Brazil Mining News

Robbers thwarted at Luna Gold’s Brazilian mine

BIV reports an attempted robbery at the Aurizona gold mine in Brazil Wednesday was thwarted: According to a release, armed robbers took employees hostage from a nearby village and attempted to force entry to Luna Gold's (TSX-V:LGC) gold storage facility located at the mine site in Maranhão, Brazil.

Vale on iron ore price: after hitting 2-year low, the only way is up

Bloomberg reports Rio de Janeiro-based Vale SA, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, said prices for the raw material have stabilized and are recovering from “rock bottom” levels as a result of lower-than-expected production and strong demand from China, India and South America. Iron ore for immediate delivery has gained 8% to $126.30 a tonne since reaching its lowest level in almost two years at the end of October. During the month iron ore prices crashed almost 30% forcing the big three – BHP, Vale and Rio Tinto control nearly 70% of the 1 billion tonne annual iron ore seaborne trade – to renegotiate quarterly contracts with Chinese buyers to bring values more in line with the spot price.

Carpathian stops building RDM Gold in Brazil after environment wobble, has to amend financing terms

("Carpathian" or the "Corporation") wishes to report that it has been advised of a decision by COPAM, one of the Brazilian environmental authorities having jurisdiction over its RDM gold project situated in Minas Gerais State, Brazil (the "Project"), to attach a condition to the recently granted Ad Referendum License to Install ("AR LI") to the effect that the Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary, Mineração Riacho dos Machados Ltda. ("MRDM"), should not start any installation work on the Project until the AR LI is ratified by COPAM, pending their further review of technical documents.

BHP rumoured to be bidding $1.3B for Brazilian iron ore producer

Mining M&A is heating up with more takeover rumours, says The Australian, quoting a report from UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times. The Times reported that BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), the world's largest miner, is close to launching a $1.3 billion bid for Ferrous Resources, a Brazilian iron ore producer controlled by a number of international hedge funds including Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital. According to The Australian, Ferrous is valued at some $3.9 billion, with the company "needing to spend about $5bn developing its Viga mine in Minas Gerais state in Brazil, which would include a 400km slurry pipe to carry the ore to its own port at Presidente Kennedy in nearby Espirito Santo state."

Colossus bulks up with $75 million bought deal

Canadian-based exploration and development company Colossus Minerals was trading lower in a lacklustre Toronto market on Friday after announcing it had raised $75 million in a bought deal. Colossus is active the mineral-rich Carajas region of Para State, Brazil where it is advancing the Serra Pelada project into production. Billed as one of the highest grade gold and platinum group metals deposits in the world, the area was host to the largest precious metals rush in Latin American history from 1980 to 1986.

Centaurus reports 65% increase at Jambreiro

Centaurus Metals (ASX:CTM) slipped back to 72 cents after rising to 78 cents Thursday, on news of a positive resource estimate from its flagship Jambreiro iron ore project in Brazil. Perth-based Centaurus reported a 65% jump in iron ore from Jambreiro, to 117.5 million tonnes grading 26.8% Fe.

Selling to the rich? Look to the US not China or India

A new report from research firm TNS could have implications for mining. A survey of affluent households around the world — defined as greater than $100,000 — found that 80% of the world's wealthy live in Western countries.TNS's Global Affluenty Investor study conducted interviews across 24 markets including China, Brazil and India.

Brazil’s iron ore export volume up 19 percent in August over July

Brazil's iron ore export value in August this year rose by 25 percent compared to the same month last year, increasing to $4.5 billion, according to the information released by the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.

Luna Gold Corp.: Aurizona Gold Mine Third Quarter Production Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:LGC) ("Luna" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its gold production update for the Aurizona Gold Mine for the quarter ending September 30, 2011.

Brazil ready to double iron ore royalty but boost fertilizer production

Brazil is offering a carrot to encourage domestic production of fertilizer while at the same time, reaching a little deeper into the pockets of iron ore miners. A Mining Ministry official from the South American powerhouse said Thursday that Brazil plans to boost taxes on iron ore while cutting the levy on fertilizers as part of a plan to overhaul mining regulations, Bloomberg reported: The government is studying a plan to double the royalty on iron ore to 4 percent of gross revenue from 2 percent of net sales now, Claudio Scliar, the ministry’s secretary for geology and mining, said today in an interview. The levy on fertilizers may be reduced from 3 percent to prompt producers to increase domestic output of the crop nutrients, he said, declining to specify the size of the cut.

Commodities may rally 20 pct on emerging-markets growth, Goldman Sachs says

Commodity prices may advance 20 percent over the next year as growth in emerging markets offsets the impact of the sovereign-debt crisis in Europe and a slowdown in developed economies, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Brazil must choose between potash and oil

Vale announced this week it is investing $15 billion to expand fertilizer production joining a Canadian merchant bank promoting a $4 billion potash project in the Amazon basin. There's just one problem: the land is owned by Brazil's state oil company Petrobras and they've also found oil there.

Vale's 3rd VLOC to serve Brazil – Italy iron ore trade

Miner Vale will take delivery of another 400,000 DWT VLOC next month, its third after the ‘Vale Brasil’ and ‘Vale Rio de Janeiro.’ Surprisingly, the first of Vale’s mega-bulkers to be named for a foreign trading partner does not carry the name

Vale: Robust China steel output to keep iron ore mkt tight

QINGDAO, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Brazilian mining giant Vale said China's crude steel production was expected to remain strong despite risks of a recession in developed economies, a trend that would...

New pig iron technology demonstration plant now running in Brazil

Brazilian diversified mining group Vale, the world’s second largest miner in terms of market capitalisation, has announced that it has started up a demonstration plant to test and further develop a unique Brazilian technology which can produce pig iron

Record $8.5 billion likely spent in 2011 exploring for gold

Research firm Metals Economics Group reports gold continues to be top exploration target accounting for more than 50% of global exploration of non-ferrous metals for the second consecutive year in 2011. Latin America is set continue to be the industry's favorite regional exploration destination in 2011, while Canada will remain the top overall country. Copper will account for roughly a fifth of 2011 nonferrous exploration budgets that is expected to exceed US$17 billion for expenditures related to precious and base metals, diamonds, uranium, and some industrial minerals. It represents an increase of about 50% from the 2010 total and a new all time high.

Carpathian receives government go-ahead to build the RDM Mine, Brazil

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSX:CPN) (the "Corporation" or "Carpathian") is pleased to report that it has received the Ad Referendum ("AR") for the Licença Instalacao ("LI") thereby enabling it to proceed with the overall construction of its 100% owned Riacho dos Machados ("RDM") Gold Project, located in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The Corporation will expedite the construction of the project with the targeted goal for the commencement of gold production in late 2012/early 2013 at a nominal anticipated production rate averaging + 94,000 ounces per annum for an initial eight year period.

Vale's borrowing costs hit record high as Brazil doubles mine royalties

The cost of borrowing for Brazil's Vale has risen to record highs relative to competitors BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, as the Brazilian government looks to reap more in mining taxes amid surging metals prices, Bloomberg is reporting: The world’s largest iron-ore mining company’s dollar bonds due in 2019 yielded 4.22 percent, a record 152 basis points more than similar-maturity bonds from higher-rated BHP. The yield gap has swelled 61 basis points, or 0.61 percentage point, this year. The spread over Rio Tinto Group bonds reached 84 basis points yesterday after averaging 51 points in the first seven months of 2011.

SAFM achieves full production at Ponto Verde iron ore project

South American Ferro Metals Limited announced that it has moved to full production at its flagship Ponto Verde Iron Ore Project in Brazil. A third shift was introduced at Ponto Verde mine on September 1st 2011, moving the site from run of mine production

Vale carriers up for sale – analyst blog

Brazilian Miner Vale S.A (VALE) has planned to sell or lease its planned fleet of giant bulk carriers and is in talks with the Chinese and other ship owners on the issue. Initially, the company planned to own a fleet of 19 dry bulk freighters in order to

Atacama narrows loss on strong iodine prices

Atacama Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AAM) ("Atacama" or "the Company") is pleased to provide the following report on the financial and operating highlights for the second quarter period ended June 30, 2011. The Company recorded significantly higher gross profits of $1.9 million for the quarter representing a 64% increase over the same period last year. Enjoying a 19% increase in iodine prices and a 15% increase in iodine sales volume, the Company's net loss was narrowed to $117,000 compared to $650,000 in the second quarter of 2010.

Vale to process 81Mt ore waste

Brazilian miner Vale announced a plan for processing 80Mt of iron ore waste from tailings dams in Minas Gerais state in Brazil. Studies proved that huge tones of iron ore waste has been lying for decades in eight tailings dams in the state. Recognizing production possibility from the huge potential waste, the company announced to recover 31Mt of ore.

Vale, Petrobas in talks over fertilizer assets

According to the companies, discussions about a potential operation involving Vale's nitrogenous assets are ongoing but, no binding agreement has yet been reached SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's state-controlled oil giant Petrobras (PETR4.SA:

Potash producers zone in on Amazon as investors pour $68 billion into Brazil mining

Potassio do Brasil, partly owned by Canadian merchant bank Forbes and Manhattan, is seeking to renew negotiations with Brazil's government over rights to a potash reserve in the Amazon currently held by state oil company Petrobras adjacent to what it called a 'world class' potash discovery last week. The Potassio do Brasil mine will take $4 billion to develop and follows news earlier this month from Toronto-listed Verde Potash which announced a 1.1 billion tonne resource at its Amazon Cerrado Verde project that is suitable for open pit mining. The discoveries come as Brazil readies a new mining royalty regime – in certain instances doubling the rate – which would be managed by government decree. Mining investment in the world's fifth largest economy is also predicted to accelerate to $68.5 billion through 2015.

Batista’s MPX in negotiations for Colombian coal contracts

MPX Energia SA, the energy company controlled by Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, is negotiating supply contracts to sell coal from its Colombian unit as it prepares to start production by the end of next year.