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Threat of contagion in emerging markets deepens commodity risk

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 When Thailand devalued its currency two decades ago, few in global commodity markets took note. Within a year, the crisis morphed into an emerging-market rout that eviscerated the price of everything from crude oil to copper. Fast forward to today and Turkey is presenting a similar challenge. The... 

French metals group Eramet warns favourable outlook could be dented by trade rows

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 A sharp rise in manganese ore and nickel prices helped Eramet post higher profits in the first half of the year, but the French metal and mining group warned on Tuesday that current favourable markets could be hurt by global trade tensions.In an interim results statement on Tuesday, Eramet... 

World's oil cushion could be stretched to the limit, IEA warns

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 The world's oil supply cushion could be stretched to the limit due to prolonged outages, supporting prices and threatening demand growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The expected drop in Iranian crude exports this year due to renewed US sanctions, coupled with a... 

Case celebrates 60 years of loader manufacturing

6th July 2018 Having introduced the W9 four-wheel drive in 1958, construction equipment supplier Case Construction Equipment today offers a full range of compact and full-sized wheel loaders for all applications, from road building and recycling centres, to urban construction and quarries. To celebrate its... 

AngloGold says no production impact from Guinea power protests

By: Reuters     28th June 2018 AngloGold Ashanti said on Thursday that there has been no production impact at its Siguiri gold mine in Guinea despite two days of violent protests over prolonged electricity outages by communities around the mine. Youths barricaded roads, clashed with security forces and tried to force through... 

Coal is being squeezed out of power by cheap renewables

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 Coal will be increasingly squeezed out of the power generation market over the next three decades as the cost of renewables plunges and technology improves the flexibility of grids globally. That’s the conclusion of a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimated some $11.5-trillion 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... 

EU, US trade envoys meet on tariffs, outcome unclear

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met in Paris on Wednesday to discuss looming US import tariffs on EU steel and aluminium, the European Commission said, but declined to speculate on the final outcome. US President Donald Trump has imposed... 

Ottawa buys Kinder Morgan pipeline, expansion project for C$4.5bn

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Ottawa announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with pipeline builder and operator Kinder Morgan to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and associated controversial expansion project for C$4.5-billion, in the clearest-yet government signal that the oil expansion project is of... 

Contrasting performances for Sub-Saharan African, European miners – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 Europe and sub-Saharan Africa are on opposite ends of BMI Research’s Mining Risk and Reward Index (RRI), as can be seen with Europe’s significantly stronger performance in country and industry risk indicators, while sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag in country reward scores. The country reward... 

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... 

Norway postpones decision on carbon capture plant, drops Yara

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 Norway postponed a final decision on whether to go ahead with a project to develop Europe's first industrial carbon capture and offshore storage (CCS) project, after dropping one of its participants, Yara International . The government said on Tuesday that fertiliser maker Yara's site, one of... 

Louis Dreyfus completes $466m sale of metals unit to Chinese fund

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 Louis Dreyfus Company said on Friday it had completed the sale of its metals business to a Chinese investment fund for $466-million, as part of a push to revive profits by focusing on its core agricultural markets. Louis Dreyfus announced in December an agreement to sell LDC Metals to NCCL... 

Daimler joins China's Responsible Cobalt initiative

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 German carmaker Daimler has joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, a programme established under a Chinese industry body to tackle risks in the cobalt supply chain arising from artisanal mining. Cobalt consumers are under pressure to ensure the material they use is not tainted by child labour... 

Ex-Microsoft manager lands Responsible Cobalt Initiative role

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A former manager for Microsoft Corp in China has been named as the first executive secretary of the Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI), which works to address social and environmental risks in the cobalt supply chain. Christina Feng, who managed the US tech giant's programme for the responsible... 

G20 agrees to 'monitor' cryptocurrencies but no action yet

By: Reuters     21st March 2018 Financial policymakers from the world's top 20 economies agreed to keep a watchful eye on cryptocurrencies on Tuesday and opened the door to regulating the booming industry at a later stage. Wild swings in the price of Bitcoin, the best known of a myriad of digital currencies issued by private... 

Relaxed export, production quotas an 'inflection point' for Chile's lithium industry

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2018 In the days following conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera being sworn in as president of Chile for a second term on Sunday, the new government is signalling a more relaxed approach to the hot-button issue of lithium production and exports. This week's announcement that the Chilean Nuclear... 

Global coal demand stagnates

16th March 2018 By 2022, global coal demand is expected to reach 5.53-billion tonnes of coal equivalent, the same as the average of the last five-year period, which means that coal use will have had a decade-long period of stagnation, according to nonprofit organisation that advocates for a clean and affordable... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

Energy efficiency can be profit centre for mining

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 South African mining companies must embrace modern energy-saving technologies and new thinking on reducing carbon emissions if they hope to remain competitive in the global commodities market, warns international energy and carbon emissions solutions specialist Ensight Energy Solutions. “Business... 

Green bonds appealing funding opportunity for mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 The adoption of increasingly stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets globally will dramatically boost the issuance of green bonds, forecasts Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research power and renewables head Georgina Hayden. In the wake of the landmark United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement... 

Burkina Faso seeks new partner for $1bn manganese project

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 Burkina Faso is looking for a new partner to mine the world’s largest manganese deposit after rights disputes thwarted two earlier attempts to develop the $1-billion project. Pan African Minerals, a unit of Timis Mining, was told to stop production at the Tambao mine in 2015 following a change in... 

Eramet eyes expansion in electric vehicle metals

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Eramet CEO Christel Bories said on Tuesday that the French mining group is looking to expand in minerals like cobalt, lithium and nickel salts linked to energy transition markets like electric vehicles. Eramet is actively looking at acquisition targets after previously acquiring a lithium deposit... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Urgent need to recycle, reuse natural resources – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2018 A new global circularity metric unveiled in Davos, Switzerland, has revealed an urgent need to use the world’s resources more efficiently and create policies and economic infrastructure that encourages the recycling and reuse of natural resources. The Circle Economy’s first ‘Circularity Gap’... 

New French firm Orano, formerly called Areva, says uranium price too low to invest in mines

By: Reuters     23rd January 2018 Philippe Knoche, chief executive officer of French uranium and nuclear fuel group Orano - formerly called Areva - said current market prices for uranium are too low to invest in new uranium mines. He added that long-term contract prices for uranium are about $10/lb higher than spot prices. 

Coal dwarfs battery metals in mining deals despite war on pollution

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Coal and iron-ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017, Thomson Reuters data shows, with buyers favoring the heavily polluting devil they know over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal... 

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2017 London-based brokerage SP Angel has outlined the key trends that characterised the basket of energy metals during 2017 and the the outlook for 2018 in its new ‘Battery Raw Material Review, Outlook – SP Angel Commodity Research Book’ published on Wednesday. The report pointed out that the... 

BHP says likely to quit global coal lobby group

By: Reuters     19th December 2017 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it has taken a preliminary decision to quit the World Coal Association citing disagreement over climate change, and might also withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce over mining industry rules. BHP, which has largely quit mining coal for power plants... 

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

France-based miner AMR starts bauxite production in Guinea

By: Reuters     13th December 2017 Paris-based miner AMR began production at its Guinean bauxite mine on Tuesday, aiming to produce between 6 million and 10 million tonnes a year of the aluminium ore, the company said. Alliance Miniere Responsable (AMR) was founded by two French businessmen, and major shareholders include former... 

Macron's climate summit draws pledges to make coal a risky bet

By: Bloomberg     13th December 2017 Some of the world’s biggest investors turned their backs on US President Donald Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry, pledging to divest from fossil fuels at a conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron. The One Planet Summit in Paris was designed to galvanise support for the... 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Glencore, Chad are said to deadlock on $1bn debt deal

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 Talks between Chad, Glencore and a group of banks to restructure more than $1-billion in debt have stalled after the African nation rejected the commodities trader’s latest proposal to delay repayment of an oil-for-cash loan, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The negotiations... 

GoviEx receives top honours at Africa investment showcase

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 TSX-V-listed GoviEx Uranium was given the gold award for best mining project at the recent Africa Investment Forum and Awards (AIFA) in Paris, France. The AIFA is an event dedicated to African business opportunities in fields such as mining, energy, infrastructure and real estate. A rigorous... 

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