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The Tanzania Revenues Authority (TRA) has retracted a call for help in renegotiating existing mining development agreements (MDAs) and petroleum production sharing agreements (PSAs). It is a win for resource investors in the near term but the move does not necessarily bode well for long term investment in the coastal African nation. Full story...

Africa has ‘generational’ mining skills challenge

Randgold Resources chief Mark Bristow’s belief in the long-term value of high-level underground mining skills transfer from Australia to emerging African countries is echoed by the executive chairman of Byrnecut Mining Group, Steve Coughlan, who is seeing in Tanzania at the moment some of the benefits of taking up the “generational” training challenge facing miners across the continent. Full story...

Back on the road

Drilling of a new target at unarguably Australia’s most exciting new gold exploration play began this week, and given the success Gold Road Resources Ltd has enjoyed over the past 12 months there will be a lot of investor interest in this latest campaign. And that likely includes other corporates. Full story...

More bad news for coal?

There is a new talking point in the Australian mining industry, namely China’s latest move to ban low-grade coal imports, all the more knotty because the implications are far from clear. Full story...

Measuring up

The financial metrics of the Mofe Creek iron ore project suggest its owner Tawana Resources NL is a compelling little investment story. Which in reality it has to be given Mofe Creek is not only an iron ore project (and hence in a sector very much on the nose at the moment), but it’s also one located in Liberia. Full story...

Iron ore forecasters struggle as Australia worries

Australia’s iron ore price forecasters are being put to the test as prices slump and the nation’s disproportionate dependence on the steelmaking ingredient causes uneasiness in markets and policymaking circles. Full story...

Striking the right note

Timing is everything when it comes to financing and Newstrike Capital Inc’s Ana Paula gold-silver project in Mexico has a hand up at just the right moment. Full story...
 Drilling at the Zanaga project … more dollars needed to make the dream come true

Zanaga hits Asian money trail

Chinese and Japanese firms are being sounded out by Glencore plc and Zanaga Iron Ore Company Ltd (ZIOC), joint owners of one of the most promising iron ore deposits in West Africa, Mining Journal can reveal. Full story...

Russia sanctions to have ‘chilling effect’ on mining

As US and EU sanctions step up a gear lawyers warn the mining industry could be next in the firing line. Full story...

Antal addresses Copler questions

Alacer Gold Corp remains convinced its set-to-be-developed Copler sulphide project in Turkey is a budding world class gold asset, though investment bank Macquarie is evidently not so effusive. Full story...

Does China have a monopoly on North Korea’s resources?

North Korea is resource-rich, but fraught diplomatic relations have hampered the potential for Japanese investment into the country. Full story...

Break on through to the other side

ASX-listed Highfield Resources Ltd is evaluating opportunities to further limit the risk and cost at its Muga potash project in northern Spain in order to improve its chances of entry into a “brutal” potash market. Full story...
Read articles from the latest Print Edition - MJ 19/09/14
Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.
Midway Gold is an emerging, near-term gold producer on track to bring its first million-ounce project, the Pan mine, to production in 2014

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