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Mines chief inspector compiling report on Sibanye-Stillwater accidents – Mantashe
Published: 18 Jun 18
The acting chief inspector of mines is compiling a report on all accidents that occurred at Sibanye-Stillwater mining operations since the beginning of this year, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday. "This will enable us to take appropriate action, guided by the Mine Health and Safety Act, as opposed to a knee-jerk reaction," he told journalists at a media briefing in Pretoria.
Erris gives update on Centerra-funded exploration JV
Published: 18 Jun 18
Canada’s Centerra Resources has elected not to earn into the Klippen project, in Sweden, its joint venture (JV) partner Erris Resources reported on Monday, explaining that drill results had confirmed gold mineralisation, but that the nature of the veining was not indicative of a potentially economic mineralising system. Erris has also elected not to renew the Klippen licence areas, which was due for renewal this week.
Havilah reveals maiden reserve at Kalkaroo
Published: 18 Jun 18
Junior Havilah Resources has reported a maiden ore reserve of 474 000 t of contained copper and 1.41-million ounces of gold at its Kalkaroo copper/cobalt/gold project, in South Australia. The ASX-listed Havilah noted that the ore reserve estimate did not include cobalt at this stage, with the Kalkaroo project estimated to host some 23 200 t of cobalt resource, making it the largest sulphide cobalt deposit, underpinned by copper, in Australia, on a mineral resource basis.
Rinehart’s Hancock bids $390m for Atlas, trumps MinRes offer
Published: 18 Jun 18
Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has solidified its intentions for ASX-listed Atlas Iron, revealing a 4.2c a share takeover offer, or A390-million, for the Pilbara iron-ore miner. Atlas told shareholders on Monday that the Hancock offer, which would open in about two weeks’ time, would be subject only to the condition that no prescribed occurrences occurred in relation to Atlas or its subsidiaries prior to the three business days after the end of the Hancock offer period.
South32 offers $1.3bn for rest of Arizona South32 offers $1.3bn for rest of Arizona
Published: 18 Jun 18
Diversified miner South32 has struck a $1.3-billion takeover deal with TSX-listed Arizona Mining, offering to acquire the remaining 83% interest in the company through an all-cash offer. South32 is offering Arizona shareholders C$6.20 a share for their interest in the TSX-listed miner, which represents a 50% premium to the company’s closing price on June 15, and implies a total value of C$1.6-billion for the company.
Santos awards Barossa contracts
Published: 18 Jun 18
Oil and gas major Santos has awarded three major engineering contracts on the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of its Barossa offshore project. Santos on Monday said that separate engineering contracts for the proposed floating production storage and offloading facility (FPSO) have been awarded to MODEC and a consortium between TechnipFMC and Samsung Heavy Industries.
Finders reports wall failure at Wetar
Published: 18 Jun 18
Copper miner Finders Resources has reported a wail failure at its Kali Kuning openpit mine, at the Wetar copper project, in Indonesia. The company on Monday said some 175 000 bank cubic meters of waste rock from the north-eastern highwall was displaced into the pit on June 14, with mining operations suspended for around six hours the following day, to allow for a geotechnical assessment.
Tahltan to receive C$7m a year from Brucejack taxes
Published: 16 Jun 18
The Tahltan First Nation will receive about C$7-million a year in tax revenue from the new Brucejack gold mine, under a revenue-sharing agreement between the British Columbia government and the Tahltan central government. The Brucejack mine, in north-western British Columbia, is expected to generate about C$48-million a year in mineral taxes for the provincial government.
China's taxing America's coal just as it was looking to buy more China's taxing America's coal just as it was looking to buy more
Published: 16 Jun 18
Forgive US coal miners for feeling a bit of whiplash over China’s trade policies. Just two weeks ago, the Chinese government was said to be considering buying more American coal as part of an effort to narrow its trade deficit with the US. Now, in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s duties on $50-billion worth of Chinese imports, it’s looking to impose tariffs on imports of US coal, along with a raft of other American goods.
Hedge funds pick the wrong time to go big on gold as prices drop
Published: 16 Jun 18
Hedge funds just mistimed their gold bets. Money managers as of Tuesday pushed their wagers on a bullion rally to the highest in seven weeks. The next day, Federal Reserve policy makers signaled more interest-rate increases this year than earlier projected. Gold ended up posting a weekly loss as the dollar rallied.
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