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The world's biggest miners want more copper but nobody's selling

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2018 It’s the mining world’s biggest dilemma: everyone’s hunting for copper deals, but even the richest producers just can’t pull the trigger. The largest miners all say they’re bullish on copper and looking for growth in the metal that’s forecast to be in ever-greater demand as cities expand and... 

Top-grade iron-ore may spike to $100/t

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 High-grade iron-ore may spike to $100 a metric ton as China intensifies a clampdown on pollution by restraining industrial activity, adding further momentum to a trend that’s reshaped the global market in recent years and driven buyers in Asia’s top economy to seek out better-quality material.... 

Copper trains ransacked by 'moles' in full-moon desert heists

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2018 On nights lit by a full moon, thieves leap from trucks onto trains as they roll through Chile’s Atacama desert, before throwing 80-kg slabs of copper to the ground and disappearing into the dark. It’s a tactic known as “the cat” and the robbers are “moles” because no one knows where they come... 

Bluejay's Dundas may be attractive to Rio Tinto – analysts

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2018 The closure of Rio Tinto's South African subsidiary Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) as a result of violent protests this week, may play into the hand of London- and Frankfurt-listed Bluejay Mining, which is developing the Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. The project is said to be the... 

Ecuador attracting mining interest, political risks weigh on Latin America outlook

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2018 The South American country of Ecuador is attracting interest among foreign mining companies, as a low-risk, high-reward market, where government remains supportive of mining, despite the February referendum restricting mining in protected areas. Market intelligence firm BMI, which publishes a... 

BHP makes contract offer to union at Escondida mine in Chile

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 BHP Billiton handed in a proposal for a new labor contract to the union at its Escondida copper mine in Chile that includes a salary readjustment linked to inflation and a $23 000 bonus per worker, the company said on Wednesday. The offer falls short of fulfilling some of the demands laid out... 

Indonesia reaches preliminary deal with Freeport on Grasberg

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2018 Indonesia has struck an “initial agreement” to take majority ownership of Freeport-McMoRan’s giant Grasberg copper and gold mine, President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday. State-owned PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium, also known as Inalum, will end up with a 51% stake,... 

BP is front-runner to buy BHP's US shale unit

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2018 BP has emerged as the front-runner to buy BHP Billiton’s onshore oil and gas operations in the US, according to a person familiar with the matter. The London-based oil major has made the highest offer for the assets, which BHP prefers selling in a single package, said the person, who asked to... 

BHP, workers at Escondida mine in Chile 'far from agreement'

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Negotiations between workers and BHP Billiton at the Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's largest, are "far from reaching agreement" with less than three weeks to go before the negotiation deadline, a union official told Reuters on Thursday. The official, Carlos Allendes, said the union... 

Iron-ore slides to seven-month low as trade war fears mount

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Iron-ore’s starting to buckle after a series of warnings that prices are set to drop amid rising global supply, and as investors fret about the potential impact of escalating trade tensions between the US and China. Benchmark spot ore eased to $62.50/t on Thursday, the lowest since November,... 

US probe darkens Glencore's horizons from Africa to Americas

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2018 The US corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc represents the sum of all fears for the world’s largest commodity trader and its billionaire CEO Ivan Glasenberg. The possibility that the Justice Department would add to the dizzying array of regulatory and legal headaches the Swiss... 

Samarco is said to be nearing settlement with Brazil prosecutors

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 After a year of back and forth, the owners of the idle Samarco iron-ore mine are close to signing a definitive settlement with Brazilian prosecutors that will clear the way for restart preparations and debt talks to begin, according to people briefed on the matter. Joint venture partners Vale... 

Copper giant's cost crusade imperiled by wage largess of peers

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 Generous wage concessions made by private-sector copper producers to avoid strikes in Chile are emboldening unions at Codelco, undermining efforts by the state-owned behemoth to contain costs. That’s the view of CEO Nelson Pizarro, whose focus on costs in a five-decade mining career earned him... 

China Inc takes another bite of Congo's copper mining riches

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2018 China is making another big bet on copper in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deepening its presence in a country that’s proved very difficult for Western business. Congo holds huge reserves of copper, but is also one of the hardest countries to navigate -- with problems with security,... 

Workers at BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile approve labour contract

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Unionised workers at BHP Billiton's Spence copper mine in northern Chile have approved a new labor contract, union president Ronald Salcedo said on Monday. Spence is one of the Anglo-Australian miner two mines in Chile. The other, Escondida, the world' largest copper mine, earlier this month... 

Escondida union to copper investors: bet on quick wage deal

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 The world’s largest copper mine probably will avoid a repeat of last year’s prolonged strike as the two sides reign in expectations, according to a union leader. The main union at Escondida in Chile presented its demands to owner BHP Billiton on Friday, and the company has until the weekend to... 

Southern has copper giants in the crosshairs with Peru expansion

By: Bloomberg     1st June 2018 Southern Copper is preparing to scale the ranking of global producers by spending more than $10-billion in Peru and Mexico, taking advantage of rising prices underpinned by years of industry belt-tightening. The fifth-largest copper producer hopes to start work on its Tia Maria project in Peru... 

Leading mining engineering firm partners with new SA mining finance initiative.

30th May 2018 The DRA Group, a leading mining engineering firm, is to act as lead technical partner to CCP 12J Fund Limited (CCP 12J) in respect of engineering (EPC/M) and outsourced operations and maintenance services. CCP 12J is a new mining-focused Venture Capital Company, established in terms of Section... 

Copper king pushes gender diversity – with an all-male board

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 As it battles to remain the world’s biggest copper producer, Codelco just achieved a new, less enviable mantle – the only major mining company with an all-male board and senior management team. On Friday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera tapped executive Juan Benavides to be chairman of the... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Glencore goes from crisis to crisis with possible bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 It’s becoming hard to keep track of all of Glencore’s legal battles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The world’s biggest commodity trader is facing the possibility of a bribery investigation by British prosecutors over its work with Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire and close friend of... 

BP said to tap Morgan Stanley as it weighs buying BHP assets

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2018 BP is weighing an acquisition of some of BHP Billiton’s energy assets as the British oil major seeks more US shale, according to people familiar with the matter. The London-based company is working with Morgan Stanley to advise on the plans, said the people, asking not to be identified as the... 

War on coal is making the world's top mine owners a lot richer

By: Bloomberg     2nd May 2018 The world’s war on coal is making its biggest producers a lot richer, at least for now. With governments from Asia to Europe setting stricter pollution limits as the climate change debate intensifies, output of the planet’s dirtiest fuel is dropping. Some of the more significant declines are... 

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... 

Relations sour at giant copper pit with automation looming

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 Just as labour tensions ease at BHP Billiton’s giant Escondida mine, the copper industry has another iconic mine to worry about. Relations between the world’s largest copper producer, Codelco, and unions in its Chuquicamata division have reached the lowest point in years as the mine transitions... 

BHP to produce nickel sulphate next year, eyeing cobalt on battery boom

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 BHP Billiton is expanding its business as a supplier of battery minerals at its nickel refinery in Western Australia, planning to start producing nickel sulphate next year and looking at cobalt output as well, a company executive said. Cobalt and nickel are both critical ingredients for lithium... 

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... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Nick van der Hoven

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Nick van der Hoven, the CEO of Bauba Platinum, a company in the underground development phase of Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, which is expected to be close to full production by December, extracting at a rate of roughly 30 000 t of chrome ore a month. It is... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Royal Dutch Shell and US private equity firm Blackstone Group are working on a joint $10-billion bid for BHP Billiton's US shale assets, Sky News said on Thursday. Shell and Blackstone's offer will only be one of several credible proposals that BHP will receive for its US shale operations, Sky... 

Trump tariffs are black day for world, business, BHP CEO says

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 President Donald Trump’s plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports is a black day for the world and business, according to the biggest mining company. BHP Billiton and competitors could be hit should other economies follow the move by the US toward a more protectionist and anti... 

India's outback coal bets sour as global prices recover

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Australian mining legend Lang Hancock’s dream four decades ago of exporting coal from the country’s remote Galilee Basin is becoming a nightmare for two Indian conglomerates. Adani Group bought into the Queensland basin in 2010, followed a year later by GVK Group, with plans to ship thermal coal... 

Vale says Samarco should resume operations by year-end or early 2019

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Executives at Brazilian miner Vale said on Wednesday that the Samarco mine may resume operations around the end of this year or in early 2019, but cautioned that the process depends on obtaining environmental licenses. Work at the Samarco mine, a joint venture between Vale and Australia's BHP... 

Vale sails new 'green' ship in bid to cut rivals China advantage

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2018 Brazil’s Vale SA has sailed the first in a fleet of more efficient cargo vessels it’s using in a push to minimize the geographical advantage of its Australian rivals in sending iron ore to China. The Yuan He Hai is part of a second-generation line of Very Large Ore Carriers, known as VLOCS or... 

Rusal Q4 core earnings surge, Deripaska steps down

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 Russian aluminium giant Rusal posted a 42% jump in fourth-quarter core earnings on Friday, helped by higher aluminium prices, and announced billionaire Oleg Deripaska would step down as president, as expected. Hong-Kong listed Rusal said fourth-quarter earnings before interest, taxation,... 

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