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Brazil authorities question Hydro move to halt Alunorte operations

By: Reuters     5th October 2018 The Brazilian state of Para on Thursday said it was surprised when Norsk Hydro decided a day earlier to halt operations at Alunorte, the world's largest alumina refinery, and asked for a report explaining the decision. Brazilian regulators in February ordered Hydro to slash output by half at the... 

Macro disquiet drowns out signs of base metals shortages

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Uncertainty about how metals demand will be hit by trade wars, rising US interest rates and a slowdown in China is weighing on industrial metals prices, submerging signals pointing to potential shortages. The index of copper and five other top industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange... 

Hydro shuts Brazil alumina refinery and bauxite mine

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro on Wednesday announced that it would shut down its Alunorte alumina refinery and its Paragominas bauxite mine, in Brazil, owing to a dispute with authorities over water discharges from the refinery. The refinery – the world’s largest alumina producer – has... 

Hydro shuts Brazil alumina refinery and bauxite mine
The Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil.

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
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Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Norway to lift grid tariffs and halve discounts for big consumers by 2021

By: Reuters     1st October 2018 Norway's Statnett will lift electricity grid tariffs by 9% in 2019 and halve the discounts granted to its most power-intensive consumers within three years, it said in a statement on Monday. The grid operator is changing its tariff models in order to pay for investments in Norway's distribution... 

Indian aluminium producers seek higher import barriers

By: Ajoy K Das     28th September 2018 Indian domestic aluminium refiners are seeking tariff and non-tariff barriers to stem the rising tide of imports of the base metal into the country, which has led to lower sales by local metal producers. Major integrated aluminium refiners in the country, including State-run National Aluminium... 

Indian aluminium producers seek higher import barriers

Union says reached wage deal with Alcoa Australia, will end strike

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Unionised workers at aluminium producer Alcoa's Western Australian operations on Friday agreed to end a strike that lasted more than six weeks after securing better job security provisions in a new wage agreement. Workers at two alumina refineries and three bauxite mines walked out on August 8... 

Union says meeting with Alcoa again over strike at Australian aluminium project

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 The union at Alcoa's aluminium operations in the state of Western Australia said it was meeting with the company again on Wednesday to try to resolve a strike that has lasted more than six weeks, after the firm last week revised an earlier offer. Unionised workers at two alumina refineries and... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Hydro withdraws bid for Rio Tinto Iceland plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Hydro has dropped its offer to buy Rio Tinto’s ISAL aluminium plant, in Iceland. The $345-million offer, announced in February and initially expected to close in the second quarter, also entailed a 53.3% share in Rio Tinto’s Aluchemie anode plant, in the Netherlands,... 

Bosnia's Aluminij calls for government help to ensure survival

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Aluminij Mostar, Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter, is at risk from high alumina and electricity prices and only urgent government intervention can help it stay on line, its GM said on Thursday. Heavily-indebted and loss-making Aluminij, which is among Bosnia's top exporters, has narrowly avoided... 

Simmering Alcoa labour dispute morphed into 'clash of the titans'

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Workers of the Alcoa-controlled Becancour smelter in Quebec stand guard under umbrellas outside the gates. Whenever a vehicle approaches, a pair scurries to take down the driver’s details and make sure there’s no scab laborer in disguise. The ritual, witnessed on a rainy August morning, has... 

Rushydro says sanctions cloud prospects for joining Rusal's smelter

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Plans by Russia's power company Rushydro to join a new aluminium smelter project that Rusal wants to build in Siberia, have been complicated by international sanctions, Rushydro's head Nikolai Shulginov said on Monday. Rusal, ranked the world's No.2 aluminium producer after China's Hongqiao,... 

Rusal's August aluminium exports up 7% from July - Ifax

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 Russian aluminium producer Rusal, under US sanctions since April, increased its aluminium exports by 7% in August compared to the previous month, Interfax news agency said. Rusal, the world's second-largest aluminium producer, saw its exports and supply chain crippled after Washington put the... 

Rusal's August aluminium exports up 7% from July - Ifax

Norsk Hydro working to convince Brazil to resume full output at Alunorte refinery

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 Norsk Hydro is working to convince Brazilian authorities to allow it to resume full output at its Alunorte plant, the world's biggest alumina refinery, following two deals pledging social and environmental action, a top executive said. The deals, signed late on Wednesday in Brazil, were "an... 

Russia may buy aluminium for state stocks to support Rusal

By: Reuters     28th August 2018 Russia has a plan to support world No.2 aluminium producer Rusal against US sanctions put in place in April, including by purchasing the metal for state stocks, Industry Minister Denis Manturov told reporters on Tuesday. The US Treasury Department placed Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska and... 

Russia may buy aluminium for state stocks to support Rusal

South32 to consider South African energy coal ownership options in Sept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2018 Diversified miner South32 will start a process to broaden the ownership of its South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC) business, in September. “We have been very clear that we don’t plan to own an interest in energy coal in the long term, and it has never been a better time in terms of where South... 

Rusal says board backs change of domicile to Russia

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Russia's sanctions-hit aluminium giant Rusal said on Friday its board had discussed and approved a change of domicile from Britain's Jersey to Russia in order to take advantage of new special tax regulations. Rusal, which was hit with US sanctions in April that seriously disrupted aluminium... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

Threat of contagion in emerging markets deepens commodity risk

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 When Thailand devalued its currency two decades ago, few in global commodity markets took note. Within a year, the crisis morphed into an emerging-market rout that eviscerated the price of everything from crude oil to copper. Fast forward to today and Turkey is presenting a similar challenge. The... 

Alcoa output not affected by strike

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2018 Aluminium major Alcoa said that industrial action at its Western Australian operations were expected to last until August 17, but would have no effect on production. The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) on Wednesday said that Alcoa workers had walked out over an enterprise agreement dispute with... 

Glencore closing in on oil deal, transacting with Eskom 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2018 The local downstream oil investments of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore are expected to be concluded in the near future. Talking during a media conference after the Johannesburg- and London-listed company posted outstanding half-year results that won analyst applause, Glencore... 

Glencore closing in on oil deal, transacting with Eskom
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

ALCORE gets global licence for technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2018 ASX-listed Australian Bauxite has told shareholders that its ALCORE subsidiary would have the global licence rights for bauxite refining using the ALCORE technology. The global licence will allow ALCORE to build multiple plants in any location to meet the growing demand for aluminium fluoride... 

Russia's Rusal shuts down Nadvoitsky plant due to US sanctions

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 ussia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has started shutting down production at one of its smaller plants as a result of US sanctions on the company, Rusal representatives said on Monday. Operations at the Nadvoitsky aluminium smelter in Russia's Karelia region... 

Alcoa asks US government for tariff exemption on Canadian aluminum

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Alcoa Corp on Monday asked the US.Commerce Department to exempt from tariffs its purchases of 40 000 metric tons of Canadian aluminum used to make beverage cans, adding to thousands of requests for such relief. According to documents posted to its website, Alcoa said no US aluminum producer can... 

More northeast China cities cancel alumina projects amid public backlash

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Four more cities in northeast China's Liaoning province have abandoned their pursuit of alumina projects amid public environmental concerns, after Chaoyang last week scrapped plans to build the world's biggest alumina refinery. The new cancellations - announced in recent days by the cities of... 

US gives Rusal investors more time but keeps Deripaska on hook

By: Bloomberg     1st August 2018 The US Treasury Department gave investors more time to sell their shares and debt in En+ Group and affiliate, United Co. Rusal, but stopped short of removing the aluminum and power companies from a sanctions list targeting Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The deadline for investors to sell... 

Rio Tinto granted chain of custody certification by ASI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto has been granted chain of custody certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). Rio Tinto is the first mining and metals company to be granted this certification, which means the company will be the only one selling aluminium that customers can be... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

Construction starts at ALCORE pilot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th July 2018 ASX-listed Australian Bauxite on Tuesday reported that its subsidiary ALCORE has secured the minimum funding required to start Stage 1 of the ALCORE project. Site construction works started in July, as planned, at the pre-approved pilot plant site in New South Wales, for the production of... 

Norsk Hydro says unclear when will resume full output at Brazil alumina refinery

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro said it was unclear when it would resume full production at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil, the world's largest, as the firm on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings in line with forecasts. Norway's Hydro was ordered in February by Brazilian authorities... 

Trade war could knock 3% off global GDP – Bank of France study

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 An international trade war with wide-ranging tariff hikes could cut global gross domestic product by as much as three percent, according to a study by the French central bank on Thursday. The direct impact of a generalised 10 percentage point increase in import tariffs could alone knock 1% off... 

EU mulls coal, pharma, chemicals tariffs if US hits cars – Wiwo

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 The European Union (EU) will consider introducing tariffs on coal, pharmaceuticals and chemical products from the United States if President Donald Trump imposes restrictions on European cars, Germany's Wirtschaftswoche magazine reported on Thursday. "Depending on progress made during the visit... 

LME to launch monthly 'implied pricing' to attract funds

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will launch a new set of synthetic monthly prices to make it easier for investors and funds to invest in base metals as the LME battles competition from other exchanges such as those operated by CME Group Inc.. The world's oldest and largest market for industrial... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2018 In an economic environment of tight capital allocation and bank pull back from mining finance, the new tax-incentivised CCP 12J Mining Fund is going all out to raise R750-million for co-investment in ancillary project opportunities on existing mine sites. On the list of targeted project... 

New mining fund raising R750m to co-finance ancillary mine projects
CCP 12J MD Paul Miller talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new tax incentives to boost mining investment. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Copper heads for fifth weekly loss, aluminium awaits Trump-Putin summit

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 Copper headed for a fifth weekly loss on Friday as trade tensions between the United States and China rumbled on, while aluminium hit a three-month low ahead of a summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin are due to meet in Helsinki on Monday... 

Copper heads for fifth weekly loss, aluminium awaits Trump-Putin summit

Copper slides to 1-year low, zinc sinks in broad selloff

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Copper prices slumped to their weakest level in a year and zinc fell to 13-month lows amid a broad selloff on Wednesday after the Trump administration said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200-billion worth of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat... 

Pace change at Collerina Cobalt's NSW project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2018 ASX-listed Collerina Cobalt has placed plans for a nickel/cobalt project at its Collerina deposit, in New South Wales, on hold in lieu of a high purity alumina (HPA) project. The company this week told shareholders that prefeasibility study (PFS) testwork at the Collerina project has identified a... 

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