Coal Mining News

Glencore IPO expected to boost appeal of Hong Kong as a mining destination

Commodities trader Glencore's bumper public offering has increased interest in Hong Kong listings from across the mining sector and will prove a welcome boost to the bourse, a senior executive at the exchange said. The world's largest diversified commodities trader is set to make its market debut in London and Hong Kong next week, in what could be a record listing, with Glencore [GLEN.UL] hoping to raise $11 billion.

UK market rises on earnings news

(RTTNews) - The UK market is trading higher in afternoon trading Thursday, amid some positive earnings news as well as consolidation in commodities prices.

Coal India to ink joint venture with Peabody

Coal India, the world's largest coal producer, is on a high. The state-run company is set to pick up a 15% stake in a joint venture with US-based coal firm Peabody Energy's $600 million mining project in Australia. The deal size could be upwards of $100 million. Officials privy to the discussion said both the companies were mulling over the exact details and were to form a joint venture company to tackle the Wilkie Creek coal mine, in Queensland, Australia, which is owned by Peabody.

Los Angeles Times uncovers child labour in India's coal mines

Los Angeles Times published a photo essay on May 14 looking at child labour in the coal mines located in India: "Times South Asia bureau chief Mark Magnier and photojournalist Daniel Berehulak report on the mining situation in the Jaintia Hills district of India, located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. Perhaps as many as thousands of underage workers as young as 8, lured by the wages, leave school to work in coal mines under perilous conditions."

What’s driving the divergence of commodity prices

As the chart below demonstrates commodity prices are driven by different factors. The precious metals prices have been the hyperbolic driver of headline commodities news relative to the broader based commodities index and oil. The latter two are more geared to industrial use as gold’s commercial use is limited. The chart highlights the divergence in the components of the commodities index. iShares S&P GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (GSG) tracks 24 different commodities including energy (67%), industrial metals (16%), livestock (7%) and precious metals (3%).

John Kaiser: alternative energy fuels mining boom

Advances in energy and agriculture are creating demand for previously ignored metals such as scandium, tellurium and indium. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Mining Analyst John Kaiser, editor of Kaiser Research Online, explains the science that could exponentially increase the value of overlooked stocks.

Without QE3, commodities may suffer

While China continues to make asset driven economic decisions and now looks like a traction control experiment where the economy is like a car that is driving on ice that doesn't yet know it, QE2 ignited the bunsen burner for commodity price speculation. Last I checked, Ben Bernanke has decided to continue on with QE2 but has decided that QE3 is probably a bad idea because the true positive impact of additional money coming into the economy would be more than offset by inflation. In my opinion he's making the right call, but this call is likely going to put downward pressure on commodities and other assets.

Chart of the day: commodity flows

QE, of course, only happens when interest rates hit the zero bound, so it’s impossible to disentangle the effects of QE from the effects of G3 interest rates all coming down to 1% or lower. But the effect of all these investment flows is clear: if you look at commodities as an asset class, total commodity assets under management have risen from just over $150 billion at the end of 2008 to over $400 billion today.

Infrastructure projects essential to Russian mining

Often located in some of the world’s most sparsely populated areas, developing mining projects in resource-rich areas more often than not means working in some of the most isolated regions known to man. From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, operators face a common challenge: that of ensuring the local infrastructure is able to support the demands placed upon it by a profitable mining operation.

Strong gold and PGM revenues see Franco-Nevada Q1 net income up 157%

Franco Nevada reported an adjusted net income of US$21.4 million or 18-cents per share for the first quarter, a 157% increase over the adjusted net income of US$8.3 million or 7-cents per share for the first-quarter 2010. Net income for the first quarter of 2011 was $21.2 million or 18-cents per share, which included a $5.6 million gain, $6.5 million in forex losses and $1.7 million in losses recorded from the equity accounting of Franco's investment in Gold Wheaton prior to the acquisition, which closed on March 14, 201

Coal and copper led BC miners to profitable 2010

Buoyant prices for coal and copper yielded a profitable year for miners in British Columbia, according to PwC’s annual report on the BC mining industry. PwC partners Michael Cinnamond and Erfan Kazemi presented findings from their report at a press conference on Tuesday, flanked by key representatives of the BC mining industry, including outgoing BC Mining Association president Pierre Gratton, Gavin Dirom, president of the Association of Mineral Explorers BC, and Patty Moore, chair of the Mining Suppliers Association of BC.

Cloud Peak’s new $297.7m tract adds 12 years of coal production

U.S. number three coal producer and supplier of some 4% of the country’s electricity announced a successful $297.7m bid for an additional tract at its Antelope mine in Wyoming. The new lease would add approximately 350m tons of mineable coal to Antelope, doubling its reserves and adding 12 years of production. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also recently announced a June 15, 2011 sale date for the West Antelope II South Coal Tract, which contains approximately 56 million mineable tons, according to BLM estimates.

Kaltim Prima Coal in Indonesia receives an additional 50 Hitachi trucks with Siemens AC drives

Siemens Industry last week received its biggest mobile mining order from Hitachi Construction Truck Machinery (HCTM) to provide 50 additional EH4500 trucks equipped with Siemens’ unique AC-drive technology to Indonesia-based Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), who already […]

Pilot Crushtec RubbleBuster working well in coal

This RubbleBuster SR500, combining well in a coal crushing application crushing the oversize coal and recirculating the crushed material back to a Terex Finlay 683, was recently supplied by Pilot Crushtec to its French dealer. Read […]

German mining technology aims to make Colombian mines safer

German technology and German know-how are to help the Colombian coalmining sector, underground mining in particular, to become safer and increase its production. A strategic co-operation is planned that is to comprise not only a safety partnership but also technology transfer. Juan Gabriel Ceballos Campuzano is the owner of Colombia’s old-established family mining firm Soc Central de Activos Mineros, based in the Colombian capital of Bogotá.

SouthGobi fuel supplier claims force majeur

Mongolia’s SouthGobi Resources said that its fuel supplier claimed a force majeur after Russia cut supplies to the country to a mere 10,000 tonnes. The company said its flagship coal mine, Ovoot Tolgoi, has enough fuel to last 45 days under normal operations or around three months if it scaled back production. SouthGobi also stated that it has coal in inventory and customer trucks can be fuelled in China, a short distance away from the mine.

Commodity slide likely due to economic concerns

Commodity prices took a beating today. This Bloomberg headline sums it up well: Commodities Sink Most Since 2008 as Stocks Fall. But how can this be? We have been told repeatedly that the surging commodity […]

The Contango Report: silver contango balloons, sugar backwardation disappears

Has oil moved into backwardation yet? What does corn’s roll yield look like? How do you know when it’s time to buy—or sell? Each week, we investigate the futures curves of the U.S.’ most important […]

Coal use in China shines a light on growth

International coal prices hit $124 per ton last week, the highest level in five months, as strong demand from reconstruction projects in Japan and reduced supply from flood-ravaged Australia have made coal supply tight. The floods in Queensland, Australia cut the country's output of coal by 15%; other big coal producers such as Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia are experiencing similar production cuts due to floods of their own. At the end of March, coal prices were 33% higher than a year ago, and earlier this month mining giant Xstrata PLC (XSRAF.PK) inked a one-year deal with a Japanese utility at $130 per ton, effectively setting a floor under coal prices in the near-term. That's up from $98 per ton the company made in a similar deal a year ago

Why commodities crashed

If you want to see market reporting done right, I can recommend the 2,000-word Reuters special report on Thursday’s commodities crash. It doesn’t just pick a random news event or gesture vaguely at “worries about economic growth” while saying what prices did; it looks at the mechanisms behind the market moves and what might have caused them. It’s worth underlining that Thursday’s percentage declines in commodities like silver and oil would count as a full-on disaster if they occurred in the stock market. Commodities markets are rowdier places than stock markets, however, and the only people who really got hurt are sophisticated investors who can take their medicine.

Taipei Times: Vale opens new coal mine in Mozambique

Taipei Times reports: Brazilian mining giant Vale opened a new US$1.7 billion coal mine in Mozambique yesterday, tapping the southern African country’s thermal and coking coal reserves of about 23 billion tonnes. Vale plans to start production in July and export 1 million tonnes of coal from the US$1.7 billion project this year, ramping up production to 11 million tonnes in a few years — and, local officials hope, boosting Mozambique’s current economic growth of 6.5 percent.

Teck announces Fording River collective agreement and related charge to earnings

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today that employees at its Fording River operation in southeastern British Columbia have ratified a new five-year agreement, replacing an agreement which expired on April 30, 2011. "Our discussions with the union were very productive and we are pleased to have reached a new five-year collective agreement at our Fording River operation," said Bill Fleming, Vice President, Operations and Engineering.

Cliffs Natural Resources joins ranks of the Fortune 500

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) today announced it has been added to the Fortune 500 list 2011, Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of America's largest companies by revenue. Cliffs is ranked at No. 477, with annual revenues of $4.7 billion for 2010. "We are pleased to attain this ranking in the prestigious Fortune 500," said Joseph A. Carrabba, Cliffs' chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We consider it another significant milestone in our growth."

Zijin Mining to be one of Glencore's cornerstone investors

China's Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd said on Friday it would invest $100 million as a cornerstone investor in the initial public offering of commodities group Glencore. The investment in the up to $11 billion IPO will be subject to a six-month lock up period, Zijin said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse.

Coalspur completes C$44.4 million public offering

Coalspur Mines Limited (ASX: CPL, TSX:CPT) is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its public offering of 24 million ordinary shares of the company at an issue price of C$1.85 per ordinary share for gross proceeds of C$44.4 million. This was announced to the market on April 13, 2011. In addition to the public offering, the previously announced private placement of 6 million ordinary shares at C$1.85 each to raise a further C$11.1 million, before costs , is expected to be completed in June 2011. The private placement is being made to the Highland Park Group, a strategic shareholder of the company.