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Mindoro Resources ships first iron-ore from Philippines

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V- and Frankfurt-listed Mindoro Resources this week reported that it had completed the first shipment of high-iron/low-nickel direct shipping ore (DSO) from the Agata project, located in northern Mindanao, the Philippines. The shipment comprising 54 181 wet metric tonnes (wmt) of limonite ore... 

Latest WGC report demonstrates how responsible gold mining distributes value

By: Henry Lazenby The World Gold Council (WGC) this week released the second edition of its ‘Responsible gold mining and value distribution’ report, covering 2013 data, highlighting the continuing contribution responsible gold mining could make in supporting economic development in host countries. The report was... 

Latest WGC report demonstrates how responsible gold mining distributes value

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

By: Henry Lazenby The world’s largest fertiliser company PotashCorp of Saskatchewan on Thursday reported lower third-quarter earnings for the three months ended September 30, as increased taxes and a disappointing performance from its offshore investments weighed on results. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based... 

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo

By: Martin Creamer Diversified mining company Anglo American on Thursday reported 12% lower coal production for South Africa’s State electricity utility Eskom, 31% less refined platinum production, 4% lower iron-ore exports and fewer diamond carats from South African diamond mines, in the three months to September... 

Less Eskom coal, fewer S African diamonds, less refined platinum, lower iron-ore sales – Anglo
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Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani

Nautilus Minerals steps closer to releasing PNG funding

By: Henry Lazenby Prospective seafloor miner Nautilus Minerals has satisfied one of the conditions precedent to releasing $113-million, which its project partner – the Papua New Guinea government – had paid into escrow in May, representing the balance of the State’s 15% share of capital required to complete the... 

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal

By: Martin Creamer Platinum mining company Northam on Wednesday concluded a fully funded ten-year R6.6-billion black economic-empowerment (BEE) equity transaction underpinned by a R4.6-billion capital raising, which has the potential to position the JSE-listed company as a fully integrated, fully empowered South... 

Capital-raise puts novel underpin on Northam Platinum’s funded R6.6bn BEE deal
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

China overseas direct investment seen rising 10% a year

By: Reuters China's overseas direct investment is projected to rise at least 10% annually for the next five years, a trend that will soon make the country a net capital exporter, a senior commerce ministry official said on Wednesday. "It's only a matter of time," said Zhang Xiangchen, an assistant minister... 

Sumatra signs documents for Tembang finance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold hopeful Sumatra Copper & Gold has executed the documentation for its $45-million funding facility for its Tembang gold project, in Indonesia. Earlier this month, Sumatra announced that it had secured the senior debt facility with Nomura Singapore and Indonesia Eximbank. 

OceanaGold hopeful on Blackwater economics

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A preliminary economic report on dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold’s Blackwater gold project, in New Zealand, has indicated an economically robust project. In a report released on Wednesday, the ASX- and TSX-listed miner stated that Blackwater could be mined at a rate of 120 000 t/y, to produce... 

BHP reports record production, says no major projects under way

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton has reported record production across four commodities and eight operations during the quarter ended September, including from its Pilbara iron-ore operations. Iron-ore production for the three months under review increased by 1% on the previous quarter, and 17% on the... 

BHP reports record production, says no major projects under way
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BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Global REE supply threatened after reports that 40% of Chinese supply is illegal

By: Henry Lazenby China, the world's most prolific producer of rare earth elements (REE),  has revealed that 40% of its supply is from illegally mined sources in the country, market-focused research house Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyst Simon Moores reported on Tuesday. Industrial Minerals Company of... 

Global REE supply threatened after reports that 40% of Chinese supply is illegal

De Beers plans to keep South African diamond exploration spend at R30m a year

By: Martin Creamer Diamond company De Beers plans to maintain its diamond exploration spend in South Africa at R30-million to R35-million a year. De Beers Consolidation Mines (DBCM) CEO Phillip Barton, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in a video interview (see attached) on the sidelines of the Diamond Route... 

De Beers plans to keep South African diamond exploration spend at R30m a year
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Phillip Barton (right) and Martin Creamer

India takes baby steps towards open coal sector

By: Ajoy K Das The Indian government has given the first hints of legislative changes designed to usher in the de-nationalisation of the country’s coal sector. While no timeframe for the dramatic reform of the sector had been given, the government has indicated that de-nationalisation was the path it would... 

Monument Mining obtains Malaysia federal stay order pending hearing

By: Henry Lazenby Malaysia-focused gold producer Monument Mining has obtained a stay from the Federal Court against the Court of Appeal's order forcing it to deposit $9.4-million into a joint account maintained by legal counsels of the respective parties to a lawsuit regarding a claimed interest in the Selinsing... 

Peabody beats Street Q3 forecast as Australian cost savings lift results

By: Henry Lazenby US coal producer Peabody Energy’s NYSE-listed stock was on Monday trending lower despite the company reporting a much narrower loss than what Wall Street analysts were expecting, mainly owing to lower costs at its Australian operations. For the three months ended September 30, the St Louis,... 

Peabody beats Street Q3 forecast as Australian cost savings lift results

Niko Resources’ stock tumbles after Indian govt announces new gas price

By: Henry Lazenby Calgary-based Niko Resources, which has oil and gas exploration operations across Southeast Asia, on Monday said it was currently evaluating the impact of the Indian government’s new domestic gas pricing policy on its assets in the country. The company’s TSX-listed stock on Monday fell by more... 

China's CITIC wins trial date against Australian billionaire

By: Reuters An Australian court on Monday rejected billionaire politician Clive Palmer's attempt to stop a case brought against him by China's CITIC Ltd, and cleared the way for a trial in November. Palmer wanted the court to throw out CITIC's lawsuit, which alleges he used A$12-million ($10.5-million) that... 

Miners need sustainable solutions to productivity problem – EY

By: Esmarie Swanepoel A report by advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) has indicated that cost cutting would only lead to short-term productivity gains for mining companies with complex operations and that sustainable long-term solutions were needed. In its new report, ‘Productivity in mining: now comes the hard part’,... 

Miners need sustainable solutions to productivity problem – EY

India to legislate new law to acquire illegally allotted land

By: Ajoy K Das The Indian government is readying new legislation to acquire land bought by companies whose coal blocks the Supreme Court declared to be illegally allotted. The law, in the form of an ordinance prepared by the Coal Ministry, was expected to be approved by the government before month-end, since... 

China metals demand seen up in 2015, copper at least 6%

By: Reuters China's consumption of refined copper is expected to rise at least 6% in 2015, roughly in line with this year, supported by new investment in power networks and demand from rail projects, analysts and industry executives said. An expected slowdown in new residential and commercial building... 

Riddle of inventory levels keeps platinum investors shy

By: Reuters Investors are unlikely to rush back into platinum any time soon after a minimal price reaction to its biggest-ever supply shock highlighted a major problem: no-one knows how much metal exists above ground or more importantly who holds it. Analysts predicted a surging market as a record five-month... 

Philippines clears way for Marcventures' expanded nickel mining

By: Reuters Marcventures Holdings Inc , one of the Philippines' biggest nickel miners, has won government approval to expand its mining operations, helping it to ramp up ore exports to top buyer China, the company said on Friday. The decision by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will allow Marcventures... 

Vale to divest 20% of Indonesian unit within five years – CEO

By: Reuters Nickel miner Vale Indonesia will divest a further 20% stake of the company to Indonesian parties within five years, the firm's chief executive said on Friday, after signing an amended mining contract with the government of Indonesia. Vale has already divested a 20% stake via its public listing... 

Iron-ore boss at trader Glencore quits – source

By: Reuters The head of iron ore trading at commodities miner and trader Glencore, Christian Wolfensberger, has quit, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. Wolfensberger, a Swiss-born Glencore veteran with more than two decades of experience, was appointed to run the iron ore division... 

Concerns about possible deflationary spiral as commodity prices continue to slide

By: Henry Lazenby In a global economy witnessing passive consumer inflation, sluggish wage growth and falling commodity prices, some market observers have voiced their concern about the potential for deflation in developed markets. Last month, gold dipped below $1 200/oz, before recovering marginally, as inflation... 

Concerns about possible deflationary spiral as commodity prices continue to slide

Concerns about possible deflationary spiral as commodity prices continue to slide

By: Henry Lazenby In a global economy witnessing passive consumer inflation, sluggish wage growth and falling commodity prices, some market observers have shown concern about the potential for deflation in developed markets. Last month, gold dipped below $1 200/oz, before recovering marginally, as inflation... 

Concerns about possible deflationary spiral  as commodity prices continue to slide

Precious metals markets influenced by monetary conditions, industrial metal prices remain detached – report

By: Leandi Kolver While precious metal markets were influenced by monetary conditions, industrial metals have managed to remain somewhat detached from generic economic conditions, with prices being determined by fundamentals of supply and demand that were, in many cases, specific to each metal, French corporate... 

Precious metals markets influenced by monetary conditions, industrial metal prices remain detached – report

LME takes charge of London platinum, palladium 'fixes', eyes on gold

By: Reuters The London Metal Exchange, owned by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, will take charge of London's platinum and palladium pricing, also known as "fixes", from December 1, replacing a teleconference with an electronic platform. The unexpected move marks a stunning comeback for the LME, which... 

China's MMG to spend $3bn to finish Peru mine by early 2016

By: Reuters China's MMG Ltd said it will spend about $3-billion completing the huge Las Bambas copper mine in Peru, more than previously expected, and will slightly delay the start of production to the first quarter of 2016. MMG led a Chinese consortium that bought Las Bambas, set to become the world's... 

Cockatoo inks exploration deal with Jogmec

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Australian coal developer Cockatoo Coal has signed an exploration joint venture agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) over its Dingo West project, in Queensland. The project consists of two exploration permits covering 76 km2, and is located about 50 km from... 

R50m virtual reality centre set to revolutionise mine design

By: Martin Creamer The University of Pretoria’s new virtual reality mine design centre, which is on track to go into test mode in April, is set to revolutionise both surface and underground mine design. A total of R50-million is being invested in the centre, which will be put into a three-month test phase ahead of... 

R50m virtual reality centre set to revolutionise mine design
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Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman (right) and Martin Creamer
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