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Chevron’s A$340m tax bill appeal in Australia dismissed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 The federal government has welcomed a Full Federal Court decision to dismiss oil and gas giant Chevron’s appeal of a A$340-million Australian Taxation Office (ATO) bill. The court dismissed Chevron’s appeal against an ATO ruling that the US giant had used an intra-company loan as a means to shift... 

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By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 Graphite developer Syrah Resources has awarded the graphite distribution and logistics services supply contract at its Balama project, in Mozambique, to JSE-listed Grindrod Mauritius. The contract includes the provision of long haul trucking services for graphite concentrate from the Balama site... 

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Jan Nelson heading up copper explorer

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Tanzanian graphite project proves positive for Black Rock

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Japan steelmakers scramble for coking coal to make up Debbie losses

By: Reuters     24th April 2017 Japanese steelmakers have bought coking coal from the US, Canada and China to replace supply lost after a cyclone closed rail links in Australia, their biggest supplier, industry and trader sources said. Still, the Japanese buyers are paying nearly double the $150/t price that they were... 

Congo nears Eskom power-supply contract to boost copper output

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20%, according to the country’s chamber of mines. State-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 MW from South African utility... 

Hummingbird’s Yanfolila gearing up for production

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Kingsrose production up by 88%

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Syndicated sells Barbara copper project to JV partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 ASX-listed Syndicated Metals has agreed to sell its 50% interest in the Barbara copper project, in north Queensland, to its joint venture partner CopperChem for A$2.3-million in cash and a net smelter royalty of between 1% and 2% on the first 10 000 t of copper-in-concentrate produced, subject to... 

Metanor gains Kirkland Lake as strategic investor as it closes $8.85m placement

By: Mariaan Webb     24th April 2017 Project developer Metanor Resources has gained mid-tier gold miner Kirkland Lake Gold as a strategic investor, the company disclosed on Monday as it announced the closing of a private placement to raise funds for its Bachelor and Barry projects, in Quebec. Kirkland Lake acquired 10 357 143 units... 

Diamond production at Petra’s operations flat during rainy season

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Saracen revises terms for Bundarra buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2017 Gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings has amended the terms of its proposed acquisition of fellow ASX-listed Bligh Resources’ Bundarra gold project, in Western Australia, after Zeta Resources last week launched a cash takeover for Bligh. Saracen was to buy Bligh’s interest in the Bundarra gold... 

Japan steel industry head says concerned at Trump 'protectionism'

By: Reuters     24th April 2017 Japanese steelmakers are concerned at "protectionism" by US President Donald Trump, Japan Iron and Steel Federation chairperson Kosei Shindo said on Monday, following Trump's first shot across China's bows over steel exports. Japan is the world's second-largest steel producer, although Shindo... 

NLC puts overseas acquisitions on the backburner after acquiring domestic coal blocks

By: Ajoy K Das     24th April 2017 Having secured three coal blocks through the preferential allocation dispensation for government companies, NLC Limited (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation) has abandoned plans for overseas acquisition of coal assets. NLC has been allocated two coal blocks in the eastern Indian province of... 

De Beers achieves 8% y/y increase in Q1 diamond output

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Diamond giant De Beers’ rough diamond production increased by 8% to 7.4-million carats in the first quarter of the year, reflecting the contribution of the Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada. The joint venture mine reached commercial production on March 2 and contributed 600 000 ct to De Beers’... 

Gold and bullion miners tumble as French vote cuts haven demand

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2017 Gold dropped to a two-week low and bullion mining stocks sank the most in more than a year as investors favoured riskier assets on expectation that Emmanuel Macron will become France’s next president. The metal slipped as much as 1.5% and South African gold miners plunged as much as 8.7% after... 

Gold and bullion miners tumble as French vote cuts haven demand

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