Australia Mining News

First significant Dysprosium producer outside of China to open plant on Friday

Australian explorer Northern Minerals (ASX: NTU) is set to officially open their Pilot Plant on July 27 which marks a significant milestone in the Company’s goal of becoming the most significant producer of Dysprosium outside of China.

BHP final pay offer to Escondida workers falls short of union demands

BHP has offer workers a signing on bonus of $27,000, up from an earlier offer of $23,000, plus a 1.5% salary increase, but still well under the bonus up to $43,000 and 5% increase demanded by Escondida’s union.

Tianqi goes ahead with $382-million Greenbushes lithium mine expansion

The expansion, on top of a $238 million upgrade due for completion in April, will double the mine’s production to 1.95 million tonnes a year of lithium concentrate a year from 2020.

India's Adani sees six-fold rise in coal mining volume despite challenges in Australia

Adani is looking to buy mines in countries such as Indonesia and is securing financing for its Carmichael mine in Australia amid challenges from environmental groups concerned about climate change and potential damage to the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian junior expands manganese property

Bryah Resources has one-year exploration option on Horseshoe South Manganese Mine, a large mine that produces about 1 million tonnes of manganese ore.

BHP to fight class action over Samarco dam failure

Law firm leading the action says it has more than 3,000 investors signed up to pursue the miner for losses.

How to close the loop on lithium-ion battery recycling

Find the cobalt.

Australia's South32 beats annual coking coal output guidance

Australian miner South32 Ltd beat its coking coal output guidance for fiscal 2018.

Miners wrote off almost one-third of investments over last decade

From the $939bn invested in major projects between 2008 and 2017, the world’s top 40 mining companies by market cap. wrote-off $273bn or 29% of the initial capital outlay.

Australia’s Northern Minerals makes first rare earth from pilot plant

Company aims to be the first significant world producer outside of China of dysprosium, used by electric vehicle makers in the manufacturing of engine magnets.

BHP posts record annual iron ore output, beats Q4 forecasts

Shares in the miner jumped more than 3% after both quarterly and full-year production rose 3% on improved productivity.

World's biggest miners want more copper but nobody's selling

Nobody who owns a copper mine wants to give it up. Even when Glencore and Anglo American Plc were crippled by debt during the 2015 commodity slump, neither was willing to entertain an offer from Rio for their holdings in the giant Collahuasi deposit in Chile.

Rio Tinto posts jump in iron ore output, flags stronger 2018

Rio said it expected iron ore shipments for the year to be at the upper end of its range of 330 million to 340 million tonnes, thanks to productivity improvements and fewer weather-related disruptions compared to Q2 2017.

Top-grade iron ore may spike to $100

High-grade iron ore may spike to $100 a metric ton as China intensifies a clampdown on pollution by restraining industrial activity.

Rio Tinto’s ‘world’s largest robot’ delivers first iron ore load

The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled from Tom Price mine to the port of Cape Lambert

Rio Tinto to sell its largest pink diamond

The 3.14-carat polished emerald cut diamond, known as The Argyle Alpha, is part of the line-up of 63 rare pink, red and violet diamonds in the 2018 Argyle pink diamonds tender.

Mining offers private equity opportunities despite recovery – Denham

Private equity still has significant opportunities to invest in mining as companies cut debt and rebuild their balance sheets even as the sector recovers, mining specialist Denham Capital said.

Experts come up with plan for protecting deep-sea life from mining

An international group of researches have recommended 18 quantitative metrics that regulators can use to assess seabed mining projects.

Resolute extends life of Queensland gold mine by three years

Ravenswood mine is now expected to end operations in 2031, with an average production of about 115,000 ounces of gold per year.

Huge diamonds keep coming out of Lucapa’s Lulo mine in Angola

This time is a 114-carat white stone.

Australia's Mineral Deposits recommends takeover offer as Eramet builds up stake

Mineral Deposits had rejected the revised A$345 million ($256.85 million) offer in June, saying it still undervalued the company.

Lithium becomes Chile’s No. 4 mining export

Shipments of the key ingredient for making batteries that power electric cars and high tech devices climbed 47% in 2017 to $684.2 million.

BHP secures iron mining rights in Australia’s Pilbara for another century

Western Australia's Environmental Protection Authority has green-lighted a 50 to 100-year blueprint for the miner's operations in the Pilbara.

BP is front-runner to buy BHP's US shale unit

The London-based oil major has made the highest offer for the assets, which BHP prefers selling in a single package.