Australia Mining News

Fukushima crisis creates big fallout in Australian uranium stocks

Australian uranium counters took a substantial hit on Monday in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

Iron ore prices will fall to earth

Barry Fitzgerald says that iron ore prices will be falling to earth in the short-term due to over-supply: The big question is when will the crunch come? It is not that far off, raising fears […]

Uranium sector could be in for a 'cruel blow' after disaster in Japan

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been in the news after the earthquake in Japan cut off the plant's cooling system. Robin Bromby, writing for The Australian, says that all the sensational news could […]

Discovery Metals says infill drilling enhances Botswana copper project

The Brisbane-based explorer has reported positive infill drilling results on its Zeta underground project on its 100% owned Boseto project in Botswana.

'Significant risk' associated with Equinox offer, Inmet says

Inmet Mining is holding firm on the proposed friendly merger with Lundin Mining, saying there are significant risks associated with the hostile Equinox offer for Lundin announced last week. Inmet continues to believe the proposed merger of equals between Inmet and Lundin to create Symterra provides superior benefits to shareholders of both Inmet and Lundin without the risks associated with the Equinox offer, Inmet stated on Thursday.

OZ Minerals buys big copper-gold find in Prominent Hill region

The spectacular Carapateena discovery that Canadian Teck Resources had seen as its big foreign play until the global financial crisis, is now passing into the hands of OZ Minerals Ltd (ASX: OZL). OZ Minerals said this week it had paid $US240 million for the project, making an immediate deposit of $US10 M.

Pancontinental Uranium Corporation: High Value Rare Earth Elements ("REE") Stream Sediment Results and New REE Hard Rock Drill Intersection at Charley Creek Project

Pancontinental Uranium Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PUC) ("Pancon") and its joint venture partner Crossland Uranium Mines Limited ("Crossland") (ASX:CUX) are pleased to provide the following update on the latest results from their expanding (REE) exploration program at […]

Institutional support for Rio Tinto offer is growing – Riversdale CEO

Institutional shareholders in Riversdale Mining are moving toward backing global miner Rio Tinto's sweetened A$3.9 billion takeover offer for the Mozambique-focused coal miner, Riversdale's chief executive said on Thursday. Rio Tinto raised its offer to A$16.50 a share on Thursday in a final bid to woo key shareholders who have held up the deal, and extended the offer for a third time, to April 1.

Riversdale Mining backs increased Rio Tinto takeover offer

Riversdale Mining head Steve Mallyon has backed Rio Tinto's increased offer for the coal company, warning investors there was no hint of a competing bid, The Wall Street Journal reported. The global giant today said it would increase its offer to $16.50 a share from $16 a share, if it gained more than a 50 per cent interest in the Mozambique-focussed company by March 23. Rio said it would not increase its offer beyond that point unless there was a competing proposal.

Equinox could sell Lundin assets to cut debt: Bloomberg

Equinox Minerals would consider selling some of Lundin Mining's assets in order to clear off debt, the company's CEO said in a conference call to analysts on Thursday. Equinox has bid CAD$4.8 billion in a challenge to Inmet Mining's friendly merger with Lundin, but needs a $3.2 billion bridge loan, according to the story by Bloomberg. “We would consider asset sales in the context of non-core, non-copper assets,” Craig Williams, chief executive of the Perth-based company, said today. Equinox may sell Lundin’s Zinkgruvan zinc mine in Sweden, he said.

Northern Star expands resources; revises mine plan

Northern Star Resources (ASX:  NST) said the resource inventory at its Paulsens Gold Mine in Western Australia has increased to 226,000 ounces while a new 2011 mine plan has concluded  that the company is set to generate […]

Laconia to acquire Lennons Find Base Metal Project and Yandicoogina Project

Laconia Resources, a Perth-based exploration company, purchased Jabiru Metals Limited (ASX: JML) equity in the Lennons Find Base Metal project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Laconia made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement. Laconia also agreed to purchase Shaw River Resources (ASX: SRR) 100% interest in the nearby Yandicoogina project, located less than 10km along strike from the Lennons Find project.

American Manganese to benefit in a world where steel majors scramble to secure raw materials

Manganese demand is closely tied to the global steel market. While there are questions about what 2011 will offer, in terms of steel demand, especially as China appears to be cooling off, there are other stories out there talking about India’s rampant appetite for raw materials for steel production in the face of rising prices.

China has reassessed approach to deals in Australia – Australian Resources Minister

Chinese companies wanting to invest in Australian resource firms have reassessed how they approach deals, and tensions over the last few years have evaporated, Australian Resources Minister Martin Ferguson said on Wednesday.

Scale of disaster may warrant overhaul for resources sector of force majeure clauses

The cyclone fuelled batterings this year of key Australian energy and mining operations should trigger a complete rethink on force majeure provisions, according to a senior resources lawyer. The caution comes as many of the country’s largest and mid-tier oil, gas and minerals producers, and owners of related export infrastructure, count the emerging full cost, liability and contractual exposure from operations shut down temporarily or permanently amid the massive floods, rain and storm damage that have swept Australia since New Year’s Day.

Malaysia hopes to make in-roads in the rare earth market

New York Times says that Malaysia is placing a big bet on rare earth metals: As many as 2,500 construction workers will soon be racing to finish the world’s largest refinery for so-called rare earth metals […]

Uranium One announces net loss of 142.8 million in fourth quarter

Uranium One, the world’s largest publicly-traded uranium producer, reported on Tuesday a net loss of $142.8 million in the fourth quarter. In 2009 the company reported positive earnings of $179.8 million for the same period. The loss was attributable to a one-time charges. The company said that the carrying value of the Honeymoon Uranium Project was written down by $113.5  million due to the strengthening of the Australian dollar and increased capital expenditures.

Alice Springs traditional owners acquire 51% of Australian Contract Miner of the Year

The Alice Springs-based Lhere Artepe Group has acquired 51% of the CDE Group, taking indigenous ownership of the Australian mining and civil works contracting group to 84%. CDE’s current activities include providing services to Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek iron ore mine in Western Australia through the Downer EDI contracting group, and to Xstrata for the McArthur River zinc mine in the Northern Territory.

New Gold has record year

New Gold had their best year in 2010, with increased production and declining costs resulting in record earnings and cash flow, the B.C.-based company said on Friday. Consolidated revenue for the year was $530 million compared to $324 million in 2009, which the company attributed to higher production rates and elevated gold prices. Earnings from mine operations jumped 129% to USD$203 million, compared to $89 million in the previous year.

Australia hoped to limit Chinese resources investments – Wikileaks

According to U.S. embassy cables released on Wikileaks, Australia's changes to foreign investment rules in 2009 were aimed at limiting Chinese investments in local mining companies.

Argonaut Resources announces copper and silver mineralisation results

Argonaut Resources NL (ASX:  ARE) announced on Friday results from pre-collar assays from the Alford project (EL3969) on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. Highlights from the intercepts were ALDDH10: 78m at 0.62% Cu from 88m. It also included 54m at 0.86% Cu from 88m.

High grade gold discovery at King Brown – Southern Cross

Southern Cross Goldfields says it has picked up high-grade, near-surface gold mineralisation at its King Brown prospect in W. Australia's Yilgarn goldfield

Australian iron ore, coal and gold exports to rise further in 2011

The Australian Government's statistics bureau (ABARE) is looking for further growth in iron ore, coal and gold exports in the current year as the commodities boom continues. PERTH (The West Australian) - Iron ore exports will climb another 12 per cent

AMIRA’s new porphyry copper-gold project

What AMIRA describes as “one of exploration’s most important geological projects, P765A (Geochemical and Geological Halos in Green Rocks and Lithocaps), was completed as a resounding success in December 2010, and a new project P1060 (Enhanced Geochemical Targeting in Magmatic-Hydrothermal Systems) will shortly go on circulation to continue this work.”

Australia still world's no. 2 gold producer

Australia produced 266 tonnes of gold in 2010, up 17% on 2009 but not enough to secure it first place as China's output grew to 341 tonnes in the same period. Australia maintained its number two ranking in gold output behind China in 2010