Australia Mining News

ABB acquires Mincom

ABB has recently agreed to acquire Mincom to broaden its software portfolio and establish the Group as a leader in enterprise asset management (EAM) software and services. ABB is acquiring the Brisbane, Australia-based company from Francisco Partners, a private equity group that invests in technology businesses, for an undisclosed sum. Read more

Iron ore bonus to go east: Swan

Wayne Swan has threatened to blow a $2 billion hole in the Barnett Government's plan to lift royalty rates on iron ore miners, with every cent raised by the move likely to end up with other States and Territories.The Commonwealth Grants Commission has

Xstrata smelting decision a carbon price warning

Xstrata Mount Isa Mines has announced plans to sustain the future of its Mount Isa operations through expanded mining and concentrate production, while phasing out copper smelting at Mount Isa and refining operations in Townsville by the end of 2016. 

Insituform Technologies receives expanded Australian mining contract – now valued at $21.4 million

United Pipeline Systems, a division of Insituform Technologies, has been awarded an additional $10.5 million for the supply and installation of its Tite Liner® HDPE solution in pipelines at the Sino Iron Ore project in Western Australia. This contract expands the $10.9 millionproject for themine previously announced in January 2010.

Rio Tinto raises $2bn in US bond issue

Global mining company Rio Tinto has raised a total of $2 billion bonds in long-term debt bonds, it said on Wednesday. The offer, registered in the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, consisted of $700 million in 5-year notes with a coupon of 2.5 percent, $1 billion in 10-year bonds with a 4.125 percent coupon and $300 million in 30-year bonds paying a 5.2 percent coupon.

Crucial South Australian mining infrastructure project takes significant step forward

The proposed development of one of South Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects - a new multi-million dollar bulk commodities export facility at Port Bonython on Spencer Gulf - has taken a significant step forward. The South Australian Government and Spencer Gulf Port Link Consortium, the group originally selected by the government as its preferred bidder for project, jointly announced a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be undertaken into the project. The consortium comprises Flinders Port Holdings, Leighton Contractors, Macquarie Capital, BIS Industrial Logistics and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Coal India to ink joint venture with Peabody

Coal India, the world's largest coal producer, is on a high. The state-run company is set to pick up a 15% stake in a joint venture with US-based coal firm Peabody Energy's $600 million mining project in Australia. The deal size could be upwards of $100 million. Officials privy to the discussion said both the companies were mulling over the exact details and were to form a joint venture company to tackle the Wilkie Creek coal mine, in Queensland, Australia, which is owned by Peabody.

Iron Ore Holdings: Positive Concept Study for Bungaroo South Project

A Mine Concept Study conducted by Steffen Robertson Kirsten (SRK) on the Bungaroo South project has confirmed both the technical and financial viability of a mine development. The mine plan supports a 15 million tonnes per year operation with a mine life of 15 years, with production possible by 2015.

BC Iron Ore ends corporate merry-go-round

The game of corporate musical chairs has ended with more frustrations than success for the two companies concerned, after BC Iron Ltd (ASX: BCI) got annoyed about Regent Pacific withdrawing its original bid, BC Iron then successfully got the bid reinstated through Australia's Takeovers Panel, and then deciding it didn't want to proceed. The end of this chain was the expert's report to BC Iron that, in summary, said Regent Pacific's bid was neither fair nor reasonable.

Multotec custom spiral test rig for SGS Australia

Multotec has been awarded an order from SGS Australia for the supply of a spiral test rig that allows simultaneous testing of three spirals in parallel. This will allow SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, […]

Paladin enjoys record revenues, sees no impact from Fukushima

In results released on Friday, Australia’s Paladin Energy showed a 47% increase in production from its Namibian and Malawian operations and record revenues of $208.7m on the back of a 31% increase in sales volumes for the nine months to March. The company said despite the concerns about the nuclear energy market following the tsunami damage to Japan’s Fukushima plant, it believes supply and demand imbalances will only widen in future as more plants, such as the 25 under construction in China, come on stream. Paladin is on an aggressive growth drive. Stage 3 of the expansion of its Langer Heinrich mine that would bring capacity to 5.2m lb is 92% complete and in February 2011 the company announced that it completed its acquisition of the uranium assets of Aurora Energy in Labrador, Canada for C$260.8m.

Aurelia launches $3 million IPO; funds targetted to Breakaway Dam Copper VMS project

The Directors of Aurelia Resources Limited (ASX:AJU) are pleased to confirm the opening of the company’s Offer Period for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to raise $3 million, and to undertake a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Listing on the ASX is expected before the end of June 2011. Fifteen million shares are being offered at 20 cents per share and the company may accept subscriptions for a further 5 million shares to raise an additional $1 million. Also, a loyalty option, priced at 1 cent will be offered to shareholders after three months on a 1 for 2 basis. The exercise price is 20 cents with an expiry date of 30 April 2014. Image by Aurelia Resources Limited

Awards from BHP Billiton for execution of the Iron Ore Expansion Program in WA

The Fluor SKM Joint Venture (FAST JV) has received new awards from BHP Billiton to execute the company’s Iron Ore Expansion Program in Western Australia. The focus of new awards will be primarily the expansion […]

Wabtec signs $21 million contract to provide ECP braking equipment to Rio Tinto in Australia

Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) has signed a $21 million contract with Rio Tinto, a leading international mining company, to provide electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) braking equipment for a portion of the company's freight cars and […]

Barminco awarded one of the largest underground mining contracts in Australia

Barminco Limited has signed the company’s largest contract in its 21 year history with the renewal of its contract with AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd to deliver underground mining services at Sunrise Dam, located 56kms south […]

No impact from Namiba policy shift expected – Paladin

Uranium miner Paladin Energy believes it will not be affected by planned changes in Namibia's policy on ownership of strategic minerals after the government said existing licenses would not be affected. "Paladin has welcomed this clarification, which removes any uncertainty over its operations in Namibia," the company said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

Barminco awarded major underground gold mining contracts by AngloGold Ashanti

Australian contractor Barminco has signed the company's largest contract in its 21-year history with the renewal of its contract with AngloGold Ashanti Australia to deliver underground mining services at the 600,000 t/y Sunrise Dam gold mining operation, located 56 km south of Laverton in Western Australia. The company has been contract mining at Sunrise Dam since October 2003.

OZ Minerals: Conditional settlement of class actions

OZ Minerals has reached an agreement to settle the two class actions brought against it by Maurice Blackburn and Slater & Gordon on behalf of certain shareholders who acquired shares in 2008. The total settlement payment in respect of the class actions is $55.1 million plus costs of $4.9 million with those totals to be allocated between the Maurice Blackburn and the Slater & Gordon classes.

Altius Mining seeks $12 million from IPO; targets gold production in 4 months

Altius Mining (ASX:AYM) has commenced an initial public offering (IPO) with the intention of raising A$12 million and a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The company, based in Toorak, Victoria, is offering a maximum 60 million shares at 20 cents apiece. It expects to list on the ASX by June 2nd.

Fortescue chooses Minesight software for its Pilbara iron ore ops

After lengthy deliberations involving several software vendors, Fortescue Metals Group, Australia's third largest iron ore producer after BHPBilliton and Rio Tinto, has picked MineSight for its mine planning software needs. "We decided to use MineSight because we found it to have a comprehensive suite of mine planning capabilities most suited to our operations and a demonstrated track record of quality improvements," said Andrew O'Dowd, FMG's Manager of Operations Planning.

BHP Billiton approves Samarco expansion

BHP Billiton today announced that the partners of Samarco had approved the US$3.5 billion (BHP Billiton share1 US$1.75 billion) Fourth Pellet Plant Project at Samarco (Brazil). The expansion will increase Samarco iron ore pellet production capacity by 8.3 million tonnes to 30.5 million tonnes per annum (100% basis). First pellet production is expected in the first half of calendar year 2014. BHP Billiton President Iron Ore, Ian Ashby, said “Samarco is a low cost supplier of high quality iron ore pellets and over the last several years has been very successful in growing its resource base. This investment builds on its resource and operational strengths and will further improve Samarco’s competitiveness and market position.”

Paladin Energy Ltd-Mark Chalmers takes on role of executive general manager-production, on departure of Wyatt Buck

Paladin Energy Ltd. (TSX:PDN)(ASX:PDN) ("Paladin" or the "Company") advises that Wyatt Buck, Executive General Manager – Production will be leaving Paladin in May. He has decided to change direction and depart the uranium sector, taking a senior role with a company focussed on other commodities. We wish Wyatt all the best in his new venture and, on behalf of myself, management and the Board, sincerely thank him for his contribution and dedication over the past 5 years during a time of great growth for the Company.

Gold One wants Rand Uranium for USD 250m

Johannesburg- and Australia-listed Gold One on Thursday announced a USD 250m friendly bid for 100% of Rand Uranium, formed in 2008 by the spin out from Harmony Gold of three Cooke underground mines and the Cooke surface operation, veteran assets west of Johannesburg. In line with other uranium resources on the Witwatersrand, gold is also mixed in with the uranium ores, dumps and tailings.

Toro chief says future nuclear demand will not be swayed by Fukushima event

Greg Hall, managing director of Toro Energy Ltd (ASX: TOE), said the main nuclear power countries are continuing their new build programmes for nuclear power while adapting to lessons learned from the incident. The uranium spot price dropped significantly after the incident but had, by the end of the March quarter, returned to the December 2010 average of $US62.50 per lb of U308.

$8.5 million capital raising to accelerate the Roper River Iron Ore Project, Northern Territory, Australia

Sherwin Iron Limited (ASX: SHD) is pleased to announce that it has successfully undertaken a $8.5 million share placement at 16 cents a share to institutional and sophisticated investors as part of its strategy to accelerate drilling and development of its Roper River Iron Ore Project (Project) in the Northern Territory. Image by Sherwin Iron Limited