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Australia plans deal with US on 'critical minerals', hopes to boost its exports

By: Reuters     12th December 2018 Australia is this week set to sign a preliminary deal with the United States to support joint research and development of minerals deemed critical to the US economy, a government minister said on Wednesday. That comes as Washington is looking to diversify its sources of supply for 35 minerals... 

Alcoa signs up more gas in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2018 Aluminium major Alcoa has secured three new gas supply agreements that would supply 25% of the company’s Western Australian gas requirements from 2020. Alcoa has struck agreements with providers BHP, Woodside and Chevron, and coupled with existing supply contracts with Santos and Quadrant... 

India’s Nalco to bid for bauxite blocks at auctions, readies to foray into merchant mining

By: Ajoy K Das     16th November 2018 With various Indian state governments readying to put 21 bauxite mines up for allocation, State-run National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) will put in bids at the auctions for captive consumption and foray into merchant mining of the raw material. The 21 bauxite blocks will be auctioned by... 

Volatility in global base metals industry to remain, but outlook stable – Moody’s

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 Financial services firm Moody’s Investor Service has a stable outlook for the global base metals industry over the next 12 to 18 months, although indications are that economic growth rates may have peaked. The firm said in a release on Tuesday that synchronised economic growth rates in 2018,... 

Saudi miner Ma'aden actively looking for overseas investments - CEO

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma'aden), the Gulf's largest miner, is actively looking for investment opportunities overseas that would complement and strengthen its business inside the kingdom, the company's CEO said on Thursday. Ma'aden, which mines gold and copper and has in recent years expanded... 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Norsk Hydro Q3 beats forecast, Alunorte outlook still uncertain

By: Reuters     24th October 2018 Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro's third-quarter earnings far exceeded forecasts on Wednesday amid rising metals prices, but the company is still in the dark over when its key Brazilian alumina plant can return to full production. The company won permits from Brazilian authorities... 

Bosnian government to help keep Aluminij smelter on power grid

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 A Bosnian regional government will help to keep aluminium smelter Aluminij Mostar running, a Minister said on Friday, after heavy debt brought it to the brink of closure. Management at Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter had called for the Bosniak-Croat Federation to intervene after the business was... 

Clash over Trump tariffs heats up with barrage of WTO litigation

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Disputes over US tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. The agenda for an Oct. 29 meeting of the WTO's dispute settlement body on Friday confirmed the legal moves,... 

Flow of LME nickel to hidden storage dents bull story

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, analysts said, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. LME nickel stocks have shrunk by about 40% this year, largely from warehouses in Malaysia, Taiwan... 

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

South32 reports strong manganese and coking coal performance 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday reported a record quarter at its Australian manganese operations, while metallurgical coal production was up 39% on the previous quarter. “Annual production guidance is maintained for all our operations, with Australia manganese achieving another quarterly... 

Alcoa to close two Spanish aluminium plants with job losses

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Alcoa said on Wednesday it would close two of its three aluminium plants in Spain with a combined annual production of 180 000 metric tonnes, resulting in the lay off of almost 700 workers. The Aviles and La Coruna plants were two of the least productive due to intrinsic structural problems such... 

Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2018 Freeport-McMoRan’s annual LME Week party is usually an opportunity for CEO Richard Adkerson to hobnob with the traders and consumers who buy copper from his mining company. At this year’s event, he was surrounded by investment bankers. With its biggest stock overhang – a deal around its... 

Rio Tinto copper output jumps; iron-ore, aluminium production slip

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported lower production across nearly all its commodities, besides copper, in the three months to September. “We have delivered consistent operational performance in the third quarter, highlighted by strong production from the group’s copper assets,” Rio CEO... 

Rio Tinto to take hit on legacy alumina contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has warned of a $178-million impact on its financials during the first half of 2018, due to its legacy alumina contracts. The miner supplies some 2.2-million tonnes of alumina under legacy contracts, which are priced at a percentage of the benchmark aluminium price. 

Evicted Kenyans demand compensation after mining firm exits

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Nathaniel Tumo was astounded when an excavator arrived at his farm in western Kenya four years ago and started digging for minerals, almost bringing down his house. "They started blasting a few metres away and the stones fell on my house," said Tumo, 62, his breath laboured from living alongside... 

Rio Tinto to restart sale of Icelandic aluminium plant – sources

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Rio Tinto is close to restarting a sale process for some of its aluminium assets, including a plant in Iceland, which have been valued at around $350-million, two sources familiar with the matter said. The assets include a 53% stake in a Dutch anode facility and 50% of the shares in a Swedish... 

Hydro CEO says focus on full output at Alunorte, no layoffs

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Norway's Norsk Hydro is focused on a return to full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil and is not contemplating layoffs there, CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg told Reuters on Wednesday. Hydro had said last week it would close down the world's largest alumina refinery and lay off 4... 

Kaefer Innovations Day

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 We would like to invite you to join us. As we Celebrate our centenary! through Kaefer Innovations Day. Date: 16th November 2018 Time: 09:00 - 17:00 Venue: 7 Nywerheid street, Germiston 1401, Gauteng 

China aluminium exports to surge on trade war - CRU

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chinese aluminium exports are expected to surge in coming months and next year after Beijing boosted tax rebates as part of a package to soften the impact of a trade war with the United States, according to industry consultancy CRU. High Chinese exports of metals such as aluminium and steel in... 

ERG bets on cobalt from Congo in quest for growth

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to ramp up cobalt output at its Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facility as it expects the electric car industry to boost demand for the metal, ERG CE Benedikt Sobotka told Reuters. ERG, a global mining and metals group with Kazakh roots, aims to raise... 

Hydro restarts Brazil alumina refinery at half capacity

By: Mariaan Webb     8th October 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro will restart its Alunorte alumina refinery, in Brazil, at 50% capacity, following approval by federal environmental agency IBAMA to use its press filter technology for processing bauxite residues. The “exceptional” authorisation, which was granted on... 

Macro disquiet drowns out signs of base metals shortages

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 Uncertainty about how metals demand will be hit by trade wars, rising US interest rates and a slowdown in China is weighing on industrial metals prices, submerging signals pointing to potential shortages. The index of copper and five other top industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange... 

Hydro shuts Brazil alumina refinery and bauxite mine

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro on Wednesday announced that it would shut down its Alunorte alumina refinery and its Paragominas bauxite mine, in Brazil, owing to a dispute with authorities over water discharges from the refinery. The refinery – the world’s largest alumina producer – has... 

Norway to lift grid tariffs and halve discounts for big consumers by 2021

By: Reuters     1st October 2018 Norway's Statnett will lift electricity grid tariffs by 9% in 2019 and halve the discounts granted to its most power-intensive consumers within three years, it said in a statement on Monday. The grid operator is changing its tariff models in order to pay for investments in Norway's distribution... 

Indian aluminium producers seek higher import barriers

By: Ajoy K Das     28th September 2018 Indian domestic aluminium refiners are seeking tariff and non-tariff barriers to stem the rising tide of imports of the base metal into the country, which has led to lower sales by local metal producers. Major integrated aluminium refiners in the country, including State-run National Aluminium... 

Union says reached wage deal with Alcoa Australia, will end strike

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Unionised workers at aluminium producer Alcoa's Western Australian operations on Friday agreed to end a strike that lasted more than six weeks after securing better job security provisions in a new wage agreement. Workers at two alumina refineries and three bauxite mines walked out on August 8... 

Freeport seals deal with Indonesia on giant Grasberg copper mine

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 Freeport-McMoRan and Indonesia signed an agreement, paving way for the US miner to hand over majority control of the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine to a local State-owned company. Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson and PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium president director Budi Gunadi Sadikin signed... 

WTO cuts world merchandise trade forecasts for 2018 and 2019

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 World trade growth is likely to be slower than previously thought in 2018 and 2019, although the direct economic effects of a trade war that has blown up this year have been modest so far, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday. The WTO forecast world trade in goods would grow by... 

Union says meeting with Alcoa again over strike at Australian aluminium project

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 The union at Alcoa's aluminium operations in the state of Western Australia said it was meeting with the company again on Wednesday to try to resolve a strike that has lasted more than six weeks, after the firm last week revised an earlier offer. Unionised workers at two alumina refineries and... 

Coal India offers assured volumes to fuel-starved captive power plants

By: Ajoy K Das     26th September 2018 Throwing a lifeline to fuel-starved captive thermal power plants, Coal India Limited (CIL) has offered assured yearly supplies of dry fuel for a period of five years with volumes allocated through e-auctions. CIL has communicated to captive power plants operated by various industries like steel,... 

Chinese petcoke buyers turning to Russia, Mideast after US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese importers of petroleum coke are buying more volumes from Russia and the Middle East due to a hefty tariff on shipments from the United States, previously one of China's main sources of the material used in aluminium and cement production. China slapped a 25% tariff on US petroleum coke,... 

Rio Tinto returns $3.2bn in coal disposal proceeds to shareholders

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 Anglo-Australian multinational mining group Rio Tinto on Thursday unveiled how it intends to return the proceeds of its recent Australian coal disposals to its shareholders. The company will launch a $3.2-billion share buyback programme, combining an off-market buyback tender targeting up to... 

Hydro withdraws bid for Rio Tinto Iceland plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Hydro has dropped its offer to buy Rio Tinto’s ISAL aluminium plant, in Iceland. The $345-million offer, announced in February and initially expected to close in the second quarter, also entailed a 53.3% share in Rio Tinto’s Aluchemie anode plant, in the Netherlands,... 

Coal crunch faced by Indian nonpower sector to ease, not end

By: Ajoy K Das     14th September 2018 The coal shortage faced by the nonpower sector is expected to continue, although a reversal of the trend may emerge toward the end of the month, Coal India Limited (CIL) chairperson Anil Kumar Jha has said. “A surge in demand for coal at the start of the summer months this year forced CIL to... 

Bosnia's Aluminij calls for government help to ensure survival

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Aluminij Mostar, Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter, is at risk from high alumina and electricity prices and only urgent government intervention can help it stay on line, its GM said on Thursday. Heavily-indebted and loss-making Aluminij, which is among Bosnia's top exporters, has narrowly avoided... 

Proof Engineering

11th September 2018 Proof Engineering (Pty) Ltd was established in 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Steadfastly retaining its original entrepreneurial and innovative roots, the company achieved many personal as well as industrial achievements. Consequently, it was inevitable for the company to attract local as... 

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