Vladimir Basov

Vladimir Basov is a contributor for MINING.com. He holds a PhD degree in Mining Engineering from the Moscow State Geological University and MEng in Mining degree from the University of British Columbia. Vladimir has long-term in-depth experience and skills in Mining & Metals being involved in various practical "in-field" engineering activities as well as academic and research projects. Vladimir's analytical articles underpinned by IntelligenceMine's Company and Property database, which is invaluable source of comprehensive and reliable data on Mining & Metals industry.

World's top 10 gold mining companies – 2016

Only three of the world's largest gold producers managed to lift output in 2016 – Barrick loses 600,000 ounces of annual production but slashes costs.

The world’s top 10 highest-grade copper mines

While the copper market is gaining momentum, it is a good time to look at the copper mining champions in terms of copper grade in ore reserves.

These 10 mines have the world's most valuable ore

Readers may be surprised to learn that precious metals mines are well behind two uranium cash cows.

Top 10 mines riding zinc price wave

Zinc is the best performing metal of 2016.

How Saskatchewan remade uranium mining

Recent string of high-grade high-tonnage discoveries reestablishes Saskatchewan as the world’s richest and biggest uranium jurisdiction

Update: World's top 10 gold producers

Combined output topped 30 million ounces in 2015.

World's top 10 rookie gold mines

These high-grade mines will soon start competing with gold mining's industry leaders.

The Chinese scramble to mine Africa

25-fold investment jump in less than a decade. That's how fast China's gaining control over Africa’s mining industry. And Beijing's only pushing harder now. 

True giants of mining: World's top 10 iron ore mines

Number five is a single pit that produces 77 million tonnes of iron ore per year.

Heap Leach: Mining's breakthrough technology

New techniques for tailings treatment and sulfide ore recovery will see low-cost environmentally friendly heap leaching take another giant leap forward.

The world’s highest grade gold mines

Canadian mine takes top honours but Russia and USA dominate the rankings.

The world’s top 10 gold mines

Together these giant gold operations produce more than 10 million ounces per year.

China is burning through its natural resources

China is the globe's top mining country, but its alarming reserves-to-production ratio is forcing domestic miners to hunt for deals in the rest of the world.

Russia took control over 20% of US uranium after Uranium One’s associates made lavish contributions to Clinton Foundation

The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.

How top gold producers margins are being squeezed

In 2014, nine out of top 10 gold producers achieved significant reductions in all-in sustaining production costs, but average cash margin fell victim to bearish gold price.

UPDATED: The world's top 10 gold producers

Number one Barrick Gold's output drops in 2014, but fellow Canadian firm Agnico Eagle adds 30% to production ounces.

Canada’s gold mines are shooting the lights out

Output at Canadian gold mines surged 29% last year, surpassing South Africa for the first time in history. US production dives more than 8%.

More insane pictures of Russian potash mining destruction

Two large cities in Russia's Perm region sit on potash mines worked for the past 70 years that cause sudden surface subsidences and sinkholes 400m across.

Insane pictures of Russian potash mine disaster

Giant sinkhole opens up in between summer cottages near Uralkali's Solikamsk-2 potash mine.

Mining starts at world's second biggest uranium mine

With the announced capacity of 18 million pounds U308 per year, Cigar Lake will only marginally lag behind the world’s biggest uranium mine, the McArthur River in Saskatchewan.

Protests hit second largest uranium mine in Namibia

About 300 workers, including mine staff and contractor employees, picketed at Langer Heinrich Uranium (LHU) mine last Thursday over pay and treatment by their employer.

Areva resumes operations in Niger after suicide bomb attack

Somair is the fourth largest uranium mine worldwide.

Tanzania’s first uranium mine under pressure

Officials claim the start of the project is not clear.

Top 10 oil and gas producing countries in 2012

World oil production rose about 2.5% last year, from 4,019 million tonnes in 2011 to 4,119 million tonnes in 2012.

Road blockade forces Rio Alto to suspend production at its Peruvian mine

Local activists are protesting the Peruvian judicial system, the local district attorney and the state police force.