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Uranium tariffs threaten nuclear plants Trump is trying to save

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision to consider tariffs on uranium imports may raise the cost of fuel for nuclear reactors and undermine a separate initiative to shore up struggling electricity generators. The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will probe whether uranium imports “threaten to... 

Coal to remain a significant energy source for decades – WCA

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Coal will remain a vital growth enabler and source of energy for decades to come, says World Coal Association CEO Benjamin Sporton. He notes that demand for coal will remain stable to positive, as a result of increased industrialisation and electrification, especially in Africa and South-East Asia. 

Hurting for buyers, US coal miners are learning to love India

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2018 The big bright spot for US coal miners is located halfway around the world. India almost tripled its imports of the rock from America in the first quarter from a year earlier, helping fuel its fast-growing economy and making it the largest foreign buyer of US coal, according to the US Energy... 

Rising minerals and fuel exports propel Australian trade to record high

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th July 2018 Australia’s total trade in goods and services reached a record A$763.2-billion in 2017, new data from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has found. The Composition of Trade, Australia 2017 found that the value of Australia’s goods and services exports rose 14.8% to A$386.7-billion in... 

Platinum jewellery heading for good year – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2018 Significant demand growth is under way in the platinum jewellery market, which remains the second biggest ounce contributor to platinum demand at 2.5-million ounces of yearly fabrication, some 35% of total demand. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the market. Obviously, the platinum price is... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Japan's Mitsui may raise its stake in Vale – executive

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co may boost its stake in Brazil's Vale SA if other shareholders sell part of their holdings, a senior executive said, giving it greater influence over the iron ore giant's management. Several Brazilian pension funds and BNDESPar, the investment arm of state... 

Big Pump Goes Stainless

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2018 Corrosive liquids on mining and construction sites are a fact of life!  Tsurumi’s new 316 cast stainless steel high head pumps are designed for those applications.  Metalliferous mines are susceptible to pump breakdowns simply because the pump’s material of construction is not compatible with the... 

First-quarter global copper production up 7.1%

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Global mined copper production is estimated to have increased by 7.1% in the first quarter of 2018, with concentrate production rising by 7% and solvent extraction-electrowinning (SX-EW) by 7.3%, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) reported in its Copper Bulletin, last month. The ICSG... 

Mongolian Parliament OKs plan to sell 30% of Tavan Tolgoi mine

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Mongolian lawmakers approved a plan to sell up to 30% of the troubled Tavan Tolgoi coal mine in the Gobi desert, the latest attempt to develop what’s anticipated to be massive coking and thermal coal deposits. The north Asian country’s Parliament on Friday voted in favor of an initial public... 

IEA sees gas demand growth of 1.6% a year, China to become largest importer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2018 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global gas demand will grow at an average rate of 1.6% a year, reaching just more than 4.1-trillion cubic metres in 2023. This forecast compares with demand of 3.74-tillion cubic metres in 2017, the IEA noted in its ‘Gas 2018’... 

Tantalum miner threatens expansion at Australia's biggest lithium mine

By: Reuters     25th June 2018 A partner in one of the world's largest lithium mines said on Monday trial dates have been set to determine whether expansion at the Western Australian mine, in which China's Tianqi Lithium holds a stake, would unfairly impact its minerals rights. Private-equity backed Global Advanced Metals... 

China kindling hope of accelerated use of platinum fuel cells to clean world’s air

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2018 The corridors of mining power are abuzz with reports of quick steps being taken by China to introduce platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells at scale. Heavy fuel cell vehicles are being rapidly produced and the necessary hydrogen filling-station infrastructure provided, stimulated by 100%... 

Asia's thermal coal demand poised to grow

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th June 2018 Asia’s thermal coal demand could increase by some 400-million tonnes by 2030, a new report commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) found. Asian thermal coal demand is expected to grown from the 740-million tonnes in 2017, to 1.147-billion tonnes in 2030. 

Second binding offtake highlights demand for graphite concentrate

8th June 2018 The external support for the Ancuabe graphite project in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique in the form of a second binding offtake agreement signed last month, provides “strong” momentum for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), financing and development objectives of the project,... 

Natural flake graphite market expected to move into a deficit around 2020

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources is expecting the global flake graphite market to remain in a state of small oversupply this year but to move into a deficit in the coming years, as the company increases its graphite production ahead of an expected increase in demand from electric cars, buses and... 

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and... 

Launch of Tanzanian mining commission to benefit Kibaran

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The Tanzanian Department of Minerals has formally launched the Mining Commission, which will be responsible for administering the minerals sector in that country. The commission has started a process of issuing some 7 000 mineral licences that had been pending after the Tanzanian government... 

US, Japanese platinum jewellery demand to continue growing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 With China’s strong economic growth in the first quarter of this year, jewellery demand in that country also increased, but platinum jewellery demand lagged behind other jewellery segments owing to a lack in innovative product and market-wide marketing support, says Platinum Guild International... 

The 25th Jubilee World Mining Congress 2018 Will Be Held In Kazakhstan

5th June 2018 On June 19th-21st, 2018, the city of Astana will be hosting the 25th Jubilee World Mining Congress. Kazakhstan will be the first country among the CIS states to hold an event of such significant international importance. The World Mining Congress is the largest and most appreciable gathering of... 

Big investors urge G7 to step up climate action, shift from coal

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Institutional investors with $26-trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington. Government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions were too weak... 

Alkane updates Dubbo business case

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 Multi-commodity miner and explorer Alkane Resources has completed the engineering and financial review of its zirconium, niobium, hafnium and rare earth project near Dubbo, in New South Wales, which confirmed that the project is technically sound and financially viable, generating a potential... 

China remains dominant coal consumer, producer

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2018 China, India and the US will remain the largest consumers of thermal coal, while China, India and Russia will remain the largest consumers of coking coal during the period to 2027, a new report by BMI Research shows. In its ‘Industry trend analysis: global forecast to 2027’ report, BMI forecasts... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Palaszczuk to reassure Japan about coal exports amid Aurizon curbs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th May 2018 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has moved to allay the fears of Japanese coal buyers, ahead of a diplomatic visit to the region, as a fight between freight operator Aurizon, the state’s competition body and coal miners continued. Aurizon has previously warned that it would cut some... 

Stable first-quarter results for zinc, lead

By: Nadine James     25th May 2018 The first quarter of 2018 (Q1) saw marginal increases in demand and supply of both zinc and lead metal, according to a report compiled by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG). In the report, released last week, the organisation noted that demand for refined zinc metal increased by... 

Nemaska Lithium secures funding for mine with C$400m equity raise

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 Canada's Nemaska Lithium said on Tuesday it had secured funding of up to C$402-million ($314-million) from investors, which it plans to use to build a mine and processing plant to produce lithium, the key ingredient for rechargeable batteries. This brings to more than C$1.1-billion the amount of... 

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential US tariff retaliation to $3.5bn

By: Reuters     22nd May 2018 Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminium, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total US tariff bill to around $3.5-billion annually. The three countries detailed their compensation claims in... 

Young, bridal jewellery consumers to drive platinum demand

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 Young, bridal and self-purchasing jewellery consumers are emerging to contribute to platinum demand growth this year, the Platinum Guild International (PGI) reports. In its ‘2017 Platinum Jewellery Business Review’, the PGI found strong consumer retail sales growth in the US, Japan and India for... 

Diamond jewellery demand at all-time high – De Beers

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 Global consumer demand for diamond jewellery hit a new all-time high in 2017, climbing to $82-billion, a 2% increase on the previous year, according to industry insight data published by De Beers on Thursday. The US was the main driver of growth for the fourth consecutive year, where positive... 

Nuclear industry urged to address business case

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Decisions on the future energy mix for South Africa need to be forward looking, not backward looking. So affirmed EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland in his keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Wednesday. "Nuclear power in South Africa... 

Platinum supply, demand weak in Q1 – WPIC  

By: Nadine James     14th May 2018 There was a slight dip in both platinum demand and supply in the first quarter of this year, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports. The organisation on Monday revealed that refined output decreased by 0.7% year-on-year in the first quarter, largely as a result of South African mine... 

Platinum surplus to widen; fuel cells seen as key driver for future demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The platinum market will move further into oversupply this year, as production from South Africa remains flat and demand is forecast to contract by 2.5%, the latest Johnson Matthey platinum group metals (PGM) market report states.  

PNG LNG delivering economic promises - Oil Search

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 ASX-listed Oil Search has maintained that the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (PNG LNG) project has been beneficial to the region, despite reports suggesting otherwise. Social justice advocates Jubilee Australia has claimed that the PNG LNG project has caused increased violence in PNG as... 

GoviEx completes required payment to Toshiba

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 TSX-listed GoviEx Uranium has completed the required payment to Toshiba Corporation under the terms of a previously announced termination agreement. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions under which GoviEx and Toshiba have agreed to settle the Tranche B Bond, dated April 18, 2012, as... 

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