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.

Former Chinalco boss sent to prison for 16 years 

A Chinese court has sent a strong message to corporate executives who have been seeing playing fast and loose within the rules of boon-times capitalism in China.

Kumtor good to mine through 2017

Toronto-based Centerra Gold has been granted the necessary permits and approvals for its 2017 mine plan in Kyrgyzstan.

More high-grade uranium found at upcoming producer Canyon Mine

An underground uranium and copper mine in Arizona looks more valuable thanks to new drill results released today.

Norilsk Nickel buys Soviet-era copper concentrate for $1.1 billion

One of Russia's largest mining companies has dropped a stash of roubles on copper concentrate that dates back to the Cold War.

AuRico Metals snaps up prospect generator Kiska Metals for CAD$9.6 million

Aurico Metals (TSX:AMI) has added to its royalty portfolio and flagship B.C. asset through the acquisition of Kiska Metals Corporation (TSXV:KSK).

Big tech companies pledge to keep kids out of cobalt mines

Two separate business groups focused on electronics supply chains have launched initiatives to try to stop children from mining cobalt in the DRC.

Tiny Australian junior gets permit for Greenland's first large new mine 

Ironbark Zinc Limited (ASX:IBG) is developing one of the world's largest lead-zinc deposits.

Stockpools & Kitco put the fun back in investing

The boom and bust mining cycle can be a daunting obstacle for investors new to the world of mining and mineral exploration, but what if a potential investor could play the markets without risking their money?

Cost-saving nanotechnology set to disrupt gold processing industry

Widespread adoption of IXOS could add billions of dollars in profits to an industry that produces about 90 million ounces of gold each year, according to 6th Wave Innovations out of Salt Lake City, which recently launched its molecularly imprinted polymer ion exchange resin.

Revolution-era New York mine could produce hydro power

Electricity produced from the turbines would feed into current solar and wind producers, who lack a source of uninterrupted power,

At least 20 killed in DRC illegal gold mine collapse

Unsafe operating conditions in an unsanctioned gold mine have claimed at least 20 lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vale opens largest iron ore mine in its history

Commercial production starts in January, with a ramp-up to 90 million tonnes per annum by 2020

Taliban says ok for China to develop huge Afghan copper mine 

A promise by the Taliban to safeguard the world's second largest untapped copper deposit is being downplayed by the sitting government of Afghanistan.

Failing to find a buyer, De Beers will flood Snap Lake Mine 

Work on flooding the tunnels of the shuttered diamond mine will start in early January and is expected to take between six and eight weeks.

Thailand's Chatree gold mine closing in 2 weeks 

Over 1,000 Thai miners will be out of a job come January, when the Chatree mining complex shuts its gates.

State of emergency declared in Ecuador after clash at copper mine

A clash between local indigenous peoples and police at a mine in Ecuador has forced a state of emergency.

World's oldest water found in Ontario base metal mine 

Scientists probing the deepest reaches of the Earth to find clues about the origins of life have found something unique: the world's oldest water.

Statoil getting out of oil sands, takes $500 million loss

Statoil ASA, (NYSE:STO) the Norwegian-owned oil and gas major, does not believe it has a future in the Canadian oil sands.

Fed rate hike whacks gold 

The long-anticipated interest rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve has had the predicted impact on gold.

Newmont facing up to $1.2B impairment charge due to upcoming Yanacocha closure 

As every mining company knows, closing a mine can be costly, especially one the size of Newmont's (NYSE:NEM) Yanacocha in Peru.

Rare gem mine expands in Alberta 

KORITE recently broke ground on an expansion that will add 2 million carats of ammolite in 2017.

Lab-made diamond harder than the natural gem

Diamonds' position at the pinnacle of the Mohs scale could be in jeopardy according to recent research by scientists at Australian National University.

Agnico Eagle buys into Yukon's White Gold district 

Canadian gold miner Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX,NYSE:AGM) is grabbing a significant land position in a well-known Yukon gold play that has already yielded two purchases by major gold mining companies.

Canadian Natural sells pipeline stake for half a billion 

One of the largest Canadian oil and gas companies has sold its stake in a major pipeline system linking it and other major oil producers in northern Alberta.

New WA iron mine to start production in H1 2017

A new iron ore facility in Western Australia expects to start mining in early 2017.