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Japan's Mitsui Mining expects H2 zinc output to rise 3.6 pct y/y

Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co Ltd plans to produce 114,600 tonnes of refined zinc during October-March in the 2018/19 financial year.

Aurubis to offer a $96 tonne copper premium for 2019

This compares to $86 per tonne in both 2018 and 2017.

Japan Q4 aluminium premiums set 22 percent lower than Q3

Premiums for Japanese aluminium shipments for the October to December quarter were set at $103 per tonne.

Glencore mulls integrated LNG project in Philippines

The project would be for a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) to import gas directly to a power plant in the country.

Gold miner Avocet hints at possible break-up

Avocet Mining warned on Monday that it could be broken up as the struggling gold miner continues talks with its largest shareholder to restructure its debt.

K+S flags $93m hit on Q3 profit due to drought

Transportation of considerable amounts of waste water to offsite storage basins will likely cause extra costs over the next few months.

China battery firms set up $700m nickel joint venture in Indonesia

Several global metals producers have also set their sights on Indonesia's nickel reserves, looking to tap an expected surge in demand for the battery metal.

Union says reached wage deal with Alcoa Australia, will end strike

The strike added to recent supply pressure on bauxite and alumina, key raw materials for aluminium production.

Asia Gold-Buying picks up in China on lower prices; India discounts narrow

Physical demand saw an uptick in the world's biggest gold consumer, China, after prices fell to six-week lows this week.

Zambia hikes mining taxes in 2019 budget to rein in debt

Delivering a $7.1 billion budget in parliament, Margaret Mwanakatwe pledged to bring debt down and to trim the fiscal deficit to 6.5 percent of GDP in 2019.

Albemarle eyes future as pure-play lithium market leader

Albemarle aims to eventually end its dependence on two smaller units to fund growth as global appetite surges for electric vehicles and consumer goods.

Foreign-backed miner hopes to begin Chilean lithium project in 2020

The approval process for the necessary environmental permit for the initiative, which includes an investment of $527 million, began this month.

Chilean environmental authority approves largest desalination plant in Latin America

Trends Industrial's ENAPAC project will desalinate sea water for industrial clients in the Atacama desert and mining region in the north of the country.

Greece expects one-month extension in coal-fired plants tender

Greek utility Public Power Corp. (PPC), which is 51 percent state-owned, is selling three coal-fired plants and one still to be built.

China plans to launch iron ore options in 2019

As the world's top buyer of the steelmaking raw material looks to offer more hedging tools to iron ore producers and steelmakers.

Russia's Petropavlovsk sees net profit next year as key project boosts output

Petropavlovsk swung to a net loss of $24.8 million in the first half on rising costs and lower sales but declined to give a forecast for the full year.

South Africa mines minister maintains 30% black ownership target in charter

South Africa's new mining charter will require holders of mining rights to have a black ownership level of at least 30 percent within five years.

Union says meeting with Alcoa again over strike at Australian aluminium project

The union at Alcoa's aluminium operations said it was meeting with the company again on Wednesday to try to resolve a strike that has lasted more than six weeks.

Indonesia 2018 coal output target now around 507m tonnes – Energy Ministry

Indonesia has increased its 2018 coal production target to around 507 million tonnes from a previous target of 485 million tonnes which may add to downward pressure on prices for the fuel.

Brazil's Vale shareholders near deal to pay Eletron $692m

Two major shareholders of Brazilian mining company Vale SA are likely to reach an agreement on Wednesday to pay 2.82 billion reais ($692 million) to Eletron to settle a dispute over Vale shares.

In a US manufacturing hub, no illusions about tariffs and jobs

In a town where a 30-feet tall chair is the chief landmark, and which is synonymous with a U.S. furniture industry, many greet the possibility of tariffs on Chinese goods with a shrug.

South African phosphate miner plans London IPO by year-end – CEO

Kropz, is on track to list on London's AIM Stock Exchange by the end of the year as it prepares for first production in 2019.

China Baowu Steel Group denies report about takeover of Magang – media

This deal would help entrench China's position as a serious competitor in global steel markets.

China copper smelters set Q4 treatment/refining charges lower than a year earlier

China's top copper smelters have set their floor treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) for the fourth quarter at $90 per tonne and 9 cents per pound.

BHP's Kalgoorlie nickel smelter shut down after fire

BHP Billiton said on Monday its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter has been closed after a fire that broke out over the weekend and the plant will remain shut while it assesses the damage.