• Extra capacity for Kounrad plant

    CENTRAL Asia Metals has increased production capacity of the solvent extraction and electro-winning (SX-EW) plant by 50% at Kounrad Copper Project in Kazakhstan. The additional capacity has been commissioned and the company is on track to achieve its 2015 production target of 13,000 tonnes.

  • Need for step change in alumina research

    LEADING minerals industry research organization AMIRA International has shared the outcomes of a new study showing that while collaborative research into the alumina industry is active and progressive, the nature of collaboration must be broadened.

  • Australia needs to be innovation hungry

    DESPITE all the technology available in the mining sector, the industry still operates in many ways the same way it did 10 years ago, particularly in Australia. In order to overcome the current downturn and grow into the future mining needs to be more innovation hungry and forward thinking, according to Schneider Electric director Pacific - Software, James Balzary.

  • Mining industry set for recovery

    FOLLOWING a dramatic drop in revenue and exports in 2014-15 Australia’s mining industry is set to recover in the next 12 months. The substantial year-to-year volatility has been driven by increased production of some of Australia’s key resources, which resulted in a global oversupply and a subsequent slump in commodity prices.

  • CENTRAL ASIA – EBRD fund for uranium legacy

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is setting up a new fund to deal with the legacy of Soviet-era uranium mining and processing in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

  • Sierra Morena to spin off projects

    SIERRA Morena Exploration (SME) intends to spin off its tailings, clinker and slag retreatment projects in Kazakhstan into a new company called NEWCO. It believes the spin-off will enable each company to better target potential investors.

  • Maiden gold and copper resources

    WHITE Cliff Minerals has defined maiden JORC 2012 resources for the Aucu gold and Chanach copper deposits in the Kyrgyz Republic. The resources validate the company’s development strategy.

  • Chaarat gold resource increases 15.4%

    The total JORC-compliant resource for Chaarat Gold’s Chaarat project in the Kyrgyz Republic has increased by 15.4% from 5.3 million ounces of gold to 6.1 million at a grade of 3.2 grams/tonne. The company says that a further 6500 metres of drilling on the deposit has given it a far better understanding of the project.

  • Kazakhmys acquires Koksay project

    KAZAKHMYS PLC has acquired the Koksay Copper Project in southeast Kazakhstan. The project, which will be the company’s third major growth project, is at scoping stage and has a total resource of about 3.4 million tonnes of copper with an average grade of 0.48% and with by-products of gold, silver and molybdenum.

  • NFC to complete Chaarat DFS

    Chaarat Gold Holdings’ CEO Dekel Golan with China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co Ltd (NFC) vice president Qin Junman.Holdings has signed an agreement with China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co Ltd (NFC) to complete the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Chaarat Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. The work will be carried out by NFC’s affiliated design institute China Nerin Engineering Co Ltd (NERIN) and is expected to be concluded during the first half of 2015.

  • World Nuclear Association

    The World Nuclear Association (WNA) is the international organization that represents the global nuclear industry. Its mission is to promote a wider understanding of nuclear energy among key international influencers by producing authoritative information, developing common industry positions, and contributing to the energy debate, as well as to pave the way for expanding nuclear business.

  • Kazakhmys acquires Koksay project

    Koksay will be Kazakhmys’ third major growth project and the purchase price is US$260 million in cash of which $65 million has been deferred. Of the deferred amount, $30 million is payable on January 1, 2015 and $35 million on July 31, 2015. The second instalment is subject to confirmation of reserves.
  • World Nuclear Association director general Agneta Rising

    Agneta Rising became director general of the World Nuclear Association on January 1, 2013, having previously held the position of vice president environment at Vattenfall AB. Previously she was director for Nuclear Business Development at Vattenfall Generation.

  • Uranium mining in Central Asia

    By Dr Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager, World Nuclear Association

    THE availability of uranium resources around the world is a critical variable in the long-term viability of the nuclear industry. Central Asia has become a key supplier of uranium to the global market, and shows every sign of continuing to do so for the foreseeable future.

  • Shambesai environmental process approved

    The area of the Tien Shan gold belt in southern Kyrgyzstan that includes the Shambesai project.THE environmental and social impact process (OVOS) for Manas Resources’ Shambesai Gold Project has been approved by the Kyrgyz State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry. The OVOS is the main environmental approval required for Shambesai to proceed through to production.

  • New copper-gold discovery at Chanach

    TRENCHING and rock sampling at White Cliff Minerals’ Chanach Copper-Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic has identified a new copper and gold deposit. The Aucu prospect occurs 2km north-northwest of the Chanach copper deposit and consists of three mineralized zones.

  • Central Asia Metals expands SX-EW plant

    CENTRAL Asia Metals is increasing capacity of the solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) copper recovery plant at its Kounrad project in Kazakhstan through a number of planned capital programs. The initial upgrade to the plant’s infrastructure will consist of the installation of two additional coal fired boilers at a capital cost of US$2.2 million, bringing boiler capacity to 14MW.

  • Tests prove Uzgen Basin coal quality

    THE first ever coal quality results from the Kokkia area of Celsius Coal’s Uzgen Basin Coking Coal Project further improve the overall coking properties of the project. The raw coal laboratory tests confirm good coking properties in all four holes tested.

  • Hambledon raises funds for underground

    HAMBLEDON Mining has raised about 1.93 million pounds in a placement through JSC Visor Capital, a Kazakh focused investment bank. Proceeds will be used for general working capital purposes and are expected to increase the company’s flexibility in securing funding requirements for full-scale development of the underground mine at Sekisovskoye.

  • SUPPLIERS - Eurotire announces new Central Asia team

    Leading US global off-road tyre company Eurotire has appointed a new leadership team in Central Asia. Yuriy Tarabukhin has taken on the role of regional business manager, bringing extensive experience as an innovative manager and leader in technology-based organizations.

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