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Melting ice due to climate change disrupting shipping routes

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Climate change is freeing up new trade routes in some areas, while increasing the risk of ice in others. There was another milestone for Arctic shipping in early 2018 when a specially designed liquid natural gas tanker became the first commercial ship to travel the Northern Sea Route in winter... 

Nutrien steers potash recovery as BHP waits in the wings

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 Canada's Nutrien, the world's biggest potash miner by capacity, has helped engineer a surprising price rebound for the fertilizer by idling capacity. Now the trick will be keeping prices from appreciating too much to ensure a major would-be competitor, BHP Billiton, stays on the sidelines. 

Marijuana is the new gold as former Canada miners go to pot

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2018 Turns out, it may be easier to strike gold by growing green. Just ask Jay Wilgar, a former wind power developer who started a medical marijuana company with friend Travis Kanellos after hatching the idea while lifting weights at a gym. When they began looking at ways to take their startup... 

Mine accident shows a potash market nervous about outages

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2018 The news, when it came late Friday night from a government ministry in Minsk, was grim: the ceiling of a potash mine in Belarus had collapsed more than half a kilometre underground, trapping two workers. Halfway around the world, the reaction to the headlines was swift and dramatic. Shares of... 

Nutrien closing in on selling stakes in SQM, Arab Potash Co – CEO

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 Canadian fertiliser and farm supply dealer Nutrien is actively dealing with prospective buyers of its stakes in lithium producer SQM and Arab Potash Co, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Nutrien is selling minority stakes in those companies as part of pledges to regulators who approved this... 

Canada wildfires prompt lumber price surge, mine shutdowns

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2017 Wildfires sweeping across British Columbia, the world’s biggest exporter of softwood lumber, sent timber prices surging and forced the closure of two copper mines in the western Canadian province. More than 375 fires have swept across the province, burning forests, displacing an estimated 37 000... 

AuRico Metals adds to royalty portfolio with Kiska acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 TSX-listed AuRico Metals has closed the acquisition of Kiska Metals, increasing its already strong royalty portfolio by six royalties to 17. Kiska is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of AuRico.  

Treasury Metals reports strong economics for Goliath project

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 Ontario-focused project developer Treasury Metals has reported robust economics for its Goliath gold project, in North-Western Ontario, with an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) calculating a net present value of C$306-million and an internal rate of return of 25% at a base gold price... 

PotashCorp profit forecast disappoints amid tough markets

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2017 Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the crop-nutrient producer planning to merge with Agrium Inc, forecast lower-than-expected earnings for 2017 as it warned that new nitrogen-fertiliser plants in the US will weigh on prices. Fertiliser stocks dropped. The Canadian company also said Thursday in... 

Mosaic’s radioactive sinkhole problem could mean mine delays

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2016 As the world’s largest producer of phosphate fertiliser, Mosaic is used to digging up parts of Florida to recover the mineral. But lately, one particular hole is causing the company some headaches. A sinkhole 14 m wide has opened up in a pile of mining waste at the company’s New Wales site, in... 

Mining lobbyists urge Canada to once more take global mining lead 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2016 Canada’s mining lobbies have outlined seven top priorities at the 73rd Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference currently underway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, urging federal and provincial leadership to take action to regain Canada’s former title as the top mining destination in the world. The Canadian... 

Potash supplier group will only sign China contracts for 2016

By: Bloomberg     29th July 2016 Canpotex, the Canadian joint venture that represents potash export sales from Potash Corp, Mosaic and Agrium, will only sign contracts to supply China and India with the crop nutrient for the remainder of 2016 as it expects prices to rise next year. Canpotex is taking a cautious approach, Potash... 

Urban mining has long-term potential to contribute significantly to gold supply

By: Ilan Solomons     12th June 2015 With production costs rising and gold resources being depleted, industrial gold recycling has the potential to become a far more significant contributor to overall future supply, particularly as legislative pressures rise around the recycling of electronic waste. Some even speculate that the... 

Richardson gets Canada nod to buy some Glencore assets

By: Henry Lazenby     21st December 2012 Canadian grain handler Richardson International said on Thursday it has received approval from Canada's Competition Bureau for its C$800-million purchase of some country elevators, port grain-terminal space and processing plants from Glencore International. Privately held Richardson said it... 

Viterra opens up for bidding war, shares jump

By: Reuters     16th March 2012 Canada's largest grain handler, Viterra, said on Thursday it has opened its books to potential buyers, setting the stage for a possible bidding war and sending its shares 10 percent higher. Viterra said it has established a process for considering expressions of interest, including... 

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