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.

No signs of the mining boom ending for Australia any time soon: studies

There is no end on sight to the mining boom in Australia, a country which mineral resources sector value is expected to reach $122.6 billion by 2016, growing at an annual average rate of 4.3%, reveals a study published Saturday.

China’s Sino Iron mine in Australia just got $2 billon more expensive

The cost of building China's CITIC Pacific’s first iron ore mine in Australia, Beijing’s largest investment in the Aussie mining sector, has increased to a shocking $8 billion.

Two solar power plants to relieve mining sector’s power needs in Chile

As subsidies for renewable energy are falling in the depressed European economies, which represent the world's largest market for solar technology, manufacturers have started looking to new markets and Chile seems to be the most attractive one.

Freeport to start $4 billion Peru’s copper mine expansion in 2013

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) will start its $4 billion mill expansion at the Cerro Verde copper operation in Peru next year, said CEO Richard Adkerson a conference call to discuss second quarter results published Thursday.

Major Anglo American reshuffle as Amplats CEO walks away

Neville Nicolau, the head of Anglo American’s platinum business is leaving the company, after the South African unit warned its earnings per share for the first half could drop as much as 78%.

Seaway pipeline expansion almost ready: operators‎

Canadian Enbridge and Enterprise Products Partners LP have nearly completed work on the Seaway pipeline to increase its capacity from 150,000 to 400,000 barrels per day.

Colombian coal miners’ strike risks Glencore operation

Following a series of recent protests and other problems affecting mining companies with operations in Colombia, coal workers for the local unit of Glencore International went on strike late Thursday, causing the immediate halt of the company's operations in the country.

De Beers' profit down 53%; Venetia expansion still going ahead

Profit for De Beers, the world's number two diamond producer after Russia's Alrosa, is down 53% for the first half of 2012 affected by worries over consumer demand and shortage of financing for cutters and polishers.

Depressed coal prices force job cuts at Rio Tinto’s mine

Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) is looking to reduce costs at its Australia’s Clermont Coal Mine, in central Queensland's Bowen Basin, driven by falling coal prices.

Argentine glaciers scupper Osisko’s Famatina project

An Argentine court ruled Wednesday in favour of suspending Famatina, a gold exploration project led by Canadian company Osisko (TSX:OSK), until a new ruling outlawing mining near glaciers is applied in the area.

Equity financings for gold companies hit four-year low

Halifax-based Metals Economics Group (MEG) published Thursday its Pipeline Activity Index (PAI), which shows equity financing conditions continue to take their toll, as gold companies were able to raise only $445 million through equity placements in May-June—the lowest two-month total since late 2008.

Credit Suisse boosts mining division by luring Morgan Stanley’s top expert

Credit Suisse announced Wednesday it recruited David Hammond, the well-known mining banker from Morgan Stanley, to head up the mining and metals efforts of the Swiss bank worldwide.

Chile’s Codelco closer to start $12.8 million phase of El Teniente expansion

Chilean state giant Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, submitted Wednesday an environmental permit request to go ahead with its $12.8 million project to maximize the benefit from ore extracted from El Teniente copper mine, the company’s most profitable division. The initiative is part of the $2.2 billion expansion for El Teniente.

Fresnillo gold output record high and miner confident of meeting targets

The world's largest primary silver producer and Mexico's second largest gold producer, Fresnillo PLC reached record gold production levels and says it remains confident that it will meet its gold and silver production targets for 2012.

First Majestic's production in Mexico up 14% in Q2

Vancouver-based First Majestic Silver had a 14% increase in total production at its La Encantada, La Parrilla and San Martin silver mines in Mexico for the second quarter ending June 30 in relation to the same quarter last year.

Goa must clean up mining practices or lose heritage destination

A UK Labour MP has moved an “early day motion” in the House of Commons seeking a debate on mining in the Indian state of Goa, calling upon the British government to urge local authorities to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

Dark period for Caterpillar: downgraded from buy to hold

Global securities and investment banking group Jefferies downgraded Caterpillar from a “buy” to a “hold” rating, with a price target of $85.00, adding to a series of previous reports affecting the company's stock.

Rusoro asks World Bank to arbitrate dispute with Venezuela

Russian-Canadian miner Rusoro Mining, is asking an arm of the World Bank to intercede in a legal dispute with Venezuela after the country nationalized its gold industry, and took over the junior’s investments without compensation.

Unions left out of Newmont's negotiations in Peru

Negotiations among Peruvian authorities, Newmont Mining and the local communities with the intent to end the seven-month conflict over the $5 billion Conga project in the northern region of Cajamarca, are leaving out one key piece: the workers.

How to get rich in outer space: a visual guide

Recent developments show that becoming rich by profiting of the minerals that asteroids, stars and unknown planets have to offer it is closer than ever. Before it is too late, check this infographic on how to profit in the new Space Age.

UK’s imminent sale of uranium producer to bring in billions

British taxpayers could net as much as $4.6 billion with the government’s sale of its stake in nuclear power giant Urenco, a move which aims to solidify the country’s policy to end national ownership of nuclear businesses.

The mining boom in Australia is over, or is it?

This was the year for Australia’s mining boom Martin Ferguson hinted on Monday. The Resources Minister highlighted the end of the high commodity prices era that will force the country’s industry to increase its productivity and develop new technologies in order to remain competitive.

Ecuador to 'make it easier' for mining companies

Mining companies exploring and operating in Ecuador had some good news yesterday as President Rafael Correa said on state-owned radio station, Radio Publica, he might need to make it easier for miners from now on.

South Africa's top mining execs push for higher safety standards

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines said Friday it will set up a special CEO “elimination of fatalities team” in an effort to bring down the number of deaths at the local mines.

Baja Mining only has enough money for Boleo project for two more weeks

The Canadian mining company continues to struggle with cost overruns at its flagship Boleo mine in Mexico, the company has not yet received any funding proposals for the project and only has enough money to run it until August 1.