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McEwen output tops guidance
Published: 15 Jan 19
NYSE- and TSX-listed gold miner McEwen Mining reported on Tuesday that its 2018 production had topped its guidance, with gold equivalent output (GE) rising to 175 561 oz, comprising 135 124 oz of gold and 3.03-million ounces of silver. The production compares with 152 329 oz of GE in 2017, and exceeded its stated target of 171 000 oz.
Atalaya beats FY guidance, sees 2019 as ‘transitional’ year
Published: 15 Jan 19
European copper miner Atalaya Mining has set a production guidance range of 45 000 t to 46 500 t for 2019, which is seen as a transitional year, given the commissioning of the plant expansion in mid-2019, which will increase production in 2020. The miner, which is implementing a 15-million-tonne-a-year expansion project at its Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain, produced 42 114 t in 2018, compared with 37 164 t in 2017.
Yamana Gold production hits 1Moz
Published: 15 Jan 19
Canadian miner Yamana Gold’s production has hit one-million ounces on a gold-equivalent (GE) basis, the company, which operates six mines, announced on Monday. In its preliminary fourth-quarter and 2018 operational results announcement, Yamana reported GE production 1.04-million ounces for the year, comprising 940 600 oz of gold, 8.02-million ounces of silver and 129-million pounds of copper.
We have never invited Mantashe to Xolobeni – Amadiba Crisis Committee We have never invited Mantashe to Xolobeni – Amadiba Crisis Committee
Published: 15 Jan 19
The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) action group on Tuesday contradicted the statement by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe that he would be visiting the volatile Xolobeni community in the Eastern Cape once again on the invitation of the ACC. This comes as the situation continues to escalate in Xolobeni ahead of Mantashe's planned visit on Wednesday to the village to engage the community on mining and economic development prospects in the area.
Packed work programme ahead for Emmerson’s Morocco potash project Packed work programme ahead for Emmerson’s Morocco potash project
Published: 15 Jan 19
LSE-listed mine developer Emmerson CEO Hayden Locke has confirmed that numerous workstreams are under way or due to start throughout this year, including drilling, testing, prefeasibility and discussions with partners and offtakers, at the Khemisset potash project, in Morocco. The company delivered the project’s scoping study at the end of last year, which confirmed the project’s technical and economic viability – the company reports that the project has the potential to be among the lowest capital cost potash projects in the world.
Alamos lifts FY18 output by 18% y/y
Published: 15 Jan 19
Alamos Gold produced 505 000 oz of gold in 2018, meeting its guidance and marking an 18% year-on-year increase. “This was driven by strong performances from Mulatos [,in Mexico] and Island Gold [,in Canada], the latter setting a new record for production and continuing to demonstrate strong potential for growth in mineral reserves and resources,” Alamos president and CEO John McCluskey said in a statement on Tuesday.
Opec+ plans review in Baku in March, Ministers' Meeting in April
Published: 15 Jan 19
Opec and its allies plan to hold a meeting in March to assess their oil-production accord in Azerbaijan, and then ministers will gather to set policy in April, according to the organization’s top official. The body that reviews the implementation of Opec’s supply cuts, the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, will convene in the Azeri capital of Baku on March 17 to 18, Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said in a statement. Ministers will then meet in Vienna on April 17 to 18 to decide whether the cutbacks should be extended beyond their scheduled expiry in the summer.
Merkel seeks to preserve jobs while phasing out coal plants
Published: 15 Jan 19
Angela Merkel’s commission plotting Germany’s exit from coal faces a tricky balancing act: how to stop mining and burning the dirtiest fossil fuel without whipping up more voter anxiety over job losses. Germany’s chancellor meets with coal-state governors who sit on the commission on Tuesday in Berlin. They have until next month to explain how Europe’s biggest economy should ditch a fuel that still generates two-fifths of their electricity and gives paychecks to more than 50 000 workers.
Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal
Published: 15 Jan 19
Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for internal combustion engines last year. The difference was biggest in Britain and the UK, which have large renewables industries. It still held in China, which is more reliant on coal to make electricity.
Stokes offloads shares in Saracen
Published: 15 Jan 19
Australian billionaire Kerry Stokes has offloaded about A$30-million worth of shares in ASX-listed gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings. Prior to the on-market share sale, Stokes, through his privately held financial firm Wroxby, had held a 6% interest in Saracen, which currently has more than 820.2-million shares in circulation.
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