Mining, Resources and Basic Materials News

Resource stocks (as opposed to mining stocks) tend to be companies with a resource of material, with no need to “mine” to get to it.and data on Pan European listed mining and resource stocks. Mining is a process of extraction of materials (the resource) from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein or seam. Any material that cannot be grown from agricultural processes, or created artificially in a laboratory or factory, is usually mined.

13 Mar 2017

Wolf Minerals draws an additional £10 million from RCF facility

Wolf Minerals is to draw down an additional £10m from the 12-month secured bridge loan facility that major shareholder, Resource Capital Fund (RCF), provided in October 2016. This will take the amount received from RCF to £30m. The loans carry interest at rates between 10% and 15% per annum and may be repaid with cash […]

22 Feb 2017

Ariana Resources potential for significant resource growth at Tavsan

Ariana Resources (AAU:AIM) Completed a resource-focused target generation for the  Tavsan Project which is part of the Red Rabbit 50% joint venture with Proccea Construction Co. Sixteen target areas were identified, including the following important drill intercepts: 11m@5.11 g/t Au + 6.83 g/t Ag, 6m@3.37g/t Au + 3.67 g/t Ag and 9m@1.30 g/t Au + 4.32g/t Ag, […]

21 Feb 2017

Vast Resources stock rose 9% on production update

Vast Resources (VAST:AIM) Quarterly production and operations update for the three months ended 31 December 2016, for their mines in Romania and Zimbabwe. Their 50.1% owned Manaila Polymetallic mine in Romania saw a 44% increase in copper concentrate production over the previous quarter, producing 889 tonnes at an average 19.5% copper. Zinc concentrate production increased […]

17 Feb 2017

Landore Resources maiden resource of 301k oz Au

Landore Resources (LND.L:AIM) Announced a Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate for the BAM East Gold Deposit on its Junior Lake Property, Ontario, Canada. The resource estimate was 301,000 oz consisting of an indicated resource of 193k oz at 1.35 g/t Au and an inferred resource of 108k oz at 1.23 g/t Au. The estimated cost to […]

14 Feb 2017

Mariana Resources, positive initial drilling results for Ergama project

Mariana Resources (MARL:AIM) (MARL:TSX.V) Reported initial drilling results from their 100% owned Ergama project in western Turkey, located 90km SE of Teck’s Pilot Gold Halilaga Au-Cu project and 230km west north west of Eldorado Gold’s Kisladag gold mine which produced 211k oz of gold in 2016. The Ergama project license covers an area of 2,168 Ha (21.6 km2). Drill […]

06 Feb 2017

Gemfields, Fabergé sales orders increase 95% versus same quarter 2015.

Gemfields (GEM:AIM) Announces second quarter operational update for the period ending 31 December 2016. Production at the 75% owned Kagem Mine was 4.7 million carats of emerald and beryl with an average grade of 156 carats per ton, versus the quarter ending 31 December  2015 of 8.2m carats with an average grade of 272 cpt. […]

31 Jan 2017

Tungsten production fall offsets significant positive developments in Wolf’s December quarter

Wolf Minerals reported revenues from sale of tungsten concentrates at its Drakelands open-pit mine, in Devon, of A$5.4m for the quarter ended 31 December 2016. After considering spending of A$4.2m on development, A$20.7m on production and A$5.0m on finance costs, net cash used in operating activities for the quarter was A$24.6m. At the end of […]

30 Jan 2017

Sylvania Platinum quarterly production hits a record

Sylvania Platinum (SLP:AIM) Results from its PGM, Sylvania Dump Operations (“SDO”) in the Bushveld region of South Africa, for the quarter ended 31 December 2016 (Q2). The company produced a record 18,562 oz for the quarter, an 8% increase on the previous quarter of 17,257 oz. H1 production was 35,819 oz. The outlook for the […]

30 Jan 2017

Jubilee Platinum commissioning of Chromite and PGM recovery plants on schedule

Jubilee Platinum (JLP:AIM) First delivery of chromite concentrate product targeted within the next 2 weeks, after integrating the Recovery Plant into Hernic’s current operations. The tailings from the Chromite Recovery Plant forms the feed to the PGM Recovery Plant. The integration of the two circuits will commence during February 2017.  The PGM benefaction plant is expected to […]

26 Jan 2017

Firestone Diamonds recovers 20 stones over 10.8 carats while ramping up to nameplate capacity

Firestone Diamonds (FDI:AIM) The Liqhobong Diamond Mine, 75% owned by Firestone and 25% by the Government of Lesotho, is ramping up to nameplate capacity after completing construction in early Q4, 2016. First diamond recoveries occurred in late October 2016. By the end of the quarter ended 31 December 2016, over 20 special stones larger than […]

25 Jan 2017

Rambler Metals plans to reach 1,250 mtpd by mid-2017

Rambler Metals (RMM:AIM) (RAB:TSXV) The company provided production guidance for the 2017 fiscal year, which will now be the same as the calendar year. Also provided five month Stub period for production ending December 31, 2016 as they transition their fiscal year. Saleable metal for 2017 is expected to be 5,100-5,800 tonnes of copper and […]

19 Jan 2017

Rambler Metals DMS testing increases grade 1.4x with 93.6% recoveries.

Rambler Metals (RMM:AIM) (RAB-TSXV) The company has been testing the use of Dense Media Separation (‘DMS’) as a pre-concentration step before milling of the ore in the processing plant with the objective of expanding the Ming Mine beyond the current planned 1,250 metric tonnes per day (‘mtpd) mining rate. The test processed 2,200 dry metric […]

19 Jan 2017

Shanta Gold record annual gold production

Shanta Gold (SHG:AIM) The company reported record annual gold production for 2016 of 87,713 oz; beating guidance of 82k-87k oz. All in sustaining cost for 2016 was US$661/oz which was lower than guidance of US$690-740/oz and an improvement over 2015 AISC of US$845/oz. Q4 2016 production was 18,897 oz Au, at AISC of US$747/oz. The […]

17 Jan 2017

Mariana Resources PEA shows post-tax NPV of US$1.37 billion.

Mariana Resources (MARL:AIM) (MARL:TSX-V) Mariana announces a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA)  for the Hot Maden underground mining project, 30% owned with Tukish partner Lidya who owns 70%. Post-tax NPV US$1.37 billion. Post-tax IRR for the base case mining 153% excluding acquisition costs. Total metal production of 2.6 million ounces of gold and 142,000 of copper over […]

11 Jan 2017

Hummingbird Resources reports mine construction at Yanfolila underway

Hummingbird Resources reports that in Q4 16 it started construction of the Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali. The US$70 million mine is expected to begin production at the end of 2017 and is projected to produce an average of 107koz/y of gold at a low AISC of US$700/oz.   In October 2016, the first concrete […]

11 Jan 2017

Tharisa, 2017 will be a definitive year

Tharisa plc (THS:LSE) The company reported solid production results for Q1 2017, period ended 31 December 2016. Produced 34.8 koz of PGM and 322.2 kt of chrome concentrate in the quarter, compared to 24 koz of PGMS’s and 272.1 kt of chrome in the same quarter 2015. Out of the chrome production 77.1 kt was […]

09 Jan 2017

Toachi Mining intersects 15.89m@7.63 g/t Au, 49.74 g/t Ag, 2.4% Cu

Toachi Mining (TIM:TSX-V) The company reported results from its on-going drill program at La Plata, a gold-rich volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) project in Ecuador. A first phase metallurgical optimisation programme has also been initiated. Hole CMLP-16-14: 15.89m@7.63 g/t Au, 49.74g/t Ag, 2.40% Cu, 11.82%Zn an 0.97%Pb from 135.57m. Included within this zone is a higher grading […]

06 Jan 2017

Polo Resources looks to change investment policy

Polo Resources will send a Circular to adopt a new investing policy in accordance with AIM Rule 8 and a Revised Share Options Plan. The Company became an investing company under AIM Rules in July 2010 to invest in the resource and energy sectors. Whilst the Board is seeing improvements in market sentiment across the natural resources […]

20 Dec 2016

Gemfields ruby auction raises US$30 million

Gemfields plc has completed its seventh auction of rough rubies from the Montepuez ruby mine, in Mozambique, in which it has a 75% interest (local partner 25%). The auction raised US$30.4m, the fourth highest ruby auction total to date. The company sold almost 1.1 million carats (85% by value of the total offered) at an […]

13 Dec 2016

Positive feasibility results for Dalradian’s Northern Ireland gold mine

Dalradian Resources has received a positive feasibility study on its 100%-owned Curraghinalt gold project, in Northern Ireland. The study was prepared by JDS Energy and Mining Inc, supported by SRK Consulting. Based on reserves of 5.24 Mt at grades of 8.54 g/t gold and 3.9 g/t silver, for 1.44 Moz of gold and 0.66 Moz […]

08 Dec 2016

Dalradian Resources test Stope 3 recovers 35% more gold than anticipated

Dalradian Resources (DALR:AIM) (DNA:TSX) A  third stope test was conducted to validate the long-hole mining method on a shallow dipping (50-55 degrees) portion of the vein, located 60 metres below the surface on the V-75 vein at the deepest point of the current development. In comparison Stopes 1 and 2 had dips of 73 degrees and […]

06 Dec 2016

Hummingbird Res. gold project now fully funded

Hummingbird Resources (HUM:AIM) The Project capex for Yanfolila of US$88 million, is now fully funded. After a rigorous due diligence process, Taurus Funds Management Pty Limited has agreed to provide a US$45 million Senior Secured Term Facility and a US$10 million Cost Overrun Facility for the Yanfolila Gold project in Mali. The existing Bridge Loan […]

24 Nov 2016

Wolf receives important approvals from planning authorities

Wolf Minerals has received approval to operate its tungsten plant on a 24/7 basis, permanently, and  permission to extend mining activities to 2036. Both permissions will have a significant impact on future production at its Drakelands open-pit mine, in Devon. On 23 November, Devon County Council (DCC) extended the mine’s planning permission from 2021 to […]

24 Nov 2016

Atalaya Mining 97% production increase from Q2 2016

Atalaya Mining Plc (ATYM:AIM) (AYM:TSX) As a result of an increase in volume of copper concentrate sold, lower cash costs and higher realised copper prices, EBITDA improved significantly in Q3 2016 to €1.9 million compared to a loss of €3.6 million for H1 2016. Atalaya, had a 97% increase in the production of tonnes of […]

17 Nov 2016

Sierra Metals, discovery at Yauricocha mine in Peru

Sierra Metals (SMT-CN) The discovery of a new high grade sulfide zone 200 meters north of the central mine, along strike and adjacent to current mining activities, contributes to the future growth potential of the company. Underground drilling intersects several wide high-grade copper, lead, zinc and silver sulfide intercepts at the Cuye-Mascota area of the […]

16 Nov 2016

Savannah Resources, assays reveal high grade zones of copper

Savannah Resources (SAV:AIM) Final results for the resource drilling program at the Mahab 4 prospect in Block 5, Oman reveal high grade zones of copper. Mahab Resource Drilling: 14.25m@3.86% copper, 0.62% zinc and 0.22 g/t gold from 109.1m. Mahab 4: 67.4m@4.64% copper, 1.13% zinc and 0.3 g/t gold from 18.6m incl. 35.4m@8.3% copper, 2.1% zinc and 0.4 […]

14 Nov 2016

Serabi Gold record Q3 production and profit

Serabi Gold (SRB:AIM) (SBI-CN) In the quarter the company was able to achieve record production, reduce debt and dramatically increase profit for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The company achieved record Q3 2016 gold production of 10,233 oz, compared to 9,896 in Q2 2016. The addition of a third ball mill, a second flotation […]

14 Nov 2016

Jubilee Platinum sees improvement in gross profit for 2016

Jubilee Platinum Plc (JLP:AIM) Released results for the year ended 30 June 2016. Loss for the year was 3.67m vs 3.44m for 2015. Total comprehensive 2016 loss improved to (£1m) vs loss of (£7.94m) in 2015; due to exchange rate differentials on foreign operations.  There was an improvement in gross profit at 865k vs 23k […]

10 Nov 2016

Gem Diamonds stays on track, Q3 update.

Gem Diamonds Limited (GEMD:LSE) The company is on track to achieve full year production guidance at Letšeng, despite extreme weather disruptions. In Q3 2016: 24,388 carats were recovered at Letšeng, compared to 28,682 carats in Q2 2016. The weather conditions restricted access to the pits, therefore ore was sourced from surface stockpiles which resulted in a reduction […]

10 Nov 2016

Ariana Resources completes Tavsan scoping study, pre-tax IRR 80%

Ariana Resources Plc (AAU:AIM) The completion of a scoping study for the Tavsan Project in Turkey reveals excellent results. Tavsan is part of the Red Rabbit JV with Proccea Construction Co. and will be 50% owned by Ariana once mine construction at the Kiziltepe Sector is completed in Q4 2016. The Tavsan project is planned to be […]

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