Volume 99 Number 3 Mar 4 - 10, 2013

McEwen Mining senior vice-president Ian Ball (left) and CEO Rob McEwen at the El Gallo silver-gold project in Mexico's Sinaloa state. Photo by Trish Saywell

McEwen finds a sweet spot in Sinaloa

MOCORITO, SINALOA, MEXICO — The state of Sinaloa is a narrow strip of land hugging 650 km of coastline in northwestern Mexico that makes up 3% of the country’s land mass, 2% of its population and a hefty 30% of its food production.



At the mid-January launch ceremony at the Bissa gold mine in Burkina Faso, from front left: Matthew Wilcox, Bissa Gold general director; Nikolai Zelensky, Nordgold CEO; and Philip Baum, Nordgold chairman. Source: Nordgold

Nordgold opens Bissa mine in Burkina Faso

BISSA, BURKINA FASO — Just 15 months after starting construction, Nordgold (NORD-L) has entered production at its Bissa open-pit gold mine in Burkina Faso, located in the rural commune of Sabce, 100 km north of the capital Ouagadougou.


An ore-storage dome under construction at Detour Gold's Detour Lake gold mine in Ontario. Photo by Graeme Oxby

Detour Gold pours first dore bars

Detour Gold (DGC-T) and its shareholders have something to cheer about, as the junior gold explorer has graduated to producer after completing its first gold pour at the large Detour Lake mine in northeastern Ontario, a goal the company has…


A shovel at Goldcorp's Penasquito gold mine in Mexico's Zacatecas state. Source: Goldcorp

Goldcorp keeps its shine through tough gold markets

VANCOUVER — Though it was not all good news for Vancouver-based major Goldcorp (G-T, GG-N), the company can rest easy on a strong fourth quarter that beat analysts’ estimates and set production records.


Equipment at Yamana Gold's Cerro Moro gold project in Argentina. Source: Yamana Gold

Yamana beefs up Cerro Moro

Yamana Gold (YRI-T, AUY-N) is getting a firmer handle on its recently acquired Cerro Moro gold project in Argentina.


Antofagasta confirms more gold in Chile

Antofagasta Gold (AN-V), which recently changed its name from Windamere Ventures, says initial drilling at its Capricornio property in Chile confirms it has made a regional-scale, low-sulphidation epithermal gold discovery.



A driller battles the elements at Champion Iron Mines' Fire Lake North iron ore project in the Labrador Trough. Source: Champion Iron Mines

Positive study for Champion Iron in Labrador Trough

VANCOUVER — A preliminary feasibility study has concluded the East and West iron ore deposits at Champion Iron Mines’ (CHM-T) Consolidated Fire Lake North (CFLN) project could produce 9.3 million tonnes of concentrate grading 66%…


Locals survey the past-producing Panguna copper-gold open pit mine in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Ian Bickis

The high-stakes world of Papua New Guinea mining

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA — Rising out of the sea at the collision of the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates, Papua New Guinea is the stuff of legend for both its geological potential and punishing working environment.


The office at Curis Resources' Florence copper project in Arizona. Source: Curis Resources

Florence prefeasibility lifts Curis

VANCOUVER — Curis Resources (CUV-T) bucked two of the mining sector’s most persistent problems — creeping capital costs and rising operating expenses — with a prefeasibility study for its Florence copper project in…



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