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Iron Ore News

NMDC slashes iron-ore production target by one third

By: Ajoy K Das     31st August 2017 India’s largest iron-ore miner, NMDC, has pruned its production target for 2018/19 from 75-million tons to 50-million tons. According to the company’s annual report, the lower production expectation is in response to an anticipated global downturn. 

Rio Tinto cuts ribbon at 16th iron-ore mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2017 Mining major Rio Tinto has officially opened its $338-million Silvergrass iron-ore mine, in Western Australia. “Silvergrass is a great example of our value-over-volume approach in action as the mine will deliver the high-quality, low-cost ore used to maintain the world-class premium Pilbara... 

Rio Tinto cuts ribbon at 16th iron-ore mine

Vedanta appoints interim CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources has appointed Kuldip Kaura interim CEO, effective September 1. Current CEO Tom Albanese will step down on August 31. 

Assore posts record headline earnings of R5.2bn as commodity prices rebound

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2017 Mining investment holding company Assore achieved a 199% increase in headline earnings to R5.2-billion for the financial year to June 30, compared with R1.7-billion in the previous year. Attributable earnings amounted to R5-billion, which was an improvement of 226% from 2016, which was also a... 

Assore posts record headline earnings of R5.2bn as commodity prices rebound
Photo by Assore
Assore CEO Charles Walters

Indian iron-ore exports rise, domestic price surges on strong international market

By: Ajoy K Das     30th August 2017 The rising international price of iron-ore has triggered a 10% spike in India’s domestic price and has raised the specter of shortages for domestic steel mills as larger volumes are being diverted for overseas shipments. Information collated from at least three miner-exporters with operations in... 

Iron-ore's kings spend again as China just can't stop buying

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2017 The biggest iron ore producers in Australia are spending as much as $10-billion on mines so they can keep pumping out shipments to China as demand in their biggest customer shows little sign of easing. Led by Rio Tinto Group, the nation’s top three exporters plan to add about 170-million metric... 

Champion secures financing, ten-year offtake from Glencore

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Iron-ore mine redeveloper Champion Iron Ore has secured a funding commitment and a ten-year offtake agreement from global commodities giant Glencore International, the junior announced on Monday. The TSX- and ASX-listed firm, whose subsidiary Quebec Iron Ore (QIO) is restarting the high-grade... 

Champion secures financing, ten-year offtake from Glencore
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Caterpillar trucks on site at Champion Iron's Bloom Lake mine, in Quebec

‘Sharp turnaround’ for Atlas Iron in FY17

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th August 2017 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has swung back into black during the full year ended June, with the company reporting after-tax net profit of A$48-million, compared with a net loss of A$159-million in 2016. Revenue for the full year rose by 11% to A$871-million, while net operating cash flows... 

Vale redeems $1bn in debt; reveals $750m tender offer

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2017 Brazil’s Vale has redeemed $1-billion worth of 2019 bonds and will launch a $750-million tender offer for its 4.625% guaranteed notes due 2020. Subsidiary Vale Overseas notified its shareholders of the 2019 notes of its decision to redeem all the outstanding notes and pay the related ‘make-whole’... 

Vale redeems $1bn in debt; reveals $750m tender offer

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 There needs to be ongoing open dialogue between the corporate sector and government to ensure that energy supplies for mining projects are secured and stabilised timeously to take advantage of valuable economic opportunities in Africa, says Johannesburg-based consultancy Core Consultants founder... 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability
LARA SMITH Governments’ lead times for approving new power plants in African countries are often too long, resulting in a failure to realise the full potential of valuable mining projects

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Modular, mobile  dry-type transformers ideal for Africa
SAFER OPTION Dry-type transformers are completely flame-retardant and emissions free, using resin and vacuum-pressure impregnation to insulate windings and air as a cooling agent

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines

25th August 2017 Fuel solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions strongly urges companies to take advantage of the Section 12L Energy Tax Incentive, under South Africa’s Income Tax Act, before it is too late, as this opportunity is limited until 2020. 

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines
FUEL FOCUS Masana offers mines high-performance products and fuel management systems for improved haul road efficiencies and reduced heavy equipment maintenance

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency
Zest WEG Group integrated sales executive Johan van Niekerk discusses the group’s energy efficiency technologies. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva

Bushveld repays $3m Wogen facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals’ Bushveld Vametco subsidiary has agreed with Wogen Resources to retire the $3-million prepayment facility entered into, in March, to help fund the acquisition of a 78.8% interest in Strategic Minerals Corporation (SMC) from Evraz Group.... 

ARM FY headline earnings to increase; company sets R330m aside for silicosis claims

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2017 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) expects its headline earnings a share for the 2017 financial year to be between R16.25 and R17.02, 229% to 245% higher than the headline earnings a share of R4.94 achieved in the 2016 financial year. The JSE-listed company noted in a trading... 

Beowulf moves forward with exploration in Sweden

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2017 Explorer Beowulf Mining on Monday announced that it would move ahead with its exploration programme in Sweden, with work focusing on the Parikijaure licences to the south of its Kallak project. The magnetic signature of magnetite mineralisation at Kallak extends southwards from Kallak North to... 

Fortescue doubles profits in 2017

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2017 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has doubled its net profit for the year ended June 30, reflecting the higher iron-ore prices during the year, as well as a sustained focus on productivity and efficiency initiatives that resulted in record low C1 cash costs. Net profit after tax was reported at... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Women still not participating ‘extensively’ in mining sector – IFC

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 Although mining companies are moving in the right direction with regard to women’s participation, women are still not participating extensively, meaning that effectively 50% of the population remains excluded, says International Finance Corporation (IFC) mining principal investment officer Robin... 

Women still not participating ‘extensively’ in mining sector – IFC
DIVERSIFICATION GOALS Goal establishment in terms of gender diversification is key, with systems that should be in place to ensure goals are met

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

Decmil wins BHP contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2017 Mining contractor Decmil has been awarded a A$13-million contract at mining major BHP’s new South Flank project, in the Pilbara. The scope of the project will include civil and enabling works for the expansion of the Mulla Mulla village, which will be required to support current operations at... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

BC Iron swings back to black

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th August 2017 Junior miner BC Iron has swung back into black during the full year ended June, as the company’s Iron Valley operation delivered strong results. BC Iron on Wednesday reported after tax profit of A$7.1-million from continuing operations, compared with a loss of A$43.9-million in the previous... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill
Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill

Cliffs Natural Resources reverts to original Cleveland-Cliffs name

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2017 US iron-ore specialist Cliffs Natural Resources has renamed the company to its historical name Cleveland-Cliffs, as part of celebrating its 170th anniversary, the company announced on Tuesday. Under the name Cleveland-Cliffs, the company has been operating for decades as an important part of the... 

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it had initiated consultations with employees regarding its proposed business-restructuring programme, which could result in job losses. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that it was premature to provide an estimate as... 

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2017 Highveld Steel, which recently reopened its heavy structural mill in Mpumalanga despite still being in business rescue, has welcomed the institution of 10% import-duty protection on certain heavy steel sections and shapes. However, CEO Johan Burger tells Engineering News Online that Highveld... 

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products
Photo by Duane Daws
Highveld's recently reopened structural mill

Outlook stable for Anglo American – S&P's

By: Anine Kilian     11th August 2017 Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) has given global mining company Anglo American a stable outlook, raising its long- and short-term corporate credit ratings to BBB-/A-3 from BB+/B. The agency also raised Anglo American’s long-term South Africa national scale rating to zaAAA from zaAA+,... 

Exxaro to report higher interim HEPS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects to report headline earnings per share (HEPS) of 795c to 925c for the six months to June 30. This compares with HEPS of 309c for the six months to June 30, 2016. 

Safeguard duties on hot-rolled steel coil and plate officially come into force

By: Terence Creamer     11th August 2017 Safeguard duties of 12% have been officially placed on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and plate entering South Africa following publication of the August 11 Government Gazette, which amends schedule two of the Customs and Excise Act. The safeguard duties have been signed by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba... 

Safeguard duties on hot-rolled steel coil and plate officially come into force

Growth aids new sales platform

By: Nica Schreuder     11th August 2017 There is cautious optimism worldwide in the future demand for valves, owing to investment in major industries, such as, besides others, mining and oil and gas, as well as related infrastructure, which has prompted growth in the valves industry this year. Industry players are hoping that this... 

Growth aids new sales platform
COMPLEXITY Despite the sophisticated nature of valves, ValveConnect emphasises that they are still commodity items accessible through an online platform

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence

11th August 2017 Interest in Africa’s mineral potential is returning and there is a growing confidence in the future of the resources sector in Africa and in Africa–Australia relations, says organiser of the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, Australian magazine publisher, Paydirt Media.  

Interest returning to Africa in response to commodities resurgence
INTEGRAL EVENT The importance of Africa Down Under continues to be reflected in the number of high-profile attendees it welcomes to Australia’s mining capital each year

Tyre supplier to build brand awareness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Canada-headquartered mining tyre supplier and service provider Kal Tire will use the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) to strengthen Kal Tire brand awareness, says Kal Tire Australia sales and marketing head Jason Zafiriadis.  

Tyre supplier to build brand awareness
ON SHOW Kal Tire’s exhibit at the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition will feature some of the innovative tools and repair processes it has developed to deliver better tyre management services

South Africa’s mining production down 0.8% y/y in June

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 South Africa’s mining production decreased by 0.8% year-on-year in June, driven by lower gold, iron-ore and platinum group metals (PGMs) output. Gold production was down 3.6% year-on-year, while iron-ore output slid 4.4% year-on-year and PGMs 13.7% year-on-year. 

Efforts to reposition balance sheet, price improvements lift Glencore’s H1 earnings

By: Ilan Solomons     10th August 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore said “extensive efforts” to reposition its balance sheet and propel the company’s industrial asset portfolio improvements over the last two years were reflected in its strong interim financial performance. The group on Thursday published its... 

Efforts to reposition balance sheet, price improvements lift Glencore’s H1 earnings
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Vale sells two more Valemax vessels for $178m

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2017 The world’s largest iron-ore producer Vale has sold another two of its 400 000-deadweight-tonnne vessels for about $178-million, the Brazilian company reported on Wednesday. The vessels were delivered on Tuesday to nominees of Bank of Communications Finance Leasing (Bocomm). 

Vale sells two more Valemax vessels for $178m
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