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China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Drought forces two-month closure of Leagold Brazil mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 Latin America-focused Leagold on Wednesday announced a two-month shutdown of its RDM mine, in Brazil, citing continued regional drought conditions. In 2017, the RDM mine was closed on August 11 and restarted, on an intermittent basis, in early November with the onset of the region's rainy season. 

Strongbow appoints Osisko’s Njegovan to its board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Vancouver-based Strongbow Exploration has appointed Osisko Mining VP for new business development, Don Njegovan, to its board of directors to replace John Burzynski, who stepped down on Friday. Burzynski will join the company’s technical advisory committee. 

BC market regulator settles with Nickel One president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has reached a settlement agreement with the president of a junior mineral exploration company that filed a deficient technical report. Carl Vance Loeber is the president and a director of Nickel One Resources, a junior mineral exploration company... 

Shell LNG, trade deal no help to stalled Trans Mountain pipeline

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Royal Dutch Shell’s commitment to invest in the largest private-sector project in Canada’s history and a new trade deal with the US and Mexico show the country is open for business again. But neither are likely to help Trans Mountain, the troubled oil pipeline project that has epitomized the... 

Trudeau backs LNG Canada against threat of steel duties

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Royal Dutch Shell’s newly sanctioned $31-billion liquefied natural gas project that it won’t be hindered by trade barriers such as steel import duties. “Trade barriers won’t be an impediment to moving forward on this project," Trudeau told a news conference... 

First Quantum falls as Panama court casts uncertainty on project

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2018 Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals headed for a one-week low after a ruling by Panama’s Supreme Court cast uncertainty over a major copper mine it’s developing in the central American country. Local media in Panama reported that the court ruled on Monday that Law 9 – used to approve a mining... 

Luminex says Anglo American to earn into Ecuador project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American has signed a formal earn-in and joint venture agreement with Vancouver-based Luminex Resources, relating to Pegasus A, Pegasus B and Luz concessions in Ecuador. The agreement gives Anglo the right to earn a 60% ownership interest in a JV company indirectly... 

Alaska’s Peak Gold PEA published

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 The joint venture partner in Peak Gold have published the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the gold project, near Tok, Alaska, detailing the “attractive” economics of the openpit operation at a gold price of $1 250/oz. Using the base case gold price and a silver price of $17/oz, the PEA... 

Argentina Lithium walks away from Arizaro project

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 Vancouver-based Argentina Lithium will not be proceeding with the option agreement on the Arizaro lithium project in the Arizaro Salar in Salta province, the company announced on Friday, as it outlines a future strategy. The TSX-V-listed firm has determined that the high risk and potential... 

IDM's Red Mountain entering final enviro assessment stage

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA) has initiated the final stage of the Red Mountain gold project environmental assessment process, inviting public comment on the draft report and potential conditions that will be applied. The draft comment period runs until October 18, and a... 

Imperial exploring ‘strategic alternatives’ as it restructures

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2018 Troubled Vancouver-based Imperial Metals Corporation has embarked on a restructuring process, which will entail exploring “all strategic alternatives” for the company, the owner of the Red Chris, Mount Polley and Huckleberry copper and gold mines in British Columbia announced on Monday.... 

Barrick seeks Chinese partners for Tanzania mines – Globe

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2018 Barrick Gold may slash 400 jobs and involve Chinese partners in its troubled Tanzania operations, executive chairperson John Thornton told the Globe and Mail newspaper. The Toronto-based company has slashed middle management by half to about 700 and “we want to get it down to 300", Thornton,... 

Cleveland-sized mine signals the path for an oil-sands revival

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 A colossal Canadian oil-sands project may be showing the way forward for an industry many thought would never see new investments. In a forest clearing roughly the size of Cleveland, building-sized trucks dump tons of oily soil into a massive crushing facility, while conveyors move the dirt on... 

Viceroy says it's shorting Canadian miner Pretium Resources

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Viceroy Research said it’s shorting Pretium Resources, arguing the company has artificially inflated the value of its Canadian gold mine, which risks being taken over by creditors in coming months. The New York-based short seller – which rose to prominence last year with research into financial... 

Trudeau’s grand bargain unravels after Alberta nixes carbon plan

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Canada’s precarious relationship with its vast oil riches flared up again Thursday after a federal court struck down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of a key pipeline, reviving fears about the country’s ability to get its resources to market. While the government pledged to press ahead... 

IDM’s Red Mountain referred to provincial Ministers for decision

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2018 Vancouver-based IDM Mining is one step closer to building British Columbia’s next underground gold mine, with the Environmental Assessment Office having referred the Red Mountain project’s environmental certificate application to provincial Ministers for a decision. The Minister of Environment... 

Teck idles lead smelting due to BC wildfires

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources said on Thursday that lead smelting at its Trail, British Columbia facility was suspended for a fourth day due to wildfires in the province. Teck temporarily shut down lead smelting on Sunday because the flash smelting technology requires high-purity... 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2018 Don’t write off gold in the battle of the havens. Bullion has lost out in a paradigm shift where the metal’s no longer viewed as the traditional refuge when investors are in a risk-off mood, but that won’t last, according to Rick Rule, CEO of Sprott US Holdings. 

Eastplats’ chrome circuit completion targeted for Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th August 2018 Construction of Vancouver-based Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) retreatment project, at its Crocodile River mine, in South Africa’s North West, is progressing well and all significant items required for the chrome circuit’s completion and commissioning are on site. Completion of the form... 

Nevsun CEO says several companies expressed interest in miner

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2018 Nevsun Resources says companies in China, Japan and Western countries are among potential white knights that have expressed interest in buying the miner as it seeks to ward off a hostile takeover by Lundin Mining. “Several companies have indicated an interest,” Nevsun CEO Peter Kukielski said... 

Equinox’s Brazil mine on track to pour gold before year-end

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 Vancouver-based Equinox’s Aurizona gold mine, in Brazil, is on track to achieve year-end 2018 gold pour, with the overall project being 60% complete and plant construction being 51% complete at the end of June. Installation of semi-autogenous grinding and ball mills is under way and ore... 

New CEO for Turquoise Hill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2018 Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill, which focuses on the operation and development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has appointed Ulf Quellmann as CEO with effect from August 1, following a comprehensive search process. The NYSE- and TSX-listed company said on Monday that the search,... 

Ecobalt investors call for sale, new management on delays

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Two large shareholders in Canada's Ecobalt Solutions are calling for a change in senior management or the launch of a sales process, saying ongoing mine development delays are wasting a windfall from high battery sector demand. Australian hedge fund Tribeca Investment Partners, which said it... 

Teck Resources profit beats as higher coal prices offset lower sales volumes

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Canada's Teck Resources, beat analyst estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday as higher prices more than offset lower-than-expected sales volume of metallurgical coal. The world's second-biggest exporter of steelmaking coal stuck to its annual coal production forecast of 26-million tonnes to... 

Trump started the metals rally, now he's the reason it's ending

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 The US election of Donald Trump lit a fire under metals markets in 2016 as investors took a liking to his pro-business agenda. Now, copper and other metals are tanking as Trump’s trade war against China threatens to derail economic growth. Copper sunk to an almost one-year low and has fallen 16%... 

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

Pretium sets H2 guidance for Brucejack

By: Mariaan Webb     9th July 2018 The Brucejack gold mine has achieved steady-stage production and is set to produce between 200 000 oz and 220 000 oz of gold in the second half of the year, British Columbian miner Pretium Resources reported on Monday. The mine produced 111 340 oz of gold in the second quarter, taking production... 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life. On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it... 

First Quantum given time to solve $7.9bn Zambian tax row

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Zambia agreed to give First Quantum Minerals more time to complete its analysis of what the company might owe the southern African nation after it was slapped with a $7.9-billion tax bill, according to the Finance Minister. The Vancouver-based company is challenging the assessment from Zambia’s... 

Cashed-up bargain hunter SSR is on the prowl for next gold mine

By: Bloomberg     22nd June 2018 Flush with cash and armed with a knack for spotting mines producing below their potential, SSR Mining is on the hunt for more assets. “We want to continue to grow, no question,” John DeCooman, VP of strategy and business development, said in an interview Wednesday. “We’ll continue to look for... 

Copper mine planned for Utah National Monument shrunk by Trump

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 The red sandstone vistas in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument may soon be criss-crossed with dump trucks after a Canadian mining company announced plans to begin operations on land cut from federal protection by President Donald Trump. Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources... 

First Quantum and Lumina make Ecuador earn-in formal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st June 2018 Copper miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM) has signed a formal earn-in agreement with Vancouver-based junior Lumina Gold to earn into the Orquideas and Cascas gold/copper concessions in Ecuador. In terms of the previously announced five-year agreement, FQM has committed to contribute $1.5-million... 

Big metal is conspicuously tight-lipped on US-China rift

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 If mining companies are as bothered by Trump’s tariffs as investors appear to be, they’re not saying. A full-out trade war between the US and China could negatively affect the metals and mining sector in several ways. China could respond to Friday’s US tariffs by cutting imports of raw... 

Equinox Gold says Brazil gold project past halfway mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 The Aurizona gold project that Canadian junior Equinox Gold is building in Brazil has moved past the halfway mark, with the overall project now 55% complete and the engineering, procurement and construction management activities about 70% complete. In a project update on Thursday,... 

Lucara appoints new corporate development VP

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2018 Ayesha Hira has been appointed VP corporate development and strategy at Vancouver-based diamond miner Lucara.    She will also be integral in assisting the CEO with corporate communications and shareholder relations. 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism 

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Great Panther to decide on Coricancha restart in early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Vancouver-based Great Panther expects to be able to make a decision in early 2019 about restarting the past-producing Coricancha precious and base metals mine that it bought in June last year. The gold/silver/zinc/copper underground mine and mill complex, east of Lima, in Peru, has a 600 t/d... 

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