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Sibanye, Lonmin merger hearing postponed to November Sibanye, Lonmin merger hearing postponed to November
Published: 17 Oct 18
The Competition Tribunal's hearing into the proposed merger between precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater and platinum miner Lonmin has been postponed to November, the tribunal reported on Wednesday. The hearing was meant to start on October 18 but has been "postponed in agreement with all parties" and will be held from November 12 to 16.
Samarco could begin partial production in 2020 after dam burst – Vale CEO
Published: 17 Oct 18
Samarco, a joint mining venture between Brazil's Vale and BHP Billiton, could resume production at a third of its capacity at the beginning of 2020, Vale's CEO said on Tuesday. Samarco halted operations in late 2015 after one of its dams collapsed, killing 19 people and causing one of Brazil's worst ever environmental disasters. The incident happened when the dam, designed to hold back mine waste from the Samarco iron pellets operation in Mariana, burst and unleashed a trail of destruction across hundreds of kilometers in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo states.
Zambian power firm CEC divests from telecoms business
Published: 17 Oct 18
Copperbelt Energy Corp (CEC) has sold its 50% stake in CEC Liquid Telecom to Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecommunication Holdings, the power firm said on Tuesday. CEC, Zambia's main supplier of power for its mines, and Liquid Telecom were equal partners in the joint telecoms firm since 2011, which is a market leader and has been rolling out a fibre optic network across Zambia.
 Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy? Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?
Published: 17 Oct 18
Freeport-McMoRan’s annual LME Week party is usually an opportunity for CEO Richard Adkerson to hobnob with the traders and consumers who buy copper from his mining company. At this year’s event, he was surrounded by investment bankers. With its biggest stock overhang – a deal around its flagship asset in Indonesia – close to being solved, the miner has said all options are open, even potentially a sale of the entire company. The comments will have everyone running the numbers. The question is, who would want to buy it?
Chile's State copper firm outlines lifeline plan for Salvador mine
Published: 17 Oct 18
Chile's State copper miner, Codelco, has submitted an environmental impact assessment of its plans to overhaul its aging Salvador deposit that would sharply increase its production and extend its life by 40 years. The Rajo Inca project would convert the existing mine, which has been in operation since 1959 and is due to run dry in its current state in 2021, to an opencast mine from an underground one.
Second activist targets Canadian miner Detour; seeks board changes
Published: 16 Oct 18
US hedge fund Livermore Partners is calling for an overhaul of the board at Detour Gold Corp and a strategic review, becoming the second activist to target the Canadian mining company. Livermore, which has engaged in other activist campaigns including at Canadian and UK media firm Entertainment One, sent a letter to Detour on Tuesday, saying the board has failed its shareholders on "numerous governance and operational matters."
Ramp-up for Anglo American's Minas Rio mine likely delayed to 2021 Ramp-up for Anglo American's Minas Rio mine likely delayed to 2021
Published: 16 Oct 18
Anglo American should restart operations at its Brazilian Minas Rio iron ore mine in November or December but a planned ramp-up to 26.5-million tonnes per year is likely to be pushed back to 2021 from 2020 as previously expected, the miner's Brazil chief said on Tuesday. The company halted production at its Minas Rio mine after two leaks in March in a pipeline that channels slurry more than 500 km from the mine in Minas Gerais state to a port in Rio de Janeiro state.
Calls for greater transformation in the energy industry
Published: 16 Oct 18
Calls for greater participation by black professionals in the energy industry were made during public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), held at Parliament, on Tuesday. The Black Energy Professionals Association, an organisation of black professionals that practice their trade within the energy sector, said there was still "inadequate participation of black people in the energy industry".
Organisations oppose coal in IRP public hearings
Published: 16 Oct 18
Public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) kicked off in Parliament on Tuesday, with several organisations voicing their concerns about the plan’s provision for new coal-fired power stations. Attorney Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy that introducing new coal-fired power stations would be "unlawful, irrational and in conflict with the Constitution".
Honeywell, ERG to collaborate on mine efficiencies
Published: 16 Oct 18
NYSE-listed Honeywell and Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop innovative technologies that will increase productivity at ERG’s operations in Kazakhstan, Brazil and several African countries. Under the terms of the MoU, Honeywell will initially implement its Symphonite statistical data reconciliation software to help ERG with its reporting process of production and inventory information.
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