Agnico-Eagle Mines is a Canada-based gold mining company with operations in Finland, Canada, and Mexico. Its development and exploration activities are expanding to the US. Its trading symbol is AEM on the TSX and NYSE. Main competitors are Hecla Mining, Coeur d'Alene Mines, and AngloGold Ashanti.

Agnico Mines was first created by five struggling miners in 1953 and named Cobalt Consolidated Mining. In 1957, its name changed to Agnico Mines, which was derived from the symbols of the elements Ag, Ni, and Co for the elements silver, nickel, and cobalt, respectively. It was in 1963 when Paul Penna oversaw the merger between Eagle Mines and Agnico Mines. The former was a successful gold exploration miner, and the merger enabled the development of the mining complex Joutel. The new company was named Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited.

At present, the company operates 1 mining site in Mexico, 1 in Finland, and 5 mining sites in Canada. The Flagship mine is situated in northwestern Quebec and since 1988, it has produced over 4 million gold ounces. The mining site close to LaRonde is among the lowest-cost operations underground on a per tonne basis. Lapa is a small mine nearby, with gold grades that are twice as rich compared to the average for the company. Meadowbank is the largest mining site of Agnico-Eagle Mines and an open-pit mine found in the Nunavut Territory. Pinos Altos are underground, open-pit operations exploited in northwestern Mexico. The mine has silver and gold reserves. Kittila is also a group of underground, open-pit mining operations found in northern Finland. The largest known reserves of gold in Europe are found here.

In addition, the company has growth and exploration projects, one being in LaRonde. In Kittila, a feasibility study evaluates the possibility to expand the production by at least 50 percent. Expansion drilling and conversion in Meadowbank is another priority of the company.

A competitive strength of Agnico Mines is having long-life deposits of gold in mining-friendly regions. Low-cost and effective production methods and a strong operating base are also among its competitive strengths. Finally, the company takes pride in having a solid financial position, and excellent quality gold reserves.
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Alacer Gold is an intermediary gold explorer and producer with a diversified portfolio of assets in Turkey and Australia. The company’s gold reserves presently total 5.9 million ounces, and it is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ASR. Its main competitors are Newmont Mining Corporation, Inmet Mining Corporation, and Eldorado Gold Corporation, among others.

The company was established with the merger of Avoca Resources Limited and Anatolia Minerals Development. The merger took place in 2011. At present, Alacer Gold has a portfolio of long-life, large mining sites, along with exploration and development projects.

The Higginsville Gold Operation is 100 percent-owned by Alacer Gold and situated in the Eastern Goldfields region, Australia. The mining site contains god deposits, and many of them are mined at the surface. Few deposits were explored extensively until the Trident Gold Deposit. The processing plant at Higginsville treats ore from two locations. One is an open pit mine where production started in 2011, and the other is an underground mine which has been producing since 2007. At the Trident Gold Deposit, the main mining method used is sublevel open stoping. Maximum recovery is achieved by backfilling stopes with paste so that there is no need for pillars. The South Kalgoorlie Operation is 100 percent-owned by Alacer Gold and situated south of Kalgoorlie, Australia. It contains a number of gold deposits found in sedimentary and ultramafic schists and rocks. The Jubilee processing plant processes ore and has a throughput capacity of 1.2 Mtpa.

The Frog’s Leg Mine is jointly owned by La Mancha Resources (51 percent) and Alacer Gold (49 percent). The former is the operator of the mining site, which is found west of Kalgoorlie. The share of ore of Alacer Gold is transported to the South Kalgoorlie Operation, and processing takes place at the Jubilee processing facility. Alacer Gold also operates the Çöpler Gold Mine in Turkey, which is an open pit mine, owned by the company (95 percent), and Lydia Maden (5 percent). The mine is found southwest of Erzincan and east of Ankara in Turkey.
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Barrick Gold is the largest gold and precious metals mining business in the world, with business units in North America, South America, Africa and Australia. Their global headquarter is located in Ontario, Canada and they employ over eleven thousand people worldwide. Committed to efficiently maximizing the production of raw precious metals along with enriching the communities in which it operates, Barrick Gold has been ranked as a leader in corporate social responsibility by the Dow Jones for several years and has received accolades from many industry leaders in areas of safety, health and community enrichment.

Originally an oil and gas company under the name of Barrick Resources, Barrick began its focus on the gold industry in 1983 and began in investing in mining operations world wide. After a long list of smart investments including the Renabie Mine, Camflo Mining and Lac Minerals Barrick quickly became the third largest gold mining operation in 1994. In October of 2005 Barrick acquired Placer Dome, Inc., one of the worlds largest mining operation companies in the world. After a successful acquisition Barrick was then named the largest Gold Mining Company in the world, and they haven’t stopped since. In 2008 they acquired NovaGold and Teck Cominco, further strengthening its position at the top of the precious metals industry.

In 2008 Barrick surprised the world with an innovative move by offering a $10 million prize to any private scientific group that could help them more efficiently and safely harvest silver deposits around the world, which led to several innovations in silver mining that are used by most precious metals industries today.

Barrick Gold has held strong to is commitment to maintaining its commitment to social enrichment in the areas in which it operates, providing thousands of jobs to impoverished areas and creating opportunity and growth in under developed areas.
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Cameco Corp. was established with the privatization and merger of SMDC and Eldorado Nuclear Limited in 1988. In 1991, an IPO for 20 percent of Cameco Corp was conducted. The company acquired the largest US uranium producing company Power Resources Inc. in 1996. Today, among the company’s competitors are AREVA, USEC Inc., and Anglo American.

Today, it is a leading uranium producer, and its production accounts for around 16 percent of the total production of uranium globally. As part of its exploration operations, the company has leading positions in promising areas in Australia and Canada with a potential for uranium discoveries. Cameco provides processing services for the production of fuel used in nuclear power plants, generating electricity in partnership with the Ontario-based nuclear generating station.

The company has controlling ownership of low-cost operations and high-grade uranium reserves in the northern part of Saskatchewan. Cameco is also the largest producer in the US, having recovery operations in Nebraska and Wyoming. The Inkai joint venture in Kazakhstan is a limited partnership, formed by the Kazakh government and Cameco Corp for the production of uranium. The company also has an active exploration program, which managed to secure sites with development and exploration projects around the world. Cameco Corp has ownership interest in land found in the US, Kazakhstan, Australia, Canada, Peru, and Mongolia.

Regarding refining and conversion, Cameco Corp is among the main suppliers of uranium processing services for the production of fuel required to generate clean electricity. The Port Hope conversion facility of the company is among the few production plants for uranium hexafluoride in the West. Uranium hexafluoride is exported to international clients and used in nuclear water reactors after being enriched. The Port Hope facility offers conversion services required for the production of fuel used in Candu nuclear reactors. It is the only facility for uranium dioxide conversion in the world. The Port Hope facility is a fuel manufacturing plant while the Cobourg facility is a metal fabrication facility. The fuel bundles manufactured by the company are sold and used in reactors to serve Canadian nuclear utilities. Cameco Corp also produces reactor components and offers consulting and nuclear fuel services to Candu operators globally.
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Eldorado Gold is a Canada-based international producer of gold with development projects and six operating mines. It was established by Gary D. Nordin in 1991 and acquired the Tanjianshan gold mine in 2005, situated in the Chinese Qinghai Province. Commercial production at the Jinfeng mine started in 2007.

The company operates in Brazil, Turkey, Greece, and China and takes pride in being among the lowest cost gold producers, with a strong balance sheet, robust margins, and new mines. Eldorado Gold pays a semi-annual dividend, which is based on gold ounces sold as well as the realized prices. The company pursues further growth by exploring and creating new opportunities for exploiting gold and other mineral resources. It is listed on TSX under the ticker symbol ELD and on NYSE under EGO. Among its competitors are Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd., Mediterranean Resources Ltd., Alacer Gold Corp., and others.

Eldorado Gold has 6 operating mines, two of which are found in Turkey. The Kişladağ gold mining operation is situated in the Uşak Province and was a greenfield discovery of the company. It is the largest gold mine on the territory of Turkey. Another mine in Turkey is the Efemçukuru gold mine, which is situated in the Izmir Province. Deposits here are suited for exploitation through underground mechanized mining. The ore in the mine is processed via flotation concentrate circuit and milling. The Jinfeng gold mine is found in Guizhou Province and is an underground, open pit mine in China. The Vila Nova mine and White Mountain mine are two other mines operated by Eldorado Gold. The first is an underground gold mine found in the Chinese Jilin Province. The mine is exploited through a cut-and-fill stopping mining technique. Commercial production started in 2009. Vila Nova is a mining operation found in the Brazilian Amapa State. It is an iron ore, open pit mine, and its processing facility produces sinter fines and lump ore. Trial mining began in 2010. This is the only iron mine of the company, and the other five are gold mines.
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Equinox Minerals operated as an exploration and mining company with corporate offices located in Toronto and Perth. The company had operations in Zambia, Australia, and Peru and was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol EQN. The main competitors of Equinox Minerals were Rio Tinto Limited and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., based in Phoenix, and BHP Billiton Limited, based in Melbourne, among others.

Equinox Minerals was established with the merger between Equinox Resources and Equinox in 2004. In 1996, it commenced operations in Zambia and in 2010, the company was involved in several key transactions. Equinox Minerals acquired the copper-gold-silver site Jabal Sayid, located in Saudi Arabia, launching a hostile takeover bid for the copper producing company Lundin Mining. Barrick Gold announced the acquisition of the company in 2011.

Among the operations acquired by Barrick Gold is the Lumwana copper mine, situated in Zambia. This is a long-life high-quality operation and one of the world’s most prospective copper mining sites. The copper mine encompasses two copper deposits, Chimiwungo and Malundwe, together with 25 exploration prospects. Chimiwungo is larger than Malundwe and lower in copper grade. However, it contains uranium mineralization and large high-grade cobalt zones. Malundwe, which is smaller, contains zones of gold and uranium mineralization and higher copper grade, as well as sporadic high cobalt. There is a manufacturing plant which opened in 2009. The mining license for this mine is valid for twenty five years and covers 1,335 sq. km. Conventional flotation is used to process sulphide ore onsite, producing copper concentrates ready for shipment to offsite smelters. Smelters are used to smelt and refine concentrates into metal. The Lumwana operation cost Equinox Minerals 1 billion to develop and has sufficient reserves for 37 years. The project has been credited with attracting professionals to areas close to the mining sites, building schools, and other social development projects in Gambia.

In addition to copper deposits, the mining site contains uranium-rich deposits. Exploration projects of Equinox Minerals included Zambezi (coal), Sombrero, Huajoto, Caccapaqui, and Chapi Chapi-Utupara for silver, gold, copper, and zinc.
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First Quantum Minerals is a mining company engaged in development, exploration, and mining operations. Based in British Columbia, the company is listed on TSX under the symbol FM and on the London Stock Exchange under FQM.

First Quantum Minerals was established in 1983 and acquired Adastra Minerals in 2006 for $245 million in stock and cash. The company acquired Scandinavian Minerals Ltd in 2008, which was developing the Kevitsa project, found in Finland. The Ravensthorpe Nickel Mine was acquired from BHP Billiton in 2009 for $340 million USD. The company sold its share in the mining and exploration company Equinox Minerals in 2010.

First Quantum Minerals operates two mining sites, the Kansanshi mine and the Guelb Moghrein mine. The Kansanshi mine is a copper-gold mine found in Zambia and Guelb Moghrein is a copper-gold mining operation in Mauritania. Mining in Kansanshi is carried out in the Northwest and Main pits, using hydraulic excavators, conventional open pit methods, and haul trucks. The chosen method of treatment is based on variations in the type of ore. Sulphide ore is processed through floatation, milling, and crushing to produce copper. Oxide ore is processed through milling, crushing, floatation, the SX/EW process, and leaching to produce electro-won cathode copper and gold bearing and sulphidic concentrate.

Mining operations in the Guelb Moghrein mine started in 2006. The copper floatation plant was commissioned in 2006, and production started the same year. Mining takes place in an open pit, and haul trucks and hydraulic excavators are used. Gold-copper concentrate is produced from sulphide ore at the processing plant. The estimated life of the mining site is about 6.5 years.

The primary product of the company is copper. It is used to produce copper alloy products, copper products, and copper wire. Cable and wire copper is formed into or used for creating utility power cable, industrial cable, telecommunications cable, winding wire, and insulated wire. Copper and wire cable are used in brass, roofing, and plumbing fittings and air conditioning systems.

The main competitors of the company are BHP Billiton Limited, Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile, and Caledonia Mining Corporation, based in Toronto.
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Goldcorp, Inc. is one of Canada's leading precious metals exploration, development and acquisition companies. It currently ranks in the top three mining companies in the world based on property (mine) investments and is in the top ten for total output of gold and silver to commercial markets. They currently run mining operations in Canada, Mexico, South America and the United States.

Goldcorp was originally known as Goldcorp Investments limited and originated in 1954. During the last 60 years it has made wise business acquisitions that have enabled them to compete with the largest precious metals manufacturers in the world. In 1991 Goldcorp Investments limited rebranded to the well-known Goldcorp. name.

Goldcorp is focused on much more than mining for the sake of profit. They fully understand the implications of the mining industry and controversies that have surrounded the industry since the 1800's. Goldcorp, Inc. has developed safety and corporate responsibility procedures that have not only awarded them accolades from industry leaders, but from environment watchdog organizations all over the world. They understand that sustainability and environmental responsibility is the key to not only keeping their investments and the environment safe, but is the only way to allow their business to continue to grow.

Goldcorp, Inc. also recognizes that without the support of the communities in which they operate their business would simply cease to function. This is why out of nearly every precious metals producer in the world, Goldcorp, Inc. donates more time and resources to the communities in which it serves than any other. Goldcorp, Inc. is also highly involved in several domestic charitable organizations such as the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity, Dress for Success Vancouver, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Junior Achievement of BC and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

With the perfect blend of tenacity and responsibility, Goldcorp, Inc. has positioned itself to continue to exponentially grow in their industry for many years to come.
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Ivanhoe Mines is a Canada-based mineral development and exploration company with headquarters in Vancouver. Its main competitors are Centerra Gold Inc. and Caledon Resources PLC, among others.

In 2000, Ivanhoe Mines merged with ABM Mining, which was a privately held company, established in 1997. ABM Mining bought the outstanding obligations associated with the Tasmanian Savage River project.

Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines signed a comprehensive, long-term investment agreement with the Mongolian government for the building and exploitation of the copper-gold Oyu Tolgoi site. According to this agreement, Ivanhoe Mines has the controlling 66 percent interest, and the Government of Mongolia acquires 34 percent in the project. Rio Tinto, which is a strategic partner of Ivanhoe Mines and a global miner, currently holds 49 percent in the company. As of March, 2011, 15 percent of the construction works were completed.

The company focuses on operations in the Pacific Rim, developing large mining sites. The main mine is the Oyu Tolgoi Project, situated in Southern Mongolia. This copper-gold operation is the largest underdeveloped mining site in the world, found south of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.

The company operates through two subsidiaries. One is SouthGobi Resources, based in Mongolia, and the other is Ivanhoe Australia Limited, operating in Australia. The largest shareholder in Ivanhoe Australia is Ivanhoe Mines, owning about 59 percent of the outstanding and issued shares. Ivanhoe Australia engages in the development and exploration of historic mining sites located at Tennant Creek and Mount Isa-Cloncurry. The mining complex at Mount Isa contains a molybdenum-rhenium deposit, which is the highest grade in the world and is found in the Merlin mine.

SouthGobi Resources focuses on the development and exploration of Permian-age thermal coal and metallurgical deposits found in the South Gobi Region of Mongolia. The Ovoot Tolgoi mine is the main mining site of the company, which produces and sells coal to clients in China. The largest shareholder in the company is Ivanhoe Mines, which owns about 58 percent of the outstanding and issued shares. The Osborne asset is another asset, acquired from Barrick Gold. It has an ore processing facility and is located close to the Merlin mine.
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Kinross Gold is a Canada-based gold miner which operates mining sites and projects in the US, Canada, Russia, Chile, and Ecuador. Other mines of the company are found in Mauritania and Ghana.

Kinross Gold was established in 1993 and together with Placer Dome Inc., it established the Porcupine Joint Venture, combining the Bell Creek Mill, Pamour Nighthawk Mines, Hoyle Pond, and Dome mine. Completing its merger with TVX Gold in 2007, Kinross Gold acquired ownership in La Coipa, found in Chile. In 2007, Kinross Gold acquired the Bema Gold Corporation and ownership in different mining operations. In 2011, the company’s ownership in the Kupol mine increased from 75 percent to 100 percent.

The company has interest in the Julietta Mine and Kupol mine found in the Russian Federation and in the Chilean Maricunga Mine. The Kupol mine is a world-class mine with a strong cash flow, low costs, significant production, and location in a key region. The mining site consists of both an open pit and underground operation and is jointly owned by the regional government and Kinross Gold. The La Coipa mine comprises of 3 open pit mines and is found in the Atacama Desert. Maricunga is a cold weather, high altitude heap leach operation situated in the northern part of Chile. In total, the miner has operations in eight mining-friendly states, with 5 development projects and 10 operating mines. Its development projects are found in Chile (Fruta del Norte and Lobo-Marte) and in Ecuador. Cerro Casale is among the largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits in the world.

Kinross Gold follows a number of guiding principles, among which prioritizing the safety of every employee, maintaining high standards of corporate governance, and promoting engagement with the communities in which it operates. The company is listed on TSX under the ticker symbol K and on NYSE under KGC. Its main competitors are Freeport- McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation, and AngloGold Ashanti Limited.

Jantzi Research and Maclean’s magazine have recognized Kinross God as one of the Top 50 Most Responsible Corporations in Canada.
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