China Mining News

Chinalco takes stake in Jiangsu rare earths project jv

Aluminum Corporation of China (Chinalco) has taken a 45 percent majority stake in a rare earth joint venture in Jiangsu province, boosting such assets, which is part the firm's strategic development plan, a company spokesman said on Friday.

The rarest rare earths on earth

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China tightening its rare earth element production controls

China is giving its biggest, state-owned rare earths miner and producer a monopoly for the northern part of the country in reforms aimed at bringing the strategically important resource that's crucial to advanced manufacturing under tighter control.

Western Areas NL: 100,000 tonnes nickel concentrate exported from Esperance

The Board of Western Areas (TSX:WSA)(ASX:WSA) is pleased to announce an important milestone for the company. Since the first shipment ten months ago, Western Areas has exported over 100,000 tonnes of high grade nickel concentrate from Esperance Port to Jinchuan in China. This represents a gross value of over US$300 million based on average nickel prices since shipping commenced.

Shenhua shares fall on construction halt announcement

Shares in China Shenhua Energy fell on Tuesday after it said it had halted construction on mine shafts at two of its coal mines that had violated regulations by starting building without the necessary approvals.

China coking coal demand seen up 180MT by 2015

Shanghai Securities News citing unspecified government authorities reported that China’s demand for coking coal is expected to increase by 180 million tonnes by 2015. And, coking coal output in North China’s Shanxi province, the main production base for steelmaking material, would merely gain 80 million tonnes, which may result in demand shortfall of 100 million tonnes, due to limited increase in other production provinces. According to reports of relevant government departments, it is estimated that China consumed 540 million tonnes or so washed coking coal for the production of over 380 million tonnes coke in 2010.

Fortescue's Chinese shareholder to triple production, seek $1.68bn listing

The Australian reports Fortescue Metals' Chinese shareholder Hunan Valin Steel plans to triple its capacity through mergers and capital investment and is eyeing a listing on the Hong Kong stockmarket to raise up to $1.68bn. The Chinese government last month began another push to consolidate the country's fractured steel industry and is planning to create six or seven mega-groups with the aim of boosting its negotiating power with iron ore giants including miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Hunan Valin is considered second-tier at the moment but wants to push production to over 30m tonnes/year, similar to industry behemoth Baosteel.

China tightens grip on rare earth supply as Baotou gobbles up 35 small miners

Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi Tech Co, the world's largest rare earth producer, will consolidate 35 local miners this month and further unify the distribution and processing of the 17 elements. The Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the site of 97% of China's reserves, has drafted a plan to concentrate all resources under Baotou. The move follows the announcement last week that the state-owned firm will set up the country's first rare earth products exchange to further regulate the market. China accounts for upwards of 95% of global supply. To combat China's domination of the market the US recently declared rare earth to be a strategic resource for the country.

Wedding season buying lifts gold, silver snaps losing streak in Indian Saturday trade

Indian traders on Saturday sent gold prices higher amid the Indian wedding season and firming overseas trends and silver snapped its three-day losing streak. On global markets on Friday Gold for August delivery added $9.70 to $1,542.40 an ounce after US economic data showed job growth slowed to a crawl in May. The weak dollar and the spectre of a return to recession in the US on top of a European debt crisis have buoyed the gold price this year and long term fundamentals – buying in India and China – remain strong. India remained the top purchaser of gold buying 291 tonnes in the first quarter while China added 93 tonnes of bars and coins from January to March, more than double the 2010 level and jewellery demand increased 21% from a year earlier to a record 143 tonnes.

SouthGobi Resources announces Soumber coal deposit officially registered with Government of Mongolia

SouthGobi Resources announced that it has been notified by the Mineral Resource Authority of Mongolia (MRAM) that the company's Soumber coal deposit has been officially registered. The registration process includes calculation of resources to Mongolian standards, review of the calculations by MRAM-appointed industry experts, and defense of the calculations before the Minerals Resource Committee. Mineral deposit registration is a prerequisite for applying for a Mining License.

Africa’s riding the Red Dragon

The global mining industry is facing stiff new competition in getting deals done. The new competitors for the world’s resources have a mandate to secure long term resource deals for domestic use and have the financing capabilities any major mining company, or for that matter any government, would be envious of.

China’s Jiangxi ups rare earths profits 166% to $144m in first quarter

Commodity Online online reports on Thursday rare earth monopoly China’s Jiangxi Province saw its output surged 30.15% year on year to 5,694 metric tons in the first four months of the year, boosted by rising prices. In the first three months of this year, the rare earth industry in Jiangxi realized RMB4.95bn ($770m) in operating revenue, up 83% from the first quarter 2010, due to increases in both output and prices. The industry saw its gross profit surged 166% year on year to RMB934m ($144m) during the period.

Rio Tinto and Chinalco form exploration JV

Rio Tinto and Chinalco will be positioning their drills in Mainland China, the two companies announced today, in a new exploration joint venture to operate under the name Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration Co. Ltd. (CRTX). According to a press release issued by Rio Tinto, the primary focus of CRTX will be copper exploration, with coal and potash to be considered later.

After the dollar: what comes next?

My readers are familiar with my forecast that the US dollar is in terminal decline. America is tragically bankrupt, unable to pay its lenders without printing the dollars to do so, and enmeshed in an economic depression. The clock is ticking until the dollar faces a crisis of confidence like every other bubble before it.

China setting the pace for iron ore

The world's biggest consumer of steel is ready to raise the stakes. Steel demand in China is expected to rise by around 25% by the year 2015, to a huge 750 million metric tonnes. To ensure an adequate supply position, China is set to create three iron ore mining groups, with an output capacity of 100 million tonnes each. Six other groups with a capacity of 30 million tonnes are to be cobbled together to ensure steady supplies. Iron ore is the principal raw material used to make steel.

China coal imports to double in 2015, India close behind

Top coal consumer China should see import demand more than double in the next four years and India will be close behind as both hoover up supplies on international markets to feed rapidly growing power industries, industry executives said on Monday. China's thermal coal imports could rise to 200 million tonnes in 2015 from around 90 million tonnes in 2011, Neil Dhar, executive vice president of trading house Noble Group, told the Coaltrans Asia conference.

Chinese rare earth producer gets approval for rare earth exchange – report

China's biggest rare earth producer, Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi Tech , has won local government approval to start an exchange to trade the increasingly lucrative metals used in many high-tech goods, state media reported on Friday. The regional government of Inner Mongolia, where the Shanghai-listed company's mining and processing operations are based, gave the "green light to the establishment of a rare earth exchange in the city of Baotou," the Xinhua news agency reported, citing city officials and an earlier statement from the Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi Tech.

Minmetals to receive $150.4m for Equinox stake sale

Minmetals Resources Ltd , a unit of China state-run China Minmetals Corp, said it would net $150.4 million from the sale of its entire stake in Equinox Minerals Ltd after it withdrew its its bid for the Africa-focused copper miner. In a filing to the Hong Kong bourse late on Thursday, Minmetals said it had disposed of all its 37.27 million shares in Equinox on May 25 for about $310.5 million under an offer by Barrick Gold Corp .

China's gold output to reach 400 t/y by 2014, demand at 700t

Chinese gold demand could rise over 22 percent in the next three years and sharply outpace domestic production, the head of the country's largest state-owned gold miner China National Gold Group said on Thursday, signalling room for a strong ramp up in imports. Gold production should reach 400 tonnes by 2014, a gain of nearly 19 percent from 2010, but consumption is set to grow by nearly a quarter to 700 tonnes, Sun Zhaoxue, president of the group, told reporters at the sidelines of a conference in Shanghai.

Reuters: China interested in building nuclear plant in East Africa

Reuters reports: China wants to help build nuclear power generation in East Africa, uranium mining and investment company IBI Corp said in a statement after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing, revealing China's undimmed appetite for overseas nuclear expansion despite the Japanese nuclear crisis this year. IBI, which has uranium-prospective land in Uganda, said its director, A.J. Coffman, held an "encouraging meeting... with the relatively new umbrella organization overseeing China's research and development of Generation 3 and Generation 4 nuclear power plant designs."

Baosteel positive about getting approval for Zhanjiang project from government

China's Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd expects to receive regulatory approval for its coastal Zhanjiang project this year, Chairman He Wenbo said on Tuesday, despite government resolve to extend a fight against overcapacity. "We will try to obtain approval this year, and are starting to build a raw materials dock," He, also president of parent Baosteel Group, told reporters on the sidelines of a company event.

Dramatic fall in China rare earths exports

China's rare earths exports in April were 53% down on a year earlier and 12.6% from the March figure, yet export value per tonne rose ten-fold, customs data showed on Monday. China, which controls about 97% of rare earth output, has angered customers in Japan, the United States and Europe by clamping down on production and sale of the 17 rare earth elements, citing a need to clean up highly polluting production processes and to stop illegal exports.

Reports: Chinese steel giant says iron ore market is in a ‘bubble’

"Everyone who has money is rushing to invest in iron ore," Baosteel Group chairman, Xu Lejiang said on Friday, warning that supply may outstrip demand “sooner than expected” pushing prices down in the process. Brazil’s Vale, and Australian heavyweights BHP and Rio Tinto have some $45bn slated for new mines. The cash price of 62%-iron ore shipped to China's Tianjin port has almost tripled from Nov. 21, 2008 when data became available, according to the Steel Index.

Canadian Press: Chinese invest $73m in Quebec iron ore explorer

Two Chinese state-owned companies have invested over $73m for a roughly 30% interest in privately-owned Century Iron's plans to export iron ore extracted at several properties in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador in eastern Canada. The transactions are part of $115.5m of financing arranged by Century Iron through private placements and the amalgamation of Century Iron Mines Corp. and Century Iron Ore Holdings.

BHP's treatment, refining costs with large Chinese smelters rise 25%

Large copper smelters in China settled term treatment and refining charges with global miner BHP Billiton Ltd at $90 per tonne and 9 cents per pound respectively for delivery in the second half of this year, a smelter source said on Friday. The second-half treatment and refining charges, or TC/RC, will nearly double from the same period of 2010 and represent a rise of 25 percent from about $72 for the first half of 2011. The term TC/RC for the full year 2010 was $46.5 and 4.65 cents.