USGS Tantalum report (just published)


Two years ago I was involved in a very interesting tantalum project in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) – photo gallery here. I have since then followed with attention this metal’s market news (and its idiosyncrasies, being one of the 3TG minerals – subject to control under the conflict minerals framework). USGS just published a … Continue reading USGS Tantalum report (just published)

Angola e Portugal – nos 40 anos de uma nova história


Aprendi a andar em Moçambique e a ler em Angola. Viajo com frequência para lá (em especial Angola, com nova viagem para daqui a uns dias). Sou da última geração que sente uma forte pertença àquelas terras (como a Timor, Guiné, Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe, Macau) e outras às quais por onde Portugal andou (talvez por … Continue reading Angola e Portugal – nos 40 anos de uma nova história

SAMARCO DAM FAILURE IN MARIANA (MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL) – Latest information


There is not a final casualty number arising from the failure of two tailings’ dams of the Alegria iron mine. The mine, owned by SAMARCO – a BHP and VALE joint venture, is located in the region of Mariana – Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais, Brazil). Workers at the site are reported dead or missing (some sources refer … Continue reading SAMARCO DAM FAILURE IN MARIANA (MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL) – Latest information

Boston Consulting Group on Exploration and Mining (current affairs and future trends)


Yes, these are hard times (although I just started a new consulting project today and will likely add another in the next week or so) but it’s time we leave the gloom and doom talking and start thinking (and acting) on ways to improve. I always like to pick ideas from well thought, well structured … Continue reading Boston Consulting Group on Exploration and Mining (current affairs and future trends)

Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration – SME Scholarship Deadline Has Been Extended


SME – Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration The deadline for accepting applications for SME Scholarships has been extended to October 30, 2015. Multiple scholarships are available to SME student members who seek a career in the industry. Students may begin the application process here. SME divisions and affiliations which offer scholarship opportunities are: Coal & … Continue reading Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration – SME Scholarship Deadline Has Been Extended