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Bank of America's veteran mining head Omar Davis to retire

2nd February 2023 Bank of America’s global mining head Omar Davis, one of the most senior bankers covering the sector, is retiring. London-based Davis will remain with the Wall Street bank over the coming month as he hands over the reins to Ben Davies, who’s most recently run the same business in Europe, the... 

Agnico Eagle’s dealmaking brings top gold mines into fold

2nd February 2023 Agnico Eagle Mines is about to get its “forever” wish — full ownership of one of North America’s biggest gold mines. The world’s third-biggest bullion producer has split ownership of the Canadian Malartic mine with Yamana Gold since 2014, but that’s about to change thanks to some swift... 

Russian forces help secure Central Africa gold zone in new pact

1st February 2023 Three nations have agreed with the help of Russian troops to secure a gold-rich region in the Central African Republic rife with armed rebel groups, the latest sign of Moscow’s expanding influence on the continent. A deal struck last month between the CAR, Chad and Sudan aims to fight armed... 

Vedanta is said to scrap plans to sell mega Indian copper smelter

31st January 2023 Vedanta has shelved the plan to sell its copper smelter in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which accounted for almost 40% of the metal’s production in the country, and has doubled down on its efforts to restart the plant, according to people familiar with the matter. After scrapping the... 

Lithium's historic rally fuels record profits for China's miners

30th January 2023 China’s big lithium miners are set to reap record earnings after booming demand for the electric vehicle battery material sent prices surging to an all-time high last year. Tianqi Lithium forecasted preliminary net income for 2022 skyrocketed more than tenffold, while rival Ganfeng Lithium Group... 

Biden faces climate litmus test on ConocoPhillips’s Alaska oil project

30th January 2023 US President Joe Biden is nearing a critical decision on a massive proposed oil project in northwest Alaska that could unlock 600-million barrels of crude and has drawn the ire of environmentalists who have dubbed it a “carbon bomb.” Biden’s verdict on ConocoPhillips’ $8-billion Willow venture... 

Peru’s violent protests imperil 30% of its copper output

30th January 2023 An upsurge in the violent protests wracking Peru is crimping copper output in the world’s No. 2 supplier, with about 30% of its production at risk at a time of low global stocks and high prices. One copper mine is offline after demonstrators stormed the site, another has seen shipments choked by... 

Scholz visits South America in a race with China to get lithium

30th January 2023 Chancellor Olaf Scholz is hoping his trip to Latin America this weekend will help Germany secure additional supplies of the lithium that car giants like Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Volkswagen need for their electric-vehicle batteries. Chile is the world’s second-largest supplier of lithium after... 

Yellen says South African coal communities need $3.5bn

27th January 2023 South Africa has identified more than R60-billion of investments needed to help communities in the coal-mining Mpumalanga province as the industry gradually winds down, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said as she announced an additional $45-million in grant support. The investments form part... 

Britishvolt’s founder says UK battery sector is ‘doomed’ unless government steps up

27th January 2023 The UK’s battery manufacturing industry is doomed unless the government ramps up support for the sector, according to the founder of failed battery startup Britshvolt Ltd. Formerly the UK’s main hope for a homegrown supplier to the electric-vehicle industry, Britishvolt went into bankruptcy this... 

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