Andrew Topf

Andrew Topf is an editor at MINING.com. With a background in newspaper and trade magazine reporting, Andrew specializes in writing about mining and commodities. He has written for the Black Press newspaper chain in British Columbia, Business in Vancouver, and Baum Publications.

Agnico Eagle looking at hovercrafts to explore Meadowbank

The owner of Canada's coldest mine is hoping to reach another milestone with an unusual piece of exploration equipment.

China won't buy any more North Korean coal this year

The economic noose is being tightened around North Korea's neck after the pariah regime ignored a United Nations resolution by testing a missile last week.

Customer-centric innovation model a big win for mining truck supplier

With material haulage comprising roughly 50% of a mining operation's costs, it's not a shock to learn that tire replacement is an expensive endeavour.

In-pit crushing and conveying systems changing the way ore is moved

A successful haulage system can make the difference between a mine that is consistently profitable and one that is struggling to meet its marginal costs.

Russian-born billionaire has US rare earths mine in his sights

It's the kind of announcement that will raise hackles among U.S. nationalists and especially those concerned about the loss of control of America's strategic mineral resources.

Another large diamond dug from Lulo

Big, valuable gemstones that may eventually get cut into smaller diamonds keep getting discovered in Angola.

Glencore buys stakes in Mutanda and Katanga mines valued at $960m

Glencore is upping its presence in the African mining landscape through the purchase of stakes in two mines it already partially owns.

Australia's $5 billion bet on clean coal

The Australian government has opened the door to using a $5 billion fund designed to attract investment in northern Australia, to develop clean-coal projects.

Finland inks $266 million deal to revitalize Europe's largest nickel mine 

A large but troubled nickel mine in Finland may be back on the road to profitability thanks to a recent deal that saw commodities trader Trafigura take a 15.5 percent stake.

Billion-dollar Alberta coal company goes bankrupt

A coal company in west-central Alberta that in 2011 sold for $1-billion is bankrupt, killing hopes that its mine might re-open in the first quarter.

Four dead after armed robbers storm DRC gold mine

An armed attack on the Twanziga gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Tuesday has resulted in four casualties.

Cereal box-sized spacecraft could sample asteroids for mining potential

It may not be necessary to fire a billion-dollar spacecraft into orbit in order to find out the potential of mining asteroids.

Ontario diamond mine expansion shelved, casting uncertainty over Victor

Weeks after making the difficult decision to flood Snap Lake, De Beers could be sharpening the axe for more job cuts at a Canadian diamond operation.

Taseko heads to court to try resurrecting New Prosperity 

Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) is not giving up on its plan to build a large copper-gold mine in north-central British Columbia, despite two earlier rejections by the Government of Canada.

Nickel hits 3-week high after Philippine mine closures

The price of nickel rose sharply last week as traders placed bets on supply pressures reverberating from a decision by the Philippines to close almost two dozen mines.

Rob McEwen inducted into Canadian Mining Hall of Fame

Legendary mine developer Rob McEwen has been recognized for his accomplishments in Canadian mining through an induction into the hallowed corridors of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

New $5B iron ore mine in the works for WA

Western Australia is poised to sign an agreement with a wealthy New Zealand family whose multi-pronged business empire includes a large, undeveloped iron ore deposit.

Cameco shedding 120 jobs at Canadian operations

Cameco (NYSE:CCJ, TSX:CCO) has inflicted more pain on its payroll as Canada’s largest uranium producer struggles amid a flat market for the nuclear fuel.

Indian state leases land for uranium exploration

As a uranium miner, India isn't in the same league as the world's top producers, but its status could rise if upcoming exploration programs are successful.

Tanker carrying bunker fuel runs aground off Nova Scotia 

A small tanker carrying bunker fuel ran into trouble off the Eastern Canadian coastline, but it appears that a disaster has been averted.

First Quantum dinged $40,000 for sulphuric acid spill at nickel mine 

First Quantum Minerals has been fined $40,000 concerning an incident that occurred at the Ravensthorpe nickel mine in 2014.

Death toll at India coal mine cave-in climbs to 18

The number of casualties from a coal mine accident in India has risen to 18, nearly doubling the 10 found dead soon after the Dec. 29 incident.

De Beers quits search for diamonds in Saskatchewan 

The world's largest diamond company has been exploring for kimberlites north of the decommissioned Cluff Lake uranium mine.

Freeport unloads California onshore oil assets for $592 million 

Freeport-McMorRan (NYSE:FCX) has divested another portion of its substantial oil and gas assets as the number one publicly-held copper producer continues on a path of debt reduction.

At least 12 dead after coal mine collapse in India, Myanmar jade mine landslide

Two separate mining accidents in India and Myanmar have together claimed the lives of a dozen miners, though the death toll may rise as the search for bodies continues.