-million new shares, at 75c each, to professional and sophisticated investors, under its current placement capacity.
Predictive and Progress team up in Burkina Faso
Published: 15 Sep 17
ASX-listed junior Predictive Discovery has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Canada’s Progress Minerals over its exploration permits in Burkina Faso. Predictive’s current tenement holdings in Burkina Faso cover some 100 km of strike length on the Samira Hill greenstone belt, with the company having previously discovered gold mineralisation on multiple prospects in the area.
Ardea raises cash for WA cobalt exploration
Published: 15 Sep 17
Junior metals explorer Ardea Resources has raised A$5.5-million in a share placement to sophisticated and professional investors, to accelerate drill programmes at its KNP cobalt project, in Western Australia. Some 7.6-million new fully paid ordinary shares would be issued under the company’s existing capacity, with the shares placed at a price of 72.5c each.
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