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.

Hong Kong taking on Singapore for iron ore trading dominance

Last week Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing started trading iron ore futures.

Zsa Zsa Gabor's diamond necklace could fetch up to $1.5 million

A diamond necklace owned by the late actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is expected to sell for between $1.2 and $1.5 million at auction.

Northern Quebec iron ore mine to re-open by March

The Bloom Lake mine in northern Quebec will be back in business by March of next year, according to its new owners.

Washington State company trying to revive shuttered coal mine

A Washington State company is trying to resist the wave of U.S. coal mine and coal plant closures by re-opening the John Henry Mine in King County.

Second large diamond in a year unearthed in Sierra Leone

Another huge diamond has been released from the Earth's clutches following an astounding discovery in the West African country earlier this year.

India's only copper miner plans to nearly triple production at largest mine

Hindustan Copper is making moves to expand its production and operations in India where the company has a monopoly on copper mining.

Land use conflict suspends Buenaventura's silver mine in Peru

Production at Buenaventura's Uchucchacua (NYSE:BVN) silver-lead-zinc mine in Peru has been disrupted since Tuesday due to a dispute with the Oyon, an Andean people.

New Century raises $53M to restart mothballed zinc mine

The Century zinc mine in Queensland could be churning out ore again thanks to a $52.9 million private placement raised by owner New Century Resources (ASX:NCZ).

Forest Service okays first step to develop new Hecla mine in Montana

Hecla Mining's (NYSE:HL) proposed Rock Creek mine in northwestern Montana has received a boost from a recent federal government decision.

Rick Perry suggests proposal to force utilities to pay more for non-renewables

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has come up with a controversial plan to slow the closure of coal-powered fire plants, under the guise of stabilizing the power grid.

China imported record iron ore in September as steel output curbs start to bite

The amount of iron ore shipped to China surpassed 100 million tonnes for the first time in September.

Hedge fund sues Barclays Bank for £650M over alleged copper market rigging

Red Kite, the largest metals hedge fund in the world run by UK Conservative Party donor Michael Farmer, is alleging that Barclays Bank attempted to rig the copper market through insider dealings with the London Metal Exchange.

Cenovus sells Palliser oilfield for $1.3 billion

Cenovus Energy (TSX, NYSE:CVE) last week unloaded another key asset.

Aussie copper explorer vaults 33% after selling key project

Investors in Queensland Mining (ASX:QMN) got an unexpected surprise Monday morning after the company announced Friday it was selling its White Range copper, gold and cobalt project.

VW lowballs cobalt producers, fails to secure supply for EVs

In one of the clearest signs of a tight cobalt market, Volkswagen has failed to secure a long-term supply of cobalt used in electrical vehicle batteries.

Canadian magnesium explorer gains nearly 1,000% on asset sale

Investors in a Calgary-based junior will no doubt be clinking wine glasses and giving some extra thanks this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

New program in Queensland aims to attract 3,000 new mining jobs

The Queensland Government is getting behind a pilot program that, together with an industry group, is hoping to bring thousands of mining equipment and services positions to the Bowen Basin within the next decade.

Chinese companies to build 700 coal plants in and outside China

Of all the new coal generation expected to go online over the next decade, Chinese companies will build nearly half of it.

Australians protest Carmichael coal mine in 'national day of action'

Australians opposed to the Adani Group's Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland expressed their displeasure at the project on Saturday.

400 workers laid off as Bokoni prepares for closure

Toronto-based Atlatsa Resources (TSXV:ATL) has made good on its stated intention to shut its Bokoni platinum mine in Limpopo province, South Africa.

Chinese EV market nearing 2% penetration

Plug-in-vehicle market in China surges to a record 1.8% of total passenger vehicle sales.

PEA shows 22-year life for B.C. copper-gold-moly mine

A preliminary economic assessment for a mine on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is showing promising economics - despite being in a jurisdiction challenging to build mines.

UK Labour leader says he'll invest in former mining towns and steel industry

Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour Party came second in the 2017 UK general election, has reached out to communities hit hard by the downtown in the coal and steel industries.

New WA nickel mine hoping to cash in on battery demand

A new nickel mine that just opened in Western Australia is pinning its hopes on the use of nickel in electric vehicle batteries.

PEA extends Ekati minelife by 7 years to 2042

A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Ekati mine in Canada's Northwest Territories has the iconic diamond operation staying open seven more years.