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Ovoot to fill fat coal gap in China - Aspire
Published: 16 Jan 19
Coal developer Aspire Mining on Wednesday told shareholders that its Ovoot project, in Mongolia, could assist in addressing a projected 16-million- to 22-million-tonne shortage of fat coking coal in China, out to 2025. China’s ‘fat’ coal category encapsulates high fluidity coals with good plastic and excess caking properties that are used to blend lower quality coking coals.
Lucapa output rises on Mothae start
Published: 16 Jan 19
Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company produces 3 089 ct of diamonds from its Mothae operation, in Lesotho, during the December quarter. The 1.1-million tonne treatment plant was commissioned during the December quarter, delivering Lucapa its second operational mine.
Centerra reports production results, sets guidance for 2019
Published: 16 Jan 19
Midtier miner Centerra Gold produced 729 556 oz of gold in 2018, a 7% decrease from that of 2017, but above the company’s guidance of 665 000 oz to 705 000 oz for the year. Centerra, which operates the water-constrained Mt Milligan mine, in British Columbia, and the Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan, produced 288 367 oz of gold in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Pacific American Coal increases Elko resource
Published: 16 Jan 19
Coal developer Pacific American Coal has reported an 18% increase in the Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource of its Elko coking coal project, in British Columbia. The project is now estimated to host some 303-million tonnes of coal, with 117-million tonnes of the resource classified within the measured category.
Woodside awards Scarborough contracts ahead of FID next year
Published: 16 Jan 19
Australian oil and gas major Woodside is pushing ahead with the development of its $11-billion Scarborough gas project, announcing four contract awards for front-end engineering design activities. CEO Peter Coleman said the award of the contracts would support the project schedule and Woodside’s targeted final investment decision (FID) next year.
Golden Investments says Stanmore offer final Golden Investments says Stanmore offer final
Published: 16 Jan 19
Suitor Golden Investments has told the shareholders of ASX-listed Stanmore Coal that it will not be increasing its offer price of 95c a share, and that it will not extend its offer date past January 22. Stanmore in December urged shareholders to reject the offer, saying the price was “materially inadequate” and did not provide an appropriate control premium.
Pimco favours 'unloved' platinum that's looking cheap to gold
Published: 16 Jan 19
Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. Nic Johnson, Pimco’s managing director and portfolio manager for commodities, says he prefers the metal over gold. Used in autocatalysts of diesel engines and jewelry, it’s the cheapest ever relative to both bullion and palladium, after tumbling 14 percent last year.
Project Halo refutes allegations of favoritism in bid to acquire Optimum, Koornfontein mines
Published: 16 Jan 19
Project Halo – the consortium which came out as the preferred bidder in the highly-contested purchase of coal mine previously owned by the Gupta family – on Tuesday rejected allegations of impropriety in the way it secured the bid to acquire mine and other related assets.  Last year, Project Halo won a bid to buy Optimum Coal Mine, Koornfontein Mine, and Optimum Coal Terminal in Mpumalanga for R3.6-billion from Tegeta Exploration and Resources, a mining company which is linked to the controversial Gupta family.
Senate advances measure to keep sanctions on Deripaska companies
Published: 16 Jan 19
The Senate advanced a resolution to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, with 11 Republicans aiding Democrats in a rare split with President Donald Trump. The 57-42 vote to take up the measure Tuesday came shortly after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin lobbied GOP senators at the Capitol and indicated he’s not backing down from his plan to lift sanctions against three companies Deripaska controls: United Co. Rusal, En+ Group and EuroSibEnergo.
Vale gets approval to buy 3 wind farms in northeast
Published: 16 Jan 19
Iron-ore miner Vale SA has won approval from Brazil's antitrust regulator to buy three wind farms in the northeast of the country from investment fund Salus, according to an announcement in the official gazette on Tuesday. In announcing its decision, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) did not disclose the price of the acquisition.
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