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Iron Ore News

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 The 8.4% year-on-year decrease in South Africa’s mining production in March is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the state of the mining industry, says international law firm Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech. He hopes that figures will have “smoothed out by June or July”, as at... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link
Photo by Dylan Slater
Anil Agarwal (right) and Martin Creamer

Indian iron-ore production at 7-year high, but unsold low-grade stocks pile up

By: Ajoy K Das     8th May 2018 Indian iron-ore production has touched a seven-year high of 210-million tons during 2017/18, but industry is facing a piquant situation of a mounting stockpile of unsold carryover low grade iron-ore lumps and fines. Official state-wide production figures are yet to be compiled for last financial... 

Biggest miner says China's shift to quality iron-ore will hold

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2018 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, forecasts reforms in China’s steel sector will continue to hand an advantage to suppliers of higher-quality iron-ore and coking coal as consumption of the alloy keeps growing well into the next decade. Steel mills are likely to retain about two-thirds of... 

Glencore first foreign firm to trade iron-ore futures after China opens market

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Global trader Glencore carried out the first trade by a foreign firm for Chinese iron-ore futures on Friday, the first day that the Dalian Commodity Exchange opened the contract to overseas investors, the exchange said. Iron-ore is the second commodity China has opened to outside investors... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2018 A renewed focus on environmental reforms and the accelerated restructure of its steel industry has resulted in a shift change in China’s iron-ore demand, with high-grade ores being given preferential treatment over their low-grade counterparts. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape
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Zinc project at Gamsberg, Northern Cape.

Vale unsure if New Caledonia nickel operations will continue

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Brazil's Vale hopes to find a partner for its struggling New Caledonia nickel mine by the end of the year but it is not clear if the world's largest nickel producer will continue nickel operations there, executives said on Thursday. A day after first quarter results showed a 36% slump in profit,... 

Goa iron-ore mines in legal uncertainty over mine closure plans

By: Ajoy K Das     26th April 2018 Iron-ore mines in the western Indian province of Goa, which were closed under a Supreme Court order, have been caught in a legal grey area relating to implementation of mine closure plans. As per regulations, every mine that closes down has to comply with mine closure plans approved by the... 

Vale’s Q1 earnings slump despite record sales volumes, as price tumbles

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale – the world’s largest producer iron-ore – has reported a bigger than 36% drop in profit attributable to shareholders for the three months ended March 31. The Rio de Janeiro-based multinational blamed a 12.4% slide in iron-ore prices to $66.41/t in the period for... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

China's shrinking steel stockpiles seen giving iron-ore a boost

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2018 Falling steel inventories in China point to an improving outlook for iron-ore through the rest of this half, according to one of the world’s top exporters of the raw material. While demand for iron ore has been slower to rebound after Lunar New Year celebrations than in recent years, steel... 

Kumba on track to meet FY guidance after stable Q1 performance

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 Kumba Iron Ore says it is on track to meet its full-year production guidance of 30-million to 31-million tonnes of iron-ore, on the back of a stable performance in the quarter ended March 31. Kumba’s production increased by 4% year-on-year to 10.86-million tonnes, driven by a 26% year-on-year... 

Fortescue production falls in March quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th April 2018 Severe weather conditions and planned maintenance has seen iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals decrease production during the three months to March. The miner on Tuesday reported that 41.6-million tonnes of ore were mined during the quarter, compared with the 47.5-million tonnes in the previous... 

BHP, Vale given a further 66 days to resolve Samarco dam failure dispute

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 A Brazilian federal court has given mining giants BHP and Vale an additional 66 days to resolve a multibillion-dollar settlement regarding their joint venture Samarco mine’s tailings dam failure in 2015, that killed 19 people and is billed as the country’s worst environmental disaster. BHP and... 

Hawsons granted Major Project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2018 The Hawsons iron project, in New South Wales, has been granted Major Project status by the federal government. ASX-listed project developer Carpentaria Exploration told shareholders that the elevation to this select status was expected to provide a smoother and potentially faster approvals... 

Koolan Island economics improve on reserve increase

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2018 Iron-ore miner Mount Gibson has reported a more than 50% increase in the ore reserves at its Koolan Island project, off the coast of Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Friday said that the main deposit ore reserve had increased to 21-million tonnes, grading 65.5% iron, extending the... 

Union workers reject Rio-owned IOC offer

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 The United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 5795/6731, in Labrador City, rejected the latest labour offer proposed by Rio Tinto’s majority-owned Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) and the USW negotiations teams. The union represents about 1 400 workers of whom 90% voted in favour of downing tools... 

Altus raises C$4.11m in private placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has raised about C$4.11-million by way of a nonbrokered private placement of 27.39-million units at C$0.15 each. Each unit is comprised of one ordinary share and one ordinary share purchase warrant that may be used to buy one ordinary Altus share at C$0.30 for five... 

Pallinghurst delivers satisfactory FY17 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th April 2018 Dual-listed Pallinghurst Resources has concluded what it called a “transformational year”, after successfully transitioning into an evergreen operating mining company during the year ended December 31, 2017. The group, which is listed on the JSE and the Bermuda Stock Exchange, on Tuesday posted... 

Pallinghurst delivers satisfactory FY17 performance
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Pallinghurst CEO Arne Frandsen

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 Two leaks in a month, a 90-day outage and $58-million in fines is not enough to temper Anglo American's ambition for its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil. Purchased at the height of the commodities boom a decade ago for $5.5-billion, Anglo American was once... 

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

Atlas' iron output continues to fall

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has reported another fall in sales volumes during the three months to March, as wet weather and the closure of the Abydos mine impacted production. Atlas shipped 2-million tonnes of ore during the March quarter, down from the 2.2-million tonnes shipped in the December... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported its best first-quarter iron-ore sales ever despite production of the iron-making ingredient slipping somewhat during the three-month period. The company reported that output during the quarter ended March 31 slipped 4.9% year-on-year to 81.95-million... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output
Photo by Vale
Vale's massive new SD11 mine, in Brazil

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 While there is no doubt that conglomerate gold has been discovered in the Pilbara, the broader understanding of this style of gold mineralisation in the Pilbara remains incomplete and, therefore, any comparisons with the Witwatersrand (Wits) basin are premature, states SRK Consulting geologist... 

Excitement as ‘Wits-style’ gold is discovered in iron-ore hub, but geologist urges caution

Lava in lab studies could lead miners to new iron-ore deposits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 A study on iron-ore deposits has found that some magmas split into two separate liquids – one of which is rich in iron – and could lead to the discovery of new iron-ore deposits.  

Lava in lab studies could lead miners to new iron-ore deposits
Photo by Lennart A. Fischer
Researchers placed a mixture of iron-ore samples and typical lavas surrounding Kiruna-type deposits, creating a bulk magma composition

Mt Gibson pushes up sales in March quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th April 2018 Junior iron-ore miner Mount Gibson has reported a 16% quarter-on-quarter increase in ore sales for the three months to March, as the company’s efforts at Iron Hill, in the Mid West, paid off. Mount Gibson sold some one-million tonnes of ore during the March quarter, generating free-on-board... 

Anglo American fined $21m for Brazil pipeline leaks

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama fined Anglo American $21.1-million for two leaks in the pipeline transporting iron-ore from its Minas Gerais mine, to port in Rio de Janeiro state, the watchdog said on Tuesday. Ibama ordered Anglo American to halt mining operations after the leaks, which... 

Vision 2030 mining growth strategy under development ­– ­DMR

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2018 A Vision 2030 for the mining industry, and a strategy for growth and competitiveness of the sector, are topics under development, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Tuesday, when efforts to finalise and gazette the Mining Charter also intensified. In announcing that Mineral... 

Fortescue says miners have shut gates on new iron-ore supply

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2018 Global iron-ore miners have turned off the tap on adding new production capacity to feed China’s steel mills as the world’s largest customer is already awash with supplies, according to Fortescue Metals Group. “The reality is that most of the producers, ourselves included, are not actually... 

Fortescue says miners have shut gates on new iron-ore supply
Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines

Atlas Iron agrees to takeover by MinRes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th April 2018 Iron ore miner Atlas Iron has struck a merger deal with mining infrastructure and production firm Mineral Resources (MinRes), as the companies seek to exploit synergies between their operations. The amalgamation of the companies iron-ore mining assets in the Pilbara would enable the combined... 

World's top iron shipper says China import boom to level off

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 The world’s largest iron-ore exporter delivered a mixed message on the outlook, raising near-term price forecasts, but combining that revision with a more somber message that China’s gargantuan imports are set to level off as steel production eases in the coming years. Iron-ore will average... 

Zimbabwe wants mining companies to list on local exchange

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2018 Zimbabwe wants mining companies operating in the country to list the majority of their shares on the local exchange, stirring uncertainty among investors as the nation with the world’s biggest platinum reserves after South Africa tries to bring in money to fix the economy. “No mining right or... 

Ferrexpo Q1 output dips, says refurbishment planned for Q2

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2018 Swiss-headquartered Ferrexpo has reported lower first-quarter iron-ore pellet production, with output falling by 1.5% year-on-year to 2.59-million tonnes. The first-quarter output compares with 2.62-million tonnes in the same quarter of 2017 and with 2.79-million tonnes in the preceding quarter. 

Pension fund Previ not likely to sell its Vale shares in 2018 – source

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 Brazilian pension fund Previ is not likely to sell its shares in Vale in a public offering this year, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, a week after the iron ore miner announced a more generous dividend policy. Holding on to its full Vale stake would allow Previ to take... 

Anglo American suspends Minas-Rio for 90-day pipeline check

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American on Thursday evening suspended operations at its Minas-Rio iron-ore mine, in Brazil, for pipeline checks, following a minor leak.  

Anglo American suspends Minas-Rio for 90-day pipeline check
Anglo American's Minas-Rio mine in Brazil

Cliffs to break ground on first hot-briquetted iron plant Thursday

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2018 US iron-ore company Cleveland-Cliffs of Ohio expects to break ground on its first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) plant in Toledo on Thursday. The $700-million plant signals a strategic step change for the company, whose HBI product is expected to supply the growing electric arc furnace (EAF) steel... 

Port, railway workers reject Canada miner IOC's latest offer

By: Reuters     30th March 2018 A majority of 98% of workers at the Iron Ore Company of Canada's railway and port operations in Sept Iles, Quebec have rejected the miner's latest contract offer, the United Steelworkers said on Thursday, after negotiations stumbled on monetary issues. The 305 unionised employees are unhappy... 

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