Australia Mining News

Ruling on misleading information by Fortescue overturned

Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest may face directorship ban following the overturning of an earlier court case by the Australian Federal Court Today proved to be a day of champagne followed by flat beer for the chief executive of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX:

Macarthur Coal cuts sales forecast because of floods

The Australian miner said annual sales could fall by around a fifth as a result of the heavy flooding that in the country that affected some of its collieries Australian miner Macarthur Coal's annual sales could fall by around a fifth

Behre Dolbear highlights the best countries for mining investment

“Worldwide, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Chile will likely remain the best jurisdictions in which to invest in and develop mining projects. Each of these nations will likely continue to see economic growth and mining investment.” This comment comes from a report, 2011 Ranking of Countries for Mining Investment Where ‘Not to Invest’. Most of us will agree with the company’s statement “the mining industry is vital to the creation of wealth and prosperity in any country. Countries that stifle it with detrimental political, economic, financial, and regulatory policies should be challenged to make changes that are more accommodative to its success.”

Crescent takes safety step and suspends WA gold operations as cyclonic rains hit inland goldfields

Temporary suspension of Laverton (WA) mining operations due to cyclone-related rains Crescent Gold Limited (ASX: CRE, TSX: CRA) advises that as a safety precaution, it has temporarily suspended operations at the Company's wholly-owned Laverton Gold.

B.C.’s Ridley Terminals, Western Coal Corp deliver good news

The recent news that Ridley Terminals Inc (RTI), located near Prince Rupert on Canada’s northwest coast, has signed a new long-term agreement with its largest shipper, Western Coal Corp, comes at an opportune time.

Connors Drilling, Sanderson Drilling acquire surface diamond division of Swick’s Mining Services

Colorado-based Connors Drilling and sister company, Sanderson Drilling of Western Australia have purchased the assets of the Surface Diamond Division of Swick Mining Services (ASX: SWK) of Australia.

Rio Tinto net earnings up 194% over last year

Rio Tinto announced net earnings of US$14.324 billion in 2010, up from US$4.872 billion in 2009. The company also announced a $5 billion share buy-back program and a 20 per cent increase in its dividend […]

Newcrest gets a new boss

Ian Smith, CEO of Newcrest Mining Limited, announced on Friday that he is stepping down. Greg Robinson, executive director of finance at Newcrest, will succeed Smith. During Smith's tenure, Newcrest merged with Lihir Gold, and […]

Rio Tinto to spend US$1.2 billion in Canada, Australia

Australia Business Reviews reports: Rio Tinto’s quest for world domination in the mining industry continues with its latest US$1.2 billion investments in mining projects in Canada and Australia.

Mining magnates top Forbes list of richest Australians

Georgina Rinehart is Australia's wealthiest individual with an estimated net worth of $9 billion, according to Forbes list of Australia's 40 Richest released on Wednesday. Rinehart's net worth rose $7 billion from the previous year's […]

Xstrata Completes Construction of Magnetite Plant in Queensland, Australia

Xstrata Copper announces the completion of construction of the magnetite base plant at Ernest Henry Mining (EHM), a key component of the AUD589 million (US$542 million) project to transform EHM into a major underground copper-gold […]

4B Braime opens new subsidiary in Australia

4B Braime, leading supplier of elevator and conveyor components, has created a new operation especially for the Australian market. Read more

Mining sector faces ‘fierce’ competition for top talent

The Australian mining industry could face a “significant” skills shortage and “fierce” competition for skilled labour this year, a report by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters found on Tuesday.

Production up and costs down at New Gold

New Gold was up 2.20 percent on the TSE on Wednesday morning after announcing record production and lower cash costs. The mid-sized miner, with properties in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Canada and Chile, said […]

Queensland coal mines now threatened by massive cyclone

Forecasters warn Cyclone Yasi, similar in size and strength to Hurricane Katrina, may sweep deep inland, generating winds of up to 280 kph. Coal mines and rail lines closed. Evacuations under way in three cities.

Moly Mines receives $250 million of help from China Development Bank to develop molybdenum/copper mine

Moly Mines Ltd. announced on Sunday that it received a commitment letter from the China Development Bank for US$250 million to be used for the development of a molybdenum/copper mine. CEO of Moly Mines, Dr. […]

Ramelius' new drilling strikes visible gold at 2 WA gold projects

The Directors of Ramelius Resources Limited (ASX: "RMS") are pleased to advise that several new drill holes within the company's wholly owned Wattle Dam gold mine, and the Mt Magnet gold project, both located in WA, have intersected visible gold.

Diamond Deficit To Fuel Global Market Within Three Years

The whole issue of blood diamonds refuses to go away, even though Zimbabwe’s deputy mines minister, gift Chimanikire, rather wishes it would. He told Diamond Investing News this week that the country will hold two auctions, after getting written permission from the Kimberley Process, the international body set up to monitor the distribution of conflict diamonds.

Aluminum Market Walking Into A Bullish 2011

The aluminum market's lifeblood is manufacturing and packaging - and times are looking better in these early days of 2011. The metal is now trading at $2,505 per metric ton and continues to bounce around the $2,550 level, MF Global writes in a LME Daily Metals Report this week. While there's a strong floor at $2,430, upside resistance kicks in around $2,541, it said.

Tin constraints looming

The global tin market is generally driven by producers in Indonesia, China and Peru. The production of the silverly, malleable metal – used for things like steel-plating – has been in decline in these markets, in part because poor weather has challenged operating conditions and undermined transport.

Global iron ore market in flux

The iron ore market will never be as a sexy as its gold and silver counterparts; it’s much more about hard hats and dirty Dodge RAM 3500 trucks – you know, the ones that can pull big fishing boats up mountainsides, something I did just this past weekend.

Tungsten resurgence

The steel-gray metal – one known for its high melting point, which makes it ideal for use as a filament, superalloy or in military applications – is making a resurgence as market machinations in China restrict exports and western miners scramble to meet demand.

Determined recovery by Queensland’s biggest earner: the coal industry

Despite the prospect of an estimated A$2.3 billion worth of lost sales from wet season events beginning early December 2010, Queensland's export coal industry is moving with determination to restore the state's leading income earner. 

Australia floods force ships to look for coal supplies elsewhere

Reuters reports:  An increasing number of dry bulk carriers are departing eastern Australia's coal ports empty-handed as devastating floods force companies to look for supplies elsewhere, traders and industry experts said.

Major Australian mining contract further increases global presence for Redpath Group

Copper Mines of Tasmania, a subsidiary of the world's largest zinc miner, Vedanta, is working with Redpath Australia, part of The Redpath Group (based in North Bay, Canada) on mine development and construction at Mt. Lyell, Tasmania.