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Ferrum Crescent appoints technical consultant to advance Spain project
Published: 21 Jun 17
Lead/zinc explorer Ferrum Crescent has appointed Myles Campion as a technical consultant to assist in progressing its exploration portfolio in northern Spain. Campion, which has extensive experience in resource delineation, both as a geologist and a resources fund manager, will oversee all geological aspects of the Ferrum Crescent’s operations and will advise senior management in optimising its growth and exploration activities.
Sibanye raises $1.05bn in oversubscribed bond offering Sibanye raises $1.05bn in oversubscribed bond offering
Published: 21 Jun 17
Sibanye on Wednesday reported that it had successfully completed an international corporate bond offering, which was about two times oversubscribed and raised $1.05-billion. The bonds comprise two tranches – a $500-million five-year note, carrying a 6.125% coupon and a $550-million eight-year note, carrying a 7.125% coupon.
Iamgold completes Côté stake sale
Published: 21 Jun 17
Canadian gold miner Iamgold has completed the sale of a 30% interest in the Côté gold project, in Ontario, to a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining for $195-million. Iamgold, which still owns the remaining 70% interest in the project, has received $100-million in cash and the balance is payable on the earlier of 18 months following closing, or the date of public filing of a feasibility study with respect to the project.
Siana ore processing to cease soon – Red 5
Published: 21 Jun 17
ASX-listed Red 5 is expected to cease ore processing at its Siana gold mine, in the Philippines, by the end of June or early July. Mining operations were suspended in April on the back of uncertainty around regulatory and government mining policy, as well as an assessment of the likely resulting changes to openpit operations after taking into account delays in gaining approvals for the environmental compliance certificate amendment for the long-term tailings storage facility and other mining challenges.
Atlas defers 4Mt/y Corunna Downs project Atlas defers 4Mt/y Corunna Downs project
Published: 21 Jun 17
Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has deferred the development of its Corunna Downs mine, with the miner instead aiming to increase production from the Mt Webber operation. Atlas in February approved the development of the Corunna Downs project, with capital costs estimated at between A$47-million and A$53-million. The project had been slated to deliver four-million tonnes a year of lumps and fines direct shipping ore over an initial five- to six-year mine life, with first product shipments targeted for the March quarter of next year.
Horizonte advances feasibility study for Araguaia project Horizonte advances feasibility study for Araguaia project
Published: 21 Jun 17
Nickel developer Horizonte Minerals has awarded contracts for key parts of the feasibility study at its 100%-owned Araguaia nickel project, in Brazil. The dual-listed miner has appointed Steinweg Handelsveem for material transport and logistics, SM&A Electrics for power infrastructure and power transmission lines and VCE Mine Consultancy for mining permit reporting.
Australia federal govt open to coal-fired power stations
Published: 21 Jun 17
The federal government will consider new coal-fired power stations as part of efforts to curb rising electricity prices on the east coast, and to ensure reliable future supply. The government this week agreed to finalise regulations in the gas sector that would give Australian customers priority access to gas before it is exported, starting in July.
Western Areas sees production at top end of guidance
Published: 21 Jun 17
Nickel miner Western Areas expects its full-year production to be at the top end of its guidance, following a strong second half. The miner expects to produce between 25 000 t and 26 000 t of nickel in ore, and between 22 000 t and 23 00 t of concentrate.
Gruyere JV's capital cost estimate adjusted
Published: 21 Jun 17
The capital cost of the Gruyere gold joint venture (JV), in Western Australia, has increased from A$507-million to A$532-million, following an engineering, procurement and construction review by the JV partners. ASX-listed Gold Road Resources on Wednesday told shareholders that since the JV was formed with South Africa’s Gold Fields, the partners have been working on a detailed review of the feasibility study, which has resulted in a number of improvements and enhancements to the project.
Dalgaranga to deliver more for Gascoyne
Published: 21 Jun 17
Gold developer Gascoyne Resources has increased its production expectations for the Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, following a March resource upgrade. The ASX-listed company now expects the openpit operation to deliver 623 000 oz of gold over the six-year mine life, instead of the previous estimate of 580 000 oz, with some 244 000 oz to be recovered in the first two years of operation.
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