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Workers at Chile's Escondida give BHP deadline to avoid strike

2nd August 2018 The union at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, told the company on Thursday that it should improve its contract offer by August 6 or it would begin preparations for a strike. Union workers announced earlier on Thursday that they had voted to reject the... 

Tahoe Resources CEO says top priority is ending Guatemala mine dispute

2nd August 2018 The new chief executive of Tahoe Resources said on Thursday that his top priority is ending a long-running dispute in Guatemala that has stopped all of the mining company's silver production. Jim Voorhees, who became CEO of the Reno, Nevada-based company in June, said he has deployed new staff... 

Kaz Minerals expands into Russia with $900m copper deal

2nd August 2018 Kaz Minerals, a low-cost copper producer until now focused on Kazakhstan, said it has agreed to buy the Baimskaya copper project in the Chukotka region of Russia for $900-million in cash and shares. The deal is comprised of an initial $675-million and a deferred payment of $225-million. 

Centamin's core earnings beat expectations, shares rise

2nd August 2018 Gold miner Centamin's quarterly core earnings topped market expectations as lower-than-estimated mine site costs and inventory-driven sales volumes offset a drop in production. Shares of the Egypt-focused company climbed 4% in morning trading on the London Stock Exchange. 

London court rules DP World Djibouti contract 'valid and binding' – Dubai govt

2nd August 2018 Dubai's government said on Thursday the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has ruled DP World's port container terminal contract in Djibouti was valid and binding. The government of Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World in February over a dispute dating back... 

Japan steelmakers shrug off US tariffs in earnings but warn on automobile duties

2nd August 2018 Japanese steelmakers reported little fallout in their first-quarter earnings from the US import tariffs on steel, but they all voiced growing concerns over possible US duties on automobiles which could hurt a wide range of Japan's industries. US President Donald Trump ordered a national security... 

Philippines says 23 of 27 mines pass review, but four may close

2nd August 2018 The Philippines confirmed on Thursday that 23 of 27 mines reviewed for compliance with state regulations will continue to operate, while the remaining four in the world's No. 2 nickel supplier that failed the audit could face closure. The government review panel issued its final report after... 

Eskom offers investors up to $1.5bn of 10-year bonds – source

2nd August 2018 South Africa's struggling state-owned power firm Eskom offered investors up to $1.5-billion of ten-year bonds on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Separately, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said Eskom was planning a foreign bond sale and that the firm's chief executive... 

Canada to soften carbon tax as firms fret about US competition

2nd August 2018 Canada will soften the impact of a planned carbon tax on major emitters of greenhouse gases after businesses complained it would make them less competitive with the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The move underlines the challenges facing Canada as it tries to deal with Washington... 

Chilean workers vote to strike at world's biggest copper mine

2nd August 2018 Workers at BHP Billiton's Escondida mine in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, have voted to reject a company wage offer and go on strike, according to a communique sent to Reuters on Thursday. A total of 2 330 members voted on strike action, with 1 955 supporting it and 370 accepting the... 


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