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Great Barrier Reef pitched against coal jobs in Queensland vote

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 The fate of Adani Group’s A$16.5-billion Australian coal mine hinges on weekend elections in Queensland state, as voters weigh the promise of new jobs against a potential environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Labor government has vowed to reject A$900-million in federal funding for... 

Copper's big meh shows Chile's commodity crown is slipping

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 There was a time when a sneeze in Santiago would cause the global copper market to catch a cold. Not any more. The first round of Chilean presidential elections Sunday delivered a surprisingly weak result to frontrunner Sebastian Pinera, a conservative billionaire running on a fiscal... 

BHP facing uncertain future as shareholders push for change

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2017 Ratings agencies and analysts have raised concerns about the future of mining major BHP in the wake of actions taken by so-called activist shareholders. The mining giant’s second-largest holder of its London-listed shares, fund manager Elliot Associates & Elliot International, has been picking at... 

BHP facing uncertain future as shareholders push for strategic change

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th November 2017 Rating agencies and analysts have raised concerns about the future of mining major BHP in the wake of actions taken by so-called activist shareholders. The mining giant’s second-largest holder of its London-listed shares, fund manager Elliot Associates and Elliot International, has been picking... 

Orion initiates hitech regional exploration in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2017 Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company Orion Minerals will from November 26 initiate an airborne survey across a large area of South Africa’s Northern Cape as part of a regional exploration programme that will make use of the latest available technology in an area last explored in the 1980s.... 

BHP eyes two-year exit from shale; also selling nickel

By: Reuters     16th November 2017 BHP Billiton said on Thursday it hopes to fully divest its troubled US onshore shale business in around two years and is also seeking a buyer for its nickel business in Australia. The renewed push to unload both sets of assets, which the world's biggest mining company no longer deems strategic,... 

Winmar withdraws from Spain JV, reduces salaries by 50%

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2017 Australia’s Winmar Resources has slashed its staff salaries and directors fees by half to minimise cash outflows until it has secured a new lead project. The announcement on Tuesday comes a day after the company said that it had withdrawn from the Lomero joint venture project with Kimberly... 

Former Xstrata chief Davis eyed for Rio Tinto chairperson's job – FT

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Rio Tinto investors gave a mixed reaction to a report that former senior mining executive Mick Davis, now chief executive of Britain's ruling Conservative Party, was well-placed to become the Anglo-Australian miner's next chairperson. The Financial Times newspaper reported late on Monday that... 

Glencore extends lockout at Australia coal mine as talks stall again

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 Glencore has extended a lockout of 190 workers at a coal mine in eastern Australia for a further two weeks after the latest attempt to end a long-running labour dispute failed, the company and a trade union said on Wednesday. The Oaky North mine is largely being operated by non-union staff and... 

Rio Tinto adds alumina refineries to aluminium smelters sale – sources

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 Rio Tinto is attracting renewed interest in selling its Pacific Aluminium smelting unit by adding two alumina refineries in Australia to the portfolio, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Rio Tinto had tried to sell the division minus the refineries in 2011 and again in 2015... 

BHP, Vale get short extension on Brazil mine disaster settlement

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 BHP Billiton and Vale have been granted an extension until November 16 by a Brazilian court to negotiate a settlement on a $47-billion claim stemming from the Samarco mine disaster in 2015, BHP said on Tuesday. Brazilian federal prosecutors in May last year served the joint partners in the... 

Australia notified China of Adani coal mine approvals in letter

By: Reuters     26th October 2017 Australian politicians told China of government approvals for a controversial A$16.5-billion coal mine project being built by Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises, a panel of senators heard on Thursday. Thousands of people turned out across Australia this month to protest against the project in... 

New chairperson for Wits rock engineering department

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 As a leading school in the field of rock engineering, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has appointed Professor Rudrajit Mitra as centennial chairperson of the school’s rock engineering department. He joins Wits from the University of New South Wales (UNSW)... 

China’s Great Wall backs Pilbara’s WA lithium mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 The share price of lithium developer Pilbara Minerals jumped 18% on Friday as the company announced the backing of China’s Great Wall Motor Company for the Stage 2 development of the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. Pilbara Minerals has inked a binding term sheet with... 

BASE METALS REVIVAL

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2017 Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, above, took Mining Weekly on a guided tour of the company’s Prieska zinc and copper project in the Northern Cape, where the company is leading a revival of the historic former workings of South Africa’s now defunct Anglovaal group. The Sydney-listed company’s... 

Tungsten-focused Thor moves diversified portfolio up value curve as commodity prices rally

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Australian junior Thor Mining is pushing ahead with its diversified portfolio of tungsten/copper/lithium projects in Australia and the US, in the hope of capitalising on rising metals prices. The Sydney-based explorer and project developer, which has equity listings on the ASX and LSE’s Aim,... 

Next Fortescue CEO to lead push beyond iron-ore cash machine

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 Nev Power’s successor as Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s top executive will be charged with leading the world’s fourth-largest iron ore exporter’s drive into new businesses. “We are going to look for and consider other opportunities, where other investors can join us,” chairperson and founder... 

Supplier expanding new pump’s footprint in Australian market

     15th September 2017 Heavy-duty pumps solutions company Pump & Abrasion Technologies (PAT) Australia introduced its new Curve range of slurry pumps at the Aimex mining show, in Sydney, to the New South Wales mining community, following the company’s success with the product in South Africa. 

China's fossil-fuel phase-out fails to alarm big oil investors

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 In the first day of trading after China said it’s working on a deadline to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, shares are holding ground in the oil companies that stand to lose out. The listed units of China’s big three oil companies – PetroChina, Cnooc and China Petroleum & Chemical –... 

World's richest mines slipping from hands of multinationals

By: Bloomberg     5th September 2017 Outnumbered and outflanked, Freeport-McMoRan CEO Richard Adkerson made an about-face. Only months before, Adkerson had dismissed the idea of selling a majority stake in the Phoenix-based company’s flagship Indonesian copper-and-gold mine to local investors. But, seated beside government officials... 

Pump and Abrasion Australia

     30th August 2017 Pump and Abrasion Australia choose the Aimex mining show in Sydney to introduce the new CURVE® range of slurry pumps, the latest technology in the pump industry, to the New South Wales mining community. This year the Aimex exhibition has a strong focus on innovation, making it the perfect setting... 

Iron-ore's kings spend again as China just can't stop buying

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2017 The biggest iron ore producers in Australia are spending as much as $10-billion on mines so they can keep pumping out shipments to China as demand in their biggest customer shows little sign of easing. Led by Rio Tinto Group, the nation’s top three exporters plan to add about 170-million metric... 

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... 

Tyre supplier to build brand awareness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Canada-headquartered mining tyre supplier and service provider Kal Tire will use the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) to strengthen Kal Tire brand awareness, says Kal Tire Australia sales and marketing head Jason Zafiriadis.  

Iron-ore exports to China from Port Hedland drop 12% in July

By: Reuters     8th August 2017 Iron-ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal dropped 12% to 32.03-million tonnes in July from 36.6-million tonnes in June, port data released on Tuesday showed. Overall iron-ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw material dipped to... 

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... 

Virtual reality experience aids mine design analysis

By: Nadine James     4th August 2017 Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience which makes it easier for project managers to make decisions on and improve project designs, and to undertake other activities that ensure the effective implementation of their strategies, believes the University of Pretoria's (UP’s)... 

Glencore asks Australia to focus on economy before climate deal

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2017 Australia may need to consider delaying its goals to combat global climate change in order to prioritise energy security and economic prosperity, according to a senior executive at Glencore. The country’s emerging energy crisis, in conjunction with government-imposed clean-energy targets, has... 

Junior makes board changes as it pursues European cobalt market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2017 Australian junior Riedel Resources has made two key board appointments, which the company says will help drive its new direction of securing and developing cobalt and tech-energy metals opportunities in European lithium-ion markets. The ASX-listed firm appointed former Alcoa Europe projects... 

Australian Resources Minister caught up in dual-citizenship fiasco

By: Bloomberg     25th July 2017 Australia’s Resources Minister Matt Canavan has resigned after discovering that he may be in breach of the constitution because he is a dual Italian citizen. “According to the Italian government, I am a citizen of Italy,” Canavan, who was also Minister for northern Australia, told reporters... 

Rio's quest to add more diamonds takes hunt to Canadian forest

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2017 Rio Tinto Group’s pursuit of new diamond output to tap rising demand in Asia is focusing on an unheralded exploration project in the Canadian forest. The world’s second-biggest miner on Tuesday added the Fort a la Corne joint venture, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Prince Albert in... 

Divisive $13bn potash plan to test BHP's new chairman

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2017 BHP Billiton’s plan to enter the potash market with a contentious $13-billion project in Canada is adding to challenges facing the incoming chairman of the world biggest mining company. Ken MacKenzie, a 53-year-old board member who takes up the role in September, currently is on a global tour... 

Top mining nation readying fresh investment wave as prices rally

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2017 Mining companies in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of iron-ore and coal, are poised to approve fresh investments in projects, driven by rallying commodity prices and the need to replace depleting deposits, according to global equipment supply giant Komatsu. “They’re looking at new... 

Elon Musk exposes deep coal divide in energy-hit Australia

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s... 

South32 says NSW mine remains suspended

By: Mariaan Webb     10th July 2017 The shares of diversified mining group South32 dropped on Monday after the company reported that its Appin mine, in New South Wales, remained shut. South32, which is listed in Sydney, London and Johannesburg, reported on Monday that a review of the broader Illawarra metallurgical coal operation,... 

Australia's Joyce sees merit in government taking stakes in coal

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2017 Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce indicated he supports the government being an equity partner in any new coal-fired power station, and said that lenders are willing to finance fossil fuel-based electricity generation. “I have got nothing against taking equity in it,” Joyce told Sky... 

Greenstone ups interest in Heron to 19.3%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th July 2017 Private equity fund Greenstone Resources will increase its ownership in Australian base metals miner Heron Resources to 19.3%, through the acquisition of 398-million shares valued at $21-million. The company currently has a 16.23% ownership in Heron Resources. 

BHP chair regrets $20bn shale spree

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2017 BHP Billiton chairperson Jacques Nasser said the timing of its $20-billion spree into US shale in 2011 was a misstep and that if the miner could turn the clock back it wouldn’t have invested in the assets. The comments from Nasser, who will pass over the chairperson’s baton to its youngest... 

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