MINE digital magazine: Issue 26

16 October 2014 (Last Updated October 16th, 2014 05:16)

In this issue: a positive outlook for gold, when emerging markets have emerged, the future of the DRC as a mining destination, a unique approach to mine pollution in Chile, Saudi Arabia’s move into mining, the ironsand controversy in New Zealand continues, and more

MINE digital magazine: Issue 26

MINE digital magazine: Issue 26 | October 2014

The diamond market has been on something of a rocky road since the global financial crisis hit, but experts believe the outlook for the next few years is promising. We find out more about how the market is expected to develop between increased demand from China and India and predictions of potential supply shortages.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has emerged from its worst times of conflict, but mining companies operating in the country are still facing many risks. We explore the challenges posed by missing infrastructure, corruption allegations and thousands of artisanal miners. We also find out how market dynamics in the industry will shift as 'emerging' markets become increasingly established, and take a look at Saudi Arabia's plans to explore its copper, zinc and phosphate reserves.

Moreover, we ask Geometrica how its domes have helped settle disputes between Chilean miners and winemakers by reducing pollution from mines in the region, and check in on New Zealand's iron sand controversy as Trans-Tasman Resources appeals against the rejection of its proposed project.

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In this issue

The Future Looks Bright
It has had its share of ups and downs over the years, but the diamond market faces a positive future, experts believe. Elly Earls finds out about increasing demand and predictions of a drop in supply
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A New Era
Emerging markets still pose familiar risks, but with companies in these markets drastically outperforming their counterparts from the developed world, is the term losing its relevance? Chris Lo investigates.
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Moving Forward
Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with its socio-economic and governmental problems, is far from straightforward. Heidi Vella-Starr asks how the world's second least developed country hopes to become a cobalt, copper and diamond destination.
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A Kingdom of Riches
Having already established itself in the gold market, Saudi Arabia is now setting its sights on copper, zinc and phosphate. Adam Leach finds out more about the country's mining sector.
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As the Ice Thaws
Greenland May not immediately spring to mind as a resource-rich countr, possibly because 80% of the land is covered in ice - Yet the mining industry is increasingly focusing on the island. Rhiannon Garth Jones of IOM3 finds out why.
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Mines and Wines
Geometrica's Bespoke steel and aluminium domes are helping to settle age-old disputes between winemakers and miners in Chile. Heidi Vella-Starr finds out more.
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The Next Round
Trans-Tasman Resources will appeal against the decision by the environmental protection agency to turn down its ironsand mining project 36km off the coast of New Zealand. Adam leach takes a look at the ongoing controversy.
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