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Flow of LME nickel to hidden storage dents bull story

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, analysts said, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. LME nickel stocks have shrunk by about 40% this year, largely from warehouses in Malaysia, Taiwan... 

Why a no-deal Brexit risks freezing London's diamond trade

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 The UK has warned that a no-deal Brexit risks London being frozen out of the global diamond trade. Britain is a member of the Kimberley Process, the global certification program used to track and prevent the trade of conflict gems, through its European Union membership. The country will need to... 

Gold merger will create industry 'superpower'

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 The merger between Barrick Gold (domiciled in Canada and dual-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges) and Randgold Resources (domiciled in Jersey and dual-listed on the London and Nasdaq stock exchanges), announced last month and still awaiting shareholder and regulatory approvals,... 

Acacia Mining threatens to invoke investment treaty in Tanzania dispute 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Acacia Mining said on Friday it would seek direct dialogue with Tanzania over a long-running tax dispute and threatened to invoke a bilateral investment treaty should a settlement not be reached. Acacia's parent Barrick Gold has been negotiating with the Tanzanian government on behalf of... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

SA-linked startup wins UK competition to build hyperloop-type solution

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 UK company Magway has won co-funding support of more than £650 000 from Innovate UK, through its emerging and enabling technologies competition, to build a 150 m hyperloop-type demonstration link for high-speed package delivery, east of London. Innovate UK is the UK government’s Research Agency. 

Nigeria central bank, MTN getting closer to settlement – Minister

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Nigeria's central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1-billion, Nigeria's information minister said on Wednesday. The central bank says MTN transferred $8.1-billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of... 

Strongbow unveils financing deal, still aiming for 2018 London listing

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2018 Strongbow Exploration, the company that is seeking to revive the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, south-west England, is still targeting a listing on London’s Aim exchange this year, president and CEO Richard Williams said on Wednesday, while announcing a financing and offtake agreement with... 

Hochschild ups production target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 London-listed Hochschild has raised its production target from 38-million ounces to 38.5-million ounces of silver equivalent, following a record nine-month performance. The miner, which operates three mines in Peru and one in Argentina, reported attributable nine-month production of 29.5-million... 

Acacia Mining says another employee arrested by Tanzania anti-corruption body

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Acacia Mining said on Wednesday an employee and a former employee were detained by Tanzania's anticorruption authority, a week after the gold miner said another staffer had been released on bail after being charged with corruption. Tanzania's anti-corruption authority was quoted by local media as... 

Ramp-up for Anglo American's Minas Rio mine likely delayed to 2021

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Anglo American should restart operations at its Brazilian Minas Rio iron ore mine in November or December but a planned ramp-up to 26.5-million tonnes per year is likely to be pushed back to 2021 from 2020 as previously expected, the miner's Brazil chief said on Tuesday. The company halted... 

Polyus confident of meeting FY target

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Russian gold miner Polyus is confident that it will achieve its production guidance for the year, following a “robust” operational performance in the third quarter. The company, which trades on the Moscow and London stock exchanges, produced 691 200 oz of gold, a 15% improvement on the 602 000... 

Waterfall named Best Mixed-use Development in South Africa for fifth year running

16th October 2018 At a lavish ceremony held at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel on 11 October 2018, Waterfall Management Company was honoured with the Best Mixed-use Development in South Africa 2018/2019 award for the Waterfall development. Besides scooping this prestigious award for the... 

BHP doubles stake in Ecuador copper project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Mining major BHP has subscribed for a further £45-million worth of shares in copper developer SolGold, which is the majority owner and operator of the Cascabel porphyry copper-gold project, in Ecuador. BHP will be issued an additional 100-million shares, at a price of 45p each, taking its... 

Anglo Asian's Azerbaijan gold output rises 47% in Q3

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Anglo Asian Mining's gold output rose 47% in the third quarter, the London-listed company said on Monday, adding that full-year production would be at the top end of its current guidance. Azerbaijan's leading gold mining firm said it produced 21 318 oz of the metal in the last quarter, against... 

Prudent capital allocation keeps Balwin performing in H1 despite challenging climate

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 JSE-listed housing developer Balwin Properties handed over 1 058 residential units, which contributed to a 33% increase in revenue to R1.19-billion for the six months ended August 31. An average unit selling price of R1.12-million was achieved, compared with R1.2-million in the same period of... 

Kazatomprom may sell 25% stake in London/Astana float

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Kazakhstan's Kazatomprom, the world's biggest uranium producer, said it plans to float up to a 25% stake in an initial public offering (IPO) in London and Astana, but did not confirm whether the listing was still on track for this year. The global market for IPOs has been hit by recent turmoil... 

Centerra sells Mongolia mine and project for $35m

By: Mariaan Webb     15th October 2018 Canada-based Centerra Gold has sold its Mongolian business unit to private equity firm OZD Asia for $35-million, in a move that CEO Scott Perry describes as a portfolio enhancement. The company’s Mongolia assets include the Boroo mine and processing plant, as well as the Gatsuurt project. 

Atalaya evaluating strategic options

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2018 Copper miner Atalaya Mining is undertaking a review to evaluate its strategic options, the dual-listed miner confirmed on Friday, sending its shares in London up 15%. Atalaya, which owns the Proyecto Riotinto mine and Proyecto Touro development project in Spain, confirmed the strategic review in... 

Rio Tinto to take hit on legacy alumina contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has warned of a $178-million impact on its financials during the first half of 2018, due to its legacy alumina contracts. The miner supplies some 2.2-million tonnes of alumina under legacy contracts, which are priced at a percentage of the benchmark aluminium price. 

Acacia Mining says employee in Tanzania charged with corruption

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 London-listed Acacia Mining said on Thursday an employee at its North Mara mine in Tanzania was charged with corruption but plead not guilty and has been granted bail. The employee was "responsible for signing cheques for approved payments made by NMGML at the time, including a cheque regarding... 

Anglo Asian sees FY output at upper-end of guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 An “excellent” third quarter has positioned Anglo Asian to not only meet its 2018 production guidance, but to achieve the upper-end of its target range of 78 000 oz to 84 000 oz of gold equivalent. The London-listed miner, which operates the Gedabek mine in Azerbaijan, on Thursday reported... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Opec sees weaker demand for its crude next year as rivals surge

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Opec is under intense pressure right now from consumers to ease prices by pumping more crude, but for 2019 it sees a more doubtful picture. The cartel cut its estimate for global demand for its crude next year due to weakening economic growth and higher output from rivals, notably US shale... 

Gold gets ignored as global equity rout fails to fire up havens

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Equities are plummeting, President Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve’s gone ‘loco’ and the trade war’s heating up, yet traditional havens in times of trouble such as gold are not getting any love. The biggest selloff in equities since February rolled through Asia and into Europe on Thursday,... 

Packaging firm Mondi reports 30% rise in Q3 underlying profit

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Packaging and paper group Mondi, reported a 30 percent increase in third-quarter underlying core profit, benefiting from higher average selling prices in some of its businesses. Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to €466-million in the three... 

Chile studying possible lithium trade on LME

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Chile has called for lithium to be traded on the London Metals Exchange to provide greater "clarity" about its value, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica said on Wednesday. At present, lithium producers negotiate contracts with buyers but the terms of the deals are not made public. Critics say this... 

Barrick Gold maintains 2018 gold and copper guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th October 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed Barrick Gold has maintained its 2018 production guidance at 4.5-million to 5-million ounces and its copper guidance at 345-million to 410-million pounds, after reporting preliminary third-quarter production results. The miner, which recently agreed to buy London-listed... 

Rio Tinto to restart sale of Icelandic aluminium plant – sources

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Rio Tinto is close to restarting a sale process for some of its aluminium assets, including a plant in Iceland, which have been valued at around $350-million, two sources familiar with the matter said. The assets include a 53% stake in a Dutch anode facility and 50% of the shares in a Swedish... 

Dollar shortage 'short-term problem' for miners in Zimbabwe – Minister

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 A dollar shortage that has sparked outrage from mining companies operating in Zimbabwe is a "short-term problem" that will be remedied by a stronger economy, the mines minister told Reuters. Zimbabwe is suffering acute shortages of US dollars, deterring foreign capital from helping the ailing... 

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

BHP aims to restart Olympic Dam copper facility this month

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 BHP expects a plant at its Olympic Dam mine to restart this month following repairs and the company has found a way to deliver returns from the asset as part of a focus on maxmising productivity, its head of Australian operations said on Tuesday. "The expectation remains that we'll have that... 

Poland's KGHM focused on balance sheet, not dividends

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Polish miner KGHM, one of the world's leading copper producers, is focusing on shoring up its balance sheet rather than any early return to dividends, its new CEO said. Marcin Chludzinski, who was named CEO in June, said he will deliver an updated strategy for the company by the end of the year. 

The battery boom created a new lithium superpower in China

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 With a ruined 13th Century castle, the Irish town of Carlow is an unlikely staging post in the super-charged rise of a key player in China’s push to dominate the global electric-vehicle revolution. Ganfeng Lithium Co. sent a team to the town -- a 90-minute drive southwest of Dublin -- in 2013,... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 For all the bullish talk about metals of the future, miners are making some of their biggest profits from heavy-industry stalwart coal. Base metals from copper to zinc have tumbled this year, caught up as a proxy for trade fears and emerging market jitters. Meanwhile, coal has ground steadily... 

Codelco plans to raise $1bn in 2019

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Chile's State-owned miner Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, plans to raise up to $1-billion next year to help finance the overhaul of its existing mines, chairperson Juan Benavides said on Tuesday. Benavides also said the company was looking at exploration projects in Brazil, Ecuador... 

China aluminium exports to surge on trade war - CRU

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chinese aluminium exports are expected to surge in coming months and next year after Beijing boosted tax rebates as part of a package to soften the impact of a trade war with the United States, according to industry consultancy CRU. High Chinese exports of metals such as aluminium and steel in... 

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