China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.
Zinc Mining News
Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd said it plans a $280 million U.S. dollar-denominated bond issue, raising capital to acquire copper concentrate overseas for a smelter project of its unit. In a filing to the Hong Kong bourse on Tuesday, Zijin Mining said the bonds would have maturity of five years and a fixed interest rate of 4.25 percent per year during its term with interest payable semi-annually.
Government of Canada, Teck and Micronutrient Initiative announce partnership to implement lifesaving zinc treatment programs
The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and Teck Resources Limited (Teck) announced today they are joining hands in a new partnership to develop and sustain zinc treatment programs to help save children's lives.
As Nyrstar Resources Canada formally commenced its bid for Breakwater Resources, Breakwater's board declared a special dividend of C$0.50 for its shareholders.
Horsehead Holding Corp is to proceed with plans to construct a new lower-cost, environmentally-friendly zinc production facility. The new facility will replace its older smelter technology and will significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and particulates into the atmosphere. The plant will utilize the ZINCEXTM SX technology.
Bloomberg reports that commodities dropped the most in seven weeks after the International Energy Agency announced plans to release emergency oil supplies.Gold for August delivery fell 2.4 percent to $1,516.60 an ounce, the first drop in eight sessions, and palladium for immediate delivery declined 2.2 percent to $747.25 an ounce.
The Diversified miner said Wednesday that regulators have approved a plan, that will take effect from June 27th, allowing the group to buy back as much as 6.9% of its B class shares.
Colibri reports more drill results at Ramard; 311 grams per tonne silver, 2% lead, and 3.4% zinc between 37 and 38 meters depth, plus multiple intervals of silver-lead-zinc.
Colibri Resource Corporation reports final results from a 2400 meter drill program at the Ramard silver project, in Sonora, Mexico. The Ramard property consists of over 4000 hectares of mineral concessions located 100 km north of the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, wholly owned by Colibri's Mexican subsidiary, Minera Halcones. The Ramard property contains numerous historical artisanal silver mine workings.
Good results continue to flow from drilling in the Stonepark region in Limerick
The board of the London Metal Exchange has been unable so far to reach agreement on a way to resolve aluminum access issues from warehouses owned by a unit of Goldman Sachs. However, the U.K. Office of Fair Trading has determined there are no obvious competition issues meriting further investigation of complaints that ownership of warehouses give certain metals market players' unfair advantage.
After three days without power, Alexco Resources (TSX: AXR) said that electricity is once again flowing and that it had re-started the mill at its Bellekeno silver-lead-zinc mine in the Yukon. Mid this week Alexco had reported there were three downed power poles along a remote section of the main transmission line upon which it depends. While Alexco had back-up generators to keep key safety and environmental systems going, it was forced to shut its mills down.
Reuters reports that zinc prices ended May slightly firmer, recovering from an early rout but the prospect of a sizeable supply surplus this year and next will continue to weigh on the market, especially if other metals weaken. Ms Claire Hassall of consultancy CHR Metals said that market watchers were concerned about weakness in the Chinese economy. The general feeling is that demand is not particularly strong in China at the moment using latest car sales figures as an illustration of the source of these worries.
After talks began last September and no other offers materialized, Canadian zinc miner Breakwater Resources (TSX: BWR) announced early Wednesday that it had accepted Belgium based metals producer Nyrstar NV C$7 per share all-cash offer. Nyrstar will pay around C$619 million for Breakwater; an offer Breakwater CEO David Petroff called "an attractive and fair premium to the current share price," thanks to a 44% premium.
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.
Gold miners are expanding their focus in Africa to the northeast of the continent, a region that in the past, was largely bypassed by gold explorers. Northeast Africa already has a few gold deposits in the threshold size of one million troy ounces (the size limit the usually piques the attention of bigger miners.)
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.
Nyrstar (NYR.BR: Quote), the world's biggest zinc producer, is to buy Canada's Breakwater (BWR.TO:Quote) for C$619 million ($639 million) as it carries out its strategy to buy more mines and increase its self-sufficiency. Belgium-based Nyrstar said on Wednesday it will pay C$7.00 per share in cash, and Breakwater shareholders will also get a special dividend of C$0.50 in cash.
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.
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.
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.
ATAC Resources Ltd. drills significant new silver-lead-zinc discovery at its Ocelot target, Rackla Gold Project, Yukon
ATAC Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ATC) is pleased to announce it has made a significant silver-lead-zinc discovery at the Ocelot target beneath a known but previously undrilled surface gossan. The target is located within the Rau Trend in the western portion of ATAC's 100% owned Rackla Gold Project in the Keno Hill Mining District, Canada's second largest primary silver producer. Image by ATAC Resources Ltd.
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.
A strike of about 7,000 workers over jobs cuts at miner Exxaro due to start on Monday has been postponed, South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said in a statement on Sunday. Exxaro, which mines […]
Guyana Frontier Mining Corp. ("Guyana Frontier", formerly known as Shoreham Resources Ltd.) is pleased to announce the results of a diamond drilling program on the Borland Lake target area at the Favourable Lake Project in Ontario, Canada. The Favourable Lake Project, located approximately 200 kilometres north of Red Lake, Ontario, is a joint venture between Guyana Frontier, which holds a 70.3% interest, and Gold Canyon Resources Inc., which holds a 29.7% interest.
Standard & Poor's has raised its metals price assumptions for 2011 and beyond, citing the increased volatility of the markets but worries about sharp risk of fall in investor demand for gold.