Union at KGHM's Sierra Gorda copper mine extends contract talks

The union intends to vote on a new contract proposal by Thursday and deliver their decision to management on Friday.

Brazil's Vale iron ore output rose 8% in 4th quarter

For all of 2018, Vale's output was 384.639 million tonnes, slightly below its previously divulged outlook of 390 million tonnes.

Vale reports Brazil state authorities freeze $765m of its assets

The decision was based on ensuring compensation for those who may have suffered losses from the cessation of operations at Vale’s South Upper dam.

China boosts coal mining capacity despite climate pledges

China added 194 million tonnes of coal mining capacity in 2018 despite vows to eliminate excess capacity in the sector and to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Chile's Codelco terminates contract with Canada's SNC-Lavalin at Chuquicamata mine

The Chilean state miner has terminated its contract with SNC-Lavalin at its Chuquicamata mine, accusing the engineering firm of failing to comply with work commitments.

Mexico renews 15% steel tariff on countries without trade deals

The tariff was established in 2015 to protect Mexico's domestic steel producers from growing Asian imports.

Chile launches tender for value-added lithium projects

Chile would shortly begin accepting bids from local and foreign companies seeking to develop battery materials using discounted Chilean lithium provided by SQM.

Lonmin warns on cash woes, urges shareholders to back Sibanye takeover

Lonmin Plc has been cutting spending to conserve cash and retain a positive balance sheet required by conditions of South Africa-based Sibanye's offer.

Australian miners see some impact from two cyclones, clean up begins

Businesses affected included those in the iron ore export hubs of the Pilbara region, as well as Rio Tinto's bauxite operations in Weipa to the east.

China's Feb coking coal imports from Australia fall 21%

Australian imports were at 1.16 million tonnes last month, compared to 1.47 million tonnes in February 2018.

Caledonia Mining to expand gold exposure in Zimbabwe

The company is sufficiently confident Zimbabwe will recover from its problems to re-invest on a modest scale.

Bosnia's 300 MW power plant to go offline for 35-day overhaul on Mar. 25

The Stanari coal-fired power plant in Doboj is the first privately-funded power plant in the Western Balkans.

Rio Tinto halts rail, mine operations in Western Australia as cyclone hits

The suspension comes after Rio, BHP, and Fortescue on Thursday cleared their ships from ports ahead of Cyclone Veronica.

China dumped steel wheels on U.S. market — Commerce Dept

U.S. imports of steel wheels from China were valued at $388 million in 2017.

Mali forecasts gold production to drop 3 pct in 2019 — mines ministry

AngloGold Ashanti's joint venture Sadiola mine expects its gold output to drop by 50% this year.

Antofagasta expects water agreement with BHP for Zaldivar mine

Both companies are seeking to extend existing permits to draw water from Chile's water-constrained Salar de Atacama.

Vedanta Resources appoints new CEO for Zambian unit KCM

Vedanta has appointed Christopher Sheppard as the new chief executive officer for its Zambian unit Konkola Copper Mines.

Philippines' Philex delays copper-gold mine start by four years

The Silangan copper and gold mine could be Philex's biggest source of revenue after its 61-year-old Padcal mine in the north is expected to close in 2022.

Glencore suspends Australian zinc mine as cyclone nears

Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the region as Tropical Cyclone Trevor nears.

Brazil court orders Vale to halt operations at Dique III mine

Vale has been targeted by several court verdicts related to mines that use dams similar to the one that burst in the town of Brumadinho in January.

Philippine nickel producer DMCI sees tough year with mine shut, inventory declining

DMCI's mines were among those ordered shut in 2016 when the government launched an industry-wide crackdown on miners.

Australia's Jervois to choose nickel-cobalt JV partner by end of 2019

Jervois, whose management is made up of ex-Glencore executives, is developing the Nico Young deposit in southeastern Australia.

Australia clears iron ore ports, miners brace as cyclones approach

The northwestern ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Ashburton were beginning to clear anchorages and berths.

Tug-of-war: China's steel sector grapples short-term bulls, longer-term bears

China's steel sector is currently locked in a struggle between largely bearish longer-term structural factors and short-term cyclical influences, some of which are bullish.

Miner Vale quashed efforts to validate dam safety before disaster – prosecutor

A state prosecutor filed subpoenas with Vale last June to review safety documents regarding its dam, but Vale's lawyers later argued that they had received positive reviews by an auditor.