Democratic Republic of the Congo Mining News

Barrick, Newmont said to be in talks to merge Nevada operations

Experts believe the US firm could achieve $300 million in operating and cost savings from combining its mines in Nevada with those of the Canadian rival.

Barrick could trade copper mines for gold ones to expand Tier 1 assets

The combined miner plans to focus on Tier 1 assets, those producing at least 500,000 ounces of gold annually, with a mine life of more than 10 years and low costs.

Barrick to buy Randgold for $18.3B forming giant global gold miner

The new Barrick, which will be listed in New York and Toronto, will own five of the world's 10 lowest cost gold mines and will be the world's top bullion producer by both value and output.

Randgold to revise full-year forecast as readies Tongon mine for restart

As a result of the latest stoppage at the Ivory Coast mine and the time it will take to bring it back on line and at full tilt, Randgold will have to review its 290,000-ounce gold output forecast for the year.

Kibali gold mine aims at record output after underground ramp-up

DRC's Kibali is moving from underground mining by contractors to owner-mining, as has already happened at the company’s Loulo mines in Mali.

Randgold’s Tongon mine in Ivory Coast hit by strike

Labour action has brought gold production to a halt.

LME to get tougher on cobalt companies with ties to the DRC

Starting next year, it will demand firms that get at least 25% of their metal from small-scale mines in the DRC to be subject of a professional audit.

Congo mining regulations to be signed into law on Friday — mines minister

Congo's prime minister wants to immediately implement the new mining code without any concessions to industry demands that key provisions be amended.

Randgold expects Kibali gold output to rise thanks to automation

Company said new technology will help the DRC mine achieve its 2018 production guidance of 730,000 ounces, despite challenges posed by the country's new mining code.

Randgold Resources Tongon mine in Ivory Coast hit by strike

Recurrent industrial action by the workforce of a subcontractor it's jeopardizing Tongon's 290,000-ounce production forecast.

Apple in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners — report

Electronics and car makers are racing to lock in supply agreements for cobalt amid fears of shortage.

INFOGRAPHIC: The true costs of artisanal mining

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) has become a major of revenue for millions of people in about 80 countries worldwide, with more than 100 million people currently depending on the activity for their livelihoods. But at what costs?

Randgold doubles dividend as CEO charges against DRC mining code

Randgold boosted divvy to $2 a share, after a year of record production and soaring profits, but warned the good times may be over soon as it’s now facing demanding new regulations in Congo, one of its key jurisdictions.

Randgold’s Kibali mine in DRC to achieve full production this year

Mine is on track to produce its target of 700,000 ounces of gold in 2018.

LME launches probe on cobalt suppliers over fears of child exploitation

The LME has sent a directive to all suppliers asking them to detail how they guarantee “responsible sourcing” of the commodities they trade in the exchange.

Lower Q3 and Mali tax row take the glow off Randgold

Miner said full-year profit and output was on track despite a third-quarter dip, but its shares slid to a three-month low after its CEO did not rule out seeking arbitration over a tax dispute in Mali.

Friedland confident Congo copper project will be bigger than Grasberg

Ivanhoe boss transforms what could have been a set of exciting drill results into 43 holes of “global significance in the copper world”.

Congo reinstates miners' VAT exemption on imports in U-turn

The government owes mining companies about $700 million in VAT reimbursements from before last year's suspension.

Randgold schedules Massawa project for feasibility finalization

Company will make final decision on its development by mid next year.

Congo to re-evaluate new mining code next week

Move comes 15 months after the country’s government halted the planned revision amid opposition from mining companies and low commodity prices.

Loulo-Gounkoto sets sights on another big year as Morila legacy project takes shape

The Morila operation continues to deliver value in its post-mining phase while progressing plans to develop the site into a commercial agricultural hub after its closure in 2019, Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow said at an on-site media briefing today.

‘Conflict minerals’ entering tech supply chains from countries beyond Africa — report

Tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold are now also being illegally extracted and traded at sites under the control of armed groups in countries including Myanmar and Colombia.

EU toughens up rules on imports of conflict minerals

The new law, which will come into force in 2021, requires importers to ensure their business do not contribute to armed conflicts.

US Lithium to mine for copper, nickel, cobalt in Canada’s Saskatchewan

The Gochagar Lake project, until now property of Diamond Hunter, consists of four claims covering 3,759 hectares located in northern Saskatchewan.

DR Congo’s perfect storm

A leaked White House memo, which outlines the suspension of a portion of the Dodd-Frank rule on ‘conflict minerals’, will exacerbate already high levels of violence in DR Congo.