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US miner Cliffs seeks creditor protection in Canada

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago Iron-ore and coal miner Cliffs Natural Resources has become the third major US company in the past six months to seek creditor protection for its Canadian arm to try to isolate losses and protect shareholders.The miner said it had commenced restructuring proceedings in Montreal on Tuesday. The... 

US miner Cliffs seeks creditor protection in Canada

Ring of Fire access route land squabble headed to Court of Appeal

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 4 hours ago Prospective Ring of Fire (RoF) miners KWG Resources and Cliffs Natural Resources have been given the green light to take their quarrel over the right of way over an isthmus connecting the remote Northern Ontario mining camp with the outside world to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. KWG reported... 

Aquila Resources to enter proposed ‘transformational’ financing with Orion Mine Finance

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 5 hours ago Project developer Aquila Resources has announced that t had entered into an exclusivity agreement with Orion Mine Finance on a multilevel financing transaction that would include a private placement and a silver stream for total funding of $20.75-million. TSX- and Frankfurt-listed Aquila, which... 

Randgold’s Kibali mine making waves in the DRC

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 5 hours ago Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources on Tuesday said the Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was now well advanced into the second and final phase of development that would take it to full production by 2018. Randgold was developing and operating the mine, which... 

Peabody Energy narrows Q4 loss on lower US, Australian costs

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 6 hours ago The world’s largest private-sector coal company Peabody Energy has slightly narrowed its fourth-quarter loss, as its efforts to reduce costs in the low-price environment gained traction. The St Louis-based miner, with 27 surface and underground mines across the US and Australia, reported a net... 

Freeport-McMoRan posts significant loss on oil, gas write-downs

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 7 hours ago Arizona-based copper, gold and oil producer Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) on Tuesday reported a significant fourth-quarter net loss as it booked impairment charges totalling $3.1-billion, or $3 per share, on the carrying values of its oil and gas properties. The diversified miner said it was taking... 

On back of strong 2014, First Quantum disappoints with 2015 outlook

By: Henry Lazenby Base metals miner First Quantum Minerals late on Monday reported record copper output during 2014, noting that the current year would see its Zambia operations benefit from increased synergies as its new smelter was being commissioned and its new Sentinel mine started first production during the... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM

By: Martin Creamer The global mining industry makes its biggest contribution in the world’s poorest regions, an International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) study has found. The study, which became available in published form on Tuesday, finds that mining spurs the growth and development of national economies... 

Mining boosts world’s poorest regions – ICMM
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