Bonterra Resources Inc. and Metanor Resources Inc. are pleased to announce that, further to their news release dated June 18, 2018, they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement dated July 20, 2018  to combine Bonterra and Metanor to create an exciting new advanced Canadian gold exploration and development company focused on becoming the leader in the building out and future mining development of the Urban Barry Quebec Gold Camp.


The Transaction contemplates that Bonterra will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Metanor for C$0.73 in equity consideration, at an exchange ratio of 1.6039 Bonterra shares (the "Purchase Price") for each Metanor share by way of plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

The Purchase Price represents a 40% premium to the 30-day VWAP of Metanor's common shares on the TSXV on June 15, 2018 (the last unaffected trading price prior to the announcement of the Transaction) and a premium of 30% to the closing price as of such date. Upon completion of the Transaction, existing Bonterra and Metanor shareholders will own approximately 58% and 42% of combined company, respectively.

Immediately prior to the completion of the Metanor acquisition, Bonterra will spin out its Larder Lake assets and liabilities in Ontario, Canada and $7 million in cash (the "Spin-Out") in order to create a new exploration company ("Spinco"), by way of plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the "BCBCA").

Metanor has called a special meeting of its shareholders and optionholders (the "Metanor Meeting") to approve the Transaction on September 18th, 2018. Bonterra has called a special meeting of its shareholders and optionholders (the "Bonterra Meeting") on the same date to approve the Spin-Out. Further information regarding the Transaction and the Spin-Out will be contained in the management information circulars to be sent to securityholders in connection with the Metanor Meeting and Bonterra Meeting.

The board of directors of Metanor, following consultation with its legal advisors and receipt of a favourable fairness opinion by Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc., has approved the Transaction. The directors of Metanor will recommend that Metanor securityholders vote in favour of the Transaction in the information circular to be mailed to Metanor securityholders in respect of the Metanor Meeting.

The board of directors of Bonterra, following consultation with its financial and legal advisors and receipt of a favourable fairness opinion by PI Financial Corp., has approved the Transaction and the Spin-Out. The directors of Bonterra will recommend that Bonterra securityholders vote in favour of the Spin-Out in the information circular to be mailed to Bonterra securityholders in respect of the Bonterra Meeting.

Highlights of the Transaction:

 

Creation of an exciting precious metals growth exploration, development and production company located in one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world.
The combined entity will have one of the largest contiguous land packages located in the highly prospective Urban Barry gold camp.
Control of three advanced high grade gold deposits (Gladiator, Bachelor, Barry) and significant regional priority targets with resource upside potential.
100% control and operator of the only permitted gold mill in the region, that provides an expandable centralized production facility, surrounded by greater than 15 known gold deposits within a 100km radius.
De-risking of the Gladiator project: Bonterra's delivery of its updated National Instrument 43-101 resource for the Gladiator Gold Deposit remains on schedule for 2H/2018. Metanor's mill infrastructure provides Bonterra the opportunity to significantly reduce the capital requirements and compress the timelines to advance the Gladiator project to potential production.
Maintains strong balance sheet: The pro forma company will have approximately C$32 million in cash on hand, after the Spin-Out, to further advance the Gladiator project to production, and increase production at Bachelor and Barry.

The creation of Spinco, a well-capitalized exploration company, to unlock the value of Bonterra's Larder Lake gold asset, and allow for a focused exploration effort and advancement of these assets.

Benefits to Bonterra

    Provides Bonterra with a clear and cost-effective pathway to bring its Gladiator deposit into production.
    Addition of the Bachelor Mine and the Barry Deposit and associated exploration potential to its existing resource portfolio.
    Consolidates the entire southern portion of the Urban Barry Camp, when combined with the recently executed option agreement with Beaufield Resources, and places Bonterra as one of the largest landholders in the region.
    Access to and control of an expandable mill/processing facility, centrally located in the Urban Barry Camp, further de-risking the Gladiator Gold Deposit.
    Adds tremendous exploration potential to Bonterra's portfolio with several high priority regional targets to explore.
    Addition of strong technical team and increased knowledge base of this rich camp.

Benefits to Metanor

    Immediate and significant premium of approximately 40% based on the 30-day volume weighted average price ("VWAP") on the TSX Venture Exchange on June 15, 2018 (the last unaffected trading day prior to announcement of the Transaction).
    Superior financial strength and flexibility to simultaneously increase production and exploration programs while leveraging and enhancing existing infrastructures.
    Exposure to potential long-life asset to supplement current production.
    Increased trading liquidity, enhanced value proposition and capital markets profile.
    Increased exposure to institutional, corporate and retail investors.

Transaction Summary and Timing

Pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement, the Transaction will take place by way of a plan of arrangement under the CBCA whereby Bonterra will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Metanor. Optionholders of Metanor will receive replacement Bonterra options, entitling them to receive on exercise common shares of Bonterra, subject to an adjustment to reflect the Transaction.

Holders of outstanding warrants of Metanor will have their warrants adjusted to reflect the Transaction and will not be receiving replacement warrants. The Transaction is subject to the approval of 662/3% of Metanor shareholders and optionholders in attendance and voting at the Metanor Meeting. Shareholders and optionholders of Metanor will be voting on the approval of the Transaction only and will not be voting on the Spin-Out.

Pursuant to the Arrangement Agreement, the Spin-Out will take place by way of a plan of arrangement under the BCBCA whereby Bonterra will assign its Larder Lake property and $7 million in cash to Spinco. Each holder of Bonterra common shares will receive one Spinco common share for each seven Bonterra shares held. The Spin-Out will take place immediately prior to the Transaction and as a result shareholders of Metanor will not be entitled to receive any interest in Spinco.

The Spin-Out is subject to the approval of 662/3% of Bonterra shareholders and optionholders in attendance and voting at the Bonterra Meeting. Shareholders and optionholders of Bonterra will be voting on the approval of the Spin-Out only and will not be voting on the Transaction.

In addition to the securityholder approvals referred to above, pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement Agreement, the completion of the Transaction is conditional upon a number of items, including, without limitation: (a) each party shall have performed and complied in all material respects with all of the covenants and obligations thereof required to be performed by them prior to the completion of the Transaction; (b) the representations and warranties of each party set out in the Arrangement Agreement being true and accurate, in all material respects; (c) the receipt of all regulatory and other required approvals, including approval of the TSX Venture Exchange; (d) other normal conditions precedent, including the absence of a material adverse effect in Bonterra or Metanor; (e) all material third party consents shall have been obtained; (f) holders of no more than 5% of the outstanding shares of Bonterra and no more than 5% of the outstanding shares of Metanor shall have exercised their rights of dissent in respect of the Transaction; and (g) the execution, delivery and continued enforceability of required support agreements.

The Arrangement Agreement contains customary deal support provisions, including a reciprocal break fee of C$3.75 million, payable if the Transaction is not completed in certain circumstances. In addition, the Arrangement Agreement includes mutual customary non-solicitation covenants together with customary exemptions to permit each party's board of directors to exercise its fiduciary duties, as well as a right to match any superior proposal that may arise.

Full details of the Transaction and the Spin-Out will be included in the management information circulars to be filed with the regulatory authorities and mailed to Metanor's and Bonterra's securityholders in accordance with applicable securities laws. All securityholders are urged to read the information circulars once they become available as they will contain additional important information about the Transaction and the Spin-Out.

The Transaction is expected to be completed by the end of September 2018 or such later date as the parties may agree.


About Bonterra

 Well financed with approximately $65 million raised since 2017.
 Strong Shareholder Base including: Eric Sprott, Van Eck, Kirkland Lake Gold
 Gladiator Gold Deposit:
 Deposit extension and resource expansion underway with 60,000 m completed in 2017 and 70,000 m planned for 2018.
 Advancing to the completion of an updated NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate in the second half of 2018.
 Drilled dimensions of the Gladiator Gold Deposit are currently outlined to a depth of over 1,000 m below surface, and a strike length of 1,300 m.
Gladiator remains open in all directions, where at least six distinct sub-parallel zones or mineralized horizons have been identified.
Drilling is currently focused on the continued expansion of Gladiator Gold Deposit and exploration targets within the 10,541-hectare Urban-Barry property.


About Metanor

Metanor Resources Inc. is an emerging gold producer having its main assets, the Bachelor Mine and the Barry project, in addition to over 15,000 ha of exploration property, located in the mining-friendly jurisdiction of Quebec in the heart of the Urban-Barry Camp.

The Bachelor mine extracts gold from a series of sub-vertical narrow veins using an underground long-hole mining method with access through conventional track drifts from a vertical shaft, and the new sector below level 14 is accessed from a ramp system. The ore is processed on site in a mill using carbon in pulp to separate the gold from the ore. All the lodging facilities are on site, connected to the power grid, and accessible from a paved highway. Metanor is in the permitting process, to increase the daily capacity of the mill from 800 tonnes per day to 2,400 tonnes per day.

Kenmare Resources plc , one of the leading global producers of titanium minerals and zircon, which operates the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine (the "Mine" or "Moma") in northern Mozambique, is pleased to provide a trading update for the quarter and half year ending 30 June 2018.


Statement from Michael Carvill, Managing Director:   
“I am pleased to report that production in Q2 2018 increased from Q1 2018, in line with expectations and guidance for the full year. Final product shipment also achieved new records, whilst average product prices received increased, resulting in strong cash flow generation in H1 2018. Our net debt has consequently been reduced by a further US$25.0 million.  


This strong cash flow has been achieved in spite of planned spending on capital projects to expand mining capacity. I have been encouraged by the progress of the WCP B upgrade, which is currently commissioning, ahead of time and below budget.
 

Kenmare looks forward to providing more clarity on our plans for the future at a Capital Markets Day scheduled for October this year. The focus will be on our drive to increase production and reduce unit costs by 2021, funded by internally generated cashflow. We will also provide an outline of our dividend policy.”


Overview
Heavy Mineral Concentrate production increased by 5% to 377,900 tonnes (Q2 2017: 359,200 tonnes). Ilmenite production decreased by 4% to 238,500 tonnes (Q2 2017: 248,300 tonnes) but increased 13% on Q1 2018 figures. Primary zircon production decreased by 9% to 11,700 tonnes (Q2 2017: 12,900 tonnes) but increased 4% relative to Q1 2018.

Total shipments increased 15% to 322,000 tonnes (Q2 2017: 279,600 tonnes) setting a new quarterly record. Wet Concentrator Plant B (“WCP B”) upgrade currently being commissioned, ahead of time and under budget. Average received final product prices increased in Q2 2018, led by zircon. Net debt reduced to US$9.1 million (31 December 2017: US$34.1 million), with cash on hand of US$84.2 million. Capital Markets day scheduled for 16 October 2018.


Production


Production from the Moma Mine in Q2 & H1 2018 was as follows:


During Q2 2018, Kenmare mined 8.4 million tonnes of ore at an average grade of 4.68%, producing 377,900 tonnes
of HMC. Finished product volumes for the period included 238,500 tonnes of ilmenite, 16,800 tonnes of zircon and 2,000 tonnes of rutile.  
The tonnage of ore excavated was up 8% in comparison to Q1 2018, as dredge and supplementary mining benefitted from higher throughput and utilisation rates and were less impacted by planned stoppages. Grades increased slightly in comparison to Q1 2018 to 4.68%, up 4%. Capacity improvements have been implemented at WCP A supplementary dry mining to increase throughputs, and a similar programme is currently underway at WCP B.

Ilmenite production for the quarter was 238,500 tonnes, down 4% on Q2 2017, but up 13% compared to Q1 2018, reflecting higher HMC production levels and availability. Despite improved plant reliability in Q2 2018, production utilisations in the Mineral Separation Plant (“MSP”) were impacted by reduced reliability in the power network as unplanned outages, normally associated with the wet season, continued for longer than expected this year.

We are
liaising closely with Electricidade de Moçambique, our electricity provider, to seek resolution on these matters. Zircon production of 16,800 tonnes for the period was broadly in line with Q1 2018 (16,900 tonnes), yet declined 13% in comparison to Q2 2017 (19,200 tonnes). Zircon production in Q2 2017 was supported by an additional 26,900 tonnes of zircon rich spillage material that was reprocessed.  

The upgrade of WCP B, from 2,000 tonnes per hour to 2,400 tonnes per hour, is being commissioned ahead of schedule and the project is currently under budget of US$16 million. Further details will be provided as part of the H1 2018 interim results, due to be announced on 20 August 2018.  

Grades are forecast to be lower in H2 2018 and mining conditions are expected to become more challenging,
particularly at WCP A. These issues will be addressed by higher levels of supplemental mining and increased production at WCP B. Production of final products will also be supported by HMC stock, which has increased during the quarter.

Kenmare shipped 322,000 tonnes of finished products in Q2 2018, comprising 298,300 tonnes of ilmenite, 21,300 tonnes of zircon (including 8,300 tonnes of secondary grade zircon) and 2,400 tonnes of rutile. This represents a new quarterly record, which benefitted from good demand and favourable shipment variations at the beginning and end of the period. As product inventories have substantially reduced, it is expected that shipping volumes will be lower in H2 2018 Closing stock of HMC at the end of Q2 2018 was 52,300 tonnes, compared with 24,200 tonnes at the beginning of the quarter. Closing stock of finished products at the end of Q2 2018 was 129,600 tonnes (Q2 2017: 202,500 tonnes, Q1 2018: 194,200 tonnes).

Market
Strong demand for Kenmare ilmenite continued into Q2, with record volumes shipped for the quarter and half year, resulting in a further drawdown of inventory at Moma. This was driven by steady sales to the China spot market as well as some accelerated shipments to contracted customers as western pigment plants maintained high utilisation rates.  

As in previous years, we are seeing some seasonal weakness in the Chinese ilmenite market over the summer months. Coupled with ongoing disruption to pigment plant operating rates driven by the implementation of environmental regulations, this is leading to a slowdown in ilmenite purchasing activity. Domestic ilmenite production in China has increased, as has the supply of ilmenite concentrates from Africa, which has rebalanced the market and led to some softening of prices in recent weeks.

Global pigment demand growth was favourable in the first half of 2018, driving increased feedstock demand, but there are some signs of demand growth slowing outside North America.  

The zircon market continues to benefit from steady demand and constrained supply, driving higher prices. Further price increases were achieved in Q2 2018 and are being implemented in Q3 2018 in line with the prevailing movement in the market.

Finance Update

Following the first principal debt repayment on 1 February 2018, gross bank loans, including accrued interest, amounted to US$93.3 million at 30 June 2018 (31 December 2017: US$102.9 million). Cash and cash equivalents were US$84.2 million (31
December 2017: US$68.8 million). Consequently, net debt stands at US$9.1 million (31 December 2017: US$34.1 million).
The Company's half-yearly results in respect of the six months ended 30 June 2018 will be issued on 20 August 2018. Kenmare will also be holding a Capital Markets Day in London on 16 October 2018, providing further information on the Company’s development projects and dividend policy.

T.A. Cook Conferences and SAP are delighted to announce the International SAP Conference for Mining and Metals will be taking place on 16-18October, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

This unique business-focussed event will bring together over 250 business and IT professionals from across the full SAP mining and metals ecosystem – including partners, users, and solution experts, all under one roof at one time.


Event Format

The event will kick off with 12 simultaneous half-day and full-day pre-conference workshops taking place on October 16, topics include SAP Leonardo, Digital Supply Chain, Intelligent Asset Management, SAP Customer Experience, Connected Worker and more.


At these workshops you will review product functionality, dive deeper into topics, get practical examples, take part in discussions, go through online demonstrations, and determine the business benefits of each solution. Each workshop offers you a unique opportunity to address challenges, discuss them with your peers, and gain valuable guidance from some of the most knowledgeable experts on SAP applications.


At the conference itself, hear from SAP experts bringing you the latest mining and metals solutions and future roadmap. Attend live demos, interactive microforums and enjoy multiple networking opportunities. Hear the latest market trend analyses, industry updates and case studies from leading Mining and Metal companies from across the globe, including;  ArcelorMittal, Fortescue Metals Group, NLMK, Roy Hill, Vale, Vedanta and more.


Event Hot Topics include:

•    Customer Centricity
•    Transportation Management
•    Digital Transformation
•    Supply Chain
•    Machine Learning
•    Cloud
•    Artificial Intelligence
•    Asset Management
•    And more . . .


Benefits of Attending

5 reasons you should attend:

1.    Benchmark your performance: Assess strengths, uncover areas for improvement, and keep up to date with the industry. Also, identify key IT strategies that generate tangible business value

2.    See it in action: Seize the unique opportunity to take part in our practical workshops which give you the chance to dive deeper into SAP’s various solutions. Designed for all knowledge levels, the workshops will offer an unparalleled opportunity to get instant answers to your burning questions.

3.    Learn from the experts: Hear customer case studies, lessons learned, and strategic advice from leading mining and metals companies.

4.    Network: Connect and build long-term working relationships with industry peers, SAP experts, and partners.  Plus join us for our celebration evening event at the stunning Covent of St. Agnes of Bohemia - the oldest Gothic building in Prague. Relax and unwind whilst enjoying delicious food and drink - a not to be missed event!

5.    Gain new ideas: Engage in live demos and casual discussions, and learn about partner innovations and predictions of things to come, to get a fresh perspective and valuable ideas to apply to your business

Moreover, this year’s event is co-located with three other industry events, the International SAP Conferences for Chemicals, Building Materials and Forest Products, Paper and Packaging. Register for one event and move freely between all agendas. Benefit from combined industry learning and multiple networking opportunities with the wider energy and natural resources community. Find out more about our co-located events below:

-    International SAP Conference for Chemicals
-    International SAP Conference for Building Materials
-   International SAP Conference for Forest Products, Paper and Packaging

Our early bird discount is available until Friday 24th August, 2018 and if you are interested in bringing your team, register for our 4 for 3 group offer. Visit www.tacook.com/sapminingandmetals

 

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Anaconda Mining Inc is pleased to announce plans for a resource expansion and exploration program for the summer/fall of 2018 at the Company's wholly owned Point Rousse Project in the Baie Verte Mining District of Newfoundland, which includes the fully-operational Pine Cove Mill and tailings storage facility.

The Exploration Program consists of 5,000 metres of diamond drilling at three priority targets at Point Rousse: expansion drilling at the Argyle Deposit, and exploration drilling at the Anoroc and Deer Cove Prospects. The Exploration Program will also include 30-line kilometres of ground magnetic and Induced Polarization ("IP") geophysical surveys.

"Since 2010, the Point Rousse Project has produced 118,028 ounces of gold and generated approximately $50 million in Project-level EBITDA*. In that time, Anaconda has developed two mining operations and is in the process of developing a third at Argyle.

The Exploration Program will focus on resource expansion at the Argyle Deposit as well as drilling at the Anoroc and Deer Cove Prospects, where we believe there is high potential for the discovery of more gold deposits. Our goal is to continue to extend our production profile at Point Rousse, which currently includes two years of mineral reserves from Pine Cove and Stog'er Tight, with expected throughput to follow from Argyle, which is currently in the permitting process. The Exploration Program supports our growth strategy in Atlantic Canada, leveraging the Company's extensive mine and mill infrastructure."



Significant exploration and development attributes of the Point Rousse Project include:

Ore production from two mining areas, three mineral deposits, numerous prospects and showings;

A 1,300 tonne per day mill, in-pit tailings facilities with 15 years of storage at current throughput rates, and a deep-water port able of docking Panamax size vessels;
Three mineralized trends with approximately 20 kilometres of prospective geology including the Scrape, Goldenville and the Deer Cove Trends;
The Pine Cove, Stog'er Tight and Argyle Deposits are located within the Scrape Trend and define a 5-kilometre strike of fertile geology and cumulatively contain 119,570 ounces of Indicated Resources (1,610,600 tonnes at 2.30 g/t) and 78,090 ounces of Inferred Resources (1,245,300 tonnes at 1.95 g/t)**;
Highly prospective for the discovery of gold through expansion of existing deposits or the discovery of new deposits; and
Well understood geological and exploration model.

As outlined in Anaconda's recent NI 43-101 Technical Report, dated February 26, 2018, the Company has over two years of reserves from the Pine Cove and Stog'er Tight mines at the Point Rousse Project. This includes 191,500 tonnes of higher grade mineral reserves from the Stog'er Tight mine and the addition of two pushbacks at the Pine Cove mine, scheduled for 2019.

The Argyle Deposit is anticipated to be the next available feed source to the Pine Cove Mill, with permitting underway. The Argyle Deposit remains open for expansion with the potential to increase in size over the next year, because of an improved geological understanding of the mineralized areas leading to more efficient drilling.

In addition to Argyle, two other key drill targets, the Anoroc and Deer Cove prospects, have the potential to provide additional resources for development, as they have similar geological characteristics and setting to the Pine Cove, Stog'er Tight and Argyle deposits.

The Exploration Program will begin in late June and is expected to continue into the early fall of 2018. Drill results will be released as they are available and interpreted.


Argyle

The Argyle Deposit contains a NI 43-101 resource including 38,300 ounces Indicated Resources (543,000 tonnes grading 2.19 g/t gold) and 30,300 ounces of Inferred Resource (517,000 tonnes grading 1.82 g/t gold) **. The deposit is hosted within the Argyle Gabbro and trends easterly and remains open for expansion in all directions (Exhibit B). The Exploration Program at Argyle will include 3,000 metres of diamond drilling, 15 line kilometres of IP and magnetic surveying as well as detailed soil geochemistry and geological mapping. Drilling is designed to follow up on the high-grade results from drilling in winter 2018 that intersected 12.47 g/t gold over 5.0 metres and 7.87 g/t gold over 7.0 metres in drillholes AE-17-38 and AE-17-74 respectively.


Anoroc

The Anoroc Prospect is hosted within the same geological setting and host rocks as the Pine Cove Deposit and includes approximately 500 metres of strike between Anoroc and the Pine Cove Mine. Drilling at Anoroc will test for the westerly continuation of mineralization between the west end of the Pine Cove Pit and the Anoroc Prospect to the southwest where previous drilling has outlined gold mineralization including 2.68 g/t gold over 15.9 metres in drillhole PC-15-257 (see news release dated January 25, 2016) and 9.9 g/t gold over 2.0 metres in historical drillhole AN-90-01. A 15 line kilometer ground magnetic survey is also contemplated to be completed at Anoroc (Exhibit C).


Deer Cove

The Deer Cove Prospect includes all showings associated with a similar geological setting and host rocks as at the Pine Cove Mine and includes a gold bearing quartz vein explored by Noranda with an exploration adit in the 1980s (Exhibit D). The Exploration Program at Deer Cove will comprise compilation of historic IP geophysical surveys and drill testing of combined geochemical and geophysical targets along the Deer Cove Trend. Historic drilling associated with the quartz vein at Deer Cove includes the following select drill results:

    22.74 g/t gold over 5.0 metres in drillhole DC-86-001;
    11.97 g/t gold over 4.1 metres and 26.12 g/t gold over 3.6 metres, and 5.80 g/t gold over 3.4 metres in drillhole DC-87-073;
    29.60 g/t gold over 1.7 metres in drillhole DC-88-100; and
    24.39 g/t gold over 2.3 metres in drillhole DC-10-122.


ABOUT ANACONDA MINING INC.

Anaconda is a TSX-listed gold mining, development, and exploration company, focused in the prospective Atlantic Canadian jurisdictions of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The Company operates the Point Rousse Project located in the Baie Verte Mining District in Newfoundland, comprised of the Stog'er Tight Mine, the Pine Cove open pit mine, the Argyle Mineral Resource, the fully-permitted Pine Cove Mill and tailings facility, and approximately 5,800 hectares of prospective gold-bearing property. Anaconda is also developing the Goldboro Project in Nova Scotia, a high-grade Mineral Resource, with the potential to leverage existing infrastructure at the Company's Point Rousse Project.


The Company also has a pipeline of organic growth opportunities, including the Great Northern Project on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and the Tilt Cove Property on the Baie Verte Peninsula, also in Newfoundland.

CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by BHP Iron Ore to deliver the construction of bulk earthworks, concrete and underground services for the South Flank project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Revenue to CPB Contractors for this construct-only contract is approximately $260 million, with construction scheduled to commence in July and conclude in September 2020.


CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “CIMIC Group has delivered significant resources infrastructure projects for the major mining clients in the iron ore industry, with our team continuing to contribute to Australian mining across all sectors.

“The South Flank development works will help to ensure that the Mining Area C precinct becomes one of the largest standalone iron ore processing centres in the world, and it is our privilege to again be working with BHP to deliver high-quality assets of long-term value.”


CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said: “Our extensive mining and resources experience and long history in the Pilbara mean we can offer comprehensive construction capabilities, certainty of delivery, and high standards of safety and quality.


“In addition, we are focused on a procurement strategy that provides participation, employment and training opportunities for Indigenous enterprises and local businesses, towards broader community benefits.”


The South Flank development is one component of BHP’s strategy to increase the mining, processing and out-loading capacity of the Mining Area C hub. As part of the South Flank Project, CPB Contractors will undertake works in and around the existing rail loop, including:


    • Earthworks and concrete works to support the expansion and duplication of the existing rail loop and stockyard;

    • Earthworks and concrete works for the development of a new ore processing plant and train load-out facilities; and
    • Underground services, including electrical and water services, for the above work.

The Mining Area C precinct is located approximately 120km north west of Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Kinross Gold Corporation is pleased to  announce that it is proceeding with the initial Gilmore expansion project at its Fort Knox mine in Alaska.

The initial Gilmore project is expected to extend mining at Fort Knox by six years to 2027, and leaching to 2030, at a low initial capital cost of approximately $100 million, and increase life-of-mine production by approximately 1.5 million Au eq. oz.

The project is expected to generate an internal rate of return (IRR) of 17% and net present value (NPV) of $130 million based on a $1,200/oz. gold price, and an IRR of 26% and NPV of $239 million based on a $1,300/oz. gold price.

“We are pleased to proceed with the initial Fort Knox Gilmore project, a low-risk, low-cost brownfield expansion that is expected to extend mine life to 2030 at one of our top performing operations and contribute 1.5 million gold equivalent ounces to strengthen our long-term U.S. production profile.


“The Gilmore project offers an attractive IRR and NPV and adds to our suite of quality development projects at Tasiast, Round Mountain, Bald Mountain and Kupol to enhance our globally diverse portfolio. The project’s low initial capital cost is expected to be funded by Fort Knox’s cash flow, helping preserve our strong balance sheet and financial flexibility.


“With additional upside potential at Gilmore and beyond, Fort Knox is a significant asset in our portfolio located in an excellent mining jurisdiction. The Gilmore project and the addition of estimated mineral resources improves value and is expected to be a key contributor to the future growth of our Company.”

 

  1. Based on a $1,200 per ounce gold price assumption and $55/bbl oil price assumption. 2018-2030 unless noted otherwise.
  2. Incremental to pre-Gilmore mine plan and estimated mineral reserves previously disclosed by Kinross in its news release dated February 14, 2018.
  3. Throughout this news release, forecast site-level all-in sustaining cost excludes corporate overhead costs. This is a non-GAAP measure and is not defined under IFRS. Refer to “Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures” section in the Company’s Q1 2018 MD&A.
  4. Throughout this news release, calculated from July 1, 2018 forward and after tax.
  5. Throughout this news release, calculated based on a 5% discount rate from July 1, 2018 and after tax.


Gilmore feasibility study

The Gilmore feasibility study contemplates the first two phases of a potential multi-phase layback of the existing Fort Knox pit and construction of a new heap leach pad. The Company expects to continue leveraging its extensive experience and knowledge operating cold weather, sub-arctic heap leaching, having successfully operated Fort Knox’s current heap leach during the past 10 years.

The project plan requires minimal construction of new infrastructure and new equipment purchases, and has been optimized for lower initial capital costs. This includes continuing mining using Fort Knox’s current fleet and leveraging assets from the Company’s other North American operations as replacement equipment is required. Kinross expects to finance the initial capital costs of the project using Fort Knox’s cash flow.  


Early construction work on the new heap leach and dewatering is expected to begin in Q3 2018, with stripping commencing in 2019. Initial production from Gilmore is expected in early 2020, with approximately 5% of Gilmore ore expected to be stacked on the existing pad. Approximately 95% of Gilmore ore is expected to be stacked on the new heap leach pad, with stacking commencing in late 2020. Currently, milling at Fort Knox is expected to end in late 2020.


The project team has now been established and contracting is underway. Engineering is largely complete and the permitting process is proceeding as planned. Permits are now in place to start work on the new heap leach pad.


About Kinross Gold Corporation

Kinross is a Canadian-based senior gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Russia, Mauritania, Chile and Ghana. Kinross’ focus is on delivering value based on the core principles of operational excellence, balance sheet strength, disciplined growth and responsible mining.

ALROSA, the world’s largest diamond mining company, will hold the auctions for the sale of special size rough diamonds (weighing over 10.8 carats) in Hong Kong and Vladivostok this June.


The auction in Hong Kong will take place on June 13-27; the results will be summed up on June 28. The company will auction 105 gem-quality lots with total weight of 1620 carats.


The second auction will be held on June 18-29 in Vladivostok. The company plans to bring there 130 gem-quality lots with total weight 2149 carats. The results of the auction will appear on June 29.


ALROSA invited 150 companies representing Belgium, Hong Kong, Israel, India, China, UAE, Russia and the USA to participate in the auctions. The diamonds to be put up for the auctions belong to ALROSA, and its subsidiaries –ALROSA-Nyurba and Severalmaz.


“Interaction with the Asia-Pacific countries is one of ALROSA’s key activities today. Vladivostok and Hong Kong are two excellent sites for attracting customers from these regions. Moreover, thanks to the good demand noted at the previous auctions, we decided to revise the previously approved schedule and to hold not two but four auctions in Vladivostok in 2018,” said Evgeny Agureev, the Member of the Executive committee, Director of the USO ALROSA.


In September 2018, ALROSA will hold an auction in Hong Kong as part of the Hong Kong Jewelery & Gem Fair. Before the end of the year, there will be two more auctions in Vladivostok, except that in June; their results will be announced in September and November, respectively.

ArcelorMittal has begun construction of new premises at its site in Ghent, Belgium, to house a pioneering new installation which will convert carbon-containing gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol. If proved successful, the new concept has the potential to revolutionise blast furnace carbon emissions capture and support the decarbonisation of the transport sector.


The technology in the gas conversion process was pioneered by Chicago-based company, LanzaTech, with whom ArcelorMittal has entered a long-term partnership. The technology licensed by LanzaTech uses microbes that feed on carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol. The bioethanol will be used as transport fuel or potentially in the production of plastics.

 


This is the first installation of its kind on an industrial scale in Europe and once complete, annual production of bioethanol at Ghent is expected to reach around 80 million litres, which will yield an annual CO2 saving equivalent to putting 100,000 electrical cars on the road. The new installation will create up to 500 construction jobs over the next two years and 20 to 30 new permanent direct jobs. Commissioning and first production is expected by mid-2020.


The application of this microbial gas conversion system significantly advances ArcelorMittal’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) capabilities and enhances steel’s role in the circular economy. ArcelorMittal’s long-term aspiration is to become a zero-waste business, with all materials used or generated during steel production recuperated, treated and reused in the production chain or becoming the raw materials for other industries.


"We are excited that after several years of research and engineering, we are now progressing with the largest project of its kind within the ArcelorMittal group. This is the first application of a viable new business case where re-use of carbon is possible at large scale. We will achieve significant carbon reduction and we hope that this will lead us to a lower carbon economy," says Carl De Maré, vice president of Technology Strategy at ArcelorMittal. "This new Carbon Smart technology illustrates ArcelorMittal’s commitment to transforming steel production and it will also further strengthen steel’s standing in the circular economy, particularly compared to other higher carbon metals like aluminium.”


"Single use carbon must become a thing of the past,” said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “In order to succeed in decarbonizing our economy, we will need the commitment of large companies and governments from around the world to ensure carbon reuse is part of the solution. This facility in Europe embodies the key principles of the circular economy and drives to a zero-waste steel production world. We are excited to work with ArcelorMittal and are grateful for the support of the European Commission.”


ArcelorMittal will work with specialized partners to roll out this bioethanol technology. Funding was obtained from various sources, including the European Union's Horizon 2020 program, to carry out further research and development and scale up the project.


About ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.


Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.


For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are
actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.


We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.

In 2017, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $68.7 billion and crude steel production of 93.1 million metric tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 57.4 million metric tonnes.


ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

 

For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit: http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/


About LanzaTech

LanzaTech has developed a unique microbial capability that captures and recycles a broad spectrum of gases for fuel and chemical production with over 50 different molecules demonstrated. Proprietary microbes combined with innovative approaches in bioreactor design and process development have enabled rapid scale up to take place. The first European demonstration facility with ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company is under construction in Belgium.

Across the supply chain, LanzaTech promotes a “Carbon Smart™” circular economy, where both gas providers and end users can choose to be resource efficient by recycling or “sequestering” carbon into new products rather than making them from fossil reserves. Founded in New Zealand, LanzaTech has raised more than US$250 million from investors including Khosla Ventures, K1W1, Qiming Venture Partners, Petronas, Mitsui, Primetals, China International Capital Corp, Suncor, China International Investment Corporation (CITIC) and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

Newmont Mining Corp announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its royalty portfolio (the Transaction) to Maverix Metals Inc. , an emerging precious metals royalty and streaming company.

In connection with the Transaction, Newmont will receive 60 million Maverix common shares, representing an ownership interest of approximately 28 percent; $17 million in cash; and warrants for an additional 10 million common shares.

Newmont’s royalty portfolio includes 54 precious metals and industrial minerals royalties, including royalties at TMAC Resources’ Hope Bay mine in Canada and Premier Gold’s McCoy Cove project in Nevada.


“Our strategic partnership and equity interest in Maverix generates value for both companies’ shareholders,” said Randy Engel, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development. “Maverix’s management team has a strong track record of managing and growing high-quality royalty and streaming assets in favorable mining districts on four continents.”


In connection with the Transaction, the parties will enter into a shareholder agreement which will entitle Newmont to a seat on Maverix’s Board of Directors and pre-emptive rights to participate in future financings to maintain the Company’s ownership stake. Newmont’s strategic partnership will provide ongoing exposure to Maverix’s growing portfolio, which currently includes 27 high-quality royalties and streams, 10 of which are on producing mines. Closing of the Transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2018.


About Newmont

Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company’s operations are primarily in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) continues to successfully implement its innovation projects with the relocatable conveyor at Cloudbreak coming online.


A key productivity initiative, the five kilometre conveyor includes a semi-mobile primary crushing station and feeds directly into the Cloudbreak ore processing facility. The relocatable conveyor and semi-mobile crushing facilities can be positioned approximate to pits and relocated once mined.


By providing greater flexibility and increased accessibility to remote mine pits, the relocatable conveyor will reduce haulage costs, offsetting rising strip ratios and delivering sustained efficiency improvements across the business.


Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said Fortescue has a proud history of embracing technology and innovation.


“The long and shallow nature of the ore body at the Chichester Hub presents unique challenges and opportunities. Since Fortescue first began operation with strip miners, the team has consistently brought new ideas and solutions to deliver the most from our ore bodies,” Ms Gaines said.


“In partnership with RCR Tomlinson, we have been able to adapt the relocatable conveyor technology frequently used in underground mining operations, allowing our team to respond to the requirements of the mine plan with greater flexibility.


“Together with the rollout of autonomous haulage technology (AHS) across the Chichester Hub, this innovative conveyor system will contribute to further productivity and efficiency improvements and maintain our cost leadership position.


“I would like to thank the entire Fortescue team for the safe and successful completion of the project.”

 

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