Niger halts new mining licences

Niger’s junta has temporarily suspended the granting of new mining licences and ordered an audit of the sector, reported Reuters. The West African nation has the continent’s highest-grade uranium ores and is the world’s seventh-biggest producer of uranium, noted the news agency. France’s state-owned Orano operates the SOMAÏR open-pit uranium mine in northern-central Niger. Those operations have continued despite a…

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Barrick: Lumwana Super Pit coming in ‘28

Barrick has confirmed it is accelerating progress for the Lumwana copper mine’s Super Pit project in Zambia, estimating first production in 2028. Barrick President and CEO Mark Bristow advised Zambian president Hakainde Hichilema of the fast-track during a meeting on 23 January. The project includes transforming Lumwana into one of the world’s major copper mines, with projected annual production of…

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Murray and Roberts sinks Palabora vent shaft

Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation and its client Palabora Mining (PMC) celebrated the last blast at the new ventilation shaft, which took its depth to a final 1,200 metres below surface on 9 January. The 8.5 metre diameter upcast vent shaft – which holed through to an already developed return air way at depth – is vital to…

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Debswana supports Jwaneng underground transition

The board of Debswana, the joint venture between De Beers Group and the government of Botswana, has approved investment for a key development phase of the Jwaneng underground project, paving the way for the world’s most valuable diamond mine to transition from open pit to underground operations. The US$1 billion (BWP 13.6 billion) investment in the Exploration Access Development Phase…

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Ivanhoe Mines exports first copper along Lobito Corridor

Ivanhoe Mines said the first shipment of copper concentrate from the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo has arrived by rail at the Atlantic Ocean port of Lobito in Angola. “Our first trial shipment is an important milestone on the path to creating a new supply chain linking the Central African Copperbelt to world markets,” said Robert…

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Epiroc expands portfolio with Weco acquisition

Epiroc has agreed to acquire the business of Weco Proprietary Ltd., a South African manufacturer of precision-engineered rock drilling parts and provider of related repairs and services. “This acquisition will strengthen our manufacturing capabilities and expand our product portfolio of spare parts in the growing and important African region,” said Helena Hedblom, Epiroc president and CEO. “We look forward to…

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Sit-in at SA platinum mine called off

An illegal mine strike organized underground at Wesizwe’s Bakubung platinum operation in Rustenburg, North West, South Africa, has ended and all parties have convened in talks. The mine owner said on 9 December that the approximately 200 workers at the complex, who had been demanding pay increases and revisions to its maternity policy, resurfaced the prior evening at about 11…

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