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Congo nears Eskom power-supply contract to boost copper output

24th April 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20%, according to the country’s chamber of mines. State-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 MW from South African utility... 

Gold slides with French tensions as Macron becomes front-runner

24th April 2017 Gold sank the most in more than seven weeks as investors returned to riskier assets on speculation pro-growth centrist Emmanuel Macron will become France’s next president after the first round of voting, potentially removing a threat to the eurozone from one of the region’s top economies.... 

Trump's infrastructure plan a boon for iron-ore, says Australia's Cormann

23rd April 2017 US President Donald Trump’s plan to upgrade the nation’s roads, ports and bridges will drive demand for steel and support iron ore prices, Australia’s Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said. “The US and the Trump administration has put out a very ambitious infrastructure investment program" and... 

Wealth gap leaves Ivorians craving share of 'economic miracle'

20th April 2017 Standing knee-deep in muddy water to sift gravel in oppressive heat, a handful of middle-aged miners search for diamonds, clinging to what seems like a dying trade in a region with few job opportunities. “It’s unpredictable,” Pierre Silue, a 46-year-old miner wearing ragged clothes, said as he... 

Alcoa swaps New York for the city of steel as Harvey simplifies

20th April 2017 Alcoa is giving up the glamour of New York City and going back to Pittsburgh, as new CEO Roy Harvey steps up efforts to streamline the aluminium maker. Changing headquarters and closing seven locations across the US, Europe and Asia is part of a push to lower costs after the producer of the... 

Gold's top forecaster says prices may hit $1 350 by year-end

19th April 2017 Gold will end the year higher, spurred by faster inflation and political tensions in Russia, Syria and North Korea, according to Intesa Sanpaolo, the best forecaster for the metal last quarter. Prices could take a V-shaped path this year, with a swoon coming mid-year as the Federal Reserve raises... 

Glencore cobalt supplies in Congo face hold up over mine row

19th April 2017 A dispute between State-owned Gecamines and its joint venture partner at a Congolese cobalt mine that supplies Glencore threatens to halt the supply of as much as 4% of the metal within two months. Jersey-registered GTL, a joint venture between Gecamines and closely held Groupe Forrest... 

World's nutrient-poor farms get a vitamin boost from zinc mines

18th April 2017 Injecting an industrial metal back into the ground could prove a boon for farmers and miners alike. The metal is zinc. Used mostly to reduce corrosion in iron and steel, zinc also is needed in trace amounts to keep humans and plants healthy. Without it in their diets, people are prone to... 

UK Royal Mint's gold sales jump 20% amid political turmoil

13th April 2017 The UK Royal Mint’s gold sales jumped by a fifth in the first three months of the year, according to figures obtained under freedom of information legislation. Following month-on-month declines in the first two months, March gold sales jumped 263% in volume-terms, according to the information... 

Cyclone wreckage lays bare met coal's top exporter weak link

13th April 2017 Two weeks after a cyclone tore through Australia’s biggest metallurgical coal mining basin, the industry is still reeling. The outages are a flashback to deluges in 2008 and 2010-11, which forced miners in the world’s largest exporter of the steel-making commodity to update operations with... 

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