Sydney Morning Herald

The mining industry has conceded defeat over exploration drilling in paddocks

The coal mining industry has waved the white flag over a landmark court ruling which prevents them from conducting exploration drilling in paddocks.

The renaissance of Australian gold miners

A new breed of Australian gold miners has engineered an renaissance that is winning the world's attention.

EY reports mining equipment value plummeting, but some silver linings too

A new EY report shows the value of a typical fleet of mining equipment has fallen 64 per cent in just two years.

Clive Palmer and the nickel refinery collapse that wasn't

Clive Palmer could walk away from the administration linked to his Queensland Nickel refinery without losing the assets and leave creditors out in the cold.

Australian uranium in demand as China goes full steam for nuclear

The global outlook for uranium looks bright, with Asia's burgeoning nuclear energy industry fuelling demand for the radioactive metal.

Grand prix racer McLaren has just the formula for a push into mining and energy

The sports car manufacturer has repositioned itself as a supplier of technology to a diverse range of sectors, including healthcare, energy, sports science and mining.

China mulls new coal curbs that would limit emissions but dent commodity demand

Antipa Minerals has been one of first juniors to benefit from Rio Tinto’s push to find the mines of the future by expanding its pipeline of greenfield exploration projects.

Coal M&A predicted to rise as prices slump and growth projects prove difficult

Consolidation is set to sweep Australia's struggling coal sector over the next six to 12 months, as diversified majors lose patience with depressed coal prices and companies choose M&A instead of navigating a political and environmental minefield to develop new projects.

Australia well placed to cash in on uranium boom — experts

If uranium demand were to ever boom like iron ore, Australia would make a packet. But renewables and community attitudes threaten that.

Vale extends slide as outlook for iron ore remains bleak

The world's largest iron-ore miner, sank to a two-month low after the steelmaking ingredient tumbled on concern supplies are too high.

Glencore to pay new entity in global chain to market coal

Swiss-based mining giant Glencore says it will pay a new entity within its global chain to market and distribute its coal as it moves to close its Singapore office.

Marine sanctuaries face new mining threat after Australia issues permits for petroleum exploration

Permits that would allow industry to look for petroleum in marine sanctuaries have been quietly granted by the Abbott government while it reviews 40 freshly minted marine reserves.

Australia's government expects huge falls in commodity export earnings

The federal government is bracing for a multibillion-dollar fall in iron ore and coal profits, just months away from its second budget.

Chinese 'golden ticket' millions eye Australian mining assets

Chinese "golden ticket" visa money is looking for a home in Australian mining assets, with local private firms sounding out advisers on copper and gold assets to on-sell to visa hopefuls, often at a hefty premium.

Indian police seek arrest of Australian mining chief Bruce Munro

Indian police want to arrest top Australian mining chief executive Bruce Munro, as part of a criminal investigation into allegations he "cheated" a business partner in a multibillion-dollar coal deal.

Glencore slashes capital spending as commodity prices bite

Glencore has slashed spending for this year by up to $US1.4 billion amid a rout in commodity prices, and will spin-off its stake in the unwanted South African platinum producer Lonmin inherited in its merger with Xstrata two years ago.

Gold continues to shine as the best safe haven

Gold has retained its status as a safe-haven investment, despite the rising strength of the US dollar and turmoil elsewhere in commodity markets.

Pressures on Australian coal show no signs of ending

When world leaders assembled at the G20 Summit in Brisbane last month, the corporation selected by the Australian government to address the G20 and spearhead its "thought leadership forum" was none other than United States coal producer Peabody Energy.

Alkane Resources tips share rerating on approval of $1 billion rare earths project

Alkane Resources expects to receive approvals for its $1 billion rare earths project in the first quarter of 2015, which it anticipates will pave the way for a rerating of its shares as it finalises the financing of the project.

Vale and Sumitomo have decided to close their Isaac Plains coalmine in Queenslands Bowen Basin

The Australian coal sector continues to contract sharply, with hundreds of workers at another Queensland mine set to be told of imminent job losses on Tuesday morning.

Aussie regions want city to rally behind mining battle

City residents need to lose their apathy and join the fight against coal and coal seam gas mining if crucial food and water supplies are to be protected, according to those at the centre of the battle.

Mining jobs in Australia fall for first time in three years

Who said the boom was not over?

Xstrata points to thermal coal recovery

Coal chief executive Peter Freyberg has called the bottom of the thermal coal market, telling investors last week ''we are seeing recovery in the markets''.

BHP's $3 billion write-downs 'a warning sign'

The boss of listed investment company Argo Investments, has expressed concern over the $3 billion in write-downs at BHP Billiton, saying he fears there may be more to come.

Obeid family and friends reap millions from lucrative coal licences

A friend and financial adviser to Eddie Obeid and his family, who had no mining background and a $1 company, won a coal exploration licence worth millions of dollars in a controversial tender run by the disgraced former resources minister Ian Macdonald.