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BHP beats production expectations; warns of $650m Samarco charge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th July 2018 Diversified giant BHP on Wednesday announced that the company had met or exceeded the production expectations for its commodities during the 2018 financial year, but warned of a $650-million financial impact related to the Samarco dam failure, in Brazil. “We have delivered a strong finish to the... 

Vale notches record Q2 iron-ore, pellet output despite trucker strike

By: Reuters     16th July 2018 Brazil's Vale achieved record iron ore and pellet production for a second quarter despite a nationwide trucker strike that paralyzed Latin America's largest economy in May, the miner said in a filing on Monday. Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, said iron ore output reached 96.755-million... 

Top-grade iron-ore may spike to $100/t

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2018 High-grade iron-ore may spike to $100 a metric ton as China intensifies a clampdown on pollution by restraining industrial activity, adding further momentum to a trend that’s reshaped the global market in recent years and driven buyers in Asia’s top economy to seek out better-quality material.... 

Custom lube vehicle boosts mine’s safety, productivity

6th July 2018 Earthmoving equipment distributor Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa, in conjunction with its Mozambique subsidiary dealership, Hitachi Construction Machinery Mozambique, has designed and provided a custom-built lubricant vehicle for diversified mining giant Vale to enhance the availability of... 

Iron-ore slides to seven-month low as trade war fears mount

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Iron-ore’s starting to buckle after a series of warnings that prices are set to drop amid rising global supply, and as investors fret about the potential impact of escalating trade tensions between the US and China. Benchmark spot ore eased to $62.50/t on Thursday, the lowest since November,... 

BHP commits $211m to Brazil’s Renova Foundation, Samarco

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th June 2018 Mining major BHP on Friday said that it would contribute a total of $211-million to the Renova Foundation and its joint venture with Brazilian major Vale, Samarco, until the end of December this year. The miner said that $158-million of the funds would go towards the Renova Foundation to... 

Brazilian miner’s purchases in Mozambique approaching $1-billion

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Brazilian mining group Vale has created a significant local supply chain in Mozambique to support its Moatize coal operation in the African country’s Tete province. This was highlighted recently by the President of Mozambique’s Confederation of Economic Associations (Confederação das Associações... 

Brazil truckers strike having limited impact on Vale operations – CEO

By: Reuters     30th May 2018 A strike by Brazilian truckers to protest a hike in diesel prices has had a limited impact on operations at Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, but could worsen if the strike continues, CEO Fabio Schvartsman said on Tuesday. Speaking at an event in Sao Paulo, Schvartsman also said he saw a... 

Copper king pushes gender diversity – with an all-male board

By: Bloomberg     28th May 2018 As it battles to remain the world’s biggest copper producer, Codelco just achieved a new, less enviable mantle – the only major mining company with an all-male board and senior management team. On Friday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera tapped executive Juan Benavides to be chairman of the... 

Vale sees key mine topping iron-ore output forecasts in 2018 – source

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Brazilian miner Vale expects iron-ore output at its premier S11D mine to reach 58-million tonnes this year, above an official forecast of 50-million to 55-million tonnes, a person familiar with the matter said. The expected increase is due mainly to selling more "canga," or iron-ore with a... 

Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Vale unsure if New Caledonia nickel operations will continue

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Brazil's Vale hopes to find a partner for its struggling New Caledonia nickel mine by the end of the year but it is not clear if the world's largest nickel producer will continue nickel operations there, executives said on Thursday. A day after first quarter results showed a 36% slump in profit,... 

Vale’s Q1 earnings slump despite record sales volumes, as price tumbles

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale – the world’s largest producer iron-ore – has reported a bigger than 36% drop in profit attributable to shareholders for the three months ended March 31. The Rio de Janeiro-based multinational blamed a 12.4% slide in iron-ore prices to $66.41/t in the period for... 

BHP, Vale given a further 66 days to resolve Samarco dam failure dispute

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 A Brazilian federal court has given mining giants BHP and Vale an additional 66 days to resolve a multibillion-dollar settlement regarding their joint venture Samarco mine’s tailings dam failure in 2015, that killed 19 people and is billed as the country’s worst environmental disaster. BHP and... 

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 Two leaks in a month, a 90-day outage and $58-million in fines is not enough to temper Anglo American's ambition for its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil. Purchased at the height of the commodities boom a decade ago for $5.5-billion, Anglo American was once... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported its best first-quarter iron-ore sales ever despite production of the iron-making ingredient slipping somewhat during the three-month period. The company reported that output during the quarter ended March 31 slipped 4.9% year-on-year to 81.95-million... 

Pension fund Previ not likely to sell its Vale shares in 2018 – source

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 Brazilian pension fund Previ is not likely to sell its shares in Vale in a public offering this year, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, a week after the iron ore miner announced a more generous dividend policy. Holding on to its full Vale stake would allow Previ to take... 

Vale’s Moz operation goes positive for the first time in years

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2018 Last year, for the first time since 2010, Brazilian mining group Vale’s Moatize coal operation in Mozambique recorded positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). Moatize is now the group’s only coal operation, following the sale of its last Australian coal... 

Brazilian miner Vale to discuss new dividend policy - Valor

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Board members of Brazilian miner Vale will discuss in a meeting on Thursday a new dividend policy, according to a Wednesday report by newspaper Valor Econômico. Under the new policy, Vale would calculate dividend payouts based on its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation,... 

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Vele impairment sees MC Mining widen H1 loss

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2018 South Africa-focused coal miner MC Mining has widened its after-tax loss from $12.9-million in the six months ended December 2016, to $97.3-million in the same period of 2017. The loss includes a cost of sales of $14.36-million, and an impairment of $87.5-million on the Vele coking and thermal... 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

Atlas adds manganese to shipping mix as part of diversification strategy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has moved to affect its diversification strategy, finalising a manganese export agreement that will see the company export first product through the Utah Point within the next month. Some 100 000 t of manganese will be mined and crushed on a campaign basis by... 

Vale says Samarco should resume operations by year-end or early 2019

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Executives at Brazilian miner Vale said on Wednesday that the Samarco mine may resume operations around the end of this year or in early 2019, but cautioned that the process depends on obtaining environmental licenses. Work at the Samarco mine, a joint venture between Vale and Australia's BHP... 

Vale CEO eyes first quarter results in line with fourth quarter

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Brazilian miner Vale should achieve results in the first quarter that are similar to those in the final three months of 2017, the chief executive officer of the world's top iron-ore producer said on Wednesday. In a conference call after the company reported a nearly 50% jump in profit in the... 

Stronger-than-expected iron-ore price rally not expected to last – BMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2018 The strong iron-ore price rally over the last several months is not expected to last and will gradually run out of steam over the next several years as Chinese economic growth refocuses away from heavy industry to services, dampening global demand for the steelmaking ingredient, Fitch... 

Vale notches record iron-ore output in 2017, sales slip

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday that total iron-ore output reached a record of 366.5-million tonnes last year, boosted by record high production from its so-called northern system, even as iron ore sales slipped slightly from 2016. The northern system, composed of its Carajás, Serra Leste... 

Vale diversifies away from iron-ore despite strong China demand – CEO

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 Continued Chinese efforts to reduce pollution will boost demand for Vale's high quality iron-ore, the Brazilian miner's chief executive said on Tuesday, even as the world's top iron-ore producer seeks to diversify away from the metal. China's aggressive campaign to clean its skies by clamping... 

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... 

Brazilian miner Vale ordered to repair environmental damage

By: Reuters     16th January 2018 A Brazilian court on Monday ordered the world's largest iron-ore miner Vale to repair environmental damages its operations caused in land belonging to a community of descendants of escaped slaves in northern Brazil. Federal prosecutors announced the ruling in a statement that said the electricity... 

RNC in talks with financiers, market participants for Dumont construction decision by 2019

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Diversified Canadian miner RNC Minerals is engaging a number of potential strategic investors, offtake partners and financiers who could provide the $1.3-billion capital financing required to start construction of the shovel-ready Dumont nickel/cobalt project, in the Abitibi region of Quebec. The... 

Coal dwarfs battery metals in mining deals despite war on pollution

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Coal and iron-ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017, Thomson Reuters data shows, with buyers favoring the heavily polluting devil they know over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal... 

Vale says won't pay bonuses to striking Mozambique mine workers

By: Reuters     19th December 2017 Global miner Vale said on Monday it would not pay bonuses demanded by its workers in what it called an illegal strike at the Moatize coal plant in Mozambique. Workers downed tools on Friday demanding two bonuses including a fourteenth salary and a retention bonus, Vale said. 

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... 

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,... 

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%... 

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