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Australia's Pacific National says coal train derailed, services disrupted

8th February 2019 Australian coal haulier Pacific National said on Thursday that one of its trains derailed near the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and that some services would be affected while repair work was carried out. The Hunter Valley is Australia's top thermal coal-producing region and home to... 

Fourteen NGOs oppose LME plans to ban tainted cobalt

7th February 2019 Fourteen nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) including Amnesty and Global Witness have opposed plans by the London Metal Exchange to ban cobalt tainted by human rights abuses, a letter seen by Reuters showed. Cobalt is a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles, a... 

Brazil set to ban upstream tailings dams after collapse kills hundreds

7th February 2019 Brazil's mining agency plans to ban upstream tailings dams used for storing mining waste, a director at the National Mining Agency (ANM) said on Thursday, after such a dam burst last month, likely killing at least 300 people. Eduardo Leão, a director at ANM, said the agency aims to issue an... 

Maduro sold 40% of Venezuela's gold last year amid cash crunch

7th February 2019 President Nicolas Maduro blew through more than 40% of Venezuela’s gold reserves last year in a desperate bid to fund government programs and pay millions to bondholders. The government sold a total of 73 t of gold to two firms in the United Arab Emirates and another in Turkey, opposition... 

Bolivia picks Chinese partner for $2.3bn lithium projects

7th February 2019 Bolivia has chosen a Chinese consortium to be its strategic partner on new $2.3-billion lithium projects, the government said on Wednesday, giving China a potential foothold in the country's huge untapped reserves of the prized electric battery metal. China's Xinjiang TBEA Group will hold a 49%... 

Norsk Hydro's Q4 hit by restricted Brazil output, lowers dividend

7th February 2019 Norwegian metals producer Norsk Hydro warned it will miss its 2019 savings targets after falling well short of fourth-quarter earnings expectations hit by restricted output in Brazil and higher costs. Underlying operating profit fell 85% to 534-million Norwegian crowns ($62.48-million) versus... 

Ethiopia finalising mining industry reforms – minister

6th February 2019 Ethiopia will finalise reforms for its underdeveloped mining and oil sectors within the next two months as it seeks to encourage more foreign investors, its mines and petroleum minister said on Tuesday. The country has already cut taxes for mining companies in recent years but the government... 

Bushveld Minerals hopes to list in Johannesburg by Q3

6th February 2019 London-listed Bushveld Minerals , which has vanadium mines in South Africa, said on Tuesday it planned a to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange by the third quarter of this year. Bushveld Minerals, which has vanadium operations in South African and coal operations in Madagascar, said the... 

Congo 2018 copper output up 12.9% to 1.2Mt – Chamber of Commerce

6th February 2019 Copper production in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa's top producer, rose 12.9% in 2018 to 1.2-million tonnes, the Chamber of Commerce said in a presentation on Wednesday. Output of cobalt, a key component of electric car batteries, rose 43.8% to 106 439 t, while gold production increased by... 

Angola's Endiama sees diamond output rising to 13.8 Mct by 2022

6th February 2019 Angola's State-owned diamond firm Endiama sees production rising to 13.8-million carats in 2022 compared with 9.5-million carats forecast for this year, a senior official said on Wednesday. Production in 2018 was 9.4-million carats, Endiama's director of geology, Kapingana Mandavela, told an... 

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