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China tightens grip on copper, key to world’s energy transition

China tightens grip on copper, key to world’s energy transition

13th November 2023

China is in the midst of a breakneck expansion of its copper industry that’s reshaping global flows of the essential metal for the world’s energy transition. The Asian nation’s grip on the supply... 


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Old Mutual asks investors to vote down Sasol climate resolutions

10th November 2023

Old Mutual Investment Managers said it plans to vote against a number of resolutions at the Nov. 17 annual general meeting of petrochemicals and fuel company, Sasol , because of its poor... 


Manchin retirement boosts West Virginia coal scion’s senate bid

10th November 2023

Jim Justice, a wealthy coal mine owner now serving as West Virginia’s Republican governor, gains an easier path for his Senate bid following Democrat Joe Manchin’s decision not to seek reelection... 


Hudbay is in talks to draw partner for Arizona copper project

Hudbay is in talks to draw partner for Arizona copper project

10th November 2023

Copper producer Hudbay Minerals is having informal talks with prospective partners to develop a deposit in Arizona as the mining industry pushes to bolster North America’s supply of key metals.... 


Czech utility luring battery producers as lithium mine decision nears

10th November 2023

Energy utility CEZ said it’s trying to attract car-battery producers to the Czech Republic as that would increase the benefits of a potential local lithium-mining project. The biggest traded power... 


Cheap coal hampers green shift in emerging world, says Macquarie

10th November 2023

Cheap fossil fuels are holding up developing nations’ efforts to move toward green alternatives, highlighting the need to make clean sources more affordable if the world is to meet its climate... 


Palladium drops below $1 000 as demand from key car sector wanes

Palladium drops below $1 000 as demand from key car sector wanes

9th November 2023

Palladium dropped below $1 000 an ounce for the first time in five years as demand falters amid a slowdown in car sales, the rise of electric vehicles and as users switch to cheaper platinum. The... 


Rage against copper producer roils markets, Panama goverment

Rage against copper producer roils markets, Panama goverment

9th November 2023

Panama’s ratification of a deal with a copper miner last month should have been a formality. Instead, it triggered nationwide protests that paralysed the economy, destabilised the government and... 


South Africa’s climate adviser rebuts report target to be missed

9th November 2023

South Africa’s Presidential Climate Commission dismissed a report that said modeling shows that the country will miss its 2030 emissions reduction target, saying that no such forecasting exists.... 


Zimbabwe’s dollar bourse plans commodity, electricity exchange

9th November 2023

Zimbabwe’s bourse in the resort city of Victoria Falls plans to start a commodity and electricity exchange in the first quarter of next year, its chief executive officer said. “We are just waiting... 


Forrest wants leaders to target zero carbon by 2035

8th November 2023

Australia’s richest person, Andrew Forrest, called for government and business leaders to commit to stop burning fossil fuels by 2035. “We have all the technology, it is all there,” Forrest,... 


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Indebted Transnet rolls over R7bn loans for four months

8th November 2023

Transnet rolled over R7-billion of debt due this week until March, giving the South African State-owned port and rail company relief for four months. The bonds, which were due November 6, were... 


LNG demand to keep rising on Asia’s energy growth, Woodside says

LNG demand to keep rising on Asia’s energy growth, Woodside says

8th November 2023

Demand for oil and natural gas will stay resilient for decades, driven by population growth and industrialization in developing economies across Asia, according to Woodside Energy Group, a key... 


China’s State-backed iron-ore giant says prices are too high

China’s State-backed iron-ore giant says prices are too high

8th November 2023

Iron-ore has reached “unreasonable” levels that are hurting Chinese steel mills, according to China Mineral Resources Group, the state-backed firm trying to boost Beijing’s sway over prices.... 


Antonia Costa

Portugal PM quits amid corruption probe linked to lithium and hydrogen projects

8th November 2023

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa resigned after his chief of staff was detained as part of an investigation into possible crimes of corruption involving lithium and hydrogen projects. Costa... 


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Congo trucker strike blocks exports of copper and cobalt

8th November 2023

A trucker strike in the Democratic Republic of Congo is blocking exports of copper and cobalt mined by producers including Glencore and China’s CMOC Group, according to people familiar with the... 


Peru miners say copper output could climb without impact from protests

Peru miners say copper output could climb without impact from protests

8th November 2023

The head of Peru's mining guild on Tuesday said that while copper mining investment might be slow to recover next year, the Andean country could still see growth in production of the metal if... 


China extends run of gold buying that’s helped support prices

China extends run of gold buying that’s helped support prices

7th November 2023

China topped up its gold holdings for a 12th straight month in October, adding to a wave of purchases by global central banks that’s lent support to bullion prices. Stockpiles of gold reported by... 


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Private South Africa port project set to boost manganese exports

7th November 2023

The Logistics Group has built a port facility in South Africa that will enable increased volumes of a key battery metal to be offloaded from one of the world’s longest freight trains for export as... 


Bill Gates-backed mining startup wants to expand into Congo

7th November 2023

KoBold Metals, a mining start-up backed by Bill Gates that’s developing a copper project in Zambia, is getting closer to investing in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. That’s according... 


Newmont CEO Tom Palmer

Newmont prepares to sell mines as Newcrest acquisition closes

7th November 2023

Newmont, the world’s top gold producer, will forge ahead on a plan to find $2-billion in cash including through mine sales and project divestments after closing the largest takeover in the mining... 


Mining tycoons turn up heat at lithium junior Azure

6th November 2023

Two of Australia’s best-known mining entrepreneurs are set to determine the future of lithium junior Azure Minerals, having built stakes that add up to a combined 30% — enough to threaten an agreed... 


Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi

South Africa risks losing business investment over visa ‘chaos’

6th November 2023

In one of the world’s most unequal nations an acute shortage of skilled workers is restraining already tepid growth, limiting job creation and pushing some foreign investors to think about moving... 


Lithium-ion batteries

Battery metals lose lustre as surge in supply outpaces demand

6th November 2023

In the fast-moving world of battery metals, 2022 already feels like a bygone era. Back then, prices were soaring, automakers were fretting about long-term shortages and Elon Musk was describing... 


Saudis in talks with Pakistan on Reko Diq

Saudis in talks with Pakistan on Reko Diq

6th November 2023

Saudi Arabia is in ongoing talks with Pakistan to buy part of the government’s stake in a $7-billion copper project jointly owned with Barrick Gold, according to the head of the mining company.... 


Pacific island Bougainville seeks to tap riches of closed copper mine

Pacific island Bougainville seeks to tap riches of closed copper mine

6th November 2023

The leader of the South Pacific island of Bougainville aims to reopen the giant Panguna mine, which holds billions of dollars worth of copper, gold and silver. And he’s visiting the US to rally... 


Brookfield rushes to save A$19.4bn Origin takeover deal

3rd November 2023

A Brookfield Asset Management Inc.-led consortium is seeking fresh talks with Origin Energy's top investor in a last ditch effort to rescue its A$19.4-billion ($12.6-billion) takeover plan for the... 


China’s grip on Africa's minerals sparks a US response

China’s grip on Africa's minerals sparks a US response

3rd November 2023

The US is going full steam ahead in its effort to catch up with China in a part of the world that’s become central to the green transition: Africa’s “Copperbelt". Loaded with minerals critical to... 


Nutrien warns against 'artificial' market constraints

3rd November 2023

The world’s largest maker of crop nutrients is cautioning against any meddling in the economics of fertilizer markets. “The artificial injection of artificial constraints into supply-and-demand... 


Toronto Stock Exchange has 1 IPO this year in historic dry spell

Toronto Stock Exchange has 1 IPO this year in historic dry spell

3rd November 2023

Canada’s largest stock exchange is in the midst of a historic dry spell for initial public offerings and it’s unlikely to improve anytime soon. Just one company has completed an IPO this year on... 


Top Origin investor to snub Brookfield’s A$19bn bid

2nd November 2023

Origin Energy’s top investor AustralianSuper said it will reject an improved A$19.4-billion takeover offer from a Brookfield Asset Management-led consortium. A revised proposal from the group,... 


Protests against the mine continued in the streets of Panama City on Wednesday night.

Panama Congress backs repealing First Quantum mine contract

2nd November 2023

Panama’s congress voted to repeal a mining contract with First Quantum Minerals on Wednesday in the second of three required votes, making a proposed referendum on extending or revoking the... 


Jim Chalmers

Australia signals stepped up energy overhaul amid US splurge

2nd November 2023

Australia needs a whole-of-government approach to bolster spending and investment in clean energy, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said, citing estimates a further A$225-billion is required by 2050 to... 


Panama Congress Committee votes in favour of mine referendum

1st November 2023

Panama’s proposal to hold a referendum on the controversial contract with Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals was approved by a legislative committee Tuesday, clearing the first hurdle as the... 


Ghana’s Ewoyaa lithium project boosts US drive to close EV gap on China

31st October 2023

Africa’s first major lithium project without Chinese funding is set to bolster US ambitions of developing its own battery-making industry. Half of the output from Ghana’s Ewoyaa mine, being built... 


Panama’s investor-friendly image at risk from anti-mining rage

Panama’s investor-friendly image at risk from anti-mining rage

31st October 2023

Panama’s reputation as an investor-friendly haven is at risk from attempts to shut a giant Canadian-owned copper mine, the latest case of a commodities project triggering social unrest in Latin... 


Macron lands in Putin’s backyard seeking new friends and uranium

31st October 2023

After finding itself suddenly unwelcome in its traditional sphere of influence, France is casting further afield. That’s why president Emmanuel Macron will travel to energy-rich Central Asia this... 


Panama Electoral Court says it can't hold a referendum over First Quantum mine

31st October 2023

Panama’s electoral court said it can’t organize a referendum over a flagship copper mine owned by First Quantum Minerals, as requested by President Laurentino Cortizo on Sunday, because it requires... 


Dino Otranto

Fortescue buoyant on China iron-ore as it advances green pivot

31st October 2023

Chinese demand for Australian iron-ore will remain strong despite the nation’s disappointing post-pandemic recovery, according to Fortescue Metals Group, the world’s fourth-biggest producer.... 


ArcelorMittal drops as Kazakh nationalisation looms after fire

30th October 2023

ArcelorMittal shares fell 5% after the Kazakh government announced plans to take over the company’s operations in the country following its worst mining accident in recent history. At least 45... 


Iron-ore climbs to five-week high after Vale flags upside risks

30th October 2023

Iron-ore rallied to the highest level in more than five weeks, extending its rebound on hopes for stronger Chinese demand. Futures in Singapore advanced as much as 1.9% to $121.95 a ton, before... 


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