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BHP mine struggling to stave off title of longest Chile strike

22nd March 2017 The biggest copper mine in the world owned by the largest mining company is about to gain another, less desirable superlative – that of Chile’s longest mining strike in a generation. Management and union representatives at BHP Billiton’s Escondida are entering into another round of talks on... 

Anglo says South Africa reorganisation adds sale flexibility

22nd March 2017 Anglo American said its decision to split some South African assets into a different subsidiary gives it the “flexibility” to dispose of its iron ore and export thermal coal assets should it decide to do so. The split, which was partly announced in February without reasons being given, means that... 

Adani coal mine in Australia faces fresh wave of protests

22nd March 2017 A new environmental campaign to stop the development of Adani Group’s $16.5-billion coal mine in Queensland will be launched Wednesday with the high-profile backing of former Australian Greens party leader Bob Brown. “Adani and the federal government have no idea of the scale of opposition and... 

Zambia copper miners face $276m bill in power dispute

21st March 2017 Zambian copper miners including the local unit of Glencore Plc could face a power bill of more than $276-million if they lose a dispute with the government over electricity tariff rises, according to Copperbelt Energy Corp., their biggest supplier. A resolution to the three-year battle could... 

Chevron calls end of LNG mega project after $88Bn spree

21st March 2017 Chevron Corp. has signaled the end of major new liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Western Australia and is unlikely to sanction an expansion of its Gorgon and Wheatstone export developments as it focuses on boosting returns from $88-billion of investment. The climate for developing large... 

Congo sees Trump roll-back of Dodd-Frank stoking insecurity

20th March 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) warned that proposals by the Trump administration to roll back laws on so-called conflict minerals from central Africa risks stoking violence by armed groups in the region. The suspension of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act “in the long run, will... 

Mining's biggest loser Lonmin is burning cash to stay alive

17th March 2017 For most of the mining industry, 2017 is turning out to be another good year. The big exception is Lonmin Plc. Investors are losing confidence in the world’s third-largest platinum producer as it burns through cash to stay afloat, just 15 months after raising about $400 million from shareholders.... 

Anglo's billionaire investor puts mining on cusp of M&A era

17th March 2017 Anil Agarwal’s surprise move into Anglo American suggests the mining industry may be on the cusp of a new wave of deals. For years, Anglo has been the subject of takeover speculation and during the worst of the commodities crisis it seemed on the verge of a breakup. It spent last year getting... 

Gold company manager charged in vast Peruvian smuggling plot

17th March 2017 The operations manager at a metals-refining company was charged with helping run a gold smuggling network that reaped-billions of dollars for illegal mines controlled by drug dealers and other criminals in South America. A criminal complaint against Juan Pablo Granda, 35, outlines a vast... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

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