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.

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.

Freak copper price jump has analysts scratching their heads

The copper price had its best day in a month, but commodity analysts were at a loss to explain why.

Record outflows from gold ETFs as price plumbs 3-week low

It's been a rough set of trading sessions for the yellow metal.

US thermal coal exports targeted by campaigning BC premier

Christy Clark has proposed a ban on the export of U.S. thermal coal from B.C. ports in retaliation for the recent imposition of a 20% duty on Canadian lumber.

ERP Strategic Minerals makes bid to re-open Mountain Pass

The United States' only rare earths mine could be back in business if a bid to purchase the shuttered operation through bankruptcy proceedings is successful.

Despite difficulties, Randgold set to expand Tongon past 4 years

Africa-focused gold producer has confirmed "multiple opportunities for extending the life of the operation beyond the current four-year horizon."

Mount Polley permitted to pipe treated wastewater into Quesnel Lake

Imperial Metals (TSX:III) has been granted a water discharge permit from the B.C. government that will allow the company to flow treated mine wastewater from the Mount Polley mine into Quesnel Lake.

Siberian gold mine collapse kills two

Two gold miners are dead and one is in critical condition after an underground gold mine near the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk partially collapsed.

BREAKING BAD: Rockbreaking equipment does the bull work underground

When it comes to large, unwieldy rocks, mines and quarries deploy rockbreakers, which can be visualized as the big guns that serve as a kind of first assault in the ground war between rock and machine.

Potash junior teams up with Indian conglomerate to build new mine in Saskatchewan

JV company Vanguard Potash Corp would develop a small 250,000 tonnes per annum potash mine, initially.

Alderon offers $1 million for part of Wabush Mines to use as tailings disposal for Kami

Alderon Iron Ore Corp. will purchase assets related to the Scully Mine for the purpose of disposing tailings produced from its flagship Kami project