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Monday 29 May 2017
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Move comes on the heels of calls from shareholders including activist investor Elliott Management and Australia’s Tribeca Investment Partners for a change of BHP's corporate structure.

Ore with 62% content in Qingdao lost $2.33 a tonne to close at $57.91, data from the Metal Bulletin shows, hitting a seven-month low and marking the commodity third consecutive weekly fall.

Company wants to become Australia’s largest independent coal producer.

Chinese stockpiles at new record high and sovereign debt downgrade worry investors.

The company, which could lose the arbitration as a result, will have to pay the amount to former partner Vale.

The change will apply to more than 5,500 Australian suppliers under $1 million of expenditure.

The deal, worth about $400 million, will make Trevali the first pure zinc producer with operations in North and South America as well as Africa.

According to AMC, cumulate uncertainty, particularly when it comes to resource estimation, creates serious risks for mining projects.

The Toronto-based company's solution for data acquisition while drilling received $500K in funding.

Company could seek approval from the board for Jansen's expansion as early as June 2018, said chief executive Andrew Mackenzie.

Increasing demand for efficient building systems, electric vehicles and renewables generation could add more than 4 million tonnes of annual copper use by 2030, a study shows.

US activist investor steps up pressure on BHP to ditch petroleum. Mackenzie says company already knows what to do to lift value by 50% and double return on capital.

Move comes barely seven months after Rio Tinto agreed to sell it its stake in Simandou for up to $1.3 billion.

BMI Research expects prices to continue sliding for at least the next five years on rising supplies from Australia and Brazil and evidence of Chinese demand cooling earlier than expected.

Global silver production dropped last year for the first time since 2002 driven by lower by-product output from the lead/zinc and gold sectors, as well as a sharp decline of scrap supply to the market.

Workers temporarily blocked access roads to the site in protest for the decision, which they say will inevitably bring a massive wave of layoffs.

Market rumours point at South32 as the most likely buyer, since the miner decided last month to ditch its $200 million acquisition of Peabody Energy’s coal mine in New South Wales.

Chinese steelmakers overestimated impact of Australian cyclone and the market is now awash in met coal.

Investors in a small-cap junior focused on the mining of a lesser-known element – scandium – were rewarded on Friday after a favourable decision from the New South Wales government in Australia.

And why the worst may be over already.

They fear the buyer, Malabar Coal, may revive mining at Drayton, which they claim would have have severe impacts on the area’s profitable stud farms and wineries.

The miner faces another shareholder revolt as Australia’s Tribeca has joined calls by US activist investor Elliott Management for an exit from shale to free up capital.

It’s been a bad week for iron ore, with all indices steeply lower on Friday for a second consecutive day.

In Asia, trading was halted after prices sank 7.3%, which is the maximum a day allowed by Chinese regulators.

Australian lithium explorer Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) took a big step today towards its goal of becoming a low-cost lithium producer, by completing offtake arrangements for its flagship Pilgangoora project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

An autonomous region of Papua New Guinea has lifted a ban on mining that has been in place since 1971 – but it will not allow the restart of the controversial Panguna copper mine which has been the source of deadly internal strife.

The Perth-based miner has agreed to purchase 45 million shares of the Canadian junior at a price of $2.45 per share, or about 15% of Arizona Mining’s outstanding shares.

The lenders’ move follow a decision by Australia’s second-largest bank Westpac to only fund new projects in existing, rather than new, coal basins as part of its new climate policy.

The company has officially informed workers of its plans to offload the mine, noting that while there are several interested parties, the process could take months.

A recent report by Edison Investment Research has Alkane Resources back on track at its Tomingley Gold Operations after disruptive rains, and development is continuing at the multi-commodity Dubbo Project.

Outbreaks of gold-rush fever are popping up as bullion markets stage a tentative recovery.

There are signs of resurgence in the mining industry, driven in large part by the boom in storage technology.

Mothers will do everything to ensure a bright future for their children.

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