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China said to push talks to create $241bn power giant

30th March 2017 China’s state-owned enterprise regulator has asked coal mining giant Shenhua Group Corp. and power generator China Datang Corp. to discuss a possible merger, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The talks are at an early stage and there’s no guarantee of a deal, said the people,... 

Masimong said to lead bid for Anglo's South African coal mines

30th March 2017 Masimong Minerals has emerged as the favourite to win an auction for some of Anglo American’s South African coal mines, according to two people familiar with the matter. Led by South African Chamber of Mines President Mike Teke, Masimong has edged ahead of Phembani Group, the other shortlisted... 

Gold seen soaring to $1 500 as inflation poised for a comeback

29th March 2017 Gold is poised to rally to levels last seen four years ago as rising inflation and negative real interest rates combine to boost demand, according to Incrementum, which says that the precious metal may be in the early stages of a bull market. Prices may climb to $1 400/oz to $1 500/oz this year,... 

Anglo's new billionaire backer Agarwal says he's no activist

29th March 2017 Anglo American’s new billionaire shareholder said he has no intention of behaving like an activist investor after surprising the mining industry by paying $2.5-billion for a 13% stake earlier this month. “At the moment, I’ve come in purely as an investor on my personal capacity and that is the... 

Giant gold coin worth $4m stolen in Berlin museum heist

28th March 2017 Burglars stole a 100 kg (220 lb), solid-gold coin worth $4-million from a Berlin museum in a heist out of a Hollywood movie. A security guard at the Bode Museum alerted police early Monday morning that the coin – which carries Queen Elizabeth II’s imprint and is called "Big Maple Leaf" – had been... 

Swedish miner says Donald Trump doesn't hold key to metal prices

28th March 2017 The operator of some of Europe’s largest copper and zinc mines expects President Donald Trump’s plans to spend on US infrastructure to have much less impact on base-metal prices than the needs of burgeoning middle-class populations in emerging markets. That’s because projects in the US and other... 

Diamond industry’s famous hungry crocodile doesn't cut it

28th March 2017 The diamond industry’s most famous chart is the hungry crocodile, the ancient reptile’s jaws wide open, reflecting both a predicted shortage of gems and the inevitable price rises that will come with it. Not only has this chart, which has been an industry staple for more than a decade and... 

Reviving king of gold means getting mine workers off their knees

24th March 2017 During his early years as a miner in South Africa, Joas Mahanuque spent six hours a day on his knees drilling for Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. The dust-filled tunnels half a mile underground were too low for him to stand, and temperatures reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).... 

Miners regain mojo to spark $18bn in exploration hunt

24th March 2017 A rebound in exploration by global miners could see spending hit $18-billion by 2025 with China the front runner in the search for a new generation of giant discoveries. Exploration budgets are rising after they plunged to an 11-year low of about $10-billion last year as mining companies slashed... 

BHP mine struggling to stave off title of longest Chile strike

22nd March 2017 The biggest copper mine in the world owned by the largest mining company is about to gain another, less desirable superlative – that of Chile’s longest mining strike in a generation. Management and union representatives at BHP Billiton’s Escondida are entering into another round of talks on... 

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