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BHP aims to restart Olympic Dam copper facility this month

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 BHP expects a plant at its Olympic Dam mine to restart this month following repairs and the company has found a way to deliver returns from the asset as part of a focus on maxmising productivity, its head of Australian operations said on Tuesday. "The expectation remains that we'll have that... 

Vale is said close to approving $1bn copper expansion

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Vale, flush with cash from its booming iron-ore sales to China, is expected to approve a $1-billion expansion of a Brazilian copper mine later this month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Building out the Salobo mine – known as the Salobo 3 project – would likely take about... 

Vale, BHP reach final deal with prosecutors over Brazil disaster

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Brazilian prosecutors in Minas Gerais state said on Tuesday they reached a final compensation deal with mining companies Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton regarding a 2015 dam burst, Brazil's largest ever environmental disaster. According to a statement from prosecutors released late on Tuesday, the... 

China battery firms set up $700m nickel JV in Indonesia

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Chinese battery firm GEM on Friday said it was teaming up with four companies to invest a total of $700-million in a project to produce battery-grade nickel chemicals in Indonesia. The investment comes as several global metals producers have also set their sights on Indonesia's nickel reserves,... 

Vale shareholders near deal to pay Eletron $692m

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 Two major shareholders of Brazilian mining company Vale are likely to reach an agreement on Wednesday to pay 2.82-billion reais ($692-million) to Eletron to settle a dispute over Vale shares, according to securities filings by Bradespar SA and Litel Participações SA. The payment by Brazilian... 

China’s preference for long-term contracts affecting Indian iron-ore miners

By: Ajoy K Das     25th September 2018 Indian overseas shipment of high-grade iron-ore fines and lumps is facing significant risks as Chinese steel mills are increasingly looking at long term supply agreements. According to three miner-exporters based in the eastern Indian province of Odisha, the largest iron-ore producer in the... 

Chinese steel mills chase iron-ore contracts with Brazil's Vale

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese steel mills and traders are rushing to secure long-term contracts for high-quality iron-ore ahead of winter steel output cuts, a boon for the main supplier of such grades of the commodity, Brazilian mining giant Vale. China, the world's biggest consumer of the steelmaking ingredient,... 

Investor confidence takes on new hue, South Africa needs to embrace it with vigour

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Investor confidence is no longer a stand-alone in the South African context, where it includes other key confidences. In delivering 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months to June 30 accompanied by a hefty R1.7-billion cumulative dividend payout, African Rainbow Minerals... 

Serabi fills new COO position with Brazilian national

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Brazil-focused gold mining and development company Serabi on Thursday announced the appointment of Roney Almeida to the newly established position of COO. Almeida, a Brazilian national and resident in Belo Horizonte, will report to Serabi CEO Mike Hodgson. 

Vale says it could expand Brazil iron-ore mine as Chinese demand grows

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Mining giant Vale is looking at expanding its flagship iron ore project in Brazil amid growing Chinese appetite for higher-grade varieties of the commodity, a company official said on Thursday. China, the world's top consumer of the steelmaking ingredient, has ramped up buying of higher-quality,... 

New Voisey’s Bay royalty calculation agreed on

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 TSX-listed Altius Minerals and Nasdaq-listed Royal Gold have entered into an agreement with Vale Canada to settle litigation related to the calculation of the royalty in respect of all concentrates produced from the Voisey’s Bay mine, in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Voisey’s Bay 3% net... 

Nickel producers eye Indonesia to plug into EV battery market

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Several global metals producers have set their sights on Indonesia's nickel reserves to tap an expected surge in demand for the metal for electric vehicle batteries. Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) said on Thursday that it and nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia are conducting a feasibility study to... 

Manganese takes pole position in ARM’s earnings surge

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2018 Manganese formed the backbone of the earnings performance of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) in the 12 months to June 30, delivering 64% of the headline earnings, at R1.9-billion, and helping the company move into a strong net cash position by recording the best margin.... 

ARM mulling ‘very exciting’ growth opportunities – Motsepe

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is right now looking at some very exciting growth opportunities, its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Friday. After announcing the delivery of 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months to June 30... 

African Rainbow Minerals earnings rise, cash mounts, dividend boosted

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 The headline earnings of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) rose sharply in the 12 months to June 30, when the company generated strong cash flow that has underpinned a boosted cumulative dividend payout of R1.7-billion. Headline earnings increased by 51% to R4 814-million,... 

Vale remains committed to Moz, despite continued losses at Moatize

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Despite continuing to make a loss, coal-miner Vale Moçambique will continue to make major investments in its assets in Mozambique. This assurance was given at a mid-month press conference in Maputo by the company’s Board Chairman Márcio Godoy. These assets are the Moatize coal mine in Tete... 

NEMISA Reduces Cost per Tonne and DTP Mining Improves Fuel Efficiencies Winning Immersive Technologies’ Annual Business Improvement Award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 The annual award for mining companies using simulation for equipment operator optimization and business improvement progressed this year, recognizing global winners for surface and underground mining environments based on their improvements achieved during 2017.The award, sponsored by Immersive... 

Orminex pours first gold from Comet Vale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2018 ASX-listed Orminex has reported first gold production from its Comet Vale project, in Western Australia. The gold pour was done following the first toll treatment campaign at the Burbanks Mill of 202 oz of gold. 

Wheaton Precious Metals lifts second-quarter earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 The world’s largest precious metals streaming firm Wheaton Precious Metals has reported a 9% increase in adjusted net earnings and an 8% increase in cash flow from operations during the second quarter, on higher revenue as a result of more gold ounces being sold at a higher average price.... 

Vale reports lower coking coal earnings, but thermal product sales rise

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 During the second quarter of this year (2Q18), Brazilian mining major Vale’s coal business achieved earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $45-million. Vale’s coal business is composed almost entirely of its Moatize mine in the inland Tete province of... 

Nacala corridor transaction reaffirms ‘Africa open for business’

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Owing to a consortium of three export credit agencies (ECAs), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a lending consortium of six international and four South African banks, a collaboration on funding for the revamp and extension of the Nacala Logistics Corridor has successfully raised... 

Proactive measures needed to mitigate fire incidents in mining

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Fire incidents in mining operations occur every day because of poor maintenance and components that have reached the end of their life span, says environmental solutions company I-CAT fire division head Andro Gibhard. However, he says vehicles catching fire – the most common fire incident in... 

SA iron-ore industry struggles more than most

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 The outlook for the South African iron-ore industry remains “bleak”, owing to stagnant local economic growth, a negative local investment environment and a significant drop in global demand for iron-ore, says commodities market analysis firm Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She emphasises that the... 

Only a 'cataclysm' could hit top quality ore demand – Vale CEO

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Brazil's Vale, the world's top iron-ore producer, forecast steady prices for the mineral and rising premiums for its top quality ore, thanks to strong demand from China and despite global trade tensions. Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman said a scarcity of Vale's trademark top quality ore protects the... 

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

By: Esmarie Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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... 

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