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Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on imports from Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2018 US Republican senator for Wyoming John Barasso has called upon the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. "For years, government-owned uranium producers in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan have unfairly flooded American... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2018 Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016. Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

Materials Price Index rises for tenth week in a row

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 The Materials Price Index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has risen for the tenth consecutive week, the research and consultancy group announced on Thursday. The index added a strong 1.8%, adding to a 15.1% rise since early October, when the current rally started. 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Graphite miner closes more sales agreements for its Mozambique mine’s product

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 Australian Securities Exchange-listed miner Syrah Resources has announced a number of sales agreements for flake graphite produced by its Balama project in Mozambique. These agreements are with China’s Yichang Xincheng Graphite Company Limited and Germany’s CS Additive GmbH. Yichang Xincheng is a... 

OceanaGold achieves record yearly production

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th January 2018 Dual-listed gold miner OceanaGold has ended 2017 on a high note, with the company on Thursday reporting record full year and fourth-quarter gold production of 574 606 oz, and 166 211 oz, respectively. The record quarterly production led to OceanaGold achieving its yearly guidance for the sixth... 

Toshiba reaches deal to help resolve Westinghouse bankruptcy, rebuild finances

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it had clinched an agreement to sell its claims in bankrupt US nuclear plant maker Westinghouse Electric Co in a deal that would add $3.7-billion to the Japanese owner's depleted capital base. The Japanese conglomerate has also agreed to transfer its... 

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Multinational miner BHP on Thursday kept its full-year production guidance unchanged for all commodities, except metallurgical coal, and said that it would achieve 6% volume growth in the 2018 financial year.  

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

Chile's Corfo, SQM strike deal in lithium dispute

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Chilean development agency Corfo said on Wednesday that it had struck a deal with lithium company SQM, ending a long dispute over royalties in Chile's Salar de Atacama, home to one of the world's richest lithium deposits. The deal frees the miner to apply for an increase in its production quota... 

Firestone Diamonds revises Liqhobong mine plan to yield better results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds, which sold 156 942 ct of diamonds recovered at its Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho, in the quarter ended December 31, has adopted a revised mine plan to increase cash flow in the short term, while resolving issues that affect the value of recovered diamonds. Diamonds... 

Global Geoscience appoints Amec for US lithium project study

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2018 Australia-based lithium/boron mine developer Global Geoscience has selected Amec Foster Wheeler as the engineering and design firm to complete the prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Rhyolite Ridge project in the US. Announcing the appointment on Wednesday, Global Geoscience MD Bernard Rowe said... 

Palladium risks tripping up as prices stampede higher

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 Palladium, the hottest property in the precious metals deck last year, is tipped for a record performance in 2018 even among bearish forecasters, but the metal could become a victim of its own success. The prospect of sharply higher prices could well prompt substitution of the metal for cheaper... 

GoldMining lifts global resource estimate with a million indicated ounces from Crucero

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Americas-focused project developer GoldMining Inc has reported a new Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant resource estimate for its newly acquired Crucero project, in south-eastern Peru, adding about one-million ounces of gold in the indicated category to its global resource profile. The... 

Cloud Peak to export US coal to new power plants in Japan

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 US miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year. The coal from Montana's Spring Creek Mine will be carried by rail to Vancouver and then sent by ship for... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

Nutrien sells 14% stake in Israel Chemicals for $700m

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Crop inputs and services provider Nutrien has agreed to sell its nearly 14% stake in Israel Chemicals through a private secondary offering of all of the 176.09-million shares it owns. NYSE- and TSX-listed Nutrien expects to receive about $700-million in net proceeds from the transaction, which is... 

As stockpiles fall, which metals are really in tight supply?

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 Stocks of industrial metals in London Metal Exchange (LME) warehouses fell more than 40 percent last year and further declines are expected in 2018, which should in theory signal tighter supplies and fuel a blistering price rally. But rising inventories of metals at smaller rival exchanges... 

World Gold Council spots trends that'll be gold’s 2018 friends

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2018 Synchronised global economic growth, shrinking central bank balance sheets, rising interest rates, insubstantial asset prices and market transparency are the trends that will be gold’s best friends in 2018, the World Gold Council said on Tuesday. These trends, the council said in delivering its... 

Thor welcomes new investment into US Lithium

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2018 Dual-listed Thor Mining’s 25% stake in soon-to-be-ASX-listed US Lithium has been diluted to 20.83% on the back of a capital raise at a substantial premium. Thor in June last year acquired 2.5-million shares in the company, which held lithium exploration interests in Arizona and New Mexico, in the... 

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Copper jumped by the most in two months and zinc hit a fresh decade-high as base metals rallied on a potent combination of a softer dollar and continued robust outlook for demand. Gold and palladium also climbed. Copper surged as much as 2.1%, the most since November 13, to $7 259 a metric ton... 

Fura closes in on Colombian emerald mine buy; to create single-stop Dubai-based gemstone shop

By: Henry Lazenby     13th January 2018 Canadian gemstone-focused miner Fura Gems is setting up a single-stop destination in Dubai, where rubies and emeralds produced from its Mozambique and Colombian assets will be graded and sold at the Almas Tower. “The Almas Tower is arguably one of the most secure spaces in the world, from where... 

US trade panel allows China aluminium sheet dumping probe to proceed

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 The US International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminium alloy sheet metal from China harm US producers, allowing a US probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized. Employing a seldom-used tactic aimed at speeding... 

A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an... 

Gold set for 5th week of gains, buoyed by slump in dollar

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Gold prices rose for a third session on Friday to hit their highest since September, with a slump in the US dollar helping drive bullion towards its fifth-straight weekly gain. Spot gold had edged up 0.5% to $1 328.84/oz by 0703 GMT, after earlier touching its highest since Sept. 15 at $1 330.34. 

Canadian companies struggle to plan for post-NAFTA world

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Canadian industries that would be most acutely impacted by the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement are unable to meaningfully plan for a possible post-NAFTA world given the uncertainty of what could replace it, analysts and executives said. With three quarters of Canadian exports... 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Indonesia lays groundwork for transfer of Grasberg mine to local control

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Indonesian regional and central government officials on Friday signed an agreement with state holding company PT Inalum that lays the foundation for the transfer of Freeport-McMoRan's giant Grasberg copper mine to local control. Indonesia and Papua have long pushed for greater control over... 

Botswana’s Okavango posts record diamond sales at $567m

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 Botswana’s Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) posted a 4% jump in sales to $567-million in 2017, the highest annual sales since its formation in 2013, the company said on Thursday. The State-owned company sold 3.41-million carats of diamonds in 2017, managing director Marcus ter Haar told Reuters,... 

Strong commodity price rally lifts IHS Materials Price Index for ninth consecutive week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 The IHS Materials Price Index (MPI) is in its ninth consecutive week of gains, jumping 2.8% last week – the strongest weekly performance since early September. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the MPI was supported by broad-based positive indicators, with eight of ten subcomponents... 

Gold set to gain from retail, geopolitical risks, hedging

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 The gold price is expected to increase in the year ahead, driven by stronger interest from Asian retail investors and consistent interest in global gold exchange-traded funds, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS. The firm highlighted on Thursday that the efficient frontier theory... 

Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Technology company Dell is piloting a project to recover gold from used electronics for use in new computer motherboards and jewellery. Dell has partnered with Wistron GreenTech, which uses an environmentally responsible extraction process to break the used electronics down into individual... 

Regency eyes larger role in EV market

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2018 London-listed Regency Mines plans to reposition itself to fully leverage the mineral resources to be used in the rising electric vehicle (EV) batteries and related energy technologies. The company on Thursday said in an update to shareholders that it aimed to rebrand its nickel/cobalt and related... 

Cobalt and 11% yields lure risk-takers to this Canadian miner

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 Sherritt International Corp’s double-digit bond yields are beginning to lure investors, even as questions linger about whether the Canadian miner has unloaded enough debt and turned around its sputtering projects. The Toronto-based firm restructured its Ambatovy mining joint venture, in... 

Liberty House makes binding offer for Rio Tinto's French aluminium smelter

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 Liberty House, the industrial arm of British steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance, said on Wednesday it had made a binding offer for miner Rio Tinto's, aluminium smelter in Dunkerque, France, the largest in Europe. The group did not disclose an offer price but said the move was part of a... 

US producers seek to block Chinese aluminium shipped via Vietnam

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 US aluminium products makers sought new trade protections against Chinese imports on Tuesday, accusing China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd and its affiliates of evading US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties by shipping aluminium products through Vietnam. In a filing with the US Commerce Department,... 

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