China Mining News

China Has Fewer Coal Mine Accidents

China has made new headway in coal mine work safety with fewer accidents and deaths since the start of this year, said Zhao Tiechui, head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety (SACMS), on Tuesday.

Moly Mines signs US$494 million debt facilities for the Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum/Copper Mine

Moly Mines Limited (TSX:MOL)(ASX:MOL) said today it has signed various project debt agreements with China Development Bank Corporation (CDB) totaling US$494 million for the construction of the Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum / Copper mine (Spinifex Ridge), Australia. Image by Moly Mines Limited

China’s massive appetite for commodities sparks concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.

Zijin Mining planning $280m U.S. dollar-denominated bond issue

Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd said it plans a $280 million U.S. dollar-denominated bond issue, raising capital to acquire copper concentrate overseas for a smelter project of its unit. In a filing to the Hong Kong bourse on Tuesday, Zijin Mining said the bonds would have maturity of five years and a fixed interest rate of 4.25 percent per year during its term with interest payable semi-annually.

Chinese miners plunge as reverse-listing contagion spreads

Iron, zinc and coal miner China Natural Resources shed 20% of its value on the Nasdaq stock exchange in morning trade on Monday in the absence of any fresh news about its operations while China Shen Zou Mining lost over 8%, the worst performers in the sector. Investors are continuing to worry about the soundness of Chinese companies that came to the US market through so-called reverse listings with the value of the 98 companies declining sharply in recent weeks as creative accounting and other irregularities are uncovered at firms engaging in operations as diverse as software and timber.

Eight killed as iron ore mine collapses in China

Eight miners were killed and five others injured after an iron ore mine collapsed due to a landslide in east China's Fujian Province, officials said Saturday.

China sticks to ban on favourable power tariffs for energy-intensive sectors

China's top economic planner on Thursday reiterated a ban on favourable power tariffs for power-intensive sectors as the world's second-largest electricity consumer struggles to deal with its worst power crisis in seven years. Last year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) asked local governments and power suppliers to cancel favourable power prices for aluminium, ferroalloy and calcium carbide makers, and said preferential power rates for direct trade between power generators and power users but without approval must be halted.

Caledon Resources agrees to be bought by Chinese investment group

Australian coking coal producer Caledon Resources said it agreed to be bought by a Chinese investment group for 313.1 million pounds ($507 million), in a long-awaited deal which has finally met Chinese regulatory approval. China's Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co (GRAM) first approached Queensland-focused Caledon with a 112 pence per share offer in November to which Caledon agreed in principle, subject to approval from the Chinese regulators.

Rare Earths mining, processing and supply outside China – Fulp

The Critical Metals Report talks to Mickey Fulp about the prospects for future rare earths supply chains independent of the current virtual Chinese monopoly.

China's share of global rare earth output to drop steeply

China's global share of rare earth output will drop steeply in the next two years as other countries ramp up production to compensate for domestic curbs on mining the minerals, a former government official and future rare earth group chief said. The country's rare earth output would drop from 95 percent of global output to 60 percent, reversing global reliance on China, Wang Caifeng, a former Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) official told the official China Daily.

Gold One update on A$0.55 per share cash offer and proposed strategic partnership

Gold One International Limited (ASX and JSE: GDO) announced that it had entered into an agreement to implement a transaction with a consortium of Chinese investors whereby the consortium is seeking to become the long term strategic partner of Gold One

Iron ore prices to hold on China demand: Macquarie

Iron ore prices will remain firm in the medium term, as tight supply struggles to keep up with Chinese steel output, said Macquarie Commodities Research senior analyst Colin Hamilton at Platts Steel Methodology Forum in New York. The global iron-ore supply chain is struggling to keep up with that demand, and flat iron imports to China reflect the strain in existing infrastructure.

Ivanhoe Mines to receive US$502 million from Rio Tinto's exercise of all outstanding warrants to advance construction of Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mining complex in Mongolia

Ivanhoe Mines' Chief Executive Officer Robert Friedland announced today that the company expects to receive US$502 million from Rio Tinto later today following Rio Tinto's decision to exercise all remaining share-purchase warrants that it holds in Ivanhoe Mines.

China: huge increase in gold and silver coin minting to meet demand

According to a report by Chinese news agency Xinhua, China has been sharply increasing its output of gold and silver coins to meet seemingly ever-increasing popular demand for precious metals as people buy to protect against perceived rising inflation. Indeed it has more than doubled the maximum issuance for 2011 for some popular gold coin sizes from its previously announced levels.

Middle East and Asian demand boost India's gold exports

India, the world's top gold importer, may have just turned net exporter over the last couple of months given the high level of exports of gold jewellery, medallions and coins from the country. Export of items of the yellow metal rose to a staggering $1.24 billion during March and April 2011.

Dumas enters strategic alliance with key Chinese contract miner

Canada’s Dumas Contracting and JCHX Mining Management Co (JCHX), a leading Chinese mining contractor, have entered into a strategic alliance. The scope of the strategic alliance covers supporting Chinese clients with projects in Dumas’ core markets of Canada and Latin America. In addition, Dumas will provide its technical expertise in supporting JCHX on shaft-sinking projects in China.

Dumas and JCHX form strategic alliance

TORONTO/BEIJING, 20 June 2011 – Dumas Contracting Ltd. (“Dumas”) and JCHX Mining Management Co., Ltd (“JCHX”), a leading Chinese mining contractor, have entered into a strategic alliance. The scope of the strategic alliance covers supporting […]

Record Polished Prices, Soar Ahead of HK Show

The IDEX Online Polished Diamond Price Index set a record Monday, crossing 142.25, the highest level the Index reached since its introduction in July 2004. Diamond prices have been rising sharply in the first half of the fiscal year, especially so in the second quarter, as the graph below shows.

GTSO continues Mongolian export preparations as rare earth prices double

Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB:GTSO) continues preparations to send core samples from three Mongolian rare earth mining sites to South Korea for analysis as prices on heavy rare metals more than double due to China’s tightening control of rare earth mining, production and exports. U.K.-based trade publication Industrial Metals reported last week that rare earth minerals dysprosium oxide and europium oxide, used in high-tech applications from nuclear reactors to smartphones, rose by more than 100 percent since the beginning of the month.

First decline in 2 years in Chinese car sales worries zinc market

Reuters reports that zinc prices ended May slightly firmer, recovering from an early rout but the prospect of a sizeable supply surplus this year and next will continue to weigh on the market, especially if other metals weaken. Ms Claire Hassall of consultancy CHR Metals said that market watchers were concerned about weakness in the Chinese economy. The general feeling is that demand is not particularly strong in China at the moment using latest car sales figures as an illustration of the source of these worries.

More expensive lightbulbs, plasma TVs coming as China action doubles rare earth prices in two weeks

Prices of the certain rare earths used in energy saving lightbulbs, lasers, nuclear reactors, magnets and plasma televisions more than doubled in the past two weeks as China, responsible for upwards of 95% of world supply, further tightens control of mining, trading and exports, research house Industrial Minerals said over the weekend. China in recent months closed or consolidated more than 35 rare earth mines and cut export quotas sparking concerns in the US and other industrial nations about access to supplies and causing an exploration and mine development frenzy with over 250 projects on the go worldwide.

Silvercorp eyes $500m revenue with two new mines coming on: Mining Weekly

Mining Weekly reported that Silvercorp Metals, a Vancouver-based company with mines in China, as well as a silver project in BC, could see revenues approaching half a billion dollars if silver prices remain at current levels. Silvercorp currently operates four mines at its Ying camp, in China's Henan province, where the company produced 1.05-million ounces of silver in the three months ended March 31. It plans to ramp up production from the mine to 1 000 t/d by spring 2012, and to 2 000 t/d a year later.

Chinese officials predict excess global rare earth supplies in 5 years

Chinese industrial executives say the world's supply of rare earth minerals will outstrip demand within five years, ending reliance on China's exports. Wang Hongquain, general manager of China Nonferrous Metal Industry's Foreign Engineering and Construction Company (NFC), toldChina Daily more nations with large rare-earth deposits will resume exploration, which will lead to a global reallocation of the minerals.

India raises interest rates, worrying signs for gold

Rising inflation in China and India's tenth interest rate hike since March 2010, is set to take a toll on consumers preference for the yellow metal, according to analysts and traders. ``Gold and silver will surely get pummelled in the near term with signs of a stronger US dollar and yet another rate hike in India. Investors have very little savings these days and prefer not to invest in gold,'' said Manoj Maheswari, bullion analyst at a brokerage firm here.

SouthGobi Selects Modular for mine management solution

Modular Mining Systems, one of the world leaders in information management solutions for mining operations, has announced that SouthGobi Resources has chosen to implement the Modular IntelliMine Integrated Asset Management Suite at its Ovoot Tolgoi coal operation in southern Mongolia. The installation will include the DISPATCH fleet management system, PowerView reporting software, MineCare maintenance management system, and ProVision machine guidance solution for shovels, dozers, and drills. “We chose Modular because the IntelliMine suite covers all aspects of our business,” said Justin Kapla, General Manager, Ovoot Tolgoi Operations. “From safety, to asset management, to increased productivity, they have solutions that meet all of our needs. We look forward to the value their products will add to our business.”