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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 –... 

Port Hedland iron ore exports to China up 11% in August -Pilbara Ports

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Iron-ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 11% to 35.7-million tonnes from 32.03-million tonnes in July, port data released on Friday showed. Overall August iron-ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw material increased to... 

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... 

Citic warns legal battles threaten Australian iron ore mine's future

By: Reuters     30th August 2017 Chinese conglomerate Citic has warned it may suspend operations at its Sino Iron mine in Western Australia if it can't resolve legal disputes with Australia's Mineralogy over royalty payments and land access. Citic chairman Chang Zhenming in a letter to shareholders on Tuesday about the group's... 

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... 

As nasty quarter ends, iron's reprieve sees futures back in $60s

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2017 After what’s been a tough quarter, iron ore’s getting a small reprieve. Futures clawed their way back above $60 a metric ton and spot prices have rebounded from a one-year low as steel output holds up in China, buoying demand for the material even as its supply rises. The SGX AsiaClear contract... 

Glencore's long hunt for Rio Tinto's coal mines slips away

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2017 Glencore’s years-long pursuit for a bigger Australian coal business was delivered another setback on Monday after Rio Tinto Group passed on the company’s offer for a second time. Now the mining giant run by a former coal trader is running out of time to come back with a better offer or lose out... 

Iron seen in low-$40s by Citi as supply grows, demand peaks

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2017 Iron-ore may extend a slump into the low-$40s as supplies swell and demand reaches a short-term peak amid steel mill restarts and ramp-ups in China, according to Citigroup, which cut its forecasts by as much as 20% over the next year. The nadir in prices may occur in six to eight months, analysts... 

Company aims to solve Africa’s challenges with Aussie solutions

     16th June 2017 Pumps and pressure cleaners producer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps, has been actively looking to the African continent for distribution outlets, says MD Warwick Lorenz. Australian Pump Industries, located in Sydney’s Norwest “Silicon Valley” area, operates a... 

Santos committed to Narrabri 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2017 Oil and gas major Santos has reaffirmed its commitment to develop the Narrabri gas project, in New South Wales, with MD and CEO Kevin Gallagher saying the project could deliver a substantial share of the state’s gas needs. Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce, in Sydney, Gallagher said... 

Cobalt upstarts eye Glencore's turf for electric car spoils

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2017 The race is on to supply more of the cobalt needed for batteries in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles -- and that means fresh competition for the big players Glencore Plc and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A pipeline of projects is looming in places including Australia, the US and... 

Gold in pounds climbs to seven-week high on hung Parliament fear

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2017 Gold priced in sterling surged to the highest level in more than seven weeks after projections showed Prime Minister Theresa May will fail to win an overall majority in the UK general election, signaling further political turmoil less than a year after Britain voted to leave the European Union.... 

Gold makes run toward $1 300 as risk flares from UK to Mideast

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2017 Gold’s taking aim at $1 300 an ounce. The metal has rallied to the highest since November as investors position themselves for the outcome of the UK election and potential drama of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, while also tracking tensions in the Middle East. Bullion for immediate... 

Robot ghost ships to extend miner's technology drive to seas

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, is studying the introduction of giant, automated cargo ships to carry everything from iron-ore to coal as part of a strategic shift that may disrupt the $334-billion global shipping industry. “Safe and efficient autonomous vessels carrying BHP... 

Tribeca planning to target overhaul of BHP board directors

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2017 BHP Billiton’s board is being targeted for a sweeping overhaul by Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund, opening a potential new front in the burgeoning activist campaign against the world’s biggest mining company. The Sydney-based hedge fund, which last month joined billionaire Paul Singer’s... 

Top miner sees 'huge demand' lift from China's new Silk Road

By: Bloomberg     1st June 2017 China’s multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative can deliver a major boost for commodities and will add about 150-million tons to global steel demand, according to BHP Billiton, the world’s largest miner. The plan to develop infrastructure and rebuild ancient trading routes from China to... 

BHP CEO tells investors options for US shale under review

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2017 BHP Billiton is assuring shareholders that it’s exploring numerous options for its contentious US shale unit amid pressure from activist investor Elliott Management to carry out a wider review of petroleum operations. In a series of meetings in Australia last week, CEO Andrew Mackenzie stressed... 

Adani's $16.5bn Aussie mine rattled by tax deal delay

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2017 India’s Adani Group could walk away from its $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project in Australia unless a royalties deal can be reached with the state government, according to federal Resources Minister Matthew Canavan. The Queensland government’s failure to agree the terms of the royalty regime... 

Iron-ore price forecast to dip below $50/t in 2018

By: Bloomberg     5th May 2017 Iron-ore is destined to retreat back below $50/t next year as supplies go on rising, according to a top forecaster, who has warned that weakening prices will probably encourage the sale of inventories. The raw material will drop to average $62/t in the third quarter and $59/t in the final three... 

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