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Miner Kaz agrees to £3bn pound buyout deal from chairman-led group
Published: 28 Oct 20
Kaz Minerals said on Wednesday it has agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by its chairperson Oleg Novachuk, in an all-cash deal that values the London-listed miner at £3-billion ($3.91-billion). Nova Resources, a company owned by Novachuk and Kaz director Vladimir Kim, will pay 640p per Kaz share, the miner said.
West African's production up by 40%
Published: 28 Oct 20
Gold miner West African Resources has reported a 40% increase in gold production for the three months to September, as ramp-up at its 90% held Sanbrado operation, in Burkina Faso, continued. Gold production in the September quarter was up to 45 338 oz, from the 33 028 oz poured in the June quarter, while gold sales nearly doubled from 22 221 oz to 44 184 oz in the same period.
Sandfire’s first deposit at Black Butte shows potential to produce 23 000 t/y of copper
Published: 28 Oct 20
ASX-listed Sandfire Resources America has announced a maiden mineral reserve of 8.8-million tonnes at 2.6% copper for 226 100 t of contained copper for the Johnny Lee deposit at the company’s Black Butte copper project. The company also published a feasibility study on the deposit, which is the cornerstone deposit of the Black Butte copper project, in White Sulphur Springs, Montana.
Black Butte proves positive - Sandfire
Published: 28 Oct 20
A feasibilitiy study into the Johnny Lee deposit, at the Black Butte copper project, in Montana, has found that the deposit would underpin a mine life of eight years, at a production rate of 1.2-million tonnes of ore a year. The North American subsidiary of ASX-listed Sandfire Resources, Sandfire Resources America, has reported a maiden mineral reserve of 8.8-million tonnes, grading 2.6% copper for 226 100 t of contained copper at Johnny Lee.
New Century hoping to halve debt
Published: 28 Oct 20
Base metals miner New Century Resources has announced plans for a $25-million capital raise to retire over half of its existing net secured debt. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday said that it would raise some $15-million through a share placement to two existing institutional shareholders and new investor, US hedge fund Luxor Capital.
Thermal coal demand in Asia to rise - report Thermal coal demand in Asia to rise - report
Published: 28 Oct 20
New research conducted on behalf of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has noted that the demand for thermal coal imports in the Asia Pacific region will grow by more than 270-million tonnes to 2030, to reach 1.1-billion tonnes a year. The report by Commodity Insight, noted that there were several fundamental factors driving this growth in demand, including high electricity demand, high population growth, significant coal-fired generation capacity, and the inability of domestic coal production to keep pace with demand growth.
Nordgold hopes to clear the air
Published: 28 Oct 20
Gold miner Nordgold on Wednesday announced that it would supplement its on-market unconditional cash offer for ASX-listed Cardinal Resources with an off-market offer on equivalent terms, in the hopes of swaying the Cardinal board’s vote in favour of its own offering. The suitor on Wednesday said that both Cardinal and its Chinese suitor Shandong Gold Mining have attempted to create a ‘misleading and inaccurate’ impression that Shandong’s unconditional A$1 a share bid was in some way preferred to Nordgold’s own unconditional bid.
Jupiter plans iron-ore spin-out
Published: 28 Oct 20
The board of ASX-listed Jupiter Mines has approved a demerger of the company’s Central Yilgarn iron-ore assets, and a subsequent initial public offering (IPO). The demerger will create a separately ASX-listed company that will focus on progressing the development of the Mount Mason direct shipping ore (DSO) hematite project.
Vivo Energy, Robex to set up a solar plant at Mali mine
Published: 28 Oct 20
Canadian mining company Robex Resources and Vivo Energy, which sells and distributes Shell- and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, have reached an agreement for Vivo Energy to supply solar energy to the Nampala gold mine, in Mali, for a period of five to fifteen years. The project will result in the construction of a 3.9 MW solar photovoltaic power plant, with a battery storage capacity of 2.6 MWh which, owing to the energy management system, will be fully integrated into the mine’s existing thermal power plant.
Brixton Metals, HPX enter into $44.5m earn-in agreement over Hog Heaven project
Published: 28 Oct 20
Canadian exploration and development company Brixton Metals has entered into a binding heads of agreement with High Power Exploration (HPX), a mineral exploration and development company led by chairperson and CEO Robert Friedland, with respect to a $44.5-million earn-in and joint venture on Brixton's Hog Heaven silver/gold/copper/lead/zinc project, in Montana, in the US. “This $44.5-million earn-in agreement highlights the high quality and significant potential of the Hog Heaven project and is an endorsement of the work the Brixton team has been doing. This agreement meets Brixton’s strategic objective to accelerate the advancement of the project towards a potential mine development,” says Brixton chairperson and CEO Gary Thompson.
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