Budget, Job Cuts Ahead for South32 African Manganese Operations

South32 Ltd. recently announced the results of its South Africa Manganese strategic review and its intention to substantially reduce cash costs at a number of operations. Citing poor forecasts for commodity demand and prices, South32 said it expects to take a pre-tax, non-cash impairment of $1.7 billion when it reports its December 2015 half-year financial results. Most of that relates to the Australia Manganese and South Africa Energy Coal divisions—$900 million and $400 million, respectively.

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Nevsun Nears Completion of Bisha Zinc Concentrator

Nevsun Resources expects to begin commissioning the new zinc flotation plant at its Bisha operations in Eritrea midway through the second quarter of 2016, with commercial production to follow later in the year. Nevsun currently produces copper concentrates from the Bisha deposit’s copper-enriched supergene zone, which overlies a primary sulphide zone containing both zinc and copper.

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Asanko Commissioning Ghana Gold Mine

Asanko Gold began commissioning Phase 1 of its Asanko gold mine in southwest Ghana in December, with expectations that first gold would be produced in January. The project is designed to produce 190,000 ounces per year (oz/y) of gold over a period of 12 years at steady-state operations. Capital expenditures to complete the project were within the budgeted $295 million, according to the company.

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Kinross Considering Two-phased Expansion for Tasiast

Kinross Gold is completing early-stage engineering work on a potential two-phased expansion at its Tasiast gold mine in northwest Mauritania. A feasibility study of an initial phase one expansion to increase mill throughput capacity from the current 8,000 mt/d to 12,000 mt/d is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016.

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