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.

New mine in Iran to add 800,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate every year

Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) signed a $1-billion deal with private investors over the weekend to build the mine.

11 Chinese miners die in neighbouring gold mine accidents

Accidents at two neighbouring gold mines claimed the lives of 11 miners working the pits in Henan province on Friday.

Australia okays Mulga Rock uranium mine

Western Australia may soon have a new uranium mine, after the last environmental hurdle was cleared by Vimy Resources (ASX:VMY) to build its Mulga Rock uranium mine.

Vale to mothball century-old Ontario nickel mine

The Stobie mine in Sudbury began in 1890.

Goldcorp partners with IBM to hunt for exploration targets at Red Lake

Goldcorp (NYSE:GG,TSX:G) is teaming up with one of the world's largest computer companies to help if find more gold at its storied Red Lake mine in Ontario.

Scientists show lasers can detect weapons-grade uranium from a distance

Researchers in the United States may have made a breakthrough in the quest to discern between uranium used for power generation and material that is being made into nuclear weapons.

After terrible 2016, Indian gold demand will recover: WGC

According to the World Gold Council, Indian gold demand has bottomed.

Newmont piles into Yukon with USD$39.5 million earn-in agreement

U.S. gold producer Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) has joined the race to develop a new mine in the Canadian Yukon territory.

Centerra Gold, Evolution Mining were lowest-cost gold producers in Q4

The top 19 public gold companies produced gold at a weighted-average cost of US$868/oz.

Britain's CO2 emissions at levels not seen since 1894

Emissions of carbon dioxide from coal fell 50 per cent in 2016 as use of the fossil fuel dropped by 52 per cent, contributing to an overall drop in carbon output of 5.8 per cent last year compared with 2015.

Burkina Faso gold mine to build solar hybrid power plant

IAMGOLD (TSX:IMG) is taking a further step towards diversifying its power needs into renewable energy, with a plan to install at 15-megawatt-peak (MWp) solar power plant at its Essakane mine in Burkina Faso.

Value of mining M&A plunges to lowest level since 2004

While the number of deals made last year increased by a third, it's the low value of the M&A that stands out in EY's latest report.

Pro-development Minnesotans sue Governor over cancelled mine leases

A group of Minnesota residents is suing the state and the Governor over a December decision to revoke mineral leases.

Copper will trend lower this year: Jiangxi boss

The head of China's second-largest copper refiner is sounding a bearish note on the red metal, even as the country is targetting higher economic growth.

Cameco mulling sale of U.S. assets

According to its CEO, Cameco is in the early stages of evaluating the sale of its mines in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Indian iron ore shipments up 169%

The amount of iron ore handled by India's ports has more than doubled in the period between April 2016 and January 2017.

Chinese coal draw-down gathers pace

Coal continues to be the sector in the cross-hairs of Chinese plans to shift its energy mix away from fossil fuels and into cleaner renewables.

Environmental review panel nixes proposed Ajax mine

A prospective copper-gold mine in south-central British Columbia has been handed a setback by local First Nations who oppose the project.

Changes to U.S. coal mining royalties blocked

The Trump administration has made another pro-coal decision, this time relating to how Washington calculates royalties on coal mined from federal and Indian lands.

IOC green-lights new iron ore pit in Labrador

The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) is taking advantage of rocketing iron ore prices by pushing forward with its Wabush 3 iron ore mine in Labrador, Canada.

Sherritt mulling Ambatovy retreat to pop debt balloon

Sherritt's dream of lifting Madagascar out of poverty and making a handsome packet for itself from the proceeds of a huge nickel mine appear to be in jeopardy.

Potash demand destruction likely in India, after gov't hints at subsidy cut

Already reeling from decades-low prices, potash miners are staring at another headwind, this time from India, a major importer of the crop fertilizer ingredient.

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 tire 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.