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Brazil's Usiminas taps Tenaris executive as senior VP

By: Reuters A key shareholder in Brazilian steelmaker Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA said on Friday that industry veteran Tulio Chipoletti was named as senior industrial VP on a temporary basis. Ternium SA, one of the two controlling shareholders in the company known as Usiminas, said Chipoletti's... 

Peru copper mine Antamina says weaker output to end over medium term

By: Reuters Antamina, Peru's top copper mine, said on Friday it expects a period of weaker production to subside in "the medium term." The mine, in which BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata each have 33.75% stakes, produced 246 851 t of copper in the first eight months of 2014, 14% less than in the same... 

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

PanTerra investigates other gold opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner PanTerra Gold on Friday told shareholders that it was reviewing a number of acquisition or merger opportunities, and was currently contemplating five specific mine developments, as its Las Lagunas mine continued to deliver below expectations. An earlier review process had revealed... 

BHP sets sights on another $3.5bn in yearly productivity gains

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining giant BHP Billiton said on Friday that it was targeting further productivity gains, with the company operating more like an advanced manufacturer than a traditional resource company. “By the end of the 2017 financial year, we are targeting at least $3.5-billion of additional annualised... 

BHP sets sights on another $3.5bn in yearly productivity gains

Vale lifts Q3 iron-ore output to historic highs

By: Henry Lazenby Diversified Brazil-based miner Vale on Thursday reported record iron-ore output for the third quarter ended September 30, boosted by quarter-on-quarter gains in all its business segments. Vale said iron-ore output was 85.7-million tonnes in the period, underpinned by the ramp-ups of Plant 2 at... 

Vale lifts Q3 iron-ore output to historic highs

Chile Congress gives green light to Codelco capitalisation

By: Reuters Chile's Congress approved late Wednesday the government's capitalisation plan for Codelco, which will see the state copper firm receive $4-billion over the next five years to help fund an ambitious investment programme. The Chilean government announced in August that it planned to give Codelco,... 

Hochschild’s Q3 output down, working to overcome construction delays at Peru project

By: Henry Lazenby Latin America-focused precious metals producer Hochschild Mining on Thursday said attributable output for the three months ended September 30 fell 24% to 4.8-million silver-equivalent ounces, mainly owing to no contribution from the depleted Ares mine, in Peru. Despite output being lower than the... 

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

ABG Q3 production up 16%, AISC continues decline

By: Leandi Kolver Tanzania-focused gold producer African Barrick Gold (ABG) increased its production for the three months ended September 30, by 16% year-on-year, while all-in sustaining costs (AISC) declined for the eight successive quarter. ABG CEO Brad Gordon said the company’s production amounted to 190 986 oz... 

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

Beadell looks at contract mining for Tucano

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed gold miner Beadell Resources has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with fellow listed mining contracter Maca over the management of mining operations at the Tucano gold mine, in Brazil. Beadell’s existing mobile fleet and equipment would progressively be transferred to Maca under a... 

MBAC stock surges on loan maturity extensions, liquidity update

By: Henry Lazenby The TSX-listed stock of Brazil-focused fertiliser producer MBAC Fertilizer on Wednesday jumped by as much as 157%, or C$0.11, after the struggling company reported that it had signed final agreements with its senior lenders to extend the maturity of its loans and defer related interest and... 

Fortress Minerals to buy stalled Ecuador project for $240m from Kinross

By: Henry Lazenby TSX-V-listed Fortress Minerals has agreed to buy the stalled Fruta del Norte (FDN) gold/silver project, in Ecuador, for $240-million in cash and scrip from TSX- and NYSE-listed Kinross Gold. Kinross last year booked a $720-million charge related to the discontinued FDN. Kinross shelved the... 

Fortress Minerals to buy stalled Ecuador project for $240m from Kinross

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

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

Buenaventura scales back plans for Chucapaca gold project

By: Reuters Peruvian miner Buenaventura has scaled back plans for its Chucapaca gold project since taking full control of the deposit from Gold Fields earlier this year, the company told Reuters on Monday. Buenaventura will now invest $700-million in the project instead of an earlier estimate of $2-billion,... 

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

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... 

Chile cuts copper production forecast for 2014

By: Reuters Chile reduced its forecast for production of copper in 2014 to 5.83-million tonnes, down from a previous prediction for 5.95-million tonnes. State copper commission Cochilco said on Friday that the country, the world's top copper producer, would likely produce a record 6.23-million tonnes in 2015. 

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... 

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... 

Peru rules out tax breaks or subsidies to counter slowdown

By: Reuters Peru's government has ruled out cutting taxes or introducing subsidies to encourage investment and cushion export sectors from the worst economic slowdown in five years, the minister responsible for industry said on Thursday. The government said earlier this year that it was considering... 

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

Novelis plans to shut Brazilian smelter by year-end

By: Reuters Novelis said on Thursday it will close its Ouro Preto aluminium smelter in Brazil, the latest casualty of high energy costs and low metal prices as the world's top rolled products maker focuses on downstream higher-value products. The plant, which makes 18 000 t/y of extrusion billet, will shut... 

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... 

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