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GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally
Published: 17 Jan 19
The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed to advance the Democrats’ resolution to a final vote. As a result, the Treasury Department likely will be able to move forward with its plan announced December 19 to lift sanctions against three companies Deripaska controls – United Co. Rusal, En+ Group and EuroSibEnergo.
India mulling higher iron-ore import duty
Published: 17 Jan 19
The Indian government is mulling an increase in the iron-ore import duty to check rising inward shipments of the steel-making raw material even as domestic market faces a glut. Government sources said that various industry stakeholders, including miners and the government of mineral-rich Karnataka, have petitioned for a hike in the import duty as the current rate of 2.5% had given rise to trend of domestic steel companies resorting to imports to meet their requirement, while large stocks were lying unsold at pitheads across iron-ore producing states.
Alcoa beats profit estimates on strength in alumina segment
Published: 17 Jan 19
Top US aluminum producer Alcoa Corp beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Wednesday, buoyed by strength in its alumina segment, but shares slipped after the company did not provide a closely watched profit measure for the full year. The company's shares were down 1.6% in extended trading, reversing course after rising as much as 3.5% to $30.
Iamgold meets guidance, says Cote decision expected in Q1
Published: 17 Jan 19
Midtier miner Iamgold produced 231 000 oz in the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing the year’s production to 882 000 oz, comfortably meeting its guidance of 850 000 oz to 900 000 oz. In a preliminary production announcement, the company said on Wednesday that it had a record production year at its Essakane mine, in Burkina Faso, which produced 405 000 oz in the year.
Stornoway misses guidance in ‘challenging’ year
Published: 17 Jan 19
Quebec’s diamond miner, Stornoway, produced 1.32-million carats from the processing of 2.33-million tonnes of ore in the 2018 financial year, missing its guidance of recovering at least 1.35-million carats from the processing of 2.5-million tonnes of ore. In its fourth-quarter and 2018 production and sales results announcement, the TSX-V-listed company said on Wednesday that lower tonnage were processed in the second half of November and December, owing to technical issues with the front-end of the process plant.
Union membership verification at Sibanye’s gold operations suspended
Published: 16 Jan 19
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday suspended the process of verifying union membership at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, which it says is aimed at rendering the current strike action unprotected. AMCU explained in a statement that it had filed papers with the Labour Court to appeal what it noted as an error contained in the Labour Court judgment, which would have considerably limited the scope of the verification.
Xolobeni community survey to confirm whether mining can proceed
Published: 16 Jan 19
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday announced the imminent start of an independent survey to be undertaken in Xolobeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows the Minister’s visit to the community on Tuesday in efforts to gain “full consent” to planned mining and economic activity in the region.
Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines Platinum price fall worsening plight of job-intensive mines
Published: 16 Jan 19
The latest fall of the platinum price is threatening to become the last straw that broke the camel’s back for some deep labour-intensive platinum group metals (PGMs) mines on particularly the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, Mining Weekly Online can today report. Well ahead of the latest price decimation, platinum company CEOs were expressing concern about the lossmaking position of western limb PGMs mines, which account for 55% of South Africa’s platinum production and provide 136 000 direct mining jobs.
Agrizzi says Bosasa used union bosses to get contract at Gold Fields
Published: 16 Jan 19
Angelo Agrizzi, the former marketing co-coordinator of Bosasa Facilities Management, on Wednesday spilled the beans about the inner workings and political links of the controversial consultancy company, also saying that at times he felt like he was in a cult-like organisation during his 17-year long service with the firm. Resuming for day 33 in Johannesburg, the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State capture heard that Agrizzi had been working as a "right-hand man" for Bosasa's controversial chief executive, Gavin Watson, after joining Bosasa in 1999 while it was still Dyambu Holdings.
KGHM expects 2019 average copper price at $6 100/t to $6 300/t
Published: 16 Jan 19
Poland's copper producer KGHM expects an average copper price this year at $6 100/t to $6 300/t, the company's CEO, Marcin Chludzinski, said on Wednesday. "We refer to lower end of copper price range forecast by analysts and we assume an average copper price at $6,100-$6,300 per tonne. I think this is realistic, today the price has neared $6,000," Chludzinski told Reuters.
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