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.

Low platinum prices push jewellery demand

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend but for budget-conscious ring-bearers, the preferred material might be platinum.

Hostages kidnapped from DRC gold mine released

A kidnapping incident at one of Banro's gold mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been resolved.

Plan to restart Bloom Lake Mine gets $40M boost + offtake

The Bloom Lake Mine's new owner earlier this month announced new cash for upgrades to the shuttered operation and an offtake agreement with a Japanese trading company to receive iron ore for steelmaking if the mine gets back into commercial production.

BELAZ hoping to make inroads into North American mining truck market

Breaking into the North American heavy equipment market isn't easy, especially for offshore companies.

Drilling begins on property adjacent to 125,000-oz Kyrgyzstan gold mine

Initial drilling is designed to intersect an area which was previously drilled in the former Soviet republic between 1970 and 1990.

Kinross sells White Gold District properties for approx. C$60 million

Kinross Gold (TSX:K,NYSE:KGC) has unloaded five of its properties in the Yukon White Gold District to newly formed company White Gold Corp (TSXV:WGO) in a cash and share deal worth around C$60 million.

$16K in gold bullion up for grabs in new stock-picking contest from Stockpools & Kitco

Junior mining investor enthusiasts will be duelling it out for the big money when the next contest by Stockpools and Kitco is launched the first week of June.

Kivalliq picks up Baffin Island gold property previously explored by three majors

Uranium junior Kivalliq Energy (TSXV:KIV) last week expanded its portfolio of projects focused in Nunavut, northern Canada, by acquiring a position in what it says is one of the largest undeveloped greenstone gold belts in Canada, from Commander Resources (TSXV:CMD).

Skyharbour to drill AREVA-backed property this summer

The action is heating up in Saskatchewan's Athabasca Basin with one of the major exploration players in the region, Skyharbour Resources (TSXV:SYH), announcing last week that its option partner Azincourt Uranium (TSXV:AAZ) will be starting a new exploration this summer.

Renamed Joy Global officially launched as Komatsu Mining Corp

Executives, elected officials and hundreds of Milwaukee-area employees today celebrated the official launch of Komatsu Mining Corp.

Gold price in the red after centrist Macron wins French election

Gold is trading slightly down from its Friday spot price close of $1,227.90, as investors digest the outcome of the recently-decided French presidential election.

Deal avoids strike at Collahuasi

A deal between workers and the companies that own the Collahuasi copper mine in northern Chile could mean labour peace at the often-picketed mine for the next three years.

Junior granted mining lease for primary scandium mine; stock rockets 15%

Investors in a small-cap junior focused on the mining of a lesser-known element - scandium - were rewarded on Friday after a favourable decision from the New South Wales government in Australia.

Cameco continues to explore Athabasca Basin through CanAlaska deal

Top Canadian uranium producer Cameco (TSX:CCO) has just signed an agreement with CanAlaska Uranium (TSXV:CVV) to conduct exploratory drilling at the West McArthur uranium project, 15 kilometres from its majority-owned McArthur River uranium mine.

Richmont stock hammered on lower gold production, revenues

Total Q1 gold production reached 29,401 ounces, compared to 32,369 oz in the year-ago quarter.

Lower gold price in rand hurts Sibanye Gold's Q1

A higher South African rand versus the U.S. dollar was to blame for lowering Sibanye Gold's (NYSE:SBGL) net operating profit in the first quarter.

B2Gold has strong start with eye on Fekola for Q3

Mid-tier gold producer B2Gold (TSX:BTO) has had an excellent start to the year, producing more gold at lower costs than expected from its four mines in the Phillippines, Namibia and Nicaragua.

Tahoe gets 15% share flip on record quarterly cash flow

It produced 5.7 million ounces of silver from Escobal, the third largest silver mine in the world – a 17% increase from the previous quarter.

Peruvian Supreme Court rules against Newmont

The Supreme Court of Peru has ruled in favour of a farmer that Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) claimed was illegally occupying land it wanted to develop into the Congo mine.

Lucara disappoints with lower first-quarter revenues

Quarterly revenues were about half of the revenues posted in the year-ago quarter.

Kinross shares jump 10% on Q1 results

Despite producing less gold, Kinross Gold (TSX:K) made more revenue in the first quarter and is proceeding with an aggressive plan that will slash costs and increase production at its Tasiast gold mine in Mauritania.

Pilbara Minerals vaults 30% on Chinese offtake deal

Australian lithium explorer Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) took a big step today towards its goal of becoming a low-cost lithium producer, by completing offtake arrangements for its flagship Pilgangoora project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Iron ore climbs on Chinese restocking

The end of the Labour Day holiday in China saw fresh demand for iron ore and steel, with both commodities rising in tandem today.

PNG autonomous region lifts mining ban, but excludes controversial Panguna

An autonomous region of Papua New Guinea has lifted a ban on mining that has been in place since 1971 - but it will not allow the restart of the controversial Panguna copper mine which has been the source of deadly internal strife.

Sherritt surrenders equity share at Ambatovy to cut $1.4B in debt

Canada-based nickel miner Sherritt (TSX:S) has struck a deal with its partners at the Ambatovy nickel operation in Madagascar, allowing the company to eliminate $1.4 billion in debt.