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Yancoal said to add new incentives to offer for Rio coal assets
Published: 26 Jun 17
China-controlled Yancoal Australia added new incentives to its offer for Rio Tinto Group’s Australian coal assets to fend off a last-minute challenge by rival Glencore, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Yancoal submitted a revised offer and will release details of the proposal Monday morning in London, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public. The value of the offer will remain at $2.45-billion but will include new incentives that may make it more attractive to Rio, said the person.
Energia raises A$3m for Italy zinc project
Published: 26 Jun 17
ASX-listed junior Energia Minerals is hoping to raise A$3.12-million through a non-renounceable rights issue to fund work at its Gorno zinc project, in Italy. Energia on Monday said that the two-for-five rights issue would be priced at 1c a share, which represented a discount of 37.5% to the company's closing price on June 23, and a 35.1% discount to the ten-day volume weighted average price.
Nova to reach commercial production by end of June
Published: 26 Jun 17
The Nova nickel/copper/cobalt mine, in Western Australia, is expected to reach commercial production by the end of June, ASX-listed Independence Group said on Monday. Since commissioning started in October last year, the processing plant has been constrained by ore production from the underground operation, and as such, has operated on a campaign basis, which has allowed the process design and installed equipment to be tested, but has not provided the opportunity for the process to be optimised, Independence reported.
Musgrave mulling its options at Cue
Published: 26 Jun 17
ASX-listed Musgrave Minerals on Monday said that it was considering its options with regards to the Cue project after fellow-listed Silver Lake Resources last week announced its intention to sell its interest in the joint venture. Silver Lake has reached an agreement with Westgold Resources to divest of its Murchison assets, including its interest in the Cue project, for A$10-million.
Rio continues with Strandline earn-in
Published: 26 Jun 17
The exploration arm of mining major Rio Tinto is expected to make its first $500 000 payment to ASX-listed junior Strandline Resources after completing a due diligence on that company's heavy mineral sands tenements in Tanzania. Rio Tinto and Strandline in April this year inked an earn-in and joint venture (JV) agreement that could see Rio earn a 75% interest in the project area for a total consideration of $10.75-million.
CoAL's Uitkomst buy completed after supply agreement finalised
Published: 26 Jun 17
Triple-listed Coal of Africa (CoAL) has announced that all conditions precedent for its R275-million buy of South Africa's Pan African Resources Coal Holdings have been fulfilled, after a supply agreement was signed over the Uitkomst colliery. The transaction will now be effective at the end of June this year, with CoAL to take over ownership, control and management of both Pan African and the Uitkomst colliery.
BHP gets ball rolling on new Pilbara iron-ore mine
Published: 26 Jun 17
Mining major BHP has approved a $184-million initial investment into the South Flank iron-ore project, in the Pilbara. The South Flank operation will leverage and expand on the existing Mining Area C hub, and is BHP's preferred option to replace the 80-million-tonne-a-year Yandi mine, which will reach the end of its mine-life in early- to mid-2020.
Rio Tinto to give revised Glencore offer 'appropriate consideration'
Published: 26 Jun 17
Diversified major Rio Tinto on Monday confirmed that it had received an improved offer from fellow diversified miner Glencore for its Australia subsidiary Coal & Allied (C&A). Glencore at the end of last week upped its offer from its initial $2.55-billion to $2.67-billion after Rio Tinto backed a $2.45-billion offer from Yancoal for the C&A assets, with Yancoal's offer already having received Japanese regulatory approval.
Amec slams 33% increase in WA mine safety levy
Published: 26 Jun 17
The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has lashed out at the Western Australian government, after Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston warned of an increase in levies to the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP's) Mines Safety Branch (MSB). The MSB is one of the branches within the DMP's resources safety division, and is tasked with enforcing industry compliance with the Mines Safety and Inspection Act and the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations.
Sibanye Gold aims to restart Cooke mine this week Sibanye Gold aims to restart Cooke mine this week
Published: 26 Jun 17
South African precious metals producer Sibanye Gold aims to resume production at its strike-hit Cooke Mine later this week, but first plans to conduct safety inspections in the shafts on Monday. A company spokesman also said the company needed to wrap up an appeals process for around 1 500 miners who face possible dismissal for taking part in a violent wildcat strike that started almost three weeks ago in protest against a company drive to root out illegal miners.
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