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Mining M&A: Private equity can't run away fast enough

Frik Els | January 29, 2015
Mining M&A: Private equity can't run away fast enough

The smart money is waiting for fire sale prices before jumping into metals and mining. Or worse; has simply lost interest in the sector.

Anglo American set for commodity slump-triggered charge

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 28, 2015
Anglo American set for commodity slump-triggered charge

The firm became the first major mining company to openly accept the toll that slumping commodity prices are taking on the global industry.

Glencore mulls shutting down South African coal mines, lay offs

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 28, 2015
Glencore mulls shutting down South African coal mines, lay offs

The miner, one of the biggest exporters of South African coal, may re-open those operations if economic conditions improve.

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Lies and deception In Ukraine's energy sector

Oilprice.com | January 28, 2015

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly claimed it is doing its best to improve the oil and gas investment climate, but official statements are the opposite of the reality, as Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is leading the great deception.

Cliffs restructures Bloom Lake iron ore mine, seeks creditor protection

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 27, 2015
Cliffs restructures Bloom Lake iron ore mine, seeks creditor protection

Chief Executive Lourenco Goncalves said restructuring proceedings have begun in Montreal and sale options will be explored.

Lower gas prices weigh on Peabody’s weak results, expected coal demand

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 27, 2015
Lower gas prices weigh on Peabody’s results, expected coal demand

The U.S. No.1 coal producer projects a much wider-than-expected loss for the current quarter.

Freeport-McMoRan slashes capital spending, to divest stake in Indonesian unit

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 27, 2015
Freeport-McMoRan slashes capital spending, to divest stake in Indonesian unit

The U.S. largest miner by market value and revenue has already slashed its capital budget for the year by $2bn and it is ready to make further cuts.

Congo risking billions with planned tax hike, mining code revision

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 27, 2015
Congo risking billions with planned tax hike, mining code revision

The central Africa nation may also lose its position as the continent’s top copper producer.

Loonie to hit 85 cents US in 2016 as Bank of Canada hikes key rate, TD forecasts

Business in Vancouver | January 26, 2015

Canadian dollar expected to fall to 75 cents U.S. before slowly climbing back to 85 cents by the end of 2016

Cliffs Natural removes quarterly dividend to repay debt

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 26, 2015
Cliffs Natural removes quarterly dividend to repay debt

It also said it has reduced its net debt balance by more than $400 million.

Kosovo miners return from underground, ending 3-day strike

Andrew Topf | January 26, 2015
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Hundreds of miners in Kosovo are back on shift following a three-day work stoppage to protest against the Kosovo government, which backtracked on an earlier decision to take control of the Trepca mining complex.

Anglo American mulls sale of more coal mines in Australia

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 23, 2015
Anglo American mulls sale of more coal mines in Australia

The operations that may be added to the list of assets for sale are Dawson and Foxleigh, in Queensland.

Anglo hit by platinum, iron ore units lower earnings outlooks

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 23, 2015
Anglo hit by platinum, iron ore units lower earnings outlooks

The miner shed over 3.7% after two of its business divisions — Amplats and Kumba — warned they expected full-year earnings to shrink more than previously flagged.

World Bank: Commodities falling like it's 1985

Frik Els | January 23, 2015
World Bank: Commodities falling like it's 1985

Organization predicts a rare occurrence in 2015: a decline in all nine commodity indices with industrial metals falling another 5%; precious metals down 3%.

Global mining sector ended 2014 on a disappointing note: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 21, 2015
Global mining sector ended 2014 on a disappointing note: report

December is a period that sees lower levels of exploration and resource announcements, and last month was every bit as disappointing as expected, an SNL report shows.

Rise and fall: power and gas prices plummet from 5-year highs during frigid start to 2014, as coal prices continue decline

SNL Energy | January 21, 2015

As the polar vortex froze much of the U.S. at the beginning 2014, the period of intense cold created demand, supply and transportations factors that led to the highest prices for power and spot gas seen over the past five years.

China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 21, 2015
China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

New evidence has emerged of China's interest in digging for oil, gas a minerals in the frozen continent.

BHP breaks production records, but copper output drops

Frik Els | January 21, 2015
BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

World number one miner BHP Billiton achieved record production for eight operations and five commodities over the last six months.

Glencore likely to slash spending on coal, oil — HSBC

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 20, 2015
Glencore likely to slash spending on coal, oil — HSBC

The global miner and commodities has estimated spending on oil projects for this year and next of $2 billion and $1 billion on coal expansions.

ArcelorMittal sells its coal mines to Russia's National Fuel Company

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 19, 2015
ArcelorMittal sells its coal mines to Russia's National Fuel Company

The assets include the coal mines of Berezovskaya and Pervomaskaya, which together produce 700,000 tonnes of coal a year.

Former Anglo American executive accused of $9.8 million fraud

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 16, 2015
Former Anglo American executive accused of fraud

The miner is now accusing him of 'misappropriating' $9.8 million, more than twice as much as previously thought.

European coal extends losses as lower mining costs prolong glut

Hellenic Shipping News | January 15, 2015

European thermal coal for delivery next year extended losses as plummeting oil prices reduced mining costs and an oversupply of the mineral in the seaborne market was forecast to treble.

These are the top 10 global mining trends for 2015

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 15, 2015
These are the top 10 global mining trends for 2015

Price volatility, geopolitical turmoil, rising costs, declining grades and a general lack of financing will make of 2015 another challenging year for the sector.

Adani's $15bn coal mine in Australia facing fresh legal challenges

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 15, 2015
Adani's $15bn coal mine in Australia facing fresh legal challenges

An environmental group is attempting to radically change the way mining projects are assessed with a court case involving Adani's controversial coal mining complex in Queensland.

‘Mick the Miner’ goes after Vale's nickel assets

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 14, 2015
‘Mick the Miner’ goes after Vale's nickel assets

The 56 year old who built Xstrata into one of the world’s biggest mining firms and then sold it to Glencore, is tipped to be on the verge of landing his first big fish.

Poland struggles to restructure largest coal miner in Europe

Australian Mining | January 13, 2015

Polish coal mining giant Kompania Weglowa will be restructured in an attempt to cut costs and rescue the company from a second year of losses.

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