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Endeavour beats expectations

West African gold producer Endeavour Mining Corp’s first-half production results surpassed expectations

Rusal starts Dian-Dian development

UC Rusal has started the first stage of its Dian-Dian bauxite project in Guinea, which will see the construction of a 3Mt/y mine, a 25km road and will cost US$220 million

Major drilling programme to fill gaps at Yaoure

The infill drilling programme at Amara Mining plc’s Yaoure gold project in Ivory Coast could add significant ounces to existing resources, while also reducing the strip ratio of the project, according to analysts.

What the future brings

The latest work by the World Economic Forum has focused on defining scenarios for the future of the mining industry. Here the WEF explains just how the future might look

Revenue transparency in the mining sector

Starting as little more than a ‘something must be done’ idea, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has developed into the most prominent standard for good governance in oil and minerals rich countries

African Minerals settlement

African Minerals Ltd has been ordered by a London court to pay US$35 million, plus interest and costs to Renaissance Capital for the financial adviser’s fees related to fund raisings and transactions in prior years

Forecariah JV partners in dispute

Bellzone Mining plc and the China International Fund (CIF), joint-venture partners on the Forecariah iron-ore mine in Guinea, are in dispute with the contracted barge operator at the Konta port regarding safety performance

Conservation: Wildlife lifelines

Rio Tinto has identified ways to contribute to local conservation in Guinea and India

Water: Unlocking potential

A US$20 million groundwater research programme aims to bring benefits to Africa’s poorest people

Still life: Transparency that matters

William Vest-Lillesøe’s photograph shows 13-year-old Karefa Jalloh, who spends his weekends working in the gold mines with men, women and children from Dalakuru in northern Sierra Leone

A developing world

There were strong signals for miners and mineral explorers from the latest United Nations Conference on Trade and Development World Investment Report, which, rather than green investment shoots, offered a field of evidence as to why miners (including the Top 100 in this edition of Mining Journal) should feel better about the underlying vision of economic growth that they’re consistently presenting to investors.

View from the West End: Pinin' for the fjords

“E’s not pinin’! E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be!” - Monty Python’s Flying Circus

No debt shortage for African projects

The availability of finance for mining projects in Africa, as elsewhere, has been a matter of some considerable concern for the last three or four years. A succession of events affecting global capital markets, commencing with the banking crisis, has successively impacted the availability of both debt and equity.

Access all areas

Infrastructure continues to affect the viability of African mining projects

Plugging in some early cash flow

Hummingbird Resources plc CEO Dan Betts has an interesting way of looking at his company’s recent acquisition: an early cash flow starter-pit for the company’s flagship Dugbe 1 gold project in Liberia.

Containing an outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has focused attention on the care and safety of employees at mining operations in Africa as well as highlighted one of the inherent risks of the continent.

Too big to fail

As Sundance Resources Ltd’s share price drifts lower on retreating iron ore prices and sentiment, it’s the words of another mining industry veteran that will help keep the seemingly permanent smile on Giulio Casello’s face. “We’ve heard it all before.”

Mineral sands: Green shoots in the sand

After bottoming out in 2013, TZMI believes 2014 will be a year of gradual recovery for mineral sands

What makes a mine?

Alecto Minerals Ltd might have come to the attention of brokers and analysts for its joint venture pact with Egyptian gold miner Centamin plc in Ethiopia, but chief executive Mark Jones was keen for the market to not discount its other work.

Better future for West Africa gold

Has the nadir for West African gold companies been passed? Or is it at least in sight? Various recent deals at least give hint at one of those two possibilities.

Ebola precautions taken at Marampa

Sierra Leone-focused London Mining plc has imposed restrictions on “non-essential” travel by visitors from areas affected by Ebola Fever

Sundance nabs King

Former Leighton Holdings chief executive Wal King has been made non-executive deputy chairman of Sundance Resources Ltd as the African-focused explorer looks to finance and develop its Mbalam-Nabeba iron-ore project, which straddles the Cameroon/Republic of Congo border in West Africa

Mines and Money Access Africa: Connecting Asia with Africa

Investors head to Mauritius to scope out the future of African mining

Burkina Faso: Bumps in the road

Despite some obstacles, effective risk management will help miners make progress in Burkina Faso

Mines and Money Access Africa: Evolution or revolution?

Legislation in Africa is increasingly geared towards balancing state, public and industry interests

Burkina Faso: Bountiful Burkina

The country’s next wave of gold mines should hold up nicely in the lower gold price environment

Consultancy invests in region’s future

It may be said that the Ghanaian mining sector has recently been eclipsed by the country’s fast-emerging oil sector, but the continued growth of the SRK Consulting office in Accra is an indication that gold and other minerals hold much promise for the future

Papillon a study in value

The general belief was despite having one of the best gold deposits found in recent years any company featuring wheeler-dealer Ian Middlemas (as chairman) was a company with a big ‘For sale’ sign plastered all over it. And so it came to pass for Papillon Resources Ltd. The question is, does anyone else have their eyes on this premium gold landholding?

Nord’s new West Africa flagship

If mining companies were judged by their degree of cosmopolitanism, Nord Gold NV would be up there with the best of them: Russian company, London-listed, Dutch-incorporated, West Africa-focused.

Changes at WAFM

West African Minerals Corp (WAFM) announced a restructure of its board of directors. Bradford A Mills was appointed executive chairman with immediate effect

Simandou deal signed

Rio Tinto has signed an investment framework with the government of Guinea, Chinalco and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp (IFC) subsidiary that could see the massive US$20 billion

The road to prosperity

Positive African economic trends continue to overshadow negative ones, helping to remind us of the promise of a continent – or at least many of its 54 states – still too often scarred by conflict and calamities such as Boko Haram

ICT Notebook: Actionable intelligence

Accounting firm Deloitte has added its voice to those saying operational intelligence is one of the key levers for improving efficiency in the mining industry

ArcelorMittal to purchase stake in Nimba?

ArcelorMittal was in “deep, deep discussions” to acquire BHP Billiton’s (BHPB) 41.3% stake in the Mount Nimba iron-ore deposit in Guinea

Tankoro adds to Hounde picture

Successful West African gold explorer Orbis Gold Ltd continues to enjoy positive drilling results at its Bantou project in the increasingly prolific Hounde greenstone belt of southwest Burkina Faso

‘Big value kickers’ in financing, says Zanaga

With much of the technical work complete on the Zanaga iron ore project in the Republic of the Congo following the release of this week’s feasibility study, it is the structure of financing agreements that could provide the next fillip in terms of upside.


London Mining plc’s AIM-listed shares have fallen by almost 60% in the past six months, as its exposure to the falling iron-ore price has come under close scrutiny. While its Marampa mine in Sierra Leone is still not producing ore as it should be, it is doing all it can to rectify both its stretched balance sheet and operational issues.

Vale begins legal action over Simandou

Vale SA has launched legal action against Beny Steinmetz’s BSG Resources Ltd BSGR) over the loss of the northern half of the giant Simandou iron-ore deposit in Guinea, Reuters reported

Azumah re-examines Wa model

Ghana gold contender Azumah Resources Ltd believes a hybrid contract mining scenario will enable better returns to be wrung from its Wa project
Read articles from the latest Print Edition - MJ 25/07/14
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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