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Water Supply Challenges Copper Miners

Our natural resource supply is constantly being challenged by our rate of consumption and extraction. Decreasing ore grades are not the only problem that copper miners are facing.  The amount of water required to process and refine copper also increases as ore grades decrease.  Some copper mines are already aware of this challenge and are starting to use an increasing amount of recirculated water and seawater for their processes, and less surface and underground water. Although the operational and maintenance costs of desalination plants can be high, the costs for installation and transport is lower, which when coupled with cost...

The Clean Technology Sector and its ties to Mining

With an increasing shift towards a low-carbon economy, it looks as though mining will play a vital role. Various metals and minerals are key to increased infrastructure growth for solar, wind, and battery power. For example, a three megawatt wind turbine requires 100 tonnes of steel and 80 tonnes of coal. Not only are mines tied to the clean technology sector because of the demand of materials, mines are also are receiving pressure from investors to be more sustainable, with a smaller environmental footprint. One great example of a mining company making this shift is Goldcorp, who is building the...

Canada’s QMC Quantum Minerals Proposes to Mine Lithium

It’s no secret that lithium is in high demand, due to the trend of electric vehicles (EV) and clean energy. Many companies and start-ups are looking to mine this metal with the intention for use in batteries, but deposits are often too small to be financially feasible. QMC has acquired a historic lithium mine in Manitoba, Canada and is preparing for pilot testing, with the intention to start drilling in early 2019. Historic data from the mine shows 87% recovery, and production of high-grade concentrate, 5.9% lithium oxide. The lithium mineralization starts directly on the surface and stretches down to...

NYE: A time for reflection, and predictions for the future… of Copper?

With the arrival of the new year, it’s a time for reflecting on the past and looking towards the future. When it comes to copper prices, reflecting on the past most definitely gives us hope for the future. Copper is currently at a 4 year high, and 2017 has proven to be its best year since 2010, with a growth of over 30%. Some analysts suggest that copper is a good reflection of the overall metals market, an idea backed by the fact the FTSE 350 Mining Index has jumped to its highest since mid-2014. China has a large influence...

Renewables may be on the rise in Canada, but solar power is poorly represented

Renewable energy sources currently account for 18.9% of Canada’s entire primary energy supply. When examining electricity generation, hydroelectricity accounts for 59.3%, wind at 3.5%, biomass at 1.4%, and solar at a mere 0.5%. Solar power is not our primary electricity source, and living in rainy Vancouver, BC, it’s not hard to guess why. That being said, Canada sits 13th in the world for installed solar capacity, at 2310 MW.  The province of Ontario generates the majority of Canada’s solar power, but recent trends suggest the rest of the country could start to follow this lead. The cost to install solar panels...

EV Trends help Canadian Mining Companies Secure Investments for the Future

Canadian cobalt and lithium mine developers are in the preliminary stages of securing financing from investors for upcoming projects. Ecobalt is the first of Canadian’s mining companies to sign an offtake agreement, for funding from its Idaho cobalt project, producing cobalt concentrate. Nemaska Lithium and Mason Graphite, of Canada’s 1,200+ publicly listed mining companies, are next in line to secure funding soon – both have projects in Quebec. These mining companies are looking to secure financing from car and battery makers, which recognize the need for cobalt, lithium, and graphite in electric vehicles. Cobalt forecasts predict a deficit in years...

Wastewater Treatment

Earlier this month, the Global Wastewater Treatment Services Market – Global Forecast to 2022 Report was published. The report estimates that the wastewater treatment services market will reach 97.18B USD by 2022, up from the estimated 75.22B USD this year, with a CAGR of 5.3%.  Its predicted that the industrial segment of wastewater treatment services market will have the highest CAGR, including chemical, metal & mining, pulp & paper, oil & gas, power generation, food, and pharmaceutical industries. This trend is set by a rise in industrial output, increasing demand for industrial wastewater treatment services. Continued attention towards our global environmental impact...

Zambia’s Copper Output Expected to Rise to 850,000 tonnes for 2017

Last year, Zambia produced 774,290 tonnes of copper. This year, the output is expected to reach between 800,000 and 850,000 tonnes. Next year, they predict it will increase even higher, to 1,000,000 tonnes. Why the steady increase? Power supply is stable, and copper prices have been on a general upward trend since 2016. A significant contributor to the copper output is Konkola Copper Mines, just one of the foreign mining companies operating on Zambian soil, a list which includes Barrick Gold, First Quantum Minerals, and Glencore Plc....

Endeavour Silver Corp. Drilling Unearths High Grade Silver-Gold Mineralization

At the Calicanto property in Zacatecas, Mexico, Endeavour Silver Corporation has undergone extensive drilling exploration. Twenty-nine drill holes were tested, revealing a 2,043 g/t silver and 13.2 g/t gold over a 2.8 m true width hole within the Calicanto vein. Within the Misie vein, 932 g/t silver and 1.26 g/t gold was discovered over a 2.7 m true width hole. The test results show a silver equivalent of 70:1 silver/gold. Endeavour is discussing the development of a drilling and mining plan based on these findings, expanding their upcoming El Compas project....

Google is ‘Up and Running’ on 100% Renewable Energy Sources

Last year, Google made a goal to run their data centers on entirely renewable energy sources. In order to meet their promise, they have purchased three wind power plants across the U.S., totaling 534.6 megawatts, bringing their total up to 3 gigawatts in solar and wind capacity. These energy investments are enough to power all of their products and services, and have made Google the largest corporate purchaser of renewables this year. Google is not alone in this accomplishment, as previously reported, entire countries like Costa Rica are making the same commitment, as well as other corporations such as Amazon and Apple,...