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.

Congo miners buying cobalt from artisanal operators to balance market

Experts say that, when done correctly, artisanal mining can be an ethical source of low-cost, high-grade cobalt and a key mechanism in keeping the market balanced during times of supply shortage.

Vale to approve $1B expansion of Salobo copper mine in Brazil — report

The project, known as the Salobo 3, is expected to add about 50,000 tonnes to the open-pit mine’s current capacity of 200,000 tonnes of copper per year

Anson Resources produces first lithium hydroxide from Utah project

With this development, the Australian miner has now produced both lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide from Paradox, its flagship project.

Axiom soars on near supply deal for Isabel nickel mine in Solomon Islands

Mining at the project in the Pacific nation will start in December, with ore shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.

BHP and Vale reach final settlement in Brazil over dam failure

The definitive agreement comes almost three years after the incident, which killed 19 people and became the country’s worst ever environmental disaster.

South Africa’s mining industry growth hindered by precious metals performance — PwC

Yet, capital expenditure for the sector recovered from the lowest levels in ten years to reflect a 19% increase.

Lynas presses Malaysian authorities to explain plant review status

The newly-elected coalition government is said to be ready to launch a three-month evaluation of Lynas' rare earths processing plant, which may end with authorities denying the company’s operating license renewal in Sep. 2019.

Ivanhoe Mines soars on third major copper discovery in Congo

The find, named Makoko, was the first of multiple high-potential target areas identified by the company’s exploration team to be tested by drilling.

China won’t renew coal, steel output restrictions amid trade war

This winter, regulators are replacing hard caps on coal use and steel production with less strict targets.

Rio Tinto, Japanese partners to inject $1.55B into Aussie iron ore projects

The company said the investment would enable it to sustain production of its Pilbara Blend brand of iron ore and its Robe Valley lump and fines products.

SolGold loss almost doubles as its goes all in at Ecuador projects

For the 12 months to June, SolGold's pre-tax loss was A$15.3 million, compared to $8.3 million it recorded a year before.

Chinese interested in buying Rio Tinto’s Namibian uranium mine

Talks between the miner and China National Nuclear Corporation were confirmed by the country's energy minister.

Congo-owned Sokimo may hinder transfer of Kibali mine to Barrick

The state miner warned it would "assert its rights" in Barrick Gold's acquisition of Rangold's stake in the Kibali mine, but did not provide details of its plans.

Komatsu to build $285m headquarters in Milwaukee

The planned campus would include about 170,000 square feet of office space, a 20,000-square-foot museum and training building, and 410,000 square feet of manufacturing space

Battery Minerals hits construction milestones at Montepuez project

Company wants to make sure the mine is in production when the demand and price of graphite takes off, as predicted.

Chile greenlights Latin America’s largest desalination plant

The ENAPAC project is meant to serve mainly the mining industry, which is very active in Chile’s dry, but copper and lithium-rich north.

Freeport, Rio formally yield control of giant Grasberg mine to Indonesia

Agreements give a majority stake in the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine to a local state-owned firm, becoming the country’s biggest divestment by a foreign resources company.

Trevali’s Santander zinc mine in Peru hit by blockade

The illegal action saw a group of locals spend seven days blocking the only access to the mine in protest for what they call “repetitive abuse” to community members and increasing pollution of their land and only water source.

Canada’s Maxtech Ventures to expand footprint in Brazil with manganese JV

The Vancouver-based miner said it has signed a non-exclusive letter of interest to form a JV with an undisclosed local company on claims where manganese mineralization has been proven.

First Quantum, Panama Gov’t study ruling that casts doubts on giant copper mine

The country' Supreme Court ruled Monday that Law 9, used to grant the mining concession for Cobre Panama copper project, was unconstitutional.

Anglo American becomes latest top miner to land in Ecuador

Deal with Luminex gives Anglo the right to earn a 60% ownership interest in a JV company, which indirectly holds three copper and gold concessions in Ecuador.

Christie’s to auction largest, finest pink diamond in its history

The top item at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale in November will be The Pink Legacy, an 18.96-carat fancy vivid pink diamond expected to fetch up to $50 million.

Glencore to double size of $1B share buyback program

Moves follows a growing number of world’s top miners returning more money to investors this year.

Lynas shares collapse on rumours of review in Malaysia

Malaysian media reported the newly-elected coalition government will shortly begin a three month evaluation of the company's rare earths processing operations in the province of Kuantan.

Barrick to buy Randgold for $18.3B forming giant global gold miner

The new Barrick, which will be listed in New York and Toronto, will own five of the world's 10 lowest cost gold mines and will be the world's top bullion producer by both value and output.