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Chalco enlists state funds, insurers in $1.9 bln debt-for-equity swap

This move by Chalco is the latest example of the Chinese government's efforts to reduce debt at state-owned companies and make them more efficient.

Rio Tinto aims for "intelligent" Australian iron ore mine

This intelligent mine would cost around $2.2 billion to develop and incorporate technologies such as robotics, driverless trains and trucks on a single site.

Vale to use cash flow to pay dividends, reduce debt -CEO

"The first thing we are going to do with the cash is pay debt, and then we are going to make this company's shareholders happy as never before," said Chief Executive Officer Fabio Schvartsman.

Rio Tinto aims for "intelligent" Australian iron ore mine

This intelligent mine would cost around $2.2 billion to develop and incorporate technologies such as robotics, driverless trains and trucks on a single site.

SMB plans Guinea alumina refinery by 2022

Guinea has about a third of the world's bauxite reserves and expects to produce over 30 million tonnes in 2017. However, it has no facilities to transform those reserves into higher-grade alumina.

EPA passes on rule covering U.S. hardrock miners' cleanup costs

The agency won't act on a proposal to require hardrock mining companies to show they can afford to clean up their sites.

Canada court backs need to consult aboriginals on projects

Canada's top court ruled in favor of aboriginal bands seeking say in Yukon territorial government effort to develop coal and iron deposits in wilderness.

Ukraine's steel output down 13 pct so far in 2017

Ukraine's steel production in eleven months to end-November fell 13 pct year-on-year to 19.4 million tonnes, Ukrainian steel producers' union said Friday.

Asia Gold-Demand steady as buyers await bigger dips, riskier investments beckon

Benchmark spot gold edged higher to around $1,277 an ounce Friday, but was still trading near a 3-1/2-week low touched Thursday amid surge in U.S. equities.

Union at Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile votes to strike

A union at Teck Resources’ Quebrada Blanca copper mine on Wednesday rejected a contract offer from the Canadian miner, increasing the likelihood of a strike.

South Africa's Tharisa sets out 2020 growth vision

Miner announced record output of chrome and platinum group metals, also said it was seeking to diversify into EV materials.

Copper miners, smelters at stalemate over processing charges

China's smelters and international miners have not agreed to terms for next year's treatment and refining charges, likely prolonging negotiations into 2018.

Chile's Codelco plans environmental impact pricing for copper

Under the new terms, Codelco's copper cathodes will be certified in eight ways that take environmental footprint of production into consideration.

Southern Copper workers in Peru on strike for ninth day

The walkout, which involved 3,000 members of two out of the five Southern Copper unions in Peru, has been declared illegal by the labor ministry.

Japan's Kyushu Elec likely to delay nuclear plant restart due to Kobe Steel checks

The government and industry want reactors restarted to cut electricity bills, but swathes of the public oppose returning to atomic energy.

Freeport Indonesia targets 1.1 million tonnes copper concentrate exports by end 2017

The company had exported 684,333 tonnes of copper concentrate by end-October, according to government data.

Zambia's state-controlled investment firm wants bigger stake in copper mines

Following sharp rise in copper prices this year, ZCCM Investments Holdings wants to increase its stakes Zambia’s mines and expects higher dividend payments.

Copper execs see balanced market, warn on rising costs, regulation

Representatives of major mining companies believe the global copper market will be balanced for the foreseeable future even as mine supplies tighten and demand from China, the world's top consumer, remains strong.

Volkswagen's talks with cobalt producers end without deal

Meetings last week between major cobalt producers including mining giant Glencore to supply world’s largest automaker Volkswagen ended without a deal.

Canada's Dalradian plans to dig deep for Northern Irish gold

Dalradian acquired mineral rights in 2009 to more than 80,000 hectares of land in Northern Ireland, including the Curraghinalt gold deposit.

Adani hopes for govt coal mine loan fade after Australian election

The Queensland state premier, who had originally supported Adani's application for a federally funded loan, now says her government will veto it.

Petra Diamonds sees brighter 2018 after warning of debt breach

Despite possible breach of banking agreements, company execs believe finances will improve following lift of Tanzanian export ban.

Workers at BHP copper mine in Chile end strike over layoffs

Unionized workers at Escondida copper mine in Chile ended a 24-hour strike Friday but may put down tools again next week over company's planned layoffs.

Nickel rally stalls, electric car boost some years away

Slowing demand from China's stainless steel mills and rising supplies have halted a frenzied price rally and are likely to keep weighing on prices.

Asia gold-demand sluggish as high prices deter buyers

"Stable prices at higher levels have kept gold buying subdued," said Dick Poon, general manager at Heraeus Metals Hong Kong Limited.