Huayou Cobalt investing $300M in Zim lithium op

Chinese group Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt has earmarked $300 million to invest in the rapid development of the Arcadia project in Zimbabwe to include a lithium operation and processing plant. Per a Reuters report this week, Zhejiang Huayou, one of the top cobalt producers in the world, recently completed a purchase of the hard-rock lithium property just outside of Harare from…

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World’s largest hydrogen haul truck ready to roll in South Africa

Anglo American recently pulled back the introductory curtain on its prototype hydrogen-battery hybrid haul truck, the largest in the world, at its Mogalakwena PGM operation in South Africa. The 2-megawatt machine has a 290-tonne/320-ton payload and using multiple fuel cells can generate more power than its diesel predecessor. The truck is part of Anglo American’s nuGen Zero Emission Haulage Solution…

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No survivors in Perkoa refuge chamber after flood: Trevali

One month after eight workers were trapped within the Perkoa nickel mine in Burkina Faso after flooding, and despite 24-hour-per-day searches, rescue crews have confirmed they reached the mine’s refuge chamber and that the unit was empty. The chamber, located at Level 520, about 570 metres below ground, was still intact but had not been used. Searchers have pledged to…

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Eight miners remain missing at Perkoa nickel op: Trevali

Canadian-based operator Trevali Mining said its continuing a search for eight miners that have been missing since a flooding event at the Perkoa nickel mine in Burkina Faso on 16 April. In an update report released 9 May, company officials said it has removed 32 million litres of water so far from the mine, restoring access to Level 550, but…

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Four deaths reported at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu

South African operator Harmony Gold has confirmed the deaths of four of its employees after an incident at its Kusasalethu operation in the Gauteng province. Officials said 9 May the event near Carletonville was an “infrastructure maintenance-related incident” but did not provide further details. It also did not identify the names or positions of any of the four killed on…

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Metso Outotec taking electrowinning tech to African customer

Metso Outotec has a new EUR 11 million order to take its advanced electrowinning equipment to an African copper cathode production plant. The scope of delivery includes supply of basic engineering and equipment for the facility’s expansion. The customer was not identified. Metso Outotec officials said the order has been added to its received sheet for 2Q22. A timeline for…

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GNRI considers sale of Khoemacau copper-silver mine

UK-based private equity firm GNRI is working with an adviser to identify potential buyers for its Khoemacau copper-silver mine in Botswana, reported Bloomberg. A deal could value the asset at $1.5 billion. Khoemacau is an underground mine located in the Kalahari Copper Belt, which stretches from northeast Botswana to western Namibia. First concentrate was produced in June 2021, and the…

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Kinross sells Chirano stake to Asante Gold

Canadian-based miner Kinross Gold has entered into an agreement with Asante Gold to sell its 90% interest in the Chirano gold mine in Ghana for $225 million in cash and shares.  Chirano is an open-pit and underground operation located 100 kilometres southwest of Kumasi, Ghana’s second largest city. Last year, the mine produced 154,668 gold equivalent ounces, and its life…

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Trevali missing eight workers after Perkoa flooding

Trevali Mining said it has sent in mine rescue teams to search for eight of its workers after heavy rainfall flooded its Perkoa underground zinc operation in Burkina Faso. The company, which issued a report on the incident over the weekend but has not offered an update since, reported that it evacuated the Sanguie province mine after the flooding that…

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De Beers opens South Africa training centre

Diamond miner De Beers has commissioned a new training facility at the Venetia Underground Project, in the Limpopo province, South Africa, to train employees and new recruits for what’s ahead for its underground-to-surface transition. The R188 million (US$2.2 million) skill centre casually known as VUP can accommodate 84 students at a time and features development of one of the most…

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