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 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.

CanAlaska hits high-grade uranium at West McArthur

Drills turning at CanAlaska Uranium's (TSXV:CVV) West McArthur project in Saskatchewan, Canada, have started to bear fruit.

Macquarie says iron ore, coal prices to remain strong into 2018

Prices for iron ore and coking coal, the two key ingredients for steelmaking, are set to remain buoyant for the remainder of the year, Macquarie Bank predicted in a recent report.

UK coal use drops to 135-year low

Once the engine of the Industrial Revolution rooted in the UK, coal is now less popular than ever as an electricity source.

Tremor kills 2 at Harmony Gold mine

Two miners have been killed in an underground mine collapse in South Africa caused by an earth tremor.

Kingsgate jumps 49% after Thai gold mine suspension lifted

Investors in Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd. (ASX:KCN) were allowed to gasp for air on Friday after being underwater on the stock due to problems with its mine in Thailand.

High-grade rare earths confirmed at Burundi prospect

Total in-situ are earth oxides are estimated to be in the range of 47 to 67%.

Ancient coins show how empire shifted from Carthage to Rome

A study of Roman coins has shown how the defeat of Hannibal and the Carthaginian empire led to coinage spreading across the Roman Empire from silver mines in Spain.

Trials set for men charged in killing of former Patriot Coal CEO

The two men accused of murdering Bennett Hartfield, the former president and CEO of Patriot Coal, are heading to trial in the next two months.

Lucara considering partnership to sell 1,000+ carat rough diamond

The company that unearthed the world's second-largest diamond but has so far failed to sell it, is mulling a partnership to sell the giant stone if a buyers is not found within the next six to eight weeks.

Teck and union reach agreement at Highland Valley

The threat of a strike at one of British Columbia's biggest mines is no longer hanging over employees and management.

Goldcorp closing 107-year-old Dome mine

It's the end of an era for one of Canada's oldest and most prolific gold mines.

NGO brings out legal gold from the Congo

Partnership Africa Canada says the gold was one of the first legal gold purchases from the DRC.

Mining jobs in Canada to go begging: MiHR report

A torrent of retirements over the next 10 years is poised to wreak havoc on the mining labour market in Canada.

Six contractors die at illegal gold mine in Colombia

An explosion at an illegal gold mine in Colombia has killed six security contractors who were working for Continental Gold (TSX:CNL).

Forest fires force temporary closure of two BC mines

A hot and dry summer in British Columbia has set forests aflame, and last week the effects of Mother Nature were felt by two prominent BC mines.

Junior shakeup in the White Gold District

The White Gold District in the Canadian Yukon territory is continuing to see movement, this time among junior gold explorers hoping to grab a piece of the action.

Glencore bets on copper with $21M investment in Brazilian producer

Glencore (LON:GLEN) has placed a multi-million-dollar bet on copper by investing just over US$21 million (GBP 16.16 million) into Brazilian copper producer Paranapanema (PMA).

Glencore tackles difficult subject through new charity

Mining is often described as a dangerous profession, but lurking behind the physical injuries, suicide has become a disturbing trend particularly in Australia.

Goldcorp ruffles First Nations over Coffee assessment

Company reduced waste rock dumps in response to concerns over water quality

Bloom Lake Mine gets US$180M loan

The cash keeps pouring in to Champion Iron (TSX:CIA) and its subsidiary, Quebec Iron Ore (QIO).

India imports more gold in H1 than all of 2016

Physical demand for gold has been surging in India since January.

Ross Beaty awarded Order of Canada

Mining magnate and philanthropist Ross Beaty joins other prominent Canadians in being among those awarded membership in the 2017 Order of Canada.

Explosion at Norilsk Nickel mine kills four

Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel.