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On-The-Air (21/06/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 President Ramaphosa’s SONA commitment to look into the development of a hydrogen economy is of great significance; Transnet’s latest plans to rail manganese to the ports is an important boost for South Africa’s export potential; and South Africa should follow Australia’s example of allowing... 

Much-delayed Wallarah 2 coal project to proceed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2019 It has been a week of big news for coal projects in Australia with another long-gestating mine, Wallarah 2 in New South Wales, gaining a mining lease only days after construction of the much-delayed and -debated Carmichael mine, in Queensland, got under way. The New South Wales Minerals Council... 

Lynas stockpiles rare earths for 'strategic' customers

By: Reuters     21st June 2019 Australia's Lynas said it was stockpiling production of a major rare earth element, with prices jumping in recent weeks as supply concerns mount amid trade tensions between China and the United States. The miner said its decision to stockpile neodymium praseodymium (NdPr), used in industrial... 

Mortlake South Wind Farm, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     21st June 2019 The project involves the construction of Acciona Energia’s fifth wind farm, in Australia. 

Trump weighs limits on uranium imports after Commerce cites security risk

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 The US Commerce Department has recommended the White House take steps to protect the domestic production of uranium after finding the nation’s reliance on imports was a national security risk, said three people briefed on the matter. Among the trade remedies recommended is to require nuclear... 

Australia lithium miner Altura says former top investor Shaanxi J&R sells entire stake

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Australia's Altura Mining said on Thursday its former biggest investor and one-time suitor, China's Shaanxi J&R Optimum Energy, has sold its entire remaining 11.8% stake in the lithium miner. At Altura's latest closing price, the stake would have been worth A$24.1-million ($16.60-million). It... 

BHP and Mitsubishi to pursue emission reductions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2019 Mining major BHP and Japan’s Mitsubishi Development have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly pursue emissions reductions. BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie on Thursday said that the MoU marked the start of an important collaboration with one of the company’s essential long-term industry... 

Construction starts at Carmichael

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2019 Construction of the much-maligned Carmichael coal project, in Queensland, has started. Indian major Adani on Thursday said that some 60 workers were currently on site for surveying and clearing purposes to allow access onto the mine site, while also working on geotechnical and water management... 

China iron-ore soars as Rio Tinto cuts shipments forecast

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 China's iron-ore surged to a record on Thursday after Rio Tinto lowered its Pilbara shipment guidance, suggesting that supply could remain tight even as Vale is set to resume full operations at its Brucutu mine. Mining giant Rio Tinto on Thursday lowered its guidance on volumes of iron-ore it... 

Resolute Mining determined to grow as adds London listing

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Australian-listed gold miner Resolute Mining lists on the London Stock Exchange on Thursday to broaden its investor base and pursue its ambition to be a high-tech, pan-African gold producer, partly through acquisitions. New listings have been scant in London, where uncertainty over Britain's... 

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