India Looks at Future Mineral Resource Auctions

India's undeveloped iron ore deposits, along with other strategic metals resources, may be headed for auction if proposed legislation is approved.The Indian government has approved development of legislative changes to allocate mineral resources such as iron ore, manganese and bauxite through the auction route, replacing the present discretionary process based on applications.

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Ma’aden/Alcoa JV Produces First Alumina at Ras Al Khair

Ma’aden Aluminium, a joint venture of the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) and Alcoa, started production at the alumina refinery at its aluminum production complex at Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia, in December 2014. The refinery is the final link in an integrated, $10.8 billion, aluminum supply chain development project that includes a bauxite mine at Al Ba’itha, 600 km northwest of Ras Al Khair, and an aluminum smelter and rolling mill, as well as the alumina refinery, at Ras Al Khair on Saudi Arabia’s east coast.

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Lydian Received Approvalfor Amulsar in Armenia

Lydian International Ltd. has received approval of the Mining Right for the Amulsar gold project. This represents the final stage of the mining permitting process and grants the company the right to develop the Amulsar project in line with the parameters detailed in the feasibility study. Although Lydian has received various permits in the past, this is the first time that the company will have a Mining Right and EIA aligned with the underlying assumptions of its feasibility study and pending ESIA.

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Processing Resumes at Caijiaying in China

Commissioning of the significantly refurbished and upgraded processing facilities at Griffin Mining's Caijiaying zinc-gold project in Henan Province is under way. This process follows the suspension of processing announced on August 13, to provide for the expansion. Two 350,000-metric-ton-per-year (mt/y) primary ball mills, new and larger flotation cells, and increased storage and handling facilities are being commissioned using the crushed ore available.

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