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Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Brazil's Vale is in talks with BHP Billiton on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday. "Maybe Vale would be a natural owner of Samarco, maybe it could make... 

Vale is negotiating BHP exit from Samarco venture – source‍​

By: Reuters     3rd January 2018 Vale is in talks with BHP Billiton over the future of their joint venture, Samarco Mineração, and one alternative is for the Brazilian miner to buy out its partner, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. A price has not been yet established for any buyout, according to the... 

Vale to get $733m by month-end from Moatize stake sale to Mitsui

By: Reuters     16th March 2017 Brazilian mining company Vale said on Wednesday it is nearing conclusion of a deal to sell a stake in Mozambique's Moatize coal project to Japan's Mitsui & Co. Vale said it expects to receive by the end of this month an initial payment of $733-million from Mitsui from the equity sale. The... 

Paladin lifts Q3 uranium output as Langer Heinrich output rises, costs fall

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2016 Despite Australia-based uranium producer Paladin Energy lifting saleable uranium output by 16% in the quarter ended September 30, it missed its sales guidance by 50 000 lbs of uranium oxide (U3O8), citing a re-timing of sales negatively influencing results. Total sales for the quarter amounted to... 

Carolina Capital closes Montana mine acquisition, to change name

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2016 Vancouver-based Carolina Capital has acquired a 100% interest, subject to certain underlying royalties, in the Montana-based Madison gold/copper project, where it has identified a series of existing gold and copper zones that remain open for expansion. The company, which has won approval from the... 

Asante Gold signs C$19.5m JV with Chinese-backed BXC to develop Ghana-based Kubi project

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2016 Ghana-focused project developer Asante Gold has partnered with China-owned BXC to form the Kubi Gold joint venture (JV), a 50:50 JV that will develop the Kubi mining leases to production. BXC is a subsidiary of Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic Technology Stock, and has agreed to provide... 

Argonaut lowers FY guidance as abnormal weather, mine sequencing impedes output

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2016 Canadian gold producer Argonaut Gold has lowered its full-year guidance by 15 000 gold-equivalent ounces (GEOs) to between 115 000 GEOs and 120 000 GEOs, after abnormally high rainfall and changes in mine sequencing impacted on production at the El Castillo mine, in Mexico. During the three... 

BHP-Vale Brazil mine said to weigh missing next bond coupon

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2016 Samarco Mineracao is considering skipping bond coupon payments that are due as soon as this month as the stalled Brazilian iron-ore miner runs out of money, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Without knowing when it can restart mining, the venture owned by BHP Billiton and Vale is... 

Big miners need a better plan for growth riddle in China

By: Bloomberg     13th September 2016 Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second-biggest miner, is no longer certain of picking the path ahead for growth in China, its biggest customer. It isn’t alone. China’s short-term demand remains difficult to read, Glencore’s CEO Ivan Glasenberg said last month after the largest miners were... 

BHP-Vale mine bondholders said to hire lawyers for debt talks

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2016 Samarco bondholders hired US law firm Hogan Lovells for help with debt-restructuring talks as the stalled Brazilian iron-ore miner runs out of money, according to people with knowledge of the matter. With a coupon payment looming, Hogan Lovells is seeking a Brazilian law firm to work with it on... 

Samarco prosecutor expects to seek criminal charges next month

By: Bloomberg     1st September 2016 Brazilian prosecutors are finalising a criminal investigation into the Samarco mine disaster and expect to ask a judge by the end of September to charge employees, said one of the prosecutors heading the case. The investigation is looking into alleged negligence that may constitute involuntary... 

Vale says crown-jewel deal unlikely this year

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 Vale SA, the top iron-ore miner, is poised to complete coal and fertilizer sales this year, while a deal involving its most prized assets probably will take longer, according to its investor relations chief. The Rio de Janeiro-based company, which is grappling to reduce one of the industry’s... 

Stalled BHP-Vale mine said seeking waiver on bank repayments

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2016 Brazilian miner Samarco is seeking a standstill agreement on about $1.6-billion in bank loans as its owners BHP Billiton and Vale refuse to cover debt payments, people with knowledge of the matter said. The iron-ore venture, whose operations were halted last year after a dam spill, is asking... 

Vale output expected to tease record levels despite dam disaster

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2016 Vale SA’s relentless expansion is expected to keep the world’s biggest iron-ore miner near record output levels despite the hobbling effects of last year’s Samarco dam burst on its Brazilian operations. The Rio de Janeiro-based miner will report second-quarter output of 86-million metric tons,... 

Vale expects to raise $1.5bn from asset sale in Brazil

By: Reuters     24th June 2015 Brazilian miner Vale could raise about $1.5-billion through the sale of a stake in one of its Brazil-based assets, a senior executive said on Wednesday. Vale, the world's largest producer of iron-ore, is scrambling to raise cash to shore up its finances in the midst of a price slump in the raw... 

Investment crucial for growth of South American mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th July 2013 The fulfilment of the South American mining industry’s potential for growth lies not only in the resource-rich areas of the continent, but also in the ability to articulate the several challenges and the eagerness of the government to help on this, given the complexity of such kinds of investments.  

Brazil's Usiminas posts bigger-than-expected Q3 loss

By: Henry Lazenby     1st November 2012 Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais on Thursday posted a bigger-than-expected loss for the third quarter as weak iron-ore sales and surging one-time expenses weighed down results at Brazil's largest maker of flat steel products. Usiminas, as the Belo Horizonte, Brazil-based company is known,... 

Brazil's CCX coal miner appoints new CEO after resignation

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2012 Brazil coal miner CCX, whose operations are focused on Colombia, has appointed Jose Gustavo de Souza Costa as CE and head of investor relations, according to the minutes of the company's board meeting on Friday. The board of CCX Carvao de Colombia, developing a greenfield coal mine project in... 

The Brazilian gold rush

     12th October 2012 Perhaps the most popular and romantic aspect of the history of gold is the narrative of the various gold rushes that lured hundreds of thousands of people, literally, to the four corners of the globe during the eighteenth and, more notably, the nineteenth centuries. Such popularity can partly be... 

Kolomela project passes 18-million LTI-free hours

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Engineering Consultancy Hatch reports that it has just passed 18-million lost-time injury- (LTI-) free hours at iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, for which it is the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor.  

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