Palladium Mining News

Contractors strike at Aquarius Platinum's Everest Mine

A mining contractor at Aquarius Platinum's Everest Mine is on strike. The strike has been called by the Association of Mining and Construction Unions, which is demanding full organizational rights under the South African Labour Relations Act. The contractors on strike are employees of Murray & Roberts Cementation. "This is a technical dispute between AMCU and MRC, and no demands are being made by AMCU of Aquarius or its subsidiaries," said Aquarius Platinum (ASX:AQP) in a dispute.

Barclays analysis says precious metals may handle downturn best

Gold, silver, platinum and palladium, as well as other commodities, generally stand a better chance of handling a global economic downturn than other types of investments, Barclays Capital said Monday.

Physical buying from China drives gold rally, safe haven demand absent

Gold for December delivery traded up $37.30, or 2.3%, at $1,673.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange in early afternoon trade Monday, after climbing more than $40 earlier to touch an intraday high of $1,676.70. Gold's gains come amid strong buying during China's Golden Week despite the fact that buyers have to contend with bullion that is $300/oz more expensive than last year. Traders reported that the price of gold has been moving up and down in sync with the S&P 500 in the last four sessions, while the safe-haven buying that spurred the metal's three-year rally was largely absent. Other precious metals also benefited from a near 2% drop in the dollar index.

North American Palladium to expand flagship Ontario mine

Canada's North American Palladium said it plans to expand its flagship mine in Northern Ontario at a cost of around $75 million for the first phase of the project. Phase 1 of the Lac des Iles expansion should be completed in the fourth quarter of next year when the shaft will begin operating at a rate of 3,500 tonnes per day. The mine is located northwest of the city of Thunder Bay, and its primary deposits are palladium with some platinum, gold, nickel, and copper by-products. The company, which also operates two gold mines in Quebec, received a bump at the opening of trade in New York with the stock up 3.3% in a softer broader market.

Rusal completes $9.33 billion debt refinancing

As expected the proposal by Norilsk Nickel management to buy back some of the stake in it controlled by Oleg Deripaska’s RusAl has been rebuffed. 29.08, 12:39 The world’s largest aluminium producer, Rusal, has posted a 1H 2011 net profit of $1.085

Norilsk: May Sell Some Of Its Shares, Says Rusal May Dispute Buyback

MOSCOW -(Dow Jones)- Russian Polar miner OAO Norilsk Nickel (GMKN.RS) Wednesday said it may sell all or part of its treasury shares, representing in total a 9.23% stake in the company. Analysts said the shares may be sold to finance the buyback Norilsk

Stillwater withdraws offer after 'dramatic deterioration' on capital markets

Stillwater Mining Company on Monday became one of the first miners to find funding drying up following the punishment meted out to precious metals recently, when it announced after market close that it is withdrawing its proposed offering of senior notes due to the "dramatic deterioration of the capital markets during the past week." Stillwater said it still has enough funds for the $165 million net cash portion of the Peregrine transaction. The counter shed just over 1% of its value on the NYSE on Monday on a generally positive day for the markets, but is down 35% since last Monday. Stillwater is the only US producer of palladium and platinum and is the largest primary producer of platinum group metals outside of South Africa and Russia. Platinum was trading at $1,565/oz on Monday, down from a year-high of $1,916/oz.

Prophecy Platinum up 5.69% after announcing Wellgreen results

Prophecy Platinum (CVE:NKL) was up 5.69% on Monday trading after announcing drill results at its Wellgreen project, located in Yukon. Prophecy stated that borehole WS11-188 encountered 457 meters of mineralization grading 0.47% NiEq (including 0.72 […]

Street sweepings in London to be processed for platinum

India Express said that Veolia Environment plans to process street sweepings in London to extract platinum group metals. Image from Ponchitos

Prophecy drills 120.9 meters grading 1.26 g/t PGM+Au, 0.36% Ni, 0.30% Cu within 457 meters grading 0.47% NiEq at Yukon Wellgreen project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) announces the drill results received from its 2011 drilling Wellgreen PGE-Ni-Cu Project. Borehole WS11-188 encountered 457 meters of mineralization grading 0.47% NiEq (including 0.72 g/t Pt+Pd+Au) from surface to the footwall contact. Within this larger swath of mineralization, the hole encountered a high grade section of 17.8 meters of 3.14 g/t Pt+Pd+Au, 1.03% Ni, 0.74% Cu (1.77% NiEq). VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) announces the drill results received from its 2011 drilling Wellgree...

Gold premium over platinum seen rising to record: commodities

Gold cost 3.1 percent more than platinum in London yesterday, compared with an average discount of 39 percent over the past decade, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The metal may reach a premium of 26 percent in the third quarter of 2012, according to

Prophecy Platinum clarifies and restates certain disclosure

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2011) - Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) reports that as a result of a review by the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), it is issuing the following news release to clarify, retract, restate and update certain of its previously issued technical reports, investor relations presentations and disclosures on its website www.prophecyplat.com.

Norilsk Nickel approves buyback of own shares

The board of Norilsk Nickel , the world's largest nickel and palladium producer, approved on Tuesday a public buyback of its shares at $306 per ordinary share and $30.6 per ADR.

Zim miners forced to build own power

A handful of diamond mining companies affected by crippling power cuts in Zimbabwe have been forced to set up their own dedicated R36m power line, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Mustang Minerals Corp.: Corporate Update

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - Mustang Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:MUM)(FRANKFURT:NJF) ("Mustang") today released a corporate, exploration and project development update. The Company is progressing with a feasibility stud...

Zimplats says Zimbabwe moves on licence

The Zimbabwean unit of Impala Platinum , the world's second-largest producer of the precious metal, said the government had taken steps to revoke its operating licence and it remained in talks with authorities. The government has been trying to get

Zambia projects in pictures

Zambia is famous for its significant reserves of copper and cobalt, located in the Zambian Copperbelt province, however, the country is also a miner and producer of selenium and silver. Gold, platinum, and palladium are also produced as a by-product of

Zimbabwe’s New Mine Laws May Prevent Palladium Surplus, Standard Bank Says

Email Print Copying Post by Krista Smith, Palladium Researcher Bloomberg reported if Zimbabwe withdraws Zimplats (ASX:ZIM,PINK:ZMPLF) mining license it will prevent a global surplus of platinum and palladium. The market news is quoted as saying,

Impala Fails to Meet Zimbabwe Ownership Laws, Minister Says

Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd.’s Zimbabwean unit, known as Zimplats, has failed to meet new laws on asset ownership and may have its mining license revoked, according to Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere. “We will be

St-Georges Platinum and Base Metals Ltd.: New Mineralized Zone Expanding to the West at Villebon

St-Georges Platinum and Base Metals Ltd. (CNSX:SX)(BERLIN:85G) is pleased to provide updates on the second phase of its drilling program carried out on the Villebon property located 45 km southeast of Val d'Or in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec.

Zimplats faces prosecution over local ownership

Zimbabwe's empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere says that the local unit of Impala Platinum will be prosecuted for failing to reach terms with the country over the mandated transfer of 51% of its shares to locals. Zimbabwe will prosecute the local

London platinum/palladium 1400 fix – Sept 6

FIX PREV FIX PLATINUM 1866.00 (1877.00) dlrs PALLADIUM 761.00 ( 766.00) dlrs per troy ounce

HSBC cuts 2011 platinum, palladium forecasts

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- HSBC has cut its 2011 platinum and palladium price forecasts but upped its outlook for the period from 2012 to 2018, citing expectations that the market will move from a modest surplus into deficit. The bank said Friday it had cut

South Africa may force mining sector into beneficiation

South Africa's mining sector could be forced to take part in beneficiation activities, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has indicated. Mining licences could be granted with conditions attached to ensure a supply of raw materials for local industries to further refine minerals. Mineral resources chief director Siyabonga Ndabezitha said the previous way of doing things was no longer an option, Business Live reports.

Nortec (NVT) Signs Agreement for $20.5 Million Option of the LK Project, Finland

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2011) - Further to the press release dated July 27, 2011, Nortec Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:NVT)(PINK SHEETS:NMNZF)(FRANKFURT:WMQ) ("Nortec" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce that it has signed an Option and Joint Venture Agreement ("OA") with Otterburn Ventures Inc. (CSNX:OTB) ("Otterburn"). The OA gives Otterburn the option to earn up to an 80% interest in Nortec's Läntinen Koillismaa project, a 100 % owned palladium-platinum–gold–copper-nickel property ("LK Project"), located in north central Finland.