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Australia govt report highlights India thermal coal opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 35 minutes ago The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the federal government’s report on the use of coal in India, saying it provided additional opportunities for Australian producers to become more involved in that country. The MCA’s executive director of coal, Greg Evans, stated that while... 

AfDB resources centre seeks comment on 2015-2020 strategy

By: Natalie Greve     Updated 1 hour 20 minutes ago The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) newly established African Natural Resources Center (ANRC) has launched an online consultation to seek comments from stakeholders on its draft strategy for 2015-2020, which would outline ways in which it could support effective natural resources management... 

AfDB resources centre seeks comment on 2015-2020 strategy

BHP’s Mackenzie urges Australia to remain competitive, warns against iron-ore cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 30 minutes ago Mining giant BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Wednesday said that Australia’s share of the global commodities market would grow in the long term, if the country could remain competitive. Speaking at Minerals Week in Canberra, Mackenzie noted that while prices for most commodities were... 

BHP’s Mackenzie urges Australia to remain competitive, warns against iron-ore cuts
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BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Gold mining puts $171bn into global economy – World Gold Council

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 40 minutes ago The global gold mining industry collectively contributed $171.6-billion-plus to the global economy in 2013, which is more than the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of Ecuador, Ghana and Tanzania, or close to half of the GDP of South Africa or Denmark. The World Gold Council (WGC) report on... 

Gold mining puts $171bn into global economy – World Gold Council
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Atlas Iron to resume mining at Mt Webber next month

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 1 hour 45 minutes ago Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has struck a deal with contractor BGC Contracting that would allow mining to resume at the Mt Webber mine, in the Pilbara, in July. The Mt Webber operation was expected to ramp-up to a rate of six-million tonnes a year by the December quarter, and operate for about... 

Potash West doubles Dinner Hill resource

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 3 minutes ago ASX-listed Potash West has doubled the indicated resource estimate at its Dinner Hill phosphate and potash project, in Western Australia, while grades increased by 4%. Drilling carried out in 2014 and 2015 has now pushed the Dinner Hill indicated resource to 250-million tonnes, grading 2.9%... 

Kvanefjeld gets maiden reserve

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 4 minutes ago Dual-listed Greenland Minerals and Energy has reported a maiden ore reserve of 108-million tonnes for its Kvanefjeld rare earths/uranium project, in Greenland. “An initial ore reserve of 108-million tonnes is an outstanding result, and is another really important project milestone,” said... 

ECU study sees higher depression among FIFO workers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 2 hours 13 minutes ago New research by Edith Cowen University (ECU) has revealed that fly-in, fly-out (Fifo) workers were twice as likely to suffer from depression, compared with the general Australian population. In a survey of 629 Western Australian Fifo workers, some 28% exhibited significant signs of depression,... 

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