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Teresa Matich reports that copper prices have been on a downtrend for some time, losing roughly 26% in 2015. The red metal has gained back some ground since the start of 2016, but is still sitting well below the $3 per pound mark, largely due to a decrease in demand growth from top consumer China. However, world copper supply has not dropped as much as one might expect. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), global copper production is up 200,000 tonnes for a total of 18.7 million tonnes in 2015, despite reports of production cuts from major miners.

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Jocelyn Aspa reports that while many expected the nickel price to continue to rise in 2015 on the back of Indonesian ban on unprocessed ore exports, it ultimately fell from $14,767 to $9,895 by September 2015.

Overall, global nickel production increased slightly in 2015 compared to the previous year (2,450,000 tonnes vs. 2,530,000 tonnes). And as mentioned above, the nickel price declined in 2015, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Decreased prices were attributed to declining growth rates for global production of austenitic stainless steal and commissioning of nickel r... More →
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Platinum-group metals (PGMs) are prized for their resistance to corrosion, durability and excellent catalytic properties. These characteristics make PGMs useful in everything from jewelry making to industrial and electronics applications, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Today, the automotive industry is the largest consumer of these metals, which are used in catalytic converters for vehicle exhaust systems. Automotive production is expected to climb in coming years, particularly in developing markets, and that is expected to ensure healthy demand for PGMs into the fu... More →
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Vivien Diniz reports that in capping off the holiday week, the SandP TSX Composite index was up 47.45 points or 0.35%. Canadian stocks were on the move for the fifth straight day. Banks and consumer companies managed to offset declines by oil producers during the shortened trading week.

During the holiday session, the top gaining resource company was First Quantum Minerals. Runner up on to the top 5 is Capstone Mining, followed by Starcore International Mines, Dominion Diamond, and Almaden Minerals, rounding up the top 5.

The top gainer was diversified metals miner, and ... More →
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Teresa Matich reports that Tirex Resources was the top gaining stock for the week, followed by Los Andes Copper, Antioquia Gold, Largo Resources and Goldstrike Resources.

Shares of Tirex gained 93.75% this week to close at $0.155. The junior mining company is focused on bringing forward its Mirdita project in Albania, which it believes has the potential to become a major volcanic massive sulphide (VMS) base metal mining district. On December 10. Tirex announced it would begin field work at its Rehova copper project, also in Albania.

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Teresa Matich reports that metals prices have been under pressure this year, and palladium has not been exempt. The spot palladium price is down 20.15% year-to-date and hit a five-year low last month. Certainly, that has been tough on palladium stocks. However, the metal has seen an uptick over the past month, with the spot palladium price rising 12%, to about $644 per ounce.

Most of the world platinum-group metals (PGMs) are produced in South Africa and Russia by major producers like Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin, and Impala Platinum Holdings, but there are certainly other compan... More →
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Alluvial mining is an old technology, but it is still fairly common today. Some mining companies use the technique, though it is more often a source of income for individual laborers in areas like Africa and South America.

Alluvial mining is the mining of stream bed deposits (also known as alluvial deposits) for minerals. These alluvial deposits are formed when minerals are eroded from their source, and then transported by water to a new locale. When the sediments are deposited, they settle according to their weight, with heavier, more valuable minerals like gold, diamonds and plat... More →
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Alireza Ashofteh and Ahmad Adib reports that the study area is situated in the NW-trending Urumieh-Dokhtar volcanic belt in Iran evolved during Arabia-Eurasia convergence. At the center of Bidkhan, there is an area of approximately 10 km2, which is an altered volcanic-intrusive complex. An is made to provide a more accurate picture of the alteration landscape across Bidkhan on the map.

The purpose is to clarify how alteration at several points has occurred so as to understand the features of alteration. The altered area is covered by younger events, which have in turn gone through ... More →
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Broker Investec, said that what surprised them about the figures from the WPIC was that it appears the platinum industry has still not got the message that production has to reduce. AmPlats sale of its South Africa-based Rustenburg assets today sparked hopes there may be some respite for the beleaguered platinum industry after a torrid two years.

Shares in owner Anglo American jumped over 7%, seemingly in relief it had found someone willing to take the deep mines off its hands after it made it clear it wanted out in 2012. The problems are not hard to spot. The platinum price has dro... More →
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The mining industry in the Philippines is in a life-and-death struggle with environmentalists led by environment and natural resources minister, Gina Lopez. The fight fortells what is likely to happen across the Asia-Pacific.

At the moment, the Philippine mining sector is on the back foot, with Lopez ordering closure of 23 of the country 41 mines and suspending another five for destruction of watershed areas and indiscriminate mining.

Of the mines facing closure, 17 are involved in nickel production. These firms represent about half of the country annual nickel output, Lo... More →
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Ali Somarin blogs that iron ores are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can be economically extracted during the mining process. Waste elements other than iron (Fe) in iron ore dilute the overall grade of the ore and incur a smelter penalty.

Penalty elements change the physical properties of iron and can impede the proper operation of the smelting facility. The ore beneficiation process at a mine is designed to remove as much waste and penalty elements as possible prior to ore transport and smelting.

The phosphorous (P) content of the iron is a tightly controlle... More →
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MES reports that given the affordable price and its geographical advantages, Tenke had been eyed for acquisition by other Chinese companies as well, Mao noted. China Molybdenum took action very fast, he said. U.S. consultancy Deloitte noted in a report in August 2015 that Chinese buyers used to be far more enthusiastic about energy sector merger and acquisition (M&A) deals overseas, but now they are only interested in assets that the country needs such as copper and gold.

Persistent downward pressure on commodity prices has given Chinese companies an opportunity to invest overs... More →
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Priscila Barrera reports that Interest in the cobalt market started to rise a couple of years ago when Tesla announced the opening of its lithium-ion battery gigafactory. Cobalt, a raw material needed for these batteries, is on track for a price surge in the next few months as the electric car revolution unfolds.

Prices for cobalt metal COB-CATH-LON are expected to rise 45% to above $16 a lb by 2020 from $11 at present, as stricter emissions controls boost demand for electric vehicles and push the market into deficit from this year, analysts said.

Chris Berry, of House Mo... More →
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For many months, a trend towards resource nationalism has become apparent, and which is taking a major toll on the potential supply of platinum (PTM) where over 90% comes from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Russia. These are far from safe-mining jurisdictions. Simultaneously, auto sales are rebounding to levels not seen since before the credit crisis in early 2008.

Despite global-supply concerns, increase of resource nationalism and rising industrial and automobile demand, platinum is still undervalued compared to gold (GLD). The platinum price is still far below pre-credit crisis highs... More →
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Venkel infographic illustrates how four conflict minerals contribute to world production. Tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold are four conflict minerals with sizeable production in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries. Fighting in these countries results in 45,000 deaths each month. Conflict minerals fuel and fund the fighting. Diamond is the best known conflict mineral.
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Andrew Watson reports that the Mt Isa Mine deposits represent the largest accumulations of lead, zinc and silver in the world. Located in the Mount Isa inlier of Queensland, Australia, the first deposits were discovered in 1923 as the result of lucky whack of a horseshoe and the area has been mined continuously since then. There are 11 years of known reserves remaining. The location is remote and the challenges overcome to create a multi-decade mining camp has created a strong sense of local pride. In addition, the remoteness of the deposit has given rise to several national innovations includ... More →
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MINING.com is a web-based global mining publication focusing on news and commentary about mining and mineral exploration. The site is a one-stop-shop for mining industry professionals, educators, investors, and the general public. We cover all the important mining news of the day, including but not limited to: drill results, mergers and acquisitions, financing, mining education, suppliers and equipment news, commodities, market data, and precious metals commentary.

MINING.com also features news articles important to those investing in the mining sector, mining companies and commodit... More →
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A web-based news article produced by the Australian Government, Geoscience Australia (AusGeo News). As strong demand for nickel stimulates exploration activity worldwide, Geoscience Australia has developed a web-based information and mapping system of metallogenic provinces to assist the discovery of new nickel sulphide resources to maintain Australia’s position as the world’s second biggest provider of this valuable mineral.
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NioCorp Developments reported an update to its recently released PEA for its Elk Creek Niobium project in Nebraska in light of a computational error for one section of the report. The change has increased the after tax NPV from 562 million U.S. dollars to 606 million U.S. dollars.

Company officials were advised by the authors of the report that the error resulted in a portion of the projected revenue not being accounted for in early years of the project, which, together with consequent adjustments to estimates for tax liabilities, resulted in an adjustment to the NPV and IRR result... More →
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Highlights of the PEA study are as follows ...

1. Initial capital expenditure of $717.7 million and sustaining capital of $164.4 for total estimated capital expenditures of $882.1 million over the estimated 12-year mine life. In addition, closure and reclamation costs are estimated at $81.6 million.

2. Pre-tax Net Present Value (NPV)8% of $927.7 million calculated at the beginning of the two-year construction period and an Internal Rate of Return, IRR, of 22.8% for the base case.

3. After-tax NPV8% of $537.2 million and after-tax IRR of 17.9% for the base case.... More →
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This is a video progress report on the NQ Minerals Ukalunda Project - Birthday Gift Prospect south of Townsville and southeast of Charters Towers area in North Queensland, Australia. Turn on speakers for audio.

I2M is an independent consultant to NQ Minerals, Australia.

For additional information, see www.nqmpl.com
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Palladium is one of the platinum group metals (PGM), which consist of iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium. These metals are also sometimes referred to as the noble metals due to their resistance to corrosion. This group has all been found to exhibit outstanding catalytic properties which have led to their use in autocatalysts. Palladium is the least dense and lowest melting of the platinum group metals. Major sources were found in Russia and South Africa. In North America, palladium was found with platinum and other PGMs in Montana where it is now extracted by the Stil... More →
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Greg Klein reports that Equitas Resources looks forward to continuing its search for Voisey Bay-type mineralization. Results announced earlier show three areas of focus on Garland, a 23,386-hectare property 30 kilometres from the Labrador historic nickel-cobalt-copper discovery. With the rig still on site and money in the bank, Equitas plans to resume drilling as soon as winter conditions allow.

Equitas Resources plans winter drilling at Garland. The company took on the newly assembled property earlier this year, based partly on the fact that the great nickel deposits of Sudbury, No... More →
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A 19-page article from the June-July 1999 volume of "Economic Geology", the Bulletin of the Society of Economic Geologists. This article addresses the question: "Are giant deposits statistically different from smaller deposits or are they just magnitude peaks in the population of all deposits of a particular type?"
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Eugene Gerden reports that Russia plans to significantly increase the volume of domestic niobium production in the coming years, that will be achieved through the expansion of the existing production and processing capacities. As part of these plans, production will be accelerated on the basis of largest niobium fields, and in particular the Lovozero mine, which is located in the Murmansk region, as well as the Tatar field in the Krasnoyarsk region.

In the case of Lovozero, production will take place in the form of loparite concentrate, while in Tatar in the form of a pyrochlore co... More →
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