Two contractor deaths confirmed at First Quantum ops

Canadian miner First Quantum has confirmed two fatalities, both contractors, at its Kansanshi and Sentinel operations in Zambia. The first was a worker from a Reliant Drilling at the operator’s Kansanshi open-pit copper mine in the North Western province on 23 November. The incident involved a fall of ground at the underground dewatering decline. In a separate incident on Friday,…

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MMG acquires Khoemacau

Australian-headquartered MMG has confirmed the formation of a share purchase agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of the Khoemacau operation in Botswana, which it said is one of the world’s highest quality new copper mines. The deal, worth US$1.875 billion, was confirmed 21 November and gives MMG access to a long-life operation – in excess of two decades – in a…

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Miners stuck underground amid labor dispute

About 540 workers at Gold One International’s Modder East gold mine near Johannesburg, South Africa, have been prevented from returning to the surface by labor-union members after a dispute over recognition, reported Bloomberg. Workers at the operation were kept underground after the night shift ended by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, according to Jon Hericourt, a Gold One…

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Commercial production commences at Kombat 

Trigon Metals said it achieved commercial production as of October 11 at its Kombat copper mine in Namibia. The milestone marks a major step forward in Trigon’s journey toward becoming a leading mid-tier copper producer. The miner said commercial production status was achieved swiftly in accordance with its targets. The mill started producing concentrate on August 3 then Triggon proceeded…

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Fortuna completes Chesser Resources acquisition

Canadian producer Fortuna Silver Mines confirmed 20 September it had met completion of its takeover of Chesser Resources, which it said will boost its presence in a key region, West Africa. The deal was first announced on 8 May. Following completion of the transaction, Chesser now is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortuna. Among Fortuna’s new additions in the region: the…

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Ghana’s MIIF invests in Ewoyaa project

Photo: Business Wire Piedmont Lithium said that the Minerals Income Investment Fund of Ghana (MIIF) has agreed to invest in the Ewoyaa project – set to be the country’s first lithium-producing mine. MIIF will invest US$27.9 million to acquire a 6% stake in Ewoyaa, as well as invest $5 million in Piedmont partner Atlantic Lithium. The project-level funding is expected…

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Kamoa Copper turns to Epiroc for expansion needs

Epiroc has won its largest-ever order from Kamoa Copper for the expansion of the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mining Complex in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kamoa Copper has ordered Minetruck MT65 S haulers as well as Scooptram ST18 S loaders, Boomer 282 face drilling rigs, and Simba E70 S production drilling rigs. The machines have several advanced features, such as…

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Multotec expands South Africa mill lining factory

Multotec has expanded its facilities and capacity of its mill lining factory in Spartan, South Africa, to meet the rising demand, enabling the company to manufacture larger mill liners for clients around the globe. The expansion consists of the installation of three new presses at the factory that will boost manufacturing capacity by 15-20% to meet the demand for larger…

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Redpath, Sandvik SA team up for digital training effort

Mining contractor Redpath South Africa is employing state-of-the-art digital trainers from Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions as part of a global framework agreement the two said could revolutionize training and safety practices in southern Africa. The technology provides trainees with interactive interfaces that closely resemble the controls and displays found on real mining equipment, ensuring a seamless transition from training…

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