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Oz backs new nickel project

The Western Australian government intends spending A$18,4-million on roads, houses and an airport in an effort to persuade BHP Billiton to build a nickel-mine in the state. 

Union calls off Mozal strike

Mozambique’s Metal Industry Workers’ Union (Sintime) said on Tuesday it will call off a strike at the 250 000 t/y Mozal aluminium smelter after the union and the Mozambique Trade Union (OTM) reached an agreement with management. 

Mozal mothballing report off the mark

A report of the imminent mothballing of BHP Billiton’s aluminium smelter in Mozambique and its nickel complex in Colombia appears to be way of the mark. 

Big Aussie aluminium shake up

Talks between Alcoa and Australian miner WMC likely signal that Alcoa is poised to cement its dominant position in the world markets for aluminum and alumina, allowing it to both cut costs and boost earnings, analysts said on Wednesday. 

Legal status of aluminium strike questioned

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it would launch industrial action at BHP Billiton’s Bayside and Hillside aluminium smelters from today. But BHP Billiton spokesperson Michael Campbell said Numsa had not given the company the legally-required seven-day formal... 

New alumina refinery for Queensland

The world’s third-largest mining company, Rio Tinto, will next week give final approval to build a $1,4-billion alumina refinery at Gladstone in Queensland State, the Australian Financial Review reported 

Africa could win from aluminium migration

Africa could be the beneficiary of a plan under consideration by Brazilian bauxite, alumina and aluminium company Vale do Rio Doce Alum 

Mozal workers face dismissal

Mining and minerals group BHP-Billiton said 180 workers at Mozambique’s Mozal aluminium smelter would be fired after they embarked on an illegal strike. 

Aluminium boosts Mozambique

The Mozambican economy has grown by nearly 15% in the first half of this year, with the Mozambique Aluminium Mozal smelter contributing an estimated 4%, State radio reported on Monday. 

Russians get bauxite reassurance from Guinea

Russian Aluminium, fearing a challenge by competitors over a concession to develop a bauxite mine in Guinea, said that it had been reassured by the West African country’s government. 

Decision this year on SA aluminium expansion

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu The recently-merged BHP Billiton group will decide on whether or not the planned expansion of its wholly-owned Hillside Aluminium smelter will be implemented before the end of the year, a senior company official tells Mining Weekly. 

Malawi’s bauxite raises interest

By: System Author Blantyre – Resources group Billiton – which has the majority shareholding in the Mozambique Aluminium smelte – is believed to be co-operating with Malawi’s largest publicly-listed conglomerate, Press Corporation, to explore a multimillion-dollar deal to start mining and... 

Automotive industry key to growth of aluminium industry

By: System Author Base metals 

Alumina battle heats up

By: System Author Observers who fear that Billiton may run out of assured sources of alumina for its large-scale aluminium projects, such as Hillside at Richard’s Bay, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, and Mozal at Maputo in Mozambique, may be unnecessarily pessimistic. 

In search of alumina balance

By: System Author When natural resources group Billiton gazed into its crystal ball earlier this year, it realised that, with all the consolidation taking place in the aluminium industry, it needed to take steps to ensure its future supply of competitively-priced alumina. 

Editorial/Cartoon

By: System Author Editorial 

Aluminium takeover mania to have South African fallout

By: System Author The past three months have been tumultuous in the global aluminium arena to say the least, and more competition will in all likelihood enter the South African market very soon. 

Richards Bay smelter considers ‘stub-line’

By: System Author Over and above the R1,3-billion aluminium smelter project being built in Maputo, Mozambique, and the US$600-million expansion of the Worsley refinery in Western Australia, resources group Billiton is pondering three other aluminium-related initiatives. 

Firm fans up business

By: System Author The launching of a new fan product, an order for a combustion fan to be exported to Europe, as well as the prospect of exporting to Central America are some of the opportunities which have presented themselves to ABB Rotek Fans this year, reveals MD David Kirkman. The company – which... 

Aluminium opportunities reappear in Venezuela

By: Roelf Diedericks Venezuela has adopted a new strategy for the privatisation of its State-owned aluminium and bauxite assets, Mining Weekly can today report. This follows the appointment of new heads to the Corporacion Venezolana de Guyana (CVG), the parastatal which holds the various aluminium plants and bauxite... 

Guyana privatising bauxite

By: System Author Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the mainland of South America, is seeking partners willing to take a majority share in the country’s State-owned bauxite industry. The industry is organised under the government-owned Bauxite Industry Development Company (Bidco), which holds 100%... 

New chain hoist set to strike sparks

By: System Author Gauteng mining-equipment supplier Bellambie Mining & Industrial has launched a new Kito electric chain hoist with lifting capacities between 125 kg and 20 t. The ER series, which has lower headroom than any previous models, features a newly-designed compact, single die-cast aluminium body which... 

South Africans doing an ‘aluminium’ on ‘nickel’

By: System Author Nickel, along with just about every other commodity, has had a rough ride over the last year or so. Its price dropped to an 11-year low of US$1,69 a pound in December, but has been a star performer for the first few months of 1999, rising 25%. The gains have been made on the back of a... 

Drilling company makes an impact

By: System Author Newly-formed contract drilling company Ibora Drilling is engaged in drilling operations in Maputo mainly for the extraction of suitable-grade rock for construction of the road network for the Mozal Aluminium smelter, a deal said to be in the high seven-digit bracket. The Nelspruit company has... 

Refurbishing crushes price

By: System Author A R500 000 contract for a refurbished crushing and screening plant placed by the Hillside Aluminium Smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, was awarded in September 1998 and completed in three months. The contract was undertaken by Brakpan, Gauteng, company Manhattan Mining, and procurement... 

New bauxite sampler

By: System Author Gauteng supplier Multotec Process Equipment has secured an order worth more than R3,5-million against strict competition for the supply of a new multistage sampling station for Compagnie des Bauxite de Guinea (CBG) in West Africa, Mining Weekly can today report. The Guinean bauxite producer is... 

New electrode assembly

By: System Author Smelting technology and equipment specialist Pyromet, of Johannesburg, is gaining local and international recognition for its new electrode-assembly design. The 15-year-old, 65-employee company has already sold two of the just-launched R5-million-apiece assemblies. Founder and MD David Pheiffer... 

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