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How mining tycoons are trying to foil a big UK bribery probe

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 It’s a faint echo of the defense being floated by targets of the Mueller probe in the US – an unaccountable circle of bureaucrats manipulating the system to their own ends. But in London, it’s the last ditch effort by a trio of Kazakh oligarchs to derail the UK’s biggest bribery investigation. 

Rising regulatory pressure expected to affect profitability of mining firms in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 Rising regulatory risks, as a consequence of improving commodity prices, are expected to challenge the improving profitability experienced by mining companies in sub-Saharan Africa over the next few months, the latest report by BMI Research shows. This will be further compounded by widespread... 

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... 

Moody’s warns of credit implications for Africa as China shifts to consumption-led growth

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 China's shift to consumption-led growth will have mixed credit implications for African sovereigns, flattening the trade volumes of oil and ferrous metal exporters, while benefitting other exporters and tourist destinations, Moody's Investors Service said in a report published on Tuesday. "China... 

Congo court suspends hearing on Glencore-owned cobalt mine

By: Bloomberg     2nd July 2018 A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo suspended a hearing about a lawsuit brought by a former shareholder of a Glencore-owned cobalt and copper mine. The case was put on hold pending a decision by the country’s Court of Appeal on whether the High Court should have jurisdiction over the... 

Mining investors spooked as African dispute payments multiply

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 Miners across Africa are increasingly using one-time payments to settle disputes with governments, a trend that’s disturbing some investors. A $150-million payment by Glencore’s Katanga Mining to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gecamines earlier this month followed Freeport McMoRan’s separate... 

Cobalt explorers see Congo mine law offset by price, high grades

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 Junior miners exploring for cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reckon increased prices and the country’s high-grade deposits will offset the added costs of new legislation larger companies have opposed. Congo, the world’s largest source of the metal, this month began implementing an... 

China marks cobalt, copper ascendancy in Congo with new group

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2018 More than 30 Chinese companies active in the Democratic Republic of Congo formed a business association backed by both countries’ governments, further cementing China’s ascendancy in copper and cobalt production in the central African nation. The 35-member Union of Mining Companies with Chinese... 

The Israeli billionaire forcing Glencore to buck US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Not many billion-dollar companies would be willing to circumvent US sanctions for their business partner, but then few people are as powerful as Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gertler scored a victory when Glencore said on Friday that it would evade US sanctions to keep paying... 

Glencore’s DRC settlements should allay fears about asset seizure – analyst

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th June 2018 Diversified miner Glencore’s settlement, this week, of various disputes with entities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), should allay investor concerns about the risk of a seizure of its DRC assets, says Goldman Sachs. Glencore, led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, on Friday announced that it had... 

Gecamines says Glencore deal to yield billions for Congo State

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 A settlement between a Glencore unit and Democratic Republic of Congo’s State-owned Gecamines will contribute-billions of dollars of revenue to the government over the next decade, an official said. Glencore reached a deal with Gecamines on Tuesday to end a legal dispute over Kamoto Copper, which... 

Glencore says settled Congo mining dispute

By: Reuters     15th June 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore has settled its Congo mining dispute with two companies associated with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler by agreeing to pay royalties in a currency other than US dollars, Glencore said on Friday. US sanctions on Gertler, Glencore's former Israeli partner in... 

Gecamines plans to renegotiate with foreign partners

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo State miner Gecamines has called on its foreign partners to renegotiate the terms of joint ventures it considers to be unfair, its chairman said on Thursday. Heavily in debt and with dwindling output, Gecamines has long complained about its joint venture terms. It... 

Cobalt hunt takes Aussie explorer to forest on BMW's doorstep

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The search for cobalt, a key component of the battery-powered auto fleets of the future, has arrived on BMW AG’s doorstep with a discovery of an ore deposit not far from the plant where the German manufacturer makes its i3 electric city car. The cobalt find in a forested section of Saxony’s... 

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalised

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2018 The options for mining companies battling new legislation in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- Africa’s biggest copper producer and the source of two-thirds of the world’s cobalt -- have just about run out. After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have... 

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,... 

Congo mining code regulations signed into law – aides

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Regulations to implement Congo's new mining code have been signed into law with no changes, advisers to the prime minister told Reuters on Saturday, despite objections from mining firms that have been threatening legal action. Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala signed the regulations into law... 

Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine  

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 For Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo, problems don’t form an orderly queue: they pile up on top of each other. In the latest example of the commodity giant’s deteriorating relationships in the country, a convicted fraudster has resurrected a legal claim the company considered dead,... 

Congo mining regulations to be signed into law on Friday – mines minister

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's prime minister will sign into law on Friday regulations to immediately implement a new mining code without any concessions to industry demands that key provisions be amended, the mines minister said on Thursday. The move could set off a legal battle between the... 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Congo mining revenues triple in Q1; oil revenues down 11%

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) revenues from its mining sector tripled year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 to $397.86-million, finance ministry data showed. Revenues from the oil and gas sector dropped 10.87 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to $29.45-million, according to... 

Trilogy reports maiden cobalt resource estimate for Alaska project

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2018 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals on Monday reported a maiden 77-million-pound cobalt resource for its Bornite project. The resource estimate used assay data from drill holes completed by the company between 2011 and 2013 and re-sampled historic holes drilled in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Congo Supreme Court rejects Glencore bid to move dissolution case

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Congo's Supreme Court has rejected claims by a Glencore unit that a commercial court is not competent to hear a petition to dissolve it brought by State miner Gecamines, a Gecamines lawyer said on Friday. Gecamines is seeking to dissolve Kamoto Copper Company (KCC), blaming majority-owner... 

Congo copper production in Q1 rises 8%; cobalt output up 34%

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo produced 296 717 t of copper in the first quarter of 2018, up 8.2% over the same period last year, the central bank said in a report on Thursday. Cobalt production in the first quarter of 2018 rose 34.4% to 23 921 t, the bank said. 

S&P’s raises Glencore’s long-term issuer credit rating to BBB+

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) has raised its long-term issuer credit rating on global diversified miner Glencore and its related entities to ‘BBB+’ from ‘BBB’, with a stable outlook.  

Five killed, including 2 Congolese security forces, in attack on Banro mine

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Five people were killed, including two Congolese security forces, and several company workers wounded in an attack on Banro Corp's east Congo gold mine, a Banro official told Reuters. A Mai Mai militia attacked Banro Corp's east Congo Namoya gold mine on Thursday. 

Electric vehicles seen driving cobalt crunch by mid-2020s

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 The increasing popularity of electric vehicles may create a crunch for supplies of cobalt in the early-to-mid 2020s, miners and analysts say, adding that small operators trying to start up mines outside Africa could play a bigger role over time in satisfying demand for the metal used in... 

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Mining and engineering company Pan African Minerals says it attended the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana Conference, which was held in Gaborone from April 10 to 11, to create partnerships, networks and take advantage of the business matching prospects. The company’s attendance has already yielded... 

Cobalt streaming may presage bigger deals as Vale weighs options

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 A streaming deal for cobalt and nickel from a mine in Papua New Guinea may foreshadow other similar arrangements as producers look to capitalise on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. On Tuesday, Cobalt 27 Capital – a Toronto-listed vehicle designed to invest in the metal –... 

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... 

Threat of cobalt supply shock is top risk for electric vehicles

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 A burgeoning risk of a supply crunch in cobalt – a key battery metal that’s more than tripled in price in two years – poses one of the biggest threats to forecasts for rising electric vehicle adoption. Major investment in mines is required to avoid price spikes that could see cost reductions for... 

Glencore said to face UK bribery probe over Congo dealings

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2018 The UK’s white-collar crime prosecutor is preparing to open a formal bribery investigation into Glencore and its work with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler and the leader of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Investigators at the Serious Fraud... 

Congo billionaire seeks French loan to develop iron-ore railway

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 Paul Obambi, a billionaire investor in the Congo Republic, is in talks with French lenders to fund a railway he’s building to export iron-ore. Obambi’s company Sapro SA is negotiating with “a consortium of banks” to finance the 450-km track that will link the southwestern town of Mayoko to a... 

Katanga ramps up DRC copper, cobalt production as legal woes mount

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2018 Commodity giant Glencore’s majority owned and publicly traded Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused copper/cobalt unit Katanga Mining is ramping up output after resuming production from the Phase 1 whole ore leaching project on December 11, the company reported on Tuesday. Katanga will... 

Cobalt supply pressures rising amid DRC conflict mineral concerns

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 Technology and clean technology companies are increasingly struggling to secure adequate supplies of cobalt, while the ethical sourcing of cobalt also remains a challenge. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides about two-thirds of the world’s cobalt supplies, but traceability of... 

Congo finalising mining rules after company concerns ignored

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mines Ministry said it’s completing work on new regulations, as a draft document showed the government has so far ignored companies’ key concerns about the reforms. Miners including Glencore and Randgold Resources have demanded the government dial back aspects... 

Congo court suspends Gecamines bid to dissolve Glencore unit

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2018 A Democratic Republic of Congo court suspended proceedings by State-owned mining company Gecamines to dissolve a unit of Glencore until next month. The Commercial Court in Kolwezi, in southeastern Congo, ordered the suspension while it awaits a June 15 ruling by the Supreme Court on its... 

Glencore's Congo mining conundrum

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore's former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for... 

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