Cecilia Jamasmie

Cecilia Jamasmie, news editor at MINING.com, has 20 years of experience in print media, TV, online media and public relations. She is particularly interested in Diamonds, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Latin American market. Cecilia has been interviewed by BBC News and CBC among others. She has also been syndicated by Forbes, Seeking Alpha and BIV and been a guest speaker at mining conventions, such as MINExpo 2016 and the World's Copper Conference 2018. She holds a Master of Journalism (MJ) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Columbus Gold to buy 70% stake in Maripa project from IAMGOLD

The project is made up of five contiguous exploration permits and has a historic gold production of around 40,000 ounces of gold, mined between 1985 and 1996.

China's Ganfeng grabs SQM's stake in Argentinean lithium project

The $87.5-million deal is the latest Chinese acquisition of a lithium project in South America, following Tianqi Lithium’s decision to buy 24% of SQM for $4.1 billion, which has not yet been approved by Chile’s antitrust regulator.

Lithium boom unlikely to disrupt potash market — analyst

While lithium and potash are often found in the same deposits and mined together, the increasing number of projects aimed at producing the white metal shouldn’t have an impact in the potash market.

About 1,500 jobs to go at Gold Fields’ South Deep as part of restructuring

The struggling mine, Gold Fields’ only asset left in South Africa, holds the world’s largest gold deposit after Grasberg in Indonesia and accounts for 60% for the company’s mineral reserves.

First Majestic shares hammered after reporting $40 million-loss

It also recorded an impairment charge of $31.7 million, or $20.5 million net of tax, related to placing the La Guitarra mine on care and maintenance.

Auto industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries to grow seven-fold by 2025

The need to store electricity, generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, will also help demand to grow, the Metal Bulletin says.

Codelco goes ahead with scaled-back underground extension of Chuquicamata

The $4.9 billion-investment is part of Codelco’s 10-year, $39 billion overhaul of its core mines.

Killed Russian journalists said to have been working on story involving mining in CAR

They were said to be investigating a private Russian security company operating in CAR as well as Russia’s interests in the local diamond, gold and uranium sectors.

Rio Tinto down despite $7.2bn cash return to investors

Company said first-half profit grew 12% to $4.42 billion, below the $4.53 billion forecast by analysts.

McEwen Mining posts loss on strong investment to grow key assets

The Canadian precious metals miner logged a $10.6-million net loss for the first half of the year following a $49-million investment in its Gold Bar, Black Fox and Los Azules projects during the period.

Glencore’s cobalt output up by almost a third thanks to Congo mines

Glencore is the world’s No. 1 cobalt miner, while Congo is the largest producer of the key component for batteries that power electric vehicles.

Fresnillo soars despite profit drop on Silverstream revaluation

Silverstream valuation had an adverse effect on profit before income tax, which came down 16.6% to $323 million.

De Beers ready to begin South Africa’s Voorspoed mine closure

The failed plan was to find an operator with a lower cost structure or a different mining approach that would be able to take over and extend Voorspoed’s life.

US State Department sees ‘minimum’ impact from Keystone XL new route

The alternate route approved last year by Nebraska regulators is expected to have minor to moderate effects on three of the eight environmental categories the U.S. State Department assessed.

Randgold to revise full-year forecast as readies Tongon mine for restart

As a result of the latest stoppage at the Ivory Coast mine and the time it will take to bring it back on line and at full tilt, Randgold will have to review its 290,000-ounce gold output forecast for the year.

Codelco's Chuquicamata copper mine hit by strike, blockage

Workers have downed tools and blocked access to the mine in protest of the "unjustified layoff" of two colleagues.

Caterpillar says tariffs will wipe out up to $200M

Demand for mining as well as oil and gas equipment is so strong that the company said it was taking orders for delivery well into 2019.

BHP final pay offer to Escondida workers falls short of union demands

BHP has offer workers a signing on bonus of $27,000, up from an earlier offer of $23,000, plus a 1.5% salary increase, but still well under the bonus up to $43,000 and 5% increase demanded by Escondida’s union.

Wheaton closes streaming deal with gold miner Sibanye

The Canadian streaming firm has bought all of Stillwater's gold production for the life of the mine and, initially, also 4.5% of its total palladium output.

Kibali gold mine aims at record output after underground ramp-up

DRC's Kibali is moving from underground mining by contractors to owner-mining, as has already happened at the company’s Loulo mines in Mali.

Antofagasta copper output up in Q2 despite Los Pelambres pipeline issue

Production in the second-quarter of the year jumped 6.1% to 163,200 tonnes, as higher output at its Centinela and Antucoya mines mitigated declines at Los Pelambres and Zaldívar.

Tianqi goes ahead with $382-million Greenbushes lithium mine expansion

The expansion, on top of a $238 million upgrade due for completion in April, will double the mine’s production to 1.95 million tonnes a year of lithium concentrate a year from 2020.

Chile’s copper agency said US-China trade war to hit metal price

The ongoing trade war between the United States and China has forced the Chilean Copper Commission (Cochilco) to revise downwards its average copper price prediction by $0.06 per pound to $3.

Ecuador mining reforms good news for Lumina Gold’s project

Companies can now perform non-systematic drilling during the early exploration phase of their mining concessions and without requiring an environmental license.

Canada scaring mining investors with long, unclear permit processes

Study released Tuesday by the Fraser Institute, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are the three main provinces where exploration permit processes have grown longer and less transparent over the past 10 years.