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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.

America West Resources completes mine development and commences full production at Horizon Coal Mine

America West Resources, Inc. (OTCBB: AWSR), a domestic compliant coal producer with mining operations in Central Utah, today announced that it has successfully completed mine development and commenced full production at Horizon Coal Mine, located in Carbon County about 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah. It is estimated that there is more than 16 million recoverable tons of high quality, thermal coal reserves under lease at the Horizon Mine. Over the past 36 months, America West has focused on implementing a mine development strategy utilizing a room and pillar mining approach to excavating coal deposits from the 1,640 acre mining leasehold.

Cobalt Coal Corp. announces that the continuous miner is back on production

Cobalt Coal announced an update to the previous press release of May 18, 20011 where a significant machine malfunctioned at its Westchester Mine. The continuous miner has now been repaired and recommenced cutting coal on […]

Chinese, Indian coal demand to surge by 2015

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.

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.

Construction starts on world’s biggest biomass power station as scores of coal-fired plants face shutdown

Engineering work has begun at a coal-fired power station on the banks of the Thames in England, UK that could turn it into the world's largest biomass plant with almost no carbon emissions. The owner of the Tilbury power station, previously scheduled for shut down in 2015 under new EU environmental regulations, says it hopes to produce up to 750 megawatts of green power by winter. Last week it was reported that the approval of new rules for air pollution, water pollution, and waste disposal in the US could result in the retirement of between 35 and 70 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power generation throughout that country.

Commodities boom drives economic growth in several Canadian provinces

A Conference Board of Canada report says high energy and metals prices "are prompting resource companies to invest billions in iron ore projects, nickel processing and offshore oil developments" in Newfoundland and Labrador, generating the largest growth in real GDP this year of all the Canadian provinces. The board's Provincial Outlook - Spring 2011 report issued Wednesday also forecasts that Saskatchewan "will benefit from tax breaks and a hot mining industry."

Resourcehouse launches $3.6bn IPO in Hong Kong

Australian mining company Resourcehouse, controlled by billionaire Clive Palmer, launched its planned $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO on Sunday, betting on rising coal prices to attract investors to its large initial public offering. The company, which is raising funds to develop thermal coal and an iron ore project, has received positive feedback during meetings with investors since it started road shows almost two weeks ago, despite volatility in global commodity markets.

Australia warns resources firms to be vigilant for cyber attack

Australia's government urged companies on Monday to tighten vigilance over cyber attacks launched offshore against some of the world's biggest resource firms and other businesses, warning high-tech threats were intensifying. Lockheed Martin Corp , the U.S. government's top information technology provider, raised concern about cyber hacking at the weekend, complaining of a pattern of frequent attacks on it from around the world.

Massey shareholders to block $7.1bn Alpha merger

The $7.1 billion merger of coal miners Massey Energy Co (MEE.N) and Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR.N) should be blocked or Massey's board will avoid responsibility for their reckless management, a shareholder attorney told a court on Thursday. Several pension funds that invested in Massey have sued to block the vote next week by shareholders of the two companies.

Commodities boom drives economic growth in several Canadian provinces

A Conference Board of Canada report says high energy and metals prices "are prompting resource companies to invest billions in iron ore projects, nickel processing and offshore oil developments" in Newfoundland and Labrador, generating the largest growth in real GDP this year of all the Canadian provinces." The board's Provincial Outlook - Spring 2011 report issued Wednesday also forecasts that Saskatchewan "will benefit from tax breaks and a hot mining industry."

Lawsuit suggests Obama secret agenda to bring down coal miner Massey Energy

Executives of Massey Energy Co (MEE.N) believed President Barack Obama had a secret agenda to bring down the coal company after 29 men were killed in an accident at one of its mines last year, a lawsuit shows. The charge came in a class action suit by investors who seek to block Massey's pending $7 billion takeover by Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR.N) as they press their claims for about $1 billion in losses from alleged Massey mismanagement.

Four oversold big miners that should rally

The S&P GSCI Index of 24 raw materials dropped about 10% since the Goldman (GS) sell call on April 11. It was up over 1% today on the new bullish call by both GS and Morgan Stanley (MS).

The black cloud looming over coal stocks

Our universe of coal stocks has come down between 10% and 20% since we last discussed these names back in March. Oil and natural gas prices have come off of their rallies induced by the Japan disaster and Arab revolt, a deflation which spilled over into coal prices. Plus, demand in the United States has been weak, a situation that higher export volumes couldn't overcome. However, this short-term blip hasn't dented coal companies' enthusiasm. Uniformly, industry management has been very bullish on the long-term prospects for coal prices, with the term "super cycle" brandished on more than one occasion.

Coal India to hire 1100 management trainees by October 2011

In keeping with its massive expansion plans, the Maharatna firm Coal India (CIL) will induct 1,100 management trainees by October, Steel Guru reports.
The new faces will be inducted into the parent firm and its subsidiaries in various disciplines mining, electrical, mechanical, civil and chemical/mineral. The recruitment of the white-collars is necessitated as the world's top coal producer plans huge expansions, including setting up of 20 new washeries with a combined capacity of 111.1 million tonnes at an estimated cost of INR 2,500 crore.

New Zealand Greens launch anti-mining bill: Otago Daily Times

The Green Party of New Zealand is taking aim at coal with new legislation that would make coal miners bear the brunt of their emissions. According to the Otago Daily Times: The Climate Change Response (Low Carbon Economic Development) Amendment Bill would amend the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to ensure all new activities and industries that use lignite, are fully liable for the costs of the greenhouse gas emissions they emit. "Large scale lignite mining in Southland could see New Zealand's carbon emissions increase by as much as 10 million tonnes a year, when we already need to decrease them by more than 20 million tonnes a year," said the architect of the bill, Green MP Gareth Hughes.

With slim pickings elsewhere bankers start targeting mines

All the money sloshing around in the financial system has to be poured into something. The latest study of mergers and acquisitions in the resource sector show that two of the four biggest deals of 2011 worth over $3bn are financial companies taking over natural resource companies, not strategic investments by other miners. Lower down the scales – deals worth $50m or more – financial investors are also finding ways in. In 2009 only 3.6% of transaction involved investment houses and corporate takeover artists. By the first quarter of 2011 that figure had jumped to 16.1%.

SMH: Iron ore queen Gina Reinhart tops billionaires club

The boom in resource industry wealth flowing from iron ore and coal exports to China and India has created a record number of billionaires in Australia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The latest to top the billionaires club Down Under is iron ore queen Gina Reinhart, who has become the richest person ever in Australia, worth an estimated $10.3 billion. Reinhart is the first woman to to top BRW's Rich 200 list. The list shows Australia now has 35 billionaires, five more than last year, and a cut-off point of $215 million, which is $30 million higher than last year's cut-off of $185 million.

Resourcehouse’s fourth crack at Hong Kong listing delayed as commodity prices slump

Hot on the heels of a lacklustre listing by Swiss commodities and mining behemoth Glencore, news comes of another multi-billion dollar natural resources IPO going awry. Resourcehouse planned to raise $3.6bn on the Hong Kong market on Thursday but has now postponed the listing to at least the end of the month. The Australian iron ore and coal miner has made three previous attempts to go public in 2009 and 2010.

Thelon Signs Lease Agreement to Double Production Royalties on Jellico Coal Project

Thelon Capital Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:THC)(FRANKFURT:TFHC) is pleased to announce that it has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Clear Fork Mining, signed a second lease agreement with a private contractor to mine a second 600-acre section of its Jellico Coal Project, known as Miller Mt. It is scheduled to start production in calendar 2012. This mine site is projected to produce an average of 20,000 tons per month for approximately 7-10 years. Under the terms of the lease, Thelon Capital Ltd. will receive the greater of $7 per ton royalty or ~9% of gross sales price of the Coal. Thermal Coal is currently selling for $90 per ton and Blue Gem Coal is currently selling for $185 per ton.

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.

Miners’ families challenge $8.5bn Massey-Alpha deal

The Charleston Gazette reports on Tuesday that the families of seven miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in West Virginia have filed a new lawsuit against owners Massey Energy, challenging Massey's proposed acquisition by Alpha Natural Resources. The suit alleges that the CEO and other Massey insiders "will receive tremendous financial benefit" – estimated at some $196m – from the $8.5bn deal, while victims of the disaster "will be subject to great risk and uncertainty." Massey has put its estimated losses from any suits or settlements with the disaster's victims at $78m, or $3m per victim.

Bloomberg: Exxaro bids A$123 million for Territory in iron ore strategy

South African coal miner Exxaro Resources has agreed to pay AUD$123 million for Territory Resources with the goal of producing 10 million metric tonnes of iron ore a year, Bloomberg reported Monday: Exxaro offered A$0.46 a share for the iron-ore miner based in Perth, Western Australia, the companies said in a statement today. The bid, at a 64 percent premium to the closing price on May 20, was recommended by Territory’s board, they said.

Coal exports from U.S. reach 20-year high on Australia floods

Bloomberg reported that a drop in coal exports following Australia’s floods pushed up exports from the US. The market news is quoted as saying: Queensland Resources Council, representing miners in the Australian state, said in January 85 percent of mines were “impaired by excess water.” Further rains delayed a production recovery, RBS Morgans Ltd. said last month.

Hunnu buys controlling stake in Mongolia Coal JV from Rio Tinto

Mining Weekly reported that Hunnu Coal (ASX:HUN) bought a majority stake in the Altai Nuurs coal project from Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO). The market news is quoted as saying: Hunnu said in a statement that it would now start Jorc modelling at the Altai Nuurs project, with a major drilling programme planned for the remainder of 2011.