Copper Mining News

Baja says Boleo project on schedule

Mining Weekly reported that Baja Mining’s (TSE:BAJ) copper/cobalt/zinc project in Mexico is progressing on schedule. The market news is quoted as saying: “The Boleo project is currently meeting its scheduled milestones, with environmental compliance and surface mining activities continuing in targeted areas, the processing plant and road earthworks well underway, in addition to the site camp, utilities and services being finalized,” the company said in a statement.

Fjordland: Drilling at Woodjam South yields 349.3 m grading 0.36% copper, 0.05 g/t gold and 0.006% molybdenum

Fjordland Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FEX) and Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CRB), 60%-40% partners in the Woodjam Joint Venture ("WJV"), report that Gold Fields Limited's (NYSE:GFI) exploration company, Gold Fields Horsefly Exploration Corporation ("Gold Fields"), has forwarded drill results from three new holes (1,214.6 m) of the 2011 infill and expansion diamond drilling program on the Southeast Zone of the Woodjam South copper-gold-molybdenum property. The property is located 45 km east of Williams Lake in south-central British Columbia.

Demand destruction looms to hit gold and base metals in H2 2011

After an unrivalled rally, commodity prices are likely to soften during the second half of the year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. At a seminar in London on Wednesday, commodity strategist Francisco Blanch said commodity prices will come off during the latter part of the year as demand destruction looms on the horizon.

Heatherdale closes $9.3 million financing

Heatherdale Resources announced that it has closed the previously announced non-brokered private placement of 11,314,255 units of its capital at a price of $0.83 per unit for gross cash proceeds of $9,390,831. Each unit consists of one common share and one warrant entitling the holder to purchase an additional common share at a price of $1.20 for a period of 18 months from the closing of the private placement. The common shares and warrants comprising the units are subject to a four month hold period from the closing date, which hold period expires on October 15, 2011.

Peru miners want proposed tax based on profits

Top miners in Peru expect to have to pay a new tax on windfall profits proposed by President-elect Ollanta Humala, but on Wednesday urged the incoming government to refrain from raising royalties based on sales.

Pershimco adds more copper to the mix below La Pava gold deposit

Geologists suspected there would be significant copper below Pershimco Resources' (TSX-V: PRO) La Pava gold deposit at its Cerro Quema project in Panama. In drilling La Pava during the mid-1990s, previous project operators mostly stuck to near-surface gold in La Pava's oxide cap and in the process outlined a now updated indicated resource of 7.2 million tonnes @ 1.1 g/t gold.

SouthGobi Selects Modular for mine management solution

Modular Mining Systems, one of the world leaders in information management solutions for mining operations, has announced that SouthGobi Resources has chosen to implement the Modular IntelliMine Integrated Asset Management Suite at its Ovoot Tolgoi coal operation in southern Mongolia. The installation will include the DISPATCH fleet management system, PowerView reporting software, MineCare maintenance management system, and ProVision machine guidance solution for shovels, dozers, and drills. “We chose Modular because the IntelliMine suite covers all aspects of our business,” said Justin Kapla, General Manager, Ovoot Tolgoi Operations. “From safety, to asset management, to increased productivity, they have solutions that meet all of our needs. We look forward to the value their products will add to our business.”

BHP, Minmetals, First Quantum to up Zambian copper exploration

Bloomberg reports BHP Billiton Ltd., the largest mining company, Minmetals Resources Ltd. and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. are stepping up copper exploration in Zambia after prices for the metal more than doubled over the past two years.

Zambia says needs to reduce reliance on copper

Mining Weekly reports Zambia is keen to diversify its mining sector and wants more exploration in iron-ore, manganese, coal and uranium, Vice-President George Kunda said on Wednesday. Speaking at a mining conference in Lusaka, Kunda said that the Zambian economy was too dependent on copper. Zambia aims to be the third-largest uranium producer in Africa in the near future, Kunda said, adding that this would depend on exploration and investment.

Gold, silver, base metals. All feature in new Yukon drilling results

Get set for a pace of drilling and exploration results from the Yukon even more blistering this year than the last. By way of yardstick, 2010 was stellar for exploration in the Yukon, with about $150 million in such expenditures. But this year is looking even better, with exploration expenditures expected to top $250 million, according to Natural Resources Canada, which some months ago surveyed the 2011 spending intentions of mining and exploration companies. And with the shorter Yukon exploration season, many drilling campaigns in the Yukon are just getting underway.

HudBay Minerals intersects 2.4% copper equivalent over 120 meters at Constancia's Pampacancha Deposit

HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM) today announced exploration results from the Pampacancha zone at the company's Constancia project in Peru. Hole PO-11-072 intersected two main intervals of mineralization, including 121.45 meters of 1.62% copper, 13.62 g/t silver […]

What will Humala do to Peru’s mining industry and for its people?

In a guest blog post for Oxfam America, Keith Slack, Extractive Industries Campaign Manager wrote that Peru’s new President Ollanta Humala “is generally viewed as bad news for the country’s mining industry. Indeed, Lima’s stock market — which primarily trades mining and minerals companies — promptly crashed following the election.

Xstrata to begin iron ore shipments from Australia

Xstrata Plc will start exporting iron ore concentrate to Asian buyers from Australia on Wednesday as part of a A$589 million redesign of its Ernest Henry copper and gold mine, the company said on Tuesday. Exports of the magnetite-type material at a rate of 1.2 million tonnes a year are a key component of Xstrata plan to transform the Ernest Henry mine from an open-cut design to an underground one, the company said.

New 50% bigger Kalukundi copper/cobalt project study awarded

South Africa's MDM Engineering Group has been awarded the increased throughput design update and cost revalidation of the Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for Africo Resources' Kalukundi copper/cobalt project, located in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which borders Zambia to the south. In May 2006 MDM completed a BFS, based on a throughput of 800,000 tonne/year plant, on the Kalukundi project.

China's asset managers rushing to launch resource investment funds

Chinese asset managers are rushing to launch funds that invest in natural resources and precious metals overseas, responding to feverish domestic demand for inflation-hedging tools.

Glencore shares dip on results, bid denial

Commodities trader Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote) is not considering a bid for embattled miner ENRC, its chief executive said, dismissing reports of a takeover after it disappointed the market with its maiden frst-quarter results. Shares in the world's largest diversified commodity trader dropped 2 percent as weaker-than-expected results from its metals and mining trading unit held back its operating profit.

Immigration surges as Australia’s mining boom resonates in Europe

About 100 men in their 20s and 30s, filled a conference room at a Dublin hotel last week to hear a migration agent describe the personal fortunes waiting to be made a world away in the booming mining towns of the Australian outback. With unemployment running at close to 15 percent in Ireland, and local wages a fraction of those now on offer in Australia, it appeared to be an easy sell.

Helio makes significant new gold-copper-silver discovery at Damara Gold Project, Namibia

Helio Resource Corp. on Monday reported the first diamond drill results from the current drill programme at the Gold Kop Target, on its 100%-owned Damara Gold Project in Namibia. The Gold Kop Target is situated 45km northeast of AngloGold Ashanti's Navachab gold mine. On Monday, Helio which also owns gold projects in Tanzania was trading up almost 5% on the TSX Venture Exchange on the news. The tightly-held company is worth some $44m with 104m shares outstanding.

Kazakhmys $1.5bn Chinese loan for major copper development

Kazakhmys agreed on Monday to borrow $1.5 billion loan from China Development Bank to help develop a large copper deposit in eastern Kazakhstan, officials said at a signing ceremony. The loan, to be disbursed by the end of this year, will enable Kazakhmys to develop the Aktogay copper field in eastern Kazakhstan without selling a stake in the deposit to China's Jinchuan Group Ltd.

Glencore said to be mulling $20 billion ENRC takeover

According to a detailed report in the U.K.'s Sunday times newspaper, Global mega commodities group, Glencore, which recently listed in the London stock Exchange's largest ever IPO, is considering a what appears to be a £12 billion (US$20 billion) friendly takeover of European-based diversified mining and metals company, ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation). If such a move takes place this would convert Glencore from the world's largest commodities trading group into one of the globe's biggest integrated mining and metals companies - even without taking into account its 35% stake in Xstrata.

Chinese copper imports in May down by 3pct and seen up in June

China's imports of unwrought copper and semi finished copper products dropped 3% on the month in May because of high stocks. Traders said that extra bookings placed in May will raise June arrivals. High bonded stocks in Shanghai limited China's imports

Helio makes a significant new gold-copper-silver discovery at the Gold Kop target, Damara gold project, Namibia

Helio Resource Corp. (TSX-V: HRC) is very pleased to report the first diamond drill results from the current drill programme at the Gold Kop Target, on its 100%-owned Damara Gold Project (DGP) in Namibia. The Gold Kop Target is situated 45km northeast of AngloGold Ashanti's (AGA) Navachab gold mine (see map at

Zambia copper output down – see IM article in July

Africa’s largest copper producing nation saw output fall back over the first four months of 2011, compared with a year ago. Cobalt output and exports rose though. A complete article on the Zambian Copperbelt will […]

The miner's drilling plans excite the market, while Bayan makes a back-door ASX listing.

GARIMPEIRO last had a look at Kentor Gold (ASX: KGL) back in July 2009 when it was an $8 million company and had just picked up the Andash gold/copper project in the most alphabetic of […]

Goldman, Clive Capital to launch commodities index-FT

Goldman Sachs is to launch a commodities index with Clive Capital, the world's largest commodity hedge fund, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing a source familiar with the product.