Australia Mining News

Chinese co secures MOU on Australian ferrovanadium project

TNG Ltd (ASX: TNG), which recently released a positive scoping study review of Mt Peake said today it had a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a major Chinese engineering and development company. It was also now in discussions with other potential funding/development partners.

Anglo American Q1 numbers hit by freak weather

Miner Anglo American stuck to its production targets on Thursday despite a first quarter that saw floods and heavy rains hampering output, with coal output from its Australian operations down by over a third. Anglo, the world's fifth-biggest diversified miner, is the latest operator to detail the impact of freak weather across its operations. Image by Jam343.

Rio Tinto buys CSN's Riversdale stake for $830m

Brazilian steelmaker CSN (CSNA3.SA: Quote)(SID.N: Quote) struck a deal to sell its 19.9 percent stake in Australian coal miner Riversdale to mining giant Rio Tinto for A$780 million ($830 million), according to a securities filing. Sao Paulo-based CSN, Brazil's largest diversified steelmaking group, sold 47.29 million Riversdale shares at a price of A$16.50 each, the filing said. The shares (RIV.AX: Quote) closed little changed at A$16.50 in Sydney on Wednesday.

Friedland company may be out of step with copper project sale

Ivanhoe Australia Ltd (ASX & TSX: IVA), controlled by North American-based Ivanhoe Mines, today put out what it quaintly described as a clarification of its position on Exco Resources Ltd (ASX: EXS) selling the Cloncurry copper project to Xstrata Copper. Ivanhoe, which is Exco's major shareholder made it clear it was not supporting the sale, pointing out that the company's chief executive Peter Reeve, as a director of Exco, excused himself from the deliberation of this transaction.

Dampier exceeds 500,000-oz gold resource milestone

Dampier Gold Limited (ASX:DAU) is pleased to announce the results of recently completed resource estimates for the K1 and K2-K3 deposits located within the company’s 100%-owned Plutonic Dome project. These updated estimates continue Dampier’s methodical review of previous models generated for the significant gold deposits within the Plutonic Dome project area. The new resource estimates are based on drilling completed by the previous owners and by Dampier in 2010 and incorporates updated interpretations of the mineralization. Image by Dampier Gold

Talison Lithium reports record sales and production results for third quarter 2011

Talison Lithium Limited ("Talison") (TSX:TLH) announces its preliminary production and sales results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2011 from its Greenbushes lithium operations in Western Australia (the "Greenbushes Lithium Operations").For the three months ended March 31, 2011, production increased 33%, and sales increased 74% over the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Regent Pacific offer for BC Iron now back on the table

Seven days after putting Regent Pacific on notice that it should not withdraw its takeover offer, Regent informed BC Iron yesterday that it had entered into a binding mandate letter with Standard Chartered Bank of Hong Kong and Westpac Banking Corporation for $US155 million debt finance. BC Iron said Regent has now advised it will change its recommendation to its shareholders to vote in favour of the acquisition of all BC Iron shares.

Leading Australian uranium mine remains suspended

The heavy rains that have kept much of N. Australia waterlogged for months have also resulted in the suspension of one of the world's largest uranium mines - Ranger.

On track to meet 185,000 gold output target – Oz Minerals

Australian copper and gold miner Oz Minerals said on Thursday it is on track to achieve its forecast gold output of more than 185,000 ounces despite a 23 percent drop in first-quarter output. "While total gold production was lower this quarter, higher grades expected in the second and third quarters are expected to see production achieve forecast levels for the year of 185,000+ oz of gold," the company said in its quarterly production report.

Whitehaven Coal says bid process nearing conclusion

Australian coal miner Whitehaven Coal said a formal process to find a bidder for the company was nearing a conclusion and interested parties have completed due diligence. Whitehaven said on Wednesday it was in was in talks with the parties to decide which proposal, if any, would be recommended by its board

Spotted Quoll mining contract bagged by Barminco

Mining contractor Barminco continues to drive growth in its domestic market with the award of a three year, A$60 million underground mining services contract for Western Areas’ Spotted Quoll nickel mine located 5 km from the Flying Fox underground complex and 80 km east of Hyden in Western Australia. Read more

No basis to Woodside bid rumours – BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton played down speculation it was in talks to acquire a cornerstone stake that could be worth $10.3 billion (A$9.8 billion) in Australia's largest oil and gas firm, Woodside Petroleum , from Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote). BHP Billiton, widely rumoured to be considering a takeover of Woodside, said in a short statement that there was no basis for the market talk, which has centred on BHP acquiring Shell's 24.3 percent stake as a step toward a full takeover.

BHP buys back A$6bn of its Australian-listed shares

Top global miner BHP Billiton has bought back A$6 billion ($6.3 billion) of its shares, or 4.4 percent of its Australian-listed shares, as part of its $10 billion capital management program. It said on Monday the final price was set at A$40.85 a share, a 14 percent discount to the market price of A$47.4985, based on the average trading price over the five days up to the close of the tender on April 8.

Ivernia shares tumble 23% on mine shut down

Ivernia Inc said it expects to place its flagship lead mine in western Australia under full care and maintenance for an indefinite period and lay off about 83 percent of related workforce amid environmental concerns surrounding the mine, sending its shares down 23 percent to a nine-year low.

Orocobre Limited: first battery grade lithium carbonate produced from Salar de Olaroz

Orocobre Limited (TSX:ORL)(ASX:ORE) is pleased to report that it has produced battery grade lithium carbonate from Salar de Olaroz brines. Orocobre's analysis shows that the lithium carbonate is of greater than 99.9% purity* and of higher purity than the specifications for battery grade material sold by existing producers. This material was produced by refining a lower purity product previously produced at the company's facilities at Olaroz with recirculated brines. As such, the Company considers the material to be representative of what could be expected in commercial production.

Northern Star transforms one of Australia's gold mining ugly ducklings

The mid-tier gold miner Northern Star Resources (ASX: NST) confirmed today that it had achieved A$11 million (US$11.53 million) in revenue in March from the Paulsens gold mine in the Pilbara region while incurring operating costs of about A$5 million (US$5.24 million). The operation produced 8,583 ounces of gold last month and sold 7,897 oz.

Metso to supply rotary railcar dumper to Australia

Metso will supply a single tandem rotary railcar dumper to Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd for its Cape Lambert, Port B iron ore operation in North Western Australia. Read more

Ausdrill raises $129.5 million to fund equipment and plant purchases

Leading Australian headquartered mining contractor, Ausdrill Ltd, has announced a successful major capital raising to raise gross proceeds of A$129.5 million, to be used as growth capital to fund purchases of plant and equipment for projects commencing in the next 12 months or projects which have been tendered for. This mainly includes projects in Africa and Australia.

CDE announces new distributor for Australia

CDE has signed a new dealer for Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia. The washing equipment specialists from Northern Ireland have added 888 Crushing & Screening to their global distributor network and the agreement follows the recent installation of the first M2500 mobile wash plant in Australia.

Australian regulator halts Regent Pacific's attempt to drop BC Iron bid

Hong Kong-based Regent Pacific Group Ltd said it would consider reinstating debt funding for its original bid for Australian iron ore producer BC Iron Ltd. This move follows a decision by Australia's Takeovers Panel declaring a case of "unacceptable circumstances" for Regent's "purported termination" of its takeover scheme with BC Iron.

Outotec acquires the Vertical Pressure Filter technology from Australian Process Technology

Outotec has acquired the Vertical Pressure Filter (VPF) technology and its intellectual property rights from Australian Process Technology Pty Ltd, a filters supplier for the alumina refining industry. Read more

Carbon price will not hit Australia's coal mines – government

The vast majority of Australia's coal mines will not face materially higher costs under a polluter-pays scheme designed to reduce carbon emissions, according to Treasury Department documents released by the government on Friday.

BHP Billiton approves USD554 million investment at Escondida

BHP Billiton today announced approval for the Escondida Ore Access project (EOA), the first of a number of development options that will underline Escondida’s status as the world’s premier copper operation. The EOA project will relocate the crushing and conveying facilities currently located inside Escondida’s main pit to improve access to higher grade ore and thereby support higher production from 2013. The project is expected to cost US$554 million (US$319 million BHP Billiton share) and will be completed by mid calendar year 2012.

Major processing breakthrough for Roper River Iron Ore Project delivers 61% Fe product

Sherwin Iron Limited (ASX: SHD) says that fresh metallurgical testwork on the oolitic hematite from its Roper River Iron Ore Project in the Northern Territory using a simpler processing route has delivered an end product […]

BHP Billiton moves to feasibility stage of Olympic dam expansion

Top global miner BHP Billiton has moved into the feasibility study stage of preparing a long-awaited expansion of the Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in South Australia.