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Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe.
Hive Hydrogen signs wind power deal for R105bn Eastern Cape green ammonia plant
27th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Hive Hydrogen South Africa has signed an agreement with Genesis Eco-Energy to implement 372 MW of wind power in the Western Cape, in support of the development of its R105-billion green ammonia... 


Indonesia's coal-fired nickel output is pricing out greener metal that has so far failed to command a market premium.
Nickel faces existential moment with half of mines unprofitable
27th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Many of the world’s biggest nickel mines are facing an increasingly bleak future as they wake up to an existential threat: a near limitless supply of low-cost metal from Indonesia. With roughly... 


Australian scientists make progress in dealing with hydrogen embrittlement of steel
26th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Australian researchers have made a step forward in addressing perhaps the biggest single obstacle to the large-scale roll-out of the hoped-for hydrogen economy: hydrogen embrittlement. This is the... 


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Disappointing results from world’s top miners highlight market challenges, Tickmill says
26th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

The underwhelming results from two of the largest global multinational mining and commodity companies Anglo American and Glencore, which both released their 2023 financial and preliminary results... 


Jubilee Metals in South Africa and Zambia.
South Africa’s Jubilee Metals continuing to grow copper strongly in Zambia
26th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The copper operations in Zambia of South Africa’s Jubilee Metals showed strong growth in the six months to December 31, with further sharp increases expected going forward. The Johannesburg- and... 


Mark Cutifani
Vale sees no sign of environmental breach at suspended mines
26th February 2024 By: Reuters

Brazilian miner Vale does not see signs of environmental or social breach at two of its mines whose operating licenses were suspended this week, Vale Base Metals chair Mark Cutifani said on... 


Hudbay guides higher copper, lower gold output for 2024
26th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals has had a strong end to 2023, with higher copper production, record gold production and record financial performance in the final quarter. This strong... 


The Phalaborwa Rare Earths Project involves the recovery of rare earths from gypsum and waste dumps.
Likely lifespan boost for critical rare earths project in South Africa’s Limpopo province
26th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s rare earths project in Limpopo has received a distinctly possible lifespan boost to more than 16 years following an updated bulk density calculation, which has enlarged the likely... 


WTO director general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
WTO seeks modest outcomes in Abu Dhabi at 'critical juncture' for global trade
26th February 2024 By: Reuters

Trade ministers from nearly every country in the world gathered in Abu Dhabi on Monday for a World Trade Organization meeting that aims to set new global commerce rules, but even its ambitious... 


Spodumene production will be reduced at Mt Cattlin, in Australia
Newly merged Arcadium Lithium slows pace of expansion
23rd February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

NYSE- and ASX-listed Arcadium Lithium – the company formed from the merger of equals between Livent and Alkem – has flagged a slowdown in the pace of its expansion plans in light of the current... 


Sandeep Biswas
Activist investor Elliott to target mining assets worth at least $1 billion
23rd February 2024 By: Reuters

Elliott Management is setting up a company to hunt for global mining assets in the range of at least $1-billion, as it seeks to take advantage of the depressed valuation of groups operating in the... 


Vale fourth-quarter profit falls 35% on higher provisions over dam accident
Vale fourth-quarter profit falls 35% on higher provisions over dam accident
23rd February 2024 By: Reuters

Brazilian miner Vale reported on Thursday a 35% drop in fourth quarter net profit, missing analyst expectations by almost half, following higher provisions related to its Samarco joint venture and... 


Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Anglo achieves its best ever safety record, but reiterates commitment to zero harm
22nd February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Mining major Anglo American has achieved its lowest ever total recordable injury frequency rate of 1.78 in 2023, down from 2.19 in 2022, along with the company’s lowest ever monthly rate of 0.91 in... 


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Anglo to focus on cost cutting following disappointing 2023 performance
22nd February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Mining major Anglo American chairperson Stuart Chambers and CEO Duncan Wanblad have both expressed disappointment with the company’s financial results for 2023, which were released on February 22.... 


Gold Fields' Damang mine, in Ghana
Gold Fields posts higher full-year earnings, maintains dividend at R7.45
22nd February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE- and NYSE-listed Gold Fields has declared a total dividend of R7.45 a share for the year ended December 31, with $703-million in attributable profit having been generated. The attributable... 


Equinox targets one-third production jump this year
22nd February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canada-based gold miner Equinox Gold has finished 2023 strongly, not only achieving its gold guidance, but also setting out plans for a big step up in output this year. Equinox, which has seven... 


Minas-Rio
Integration of Vale’s Serpentina resource has potential to expand Anglo’s Minas-Rio output
22nd February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Diversified miner Anglo American has agreed to acquire, from Brazilian iron-ore miner Vale, the high-quality Serra da Serpentina iron-ore resource and integrate it into its contiguous Minas-Rio... 


Vale says its Sossego copper mine operating licence has been suspended
Vale says its Sossego copper mine operating licence has been suspended
22nd February 2024 By: Reuters

Brazilian miner Vale said on Wednesday it had received a letter from the State of Para's environmental secretary informing it that its operating license for its Sossego mine has been suspended.... 


Hot Chili executes option to acquire Chile project
21st February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX- and TSX-V-listed Hot Chili has executed an option agreement with ASX-listed Bastion Minerals for the right to acquire the Cometa project in Chile. The project is near Hot Chili’s Costa Fuego... 


Glencore's head office
Glencore pleased with its performance against the backdrop of lower commodity, energy prices
21st February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Global mining company Glencore has recommended a $0.13 a share, or $1.6-billion, base cash distribution to shareholders for the 2023 financial year, comprising $1-billion from marketing cash flows... 


Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm
Rio Tinto posts lower FY profit
21st February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining major Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm on Wednesday reported “resilient” financial results for 2023, with free cash flow of $7.7-billion and underlying earnings of $11.8-billion.... 


Antofagasta CEO Ivan Arriagada
Antofagasta says profit up 5% in 2023, cuts dividend
20th February 2024 By: Reuters

Chile's Antofagasta on Tuesday reported a 5% rise in 2023 profit as copper production and prices increased, offsetting higher costs. Although the mining group reported earnings before interest,... 


BHP eyes 500 000 t/y of copper from South Australia
BHP eyes 500 000 t/y of copper from South Australia
20th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining company BHP is advancing several avenues for copper growth, CEO Mike Henry said on Tuesday, highlighting the key role that its South Australian assets will play in the group’s... 


Nickel woes worsen for Glencore-backed miner as budget jumps 87%
20th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Glencore-backed Horizonte Minerals is warning that it needs a whole new financing package to restart a nickel project in northern Brazil after a review revealed the mine will cost 87% more than... 


President Gustavo Petro came into office in 2022 on a pledge to wean the country off its dependency on fossil fuels.
Colombia Bill seeks permanent legal ban on new coal contracts
20th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Colombia, South America’s top coal producer, is proposing a mining bill which would ban new exploration and production contracts for the fuel. The proposed law would also allow the expropriation... 


Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson.
Rich new Copper 360 discovery points to big Chile-type copper mine potential
20th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Okiep Copper Company, which mining company Newmont established in 1937, is today one of the 100%-owned subsidiaries of South Africa’s Copper 360, the only pure copper play listed on the... 


BHP CEO Mike Henry
Worst of inflationary wave over, says BHP CEO
20th February 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining group BHP CEO Mike Henry has expressed confidence in a more favourable economic outlook for 2024, declaring that the worst of the global inflationary wave is over. BHP, which on... 


Vale board split on future of current CEO, say sources
19th February 2024 By: Reuters

A board vote to decide on the future of Brazilian miner Vale's CEO ended in a tie, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, weeks after the government pressured the mining giant to... 


New Cascabel PFS cuts initial capex
19th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

London- and Toronto-listed SolGold has announced the results of a new prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Cascabel project, in Ecuador, which supports a phased block cave mine development that... 


Indonesia, Vale agree price for divestment plan, Minister says
16th February 2024 By: Reuters

Indonesia and Vale Base Metals have concluded negotiations and agreed in principle to a price for the portion of shares the miner will sell in its Indonesian unit INCO, the Mining Minister said on... 


South32 CEO Graham Kerr.
Crucial decarbonisation investigation into Hillside Aluminium is continuing intensely
16th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Solutions to support decarbonisation, while ensuring operational competitiveness into the future, are continuing to be intensely investigated at South Africa's large Hillside Aluminium operation in... 


The collapse of the tailings dam in Mariana in 2015 caused a mudslide that killed 19 people and severely polluted the Rio Doce river.
Vale to follow BHP on new provisions over dam failure, analysts say
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Brazilian miner Vale is expected to hike its provisions after BHP Group flagged a $3.2-billion impairment related to the failure of a dam operated by their joint venture Samarco, analysts said.... 


Palladium bars.
Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy
15th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on... 


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