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Australia's Queensland Rail says expects to repair flooded track within 6 months

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Australia's Queensland Rail said on Thursday that it expects a rail track hit by flooding this month that has disrupted zinc shipments from major producers like Glencore to be repaired within the next six months. The 1 000 km (620 mile) rail line is used by miners including Glencore, MMG Ltd and... 

Norway gives go-ahead to disputed Arctic copper mine

By: Reuters     14th February 2019 Norway's government approved on Thursday the building of a copper mine near Europe's northernmost point despite years of opposition from indigenous Sami herders and fishermen. "The mining project will strengthen the industrial base in the north," Industry Minister Torbjoern Roe Isaksen of the... 

Glencore's Zambian unit suspends operations after three workers die in fire 

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Glencore's Zambian unit Mopani Copper Mines said on Friday it had suspended operations at its Mindola north shaft after three workers were killed in a fire accident. Mopani is one the biggest mining companies in Zambia – Africa's No. 2 producer of the metal – with an output of around 100 000 t/y.... 

Australia's Pacific National says coal train derailed, services disrupted

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Australian coal haulier Pacific National said on Thursday that one of its trains derailed near the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and that some services would be affected while repair work was carried out. The Hunter Valley is Australia's top thermal coal-producing region and home to... 

Miners rally to support flood victims

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th February 2019 Diversified miners Glencore and South32 have both pledged A$1-million each for flood relief in Queensland. Several parts of Queensland have been declared disaster zones, with thousands evacuated on the back of a 1-in-100-year flood, with Townsville at the center of the catastrophe. 

Glencore says heavy rain disrupts operations at two Australian coal mines

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Global trader Glencore said on Wednesday that production at two of its Australian coal operations has been affected by heavy rain that has caused flooding in northern parts of Queensland state. "We have experienced short-term production impacts from heavy rain at our two most northerly coal... 

Vale declares force majeure on iron-ore after halt at mine

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2019 Vale did something it said it wasn’t going to do in the wake of the deadly tailings dam collapse in Brazil last month – declare force majeure on some of its iron ore contracts. Futures in Singapore gained. The Brazilian mining giant invoked the clause a day after a judge forced it to suspend... 

Katanga advances cobalt debottlenecking project  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 Katanga Mining, which is a subsidiary of diversified major Glencore, says its cobalt debottlenecking project is progressing on schedule. In an update to shareholders published on Friday, the Democratic Republic of Congo-based company said three new filter presses, a magnesium oxide reagent plant... 

Glencore’s FY18 copper, cobalt output up on restart of Katanga processing operations 

1st February 2019 Diversified miner Glencore on Friday reported an 11% year-on-year increase in its copper production and a 54% year-on-year increase in its cobalt output, mainly as a result of the restart of Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based subsidiary Katanga Mining’s processing operations in late 2017.... 

Project Halo stakes claim to buy Guptas' Optimum coal mines

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 Project Halo, a South African group that bid R3.05-billion for Tegeta Exploration & Resources' coal assets after it was placed under administration, said it expects the deal to go ahead and it’s unaware other offers will be entertained. “As things stand today we are the preferred bidder,” Project... 

Merafe records marginal production increase in Q4

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st January 2019 JSE-listed Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased marginally by 2.6% year-on-year. The venture’s production for the year ended December 31, 2018, increased by 3.2% compared with the previous... 

Vedanta’s Zambia unit says new tax regime won't affect jobs

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Vedanta's Zambian unit will press ahead with expansion plans even as the government of Africa’s second-biggest copper producer increased mining royalties, and has undertaken not to fire any workers. The assurance by Konkola Copper Mines, following a meeting between management and government... 

Boost for international miners as India's thermal coal imports jump

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit. Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, one of the... 

Trump lifts Rusal, EN+ sanctions as Glencore shuffles stake

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 The US Treasury Department lifted sanctions on three firms tied to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, including United Co. Rusal, a move that will provide relief to the global aluminum market. The metal fell in London. Deripaska, an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, will remain under US... 

Colombia extends Drummond contract on coal mine for 20 years

By: Reuters     25th January 2019 Colombia has extended coal miner Drummond's license to operate its La Loma mine for an additional 20 years, the national mining agency said on Thursday. The contract at the mine, located in northeastern Cesar province, will generate at least $586-million in royalties, income and social project... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

RBCT coal exports decline 

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2019 Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported 73.47-million tonnes of coal in 2018, 4.1% less than in 2017. The main export destination of the South African-mined coal was Asia at 81.6%. 

Loophole lets Norway's $1tr fund boost its coal exposure 

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2019 Norway’s massive sovereign wealth fund has increased its exposure to coal reserves even after imposing restrictions on investing in the fossil fuel that’s seen as one of the main catalysts for global warming, according to a report. The findings are another illustration of how the ban, which... 

Three named to En+ voting trust as Deripaska looks to reduce stakes

By: Reuters     18th January 2019 Russian conglomerate En+ Group on Friday named three Americans who will form a voting trust to help Oleg Deripaska reduce his stake in the company in exchange for a waiver from US sanctions. Deripaska has agreed to reduce his stake in London-listed En+ to 44.95% from 70% and assign any voting... 

The Future of HR in Mining – Adapting to AI, Machine Learning and Robotics

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 Regenesys Business School, in partnership with Mining Weekly, is hosting a discussion forum on “The Future of HR in Mining in a New Digital Age” on 7 February 2019. The discussion will take place from 08h00 to 10h00 at their campus in Pybus Road, Sandton. Regenesys is proud to announce that some... 

Anglo American begins quest to unearth next CEO 

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 Anglo American has promoted a section head it considers to have CEO potential, focusing its attention on internal talent as it begins searching for a successor to the man who steered the mining company through the 2015/16 commodities price slump. CEO Mark Cutifani has won plaudits for his... 

Congo poll leaves uncertainty for miners at heart of EV revolution

By: Reuters     14th January 2019 The surprise outcome of Congo's election - a vote meant to bring closure to years of turmoil under President Joseph Kabila – has done little to ease uncertainty for miners and investors in a country crucial to the electric vehicle revolution. Democratic Republic of Congo is the world's leading... 

Too early to bet on mining policy change: Congo vote reaction

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2019 In a surprise twist, Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of last month’s Presidential election, although his victory is being marred by claims by a rival that the poll was rigged. The African country is the world’s main supplier of battery... 

Chile's copper mines post mixed results through Nov 2018 – Cochilco

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's largest copper mines posted mixed results through November of 2018, with a slight drop in output at state miner Codelco offset by a surge in production from BHP's Escondida, the world's largest copper mine. In all, copper production in the world's top producer of the red metal reached... 

Chile's Collahuasi plans resource sharing with Canada's Teck Resources

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's Collahuasi copper mine is talking to Canada's Teck Resources Ltd about resource-sharing as the two companies embark on ambitious expansion projects, its Chief Executive Jorge Gomez said on Wednesday. Collahuasi - owned by Glencore and Anglo American - is seeking "synergies" with companies... 

Chile copper mines to triple use of sea water in ten years – report

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 Chile's copper industry will triple its use of sea water for industrial processes in the next decade, State copper agency Cochilco said on Tuesday, as global miners in the world's top producer of the red metal seek alternatives amid growing water shortages. Cochilco said in a report that it... 

Chile copper output to jump by 30% in 10 years – report

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Chile's copper production could jump by nearly 30% over the next ten years, Chile’s state copper agency Cochilco said on Monday. Cochilco said in a report that output from Chile, the world's top producer of the red metal, could reach a record of 7.25-million tonnes as early as 2025. 

Amplats takes all of Mototolo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2018 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said on Thursday that it had completed acquisition of the Mototolo joint venture (JV), which has become a wholly owned asset of the company. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Amplats, which was a 50% JV partner,... 

Glencore hikes coal cost savings forecast by 50%

By: Reuters     31st October 2018 Recent mine acquisitions have helped Glencore Plc achieve 50% more cost savings in its coal business than it had targeted, the world's biggest exporter of coal for power plants said on Wednesday. Glencore had expected to achieve annual cash savings of more than $300-million in its coal business... 

Glencore reports higher Q3 copper, cobalt output on Katanga restart 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2018 Global diversified miner Glencore, which is led by CEO Ivan Glasenberg, produced 1.06-million tonnes of copper in the third quarter ended September 30 – a 12% year-on-year improvement. Additionally, the company produced 28 500 t of cobalt, which is 44% higher than that produced in the third... 

US Justice Dept demands details from Glencore on intermediary firms – sources

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 The US Department of Justice is seeking documents from Glencore about intermediary companies that the commodities firm has worked with in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria, sources familiar with the matter said. The investigation is not directed at Glencore's own activities... 

Glencore CEO said to tell investors he'll retire in 3 to 5 years  

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 Ivan Glasenberg, who built Glencore into a dominant force in commodities trading and became the face of the industry, told investors he plans to retire in three to five years, according to people familiar with the matter. Glasenberg discussed his succession plan in recent meetings and said he has... 

Merafe Resources says output from joint venture with Glencore up 20%

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 Mining company Merafe Resources said on Friday its ferrochrome production from the Glencore Merafe Chrome Venture for the third quarter ended 30 September 2018 increased by 20% to 84 000 t compared with the same period in 2017. Merafe said the increase was as a result of less planned maintenance... 

Zambia's finance minister says new mining taxes will not hit operations

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Mining companies operating in Zambia will still meet their operational costs even after the government imposes higher taxes in Africa's No.2 copper producer, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Zambia plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase... 

Glencore chair Tony Hayward latest to drop out of Saudi conference

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Glencore said its chairman Tony Hayward will no longer be attending the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, confirming a report in the Financial Times. He is the latest top executive to pull out of next week's high profile conference, amid widespread concern about the fate... 

Glencore’s Hail Creek restructuring hits 400 jobs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 Diversified miner Glencore has announced plans to ‘reconfigure’ its Hail Creek coal mine, in Queensland, resulting in nearly 400 job losses. The miner announced that the two-dragline operation would be reconfigured into a truck-and-shovel mine, with a seven-day on, seven-day off roster. The... 

Congo miners seek concessions in new code as arbitration on hold

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer. Producers... 

Releasing exploration companies from onerous regulatory burdens is positive

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Mining Charter Three does not tie exploration companies down to the obligations it places on new mining licence applicants. Exploration has not been encumbered with 30% black economic empowerment obligations, 5% carried interest for labour, 5% carried interest for communities and the other boxes... 

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