Canada Mining News

Aurizon Mines gross profit up 45%

Aurizon Mines reported gross profits of $29.1 million in the second quarter, a 45% increase from the same period last year, while net profit was up 17%. Chief executive David Hall credited stronger cash flows due to better performance from the Casa Berardi mine in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada, where the company is deepening the shaft and conducting the largest exploration program in Aurizon's history. Aurizon produced 41,418 ounces of gold in Q2, an 8% increase from the same period last year, at cash costs of US$544/oz. Image of Aurizon Mines' Joanna project

Canadian Major Mining Company Executive Compensation

With everything related to mining and the economy in general seemingly falling–except the price of gold—let us delay a little and bask in the heady news of what Canadian major mining company executives take home—and presumably spend to keep the economy buoyant.   These following numbers are from the CostMine 2011 Survey Results of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.

Losing our cool in the summer

Predictability is a long-sought but elusive state in the modern economy. It seems particularly elusive at the moment. Unusual uncertainty and volatility are delaying the global economy’s healing process. Listen to the the podcast from Peter Hall, VP and Chief Economist with Export Development Canada.

Gold tumbles to $1,740 while stock markets bounce back strongly

Gold traders saw the precious metal lose over $60 in value today after gold dipped below $1,740 in afternoon trading. Yesteray gold broke through $1,800/oz. While gold was down, markets were up on strong corporate earnings and good U.S. job's data. The Dow Jones was up 5.16% and the S&P 500 was up 5.76%. The Canadian markets were up modestly. The resource-heavy S&P TSX rose 2.16%.

Odds against oil sands projects rapidly stacking up

Recent developments are rapidly stacking the odds against Alberta oil sands: the oil price has fallen 20% in one month, the gap between US crude and world prices hit a record on Wednesday above $24, the premium syncrude enjoyed in recent months is melting away and Canadian heavy oil's discount to US crude has widened to $15. The question now is how many of the $100 billion of oil sands projects in various stages of development will be completed or run at a profit when Canadian crude only attracts $60-$70 a barrel and could go lower. Sky-rocketing labour and equipment costs and a rising loonie could well turn out to be the proverbial last straw.

BCMJV bags EPCM contract for Canadian mine

British Columbia Mining Joint Venture (BCMJV) has reached a final agreement with Terrane Metals to provide mining services at Mt. Milligan copper-gold project in Canada.

Bre-X defence lawyer faces disciplinary hearing

The lawyer who acquitted the geologist at the centre of the Bre-X scandal is facing a disciplinary hearing in Toronto for his conduct during the trial, which happened a decade ago. The Law Society of Upper Canada accuses Joe Groia of professional conduct for "incivility" during the trial, The Globe and Mail reported on Thursday: Mr. Groia, 56, criticized in previous court judgments for using “petulant invective” and “guerillia theatre” in the Bre-X trial, faces anything from a reprimand to the revocation of his licence if a three-member Law Society panel finds he violated the profession's rules.

Passport Potash Inc.: rights plan proposed

Passport Potash announces it has scheduled its annual and special general meeting for August 25, 2011. At the meeting, the Company is seeking shareholder approval for a shareholder rights plan. The Board has proposed the adoption of the Rights Plan between the Company and Computershare Trust Company of Canada ("Computershare Trust"), as Rights Agent. The Board's objective in adopting the Rights Plan is to ensure the fair treatment of shareholders in connection with any take-over bid for the Company's common shares.

Timmins Gold reports first quarter production results

Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM) is pleased to report preliminary production results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2011. The Company sold 17,965 gold ounces during the quarter. This represents a 59% increase in gold sales over the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The Company produced 16,676 gold ounces and 9,089 silver ounces during the quarter.

Selwyn mobilizes drills to ScoZinc Mine

Selwyn Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SWN) ("Selwyn") is pleased to inform investors that it has commenced exploration activities at the ScoZinc mine (formerly the Scotia mine) to provide infill definition drilling and to conduct near-mine exploration in support of the mine restart activities. Restart activities were initiated shortly after closing of the acquisition of ScoZinc Limited (see June 1, 2011 news release). ScoZinc Limited has entered into a drilling contract with Logan Drilling Group of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. Two drill rigs are being mobilized to the ScoZinc mine for the commencement of diamond drilling.

New Earth Potash closes $5.4 million private placement

New Earth Potash announced the closing of a non-brokered private placement successfully completed largely due to the efforts of PowerOne Capital Markets Limited. The private placement consisted of 21,575,000 units at a price of 25 cents per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $5,393,750. Each unit consists of one common share of the company and one-half of one common share purchase warrant.

Innovative documentary shows zinc mining town being 'erased'

The Web documentary "Welcome to Pine Point" by combining video, photographs, text, music and narration and then blurring the boundaries among them, pushes storytelling and documentary filmmaking into new territory. "Welcome to Pine Point" is the story of a small lead and zinc mining town in Canada's Northwest Territories that physically disappeared from the map after the mines closed in 1988. The first buildings were erected in 1952 and at its peak it had 1,200 inhabitants.

Kirrin airborne survey shows 13 high priority targets at Key Lake uranium project

The eastern margin of the Athabasca Basin is home to the most productive and highest grade uranium mines in the world with roughly 25% of the world’s uranium production coming from this area. Kirrin’s target at KLSW is basement-hosted unconformity-type uranium deposits, similar to Cameco’s basement-hosted Millennium deposit. Kirrin is earning a minimum 70% interest in the KLSW property by spending $3.0 million on exploration and making payments of $310,000 by 31 December 2015. Kirrin is current on its obligations.

North American Palladium Announces Second Quarter 2011 Results

North American Palladium announced financial results and operational updates for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Highlights were production of 46,971 ounces of payable palladium at a cash cost1 of US$335 per ounce; realized palladium price of US$751 per ounce, giving an operating margin of US$416 per ounce, and total operating margin of US$20 million for the palladium produced; revenue of $51.4 million; and adjusted EBITDA of $15.4 million.

We will pay for oilsands monitoring

The new federal environmental monitoring plan stopped me short on Page 11 of the first part on Air Monitoring. There is an image that shows the NO2 (nitrous oxide) monitoring related to North America.

North American tungsten output up 71%

Canadian Mining Journal reports North American Tungsten (CVE:NTC) reports third quarter production of 74,629 tonnes of WO3 from its CanTung mine.

Imperial, Exxon oil sands equipment run off Idaho, Montana roads

Imperial Oil  and Exxon Mobil Corp  said on Monday they have revised plans to ship massive pieces of oil sands equipment on US highways through Idaho and Montana after legal challenges and protests forced delays. The two companies have spent months battling conservationists and residents along the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers in an attempt to move the two-lane-wide 'megaloads'. They will now try to dismantle the shipments and move them in smaller loads on bigger highways at a cost of some $70 million and the possibility of further delays for their $11 billion Kearl oil sands project.

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation provides $2.67 million to Laurentian University research projects in areas of mineral exploration and mining, environmental ecosystems and health sciences

Laurentian University in Ontario is pleased to announce that the provincial government is supporting Laurentian University led research with a combined investment of $2.67 million.

Labrador Iron Ore Royalty split staples hardly moved by steep net income drop

Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation, owners of a 15% stake in the Iron Ore Company of Canada, said it earned second-quarter net income of $48.2 million or 75 cents per unit from its investment, down from $69.3 million or $1.08 per unit in the same 2010 period. The company's stapled units started trading on a 2:1 split basis on the Toronto Stock Exchange on June 28, 2011 and lost 10c to close at $32.01 in Toronto on Wednesday. Investors have put a value of $4.1 billion on the company.

Allana Potash names new chair, applying for Toronto main board

Allana Potash said on Wednesday it has appointed Mark Stauffer, previously president of the Potash and Phosphate Institute of Canada, as chairman and is applying to move its listing to the Toronto main board. Up 80% since the start of the year stock in Allana, advancing a project in Ethiopia was trading steady on Wednesday amid the market turmoil. The company has announced a string of discoveries at its 160 square km Dallol project in Ethopia in recent months.

IAMGOLD reports 223% increase in second quarter net earnings from continuing operations

IAMGOLD's net earnings attributable to equity shareholders were $478.9 million ($1.28 per share) in the quarter, including the gain of $402.6 million from the sale of the Tarkwa and Damang mines. "In January, we said our plan was to divest our minority interest in the Tarkwa and Damang mines for proceeds in excess of $600 million and by the end of June we had closed the sale for gross proceeds of $667 million. During that period, we also confirmed a near 700% increase in mineral resources at our niobium mine and increased our dividend by 150," said Steve Letwin, IAMGOLD's President and CEO.

Victory Nickel adds two years to Manitoba mine life

Victory Nickel Inc. announced Wednesday improved economics for its 100%-owned Minago nickel project in Manitoba. The improvement arises from a 24% increase in pit constrained measured and indicated resource announced earlier this year. The increased resource has extended the mine life from the Nose Deposit open pit from approximately seven years to approximately nine years.

Federal government now on panel for Marathon PGM-copper project assessment

Canada's environment minister Peter Kent and Ontario's minister of the environment John Wilkinson announced on Aug. 9 the establishment of a three-member joint review panel for the environmental assessment of the proposed Marathon platinum group metals (PGM) and copper mine project 10 km from the town of the same name. This is the first time that Ontario has formed a joint environmental review panel with the federal government.

Potash terminal star performer for Vancouver port

The North Shore news reports shipments of potash out of North Vancouver's Neptune Terminals rose 37% in the first six months of this year, compared to a mere 1% gain for overall tonnage handled by Port Metro Vancouver over last year. The increase, which brings the terminal's total to 3.8 million tonnes, was spurred by robust potash demand in Asia. Last year's total also marked a substantial jump from the previous year, when total tonnage rose 143%.

Quadra FNX posts 75% profit increase, swells cash to $1 billion

Quadra FNX Mining announced second quarter 2011 profits up 75% at $63.8 million and revenues up 76% to $298 million on Wednesday, but was not spared the stock market mayhem and was trading down over 2% by midday on Wednesday bringing its losses for the month to 18%. The results of the Vancouver-based copper miner with operations in Ontario, the US and Chile were only marred by a jump in cash costs to $2.33 per pound of copper, but after raising $500 million during the quarter now sits on a healthy $1 billion in cash.