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Dragon Mining updates ore reserves

By: Anine Kilian     23rd February 2018 ASX-listed Dragon Mining has completed an update of its ore reserves, increasing its total proved and probable reserves to 2.32-million tonnes, grading 3.1 g/t gold for 232 000 oz – the highest tonnage level since Dragon started activities in the Nordic region. The updated reserve represents an... 

Tanzania internet users hit 23m; 82% go online via phones – regulator

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16% at the end of 2017 to 23-million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, the telecom industry regulator said on Friday.    Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

No Brics leader among those who first phoned President Ramaphosa, on Sunday

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th February 2018 Not one of the five world and regional leaders who formed the first group to phone new South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday to hold preliminary discussions with, and to congratulate, him came from a Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group country. Two of the... 

Sweden hunts for cobalt as electrical vehicle race boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 Sweden will step up efforts to find precious minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles. The government will invest 10-million kronor ($1.26-million) over the next two years to map the existence of minerals... 

Wind energy installations continue to grow – WWEA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2017 reached 539 291 MW, preliminary statistics published by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has shown. A WWEA report, released on Monday, further showed that 52 552 MW of wind energy capacity were added last year,... 

Global aeronautics body promoting networking among young researchers

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) is seeking to develop international interactions between young professionals working in both technical and non-technical areas of aviation research around the world. This initiative is described as “early career networking” and is a focus area... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

     9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Environmental appeal sets back Dragon Mining's HKEx listing plans

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2018 Gold miner Dragon Mining is preparing an updated submission to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) for a listing application, after an appeal of its test mining permit at Fäboliden, northern Sweden, has delayed its listing plans. The company, which will delist from the ASX, has to obtain an... 

Booyco Brings New Technology To Fire Suppression Market

     7th February 2018 Building on its established reputation in proximity detection systems (PDS), Booyco Electronics is now also offering the latest fire suppression technologies to help customers manage their health and safety risk. “It was a natural extension of our business to move into fire suppression,” says... 

S2 identifies gold/silver zones at Storgroven, Sweden

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2018 Base of till drilling at the Storgroven target, which forms part of ASX-listed S2 Resources' Skellefte project, in Sweden, has identified two adjacent zones of gold/silver mineralisation, with seven holes ending in mineralisation greater than 1g/t gold and 20 g/t silver. The programme saw 115... 

Centerra approves further funding for European JV partner on 2017 success; gets more credit

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2018 Canadian miner Centerra Gold has approved expenditures of $1.85-million for this year to fund exploration campaigns in Sweden by its joint venture partner (JV) Erris Resources, following encouraging 2017 results. Results of the drill programmes undertaken in the second half of 2017 at the Klippen... 

Erris provides Sweden exploration update

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd February 2018 Results from the 2017 drill programmes at Erris Resources’ Klippen and Käringberget gold projects, in Sweden, have confirmed large alteration systems, indicating the prospective nature of the licences, the Aim-listed company reported on Friday. CEO Merlin Marr-Johnson said in a statement that the... 

Swedish steel plant to run on hydrogen

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Steelmaker SSAB plans to build the world's first fossil fuel-free steel plant powered by hydrogen, backed by utility Vattenfall and miner Luossavaara Kiirunavaara, the Swedish firms said on Thursday. The pilot venture will aim to develop technology to later make SSAB's entire production... 

Beowulf maintains Kallak mine and reindeer herding can co-exist

By: Mariaan Webb     1st February 2018 The UK-based mineral exploration and development seeking to build a magnetite iron-ore mine on the ancestral lands of the indigenous Sami people in northern Sweden has been dealt a blow, after the County Administrative Board (CAB) for Norrbotten recommended against an exploitation licence for the... 

Copper production declined in first ten months of 2017 – ICSG

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2018 Worldwide copper mine production declined 2.6% in the ten months to October 2017, while concentrate production declined by 2.2% and production through solvent extraction-electrowinning declined by 4.3% in the same period, according to the intergovernmental copper body The International Copper... 

UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to... 

Volvo aims for climate-neutral automotive manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Volvo Cars' engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company's first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating on January 1. The car manufacturer noted that this marked a significant step towards its vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing... 

Centerra to earn into Erris Resources’ Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     17th January 2018 Canadian mid-tier mining company Centerra Gold has elected to earn into zinc and gold junior Erris Resources’ Brännberg gold project, in northern Sweden, with a $1-million investment. Erris, which was admitted to trading on the Aim at the end of last year, said on Wednesday that Centerra would... 

Dragon updates mineral resources for Nordic mines

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 ASX-listed Dragon Mining has updated its mineral resources for its Nordic projects, returning a combined total mineral resource of 13.6-million tonnes, grading 3. 3 g/t gold for 1.43-million ounces. This represented a 2.28% decrease in tonnes and a 0.35% decrease in ounces after depletion for... 

South Africa ranks low on global knowledge index 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 South Africa has scored 42 points on The Knowledge Project’s first Global Knowledge 100-point Index, against a world average of 47. The index identifies knowledge as an integral part of human life, affecting its social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as an engine for comprehensive and... 

Ringhals nuclear power plant upgrade, Sweden

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Ringhals’ and Vattenfall’s boards of directors have decided to invest in independent core cooling in reactors 3 and 4 at the power plant to extend operations into the 2040s. 

Separate stock exchange listing for Aura’s Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 Dual-listed uranium and gold focused Aura Energy has started the process to list its Häggån project in Sweden separately on multiple international exchanges to “maximise the value of the battery metal content” of the project. The project contains vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, neodymium, nickel... 

Macron's climate summit draws pledges to make coal a risky bet

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2017 Some of the world’s biggest investors turned their backs on US President Donald Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry, pledging to divest from fossil fuels at a conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron. The One Planet Summit in Paris was designed to galvanise support for the... 

Novo Litio changes European lithium plans

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Shares in ASX-listed Novo Litio fell 15% on Monday as the company announced an update to its European lithium strategy. The company said its focus would shift to generating new lithium drill targets on its landholding in the northern Portugal lithium belt, although it would continue to pursue... 

Tertiary raises cash for potential acquisitions

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2017 Aim-traded Tertiary Minerals has raised £500 000 in a share placement to fund potential acquisitions and for the ongoing development of its current fluorspar projects. Tertiary, which is advancing projects in Sweden, the US and Norway, has shortlisted projects for potential acquisition. The... 

Banding & ID Solutions SA represents Africa at UK sales conference

     4th December 2017 Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions South Africa was the only African representative at the recent EMEA sales conference in early October, organised by Band-It UK. In attendance were Senior Sales Representative Matthew Campbell and Sales Director Rosa Dos Remendos. The conference was hosted... 

Lundin stock tumbles on disappointing production outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Base metals producer Lundin Mining saw about 21% of its TSX-listed equity wiped out on Thursday after it reported a disappointing long-term production outlook on Wednesday. The Toronto-headquartered company punted significant investments in both the Candelaria copper mine and mill, in Chile,... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 The project is progressing steadily. 

Tertiary gains access to prefinancing with Possehl agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2017 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding with global commodities trading group Possehl Erzkontor to enter into a definitive purchase and sales agreement, the company said on Wednesday. Under the agreement, Tertiary would sell its fluorspar products to Possehl, while... 

European Cobalt zones in on Slovakia project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 Explorer European Cobalt is stepping up efforts to tap into the growing market for cobalt, which is seen as one of the most important metals in the fast-growing energy storage market. The company, which estimates that in three years’ time one fifth of global cobalt demand will stem from electric... 

South Africa crucial to global chrome supply, Chromium 2017 hears 

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 South Africa is an irreplaceable supplier of chrome ore and ferrochrome, which is, in turn, an irreplaceable component of China-dominated stainless steel production, global delegates to last week’s well-attended Chromium 2017 conference heard. South Africa, as the dominant global chrome producer,... 

Australian uranium hopefuls welcome Cameco production cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th November 2017 Australia’s uranium hopefuls have welcomed a decision from uranium major Cameco to shutter its McArthur River mining and Key Lake milling operations, in Canada. Cameco this week announced its plans to remove some 10% of the current global uranium supply, on the back of continued uranium price... 

In the country where coal is king, a battle with the EU looms

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2017 The buzzword in the Brussels energy and climate bubble is 450, a number that is dividing European Union lawmakers and making coal-dependent Poland fume over upcoming reforms to the world’s biggest carbon market. Negotiators representing the 28-nation bloc and its member states will meet on Nov. 8... 

Urban solutions to Africa’s problems

     3rd November 2017 ‘Better city, better life’ is the United Nations' (UN's) World Cities Day, which falls on October 31 each year. This year’s theme, ‘innovative governance, open cities’, referenced the idea that urbanisation has immense potential to improve people’s lives. Given the UN’s focus on using the... 

Intelligent algorithm company 4Sight lists on AltX

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 The first pure technology company to list on the JSE’s AltX in 18 years, decision support technology group 4Sight, has artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data technology capabilities, which are reshaping business and individual lives worldwide,... 

Beowulf appoints Swedish chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2017 Mineral exploration and development company Beowulf Mining has appointed 68-year-old Swede Per Göran Färm as its chairperson with immediate effect, succeeding Bevan Metcalf. Färm was an elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 to 2004 and, then again, from 2007 to 2014. He was... 

Tertiary has eye on ‘near-revenue generating’ fluorspar project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2017 Aim-traded Tertiary is in “advanced discussions” to acquire a new fluorspar project, which will add to its existing fluorspar assets in Sweden, Norway and the US. The company did not disclose where the project is located, but said that a technical due diligence was under way and that further... 

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