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BHP rewards shareholders, profit jumps 25% on commodity prices

By: Mariaan Webb     20th February 2018 Higher commodity prices have helped the world’s largest diversified mining group to report a 25% increase in its underlying attributable profit and to reward shareholders with higher interim dividends. Melbourne-headquartered BHP grew its underlying attributable profit from $3.24-billion in the... 

BHP rewards shareholders, profit jumps 25% on commodity prices
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

BHP to open data rooms for US shale fields, deals may be announced before year-end

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago Mining giant BHP will open the data rooms for its onshore US assets next month, the group said on Tuesday, as it confirmed that deals may be announced before the end of this year. Under pressure from activist investors, including Elliott Management, to get out of the shale business that it... 

BHP to open data rooms for US shale fields, deals may be announced before year-end
BHP has opened the data room for the Fayetteville field (pictured).

BHP CEO says to meet activist investor Elliott this week

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie said he will be meeting with activist investor Elliott Advisors this week, among others, and will be discussing their call for BHP to scrap its dual listing in the UK. Mackenzie said he wants to hear all investors' views on the dual listed structure and is open... 

Northern Star boosts exploration spend, unveils 'game changer' discovery

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago ASX-listed Northern Star Resources has increased its total exploration budget for the 2018 financial year by A$10-million to A$45-million, owing to a series of exploration results showing that the gold producer is set to establish a ten-year life at its 10-million-ounce endowed Jundee gold... 

Northern Star boosts exploration spend, unveils 'game changer' discovery
Northern Star executive chairperson Bill Beament

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

Record production at Saracen underpins A$46m interim net profit

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings on Tuesday reported a big jump in half year profit to A$46-million, on the back of record production in the six months ended December 31. This strong performance is said to be a direct result of the investment that Saracen has made in exploration and... 

Sandfire delivers 66% increase in interim net profit

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Low-cost production and a rising copper price have driven Sandfire Resources' sales to a record and enabled the ASX-listed miner to increase its dividend and strengthen its balance sheet to fund growth opportunities. High grades and strong operating margins at DeGrussa, combined with Sandfire's... 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 5 hours ago Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

South Africa falls to small percentage of AngloGold output 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 59 minutes ago South African gold mines now represent around 13% of the AngloGold Ashanti portfolio, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat) said on Tuesday. Stronger year-on-year operating performance from the international operations helped to more than offset a lower output from South Africa. 

AngloGold Ashanti 2017 results presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20%, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker... 

Peel spin-out Saturn's IPO closes early, oversubscribed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago Perth-headquartered Peel Mining on Tuesday announced that the initial public offering (IPO) for its subsidiary Saturn Metals had closed early with firm commitments leaving the offer oversubscribed. The company said that it had received bids beyond the maximum A$7-million subscription amount.... 

Australian Mines shares surge 60% on offtake deal

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Shares of battery and technology metals developer Australian Mines Ltd surged on Tuesday after the company signed an offtake agreement with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation for nickel and cobalt from its Sconi project. The commodity off-take agreement, which is for an initial period of... 

India allows private companies to bid for coal mines for commercial production

By: Reuters     Updated 4 hours ago India's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to allow private companies to bid for coal mines for commercial production, a move that would help the country cut imports and boost local production. "This is an important reform and will ensure affordable and reliable supply of coal," Coal Minister... 

Deadly mines linked to child labour thrive in rush for batteries

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labour. Production from so-called artisanal mines probably rose by at least half last year, according to the... 

Greatland to start exploration programme at Australian project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago The Western Australian Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety department has approved London-listed Greatland Gold’s programme of work applications for drilling at the Ernst Giles project. The precious and base metals exploration and development company said on Tuesday that its exploration... 

Kabila yet to sign new mining code as deadline nears

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 9 minutes ago Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has not yet signed into law a new mining code, a senior aide said on Tuesday, as international mining companies wage a last-ditch lobbying effort against the measure. The comments by Jean-Pierre Kambila, Kabila's deputy chief of staff, come... 

Congo seeks relief talks with oil traders over $2bn debt

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago Congo Republic is set to become the latest African country to start debt relief talks with trading houses after borrowing $2-billion from merchants such as Trafigura and Glencore but now finding its debt levels unsustainable, sources familiar with the matter said. Trading houses regularly lend... 

EU warns it will retaliate if hit by US trade curbs

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago The European Commission said on Tuesday it had expressed its concern to Washington about possible measures to curb imports of steel and aluminium and warned that it was ready to react if its industry was hit. "We have made it clear to the US administration at the highest level that we would be... 

Contractors start FEED study at Stellar’s Sierra Leone project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 5 hours ago The front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the underground mine development at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone, is now under way. Stellar on Tuesday said a team of five consultants from contractors Paradigm Project Management (PPM) and SRK Consulting... 

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

Russia's Prokhorov sells 6% stake in Rusal to Vekselberg

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov has agreed to sell a 6% stake in Russian aluminium giant Rusal to a consortium of investors led by billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and his partners, the consortium said on Monday. The sale will close a chapter at the world's second largest aluminium producer.... 

Moab Khotsong deal concluded

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 7 hours ago Harmony Gold on Tuesday said all conditions precedent to its acquisition of Moab Khotsong from AngloGold Ashanti had been met and that the transaction would become effective on March 1. "The integration of Moab Khotsong will enhance the quality of our portfolio and boost our cash flows," said... 

Peru tenders $2bn copper project in first major auction in years

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Peru will accept bids and award a contract to develop the estimated $2-billion Michiquillay copper mine on Tuesday in the first major auction from the world's No. 2 copper producer in at least a decade. The auction was delayed twice last year, in part due to political turmoil in Peru. The bids... 

As 'America First' turns to steel, Canada looks to duck trump ax

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 Canada, the top steel and aluminum exporter to the US, is hopeful of being left out of a Trump administration crackdown on foreign shipments. While the US Commerce Department didn’t recommend giving its northern neighbor a pass when it outlined possible tariffs and quotas on Friday, it did... 

Implats expects to narrow H1 losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2018 Impala Platinum (Implats) expects to narrow its headline loss a share for the six months ended December 31 to between 17c and 26c, compared with the headline loss a share of 71c reported for the six months to December 31, 2016. Its loss a share is also expected to improve to a loss of between 19c... 

Colombia coal output down slightly in 2017 to 89.4Mt

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Colombia, the world's fifth-largest exporter of coal, produced 89.4-million tonnes in 2017, down 1.2% from output the year before, the Energy and Mining Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The country produced 90.5-million tonnes in 2016. 

Colombia coal output down slightly in 2017 to 89.4Mt

Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold, platinum reserves decrease

By: Dylan Slater     19th February 2018 Precious metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday reported that its South African gold reserves had decreased by 10% year-on-year to 25.74-million ounces as at December 31, while its total platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, or 4E, platinum group metal mineral reserves had declined by 4%... 

Eskom board called on to prove utility not trading recklessly

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2018 The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa has written to Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza requesting a detailed written explanation as to why the current board believes the State-owned utility can be rescued from its current financial distress, cautioning that Eskom may currently be... 

Eskom board called on to prove utility not trading recklessly
Accountability Now director advocate Paul Hoffman

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith delivers 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Indian captive coal mines to achieve 105Mt production by 2021

By: Ajoy K Das     19th February 2018 Indian coal production from captive blocks allocated to thermal power plants has been estimated at 105-million tons a year by 2021/22, up from about 37-million tons a year at present, according to perspective planning on coal availability by the Power Ministry. To date, 29 coal blocks have been... 

Russian magnate Deripaska to quit roles at his two biggest firms

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska plans to step down as the president of the two companies he controls - aluminium giant Rusal and En+ Group, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The change comes less than a month after the inclusion of Deripaska and dozens of Russian billionaires... 

Xtract concludes Manica hard rock collaboration agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 The board of London-based diversified metals and minerals producer Xtract Resources has concluded a further collaboration agreement with Omnia Mining for the exploitation of the hard rock gold deposits at Xtract's Manica mining concession in Mozambique. This, however, excludes the hard rock gold... 

Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 There were celebrations at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday after a ruling compelled the South African government and the Chamber of Mines -- which represents producers in the mining sector -- to involve communities living in mining areas, in the ongoing discussions over the controversial... 

 Mining communities celebrate as High Court orders their involvement

Orion reveals encouraging results from drilling at Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals on Monday announced further encouraging results from drilling at the company's Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. Drill hole OCOD087_D2, drilled on the south-west margin of the NW Trough Target, intersected 14 m of mineralised massive sulphide... 

Mines pledge to assist RAL with provincial road infrastructure delivery projects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Provincial road infrastructure delivery agency Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) has identified four opportunities for potential future strategic partnerships, which are valued at an estimated R1.12-billion, based on a preliminary technical assessment. This follows the RAL's stakeholder engagement and... 

Novatek says wins auction for Alrosa's gas assets

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Novatek, Russia's largest non-State gas producer, said on Monday it had won an auction for Alrosa's two gas assets with a bid of 30.3-billion roubles. Novatek has been actively buying upstream assets in an effort to boost sluggish natural gas output. 

Polymetal ups its stake in undeveloped silver property

By: Mariaan Webb     19th February 2018 LSE-listed Polymetal has entered into an agreement to increase its interest in an undeveloped silver deposit in Sakha, Far Eastern Russia, which the company believes has the potential to be one of the world’s top three primary silver mines in future. Polymetal has entered into a legally binding... 

Emmerson and Evolution restructure Tennant Creek JV

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 Joint venture (JV) partners Emmerson and Evolution Mining have agreed to restructure the Tennant Creek JV gold project, in the Northern Territory, to better align assets with the respective companies. Emmerson MD Rob Bills said on Monday that the company would retain a significant exploration... 

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