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Brazil's Samarco wins waste permits in small step toward resuming operations

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Samarco Mineração, a joint venture between Brazilian miner Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, on Monday received two waste system permits in a small step toward resuming operations halted after a November 2015 tailings mine dam collapsed, killing 19 people. The permits issued by Minas Gerais... 

Brazil's Vale says to slash debt to $10bn by 2019

By: Reuters     8th December 2017 Brazilian miner Vale will likely reduce its $21-billion debt load to $10-billion by 2019, and will dedicate cash flow from then on to paying out dividends, the CFO of the world's top iron-ore producer said on Friday. "The message is very clear here, which is that beyond the achievement of the... 

Vale sells last two Valemax vessels

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 Global iron-ore leader Vale has sold the last two of its former fleet of 19 Valemax vessels of 400 000 t capacity. The transaction with the nominees of the Bank of Communications Finance Leasing, netted Vale about $178-million. 

Forecast price drop influenced by Chinese economic refocusing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th December 2017 Maintaining its iron-ore price forecast at an average of $70/t for the year and $50/t for 2018, research firm BMI says its predicted price drop is influenced by China’s economic refocusing away from heavy industry. “This will dampen demand for iron-ore,” the firm says, adding that, when combined... 

Global iron-ore growth to be modest

     8th December 2017 Global iron-ore production will grow modestly, with mine restarts and expansions predicted in Brazil and India, boosting production, predicts international market research firm BMI Research. However, output growth in China will decline on the back of falling ore grades and high production costs,... 

Vale cuts nickel output but is positive on long-term demand

By: Reuters     7th December 2017 Brazilian miner Vale dialled back its nickel output forecasts for the next five years on Wednesday, although the world's top producer of the metal praised its longer term prospects on likely soaring demand for electric cars. Vale cut its nickel output estimate by 15% to 263 000 t next year and... 

Vale to use cash flow to pay dividends, reduce debt – CEO

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 Brazil's Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, will use cash flow, which could reach $14-billion or $15-billion this year, to cut debt and pay dividends, CEO Fabio Schvartsman said on Monday. Speaking at an event in Rio de Janeiro, Schvartsman said the miner tended to generate $14-billion or... 

Iron-ore enters bull market as China's curbs supercharge steel

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2017 Iron-ore has rallied back into a bull market. Prices are surging as China’s crackdown on steel output this winter runs down inventories, helping mills’ profitability and stoking demand for high-grade ore even as investors discount signs of ample supply. Spot ore with 62% iron content jumped 3.7%... 

Rio Tinto aims for 'intelligent' Australian iron-ore mine

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 Rio Tinto next year will seek board approval to develop an "intelligent" iron ore mine at a cost of $2.2-billion, fully incorporating technologies such as robotics and driverless trains and trucks on a single site, the company's head of iron-ore said on Monday. A feasibility study was underway... 

Brazil Senate approves creation of mining regulatory agency

By: Reuters     28th November 2017 Brazil's Senate on Tuesday approved a bill creating an autonomous regulatory agency for the mining sector, a move aimed at accelerating slow licencing approvals in the country. The bill will return to President Michel Temer for a signature, creating a permanent law based on a temporary decree... 

Vale, partner Mitsui ink $2.7bn Nacala coal corridor funding

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Brazil’s largest diversified miner Vale has announced that it, together with its Japanese partner Mitsui & Co, has signed a $2.73-billion funding deal to finance the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), that will connect the Mozambique-based Moatize coal mine, to the Nacala port. Vale said in a press... 

Brazil lower house okays higher mining royalties, new regulator

By: Reuters     22nd November 2017 Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would boost royalty rates on iron ore by 75% - instead of doubling the rates as had been proposed - and later voted to approve the creation of a new mining regulator. Under the revised plan, gold mining royalties would rise 50%,... 

Forecast iron-ore price drop influenced by Chinese economic refocusing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 Maintaining its iron-ore price forecast at an average of $70/t for the year and $50/t for 2018, research firm BMI says its predicted price drop is influenced by China’s economic refocusing away from heavy industry. “This will dampen demand for iron-ore,” said the firm on Wednesday, adding that,... 

NICKEL UPTURN:

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2017 Russian mineworkers stand in a skip that is about to descend the mine shaft at the Taymyrsky mine, operated by MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, in Norilsk, Russia, which competes with Vale of Brazil as the world’s top nickel producer. Norilsk Nickel, which mines the rich deposits of nickel, copper and... 

Vale’s Moatize coal operation’s Ebitda falls significantly quarter-on-quarter

By: Keith Campbell     3rd November 2017 The adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of the coal business of major Brazilian mining group Vale came to $46-million during the third quarter of this year (3Q17), the company announced in its report “Vale’s Performance in 3Q17”. To all practical... 

Iron-ore rallies as China imports bust 100Mt level

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2017 Iron-ore imports by China surged above 100-million metric tons to a record, smashing the previous high set in 2015, as the country’s concerted push to clean up the environment stoked demand for higher-grade material from overseas while hurting local mine supply. Prices rallied. 

China gobbles Amazon rainforest ore to clean polluted skies

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2017 A bid by China to clean up pollution in its biggest cities and industrial towns is fueling a push to mine resource riches on the other side of the globe in the Amazon rainforest -- one of the most environmentally sensitive areas on Earth. Smog-laden skies across the world’s most-populated country... 

Large and small miners announce, plan contract awards for Moz projects

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale has awarded Mota-Engil Africa a $445-million contract to supply mining services to the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, the Macauhub news agency has reported. Mota-Engil Africa is a subsidiary of the Portuguese engineering, construction, contract... 

Market Report: How carbon is shaping energy for mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 By Catherine Skrzypinski, Energy and Mines Alongside power security and cutting energy costs, reducing the emissions intensity of mining operations has been elevated to a top strategic concern for the global mining sector. The combination of carbon pricing in key mining markets and increased... 

African copper, nickel mines on Coal India radar as miner diversifies

By: Ajoy K Das     18th September 2017 Having decided to evolve into a diversified resource major from a pure play coal miner, Coal India Limited (CIL) has identified copper and nickel mines in Africa for its maiden overseas foray into noncoal minerals. KPMG has been appointed to prepare the roadmap that will see CIL emerge as a... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

African Rainbow Minerals dividend payout soars to record level

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which saw its headline earnings soar in the 12 months to June 30, has catapulted its dividend to heady heights. The 189%-higher dividend of 650 cents a share is ARM’s highest dividend to date and the eleventh consecutive yearly dividend... 

Vale redeems $1bn in debt; reveals $750m tender offer

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2017 Brazil’s Vale has redeemed $1-billion worth of 2019 bonds and will launch a $750-million tender offer for its 4.625% guaranteed notes due 2020. Subsidiary Vale Overseas notified its shareholders of the 2019 notes of its decision to redeem all the outstanding notes and pay the related ‘make-whole’... 

Cyclone, Chinese demand boost Mozambique’s Moatize coal mine

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 Bad weather in Australia and improved demand in China were the factors driving the higher metallurgical (or coking) coal prices during the second quarter of this year (2Q17), in comparison to the first quarter (1Q17). So stated Brazilian mining group Vale in its report “Vale’s Performance in 2Q17”.  

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Increased mining royalties, new mining agency a boost to Brazil’s long-term outlook 

By: Henry Lazenby     11th August 2017 Increased mining royalties and a new mining agency, coupled with generally clearer and more consistent regulations, are expected to provide an overall boost to the long-term outlook of Brazil’s resources industry, according to a recent report by Fitch Group-affiliated market analyst BMI Research.... 

Vale’s Moatize coal mine sets new production record

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale announced that production at its Moatize coal operation in Mozambique hit a new quarterly record during the second quarter of this year (2Q17). This was published in the miner’s recent report “Vale Production in 2Q17”. The mine’s production during the quarter just past... 

Vale sells two more Valemax vessels for $178m

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2017 The world’s largest iron-ore producer Vale has sold another two of its 400 000-deadweight-tonnne vessels for about $178-million, the Brazilian company reported on Wednesday. The vessels were delivered on Tuesday to nominees of Bank of Communications Finance Leasing (Bocomm). 

Caeté mining complex, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 A gold mining complex in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 50 km east of Belo Horizonte. 

Ferrexpo expects up to 10Mt/y of idled pellet supply to enter market

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2017 Swiss-headquartered Ferrexpo expects demand for high-quality iron-ore, especially pellets, to remain strong in the second half of 2017, underpinned by an improvement in the global economy, as well as drive by steel mills to reduce their emissions and improve the quality of their final product.... 

Modest growth predicted in key iron-ore producing countries

     28th July 2017 Global iron-ore production will grow modestly, predicts research firm BMI, which breaks this growth in output down further, to mine restarts and expansions in Brazil and India. The company’s analysis posits that global iron-ore production will grow modestly from 3.091-billion tons in 2017 to... 

Goldman's now bullish on iron-ore this year but warns on 2018

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2017 Goldman Sachs Group boosted its iron-ore forecasts after better-than-expected demand in China raised prices, but combined the revised outlook with a warning that it remains bearish on next year on prospects for plentiful mine supplies and a worldwide glut. The three-month forecast was raised to... 

Brazilian judge suspends Samarco dam disaster civil claim indefinitely

By: Henry Lazenby     19th July 2017 A Brazilian federal judge of the Federal Court of Minas Gerais has, for an indefinite time, suspended a public civil lawsuit against Samarco Mineração over the miner’s tailings dam collapse in November 2015, the company said on Tuesday. Vale, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, said in a press... 

India to look to junior miners to boost private investment in exploration

By: Ajoy K Das     17th July 2017 Close on the heels of India’s Mines Ministry propagating private-public-partnership (PPP) model contracts to boost private capital into mineral exploration, the government is now looking to invite international mining juniors to fill the void in private investment. The Mines Ministry is preparing... 

Miners rewarded for improved capital discipline

By: Henry Lazenby     11th July 2017 Increased cash flows, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity and new debt issues have helped many of the world’s top miners strengthen their balance sheets in 2016, reflecting miners’ response to investor messages around capital discipline, according to new analysis from PwC Canada. "As the global... 

BHP and Vale win extra time to settle Samarco claims, restart unlikely this year

By: Mariaan Webb     30th June 2017 A Brazilian court has granted mining companies BHP and Vale an extra four months to negotiate a settlement of civil claims relating to the 2015 Samarco dam disaster. BHP and Vale now have until October 30, to negotiate a settlement of the $47.5-billion and $6.1-billion public civil claims... 

Billionaire Steinmetz recovers from setback in Simandou battle

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2017 Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz recovered from a setback in a long-running legal battle over an iron-ore project in Guinea, when one of his employees defied the advice of lawyers and gave hours of testimony to a Paris arbitration court denying allegations of bribery. Asher Avidan was the top... 

Brazilian miner expects less volatility in coal prices during the rest of 2017

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 Major Brazilian mining group Vale, which is the majority owner of the primarily metallurgical (or coking) coal Moatize operation in the Tete province of Mozambique, expects that there will be less volatility in both metallurgical and thermal coal prices during the course of this year. During the... 

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