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After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine
Published: 17 Apr 18
Two leaks in a month, a 90-day outage and $58-million in fines is not enough to temper Anglo American's ambition for its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil. Purchased at the height of the commodities boom a decade ago for $5.5-billion, Anglo American was once counting on Minas-Rio to produce 26.5-million tonnes of iron-ore by 2016. The mine's strength is its high-grade iron-ore that commands a premium as the world's biggest commodity consumer China seeks to cut pollution.
Coal India earmarks corpus for CBM foray
Published: 17 Apr 18
State-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) has earmarked $462-million for its foray into exploration and production of coal-bed methane (CBM), following government’s announcement that it will relax rules to allow the company to exploit the resource. Though plans are yet to be finalised, sources have said that the initial investment would possibly ride on two coal blocks in eastern Indian province of Jharkhand, recently allocated under the preferential nomination basis to CIL subsidiary Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL).
Whitehaven reports another solid quarter
Published: 17 Apr 18
ASX-listed Whitehaven Coal has reported a lift in production during the March quarter, with run-of-mine (ROM) production up to 5.9-million tonnes during the three months under review. This was up from the 5.4-million tonnes produced in the previous quarter, and the 5.6-million tonnes produced in the previous corresponding period.
Saracen ups full-year guidance
Published: 17 Apr 18
Gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings has increased its full-year production expectations on the back of record gold production during the March quarter. Gold production during the three months to March reached 98 886 oz, compared with 77 522 oz in the previous quarter, with the Carosue Dam operation delivering 44 329 oz and the Thunderbox mine delivering 54 557 oz.
Atlas' iron output continues to fall
Published: 17 Apr 18
Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has reported another fall in sales volumes during the three months to March, as wet weather and the closure of the Abydos mine impacted production. Atlas shipped 2-million tonnes of ore during the March quarter, down from the 2.2-million tonnes shipped in the December quarter. The shipped volumes comprised of 900 000 t of fines and 1.1-million tonnes of lump.
Downer EDI awarded A$660m Carrapateena contract
Published: 17 Apr 18
Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has awarded a A$660-million underground mining services contract to project house Downer EDI for the Carrapateena underground mine, in South Australia. The six-and-a-half year contract will comprise all underground mining activity, including site setup and development to the top of the orebody and infrastructure excavation, production setup and ramp-up, and bedding in steady-state operations at nameplate site capacity.
PIC rejects Aton's takeover offer for M&R
Published: 17 Apr 18
South Africa's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), the second-biggest shareholder in Murray & Roberts (M&R), said on Monday it had rejected an offer by Germany's Aton to acquire the engineering and construction firm. M&R's biggest shareholder German investor Lutz Helmig's Aton, which owns more than a third of the South African firm, made a buyout offer of R15 ($1.3) a share for M&R last month valuing the company at nearly $600-million.
Star Diamond’s Saskatchewan projects shine with C$2bn after-tax NPV
Published: 17 Apr 18
The TSX-quoted equity of project developer Star Diamond (formerly Shore Gold) closed in the black on Monday after a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its fully-owned Star-Orion South kimberlite projects reported strong metrics. The PEA reported an after-tax net present value on a conceptual 66-million-carat mine plan, at a 7% discount rate, of C$2-billion, with an estimated 19% internal rate of return.
Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output
Published: 17 Apr 18
Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported its best first-quarter iron-ore sales ever despite production of the iron-making ingredient slipping somewhat during the three-month period. The company reported that output during the quarter ended March 31 slipped 4.9% year-on-year to 81.95-million tonnes, reflecting management’s decision in the second quarter of 2017 to progressively cut lower-grade production in an attempt to position the company as a premium producer.
Copper Mountain lifts Q1 output 10%
Published: 16 Apr 18
British Columbia-focused miner Copper Mountain Mining has reported strong results for the first calendar quarter, as it battled abnormal volumes of snow and a brief power outage to keep production on course with 2018 guidance. The eponymous mine produced 23.2-million pounds of copper equivalent, which comprised 19.9-million pounds of the red metal, 6 070 oz of gold and 77 900 oz of silver.
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