Mountain Province Diamonds announced on Tuesday that the Gahcho Kué environmental impact study – all 11,000 pages of it – has been cleared and the review process – expected to take another two years – can now commence. Gahcho Kué, a joint venture between Mountain Province and De Beers, is the world's largest and highest grade diamond development project. It consists of a cluster of four diamondiferous kimberlites, three of which have a probable mineral reserve of 31.3 million tonnes grading 1.57 carats per tonne for total diamond content of 49 million carats.
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Suriname's only commercial gold mine, the Rosebel Gold Mine which is majority owned by Canada's Iamgold, has been shut down by a strike by 1,100 workers protesting new longer shift hours. Rosebel is located some 118 kilometers south of Paramaribo (pictured), the capital of the South American nation. The mine produced 395,000 ounces in 2010 at cash cost of $484 per ounce. While Rosebel is the country's only commercially operated mine, there are believed to be thousands of small scale miners operating in the tiny, impoverished country.
Global miner Xstrata announced Tuesday it plans to invest a further $530 million to develop new projects at Raglan mine in northern Quebec. The U.K.-based company says the investment will allow it to further develop the nickel project.
ABC reported that exploration company Rex Minerals has upgraded by 25% the size of a proposed copper and gold mine near Ardrossan, Alberta, Canada.
Toronto-listed Scorpio Mining Corp reported a quarterly profit helped by production ramp-up at its Nuestra Señora mine in Mexico, but missed market estimates compiled by Reuters, sending its shares to close just under 4% down. Vancouver-based Scorpio reported a net income of C$3.3 million and strong cash flow from operating activities in Q2 2011 of $11,9 million as recovered silver equivalent ounces reached 1,548,174, an increase of 79% from 2010 and contained metals produced in concentrates jumped 92% to of 734,558 ounces.
Investors rewarded Centerra Gold on Friday after the company reported it more than doubled net profits at $71.1 million on revenues of $243.8 million, up over 60% compared to the same quarter last year and announced a special and annual dividend payment of $99.3 million. Centerra Gold, which owns gold properties in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia and has earn-in agreements in Nevada and Turkey, added 1% by midday Friday and was one of the few gainers among precious metals miners. Sector heavyweights Goldcorp and Kinross lost over 1.5% while Barrick was also trading weaker despite a rampant gold price.
Let us return to the CostMine 2011 Survey results of Canadian mine salaries, wages and benefits. Let us take a look at some salaries of those who work in Canadian mines.
New Brunswick Business Journal reported that New Brunswick plans to auction off Crown land containing potash deposits.
Silver Wheaton, the global number one silver streaming firm, announced on Thursday that it is revising its 2011 attributable silver equivalent production guidance from 27 to 28 million silver equivalent ounces to 25 to 26 million silver equivalent ounces. Stock in the company on the Toronto exchange ended little changed on Thursday, but is down 9.5% so far this year which means investors have taken more than a $1 billion knock. Silver Wheaton expects its 2015 attributable production to grow by 17 million ounces.
Reuters reports high crude prices have dented global oil demand in the second quarter according to oil majors BP, Shell and ConocoPhillips, in a trend likely to be repeated in the second half of the year if prices stay high. Brent oil prices spiked to $127 a barrel in April, close to the all-time high of $147. However, the price oil sands exporters receive weakened further against the global benchmark on Thursday with West Texas Intermediate fetching $97 as the first of 60 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve reach markets.
PotashCorp reports record second-quarter earnings per share; potash expansion program totals $492 million
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan reported record second-quarter earnings of $0.96 per share or $840 million—the second-highest total for any quarter in the company's history and 81 percent above the $0.53 per share ($480 million) earned in the same period last year. Despite volatility in commodity markets, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan said that crop economics remained attractive throughout the second quarter, giving farmers the incentive to improve nutrient applications, which resulted in rising fertilizer demand and pricing.
Barrick, the word's number one gold miner, reported net earnings for Q2 rose 35% to $1.2 billion ($1.16 per share) from $859 million in the prior year period. Q2 adjusted net earnings increased 36% to a record $1.1 billion ($1.12 per share)1 from $824 million ($0.84 per share) in Q2 2010, reflecting higher realized gold and copper prices and higher gold sales volumes, resulting in an annualized return on equity of about 21%. The company is on track to meet its 2011 operating guidance of 7.6-8.0 million ounces at total cash costs of $450-$480 per ounce and lower expected net cash costs of $290-$320 per ounce
Swan Hills Synfuels secures $285 million grant from Province of Alberta to build carbon capture and storage project
The Province of Alberta and Swan Hills Synfuels are advancing a clean gas for clean power project that will dramatically reduce emissions by capturing and sequestering over 1.3 million tonnes per year of CO2. The province has executed a letter of intent with Swan Hills Synfuels to provide a $285 million grant in support of this carbon capture and storage project.
Prosperity Minerals (LON:PMHL) says it has now secured 4 million tonnes of iron ore through a deal with Blackrock Metals of Canada. The firm has exercised its option under the offtake agreement, struck previously with Blackrock for 800,000 tonnes of ore,
Major miner Xstrata is making an agreed $153 million bid for Canada's First Coal Corporation which owns coking coal exploration leases in British Columbia Miner Xstrata has made an all-cash bid for privately held Canadian miner First Coal Corporation, it
Vanderhoof, a small community in northern British Columbia, has been told to expect a gold mine on its doorstep within 6 years. New Gold President and CEO Bob Gallagher paid a visit to Vandherhoof town council on July 20, telling local politicians the Blackwater gold mine should be up and running by 2017.
Goldcorp, the world's second largest gold miner, saw revenues increase by 62% over the 2010 second quarter, to $1.3 billion, on gold sales of 606,400 ounces. However, flooding, forest fires and problem equipment caused production to slip at some of the company's mines. Goldcorp downgraded its total expected gold production by six percent, from between 2.65 million and 2.75 million ounces to between 2.50 million and 2.55 million ounces.
Athabasca Uranium Inc. has entered into an agreement with an arm's-length vendor by which the company has the option to earn a 100% interest in the Keefe Lake Project in northeast Saskatchewan.
ESO Uranium Corp. (CVE:ESO) and its joint partner, Fission Energy Corp (CVE:FIS) report results from its boulder prospecting and radon survey program.
The Toronto stock market tumbled as investors grow increasingly pessimistic about the potential economic consequences of a U.S. failure to raise its debt limit.
First Point Minerals is making rapid headway in Canada with its work on naturally occurring nickel-iron alloys
What, pray, is a nickel-iron alloy ore? That’s a question that holds no mystery to the management and shareholders of First Point Minerals, which has just identified its first drill-ready nickel-iron alloy target on the Klow project in central British Columbia.
Despite a flurry of mergers and acquisitions and a robust IPO market reports out on Wednesday suggest that fear is slowly replacing greed in the mining finance business. The Financial Post reports for investment bankers, the low-hanging fruit is long gone and the biggest financings are now high-risk: gold juniors in Africa, coal in Colombia and an infamous Quebec lithium play that overstated its resource. Global Mining Finance's July round-up says untrustworthy financial and resource reporting, threats of new royalty regimes, "super-profit" and carbon taxes, political turmoil, strikes and government takeovers are worrying resource investors all around the world.
Spot potash prices for the standard grade leaving the port of Vancouver rose from $445 per tonne in May to $481 in June and $490 in July and is up US$111 since December according to the Scotiabank Commodity Price Index out on Wednesday. Scotiabank also said Canpotex, the marketing agent for Western Canada's three potash producers, is virtually sold out for the third quarter this year and a third price increase this year of $30 to $40 is likely.
Canadian Oil Sands Corp., which holds the largest stake in the massive Syncrude oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., said Tuesday its second-quarter profits rose on the back of strong oil prices. Net income for the three months ended June 30 was $346 million, or 71 cents per share _ missing the average analyst estimate of 73 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.
Reuters reports US lawmakers approved legislation late on Tuesday setting a November 1 deadline for the Obama administration to decide the fate of a proposed $7 billion pipeline to transport Canadian oil sands crude to refineries on the Gulf coast and ease the glut in the Midwest hub. The price oil sands producers can charge for exports to the US is falling further behind the international benchmark because of the lack of pipelines and hedge funds have started to bet that the spread could go as high as $50/barrel leaving Alberta producers $75 million out of pocket per day.