Going to PDAC – meet and talk


A last minute decision – I am traveling to Toronto to attend PDAC 2016. It’s the perfect place to meet and talk: Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and Portugal, diamond and other gems, Nb-Ta and other pegmatite minerals, tungsten, gold, ferrous and base metal deposits, industrial minerals, natural stone. Challenges and opportunities. Where and when can we … Continue reading Going to PDAC – meet and talk

USGS – Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Occurrence Model


The USGS is an invaluable source of knowledge and information on economic geology (and on most Geology branches, in fact). I have just come across one of their publications; in this case, on VMS deposits – an important source of precious and basic metals (in the world and in Portugal – in our case, for over two … Continue reading USGS – Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Occurrence Model

What to expect from gold in 2016


The World Gold Council just published their review of gold’s performance during 2015, examining the factors that may influence gold in 2016. According to the World Gold Council’s report, the effect that US rates have had on the gold price is overdone and may take a back seat in 2016. Amid expensive stock valuations and high market … Continue reading What to expect from gold in 2016

Responsible sourcing for mining & metals – ICMM


Companies have a shared responsibility for the materials that they produce. Demonstrating value focuses on the two complementary sides of the responsible sourcing debate – sustainable procurement and responsible supply. A client (a small to medium sized operation) recently asked my help to certify the origin of its production in a neighbouring country of DRC. If … Continue reading Responsible sourcing for mining & metals – ICMM

Gold rush in Mato Grosso (Brazil) – Corrida ao ouro no Mato Grosso (Brasil)


http://player.r7.com/video/i/562d80ec490f8c41d10275c6?layout=wide252p Just click the link to watch the video (TV Record source) Thousands join gold rush in Mato Grosso, Brazil TV Record, Brazilian network just released a story on the garimpeiros (diggers) way of life in the newest gold rush of Mato Grosso (MT). Milhares de garimpeiros em nova corrida ao ouro em Mato Grosso, … Continue reading Gold rush in Mato Grosso (Brazil) – Corrida ao ouro no Mato Grosso (Brasil)

Mineral commodities 2013 total mined volumes and values, average prices


Diamonds mined in 2013 total 14 bn USD. How do they compare with other mineral commodities? Rather than using somebody else’s compilations, I prefer to check values published by (commodity) specialised international organisations or public companies (OPEC, World Gold Council, KPCS, USGS, etc.). After some work, I have arrived to the estimates presented in the table … Continue reading Mineral commodities 2013 total mined volumes and values, average prices