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Push to flood iron-ore market crushes smaller suppliers

A faster-than-expected increase in iron-ore production by the world's biggest miners in Australia and Brazil this year is pushing less efficient smaller suppliers of the steel-making raw material to the edge. From Europe to Australia to the...
29th July 2014

BHP plans 3-year Olympic Dam process trial from late 2016

BHP Billiton plans to run a three-year trial of a potentially cheaper way of processing copper and uranium from its massive Olympic Dam mine in Australia from late 2016, it said on Monday. The proposal is BHP's first indication of expansion...
28th July 2014

Brazil miner Vale posts record Q2 iron-ore production

Brazilian miner Vale said on Thursday its iron ore output in the second quarter was a record high for the period, up 12.6% from a year earlier, as it ramped up production to win back market share from Australian rivals. Vale's preferred shares,...
25th July 2014
Ferrous Metals

New PT scheme for African iron-ore industry

Qotho Laboratory Services’ iron-ore proficiency testing schemes include quality testing of materials to ensure international standards compliance
Recognising a niche in the iron-ore sector for a formal and independent iron-ore proficiency testing scheme, mining laboratory quality-control services provider Qotho Laboratory Services launched its iron-ore interlaboratory proficiency testing...
25th July 2014
Base Metals

US company contracted to drill at Chile mine

LEADING THE PACK Chile is widely known as the world’s number one copper producer Integrated exploration drilling services provider Boart Longyear was, in May, contracted to conduct exploration drilling at BHP Billiton-operated Minera Escondida copper mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, says Boart Longyear Latin America...
25th July 2014

Waning interest in African greenfield iron-ore projects

West African iron-ore projects that have clear and short-term access to the iron-ore market continue to attract attention
Surging growth in demand for iron-ore from China drove prices up during the early 2010’s, which led to a significant upswing in greenfield exploration programmes and such programmes were largely high-grade direct shipping ore (DSO) projects in...
25th July 2014

Colombian coal mine mechanics to continue talks Weds to end strike

Talks between mechanics at Colombia's largest coal mines, contractor Dimantec and the labour ministry will continue on Wednesday in an effort to end a 13-day strike, a union leader said. The meeting is set to begin at 10:00 am (15:00 GMT) in the...
24th July 2014

WA iron-ore and Qld coal shine in BHP’s 2014 financial year

Diversified miner BHP Billiton has exceeded its production guidance at its Western Australia iron-ore and Queensland coal divisions during the 2014 financial year. “Our focus on productivity has resulted in a significant improvement in...
23rd July 2014

Colombian mine mechanics, gov't to seek end to 12-day strike

Mechanics at Colombia's largest coal mines will meet on Tuesday with contractor Dimantec and representatives from the labour ministry in an effort to negotiate an end to a 12-day strike. The 3 500-strong mechanics group is demanding improved pay,...
22nd July 2014

Dominion reports maiden resource for Ekati’s Misery pit, new mine plan

Ekati, NT Canadian precious gem miner Dominion Diamond on Monday said it had promoted new material found at the Ekati mine’s Misery pit, in Canada’s Northwest Territories to the inferred resource category, adding five-million carats of rough diamonds to...
21st July 2014

New Gabon mining code in effect by year-end

MANGANESE DEVELOPMENT Nouvelle Gabon Mining is developing a 60-million-ton, 40%-grade manganese project in the City of Franceville  Gabon will soon adopt a new mining code, which will include provisions for the protection of the environment, corporate responsibility, a new ‘investor- friendly’ tax regime, simplified procedures for the granting of exploration permits and...
11th July 2014

Mechanics at Colombia coal mines strike, could hit output – union

Mechanics at Colombia's main coal mining companies, including Cerrejon and Drummond, went on strike over pay and conditions on Wednesday, a stoppage that will affect output if it continues long enough, a union leader told Reuters. The roughly 3...
10th July 2014
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