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Alrosa diamonds sales reach $3 million in less than 10 days

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 1, 2014
Alrosa diamonds sales reach $3 million in less than 10 days

At the 2014 Hong Kong Gem & Jewellery Fair.

Anglo American to start mining at massive iron ore project in Brazil

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 1, 2014
Anglo American to start mining at massive iron ore project in Brazil

The company was granted final permits for its long-delayed and three times more expensive than originally expected Minas Rio iron ore project.

UK authorities to review bid for $2.7bn potash project in national park

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 30, 2014
UK authorities to review bid for $2.7bn potash project in national park

Analysts say this is “make or break” time for the company behind the massive mine, Sirius Minerals.

Solar power to replace coal as world's top electricity source by 2050 — IEA

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 29, 2014
Solar power to replace coal as world's top electricity source by 2050 — IEA

Coal currently generates about 36% of global electric power, according to the energy watchdog.

China to impose revamped coal tax in December

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 29, 2014
China to impose revamped coal tax in December

The new resource expected to encourage a more efficient use of coal, which has been blamed for the nation's severe air pollution troubles.

China spurns gold, adding to price woes

Andrew Topf | September 28, 2014
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The slump in the gold price that has occurred in recent months shows no signs of letting up, and the latest import data from China will not give any joy to gold bugs.

World Gold Council bullish on demand, ETFs role

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 26, 2014
World Gold Council bullish on demand, ETFs role in the market

Industry body sees demand rising as economic growth lifts consumers’ incomes.

Aussie court stops Palmer's firm attempt to axe Citic Pacific mining rights

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 26, 2014
Aussie court stops Palmer's firm attempt to axe Citic Pacific mining rights

Today’s interim injunction prevents Mineralogy from stripping its Chinese business partner from its iron ore mining rights in the Pilbara.

Nickel price tipped to average $20,000t in 2015 as sector prepares for more buoyant annual gathering

Field Public Relations | September 25, 2014

An average nickel price of US$20,000 per tonne has been forecast for Australian nickel producers in 2015 – but the sector has been urged to keep its grass roots focus on untapped potential nickel discoveries in Australia, rather than overseas.

Iron ore trade to grow 35% over five years

Frik Els | September 24, 2014
Iron ore trade to grow 35% over five years

Top iron ore miner Vale expected claw back market share from Australian competitors thanks to its Serra Sul mine and use of Valemax mega-carriers.

Valemax ban 'effectively' lifted

Frik Els | September 24, 2014
Valemax ban 'effectively' lifted

Mega-carriers docking in China will see Brazilian giant Vale double export volumes to China over the next five years.

BHP to go ahead with London-listing of demerged $15bn firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
BHP to go ahead with London-listing of demerged $15bn firm

New company would still have its primary listing in Australia, with secondary listings in South Africa and the UK.

China’s iron ore imports to fall in September — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
China’s iron ore imports to fall in September — report

Shanghai Metals Market warns slim profits and continuous declines in steel prices have dampened Chinese mills’ appetite for iron ore.

Low metal prices put chill on global mineral exploration

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
Low metal prices put chill on global mineral exploration

Fresh data suggests it is still too early to celebrate a recovery in the sector.

Iron ore eradicates gains to hit lowest level since 2009

Travis McPherson - CEO.ca | September 23, 2014
Vale secures key licence for flagship iron ore mine expansion

Iron ore is the lifeblood of industrial development with China’s ‘build it and they will come’ policy driving prices to a high of over $180 per tonne in 2011. Flash forward and iron ore prices have slumped to break below $80 per tonne, the lowest level in 5-years.

Rio Tinto celebrates Chow Tai Fook milestone with diamond masterpiece and new jewellery collection

Rio Tinto | September 23, 2014
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Diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia will be showcased across China in an unprecedented fashion from next month, headlined by a special white and champagne diamond encrusted tiara.

Australia govt forecast: Iron ore price below $100 for 5 years

Frik Els | September 17, 2014
Australia govt forecast: Iron ore price below $100 for 5 years

Iron ore will recover to above $90 a tonne over the medium term, but dips to low $70s not ruled out.

China a buyer amid 'colossal imbalances' in central bank gold hoards

Frik Els | September 16, 2014
China a buyer amid 'colossal imbalances' in central bank gold hoards

As in the retail gold market, there's a giant sucking sound in the official sector going East.

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Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked

Oilprice.com | September 16, 2014
Slow growth spoiling China’s appetite for coal

China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped.

Threat of downturn worries Canadian companies in China

Business in Vancouver | September 15, 2014

Economic slowdown, theft of intellectual property rights are among firms’ top concerns, Asia Pacific Foundation survey reveals

China's war on pollution is finally moving coal prices

Frik Els | September 13, 2014
China's war on pollution is finally moving coal prices

The latest restrictions on production, consumption and imports could drive prices 10% higher by the end of the year.

Iron ore price bears come out in force

Frik Els | September 10, 2014
Iron ore price bears come out in force

2014 is the "inflection point" and "until mines close it's a world of $70 prices of iron ore."

Nickel price rally still has a long way to go

Frik Els | September 9, 2014
Nickel price rally still has a long way to go

Filipino supply worries, depleting Chinese stocks and Indonesian refinery delays could see nickel rise close to $30,000 a tonne.

Frik Els

How the India-China trade summit could rock iron ore

Frik Els | September 8, 2014
How the India-China trade summit could rock iron ore

Reviving the China-India ore trade which peaked at 120mtpa in 2009 could be part of a grand bargain when Modi and Xi meet for the first time in New Delhi.

Goldcorp: We have hit PEAK gold

Frik Els | September 8, 2014
Goldcorp: We have hit PEAK gold

CEO Chuck Jeannes says barring a major technological breakthrough global gold production probably peaked in 2013.

Anglo American chief not going for any major corporate split

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 7, 2014
Anglo American chief not going for any major corporate split

A big corporate break-up à la BHP Billiton is definitively not in his books, he told FT.com.

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