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Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

China's Shandong Zhaojin seeks South American mining assets

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Shandong Zhaojin Group, one of China's biggest gold miners, is scouring assets in South America as it looks to invest in its first overseas mining project, its general manager said on Friday. The company has set up a representative office in Machala, capital of Ecuador's El Oro province,... 

Flow of LME nickel to hidden storage dents bull story

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, analysts said, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. LME nickel stocks have shrunk by about 40% this year, largely from warehouses in Malaysia, Taiwan... 

Arc exits Indonesia JV to focus on Ontario project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 ASX-listed junior Arc Exploration has inked a binding sales agreement to divest of its joint venture (JV) interest in the Trenggalek copper/gold project, in East Java, Indonesia. The company has sold its interest to JV partner PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara for A$100 000, saying on Friday that the... 

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

South32 reports strong manganese and coking coal performance 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a record quarter at its Australian manganese operations, while metallurgical coal production was up 39% on the previous quarter. “Annual production guidance is maintained for all our operations, with Australia manganese achieving another quarterly... 

South32 reports strong manganese and coking coal performance
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Xanadu achieves dual-listed status

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 Mongolia-focused Xanadu Mines will list on the TSX on Thursday, as part of the company’s efforts to develop a broader awareness of its porphyry copper/gold discovery in Mongolia’s south Gobi. 

India’s Coal Ministry passes strictures on Coal India

By: Ajoy K Das     17th October 2018 Passing strident strictures on Coal India Limited (CIL) for failing to effectively review production and supplies, the Coal Ministry has directed the miner to immediately start liquidating coal stockpiles to mitigate shortages at power plants across the country. The Coal Ministry, in a rare... 

Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2018 Freeport-McMoRan’s annual LME Week party is usually an opportunity for CEO Richard Adkerson to hobnob with the traders and consumers who buy copper from his mining company. At this year’s event, he was surrounded by investment bankers. With its biggest stock overhang – a deal around its... 

 Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?
Richard Adkerson

De Beers reports steady demand for its rough diamonds 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 Diamond miner De Beers Group on Tuesday announced that it had sold $475-million worth of rough diamonds during the eighth sales cycle of this year. This is lower than the $503-million worth of diamonds sold in the seventh cycle of the year, but higher than the $376-million worth of diamonds sold... 

De Beers reports steady demand for its rough diamonds
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

Oyu Tolgoi underground production delay announced

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2018 The $5.3-billion underground project at the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, in Mongolia, remains on schedule to be completed by 2022, but operator Rio Tinto has flagged a nine-month delay in achieving sustainable production. Rio Tinto-owned Turquoise Hill, which holds the giant mine in a 66:34... 

Lynas still waiting on clarity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas was still seeking clarity from the Malaysian government over the details of a reported review committee established to review the company’s operations in that country. Lynas on Tuesday said that local media outlets in Malaysia had announced the members of the review... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The World Steel Association on Tuesday doubled its 2018 and 2019 forecasts for growth in global demand for the material used in everything from cars to construction, but said that trade tensions were clouding the outlook for the sector. The caution over trade from a body that represents 85% of... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

Vale third-quarter iron-ore output hits all-time high

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Iron-ore output at Brazilian miner Vale, the world's largest iron-ore producer, reached a record in the third quarter, boosted by the ramp-up of its S11D project in the Amazonian state of Pará. In a securities filing on Monday, Vale said iron-ore output jumped 10.3% from the year before to... 

Kazatomprom may sell 25% stake in London/Astana float

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Kazakhstan's Kazatomprom, the world's biggest uranium producer, said it plans to float up to a 25% stake in an initial public offering (IPO) in London and Astana, but did not confirm whether the listing was still on track for this year. The global market for IPOs has been hit by recent turmoil... 

Kazatomprom may sell 25% stake in London/Astana float

Centerra sells Mongolia mine and project for $35m

By: Mariaan Webb     15th October 2018 Canada-based Centerra Gold has sold its Mongolian business unit to private equity firm OZD Asia for $35-million, in a move that CEO Scott Perry describes as a portfolio enhancement. The company’s Mongolia assets include the Boroo mine and processing plant, as well as the Gatsuurt project. 

TerraCom looks at increased output at BNU

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 oal junior TerraCom on Friday revealed the potential to expand production at its Baruun Noyon Uul (BNU) coking coal mine, in Mongolia, to three-million tonnes a year. TerraCom told shareholders that following an extensive exploration programme, the company has compiled a detailed execution plan... 

Malaysian minister offers to step down from review of Lynas rare earth plant

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 The Malaysian minister in charge of a committee reviewing Australian rare earth miner Lynas Corp's plant has offered to step down following company criticism that she would not be impartial. Malaysian Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister's Office Fuziah Salleh said in a statement on Friday that... 

Gold comes alive in biggest jump since 2016 after equities roiled

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Gold may have finally snapped out of its inertia. On Thursday, prices posted the biggest gain since June 2016, when the UK voted to exit the European Union, after a slump in global equity markets stoked demand for the metal as a store of value. Bullion received another shot in the arm after data... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold
Kibali gold mine

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Opec sees weaker demand for its crude next year as rivals surge

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Opec is under intense pressure right now from consumers to ease prices by pumping more crude, but for 2019 it sees a more doubtful picture. The cartel cut its estimate for global demand for its crude next year due to weakening economic growth and higher output from rivals, notably US shale... 

Gold gets ignored as global equity rout fails to fire up havens

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Equities are plummeting, President Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve’s gone ‘loco’ and the trade war’s heating up, yet traditional havens in times of trouble such as gold are not getting any love. The biggest selloff in equities since February rolled through Asia and into Europe on Thursday,... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 The resource nationalist measures being implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania are significantly more extreme than those being adopted and even considered in most other African countries. One likely reason for this is that the DRC and Tanzania both suffer from... 

DRC, Tanzania resource nationalist measures more extreme – Leon
Photo by Creamer Media
Peter Leon

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 For all the bullish talk about metals of the future, miners are making some of their biggest profits from heavy-industry stalwart coal. Base metals from copper to zinc have tumbled this year, caught up as a proxy for trade fears and emerging market jitters. Meanwhile, coal has ground steadily... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

China aluminium exports to surge on trade war - CRU

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chinese aluminium exports are expected to surge in coming months and next year after Beijing boosted tax rebates as part of a package to soften the impact of a trade war with the United States, according to industry consultancy CRU. High Chinese exports of metals such as aluminium and steel in... 

IEA urges Opec to open the taps as oil market enters 'red zone'

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 The International Energy Agency made a direct appeal to Opec and other major oil producers to boost output, warning that prices are inflicting damage on the global economy. “We should all see the risky situation, the oil markets are entering the red zone,” IEA executive director Fatih Birol said... 

Gold nudges up on risk aversion amid China worries

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as risk appetite fell, with Asian stocks slipping to 17-month lows amid concerns over a potential slowdown in China's economic growth. Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1 189.58/oz at 07:15 GMT. On Monday, it fell 1.2%, its biggest one-day percentage fall since August... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

India to auction 102 mineral blocks in next six months

By: Ajoy K Das     8th October 2018 In one of the most aggressive moves yet to monetise natural resources, India’s Mines Ministry is pushing to auction 102 mineral blocks in the next six months of current financial year. The Ministry’s new thrust to complete the auctions by March 31, 2019 can be gauged from the fact that since... 

India's aluminium makers win Japan sales in market shake-up

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 Indian aluminium makers including Hindalco Industries and Vedanta Ltd are boosting sales to Japan as US sanctions against Russia's Rusal and import tariffs shake up traditional supply routes. India's product has generally not been regarded as high enough quality by Japan's demanding buyers, who... 

China's Belt Road plan seen lifting copper demand

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 China's Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade and infrastructure in 64 countries is expected to help boost copper demand in those nations to 6.5-million tonnes a year by 2027, a conference was told on Friday. That's a 22% increase from 2017 and about 10% higher than if China had not launched... 

Freeport open to all options, even sale, after Grasberg resolved

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 With a resolution to Freeport-McMoRan’s Indonesian saga in sight, CEO Richard Adkerson says any strategic move is now possible, including acquisitions, partnerships, or even a sale of the entire company. Freeport is planning to remain an independent entity, Adkerson said Thursday in a... 

Freeport open to all options, even sale, after Grasberg resolved
Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson
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