Harvest expands mining area

Aim-quoted Brazilian fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals has expanded the current mining area and added additional run of mine (ROM) storage capacity at its Arapua project, where it produces KPFértil, a multi-nutrient direct application natural remineraliser. The company increased the size of the current openpit by stripping the soil cover from an area of about 6 000 m2 and exposing 70 000 t of weathered kamafugite, which is being mined using the company's own equipment.

Petra recovers 20 ct blue diamond at Cullinan

London-listed Petra Diamonds has recovered a 20.08 ct blue gem-quality Type IIb diamond from the Cullinan mine, in South Africa's Gauteng province. "Today's recovery not only demonstrates the quality of Petra's asset base, as the Cullinan diamond mine remains a significant source of rare blue diamonds, but it again confirms the prevalence of exceptional stones in the Cullinan orebody, as well as the ability of the mine's plant to recover the full spectrum of diamonds," the company noted in a press release on Monday.

Petra recovers 20ct blue diamond at Cullinan

London-listed Petra Diamonds has recovered a 20.08 ct blue gem-quality Type IIb diamond from the Cullinan mine, in South Africa's Gauteng province. "Today's recovery not only demonstrates the quality of Petra's asset base, as the Cullinan diamond mine remains a significant source of rare blue diamonds, but it again confirms the prevalence of exceptional stones in the Cullinan orebody, as well as the ability of the mine's plant to recover the full spectrum of diamonds," the company noted in a press release on Monday.

Canadian firm intersects REE ‘in every hole’ of 2019 programme

The 2019 resource definition diamond drill programme at the 1 708 ha Wicheeda rare earth element (REE) project, near Prince George, Canada, has exceeded expectations, exploration company Defense Metals said on Monday. The company completed 13 diamond drill holes to test the northern, southern and western extent of the Wicheeda deposit and to further delineate the relatively higher-grade near surface dolomite carbonatite unit.

Operations resume in Rosebel southern pits – Iamgold

Canadian miner Iamgold announced on Monday that mining operations had resumed in the southern pits of its Rosebel gold mine, in Suriname, with full ramp up expected in about 30 days. The company suspended operations at Rosebel in early August, after an illegal miner gained access to the site and died following an incident with police. Operations resumed in the northern pits of the mine about a week after the suspension.

MGX eyes vertically integrated vanadium battery JV

Canadian resource and technology company MGX Minerals has announced a partnership with publicly traded company DST to create a joint venture as part of the formation of a vertically integrated vanadium redox battery supplier. The companies entered into a letter of intent to advance a sedimentary-bearing vanadium deposit in South Korea and to develop a manufacturing facility for vanadium batteries and energy storage systems.

Canada and BC strengthen cooperation on impact assessments

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have signed a bilateral agreement to cooperate on project reviews under Canada’s new Impact Assessment Act and British Columbia’s new Environmental Assessment Act. The Canada-British Columbia impact assessment cooperation agreement sets out how the two jurisdictions will work together on impact assessments that require approvals from both levels of government, using substituted and coordinated assessments and joint review panels.

Eastplats shareholder to appeal directive action ruling

The shareholder whose petition to start a directive action against current and former directors of junior miner Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) was dismissed in court last month, has given notice of an appeal. Vancouver-based Eastplats, which operates in South Africa, said on Friday that the company would oppose the appeal and would seek to uphold the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s earlier decision of a dismissal.