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Chinalco starts $1.3bn expansion of Peru copper mine

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Aluminum Corp of China, known as Chinalco, at the weekend said it had started work on a $1.3-billion expansion of its Toromocho copper mine in central Peru. The investment will increase the mine's copper output by 45% by 2020, with the value of production exceeding $2-billion annually, Chinalco... 

EU starts new investigation into steel imports from China

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The European Commission has opened an investigation into hot-rolled steel sheet piles imported from China to determine whether they are being dumped in Europe, according to a notice in the EU Official Journal on Thursday. The investigation into a form of steel used in construction was launched... 

Chinese newspaper suggests cut imports, downgrade ties with Australia

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 China should downgrade its ties with Australia, including cutting imports and postponing a visit by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to underscore Beijing's unhappiness at recent anti-China sentiment, a state-run paper said on Wednesday. Relations between the two countries have cooled since late... 

Tariff war could derail global recovery – ECB

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 Protective tariffs imposed by the US in recent months have only had a minor impact on the world economy but a significant escalation in tensions could derail the recovery in global trade, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Monday. Retaliation and a full fledged trade war could increase... 

Qatar steps in to buy Rosneft stake after China deal collapses

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2018 Qatar emerged as a major shareholder in Rosneft on Friday after a $9-billion deal to sell a stake in Russia’s State-run oil producer to China’s troubled CEFC Energy collapsed. Qatar Investment Authority stepped in after the sellers – a consortium of QIA itself and mining giant Glencore – told... 

Up to 500 000 t of alumina being exported from China as Rusal crisis bites

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Multiple shipments of alumina are being exported from China, with major suppliers agreeing deals of up to 500 000 t, in a rare move prompted by supply problems after U.S. sanctions on Russian producer Rusal. China is the biggest global producer and consumer of alumina, a compound extracted from... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

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... 

Ex-Microsoft manager lands Responsible Cobalt Initiative role

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A former manager for Microsoft Corp in China has been named as the first executive secretary of the Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI), which works to address social and environmental risks in the cobalt supply chain. Christina Feng, who managed the US tech giant's programme for the responsible... 

Profit at China's Jinchuan International surges on higher cobalt, copper prices

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Chinese miner and metals trader Jinchuan Group International Resources said on Tuesday its 2017 net profit was almost five times bigger than a year earlier due to higher cobalt and copper prices. Jinchuan, which operates the Ruashi copper and cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and... 

Rio sees $5bn copper expansion on track amid Swiss probe

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 Rio Tinto Group has yet to be contacted by Swiss authorities over a bribery investigation related to Mongolia’s giant Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine and the site’s $5.3-billion expansion remains on track, according to the producer’s top executive. The attorney general of Switzerland is... 

G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to diffuse trade war threat

By: Reuters     21st March 2018 The world's financial leaders rejected protectionism on Tuesday and urged "further dialogue" on trade, but failed to diffuse the threat of a trade war days before US metals tariffs take effect and Washington is to announce measures against China. Finance ministers and central bankers of the... 

Coal miner in China's Shanxi aims to boost 2018 coalbed gas output by 25%

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Shanxi province's state-run coal mining business plans to increase coalbed methane (CBM) output by a quarter this year, an official told Reuters on Friday, as China's second-largest coal-producing region looks to boost clean fuel output. That comes in the wake of a push by Beijing to crack down... 

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... 

UBS warns of 'deep trade war' as commodity giant sees no winners

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2018 Raw materials are at great risk as Donald Trump’s White House prepares to pull the trigger on tariffs. UBS Group warned metals to energy will be hurt should US levies spark a global trade war, while commodity powerhouse Australia forecast only a damaging race to the bottom. “Obviously, going... 

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... 

Pushback on Trump tariffs gathers steam, Mexico rejects bid to split NAFTA

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Republican lawmakers stepped up calls for President Donald Trump to pull back from proposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports as key trading partner Mexico rejected a bid by Washington to drive a wedge between it and Canada in talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.... 

Glencore's talks to sell cobalt to Chinese firm falter on price

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Glencore is in talks to sell around a quarter of its cobalt output in a one-year deal to Chinese firm GEM, but price is a sticking point as Glencore and other major producers are now able to exert more influence in negotiations, sources said. Cobalt has increasingly come under the spotlight over... 

Africa’s leading industry trade fair prepares to open its doors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th March 2018 The countdown has begun: bauma CONEXPO AFRICA opens its doors for the third time in one week. The largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa continues to attract international participation, highlighted by four... 

China will cut 30Mt of steel, 150Mt of coal this year – NDRC

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 China will cut steel capacity by 30-million tonnes and coal output by 150-million tonnes this year, its top economic planner said on Monday, putting the world's top metal and energy market on track to beat long-term targets. In a work report at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament, the... 

Vale notches record iron-ore output in 2017, sales slip

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday that total iron-ore output reached a record of 366.5-million tonnes last year, boosted by record high production from its so-called northern system, even as iron ore sales slipped slightly from 2016. The northern system, composed of its Carajás, Serra Leste... 

China will crack down on illegal coal mining in 2018 – safety watchdog

By: Reuters     12th February 2018 China will carry out "special action" in 2018 to crack down on illegal coal mining to ensure safe mine operations and reduce output capacity, the State Administration of Work Safety said in a statement on Monday. Coal mines that fail to meet safety measures or operational standards will be... 

On-The-Air (09/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: China's colossal Clean Air Revolution is poised to give massive support to... 

China gives new incentives to boost high-quality coal capacity

By: Reuters     9th February 2018 China plans to increase high-quality coal supply by allowing mines to boost capacity if they shut outdated production processes, the latest effort by authorities to further streamline the industry and stabilise coal prices. Coal companies will be encouraged to close inefficient and polluting... 

Smelters expected to reduce zinc processing fees amid mine supply shortage

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Zinc smelters are set to accept lower fees for processing concentrate into metal when annual contracts are hammered out next week at a conference in California, as a crunch in mine supply stretches into a third year. Treatment charges (TCs), the fees miners pay smelters to process their ore, are... 

China iron-ore imports hit 2nd-highest on record on restocking

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 China's iron-ore imports jumped to the second highest level on record in January as the world's top buyer built stockpiles ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and the lifting of steel production curbs next month. Shipments of the steelmaking raw material in January climbed 19% from December to... 

Chinese State-owned energy companies to form coal, power trading JV

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Six Chinese State-owned energy companies will form a joint venture to trade coal and electricity and invest in an electric transmission system to better connect Shanxi and Jiangsu provinces. The announcement follows the Chinese government's plans to streamline its state-owned coal industry by... 

China's gold consumption rises 9.4% in 2017 – state TV

By: Reuters     1st February 2018 Gold consumption in China grew by 9.41% from the previous year to 1 089 t in 2017, state television CCTV reported on Thursday, citing figures from the China Gold Association. Sales of gold jewellery in China were up 10.35% to 696.5 t, while those of gold bars – bought as a safe-haven investment... 

Ansteel executive named China Minmetals' new chairperson

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The former head of China's Anshan Iron and Steel Group (Ansteel) has been named the new chairman of metals group China Minmetals, the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said on Monday. Tang Fuping replaces He Wenbo, who leaves Minmetals having served as chairman... 

China unveils vision for 'Polar Silk Road' across Arctic

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 China on Friday outlined its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming. Releasing its first official Arctic policy white paper, China said it would encourage enterprises to build... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Chinese steel mills win domestic iron-ore pricing in some 2018 contracts

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Chinese steelmakers have succeeded in a push to include domestic iron-ore price indices in some 2018 annual supply contracts with global miners, four industry sources said, as the world's top buyer boosts its clout over pricing of major commodities. The move marks a major step in the evolution... 

China's 2017 coal imports from Russia surge after N Korea ban – customs

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 China's coal imports from Russia and Mongolia soared in 2017, customs data showed on Thursday, as the two countries filled a supply gap caused by a series of trade sanctions on North Korea. Arrivals from Russia surged 36.3% from 2016 to 25.3 million tonnes, data from the General Administration... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

China's Dec coal output hits 2-year record over firm demand in winter

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 China's December coal output rose from November to hit its highest level since December 2015, as miners boosted output to meet increasing demand after Beijing softened winter coal burning restrictions in northern homes due to gas shortages. The world's biggest coal miner produced 314.87-million... 

China govt curbs drop avg daily steel output to 12-mth low in Dec

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 China's average daily steel output fell 1.9% in December from the previous month, official data showed on Thursday, touching the lowest level in a year as government-imposed production curbs deepened. Total output climbed to 67.05-million tonnes in December from 66.15-million tonnes in November,... 

Australian LNG exports surge on strong Chinese demand

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports hit 56.8-million tonnes last year, jumping 26.3% from 44.9-million in 2016, owing to a watershed year of exports to China. Combined with higher oil prices, the increase in volumes pushed up Australia’s 2017 LNG export revenue by 44.1% to... 

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