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Wages, activity pick up in Australia's iron ore heartland

7th August 2018 New spending by some of the world's largest iron ore miners is tightening the market for jobs and support services in Australia's biggest mining region, bringing a sense of optimism after years in the doldrums. Spending by majors BHP Rio Tinto and Fortescue has boosted confidence throughout the... 

Russia's Rusal shuts down Nadvoitsky plant due to US sanctions

7th August 2018 ussia's Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, has started shutting down production at one of its smaller plants as a result of US sanctions on the company, Rusal representatives said on Monday. Operations at the Nadvoitsky aluminium smelter in Russia's Karelia region... 

BHP asks for government mediation in talks at Chile's Escondida

7th August 2018 Miner BHP said on Monday that it had formally requested a period of government mediation with the union at its Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's largest, prompting the union to postpone the start of a strike approved by workers. The two parties will meet, together with a government... 

Continental Resources inks deal with mineral royalty manager

7th August 2018 Shale oil producer Continental Resources said on Monday that it formed a subsidiary to manage mineral royalties with Franco-Nevada Corp, part of Continental's plan to diversify revenue sources. Mineral rights are often less-risky investments than drilling wells, which can carry large... 

Alcoa asks US government for tariff exemption on Canadian aluminum

7th August 2018 Alcoa Corp on Monday asked the US.Commerce Department to exempt from tariffs its purchases of 40 000 metric tons of Canadian aluminum used to make beverage cans, adding to thousands of requests for such relief. According to documents posted to its website, Alcoa said no US aluminum producer can... 

More northeast China cities cancel alumina projects amid public backlash

6th August 2018 Four more cities in northeast China's Liaoning province have abandoned their pursuit of alumina projects amid public environmental concerns, after Chaoyang last week scrapped plans to build the world's biggest alumina refinery. The new cancellations - announced in recent days by the cities of... 

Union at Chile's Escondida sets deadline for negotiations ahead of strike

6th August 2018 The union at BHP 's Escondida mine in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, has told the company it should prove its willingness to negotiate by Monday morning if seeks to strike a deal with workers ahead of a pending strike, according to an internal union communication obtained by Reuters.... 

Steel mills in China's Hebei cut output due to power shortage

6th August 2018 Some steel mills in Hebei, China's top steelmaking province, have been ordered to curb operations due to power shortages in the region, industrial sources said. Power grid loading in late July in southern areas of Hebei reached 36.57 gigawatts (GW), the highest on record, as a heatwave spurred... 

EU asks WTO to certify it has removed Airbus subsidies

6th August 2018 The European Union has asked the World Trade Organization to certify that it has complied with WTO rulings on its subsidies for planemaker Airbus, attempting to forestall-billions of dollars of US sanctions, a document published by the WTO showed on Monday. The legal move is the latest step in a... 

Tanzania wants to build pipeline to pump gas to Uganda

6th August 2018 Tanzania wants to build a pipeline to pump natural gas to neighbouring Uganda, another step in the two countries' bid to expand energy cooperation. State-run Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) said on Monday that the pipeline would start from its capital Dar es Salaam, then pass... 

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