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Gold fades as world gets used to bad news, Perth Mint says

By: Bloomberg     Updated 3 hours ago Investors have grown immune to the economic and geopolitical risks that typically drive haven demand for gold. That’s how Richard Hayes, the chief executive officer of Australia’s Perth Mint, summed up the reason behind bullion’s slump to a 19-month low despite tensions between the US and China... 

Impairments dent Harmony’s FY18 earnings

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Despite meeting its production guidance targets and increasing its underground recovered grade by 8%, gold producer Harmony Gold warned in a trading statement on Friday that it expects its full-year headline earnings per share (HEPS) to be 40% to 45% lower than in 2017. HEPS for the year ended... 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2018 Don’t write off gold in the battle of the havens. Bullion has lost out in a paradigm shift where the metal’s no longer viewed as the traditional refuge when investors are in a risk-off mood, but that won’t last, according to Rick Rule, CEO of Sprott US Holdings. 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

Lydian announces payment date extension

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed gold developer Lydian International, which is developing the Amulsar gold project, in Armenia, on Thursday announced that its senior lenders have agreed to extend the initial loan repayment date and the availability period from August 15 to August 31. “Lydian continues to have further... 

Commodity price increases lack conviction – IHS

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Commodity analysts IHS Markit on Thursday reported that the Materials Price Index (MPI) had risen by 0.5% in the last week, but that the index’s ten subcomponents were evenly split between those showing increases and those showing declines, highlighting the uncertainty in markets. The MPI... 

Kangaroo shares jump on deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2018 The share price of junior Kangaroo Resources surged by more than 40% on Friday on news of a takeover offer from major shareholder PT Bayan Resources. Kangaroo on Friday reported that it had entered into a binding scheme implementation agreement with PT Bayan under which the shareholder would... 

PNG legislative changes should be well considered - Chamber

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 The mining and petroleum industry body in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has called on the government to consider the ramifications of the amendments proposed to the Mining Act. The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum’s president, Gerea Aopi, said that stable government policies and a favourable... 

Indian mining industry seeks tax overhaul

By: Ajoy K Das     16th August 2018 The Indian mining industry has called for a complete overhaul and rationalisation of the tax regime, including scrapping the export tax on iron-ore and bauxite. The Indian mining industry has to bear the burden of one of the highest incidence of tax in the world. Mines allocated through... 

New assets deliver turnaround for Yancoal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2018 ASX-listed Yancoal Australia has reported significantly improved numbers in the six months ended June, after the acquisition of mining major Rio Tinto’s Coal & Allied assets in 2017. Yancoal on Thursday reported that revenue for the interim period had reached A$2.3-billion, compared with the... 

India to bring in new mineral policy to align exploration and development projects

By: Ajoy K Das     15th August 2018 The Indian government is expected to put into play a new mineral policy, possibly before the end of August, aimed at a more investor-friendly alignment of exploration and development projects. The Mines Ministry, which is the driver of the proposed policy changes, is expected to suggest... 

Myanmar puts Bawdwin on fast track

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 ASX-listed junior Myanmar Metals has unveiled an accelerated path to redevelop the Bawdwin polymetallic mine, in Myanmar. Myanmar and its joint venture (JV) partners Win Myint Mo Industries (WMM) and EAP Global Mining Company have defined a number of clear project milestones for the next 12... 

Japan utilities, Glencore set annual coal contract at $110/t – sources

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Japanese utilities and global mining giant Glencore have settled an Australian thermal coal import contract for April 2018 to March 2019 at $110/t, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The deals were struck between Glencore and Japanese utilities such as Shikoku Electric,... 

China's Ganfeng buys SQM's stake in lithium project for $87.5m

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 Chile's SQM, one of the world's largest lithium producers, said on Monday that it agreed to sell its 50% stake in the Cauchari-Olaroz project in Argentina to China's Ganfeng Lithium for $87.5-million. The deal also stipulates that Ganfeng will pay SQM an additional $50-million if the project's... 

Gold Mountain boosts its exploration efforts in PNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Gold Mountain has completed the assembly and commissioning of a large-capacity mobile plant to process coarse gold and platinum bulk samples. Gold Mountain holds a number of exploration tenements in Papua New Guinea, with its flagship Crown Ridge project in the final stage assessment... 

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2018 They say South Deep will be the last gold mine standing, but every report coming out of it indicates that it is an extremely hard nut to crack, with production hopelessly below guidance. Since 2006, Gold Fields has pumped R32-billion into South Deep without even breaking even, let alone making a... 

Minister decries Gold Fields’ job-cut plan at cash-burning South Deep
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Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

China coal output hits lowest in years, but heatwave boosts power generation

By: Reuters     14th August 2018 China's coal output fell 2% in July to its lowest in years as Beijing's crackdown on polluting industries crimped mining in the world's top consumer of the fuel, driving import demand as hot weather boosted thermal power generation. The country produced 281.5-million tonnes of coal in July, down... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

Tembang on care and maintenance while new mine plan is prepared

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 ASX-listed Sumatra Copper & Gold has placed its Tembang gold/silver operation, in Indonesia, on care and maintenance. The company in May this year temporarily suspended openpit operations at the Tembang mine until the operation could be connected to the State-owned electricity grid later this year. 

After ditching a billion-ton target, Coal India reviews demand and diversification afresh

By: Ajoy K Das     13th August 2018 Formally acknowledging that its one-billion ton a year production target by 2020 will not be met, Coal India Limited (CIL) will undertake a complete review of domestic coal demand and diversification of business verticals. India’s largest coal miner will take a fresh view of domestic demand and... 

Metro signs more offtake deals

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 Bauxite miner Metro Mining has signed two additional binding offtake agreements for 2018 and 2019, for an accumulative 780 000 t of product. The miner said on Monday that 580 000 t of this offtake was due for delivery in 2018, with the remainder, at Metro’s option, in either 2018 or 2019. 

Strong sales growth lifts Silvercorp earnings

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 In its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended June 30, Canada-based, China-focused Silvercorp Metals on Thursday reported a net income of $10.9-million and a 25% increase in cash flow on the back of a 14% increase in sales. The company achieved sales of $45.1-million, up... 

Barrick says China partner for copper 'makes all kinds of sense'

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2018 Barrick Gold executive chairman John Thornton says the Canadian miner is looking at its copper assets “very seriously” to see if it makes sense to form a copper company with one or two partners, most likely from China. “The question for us on copper is, ‘Can you take the copper assets, combine... 

Barrick says China partner for copper 'makes all kinds of sense'
Barrick Gold executive chairperson John Thornton

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid  major spills in mining and other sectors

Altura walks away from takeover talks

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th August 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Altura Mining climbed by more than 5.5% on Thursday on news that the company had walked away from a potential control transaction. Altura in March confirmed speculation that it was in discussions with Shaanxi J&R Optimum Energy Company regarding a potential control... 

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

AFC welcomes completion of, first shipment from Guinea bauxite mine

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Infrastructure development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) on Wednesday announced the on time completion of the Bel Air mine, in Guinea, and its first shipment of high-grade bauxite to China.  The construction of the mine was completed on time and within budget.  

AFC welcomes completion of, first shipment from Guinea bauxite mine

CITIC Metal another step closer to acquiring a stake in Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2018 China State-owned investment company CITIC's subsidiary CITIC Metal has completed its confirmatory due diligence and has received internal approvals necessary to complete the long-term, strategic cooperation and investment agreement with Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines. This followed a high-level... 

Indian private thermal power plants critical of CIL e-auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     8th August 2018 India’s independent power producers (IPPs) have flayed State-run Coal India Limited’s (CIL) move to push higher sales through e-auctions forcing thermal power plants without fuel linkages to resort to high cost dry fuel imports. However, simultaneously, the Power Ministry has asked all thermal... 

Indonesia issues new tax rules as Freeport seeks fiscal guarantee

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Indonesia's president has issued new tax regulations aimed at providing clarity for mining companies shifting their current contracts to special mining permits, in a move that could help cement a $3.9 billion deal with Freeport McMoran Inc. Freeport last month signed a heads of agreement to sell... 

Santos taps possible PNG LNG source

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th August 2018 Australian oil and gas major Santos on Wednesday reported that drilling at its Barikewa-3 well, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), has confirmed that there was significant natural gas resource close to the PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project infrastructure, which could still be developed. The well... 

Glencore darts ahead of diversified rivals

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2018 The strength of the business model and commodity mix of mining and marketing company Glencore has been demonstrated once again by sharp increases in earnings and net income in the six months to June 30. The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of the 146... 

Glencore darts ahead of diversified rivals
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

Global gold-backed ETF holdings fall significantly in July

By: Nadine James     7th August 2018 Holdings in global gold-backed exchange-traded funds(ETFs) and similar products fell by 39 t to 2 394 t in July, the World Gold Council (WGC) reported on Tuesday. This has pushed assets under management (AUM) in down to $94-billion from $98-billion in June. 

Seafloor miner Nautilus says CEO quits

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 TSX-listed ocean floor miner Nautilus on Tuesday announced that president and CEO Mike Johnston had resigned with immediate effect and that independent director John McCoach had taken over as interim CEO. Nautilus chairperson Tariq Al Barwani thanked Johnson for his long service with the... 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Miners and investors are poring over satellite images, tracking drilling rigs and quizzing company executives for clues on whether the sector’s heavyweights are close to a new jackpot discovery. As Rio Tinto Group searches Australia’s Great Sandy Desert for copper and Anglo American scours a 19... 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2018 The growth of the once small community-based Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) into the fully fledged mining company that it is today, provides ample evidence that transformation is best served by collaborative partnerships rather than heavy-handed laws. “Anglo American Platinum have been an... 

Heavy-handed laws not needed to transform mining – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

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... 

Copper supply woes on show with No. 2 mine output to halve

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2018 A battle over the world’s second-largest copper mine has dogged Freeport-McMoRan shareholders for more than a year. Now it may be the turn of the copper market. Production at Grasberg in Indonesia will fall by more than half next year as its giant pits transition to underground operations,... 

Copper supply woes on show with No. 2 mine output to halve
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