The union anticipates a positive year for the international price of gold, whose exports generated $357 million between January and November 2016, 12% more than in the previous year.
The stability of the international price of gold in 2016 was the main reason behind the good results achieved by the sector dedicated to metal mining in Nicaragua. Gold exports exceeded $357 million, according to data at CETREX and better results are projected for this year.
The Canadian mining company GoldCorp has agreed to sell 100% of its stake in the gold and silver mining project Cerro Blanco located in Asuncion Mita, Jutiapa, to Bluestone Resources.
From a press release by Goldcorp:
VANCOUVER, Jan. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) today announced that the Company has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") pursuant to which it has agreed to sell its 100% interest in the Cerro Blanco gold-silver project, located in Guatemala, to Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSXV: BSR) ("Bluestone").
The arrival of foreign investment to the west of the country is being promoted, in places where there are already companies interested in developing the potential for metal mining in the area.
The Mining Chamber of Nicaragua projects growth of 5% in exports this year compared to 2015, driven by a rebound in gold prices internationally and investments in the sector.Sergio Rios, director of the union, also attributed the positive growth projection to the approximate 5% achieved in production.
In the first ten months of the year gold exports generated $293 million in foreign exchange, 12% more than in the same period in 2015.
Figures from the Center for Exports in Nicaragua (CETREX) indicate that the volume of exports also grew in the period in question, going from 6.94 tons sold abroad between January and October 2015 to 7.31 tons in the same period in 2016.
The proposal to exploit the gold mine in Cerro Quema, Los Santos, was considered "viable" by the Evaluation and Environmental Management Department in Panama.
The Evaluation and Environmental Management Department at the Ministry of Environment recommended that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the project be approved.Prensa.com reports that now they are "... just waiting for the signature of approval from the Environment Minister Mirei Endara."
Less mining of metals such as silver, lead, zinc and iron oxide explains the 17% drop in mining activities in the first quarter, compared to the last quarter.
In the quarterly GDP report up to March 2016 the Central Bank states that"...The negative result in Mining and Quarrying (-17.0%) was associated with a decline in metal ore mining (silver, lead, zinc and iron oxide), which has been discouraged by low prices in the international market, which do not stimulate the development of projects aimed at exploring new mineral deposits. "
The Supreme Court has rescinded in a "definitive" manner the permit for operating the mine La Puya, which had been awarded to the company Progreso VII Derivadas.
Putting a legal end to the controversy which arose three months ago, the Supreme Court decided to suspend the permit permanently, after differences of opinion arose between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Court over legal criteria.
In the first four months of the year foreign sales fell by 5.5% year-on-year, affected by lower volume and lower average international prices.
The Foreign Trade report by the Central Bank of Nicaragua said that exports in the mining sector contracted by 5.5% in the period from January to April compared with the same period in 2015, reaching $107.4 million.
The Mining Exploitation Project Niquegua Montufar II, run by Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel, and the one called Tajmulco II, by Montana Exploradora de Guatemala, have been suspended by the government.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mines indicates that "...Adhering to the appeal granted by the First Chamber of the Court of Appeals of the Civil and Commercial Branch constituted in the Court of Appeal, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), notified Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN), of the suspension of its authorization license for operating the mining exploitation project Niquegua Montufar II. "
Operations have been resumed following an agreement between representatives of government, community, and the mining company Minerales de Occidente.
An article on Laprensa.hn reports that "...Until a few days ago, Minerales de Occidente had halted its operations, embroiled in resolving protests, demonstrations and strikes in the area where it operates, on the part of groups representing the community who questioned operation of the mine."
On August 16 and 17 industry representatives from around the globe will be taking part in business conferences and lectures on the role of mineral resources and the impact of the activity on the economy.
The II International Mining Congress is being organized by the Mining Chamber of Nicaragua and will be held on August 16 and 17 in Managua.
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