• Expo- QME 2006 achieves outstanding results

    The 2006 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) held from July 26-28 in Mackay inNorth Queensland, attracted a record 470 exhibitors with visitor numbers exceeding expectations.

  • PHILIPPINES - Patience is message at Mindoro AGM

    Mindoro Mining"s annual general meeting gathering on July 7 was told that patience would be needed waiting on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (the DENR) to release the company"s Exploration Permit for the Calo porphyry copper-gold prospect, which has been signed and approved by the underlying Mines and Geoscience Bureau.

  • COMPANY AND PRODUCT NEWS - Sandvik acquires Australian-based UDR Group

    Sandvik has signed an agreement with Major Drilling Group International Inc,Canada, to acquire the business and assets of the Australian company UDR Group, including its business units inAustralia andChile.
  • GOLD - Thiosulfate shows potential for gold

    A less toxic alternative to cyanide for leaching difficult and environmentally sensitive gold ores is the aim of a series of Parker Centre projects.


    New manager at Coffey Mining

    Coffey Mining has appointed Hamish McLeod as mining business manager.

    Hamish McLeod will further establish Coffey"s mining engineering business in Australia . He will also contribute his extensive expertise in metalliferous mining through the company"s technical consulting service.

  • SAG (Said and Grab) Mill - Quoteable quotes from around the pits

    "If you are going to bake a cake and one of the ingredients is 30 cents and it goes up to 80 cents, you"re still going to bake the cake. The same goes for silver."

    Daniel Heimowitz, Silver Dragon senior vice-president International Corporate Development

  • MONGOLIA - TECHNICAL PAPER - 12 Years in Mongolia

    12 Years in Mongolia

    By David Anderson CEO QGX Gold

    QGX is a Canadian based exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange whose sole focus is mineral exploration in Mongolia . The company has been active in Mongolia since 1994 when it became the first foreign company to be granted a mineral lease.

  • ASIA-PACIFIC - Mining Asia Pacific is Perth conference focus

    The Asia Pacific mining and resources sector comes to Perth , Western Australia , in September this year with the first Asia Pacific Down Under conference to be held September 21-22 at the Perth Sheraton Hotel.

  • What they are saying abouy THE ASIA Miner

  • CHINA - Sino Gold increases White Mountain ownership

    Australian listed Sino Gold Limited has recently exercised an option to increase its equity in the White Mountain joint venture from 80% to 95%.

  • CHINA - Drilling starts at Central China Goldfield China deposits

    Central China Goldfields has been undertaking drilling for the past couple of months at its Songpanguo and Shuiniujia deposits in China "s Sichuan Province .

  • CHINA - Avocet signs earn in agreement with Dynasty

    Avocet Mining has signed a joint venture earn-in agreement with Dynasty Gold Corporation of Canada to earn up to a 36% of Dynasty"s interests in Xinjiang Province in China

  • COMPANY AND PRODUCT NEWS - Outokumpu succeeds with LFM Moisture Analyser

    Outokumpu succeeds with LFM Moisture Analyser

    The LFM Moisture Analyser has broken new ground in terms of accuracy and reliability during trials at Outokumpu"s ferrochrome pelletising plant in Tornio , Finland .

  • MOVERS AND SHAKERS - New CFO at Highlands

    New CFO at Highlands

    Highlands has appointed Kevin Grice as its new CFO and finance general manager.

    Highlands is developing the 115,000 ounce per annum Kainantu gold mine in Papua New Guinea .

  • TECHNICAL PAPER - Investment potential in China

    TECHNICAL PAPER - Investment potential in China

    By Nigel Clark, chairman, China International Mining Group

    China has had a long and distinguished mining history. Indeed, during the Tang and Song dynasties, mining in China became the second most important activity in monetary terms, after agriculture. It was also in those times the third largest employer, after the agricultural and textile industries. Today, the mining and mineral industry is making an important contribution to the development of China "s economy, contributing in excess of 20 per cent of GDP. The mining sector faces numerous challenges, however, such as overcoming low efficiency, battling environmental degradation, and the limited number of internationally competitive producers.

  • The SAG (Said and Grab) Mill - Quoteable quotes from around the pits

    "I"m glad I didn"t wake up to find that I had a life in the public service wearing a knitted jumper."

    Colis Thorp - General manager Moly Mines molybdenum project talking up the imminent development of the company"s Spinifiex Ridge project in Western Australia .

  • INDONESIA - Newmont sets up restoration fund

    Newmont subsidiary PT Newmont Minahasa Ray (NMR) has agreed to provide a fund of US$30 million for post-mining rehabilitation work inIndonesia.

    The fund is further evidence of the company"s commitment to indigenous peoples in the region and has been welcomed by the Indonesian Government.

  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Marengo's Yandera drilling intersects broad mineralisation

    Drilling at Marengo Mining"s Yandera copper-molybdenum project in Papua New Guinea has intersected broad zones of disseminated mineralisation.

    zThe first two diamond drill holes have been completed and further drilling is currently in progress within the Gremi Zone of copper-molybdenum mineralisation, one of the principal mineralised zones at Yandera.

  • PHILIPPINES - TVI Gossan tailings dam gets environmental recognition

    The Philippine government has praised TVI Pacific"s US$3.3 million Gossan Tailings Dam commissioning for its adherence to environmental guidelines and good corporate citizenship.

    Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Angelo T. Reyes and Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland stated the inauguration of TVI"s Gossan tailings dam at TVI"s Canatuan Project in Siocon, Zamoanga del Norte in the Philippines symbolizes the company"s concern for the environment and adherence to good corporate citizenship.

    Located approximately 800 meters from the mine workings, the Gossan Dam represents a major environmental management control feature within the overall Canatuan gold and silver mining operations. Consisting of a dam, overflow spillway, impoundment area and an upstream diversion dam, the Gossan Dam was designed and constructed to provide a controlled and safe disposal facility for tailings produced by the mine and milling operations.

    Designed and supervised by a leading Canadian/international engineering firm, the Gossan dam is "as good as any such structure anywhere in the world," said TVI Corporate Advisor John Ridsdel, welcoming the Secretary and the Ambassador to the inauguration ceremony.

    Angelo Reyes says TVI Canatuan meets the three criteria of a responsible mining operation: it contributes to economic growth, creates social equity, and it participates in the protection and sustainable development of the country and its resources. He acknowledged TVI"s efforts in providing basic services to the Subanon title holders of the Canatuan ancestral domain in the areas of health, education and livelihood.

    "We see here a company that is from all indications practising responsible mining, contributing to the economic growth not only of the community, but also of the entire country; serving the community and ensuring that the environment is not damaged, but is protected and, subsequently, rehabilitated.

    "When we invite companies to invest in the Philippines we tell them: ‘Come here, invest your money, bring expertise, bring technology, but engage in responsible mining and impose the same rigid standards that you impose on yourselves when you explore and develop in your own countries." We see that this company is observing the rigid standards for mining operations being imposed by the Philippine government."

    Peter Sutherland said that "mining issues in the Philippines and in Canada are almost the same," including those that pertain to environmental safety as well as working with and communicating in local and indigenous host communities.

    "We are very pleased that TVI has set a good example here in the Philippines . Canada , mining is a big and important business and TVI is part of that. And because our companies are involved not just in Canada but also around the world, being a good corporate citizen is absolutely essential. It"s not only the right thing to do. It is good business. We are happy of what TVI is accomplishing here … It shows that mining and environmental protection are not incompatible."

    Siocon Mayor Ceasar Soriano expressed satisfaction over what TVI has been doing in the municipality. "We appreciate TVI"s efforts to assure the people of Siocon that everything will be alright. We take note of this great effort in order to help the people of Siocon."

    Construction of the Gossan Dam started in April 2005, and the first stage was completed and commissioned in September 2005 at 25 metres in height. The second stage construction started in December 2005 at the end of the rainy season, and an additional 17 metres of embankment was placed. The dam reached the maximum height of 42 meters on April 2, 2006 .

    Further protection is provided by a smaller earth fill diversion dam and spillway, which protects the natural stream of Canatuan Creek from mixing with the water and tailings stored in the Gossan Dam impoundment. This further increases the factor of safety and minimizes the risk of dam overtopping.

    Design criteria for both the Gossan and diversion dams were based on Philippine standards and regulations as well as various operations and engineering criteria used in Canada .

    Both spillways were designed to pass what are known as the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) and Maximum Credible Earthquake (MCE), representing maximum rainfall and maximum earthquake events, respectively, that could occur at the mine site. PMF applied is approximately 12 times the maximum daily rainfall ever recorded in Canatuan and is most likely to occur once every 1000 years. MCE analysis is based on the area"s geologic conditions and the proximity of faults. This approximates an earthquake event having a 1000-year probability and an intensity of about 8.5.

  • CHINA - Magnus sees good potential in titanium market

    Magnus International Resources plans to become a major participant in China "s titanium dioxide market.

    The company has acquired an option to buy 30% of what is potentially one of China "s largest high-quality titanium properties, at  Xixia in Henan Province .

  • VIETNAM - Asian Mineral Resources gets 90% of Ban Phuc

    Asian Mineral Resources (ASN) has increased its stake in the Ban Phuc Nickel Project in northern Vietnam to 90%.

    The company acquired an additional 20% project ownership for US$2.5 million.

  • COMPANY AND PRODUCT NEWS - The plot thickens

    The plot thickens

    By Tony Kaye - CSIRO Process magazine
    The global surge in commodity prices, fuelled by massive demand from Chinaand other countries, has cemented Australia"s position as one of the world"s leading mining nations.


    Developing a world class nickel and cobalt resource in Indonesia

    By Malcolm G. Baillie
    Pt Weda Bay Nickel president and director

  • MOVERS AND SHAKERS - Uranium One appoints Australian manager

    Uranium One, the Toronto-listed uranium exploration company, underpinned its Australasian ambitions by appointing a new head of its Australian operations.

    Greg Cochran, formerly of Mitsubishi Development (Pty) Limited, will become executive vice president, Australiaand Asia, Uranium One.

  • The SAG (Said and Grab)Mill - Quotable quotes from around the pits

    Rhodium has gone up to $15,000. It"s something you can"t do without. The same is going to happen to silver.

    Daniel Heimowitz, Silver Dragon senior vice-president International Corporate Development

  • VIETNAM - Tiberon secures project financing for Nui Phao development

    Tiberon Minerals Vietnam operating entity, Nui Phao Mining Joint Venture Company has had financing arrangements of up to US$210 million and cost overrun facility of up to US$14 million approved by Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank AG (HVB), Caterpillar Financial SARL (Caterpillar), Export Development Canada (EDC), Fortis Bank SA/NV (Fortis) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB).

  • PHILIPPINES - Canatuan plant exceeds target of 1200 tonnes per day

    TVI Pacific"s Canatuan Mine on the ZamboangaPeninsulain Mindando, Philippineshas exceeded interim targeted throughput of 1200 dry metric tonnes of milled gossan ore per day.

  • PHILIPPINES - Medusa gets access to Sinug-ang Prospect

    Medusa Mining"s Philippines operating company Philsaga Mining Corporation has recently gained access to the Sinug-ang Prospect adjacent to the north of the Co-O Mine by executing an agreement with an underlying Small Scale Mining Permit owner in exchange for a 5% NSR royalty below 20m from surface.

  • MALAYSIA - Grange looking for joint venture partner for iron-ore pellet project

    Grange Resources Limited has started the due diligence phase of the tender process for selection of a joint venture partner to develop the US$1.2 billion Australian-Malaysian iron ore pellet project.

    Expressions of interests have been received from a number of international groups.

  • CHINA - Nibao gold project progressing into feasibility

    Golden China Resources is working on a new Canadian National Instrument 43-01 compliant independent mineral resources estimate for its Nibao gold project in GuizhouProvincein China.

  • CHINA - Dynasty exploration under way at Red Valley

    Canadian-based Dynasty exploration program at its RedValleyproperty in QinghaiProvincebegan in May. Soil and stream sediment sampling is being undertaken, with geophysical surveys and drilling conducted last month.

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