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Consolidated Zinc ships first ore from Plomosas
Published: 20 Sep 18
The first shipment of ore has left the Plomosas zinc/lead/silver project for processing at Grupo Mexico’s Santa Eulalia plant, ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc reported on Thursday. The company said it would deliver about 100 t/d to the concentrator for the rest of the month, where after it would scale up operations to more than 10 000 t/m in the next nine months.
‘Take no action’ Dampier tells shareholders
Published: 20 Sep 18
ASX-listed Dampier Gold has urged shareholders not to take any action in relation to the conditional scrip takeover offer from joint venture (JV) partner Vango Mining, arguing that the timing of the bid is a direct response to an unresolved dispute between the two companies over the K2 gold mine project. The company said that it had received the bidder’s statement and that it was preparing a target statement, which would set out its formal recommendation.
China's iron-ore demand to remain flat as scrap steel use rises
Published: 20 Sep 18
China's iron-ore demand is expected to stay flat, said an official from Baoshan Iron & Steel Co, the country's biggest listed steelmaker, as Beijing's stricter environmental rules boost the use of scrap steel. China's growing stockpiles of scrap steel should also increase its use in steelmaking versus iron-ore, Ji Chao, an assistant to the president of Baoshan, told an industry conference organised by the China Iron and Steel Association on Thursday.
Father’s Day yields gold worth $38m
Published: 20 Sep 18
The recently discovered Father’s Day vein at RNC Minerals’ Beta Hunt mine, in Australia, has more high-grade gold than previously thought, with estimates now put at 24 000 oz, worth $38-million. The new estimate is more than double the initial estimate of 9 250 oz.
Axiom fully permitted for Isabel nickel project
Published: 20 Sep 18
Solomon Islands has formally granted Axiom Mining a lease over the San Jorge nickel deposit, paving the way for the ASX-listed company to start construction of the Isabel mine – one of the last known undeveloped world-class nickel laterite deposits. The news sent Axiom’s stock surging 44% to A$0.14 a share on Wednesday, with the company affirming that its first shipment of ore is expected in the first quarter of next year.
Doray ‘firmly on path’ to 100 000 oz/y goal
Published: 20 Sep 18
The upgrade of Doray Minerals’ resource for the high-grade Da Vinci gold discovery in the Deflector gold/copper mine has set the company “firmly on the path” to reaching its ‘target 1-5-1’ strategic goal of producing 100 000 oz/y of gold, over a minimum of five years and at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of less than $1 000/oz. The ASX-listed miner on Thursday announced an upgraded mineral resource for Da Vinci of 248 000 t at 12.5 g/t of gold and 0.5% copper for 100 000 oz of gold and 1 200 t of copper – an increase of 61% from the June 2018 mineral resource.
Nexus expands Wallbrook project
Published: 20 Sep 18
Gold explorer Nexus Minerals has acquired a 190 km2 tenement package adjacent to its Wallbrook tenements, expanding the project to about 250 km2 of prospective geological units in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. The ASX-listed company has signed a tenement sale and purchase agreement with major Newmont, pursuant to which Nexus will buy three tenements for a total consideration of A$13 100 and a 2% net smelter royalty on all production.
Glencore to issue new bonds
Published: 20 Sep 18
Global diversified miner Glencore has placed a tap issue of nondilutive zero-coupon cash settled guaranteed convertible bonds for $125-million to be consolidated with its $500-million nondilutive bonds due 2025. The new bonds are to be issued on the same terms as the original bonds and, as of the date falling 41 days after the issue date, which is expected to be September 26, the new bonds will be fully fungible and consolidated with the original bonds.
Resources industry helping to keep Queenslanders employed – QRC
Published: 20 Sep 18
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says in the space of a year, the state’s mining industry has created an extra 10 000 jobs, which is a 17% year-on-year increase when compared with the same quarterly data of last year. QRC CE Ian Macfarlane quoted the quarterly labour force data of the Australian Bureau of Standards, stating that the resources industry in Australia creates about one job an hour.
Rio Tinto returns $3.2bn in coal disposal proceeds to shareholders Rio Tinto returns $3.2bn in coal disposal proceeds to shareholders
Published: 20 Sep 18
Anglo-Australian multinational mining group Rio Tinto on Thursday unveiled how it intends to return the proceeds of its recent Australian coal disposals to its shareholders. The company will launch a $3.2-billion share buyback programme, combining an off-market buyback tender targeting up to 41.2-million Rio Tinto shares (worth about A$2.7-billion, or $1.9-billion) and further on-market purchases of Rio Tinto shares.
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