BHP Billiton Mining News

World’s biggest miner hasn’t given up hope for potash

BHP Billiton still sees potash as a key commodity in which to base its future growth despite prices for the fertilizer remain weak.

BHP Billiton back into the black, pays higher-than-expected dividend

Net profit was $3.2bn for the six months to December 31, compared with a loss of $5.7bn in the same period a year earlier.

Striking workers at BHP’s Escondida mine accept Gov’t mediation

The meeting is not a return to mediation but an attempt to agree to return to the negotiating table, the union said.

Copper price surges on BHP force majeure

Copper hits 20-month high after world's number one miner says can't honour supply contracts from Escondida, responsible for 5% of global output.

Copper price drops despite outages at world's biggest mines

Strike at Escondida, export ban and smelter problems at Grasberg and community clashes at Las Bambas.

BHP to spend $2.2bn on US Mad Dog oil project

Expansion has the potential to increase production to 140,000 barrels of oil per day from the about 80,000 barrels it currently generates.

The world’s largest miner wants more action on carbon capture

BHP Billiton says more help is needed from both governments and industry to promote the adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Talks between BHP, Escondida workers to resume as Gov’t steps in

The company's request for government mediation effectively extends talks and pushes back the start of a potential strike to Feb. 13.

Australia’s record-breaking mining exports hint of new sector boom

Higher commodity exports delivered a record trade surplus of $3.5 billion in December, the second monthly trade surplus Australia has recorded in nearly three years.

Workers vote to strike at Escondida, world’s largest copper mine

Strike could begin as early as Friday, but will likely be postponed for a five-day government mediation to attempt a resolution.

Hedge funds have never been this bullish about copper price

Chile closes ports servicing some of the world's biggest copper mines due to rough seas while Escondida strike looms.

BHP iron ore output breaks records

But the world's number one miner cuts full-year copper production guidance.

Copper price jumps to highest since June 2015

Strike threat at BHP's Escondida in Chile, the world's largest copper mine, lifts price to 19-month high.

SLIDESHOW: Mining on the mend – 2016 year in review

The global mining industry rebounded from multi-year lows in 2016 – MINING.com's most popular posts of the year tell the story.

Samarco restart a step closer

Vale agrees to pit use for tailings.

Could technology prevent another Samarco?

EnviroSuite says using best practice technology is a critical step in mitigating environmental and associated corporate risks, and in reducing the demands of crisis management that follow incidents with major environmental and community impacts.

Big mining's age of austerity far from over

But asset sales will slow says new report.

BHP, Vale throw cash lifeline to their halted Samarco iron ore mine

Hefty new loans come as the Brazilian joint venture assesses whether it can reopen the iron ore mine where a dam disaster killed 19 people last year.

South32 looking for more coking coal mines

The company, however, has decided to stay away from thermal coal assets due mainly to uncertainties over demand linked to climate concerns.

Dr. Copper hints mining sector officially out of intensive care

Prices for the metal soared again Thursday to more than $5,700 a tonne.

Chilean mining costs highest in the world, despite saving measures

Production costs in Chile, the world’s No. 1 copper producer, were 5.4% higher last year when compared to its global peers’ average.

Major Aussie miners BHP, Hancock to mine in Ecuador — report

Ecuador began last month granting licences for new exploration areas, with over 300 of them to be awarded by the year-end.

South32 scoops up Peabody's Metropolitan coal mine in $200m deal

The deal includes a 17% interest in the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, south of Sydney.

BHP Billiton jumps on the electric car bandwagon

The world’s largest miner sees electric vehicles boosting copper demand.

Aussie iron ore magnate Rinehart invests in UK's biggest potash mine

Sirius Minerals’ York mine is expected to be one of the world’s largest in terms of the amount of resources extracted, generating an initial 10 million tonnes of polyhalite per year.