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. She holds a Master of Journalism (MJ) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

De Beers, Botswana seek fresh expansion of world's richest diamond mine

Debswana, the joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana’s government, is seeking permission to deepen the Jwaneng mine to 830 meters.

Future of $700-million Michigan potash project in regulators hands

Michigan Potash Co. is closer than ever to start building a potash mine in the state.

Solar power drew $161 billion in 2017, more than any other technology

Solar made up 57% of last year's total for all renewables (excluding large hydro) of $279.8 billion. It also towered above new investment in coal and gas generation capacity, estimated at $103 billion.

World’s top miner BHP quits global coal group over climate stance

The miner is withdrawing from the World Coal Association over a clash of views on how to fight climate change, with BHP saying it’ll reap little benefit from staying on as a member.

Teck ups stake in Chile Quebrada Blanca copper mine in $162.5m deal

Company now owns 90% of Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca, which main asset is the namesake copper project in Northern Chile.

Miners, commodities hit as US-China trade war heats up

Mining companies saw its shares plummet along with metal prices on Wednesday as China announced additional tariffs on US products, a move experts say is likely to heighten global concerns of a tit-for-tat trade war between the world's biggest economies.

Eldorado scores key win in row with Greece over projects

Ruling rejects the Greek State's motion that Eldorado's technical study for a metallurgy plant in the country’s Stratoni Valley, was in breach of any agreements between the parts.

Murray & Roberts scores $313 million worth of new mining projects

South African engineering and construction group, currently subject of a takeover bid from Germany’s ATON, said projects were located in sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Australasia.

Next phase at one Australia’s largest copper-gold projects gets OK’d

Permit allows Oz Minerals to start phase two of construction at Carrapateena copper-gold project, in South Australia, this month.

Randgold Resources Tongon mine in Ivory Coast hit by strike

Recurrent industrial action by the workforce of a subcontractor it's jeopardizing Tongon's 290,000-ounce production forecast.

Codelco CEO to stay on after Chile’s new Gov’t reshuffles management

Nelson Pizarro, who took the post in 2014, has played a critical role in the drive to reduce spending and force a reduction in costs, while kicking off a major overhaul of Codelco’s aging mines to deal with dwindling ore grades.

Chile’s recent coal phase-out decision claims first victims

French power company Engie SA is closing all of its coal-fired power plants in the country. It plans to replace the capacity with renewable energy.

Exploration spending in Canada’s poorest regions keeps sliding

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut, two of the three regions with the lowest income per capita, will see exploration investment to drop again in 2018, Natural Resources Canada says.

Miners ask Congo to introduce sliding royalty scale

The proposal, signed by companies responsible for 85% of the DRC's copper, cobalt and gold output, suggest that sliding royalties will give the government a higher share of revenues.

Canada’s Asanko, South Africa’s Gold Fields team up in $203m Ghana JV

Companies are teaming up to develop one of the country’s newest gold mine, the Asanko Gold Mine (AGM).

Kinross closer to making decision on reopening gold mine in Chile

Operations at La Coipa mine, located in in northern Chile, were halted in 2013, when the targeted orebody run out of riches.

DRDGold okays Sibanye-Stillwater $110 million-assets exchange deal

South Africa’s top gold producer has secured a 38% stake in DRDGold in exchange for some of its assets, which boosts the mid-tier gold miner’s reserves by 91% to 5.7 million ounces.

Rio Tinto fully out of coal sector with $2.25bn Kestrel mine sale

Company has agreed to sell its 80% stake in the Kestrel mine to a consortium comprising of private equity manager EMR Capital and Indonesian coal company Adaro Energy.

Copper Mountain gains approval for $71m acquisition of Altona

The combination of the two companies will result in a mid-sized copper miner, with an expected annual production of about 73,000 tonnes of the metal.

Vedanta shuts protests-ridden copper smelter in India for 15 days

The maintenance activity, originally scheduled for April, comes amid media reports that thousands had taken to the streets and shut shops in Thootukudi to protest against the expansion of the smelter.

Lundin closes $400-million financing to complete Ecuador gold project

Lundin has been developing Fruta del Norte for over a year, following an agreement with Ecuador’s government allowing the miner to move ahead with the gold project, the country's biggest.

Hecla Mining sues Montana after told to clean up before starting new projects

The state’s "bad actor" law has only been used once before, and Hecla’s president and chief executive officer, Phillips Baker is the first top executive at a large company to be scrutinized under it.

SolGold on a roll, confirms major copper-gold target at Ecuador project

Results from 11 of the 12 drilling rigs at its 85%-owned Cascabel copper-gold project, suggest there is much more intense mineralization in the property than thought earlier, the company said.

Condor Gold raises £2.5 million as 2017 loss narrows

The Nicaragua-focused miner has not generated any revenue in the past two years, but narrowed pre-tax loss to £3 million in 2017 from £7.7 million a year earlier.

Companies now looking for electric battery metals in the garbage

Soaring cobalt and lithium prices are pushing some companies to dig for them in the recycle bin, which some believe could be even more profitable than mining them.