North America

AMEC Americas has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services contract from Pretium Resources for Brucejack gold project in northern British Columbia, Canada.   AMEC has been involved with the Brucejack project as a third party reviewer of the June 2014 feasibility study for a 2,700t a day…
US metallurgical coal producer Alpha Natural Resources will cut 412 jobs prior to the sale of its Pennsylvania operations to Rosebud Mining. In October, Rosebud Mining agreed to acquire central Pennsylvania-based Amfire Mining from Alpha Natural Resources for $86m.   Rosebud Mining will take over Amfire's five deep mines and…
US-based mining firm Cliffs Natural Resources is considering closing its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Canada after deciding that the expansion plan is not viable.   The closure is part of the company's plan to exit its Eastern Canadian iron ore operations.   Cliffs had previously said it would…
Osisko Gold Royalties has signed an agreement to acquire Virginia Mines for C$479m ($424m) to create a C$1.3bn ($1.2bn) Montreal-based gold royalty company, which will hold royalty interests in two major gold mines in the province of Québec, Canada.   Under the terms of the deal, the companies will merge…
The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment has recommended Shenhua's Watermark coal project for approval, moving the $1bn development closer to construction.   Located 25km south-east of Gunnedah on the Liverpool Plains, the open cut coal mine is expected to produce ten million tonnes of coal a…
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