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Rio Tinto renews work on giant Guinea iron-ore deposit

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 Rio Tinto Group is looking at new ways to develop the giant Simandou iron-ore deposit in Guinea that it almost sold last year, according to people familiar with the matter. Simandou is one of the world’s biggest untapped mineral deposits, but has a controversial past. For more than a decade, it... 

Iron-ore, gold surge propel South African miners to 11-year high

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2019 The twin tailwinds of rallying iron-ore prices and gold’s haven appeal have driven South African mining stocks to an almost 11-year high. Johannesburg’s FTSE/JSE Africa Mining Index gained as much as 2% Thursday to the highest since July 2008. Anglo American, BHP Group and AngloGold Ashanti have... 

Saving Earth with electric cars means wrecking a fragile desert

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Sara Plaza, 67 years old, can still remember guiding her family’s sheep along... 

Anglo’s South African units confirm integrity of tailings dams 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 The JSE-listed subsidiaries of global miner Anglo American have confirmed the structural integrity of their tailings dams, in line with a global call for better disclosure about tailings storage facilities (TSFs). Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operates nine mineral residue facilities, of... 

BHP review finds no dam integrity risks across tailings portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Australia-headquartered resources company BHP Group on Friday presented an update on the company’s approach to its tailings storage facilities’ (TSF’s) management and to provide information on the number, design and classification of tailings facilities. BHP said it was establishing a dedicated... 

Vale warns Brazil prosecutors another dam at risk of collapse

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA told prosecutors in the state of Minas Gerais that a dam is at risk of rupturing at its Gongo Soco mine, about 40 miles from where its Brumadinho dam collapsed, killing more than 230 people. According to a document published on Thursday, prosecutors said Vale is... 

Billionaire Friedland close to deal with BHP on Guinea iron-ore

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2019 Billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland is close to a deal to take over an iron-ore deposit in Guinea from owners including BHP Group, according to people familiar with the situation. Friedland is in advanced talks with BHP, Newmont Goldcorp and Areva, that will see him move to develop the... 

'Require, not ask' for women in mining, urges ex-Anglo chief

By: Reuters     9th May 2019 Mining is not only for men. Companies have to do more to push gender diversity, according to Cynthia Carroll, former CEO of Anglo American. “Companies should require, not ask that executives promote, recruit and include women,” Carroll said in an interview on the sidelines of a conference in... 

Top copper miner output declines to lowest in more than a decade

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2019 The world’s top copper miner posted the lowest production in more than a decade during the first quarter after heavy rains hit its operations and output declined across all of its aging mines. Chile’s Codelco churned out 370 900 t in the first quarter of 2019, down 27% from the previous three... 

‘Land no one else wants’ gets solar as coal-and-nukes era fades

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2019 For two decades, coal has been pulled from a Bent Mountain mine in eastern Kentucky. But in a startling move in the heart of coal country, a rival –solar – is preparing to move on to the land. From Appalachia in the US to Queensland in Australia and Chernobyl in Ukraine, solar and wind farms are... 

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