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Mining Weekly 08/06/2020 03:06
Peabody Energy reported its biggest loss ever after writing down more than half the value of its North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming. The largest US coal producer took a $1.42-billion impairment charge on the sprawling surface operation, leading to a second-quarter net loss of $1.54-billion, according to a statement Wednesday. North Antelope is the biggest coal mine in the US, accounting for about 12% of US production last year.
Mining Weekly 08/06/2020 03:06
Notwithstanding its cash-generative business and secure liquidity positions, the board of Glencore has concluded that it would be inappropriate to make a distribution to shareholders in 2020, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. Instead the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company stated in its half-year report that it would be prioritising the acceleration of net debt reduction to within its target range of $16-billion, which was currently expected to occur by the end of 2020.
Mining Weekly 08/06/2020 02:37
A key water license for the Prieska copper/zinc project, in South Africa, has been granted. Project developer Orion Minerals on Thursday said that the 20-year water use license was granted by the National Department of Water and Sanitation, and includes permission for mine de-watering to proceed, as well as wet tailing sand wastewater storage and management, and to use water for mixing mine waste for void back-filling.
Mining Weekly 08/06/2020 02:37
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Thursday said that the newly released Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management would help support the safe management of tailings facilities around the world. The International Council on Mining and Minerals and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched global standards for the safe management of mine tailings, laying out a set of industry protocols.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 11:37
The London Bullion Market Association’s (LBMA’s) gold price hit an all-time record high at $2 034.45/oz on August 5 – representing the first time in its more than 100-year history, that the London price of gold has exceeded $2 000 a troy ounce. The new record price continues gold’s rapid rise from the metal’s opening price on January 2 at $1 520.55/oz.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 10:38
The interest in platinum group metals (PGMs) is high at the moment, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) research director Trevor Raymond said on Wednesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly from London in a Zoom interview, Raymond said: “As you know, the WPIC doesn’t forecast price but one of our important roles is to make sure that people are aware of platinum as an investment asset and secondly, that they’re able to take a view on price, and that view is probably governed by three dominant features at the moment. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.)
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 10:06
The Global Tailings Review (GTR) on August 5 launched the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, which aims to ensure tailings dam failures are a thing of the past. The GTR was co-convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), in response to the catastrophic failure of a tailings facility at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, Brazil, in January 2019.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 09:37
A landmark decision by the Water Tribunal confirms that water licensing authorities must consider the impacts of climate change when deciding whether or not to grant water use licences for new coal-fired power stations. In a decision handed down on July 21, the tribunal upheld an appeal to set aside the two water use licences granted by the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS) to Acwa Power for the development of a new coal-fired power station, Khanyisa.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 07:07
South Africa's diamond industry, famed for sales the world over and supplying gems for the British crown jewels, is looking closer to home to revive its fortunes following the coronavirus slump. Even before the new virus triggered the Covid-19 pandemic, diamond prices and demand were weak. Global economic weakness has exaggerated that and Anglo American's De Beers unit last week reported a plunge in earnings.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 06:37
Shareholder activism organisation Just Share has described the ‘Climate Related Financial Disclosures’ report published by Investec in May as having set a new benchmark for South African banks in climate-risk disclosure. The Just Share analysis has been released ahead of Investec’s August 8 annual general meeting, at which shareholders will vote on a climate resolution that, if approved, will authorise the directors to continue with the group’s commitment to carbon neutrality and to report yearly on progress made on climate-related exposures.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 06:08
Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter on Tuesday to oppose a mining project in southwestern Alaska that his father’s administration has previously supported. Trump Jr. said he "100%" agreed with Vice President Mike Pence’s former chief-of-staff Nick Ayers in opposing the Pebble mine, which has known deposits of copper, gold and other metals, saying that the nearby Bristol Bay and surrounding fishery are "too unique and fragile to take any chances with". Less than two weeks ago the mine secured a final environmental impact review from the Army Corps of Engineers, boosting the prospects that Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals could be on track for approval.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 04:36
Peru, a top global metals exporter, saw its output of copper, gold and zinc nosedive in the first half of 2020, ravaged by restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the government said on Tuesday. The world's No. 2 copper producer said production of the red metal plunged 20.4% in the first half of 2020 versus the same period in 2019. Gold production also fell 34.7% in the first six months of the year, while zinc output dropped off 23.7%, the country's Energy and Mines ministry said in a statement.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 03:37
Gold’s scorching rally gathered more force, with prices driven higher into record territory above $2 000/oz as investors assessed prospects of more stimulus to combat the pandemic’s fallout, another slide in US real yields and increased geopolitical risks. Bullion is up more than 30% this year, and could extend gains as governments and central banks respond to slowing growth with vast amounts of support.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 02:37
A scoping study for the eight-million tonne a year Etango uranium project, in Namibia, has shown that the project would have a mine life of some 14 years. Owner Bannerman Resources on Wednesday reported that the scoping study estimated a life-of-mine production of some 51.5-million pounds of uranium oxide, with average annual production of 3.5-million pounds.
Mining Weekly 08/05/2020 01:07
Rare earths miner Lynas on Wednesday said that it was hoping to start the development of its permanent deposit facility (PDF), in Malaysia, by early 2021. The company has welcomed comments from the Malaysian government that the Atomic Energy Licensing Board had approved the proposed site for the PDF for water leach purification (WLP) residue, subject to the completion of relevant studies and final regulatory approvals.
Mining Weekly 08/04/2020 11:07
High-flying platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is going into the second half of this Covid-hit year well-positioned with stockpile, upper group two (UG2), lower capital and gold-streaming tailwinds. RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri told a half-year results presentation highlighted by sky-rocketed earnings and flowing cash that both the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine (BRPM) and ramping-up Styldrift operation delivered strong performances and go into the second half with 172 000 t already on surface, made up primarily of Merenksy reef from Styldrift. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.)
Mining Weekly 08/04/2020 10:07
Mid-tier copper miner Taseko Mines expects to tick a major permitting box for its Florence Copper project, in the US, this week. The company says it has been informed that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQO) will issue the draft aquifer protection permit (APP) for the Florence commercial production facility on Thursday. The APP is one of two key permits required to advance the project to commercial production.
Mining Weekly 08/04/2020 08:37
Democratic Republic of Congo is suspending the value-added tax (VAT) exemption on imports by mining companies in an effort to bolster state revenue, the budget minister said. Jean-Baudouin Mayo told the finance minister to implement the government's decision to suspend the exemption after cabinet agreed the move last week, according to a letter dated July 31 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday,. Congo, Africa's top copper producer, had exempted mining companies from paying VAT on imports since 2016 to help them during a commodity price downturn.

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