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The impact of COVID-19 counter-measures on labour recruitment and retention in the Australian mining sector has slowed completion of global miner Rio Tinto’s Gudai-Darri iron ore mine development and forced a cut in its FY2021 export forecasts.

The unexpected strength of the recovery in rough diamond prices from the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions has enabled international miner Lucapa to boost its already-ambitious profit forecasts for the calendar year.

Definitive feasibility study supports Tietto Minerals’ expectations for the Abujar gold project to be one of the Cote d’Ivoire’s largest producing gold mines.

Mali government backs plans for Firefinch -Ganfeng joint venture to progress West Africa’s first large-scale hard rock lithium mine in the face of growing terrorist attacks.

The Gruyere gold mine, originally billed by JV owners Gold Fields and Gold Road Resources as one of Australia’s largest and lowest-cost producers, is travelling well short of its full year guidance after the latest in a series of mechanical failures.

African mineral sands producer and developer Base Resources has outlined substantial improvements in forecast production and financial returns in an enhanced definitive feasibility study for its 100%-owned Toliara project in Madagascar.

Sandfire Resources is targeting a quick transformation into one of Australia’s largest copper focused producers and a leading diversified global base metals producer with an ambitious $1.85B deal to acquire the large MATSA mining complex in Spain.

One of the Australian mining sector’s highest flyers, Raleigh Finlayson, has put his experience and expertise plus $7M funding behind a funding and restructuring plan aimed at building Genesis Minerals into a mid-tier gold company. John Feary reports

Australian-based nickel miner and processor Nickel Mines dismisses Indonesian minister’s claims of potential export tax on low-grade nickel pig iron and ferronickel exports.

New producer Venture Minerals suspends its Riley iron ore mine in Australia after just one export shipment due to the plunge in global iron ore prices.

UK-based integrated graphite value chain producer Tirupati will double the size of its portfolio in Mozambique with $12.5M agreement to acquire the Montepuez and Balama Central graphite flake projects from current owner Battery Minerals.

International coal miner Coronado Global Resources has signed a letter of intent with Golding Contractors for a five-year amendment of its mining services contract, with an anticipated value of up to $A1.4B at its Curragh mine in Queensland, Australia.

Australian Mines is aiming for June 2022 to finalise a funding agreement for its proposed $US1.5B development of the world-class Sconi mine in northern Queensland after signing a memorandum of understanding with world-leading EV batteries manufacturer LG Energy Solution covering 100% of its battery-grade nickel and cobalt.

Newcrest Mining aims to smooth the transition to the Havieron mine, the first of its prospective developments in Western Australia’s Paterson province, with approval of an additional $246M mine cutback to maintain the continuity of operations at its Telfer plant.

Commercial and logistical challenges caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic force a rethink by Australian project developer TNG and its proposed German EPC contractor SMS Group on the development strategy for the Mount Peake project in the NT.

Miner credits the COVID-19 “pause button” for allowing the world to recognise the need to deliver cleaner solutions for future generations. John Feary reports

Philippines miner TVI Resource Development is moving to take advantage of a perceived easing of the Duterte regime’s opposition to the mining sector with its $54M agreement to acquire the Siana gold mine shut down because of government intransigence over four years ago.

Seventeen years after its geologists made the first discovery of the unique mineral jadarite in western Serbia, Rio Tinto has committed to invest $2.4B on becoming a top 10 global supplier of lithium carbonate to the booming EV and energy storage industries.

South Africa’s largest mineral sands producer is halted for the second time in less than two years because of rising levels of violent opposition from local community groups.

Delivery of the first production ore from the Reid Brook mine marks a milestone in the transition of the Voisey’s Bay mine on the northern Labrador coast in Canada for global miner Vale from openpit to underground mining.

Australian-based St Barbara has withdrawn full year production guidance at its Simberi mine in PNG as investigations into the death of an employee and an unrelated pipeline failure result in an indefinite suspension of mining.

Chaarat Gold Holdings delays first production forecast for its Tulkubash mine project may be delayed up to 12 months due to financial sector uncertainty stemming from the Kyrgyz Republic government seizure of control at Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine.

Mineral sands miner Iluka Resources faces a diminishing range of options to overcome acute business challenges and avert a premature shutdown of its Sierra Rutile operations in Sierra Leone

The hoped-for transition to new underground contractor Macmahon to rebuild operational performance at St Barbara’s Gwalia mine has made a slower than expected start due in part to difficulties in finding staff for critical roles and experienced operators amid a growing skill shortage in Western Australia.

The hugely prospective Paterson Province in Western Australia’s East Pilbara is building more excitement with a 62% increase in inferred resources to 2.7Moz gold equivalent at the Rio Tinto-Antipa Minerals Calibre project.

South Africa’s Minerals Council has backed Australian-based developer Orion Minerals in its stand against violent illegal protests aimed at its flagship Prieska copper-zinc development project in the Northern Cape Province.

Australian miner Stanmore Coal seeks to take advantage of the many synergies and product blending opportunities with its existing operations after linking with M Resources to acquire the mothballed Millennium and Mavis Downs metallurgical coal mines in Australia’s Bowen Basin from Peabody Energy.

Rio Tinto and its subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources have reached a ‘constructive and equitable agreement’ to end their long dispute over the funding of the underground development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia.

Australian-based gold producer Resolute Mining has upgraded life of mine production and costs performance at its Syama mine in Mali based on the success of its continuing exploration and mine design optimisation.

West Australian miner Panoramic Resources is confident its recapitalisation, move to contractor mining/processing and recent developments will reduce the operating and financing risks that have previously dogged its long-life, high-grade Savannah nickel operation.

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