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Cobalt streaming may presage bigger deals as Vale weighs options

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 A streaming deal for cobalt and nickel from a mine in Papua New Guinea may foreshadow other similar arrangements as producers look to capitalise on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. On Tuesday, Cobalt 27 Capital – a Toronto-listed vehicle designed to invest in the metal –... 

Australia's trade minister says China ties a priority after recent "differences"

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Australia's trade minister will use a visit to China this week to reinforce ties with his country's largest trading partner, he said on Wednesday, following a recent souring in relations. Steven Ciobo's arrival in Shanghai on Thursday marks the first trip by an Australian minister in eight... 

Australia East Coast gas prices seen rising as cheap gas supply dwindles

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 Australia’s East Coast gas prices are forecast to rise up to 30% to between A$10/GJ and A$13/GJ by the mid-2020s, as cheap gas supply continues to decline, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie has reported. Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) conference,... 

BP said to tap Morgan Stanley as it weighs buying BHP assets

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2018 BP is weighing an acquisition of some of BHP Billiton’s energy assets as the British oil major seeks more US shale, according to people familiar with the matter. The London-based company is working with Morgan Stanley to advise on the plans, said the people, asking not to be identified as the... 

Kimberley Diamonds' Botswana mine to be auctioned online

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2018 A diamond mine in Botswana will be offered for sale at an online auction after its liquidators failed to secure viable offers. Online bids for the Lerala Diamond Mine open at 17:00 on May 24 and run through 14:00 on May 30, according to a statement published in the weekly Monitor newspaper by the... 

Jupiter mines to list on ASX; Tshipi increases FY18 net profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Jupiter Mines, which owns a 49.9% interest in Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining, will list on the ASX on Wednesday, with the company’s board and management to ring the ASX bell in Sydney to formally start trading.  

Fortescue says miners have shut gates on new iron-ore supply

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2018 Global iron-ore miners have turned off the tap on adding new production capacity to feed China’s steel mills as the world’s largest customer is already awash with supplies, according to Fortescue Metals Group. “The reality is that most of the producers, ourselves included, are not actually... 

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... 

Santos shares jump on A$13.5bn bid from Harbour Energy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd April 2018 Energy investor Harbour Energy has made a A$13.5-billion offer for oil and gas major Santos, offering shareholders $4.98 a share, or A$6.50 equivalent. Harbour has previously made three unsolicited offers for Santos, the last of which was priced at A$6.37 a share. 

Hydro to start shutdown of Brazil alumina lines by mid-April – sources

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 The Alunorte refinery in northern Brazil, owned by Norway's Norsk Hydro, will start shutting down half of its alumina capacity in the next two weeks to preserve equipment, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The world's largest alumina refinery, situated in Brazil's Amazon... 

US tariff exemptions to boost Australian exports - industry

By: Reuters     12th March 2018 Australian steel and aluminium manufacturers said on Monday exports to the United States will grow after securing exemptions from tariffs signed into law by US President Donald Trump. Trump on Friday said Australia would become the third country to be free from a 25% tariff on steel imports and... 

Shell, Blackstone eye $10bn bid for BHP US shale assets – Sky News

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Royal Dutch Shell and US private equity firm Blackstone Group are working on a joint $10-billion bid for BHP Billiton's US shale assets, Sky News said on Thursday. Shell and Blackstone's offer will only be one of several credible proposals that BHP will receive for its US shale operations, Sky... 

Australia hopeful of US tariff exemptions

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday he is hopeful of securing an exemption from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium after sustained lobby effort by his government. US President Donald Trump on Thursday imposed a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% for aluminium on Thursday. 

WBHO believes SA’s construction cycle has bottomed

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 Despite the changing political landscape in South Africa, the construction industry, which has been in the doldrums over the last 24 months, will not immediately experience a change in fortunes, warns Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “Government has lots of obligations. We won’t... 

UBS warns of 'deep trade war' as commodity giant sees no winners

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2018 Raw materials are at great risk as Donald Trump’s White House prepares to pull the trigger on tariffs. UBS Group warned metals to energy will be hurt should US levies spark a global trade war, while commodity powerhouse Australia forecast only a damaging race to the bottom. “Obviously, going... 

Australia's Lowe warns Trump tariffs could shock global economy

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2018 Australian central bank Governor Philip Lowe slammed President Donald Trump’s tariffs proposal, warning escalation and retaliation could develop into a “very big shock for the global economy.” In unusually strong language for the Reserve Bank of Australia chief, Lowe described Trump’s proposed... 

Trump tariffs are black day for world, business, BHP CEO says

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 President Donald Trump’s plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports is a black day for the world and business, according to the biggest mining company. BHP Billiton and competitors could be hit should other economies follow the move by the US toward a more protectionist and anti... 

First-time participant hopes to gain industry exposure

By: Melissa Zisengwe     2nd March 2018 For the first time since the establishment of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, high frequency fine screening equipment designer, manufacturer and supplier Landsky will showcase its products to industry leaders and high-profile buyers in Southern Africa.  

India's outback coal bets sour as global prices recover

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2018 Australian mining legend Lang Hancock’s dream four decades ago of exporting coal from the country’s remote Galilee Basin is becoming a nightmare for two Indian conglomerates. Adani Group bought into the Queensland basin in 2010, followed a year later by GVK Group, with plans to ship thermal coal... 

WBHO sees 67% jump in profit, believes the cycle has bottomed out

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2018 Despite the changing political landscape in South Africa, the construction industry, which has been in the doldrums over the last 24 months, will not immediately experience a change in fortunes, warns Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “Government has lots of obligations. We won’t... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Adani may sell stake in Carmichael coal mine amid funding delay

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 The battle to build one of the world’s biggest coal mines has suffered a fresh setback after Adani Enterprises conceded it would fail to meet a March deadline to arrange A$3-billion in financing for the project. The December decision by the Queensland government to veto Adani’s A$900-million... 

Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks. The storm crossed the coast 165 km south-southwest of Broome early on Sunday morning with destructive... 

China wealth fund said to join fray for $2bn Rio coal portfolio

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 The Chinese sovereign wealth fund is considering joining the bidding for Rio Tinto Group’s last remaining coal mines, which may fetch more than $2-billion, people familiar with the matter said. China Investment Corp is discussing making a joint offer with Australian private equity firm EMR... 

Rio Tinto's blowout cash puts dividends and deals in focus

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2018 Rio Tinto Group’s best profit in three years and a record dividend is yet another sign that miners are reaping the benefits of a surge in commodity prices. Yet the sheer size of Rio’s cash flow is starting to raise another question: how else will the world’s second-biggest mining company invest... 

Iron-ore exports to China from Australia's Port Hedland fall to six-month low

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Iron-ore shipments to China in January from Australia's Port Hedland terminal fell 11.3% from a month ago to 34.7-million tonnes, their lowest since July, port data released on Tuesday showed. That compares with 39.1-million tonnes in December. January imports were 0.6% higher than a year ago,... 

Elliott sees $22bn uplift in value with a simpler BHP

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2018 Activist investor Elliott Management Corp has called on BHP Billiton to immediately review its dual structure after commissioning research that argues reorganizing as a single company in Australia would add more than $22-billion in value to the miner’s shareholders. Creating a unified company,... 

Australian official confirms no federal financing for Adani mine

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 There will be no Australian federal financing of a loan facility for Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises to build a rail line to its proposed Carmichael coal project, a government frontbencher confirmed on Sunday. Assistant minister for vocational education Karen Andrews told Sky News Speers... 

BHP is said to mull shale split to speed $10bn sale

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2018 BHP Billiton, seeking to accelerate the sale of its US shale unit, is prepared to offer the assets in as many as seven packages, including three in the prized Permian Basin, according to people with knowledge of the producer’s plans. The world’s biggest miner continues to favour a sale of the... 

Po Valley makes significant commercial gas discovery in Italy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Shares in Australia’s Po Valley Energy (PVE) surged on Friday, reaching an intraday high of 10c each, up from the previous day’s closing price of 4c each, following the news of significant commercial discovery at its new Selva gas field in northern Italy. By 16:00 in Sydney, the stock traded at... 

Millennials snubbing diamonds has hedge fund seeing slump deepen

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2018 Diamonds are set to slump further, according to a hedge fund whose bet on marijuana made it the world’s best performer in 2016. Prices of the precious gem may slump as much as 10% this year as it loses appeal with younger consumers and faces challenges from synthetic alternatives, said... 

New report names WBHO’s Australian unit the country’s ‘most active’ construction firm

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) Australian subsidiary, Probuild, has been named the most active construction company in the country by the Australian Housing Industry Association Construction 100 Report. Probuild has jumped from fifth place last year to top spot, in terms of work procured. 

Metals power higher as sickly dollar spurs copper-to-gold rally

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Copper jumped by the most in two months and zinc hit a fresh decade-high as base metals rallied on a potent combination of a softer dollar and continued robust outlook for demand. Gold and palladium also climbed. Copper surged as much as 2.1%, the most since November 13, to $7 259 a metric ton... 

Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies

By: Reuters     11th January 2018 Australia's Port Hedland iron-ore terminal expects to clear all remaining vessels from its harbour by 10:30 GMT as a safety measure after a tropical cyclone intensified off the nation's western coast on Thursday, Pilbara Ports Authority said. The port's biggest user, global mining giant BHP,... 

Rio is said to drop chase for $5bn lithium miner stake

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Rio Tinto Group has dropped out of the bidding for a stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, one of the world’s top lithium producers, as it pursues other ways to capitalise on the electric-car boom, people familiar with the matter said. Rio decided not to proceed with an offer for Nutrien’s... 

The No.1 miner is building an EV hub it doesn't want to keep

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Electric vehicles could hold the key to BHP Billiton finally finding a buyer for its unwanted nickel operations. The world’s top miner is accelerating plans to transform Nickel West in Western Australia into a linchpin of the global supply chain for EV batteries. The switch in focus promises to... 

Port Hedland may clear ships as storm builds off Australia - port authority

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 essels may be cleared from Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, as early as Thursday as a safety precaution because of a tropical storm, port manager Pilbara Ports Authority said on Wednesday. The authority said Port Hedland may commence the clearing of vessels... 

Adani Australia port must refinance soon or face rating cut

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2018 An Australian deep water port linked to one of the world’s biggest planned coal mines should lock in refinancing within six months of a loan maturing in November to safeguard credit ratings on its debt, according to S&P Global Ratings. Adani Abbot Point Terminal in Australia’s Queensland state,... 

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