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Iron Ore News

Iron-ore mines in Goa close down

By: Ajoy K Das     15th March 2018 Iron-ore mining in the western Indian coastal province of Goa came to a halt on Thursday in accordance with an order issued by the Supreme Court last month. However, even as miners downed shutters and evacuated equipment from mines, on Wednesday night a Goa government Cabinet Committee... 

China steel hub orders new output cuts in push for blue sky

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 China’s top steel-making city is imposing further production cuts beyond the winter heating season as the nation presses ahead with a campaign for cleaner skies that has rattled steel and iron-ore markets. Tangshan City, the country’s steel-producing hub, has ordered a two-tier system of... 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy
Photo by Creamer Media
Mark Cutifani

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Canada's Trudeau tells metal workers: 'We have your backs'

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised aluminium and steelworkers on Monday he would defend them against possible US tariffs and called US President Donald Trump to stress that "mutually beneficial" cross-border supply chains should be preserved. Trump said last week he would impose... 

Canada's Trudeau tells metal workers: 'We have your backs'

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2018 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which sees modernisation and innovation as imperatives, will this year announce new partnerships to ensure that it remains sustainably competitive going into the future. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed black-led company, which has already met... 

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Atlas adds manganese to shipping mix as part of diversification strategy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has moved to affect its diversification strategy, finalising a manganese export agreement that will see the company export first product through the Utah Point within the next month. Some 100 000 t of manganese will be mined and crushed on a campaign basis by... 

Citic estimates up to $1bn impairment on Australia's Sino Iron project

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Chinese conglomerate Citic said it would book an impairment of $800-million to $1-billion on the value of its Sino Iron project in Australia for fiscal 2017. "Impairment is a non-cash accounting item, but it will reduce the company's 2017 reported profits," chairman Chang Zhenming said a filing... 

BCI appoints drilling contractor for Buckland’s Kumina tenements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – ASX-listed BCI Minerals has contracted Core Drilling Services for an upcoming major drilling programme at its Kumina tenements, a component of the Buckland iron-ore project, in the West Pilbara region. The Kumina tenements comprise 480 km2 and were acquired from... 

Australia hopeful of US tariff exemptions

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday he is hopeful of securing an exemption from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium after sustained lobby effort by his government. US President Donald Trump on Thursday imposed a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% for aluminium on Thursday. 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. But this is all taking place while Exxaro continues to invest heavily in its long-term coal-mining business, which... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining
Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo’s presentation of 2017 results covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Anglo American renews shipping contract with Vuka Marine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2018 Global miner Anglo American has renewed its various full-time ocean freight contracts with local maritime company Vuka Marine. Under these freight contracts, Anglo American will transport bulk iron-ore and coal products, primarily from the Saldanha Bay port to its customers around the world. 

Anglo American renews shipping contract with Vuka Marine

China's Hebei aims to cut iron, steel making capacity by 20Mt in 2018

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 China's top steelmaking province of Hebei will aim to slash iron and steel making production capacity by more than 10-million tonnes each and shut down all "zombie" mills this year, the province's vice governor said on Thursday. Yuan Tongli, speaking on the sidelines of China's parliament, said... 

Beny Steinmetz's mining firm BSGR enters administration to protect itself 

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 Mining company BSG Resources (BSGR) on Wednesday said it had voluntarily entered into administration, adding it had taken the decision to protect itself as it faces legal action. BSG Resources, the mining arm of billionaire Beny Steinmetz's businesses, is caught up in legal disputes in relation... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

South Africa's future 'just got a lot more positive', Anglo American CEO says

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 South Africa's future is looking "a lot more positive" since President Cyril Ramaphosa succeeded scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma last month, Anglo American's Chief Executive Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. Mining companies and South Africa's government have been at loggerheads for years over... 

Australia's Lowe warns Trump tariffs could shock global economy

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2018 Australian central bank Governor Philip Lowe slammed President Donald Trump’s tariffs proposal, warning escalation and retaliation could develop into a “very big shock for the global economy.” In unusually strong language for the Reserve Bank of Australia chief, Lowe described Trump’s proposed... 

 Australia's Lowe warns Trump tariffs could shock global economy
Australian central bank governor Philip Lowe

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Sierra Leone to vote amid discontent over ebola, iron-ore

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 Sierra Leone will hold elections on Wednesday in which an unprecedented number of political parties will compete as discontent over the government’s handling of an economy battered by the Ebola outbreak has soared. The vote marks a departure from a decades-old tradition that mainly divided the... 

Trump tariffs are black day for world, business, BHP CEO says

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 President Donald Trump’s plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports is a black day for the world and business, according to the biggest mining company. BHP Billiton and competitors could be hit should other economies follow the move by the US toward a more protectionist and anti... 

Trump tariffs are black day for world, business, BHP CEO says
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Endemic mistrust between private sector miners and African jurisdictions belies the spirit and objectives set out in the African Union's African Mining Vision, an audience attending the eighth MineAfrica panel discussion at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference heard on... 

Building trust between miners, host governments a prerequisite to foster economic prosperity
Photo by Henry Lazenby
MineAfrica 8th Panel Discussion on African Mining in 2018-Politics, Policies and Opportunities

Beowulf continues to lobby Swedish govt for Kallak North concession

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2018 Aim-listed mineral exploration and development company Beowulf Mining's CEO Kurt Budge has written to the Swedish government in response to the government's request for final comments in respect of the company's application for an exploitation concession for the Kallak North iron-ore project.... 

'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

By: Reuters     4th March 2018 Donald Trump may be president of the US but his words do not necessarily carry the weight of the US government at the biggest trade shake-up he is pushing. Sometimes, it is better to block them out and carry on, participants say. Negotiations between the US, Canada and Mexico to redraw the North... 

'Don't react': trade experts look past Trump noise at NAFTA talks

Improved H2 sees Grange record stable FY17 profit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed Grange Resources' profit after-tax reached $60.7-million for the year ended December 31, despite a combination of iron-ore market uncertainty and operational difficulties experienced in the first half of the year. The company's operations were restored back to full production in the... 

Fortescue secures $500m through bond offering

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 Australian iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has raised $500-million through offering 5.25% senior unsecured notes, due 2025. FMG CFO Ian Wells on Friday noted that the completion of the offering was a step in the transition from an all-asset secured capital structure to one which... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

     2nd March 2018 South Africa's minerals and mining industry faces severe headwinds. The Republic of South Africa hosts a treasure trove of geology and minerals, valued at about $2.5-trillion. Without modern exploration, prospecting, and new local and foreign investment, these resources will not be developed for... 

A proposal to the President - A six-point plan

Vale says Samarco should resume operations by year-end or early 2019

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Executives at Brazilian miner Vale said on Wednesday that the Samarco mine may resume operations around the end of this year or in early 2019, but cautioned that the process depends on obtaining environmental licenses. Work at the Samarco mine, a joint venture between Vale and Australia's BHP... 

Vale CEO eyes first quarter results in line with fourth quarter

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Brazilian miner Vale should achieve results in the first quarter that are similar to those in the final three months of 2017, the chief executive officer of the world's top iron-ore producer said on Wednesday. In a conference call after the company reported a nearly 50% jump in profit in the... 

Vale sails new 'green' ship in bid to cut rivals China advantage

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2018 Brazil’s Vale SA has sailed the first in a fleet of more efficient cargo vessels it’s using in a push to minimize the geographical advantage of its Australian rivals in sending iron ore to China. The Yuan He Hai is part of a second-generation line of Very Large Ore Carriers, known as VLOCS or... 

Vale sails new 'green' ship in bid to cut rivals China advantage

Vale Q4 profit rises but misses estimates on costs, forex

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Brazilian iron-ore miner Vale SA's quarterly net income jumped by 47% but still badly missed analyst estimates, depressed by rising costs and foreign exchange related losses. 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Atlas Iron adjusts product strategy to counter steep discounts

By: Mariaan Webb     27th February 2018 Mid-sized Australian iron-ore producer Atlas Iron has remained cashflow-positive in the financial half-year ended December 2017, despite high discounts for lower grade iron-ore as a result of China cleaning up its pollution act. The company, which mines iron-ore from operations in the northern... 

Atlas Iron adjusts product strategy to counter steep discounts

Stronger-than-expected iron-ore price rally not expected to last – BMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2018 The strong iron-ore price rally over the last several months is not expected to last and will gradually run out of steam over the next several years as Chinese economic growth refocuses away from heavy industry to services, dampening global demand for the steelmaking ingredient, Fitch... 

Champion Iron Ore sends off first loaded train

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 TSX- and ASX-listed miner Champion Iron Ore has dispatched its first loaded train of iron-ore from subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore's (QIO's) flagship Bloom Lake mine, near Fermont. The train load comprised 16 500 t of high-grade 66% iron concentrate and is destined for the Sept-Îles port, from where... 

Grange seeks investors for high-grade magnetite project

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Iron-ore miner Grange Resources and its joint venture (JV) partner SRT Australia on Friday announced the appointment of PCF Capital Group to assist with finding strategic investors for the Southdown magnetite project, near Wellstead, Western Australia. Gange CEO Honglin Zhao stated Southdown was... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

De Beers unit’s density measurement system now commercially available

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd February 2018 De Beers Group of Companies’ innovation division De Beers Technologies South Africa (DebTech SA) has developed a novel density measurement system that can provide process plants with fast and accurate data on material density profiles of particle samples. The availability of this data, in turn,... 

De Beers unit’s density measurement system now commercially available
ACCURATE MEASUREMENT The RhoVol has a process rate of approximately 1 000 particles an hour, which is generally sufficient for a representative sample
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