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Russian diamond producer Alrosa says H1 sales to exceed initial expectations

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 Russia's Alrosa, the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms, said on Thursday first-half sales would be significantly higher than it originally planned due to market strength. Speaking on the sidelines of the St Petersburg economic forum, Alrosa chief executive Sergey Ivanov... 

Rusal warns on ability to operate from October as CEO quits

By: Bloomberg     24th May 2018 United Co Rusal’s CEO resigned after less than three months in the role, as the Russian firm warned that trade partners and international lenders could cut ties with the company if US sanctions aren’t lifted after October 23. The world’s biggest aluminum producer outside China also said the... 

Russia's Alrosa may buy diamond polisher Kristall in 2018 - Finance Ministry

By: Reuters     17th May 2018 Russian diamond miner Alrosa may buy State-owned diamond polisher Kristall in 2018, Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Thursday. Alrosa, the world's largest rough diamond producer by output, said previously it was "expedient" for it to buy Kristall when the state-owned... 

Alrosa sees rosy prospects from colourful diamonds

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Russia's Alrosa, the world's largest diamond producer by output, plans to boost revenue from selling rare, coloured stones where demand is stable, although it is a niche business. Nature gives fancy colours to about one in every 10 000 rough diamonds of gem quality that are mined around the world. 

LBMA suspends Russian precious metals refinery from 'good delivery' lists

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 The London Bullion Market Association said on Tuesday it had suspended the Ekaterinburg Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Plant from its gold and silver good delivery lists due to "ownership related issues". The refinery in Russia is controlled by Moscow-based conglomerate Renova Group, which along... 

Alrosa steps up diamond marketing as miner eyes more cutting

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2018 Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond miner by output, is increasing its marketing efforts and targeting new opportunities in gem cutting at a time when the market is showing signs of starting to stabilize. The Russian firm, which typically hasn’t promoted stones outside Russia, last year... 

Ramaphosa appoints Mabuza as Russia envoy

By: News24Wire      14th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Deputy President David Mabuza as his special envoy to Russia, according to a statement from the Presidency. The move appears to set a point of departure on South Africa’s role in the BRICS group of emerging economies which include Brazil, Russia, India and... 

Rusal's first quarter earnings jump, but warns on sanctions impact

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 Russian aluminium giant Rusal boosted first-quarter recurring net profit on Friday amid stronger aluminium prices, but warned that sanctions imposed by the United States in April could harm its business. Washington last month announced sanctions on Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several... 

No casualties in fire at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, Evraz says

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 No miners were hurt in a fire that broke out on Thursday at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, steelmaker Evraz said. Evraz, which controls Raspadskaya, said all miners had been evacuated and that the blaze is thought to have started in the mine's technical equipment. 

Qatar steps in to buy Rosneft stake after China deal collapses

By: Bloomberg     7th May 2018 Qatar emerged as a major shareholder in Rosneft on Friday after a $9-billion deal to sell a stake in Russia’s State-run oil producer to China’s troubled CEFC Energy collapsed. Qatar Investment Authority stepped in after the sellers – a consortium of QIA itself and mining giant Glencore – told... 

Metals maker Arconic slashes forecasts, shares slide

By: Reuters     1st May 2018 Aluminium products maker Arconic Inc slashed its 2018 forecasts for profit and free cash flow on expectations that the price of the metal would remain high this year due to sanctions on Russian supplies and a 10% duty on aluminium imports. Shares of the company, which makes aluminium products... 

Rusal shareholder calls for new strategy in response to US sanctions

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 SUAL Partners, a co-owner of Russian aluminium producer Rusal, said on Monday that Rusal's board and shareholders needed to start work as soon as possible on a new strategy after the company was hit by US sanctions. Washington this month imposed sanctions on billionaire Oleg Deripaska and several... 

Deripaska offers to cut En+ stake in bid for sanctions relief

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2018 Oleg Deripaska offered to make concessions on his ownership of En+ Group Plc, which owns almost half of Russian aluminum giant United Co Rusal, as he seeks to cast off the yoke of US sanctions. The Russian billionaire agreed “in principle” to cut his stake in En+ to less than 50% and plans to... 

Syrian storm puts SA in uncomfortable company

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 On April 7, Douma, in Syria, was subject to what appears to have been a chemical weapons attack. The Syrian Government has an independently-established (by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW) record of using chemical weapons in the current civil war, and against... 

Russia, betting on EU-Trump talks, keeps powder dry in Rusal row for now

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Moscow is holding off on taking retaliatory measures against the United States for imposing sanctions on Rusal, hoping the EU can persuade Washington to ease restrictions against the world's second largest aluminium producer further, sources told Reuters. The United States on Monday gave... 

US extends deadline for Rusal sanctions, aluminium prices dive

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 The US on Monday gave American customers of Russia's biggest aluminium producer more time to comply with sanctions, and said it would consider lifting them if United Company Rusal Plc's major shareholder, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, ceded control of the company. Aluminium prices on the London... 

US grants reprieve to Rusal, says will weigh impact on allies

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 The United States on Monday opened the door to sanctions relief for Russian aluminum producer United Company Rusal Plc, saying it was considering a company bid to avoid US sanctions and would weigh the impact on American allies and partners. 

Sanctions-hit Russian firms ask government for $1.6bn in liquidity – Interfax

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Russian companies hit by US sanctions, including aluminium giant Rusal, have asked for $1.6-billion in liquidity support from the government, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying on Friday. The US on April 6 imposed sanctions against several Russian... 

Polyus says no change to business after US sanctions list

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 Polyus said on Tuesday that the inclusion on a US sanctions list of a member of the family that controls Russia's biggest gold producer would not lead to changes in the way the company conducted its business. Suleiman Kerimov was among several Russian tycoons targeted by a new list of US sanctions. 

Rio to call force majeure on some Rusal-linked contracts

By: Reuters     14th April 2018 Rio Tinto said it will declare force majeure on certain customer contracts after the US imposed sanctions on its partner Russian aluminium producer Rusal. The mining group said on Friday it was working with its customers to minimise disruptions to supply and would fully comply with US sanctions. 

Russia takes aim at titanium, US workers in sanctions plan

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Russia outlined a broad range of potential retaliatory moves against new US sanctions, including curbs on imports of American farm products and cooperation in nuclear energy and space launches, as well as a possible ban on titanium sales to Boeing Co. The proposals, which also include a... 

Deripaska withdraws from Nornickel board nomination

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska has withdrawn his nomination candidacy to join the board of Norilsk Nickel, the mining firm said in a statement on Thursday. Deripaska had been nominated to join the board, a regulatory disclosure showed on April 5. 

Deripaska's fall: From Davos party king to outcast in three days

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2018 At Davos this year, Oleg Deripaska threw a party with champagne, Russian folk dancers and a performance by Enrique Iglesias. Now the Russian billionaire is on an international blacklist usually reserved for terrorists and warlords. On Friday, the US aimed its toughest sanctions at Deripaska’s... 

Rio Tinto stands to win from Rusal sanctions, US consumers to lose

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Rio Tinto will be among the biggest winners from the US sanctions imposed on Russian aluminium giant United Company Rusal as the penalties further shake up the global metals trade and boost costs for US consumers, industry sources said on Monday. The United States on Friday imposed the sanctions... 

Deripaska's Rusal and aluminium market roiled by US sanctions

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 Russian aluminum maker United Co. Rusal’s stock plunged about 40%, while prices of the metal surged, after US sanctions on the company and its billionaire owner Oleg Deripaska prompted the producer to warn of potential debt defaults and “materially adverse” consequences. The stock fell to... 

Russian tycoon Deripaska nominated to join Nornickel board

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska has been nominated to join the board of directors of mining firm Norilsk Nickel, a regulatory disclosure showed on Thursday. Deripaska, whose aluminium producer Rusal owns a 27.8% stake in Norilsk Nickel, has been locked in a long-running battle for control of the... 

Mikhail Nikomarov

6th April 2018 This week we profile Mikhail Nikomarov, CEO of Bushveld Energy, which is developing utility-scale energy storage projects in Africa using vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology and launching the manufacture of VRFB components in South Africa, starting with vanadium electrolyte   

Quest for cheaper batteries lures money from Russian billionaire

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2018 Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants. The tycoon’s En+ Group, which owns power plants and the largest aluminum maker outside... 

Alrosa selects top projects for resuming production at Mir

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd April 2018 Out of the 33 entries in the competition that Russian diamond miner Alrosa launched to find a technical solution for resuming mining operations at the Mir deposit, three projects have been awarded the second and third places, but no outright winner was named. The second place was taken by two... 

Winter is coming – as the global Game of Thrones comes back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th March 2018 There is a well-known slight misquotation of Karl Marx: History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. In the past few weeks, in international relations, we have seen a novel variation on this theme: tragic and farcical diplomatic crises happening pretty much... 

Polyus adds new metal, more gold to shake 'Russian discount'

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2018 Polyus is targeting more than just gold to help challenge the “Russian discount” it says is tainting its share price. The Russian precious metals miner plans to sell shares on the market and boost gold production, which could vault it into the top five biggest miners in the world as early as... 

Russian diamond company Alrosa posts 28% profit fall

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Russian diamond producer Alrosa suffered a sharp fall in core profit last year, hit by lower prices for its gems. The world's largest producer of rough diamonds said that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebtida) fell 28% to 126.9-billion roubles, broadly meeting... 

Russian billionaire Potanin buys 2% of Nornickel from Abramovich

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin's Interros Holding said it had completed the purchase from businessman Roman Abramovich of a 2% stake in Norilsk Nickel, which has been the subject of a legal battle. Abramovich struck a provisional deal last week that allowed him to sell a 4% stake in... 

Eurochem produces first potash at new $2bn Russian plant

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 Russia-focused fertiliser producer Eurochem said it has produced its first potash at its new $2-billion Usolskiy plant in Russia. The project may intensify competition among suppliers of the crop nutrient in the region, traditionally dominated by Russia's monopoly producer Uralkali and... 

Russian coal miner SUEK raises $1bn syndicated loan – Interfax

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 Russian coal miner SUEK said on Tuesday it raised a $1-billion syndicated loan, Interfax reported citing a company statement. "The loan with a five-year maturity date is secured by the group's export earnings," it said. 

Russia's 2018 gold production expected to rise 3% – lobby

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 Russia's gold production in 2018 is expected to rise by 3% to 328 t on higher output from mines, producers' lobby Gold Industrialists' Union said on Tuesday. The estimate includes output from mines, from gold as a by-product of other metals, refined from scrap and gold containing concentrate. 

Trump trade war talk spooks emerging stocks

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 Emerging market stocks fell to two-week lows on Friday, with steelmakers taking a pounding after President Donald Trump said he would impose hefty tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminium, reviving fears of a trade war. Trump said the duties of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium would be... 

Rusal quest for value to dent Glencore's aluminium clout

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Mining giant Glencore's deal to buy aluminium from Rusal will be renewed from 2019, but the tonnage is likely to be much lower as the Russian producer taps into growing demand for value-added products, two sources close to the matter said. Unless it sources from additional suppliers, the... 

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