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Zambia mines to pay mineral royalties in dollars to stabilize kwacha

Zambia has asked mining companies to pay mineral royalties directly to the central bank in dollars as one of the measures to help stabilise its kwacha currency

Northam Platinum and South Africa's NUM union sign 3-year wage deal

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) signs three-year wage deal with platinum producer Northam Platinum that secures wage hikes of more than double the inflation rate for its members.

Randgold's hook-up with Barrick to leave large void in London market

Randgold becomes second major miner to announce departure from London.

Diamond trade must reform in face of threat from synthetic stones -U.S.

Efforts to broaden the scope of the Kimberley Process, set to prevent the sale of so-called "blood diamonds", have been stymied for a decade by member states including China, Russia and a number of African nations.

Canada, buoyed by trade deal, to push U.S. on metal tariffs

The agreement protects Canada's automotive industry from potentially devastating U.S. tariffs.

Vedanta to invest $4B in India block to boost output

Vedanta Ltd is investing to boost oil output from its flagship Barmer block in the desert state of Rajasthan to over 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2021.

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.