BASE METAL Mining News

Barrick, Goldcorp holding breath as Canadian court poised to decide El Morro ownership

The two largest gold companies are bracing for a Canadian court's decision on who owns the massive El Morro copper-gold deposit in Chile.

You want ice with that? Centerra dives 18% after saying waste and ice will cut Kumtor production by 200,000 oz

Centerra Gold said labour strikes last month worsened the extent of the ice and waste flows and that it now can't access the high grade zone at its massive mine in Kyrgyzstan.

Entree Gold upgrades and expands resources at Ann Mason

"With over 5 billion pounds of copper estimated at the indicated level and another 3.5 billion pounds estimated at the inferred level, Ann Mason should now be recognized as a significant deposit in one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world."

Riding the graphite bull

Chris Berry, founder of Mountain Partners asset management company, provided an interesting summary of the graphite space while speaking at the recent Graphite Express Conference in Vancouver.

Copper Mountain Announces 2011 Year End Results

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSX: CUM) (the "Company" or "Copper Mountain") announces production results for the fourth quarter of 2011 from the newly opened Copper Mountain mine located in southern British Columbia.

World's largest coal company muscling in on world's largest metallurgical deposit

"Shenhua is the most competitive bidder for the project given its technology, transport infrastructure, access to the Chinese market and the backing of the Chinese government," Shenhua CEO Ling Wen told reporters.

La Mancha's measured and indicated resources more than double to 4.8 million ounces of gold equivalent

Dominique Delorme, President and CEO of La Mancha, noted: "Having quadrupled our resource base to nearly 5 million ounces of gold equivalent since 2007, it is exciting to see that this appears to only be the beginning, as we are just starting to scratch the potential at our Hassaï property, where nine more VMS targets remain to be explored."

Nickel mining in Philippines: provincial governor to be charged with murder of anti-mining activist

In January last year local radio broadcaster Gerry Ortega, who fought hard for a ban on mining on Palawan was slain and now the Philippines' Department of Justice asked for murder charges to be filed against former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and four others in connection with his death.

OZ loses Romanian copper mine to Canadian company

Canadian company Roman Copper Corp won Monday's bid for Romania's largest copper mine, beating out three competitors including Australian miner OZ Minerals.

Nautilus Minerals shares on the rise after solid year end results

Nautilus Minerals Inc. shares were up almost 24% this morning (TSX:NUS), after the company released solid year end results with, narrowing its full-year loss in 2011 to US$34 million.

Win some lose some: Gold Fields delving deeper into Philippines, suspends drilling in Mali

Nick Holland of CEO Gold Fields said on Monday the company has plonked $63 million on a second gold-copper project in the Philippines. The globe's fourth-largest gold miner also announced it is suspending drilling in Mali, Africa's third largest gold producer following a military coup.

Congolese families take Canadian mining company to the Supreme Court

The Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI), which represents several human rights groups and non-governmental organizations, filed today a last-minute plea at the Supreme Court against Canadian miner Anvil Mining Limited (TSX:AVM), on behalf of the victims of a 2004 massacre in Congo.

Baja Mining urges shareholders: Vote the Gold Proxy

aja Mining Corp. (TSX:BAJ)(OTCQX:BAJFF) today announced that it has filed and is mailing a third and final letter to shareholders regarding the proxy contest initiated by dissident Mount Kellett Master Fund II A L.P. Baja has scheduled a vote to take place at a special meeting of shareholders on April 3, 2012 and urges shareholders to vote the GOLD proxy against Mount Kellett.

Doug Casey: "It's a dead-man-walking economy"

In an interview with Louis James, the inimitable Doug Casey throws cold water on those celebrating the economic recovery.

Arizona’s copper mining challenges

There is no doubt that copper mining is a big business in Arizona, supporting over 62,000 jobs and contributing about $7.5 billion to the state’s GDP. But for Arizona to retain its prominent position in the industry, and indeed for the United States to remain a significant producer of the metal, the way that state legislature and national regulations move forward on land and mining rights will be critical.

Open outcry: Four bidders line up for Romania's state copper mine auction

Romania received four bids for its biggest copper mine, Cupru Min Abrud, and will sell the company in an auction on March 26, the economy ministry said on Friday.

Chile’s mining industry hunts for renewable energy

As oil prices continue to rise, and nations around the world look for ways to weather an energy crisis, Chile is turning to one of its own best renewable resources – solar energy – to supply much needed power.

Glencore-Xstrata merger won't happen this year

EU regulators are stepping up scrutiny of the mooted $90 billion merger of the commodities trader and coal giant and the whole vetting process could take until early 2013. That is if the deal goes ahead at all.

Australian explorer hunts for copper in Andes

The Herald Sun has an interesting feature piece on Chinalco Yunnan Copper Resources, an Australian company with Chinese backing that is partnering with Rio Tinto on three early-stage exploration projects in Chile.

Investors give miners another kicking after China manufacturing shrinks

None of mining's top companies escaped the carnage on Thursday after a survey of manufacturing in China showed activity slowed for a fifth straight month.

Vale inaugurates Brazil's first ferronickel plant in Pará

This month, Vale opened its first nickel operation in Brazil. Onça Puma, in Ourilândia do Norte, southeast Pará, is one of the largest ferronickel production plants in the world. The project, which covers the municipalities of Ourilândia do Norte, Tucumã and Parauapebas, has an annual production capacity of 220,000 tons of ferronickel, containing 53,000 tons of nickel, a highly valued product in the steel industry. Read more

Transforming magnetite circuits with the IsaMillTM

IsaMillsTM have been established for over 15 years in base metal grinding circuits, transforming the operations with their energy efficient grinding action. The technology is now being adopted by the iron ore industry, with the first IsaMillTM being planned for commissioning in early 2011 at Xstrata Copper's Ernest Henry Mine's magnetite project in Queensland. Read more

Ausenco wins C$237 million Gibraltar copper project in Canada

Ausenco has been awarded a Create phase contract to manage the C$237 million expansion of the Gilbraltar copper-molybdenum project in Canada for Taseko Mine. Ausenco’s Minerals & Metals business will manage on an EPCM basis the Gibraltar Development Plan 3 (GDP3) expansion, which will include the construction of a 30,000 t/d concentrator to complement the existing, currently operating, 55,000 t/d facility.

Thresher Industries continues with new materials development

Thresher Industries (PinkSheets: THRR) announced a new metal matrix composite that outperforms traditional aluminum alloy in heat sink applications. The material ThermaLite HS is manufactured using aluminum scrap from traditional billet machined alloy such as aircraft grade 6061 but has added ceramic particulate allowing superior heat transfer capability.

Outotec to deliver copper flash smelting technology to Iran

Outotec has agreed with Tech Talk company of Dubai on the delivery of flash smelting technology for the expansion of National Iranian Copper Industries Company's copper smelter located in Sarcheshmeh, Iran. Outotec's scope of delivery includes the supervision of detail engineering, supply of proprietary equipment as well as installation supervision and training services. The contract value is approximately EUR 61 million.