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US exit of Iran nuclear deal places new risks on $4bn India gas project

By: Ajoy K Das     10th May 2018 US President Donald Trump’s tearing up the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran has thrown a new spanner in works of India’s protracted plans to develop Farzad B offshore gasfields along the Persian Gulf coast. The consortium of Indian companies, led by national exploration and production (E&P)... 

Agarwal encouraging Anglo to accentuate South Africa link

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2018 Indian mining billionaire Anil Agarwal is encouraging Anglo American – in which he now holds more than 21% – to accentuate its link with South Africa, where the Vedanta Resources company he founded and chairs is successfully turning to highly positive account the zinc assets that Anglo walked... 

Anil Agarwal (right) and Martin Creamer
Photo by Dylan Slater
Anil Agarwal (right) and Martin Creamer

Iran's gold demand set for spurt before Trump sanctions bite

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2018 Iran’s gold demand will probably be “strong” for the next few months and then gradually decline as US sanctions start to take effect, according to the researcher who covers the country for Metals Focus Ltd. After a previous set of sanctions was imposed on Iran in 2012, it took two years for the... 

Kinross reports knock-out Q1 profit

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2018 Canadian multinational gold producer Kinross Gold has reported a 435% jump in headline profit for the three months ended March 31, as 30% higher year-on-year margins and a decrease in depreciation, depletion and amortisation boosted the bottom line. Adjusted net earnings increased to... 

Tasiast at dusk, in Mauritania
Photo by Kinross Gold
Tasiast at dusk, in Mauritania

Fura unearths exceptional 25.97 ct rough emerald in Colombia

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 Dubai-based precious gem producer Fura Gems has recovered a 25.97 ct rough emerald at its Coscuez Colombian emerald mine. Fura said in a statement on Tuesday that it believes the emerald to be rare and exceptional owing to its size, colour saturation and clarity.  

Gold price to average $1 360/oz this year – survey

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 Thomson Reuters GFMS expects the gold price to average $1 360/oz this year and potentially briefly approach a 2018 peak towards $1 500/oz on any external shocks later in the year as it believes that the geopolitical climate and equity markets will continue to support gold’s role as a risk hedge.... 

Gold price to average $1 360/oz this year – survey

Protesters demand Ethiopia cancel billionaire's gold licence

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2018 Protesters in Ethiopia’s restive Oromia region demanded the government withdraw a gold-mining permit from a company owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi because of alleged pollution. Demonstrators have blockaded roads in Shakiso, 358 km south of the capital, Addis Ababa, since April 30... 

South African output rises as AngloGold delivers at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2018 The smaller South African footprint of gold-mining company AngloGold Ashanti, consisting of one underground mine and one tailings treatment operation on surface, delivered impressive first-quarter results with rising production and reduced rand-denominated costs. Production rocketed 29% at... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat)
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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat)

Nutrien, Mosaic report big misses on Q1 earnings; ups FY2018 profit guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 A late start to the spring season across North America and west coast rail performance issues were the main contributors to a disappointing first quarter for plant fertiliser major Nutrien, the company said on Monday. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based company reported adjusted net earnings of... 

Nutrien, Mosaic report big misses on Q1 earnings; ups FY2018 profit guidance

Gold demand slows as investors grapple with unpredictable macroeconomic factors

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2018 Lacklustre investor performance, stemming from investors’ decision to embrace a “wait and see” approach in light of geopolitical uncertainty muddying growth and market outlooks, has contributed to soft first-quarter gold demand, the World Gold Council (WGC) reports. The WGC’s ‘Demand Trends’... 

 Gold demand slows as investors grapple with unpredictable macroeconomic factors

Comparatively high exploration spending belies sagging discovery rate – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2018 Despite exploration budgets remaining at comparatively high levels in the past decades, geologists have only been able to find a fraction of the gold ounces they discovered in the preceding 18-year period, a new analysis conducted by S&P Global Market Intelligence shows. The financial information... 

Comparatively high exploration spending belies sagging discovery rate – S&P Global

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Metals supply constraints could slow battery electric vehicle (BEV) production rates in the near term, says ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service.  

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

Feasibility into zinc smelting, refining in Northern Cape

By: Martin Creamer     2nd May 2018 A feasibility study into the development and construction of a zinc smelter-refinery complex in the Northern Cape is under way, London-listed India-based Vedanta subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) said on Wednesday. This is the latest step in the unfolding of what is envisaged as a major... 

Zinc project at Gamsberg, Northern Cape.
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Zinc project at Gamsberg, Northern Cape.

War on coal is making the world's top mine owners a lot richer

By: Bloomberg     2nd May 2018 The world’s war on coal is making its biggest producers a lot richer, at least for now. With governments from Asia to Europe setting stricter pollution limits as the climate change debate intensifies, output of the planet’s dirtiest fuel is dropping. Some of the more significant declines are... 

ASIC launches more allegations against Rio

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2018 The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has expanded its legal proceedings against mining major Rio Tinto an its former CEO Tom Albanese and former CFO Guy Elliott. ASIC in March launched legal action in the Federal Court against the company, Albanese and Guy, in relation to... 

Tulkubash feasibility study supports Chaarat gold project, significant exploration planned

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2018 A feasibility study on Aim-listed Chaarat Gold’s Tulkubash oxide gold project, in Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asia, indicated a 3.75 year mine life, with 16-million tonnes of reserves at an average grade of 0.91 g/t gold. However, ongoing exploration will be carried out in parallel with the project... 

Cameco swings into the black as it focuses on what it can control – Gitzel

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Canadian uranium major Cameco is settling into a more relaxed pace of business as it rides out the uranium price doldrums, with two of its best assets languishing on care and maintenance. President and CEO Tim Gitzel noted on Friday that “unprecedented noise in the political economy” are yet to... 

Cameco swings into the black as it focuses on what it can control – Gitzel

Mining deals valued at $51bn in 2017

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2018 While the number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals fell by 6% in 2017, the value of transactions rose by 15%, to $51-billion, marking the highest value of deals since 2013. Advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) on Friday reported that key drivers of M&A activity continued to shift from... 

Mining deals valued at $51bn in 2017

Aluminium bears on treacherous ground as supply shocks continue

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2018 One of the few hedge funds to survive the downswing in the commodity supercycle has a lesson for traders trying to navigate whipsawing aluminium prices: go short at your peril. While supply fears faded this week after the US eased sanctions against United Co Rusal, traders should be alert to the... 

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,... 

India, Iran near a truncated deal on gasfield development

By: Ajoy K Das     26th April 2018 India and Iran are closing in on a deal for the development of the Farzad B gasfield, albeit of a much smaller size. Diplomatic negotiations between the two countries since early this year have narrowed down differences on the gas project and this will be followed up by a consortium of Indian... 

Kaz Minerals reports q-on-q production increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Copper-focused mining company Kaz Minerals’ copper production increased by 3% to 67 300 t in the first quarter of 2018, compared with 65 200 t in the fourth quarter of 2017.  

Kaz Minerals' Bozymchak mine
Kaz Minerals' Bozymchak mine

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2018 Hyundai has just launched its new Nexo fuel cell car in South Korea, pre-orders for which exceeded expectations, Honda last month launched the new 2018 Clarity fuel cell car, Doosan Fuel Cell America has cut the ribbon on three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority in... 

The NEXO, Hyundai's latest fuel cell vehicle
The NEXO, Hyundai's latest fuel cell vehicle

Freeport stock tanks on disappointing Q1 earnings, Indonesia fears

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 US diversified miner Freeport McMoRan’s (FCX’s) NYSE-listed stock lost as much as 17% on Tuesday following disappointing first-quarter financial results and a lowered copper production outlook. Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport’s president and CEO Richard Adkerson expressed shock and disappointment... 

Caterpillar ups profit outlook on doubling Q1 headline profit, record earnings

By: Henry Lazenby     24th April 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has reported record first-quarter profit as strength in many of its end-markets and a strong emphasis on cost control boosted margins. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company reported adjusted profit of $2.82 a share – up 120%... 

Caterpillar ups profit outlook on doubling Q1 headline profit, record earnings

Barrick beats Q1 earnings call; halves debt in 3yrs

By: Henry Lazenby     24th April 2018 Canadian mining major Barrick Gold's Porgera Joint Venture mine, in Papua New Guinea, is still operating at only 25% of capacity following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the island on February 26, the company announced on Monday in its first-quarter earnings release. The earthquake... 

Workers stand next to an open pit at Barrick Gold's Veladero gold mine, in Argentina's San Juan province
Photo by Reuters
Workers stand next to an open pit at Barrick Gold's Veladero gold mine, in Argentina's San Juan province

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

De Beers to launch pilot programme to aid artisanal, small-scale miners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Diamond miner De Beers is preparing to pilot a programme, called GemFair, to support the formalisation of artisanal and small-scale (ASM) diamond mining and trading.  

Sanctions fallout upends metals as aluminum, nickel burst higher

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 The turmoil unleashed by US sanctions against United Co. Rusal reverberated in metals markets, sending aluminium and nickel to multi-year highs. Global metals markets have been rocked for the past two weeks by the clampdown on Russia’s Rusal, which set off a rush for alternative supplies and... 

South32 hikes manganese guidance, lowers coal forecast

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2018 Diversified miner South32 has increased its manganese production guidance from its Australia and South African operations to take advantage of farourable market conditions. The company increased its production guidance at the Australia manganese operations by 6% to 3.30-million tonnes and its... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

BHP cuts guidance at Olympic Dam and Pilbara iron-ore ops

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2018 Mining giant BHP has reduced its full-year production expectations for its Pilbara iron-ore operations, as well as the Olympic Dam mine, in South Australia. The miner on Thursday reported a 6% drop in iron-ore production during the three months to March, compared with the previous quarter,... 

BHP cuts guidance at Olympic Dam and Pilbara iron-ore ops

Rio Tinto lifts iron, bauxite and copper output, warns sanctions could impact aluminium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th April 2018 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has reported production increases at its iron-ore, bauxite and copper divisions, while warning shareholders that US sanctions against Russian companies could impact aluminium production in 2018. “We delivered a solid operational performance across most commodities in... 

Rio CEO Jean Sebastian Jacuqes
Photo by Bloomberg
Rio CEO Jean Sebastian Jacuqes

Rio Tinto flags changes to 2018 aluminium output after US sanctions

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto on Wednesday flagged possible changes to its 2018 aluminium output following US sanctions on its Russian partner Rusal earlier this month. Rio, which reported a 5% rise in first-quarter iron ore shipments in the March quarter, has declared force majeure on some customer... 

Rio Tinto flags changes to 2018 aluminium output after US sanctions

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... 

Vale's massive new SD11 mine, in Brazil
Photo by Vale
Vale's massive new SD11 mine, in Brazil

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore's Anna Krutikov
Glencore's Anna Krutikov

Rio to call force majeure on some Rusal-linked contracts

By: Reuters     14th April 2018 Rio Tinto said it will declare force majeure on certain customer contracts after the US imposed sanctions on its partner Russian aluminium producer Rusal. The mining group said on Friday it was working with its customers to minimise disruptions to supply and would fully comply with US sanctions. 

BMI raises 2018 aluminium price forecast on Chinese supply constraints

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The aluminium price is forecast to strengthen this year, as the demand outlook continues to improve and prices are kept elevated owing to the expectations of Chinese supply constraints, says Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research.  

Goldman Sachs says you must own commodities in these tense times

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 The case for owning commodities has rarely been stronger, according to Goldman Sachs Group. With raw materials rallying on escalating political tensions across the globe and economic growth remaining strong, the bank’s analysts including Jeffrey Currie doubled down on their “overweight”... 

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