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Straight Talk from Lucky Pierre

People packed into the Mine Finance session at this year’s PDAC conference. The session had four panelists, one of which was Pierre Lassonde, the founder of Franco Nevada Corp. and a former president of Newmont. Kicking off the discussion the moderator asked: What’s preventing the capital markets from appreciating the value that is inherent in mining industry?
Lassonde shared his thoughts. “No. 1, I would say our industry is almost to the point of irrelevance,” Lassonde said. “If look at the magnificent seven (Apple, Amazon, Google, Meta, etc.), they have a combined market cap of $13.1 trillion. The entire value of gold above ground ever mined for the last 5,000 years is $15 trillion. With gold equities, including the royalty companies, it’s $250 billion and half of that is the six largest companies (Newmont, Barrick Gold, etc.), and then the other half ($125 billion) is about 150 to 300 companies. In the grand scheme of things .... read more

                                          Steve Fiscor, Publisher & Editor in Chief





BHP Makes a Bid for Anglo
The world’s largest mining company by market cap, BHP, presented Anglo American with a non-binding, all-share takeover bid that values Anglo at $38.9 billion. Anglo reviewed and rejected the offer and, as this edition was going to press, many analysts thought BHP might up the ante. BHP offered 0.7097 of its shares for each Anglo share .... read more


Glencore Sells Its Controlling Stake in Volcan
Glencore said it will sell its stake in Volcan Compañia Minera S.A.A. to Transition Metals AG, a subsidiary of Integra Capital. Volcan is a major zinc producer located in the Andes in central Peru. As part of the transaction, Transition Metals will pay Glencore $20 million and Glencore has agreed to provide a secured facility of up to $40 million to fund certain mandatory tender offer obligations. Glencore purchased 23% of Volcan in 2017 for $734 million (55% of its Class A shares). More recently, Volcan has struggled with a softening zinc market .... read more


Boliden Reaches Agreement to Reopen Tara
Swedish mining company Boliden reported that an agreement has been reached between worker´s unions and local management that enables the process of reopening the company’s underground zinc mine in Tara, Ireland. In July 2023, the Tara mine was placed on care and maintenance due to a combination of factors, including a low price for zinc..... read more

Mosaic Sells Interest in MWSPC to Ma’aden
Mosaic announced that it will sell all its shares in Ma’aden Wa’ad Al Shamal Phosphate Co. (MWSPC), a joint venture investment among Ma’aden, Mosaic and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), to Ma’aden in exchange for newly issued shares in Ma’aden. Upon completion, this transaction will increase Ma’aden’s shareholding in MWSPC to 85%, while Mosaic will exchange its 25% shareholding in MWSPC for approximately 111 million shares in Ma’aden. “Having formed our partnership with Mosaic in 2013, more than a decade on .... read more

Premier Pours First Gold
Ascot Resources poured first gold at the Premier mine on April 20, 2024. The commissioning process at Canada’s newest gold mine, located on Nisga’a Nation Treaty Lands in the Golden Triangle of northwestern British Columbia, is well underway. “The first gold pour is a hallmark commissioning milestone for Ascot, representing the culmination of years of hard work .... read more

BLM Introduces Conservation Rule
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a Conservation and Landscape Rule. The agency said the new rule will establish the policy for the BLM to build and maintain the resilience of ecosystems on public lands in three primary ways: protecting the most intact, functioning landscapes; restoring degraded habitat and ecosystems; and using science and data as the foundation for management decisions across all plans and programs. The rule establishes a definition of “conservation” that encompasses both protection ....read more


Mining Permit Approved for Carolina Lithium
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (NCDEQ) Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (DEMLR) has issued an approval of the mining permit for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the proposed Carolina Lithium project in Gaston County, North Carolina. DEMLR provided the permit approval following a thorough review of the application submitted by Piedmont on August 30, 2021. “This is an exciting day for all of us at Piedmont Lithium,” said Keith Phillips, president and CEO, Piedmont Lithium. He thanked the .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - Latin America
Pan American Sells La Arena to Zijin
Pan American Silver Corp. announced that it will sell La Arena SA, owner of the La Arena gold mine as well as the La Arena II project in Peru, to Jinteng (Singapore) Mining Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Zijin Mining Group Co., for $245 million in cash upfront and a contingent payment of $50 million. “With the sale of La Arena, we continue to deliver on our strategy of .... read more


Chile Opens Lithium Bidding to Private Investors
During the Cesco Week 2024 conference in Santiago, Chile, Chilean Minister of Mining, Aurora Williams, together with her Economy counterpart, Nicolás Grau, announced that the bidding rules are now available for private investors interested in the exploration and exploitation of lithium. The specific invitation from the Chilean Government is to “express interest in participating in projects related to the exploration, exploitation and downstream processing of lithium contained in salt flats or other types of deposits in Chile.” “We hope that they ... read more


AROUND THE WORLD - Australasia
Western Australia’s Westgold and Karora to Merge
Westgold Resources Ltd. and Karora Resources Inc. have agreed to combine in a merger where Westgold will acquire all shares of Karora. Both companies are Western Australian gold miners. Westgold produces 220,000 to 230,000 ounces per year (oz/y) and Karora’s 2024 guidance is 170,000 to 185,000 oz/y. Karora shareholders will receive …. read more


Australia to Invest in Geologic Mapping
Speaking in Perth, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Western Australia is front and center when it comes to the future agenda for economic growth. He announced that the Commonwealth will provide A$566 million ($372 million) over 10 years to map the whole of Australia. “No state will benefit from that more than Western Australia,” Albanese said. “We’ll provide this funding for Geoscience Australia in next week’s budget. This is a long-term project that we need to start now. It’s rather extraordinary that we haven’t  …. read more


Sibanye Stillwater Announces Restructuring Plan for Southern Africa
Sibanye-Stillwater said it is discussing with its employees a proposed restructuring plan for its South African gold operations and its services functions for the southern Africa region. The company said an ongoing group business review has identified a need to address losses at the Beatrix 1 shaft, which has been unable to deliver …. read more


Orion Reaches Final Stages of Okiep Acquisition
Orion Minerals Ltd. said it has taken another key step in its strategy to become a leading diversified international base metals producer as it reaches the final stages of its acquisition of a controlling interest in the Okiep copper project (OCP), located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. The Industrial Development Corp. of South Africa Ltd (IDC), which is a strategic funding partner in the OCP, has now obtained its internal approvals and counter- signed the addenda to the agreements pursuant to which Orion will acquire the controlling .... read more

AROUND THE WORLD - This Month in Coal
Mt Arthur South Drills a Million Meters Autonomously
Mining contractor Thiess recently celebrated a milestone at BHP’s Mt Arthur South mine in New South Wales, Australia. They have drilled more than 1 million meters autonomously using a fleet of three Cat MD-series drills running with the Cat MineStar Command Autonomous Drill System. WesTrac Technology Solutions Manager Nakia Brewer .... read more


Orion Reaches Final Stages of Okiep Acquisition
Whitehaven Coal reported that all conditions precedent has now been satisfied to complete its acquisition of the Daunia and Blackwater metallurgical coal mines and all the shares in South Blackwater Coal Pty Ltd from the BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). The acquisition will essentially double Whitehaven’s production profile, transforming it into a leading metallurgical coal producer. The transaction was completed on April 2, 2024. Whitehaven will pay $2 billion to BMA, which is the balance of the upfront consideration, together with .... read more

FEATURE - Production Drilling
Face Drilling’s Cutting Edge
We explore the latest developments in electrification and automation for underground production drilling

By Carly Leonida, European Editor

Current trends influencing the design and development of underground face drilling rigs are primarily focused on enhancing safety, sustainability, and productivity. Innovations such as intelligent, autonomous, and emission-free jumbos are becoming increasingly prevalent as mines install the required support technology underground. Battery-electric rigs offer significant benefits in these applications, including zero emissions, reduced heat generation, and lower operating costs, which contribute to safer and healthier working conditions. .... read more



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FEATURE - Material Handling
Ready to Handle Anything
We present new insights, equipment and installations in mine materials handling.

By Carly Leonida, European Editor

Materials movement is a core component of every mining operation, and one upon which production and profitability arguably hinge. Reliability, durability and longevity are important characteristics for conveyor components, stackers, drive systems, feeders, auxiliary equipment and more, and vendors are continually working to better the performance of installations, both old and new. Here we present, by company name and in alphabetical order, insights into important projects around the globe, the latest equipment and design updates, as well as expert knowledge of system engineering and design .... read more



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FEATURE - Crushers and Sizers
Crushers Adapt to Higher Demands
Capacity and efficiency are important considerations for high tonnage crushing applications.

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief.

Mines are processing more low-grade ores, which means today’s crushers need to reduce more ore to produce the same amount of metal. With these higher throughputs, unplanned downtime is unacceptable. The crushing circuit also sets the stage for what happens downstream, so producing a consistent product efficiently is important. Mining operations require reliable crushers that can handle impact without compromising on availability and efficiency. Capital expenses and operating expenses are also top of mind. Many of today’s comminution success stories were initiated .... read more


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FEATURE - Open-Pit Blasting
New Tech Improves Blast Outcomes
Advanced software helps users optimize blasts for improved fragmentation, productivity and safety

By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer

Recent technologies released or announced by the major suppliers in the surface blasting space seek foremost to improve blast outcomes. They also offer numerous other benefits, including improved safety and regulations compliance. Experts at Dyno Nobel reported the Delta E2 (ΔE2) blasting-optimization system was used by a copper mine in the U.S. to increase productivity and cut costs. Previously, the mine was “running at a 24% P80 passing,” and was loading “different products based on borehole wetness,” said Jay Thorsness, field trials and operations specialist. The strategy “presented an inconsistent .... read more



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Sandvik Explore Second-Life Battery Energy Storage System
Sandvik has announced it has initiated a pilot project to deploy a second-life battery energy storage system (BESS) at to-be-determined Glencore assets. The BESS is expected to support mine services such as lighting and light EV charging at the Glencore operations. Sandvik will study additional use cases during the pilot, including power shifting, peak shaving and arbitrage .... read more
Orica Expands Lead Free Technology
Orica has announced it is set to expand its lead-free Non Primary Explosives Detonator NPED technology to manufacture the world’s first lead-free electronic blasting system range at its plant in Gyttorp, Sweden. This follows the successful introduction last year of the world’s first fully lead-free non-electric detonator range ....read more
International Day of Women in Mining - June 18
International Day of Women in Mining (IDWIM) is an annual global campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the importance of gender diversity and inclusivity in the mining industry. By showcasing the achievements of all who identify as women in mining and promoting best practices, the day aims .... read more

Komatsu launch Battery-Electric Drilling and Bolting Rigs
Komatsu has introduced the second generation of the company’s Z2 product line of small-class development drill and bolting equipment. The company say that the products have unique enhancements and additions, including the first battery-electric offerings within Komatsu’s underground hard ....read more

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Nokia and Alcon to Deploy Private Wireless Network to Sigma Lithium
Nokia has announced it has been chosen by Sigma Lithium, a leading global lithium producer, to deploy the first private LTE wireless campus network in the Americas that supports the mining of lithium, a metal critical to the production of batteries that power electric vehicles. Nokia will work with partner Alcon to roll out the private .... read more
TOMRA Delivers Results for Mothae Diamonds
The Mothae mine, located in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho is known to produce large, high-value diamonds which command the second highest dollar per carat for kimberlite diamonds worldwide. The company relies on TOMRA’s XRT sorting technology and digital solutions, the TOMRA Insight platform and TOMRA ACT user interface .... read more

Bunting Showcase Equipment at Hillhead
Bunting will present the ElectroMax Overband Magnet at Hillhead Quarrying, Construction and Recycling Show (25-27 June, 2024). The ElectroMax will be accompanied on the stand by the TN77 and meTRON 05D metal detectors, and a permanent suspension magnet. The ElectroMax and ElectroMax-Plus Overband Magnet uses a strong and deep electromagnetic .…. read more

Boliden, Epiroc and ABB Achieve Milestone
Boliden, Epiroc and ABB announced they have passed a new technology milestone by successfully deploying the first fully battery-electric trolley truck system on an 800 meter long underground mine test track in Sweden, with a 13% incline. Each partner has provided their expertise to this development process. Epiroc has added dynamic charging ....read more



JUNE 3-6, 2024: Exponor, Antofagasta, Chile.
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SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2024: MineExpo International 2024, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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OCTOBER 15-17, 2024: International Mining and Minerals Hall, Seville, Spain.
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OCTOBER 29-31, 2024: International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), Sydney, Australia.
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APRIL 6-9, 2025: Haulage and Loading, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
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JUNE 3-5 2025: US Coal Show - Longwall Edition, Pittsburgh, PA. USA
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Rio Tinto appointed Bold Baatar to the role of chief commercial officer (CCO) to lead the group’s commercial and business development activities globally. He succeeds Alf Barrios, who has decided to retire.
Newmont Corp. named Francois Hardy as its chief technology officer (CTO). He will join the company’s executive Leadership Team and lead the technical work across the business to improve operational performance and drive growth. Hardy takes over from interim CTO Dean Gehring, who also served in a dual role as Newmont’s chief integration officer. Newmont said Gehring will leave the company in early July..
Michael Michaud, senior vice president, exploration and resources, for Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. will step down in July, to pursue another opportunity within the precious metals sector. The company said it will immediately begin a search for a replacement.
Marc-Simon Schaar has been appointed CFO for Outokumpu. He has been working with Outokumpu since 2011 in senior roles and as a member of the leadership team since 2023. Based in Helsinki, Outokumpu is a leader in stainless steel production.
Jon Cherry has accepted the position of president and CEO of Perpetua Resources. He replaces Laurel Sayer, who announced retirement plans after leading the company through the permitting process for seven years.
North American lithium producer Sayona Mining Ltd. named Dougal Elder as its new CFO. Since joining Sayona in September 2022 as finance manager, the company said he has made a significant contribution to the company’s evolution from a developer to a lithium producer.
James F. Howe has been appointed president of Motion. He previously served as the executive vice president and chief commercial and technology officer, where he played a pivotal role in shaping Motion’s corporate trajectory.
Arman Bagdasarian, president of Epiroc’s Parts & Services Asia Pacific (APAC) division, will leave to pursue a career outside the Group. Jodie Velasquez, vice president, controlling and finance parts and services, has been appointed acting president for the division, while the company searches for a new president.



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