BHP targets Mount Keith ramp up

Mining News Pro - BHP has set itself to expand production by 40 per cent at its Mount Keith nickel mine in Western Australia, with a new semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill, flotation technology and two new Liebherr excavators.

Minnovare, LiveMine combine for client-driven collaboration

Mining News Pro - Minnovare and LiveMine have partnered to share data across their drill optimisation technologies, streamlining the recording and management of data for their customers.

High metal prices, covid-19 increase miners’ exposure to cyberattacks

Mining News Pro - As metal prices are hovering around all-time highs and mining companies are enjoying some of their best years with exceptional margins – a resilience that is expected to continue through 2021 – Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research published a report highlighting how this scenario increases the importance of cybersecurity defence in the mining industry.

African rare earth projects moving forward despite challenges

Mining News Pro - A recent report by Roskill commends the efforts by a number of African countries to establish a diversified rare earths supply chain but points out that developing projects that satisfy all parties involved comes with several challenges.

Rio Tinto readies to ship trial lithium plant to Serbia

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto Ltd is set to ship a pilot lithium processing plant to Serbia from Melbourne in the coming weeks, the culmination of a decade’s research to catapult the world’s largest iron ore miner into battery minerals.

Piedmont Lithium delays timeline to supply Tesla

Mining News Pro - Piedmont Lithium Inc said on Monday it will delay first shipments of lithium chemicals to electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc and that it does not have a definitive date for when deliveries could begin.

Global copper supply at risk as workers vote to strike

Mining News Pro - A tightening global copper market is facing the real possibility of simultaneous strike disruptions at three mines in Chile, the top producer.

Renault locks in lithium supply from Vulcan Energy in five-year deal

Mining News Pro - German-Australian start-up Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd said on Monday it has signed a deal to supply lithium to Renault SA, the latest move by an electric vehicle maker to lock down supply of the battery metal ahead of a projected surge in demand.

Codelco lifts copper output in boost to tight market

Mining News Pro - Codelco’s sales surged last quarter as the world’s biggest copper supplier ramped up production just as rebounding economies sent prices of the metal to record highs.

Venturex goes underground, changes name

Mining News Pro - Venturex Resources on Monday unveiled a rebrand, with the company’s base metal assets now to be supported by an underground services arm.

Sudan’s official gold output almost doubles as smuggling curbed

Mining News Pro - Sudan’s official gold output nearly doubled in the first half of 2021 as authorities reined in smuggling, a Sudanese Mineral Resources official said, marking a partial success in efforts to salvage the economy.

Primero to process ore for Savannah restart

Mining News Pro - Panoramic Resources has awarded Primero Group with a three-year processing contract at the Savannah nickel mine in Western Australia.

China’s scrap rebalancing act could derail recovery

Mining News Pro - Surging Chinese scrap copper imports that have doubled in the first half of 2021 are displacing to some extent refined cathode, concentrate, anode and blister imports, with analysis by Roskill predicting the situation to worsen and potentially cripple the copper price recovery.

BHP to build solar farms at Nickel West

Mining News Pro - BHP plans to build two solar farms and a battery storage system in partnership with Canada’s TransAlta Renewables to power the Mt. Keith and Leinster nickel mines, part of its Nickel West complex in Western Australia.

​​Civil unrest in South Africa, covid-19 may push cobalt prices up

Mining News Pro - Civil unrest in South Africa, a third wave of covid-19 and supply curbs in the Democratic Republic of Congo may push cobalt prices up to $25 per pound through 2021 from the current average of $23.94 per pound, according to a new report published by Fastmarkets.

Iron ore price craters on Chinese steel output cuts

Mining News Pro - Iron ore prices tumbled on Friday, collapsing under the weight of China’s resolve to reduce steel output in line with its decarbonization drive, and slowing domestic demand for the construction and manufacturing material.

Goldman recapitulates $5 a pound copper price by end of 2021

Mining News Pro - In a new research note, Goldman Sachs says the copper price is “poised for the next leg higher” as short term headwinds fade and fundamentals point to a significant demand boost further out.

Sibanye advances battery metals strategy with acquisition of French nickel refinery

Mining News Pro - Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has taken the next step in expanding its footprint in the battery metals sector by entering into an exclusive put option agreement with French mining group Eramet to acquire the Sandouville nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility, in France, for €65-million.

BHP charges up Nickel West with clean energy

Mining News Pro - BHP plans to install two solar farms and a battery storage system to power the Mt Keith and Leinster mines at its Nickel West operations in Western Australia.

TasRail shiploader contract critical for resource industry

Mining News Pro - TasRail is finalising negotiations with Tasmanian company COVA Haywards to design and construct its new bulk minerals shiploader at the Burnie Port to boost productivity in the state’s mining industry.

Rio’s lithium project will test mining’s ESG credentials

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto’s decision to invest $2.4 billion in developing the Jadar lithium mine in Serbia is big news.

First Quantum shelves stake sale for Zambia copper mines

Mining News Pro - Canadian copper miner First Quantum Minerals has shelved plans to sell a stake in its Zambian copper mines, COO Tristan Pascall said on Wednesday.

Pilbara Minerals continues million-tonne mission

Mining News Pro - Pilbara Minerals is closer to upgrading its Pilgan plant at the Pilgangoora lithium project in Western Australia, with surging sales and shipments supporting the project.

Fortescue builds Iron Bridge with SIMPEC

Mining News Pro - SIMPEC has won a $145 million major construction contract for a wet processing plant at Fortescue Metals Group’s Iron Bridge magnetite project in Western Australia.

Chile regulator files charges against Canada's Lundin over blasting

Mining News Pro - Chile's environmental regulator said on Tuesday that it had filed charges against Canadian miner Lundin's Candelaria copper mine for breaches in its operational permits, including violations related to its blasting operations.

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