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Norsk Hydro says Alunorte problems, higher raw material costs led to earnings fall

By: Reuters     18th March 2019 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro said its 2018 underlying earnings before interest and tax fell by 2.15-billion crowns, due to higher raw material costs and reduced operations at Brazil's Alunorte plant, it said on Friday. The world's largest alumina refinery has been running at half its capacity... 

A mini-solar farm is floating in a dam of liquid copper waste

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2019 Chile has found another use for dams that hold the liquid waste from massive copper-mining operations: power generation. Calling it the first project of its kind in the world, Anglo American has installed 256 photovoltaic panels at the tailings dam for its Los Bronces complex in Chile. 

Global alliance looks to tackle tailings challenges

By: Nadine James     15th March 2019 Given the global challenges around mine waste, particularly around tailings, the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA) –  a multinational collaboration between professional organisations for minerals – officially announced that it will undertake the Global Action on Tailings initiative.... 

Horizonte reports positive results from Vermelho testwork

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2019 Metallurgical and smelting test work conducted on dual-listed Horizonte’s Vermelho nickel/cobalt project has returned positive results, confirming the project’s potential to produce high-grade, commercial specification ferronickel from saprolite and transition ore. Vermelho is Horizonte’s second... 

Six foreign-controlled miners to start divestments in 'near future' - Indonesia

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Six foreign-controlled miners operating in Indonesia, including PT Vale Indonesia and a unit of Australia's Newcrest Mining, intend to divest some of their shares "in the near future" to meet regulations, an Indonesian official said. According to Indonesian mining rules, foreign-controlled... 

Petrochemicals and jet fuel to underpin oil growth as gasoline slows 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2019 Petrochemicals and jet fuel have emerged as key drivers of oil growth, with the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest market forecast indicating that the two sectors will account for more that 30% of global growth in the coming five years, as gasoline demand slows as a result of efficiency... 

Brazil aims to open indigenous reserves to mining - Minister

By: Reuters     11th March 2019 The government of Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is preparing an overhaul of mining sector regulations that will include opening up indigenous reserves to mining, the country's mines and energy minister said. Mining in indigenous reserves is currently prohibited. 

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