In this issue, royalty financing usually involves a funder making an upfront payment to a mining company in return for regular royalty payments (which might be in the form of cash or the mined commodity). How is this alternative funding model faring in 2020? 

Also, London-based Bluejay Mining is looking to start production next year at its Dundas Ilmenite Project on the coast of Greenland, which has been proven to be the highest-grade mineral sands ilmenite project in the world. This year the company has had its environmental and social impact assessments declared compliant, while this month the project passed its navigational safety assessment for shipping to and from the site.

Elsewhere, the artisanal and small-scale mining sector has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with communities already lacking in medical supplies and infrastructure stretched thin by the spread of the virus. However, recent reporting from the World Bank has found that those involved in the sector are more well educated and aware of the dangers of the pandemic than perhaps first thought, raising the prospect of a sector that could bounce back from these challenges. 

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Royalty financing – providing the capital upfront to fund a mining project – has grown in recent years as an alternative means of securing funding for mines. Matthew Hall talks to Anglo Pacific about the appeal of royalty financing and the impact of Covid-19 on the financing model.
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On the hunt: the new technologies changing mineral exploration

From chemical research to the development of machine learning solutions, actors across the mining sector are investing in new exploration technologies more than ever. JP Casey profiles some of the most exciting from across the industry.

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Dundas: inside the world’s highest-grade ilmenite deposit

Bluejay’s proposed Dundas ilmenite mine in Greenland ticks a number of boxes, from financial attractiveness to local support, and it could help accelerate mining projects in one of the world’s least-developed mining jurisdictions. JP Casey learns more.

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What will the next US administration mean for mining?

America’s new president-elect raises several questions for the US’s mining industry. Will more environmental protections enter the firing line? Will the next administration double down on critical minerals? Should we plan for more trade war inspired fluctuations in commodity prices? Yoana Cholteeva spoke to experts to get their take on what the future holds. 

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Shock waves: what will a Spanish ban mean for uranium mining in Europe?  

The Spanish Government has announced plans to ban the mining of uranium and other radioactive minerals, in a move that it says is in line with the EU energy policy. Yoana Cholteeva takes a look at the proposed ban, its lawful justifications and its prospective impact on Spain’s power and mining industries.

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Lioness of Africa Andiswa Silinga on geospatial data and mining

New advances in geospatial data are helping advance mining projects by leaps and bounds. Heidi Vella talks to Andiswa Silinga, CEO of South Africa-based Gemini GIS Services and member of the Lionesses of Africa community, about advances in the technology and what it’s like running a women-led business in a male dominated field.

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How Covid-19 has affected artisanal mining

Covid-19 has affected everyone and artisanal and small-scale miners are no exception. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the sector has been affected by lockdowns, unstable commodity prices and limited healthcare supplies, yet, despite these problems, communities have proved highly resilient and as resourceful as ever. Heidi Vella finds out more about the immediate and lasting impacts.

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Mapping the Caribbean mining industry

With a range of regulatory frameworks and resource deposits across the region, the Caribbean is one of the most diverse, and potentially prosperous, mining areas in the world. Matthew Hall considers its mineral potential.

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Preview – MINE Magazine February 2021

Lithium mining has become a boom industry as more and more of the metal is needed in electric car batteries but despite being lauded as a key material for a renewables revolution it too has a dark side. Blamed for speeding up desertification around the salt lakes of Latin America’s ‘lithium triangle’, the evaporation techniques used are causing concern. So does lithium have a water problem, and if so, what is being done?

Also in this issue, we find out about the World Economic Forum’s Deep-Sea Minerals Dialogue, take a virtual ridealong with ArcelorMittal‘s mine blasts team, and look at the evolution of Anglo American’s mining business in South Africa.

Plus, we delve into Brazil’s big mineral exploration push, explore a report on boardroom diversity at mining companies, speak to scientists from the University of Edinburgh about new space mining techniques, and learn more about mining in Angola.