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BORIC ACID

Orocobre moves ahead with boric acid plant

A prefeasibility study for dual-listed Orocobre’s Olacapato boric acid plant, in Argentina, has delivered positive results. The ASX- and TSX-listed miner reported on Thursday that the 25 000 t/y plant would require a capital investment of...
10th April 2014
 
LITHIUM

Orocobre eyes Aug start at Olaroz

Dual-listed Orocobre on Wednesday said that it was on target to reach commercial lithium carbonate production from the Olaroz project, in Argentina, by the end of August this year. ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre told shareholders that the project...
9th April 2014
 
COPPER

Keeping Las Bambas could pressure Glencore's credit rating-Moody's

A decision by Glencore Xstrata to abandon the sale of it Peruvian copper mine Las Bambas would likely enhance the long-term growth of the mining group, but could put its credit rating under pressure, Moody's Investors Service said. Glencore has...
8th April 2014
 
OIL & GAS

High costs driving petroleum exploration down

Oil and gas explorers were progressively prioritising value over volume, which has led to a change in exploration focus, Wood Mackenzie’s VP for exploration, Andrew Latham, told delegates at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration...
7th April 2014
 
PRECIOUS METALS

Results starting to permeate following Coeur’s step change

In the wake of a change of scenery which saw precious metals miner Coeur Mining last year relocate its head office from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Chicago, Illinois, very little else about the 75-year-old company remained the same, senior VP and...
14th March 2014
 
MINING IN ARGENTINA

Argentinean investors keep eyes on tax, provincial attitudes and union activism

Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama on the Argentina side. Tax, the rise in union activism and a variance in provincial attitudes towards mining are central issues for those investing in Argentina’s mining sector, Holt Abogados partner and Argentinian mining law specialist Florencia Heredia told...
10th March 2014
 
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

New partnership encourages women to consider engineering careers

he University of British Columbia’s (UBC’s) Faculty of Applied Science on the eve of International Women’s Day announced that it would boost the number of women recruited to and enrolled in its engineering programme thanks to a gift from...
8th March 2014
 
Mine Profile

Topia mine, Mexico

A silver/lead/zinc mine, located in the heart of the Topia mining district, in west-central Durango state, Mexico.
7th March 2014
 
MINING SURVEY

Alberta top Canadian jurisdiction in global mining survey, Quebec sinking fast

Alberta remains the most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment in Canada, according to the yearly global survey of mining executives released by Canadian public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. For the second consecutive year,...
4th March 2014
 
Potash

Potash requires moderate approach to pricing – analyst

An employee uses the light from a head torch to illuminate the machine cut walls of a potash mine operated by Uralkali, in Russia Potash producers will have to follow a moderate approach to pricing and could risk choking off demand for the key crop ingredient if they set their sights too quickly on regaining a price level of $400/t to $500/t, says London-based analyst Paul...
28th February 2014
 
GOLD

Yamana Gold swings to Q4 loss

Toronto-based miner Yamana Gold on Tuesday said it had swung to a deep fourth-quarter loss after booking a $535.8-million after-tax impairment charge regarding certain of its exploration and operating properties, caused in part by lower commodity...
19th February 2014
 
PRECIOUS METALS

Coeur Mining lifts precious metals reserves

Chicago-based precious metals miner Coeur Mining this week reported a significant increase in the Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant mineral reserves totaling about 255.4-million ounces of silver and 2.2-million ounces of gold – a...
19th February 2014
 
 
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