EU is about to obligate smelters and refiners to control supply chains of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold

Irina Dorokhova | March 28, 2017
img0 image: i.imgur.com Earlier this month, the European Parliament voted to adopt the final text of an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (the “Regulation”), which will require smelters, refiners and importers into the EU of tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and their derivatives to source them responsibly. The Regulation must first be formally adopted by the Council, and ...

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is about to tighten control on subsoil users’ obligations fulfilment

MINEX FORUM | March 22, 2017
img0 Image: kremlin.ru Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoy briefed the President on measures to enhance the efficiency of subsoil resource use. The Ministry is about to tighten control and offer selective tax incentives. Control “We first need to bring order to subsoil resource use through stricter supervision. If necessary, we are looking at the possibility of revoking the licences of subsoil resource users that fail to comply with ...

Mining slides down deeper in Romania

MINEX FORUM | March 17, 2017
img0 Image: http://miningwatch.ro Local industry, the sector that represents almost a quarter of the Romanian economy, recorded an increase of 5.8% in January over the first month of 2016, said romania-insider.com. Mining continues to fall. The growth was supported by the strong advance in the manufacturing sector, according to data published yesterday by the National Statistics Institute ...

The Role and Importance of Geotechnical Engineering for a Mining Operation

Alexander Vyazmensky | March 16, 2017
img0 Geotechnical Engineering has become an integral part of mine operations fairly recently. Three decades ago very few mines employed site based geotechnical engineers, geotechnical design and operational support were primarily carried out by specialized consultancies and/or research institutions. Nowadays, global mining companies develop in-house geotechnical expertise at corporate and mine levels and hire consultants to ...

Russia invited India to Far East

MINEX FORUM | March 10, 2017
img0 Image: economictimes.indiatimes.com Moscow’s invitation to New Delhi to enhance its economic presence in Far-Eastern Russia — a region where Chinese businesses and citizens have made significant inroads – appears to be Kremlin’s attempt to counter-balance Beijing in the resource-rich territory twice India’s size, economictimes.indiatimes.com reported. Russian Deputy PM and President Vladimir Putin’s pointsperson for Far-East Russia, ...

Timur Toktabayev offers Rio Tinto to explore diamonds in Kazakhstan

MINEX FORUM | March 10, 2017
img0 Australian-British concern Rio Tinto plans considerable investments in geological exploration in Kazakhstan, trend.az said with reference to the Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry. Kazakh Deputy Minister for Investment and Development Timur Toktabayev met with Rio Tinto Geological Exploration Director Dave Andrews and Exploration Director for the Eurasia-Africa Region Ken Tainton. The meeting was held within the ...