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Newcrest expects output to grow as shakes off disruptions

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 Australia's top gold miner, Newcrest Mining, expects output to grow in the coming months as its flagship site gradually ramps up after operations there were hit by an earthquake last year, its chief executive said on Friday. That comes a day after the company reported a 58% slide in underlying... 

Woodside lashes out at South Korea's Kogas over disputed LNG contract

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 Australia's Woodside Petroleum on Wednesday lashed out at Korea Gas Corp (Kogas) over a dispute it has with the South Korean company, saying KOGAS owes it money for an expired liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract from the North West Shelf Project. CEO Peter Coleman of Woodside Petroleum,... 

BHP expects $1.8bn tax charge, says US reform beneficial in long run

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2018 The world’s largest diversified mining group BHP has flagged a $1.8-billion income tax expense as a result of the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will lower the country’s federal corporate income tax rate. The tax expense will be treated as an exceptional item, and comprises a noncash measurement... 

Smelters expected to reduce zinc processing fees amid mine supply shortage

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Zinc smelters are set to accept lower fees for processing concentrate into metal when annual contracts are hammered out next week at a conference in California, as a crunch in mine supply stretches into a third year. Treatment charges (TCs), the fees miners pay smelters to process their ore, are... 

Rio Tinto's blowout cash puts dividends and deals in focus

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2018 Rio Tinto Group’s best profit in three years and a record dividend is yet another sign that miners are reaping the benefits of a surge in commodity prices. Yet the sheer size of Rio’s cash flow is starting to raise another question: how else will the world’s second-biggest mining company invest... 

Elliott sees $22bn uplift in value with a simpler BHP

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2018 Activist investor Elliott Management Corp has called on BHP Billiton to immediately review its dual structure after commissioning research that argues reorganizing as a single company in Australia would add more than $22-billion in value to the miner’s shareholders. Creating a unified company,... 

Japan's Mitsui wins bidding war for Australian gas producer AWE

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 Mitsui & Co won a three-way bidding war to take over Australia's AWE, after rival Mineral Resources failed to match the Japanese trading giant's A$594-million offer. Assuming the deal goes ahead, it would mark Mitsui's first takeover of an Australian company and give it a 50% stake in the... 

Multotec To Provide Continuous Ion Exchange Equipment To DRC Customer

     2nd February 2018 Leading mineral process company, Multotec Process Equipment, will be providing a continuous ion exchange (Clean-iX®) metals processing scavenging equipment to a customer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The equipment, using Clean-iX® ion exchange technology from Melbourne-based metals... 

BHP is said to mull shale split to speed $10bn sale

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2018 BHP Billiton, seeking to accelerate the sale of its US shale unit, is prepared to offer the assets in as many as seven packages, including three in the prized Permian Basin, according to people with knowledge of the producer’s plans. The world’s biggest miner continues to favour a sale of the... 

Rio is said to drop chase for $5bn lithium miner stake

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Rio Tinto Group has dropped out of the bidding for a stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, one of the world’s top lithium producers, as it pursues other ways to capitalise on the electric-car boom, people familiar with the matter said. Rio decided not to proceed with an offer for Nutrien’s... 

The No.1 miner is building an EV hub it doesn't want to keep

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Electric vehicles could hold the key to BHP Billiton finally finding a buyer for its unwanted nickel operations. The world’s top miner is accelerating plans to transform Nickel West in Western Australia into a linchpin of the global supply chain for EV batteries. The switch in focus promises to... 

Australia cobalt rush accelerates on electric vehicle demand, DRC troubles

By: Reuters     15th December 2017 Australia, home to the world's second-biggest cobalt reserves, is seeing a rush of interest in projects still years from production as makers of batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) seek supplies of the metal from a more costly but less risky source than top miner, the Democratic Republic of... 

Mineral Resources says bid for AWE takes into account gas reserve upside

By: Reuters     14th December 2017 Mineral Resources on Thursday said the size of its all-share bid for Australian gas producer AWE, worth A$477-million, took into account that its target may hold bigger gas reserves than currently estimated. AWE said last month that its Waitsia find, which it has called Australia's biggest... 

Rio picks Thompson for chairperson as investors target discipline

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2017 Rio Tinto named industry veteran Simon Thompson as chairman after shareholders rejected a plan to install a renowned dealmaker -- reinforcing an industry-wide investor drive for higher returns and caution over project spending. Thompson, 58, a Rio director since 2014 and previously an executive... 

BROKEN HEARTED PEOPLE

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2017 BHP Billiton has come under pressure from activist shareholders, including fund manager Elliot, which has demanded strategic changes to set the company on a more rewarding course. Other critical shareholders have denigrated the first three letters of the acronym for Broken Hill Proprietary, the... 

Australian industry prepares for possible summer power cuts

By: Reuters     30th November 2017 Some of Australia's biggest power users, including mining giant BHP, are taking steps to curb the impact of any repeat of crippling blackouts that hit last summer, worried about a grid that increasingly relies on wind power and old coal-fired plants. Their back-up strategies come despite... 

Mantle wraps up asset disposals with Norton sale

By: Mariaan Webb     30th November 2017 Junior miner Mantle Mining has completed its asset disposal programme with the sale of its Norton gold project, near Gladstone, in Queensland, for A$525 000 in cash. The ASX-listed company earlier this month divested of its noncore Queensland exploration projects for A$400 000. 

Mantle edges closer to bringing historical Morning Star on line

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2017 ASX-listed Mantle Mining, which is currently focused on the return to production of the Morning Star gold mine east of Melbourne, Victoria, reports that it has made significant progress on trial mining in the mine’s Stacpoole zone. To date, the company has recommissioned the mine’s winder,... 

BHP targets cost cuts; sees upside in copper, steel prices

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Top global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will drive further cost cuts across its Australian business, and forecast strong price support from China for steelmaking raw materials. BHP will target $1.6-billion in productivity gains at its Australia iron-ore, copper and coal units over the... 

BHP, Goldman hunt for energy fix amid remote banana plantations

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 The world’s biggest miner and Wall Street’s top-ranked merger firm are among the high-profile backers of a remote solar project nestled among banana crops in Australia’s far tropical northeast. For BHP Billiton, it’s a chance to unlock renewable technology for the global mining sector. As... 

Labor tipped to win Queensland majority as poll count continues

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2017 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Party is favored to be returned to power in the Australian state of Queensland as counting continues following the weekend’s election that hangs in the balance. Analysts projected her party would win the highest number of seats, with the Australian... 

Mining expert urges caution in Pilbara gold rush

By: Mariaan Webb     26th November 2017 As more junior explorers head to the Pilbara in search for gold mineralisation similar to that found in South Africa’s Witwatersrand, Melbourne-based mining consultant Surbiton Associates has urged caution, reminding investors about the costs and risks involved in exploration. “It is good to see... 

Newcrest hunting for investments, including acquisitions

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th November 2017 Gold miner Newcrest Mining MD Sandeep Biswas said on Tuesday that the company was hunting for new investment opportunities, but stressed that it would remain “very disciplined” in its evaluation and execution of any new opportunities. In a copy of a speech delivered at the company’s annual... 

Rio is said to hold talks with Indonesia on Grasberg mine exit

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Rio Tinto Group has held talks with Indonesian groups, including State-owned PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium, about a possible exit from its interest in the giant Grasberg copper and gold operation, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Executives at Rio held meetings in recent weeks,... 

South32 is said to study bid for $1.6bn Rio coal portfolio

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 South32 is studying a potential bid for Rio Tinto Group’s A$2-billion ($1.6-billion) coking coal portfolio, people familiar with the matter said, as it seeks to take advantage of surging prices for the steelmaking ingredient. The Perth-based company is working with an adviser as it weighs an... 

BHP told bending to activists poses risks for debt investors

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 BHP Billiton’s new chairman Ken MacKenzie is grappling with a simmering campaign by activist shareholders -- moving too far to appease them could risk unsettling debt investors who own the world’s biggest miner’s $24-billion of bonds. The campaign by funds including billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

BHP on track for 7% volume growth in FY18; guidance intact

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2017 The world’s largest mining house BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it remained on track for a 7% volume growth in the 2018 financial year, leaving its full-year 2018 guidance unaltered. The Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported its operating results for the three months ended September 30,... 

OceanaGold declares commercial production at Haile

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 OceanaGold declared commercial production at the Haile gold mine, in South Carolina, on October 1 – less than two years after taking ownership of this world-class asset, the Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported on Wednesday. The dual TSX- and ASX-listed company said that all aspects of the... 

‘Key milestone’ for Platreef project

     25th August 2017 The completion of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the first phase of production at platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Ivanhoe Mines’ Platreef project, on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex, is another key milestone in Ivanhoe’s planned transformation of the... 

A cosmic theory and two-inch lump of gold drive Novo's 500% surge

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2017 Quinton Todd Hennigh has spent 13 years scouring the Earth for clues to back a hunch: that the world’s biggest gold resource has lost siblings elsewhere on the planet. Now the president of Novo Resources Corp thinks he may have found a counterpart of South Africa’s Witwatersrand in the ancient... 

Funds to go for BHP's jugular if miner doesn't deliver goods

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2017 BHP Billiton’s truce with activist investors led by billionaire Paul Singer won’t last long if the world’s biggest mining company doesn’t pump up returns and deliver on strategic reform in the wake of its expected bumper profit report this week. The naming in June of BHP’s youngest director Ken... 

Davenport extends landholding in German potash basin

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2017 Melbourne-registered Davenport Resources has signed an agreement with a German government agency to buy three potash mining licences in the South Harz region for €1.2-million. Davenport, which is listed on the ASX, will acquire the licences from Bodenverwertungs-und-verwaltungs – the agency... 

There's a key to lithium's future inside a shipping container

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2017 The world’s biggest miners’ determination to muscle into the burgeoning  battery market stepped up a notch with  Rio Tinto Group reporting breakthroughs in cracking the technology needed to unlock its giant lithium project in Serbia that could meet 10% of global demand. Tests at a research... 

Mining companies built on wildcat culture now want to share risk

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2017 Swashbuckling gamblers abound in the mining business, where billions are spent searching for mother lodes in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet. But a prolonged slump in metals and big losses on earlier solo projects are turning top producers into risk-avoiding wallflowers. “The... 

Elon Musk inspires No.1 miner to target electric vehicle boom

By: Bloomberg     9th August 2017 Observations by Tesla’s Elon Musk on the key role nickel plays in the electric vehicle boom helped inspire the world’s top miner BHP Billiton to invest in new capacity to target rising demand. Amid efforts to improve performance at its nickel operations in Australia, Eduard Haegel, asset... 

Mining needs more activist investors, top gold producer says

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 Mining companies could benefit from more investor activism in the wake of Elliott Management’s campaign for improved performance at BHP Billiton, according to Australia’s second-largest gold producer. The sector’s record of returns warrants closer scrutiny from shareholders, Evolution Mining... 

Electric car boom drives rush to mining's $90bn heartland

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2017 A scramble by the lithium market’s biggest players to tie up supply of the high-tech metal is gathering pace in the 170-year-old heartland of Australia’s $90- billion mining industry. Rising Chinese demand for lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicles and energy storage is driving... 

Cashed-up Australian gold miners set to take deals global

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2017 Australia’s top gold producers are set to take their $5-billion acquisition spree global to secure growth as domestic opportunities fade and bullion’s gains swell their cash piles. Companies including Evolution Mining and Northern Star Resources, Australia’s No. 2 and No. 3 producers, may be... 

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