Coal Mining News

A viable, low-carbon path toward energy security for Japan's post-Fukushima economy

Eliminating high-risk dependence on imported fuels; vast potential in renewables and buildout around domestic technology advantages; stranded assets in coal projects; little chance of nuclear industry recovery.

Polemic Carmichael coal project in Australia to get going as early as August

Work on the delayed mine to start shortly after the federal government grants it final approval, which is expected before the end of May.

Coal mine in Germany turns into hydroelectric battery

The mine is set to be totally transformed by 2018.

Caterpillar hires former US Attorney General for help with probe

William P. Barr will help Caterpillar face a federal investigation related to profits earned by CSARL, its Swiss parts subsidiary.

Exploration spending in Australia finally on its way up

A 3.4% increase in the December quarter seems to indicate that the downward trend of the past five years has been finally reversed.

Eastern Canada now the preferred mineral exploration investment destination

While wew mines continue to open in British Columbia, the perceptionis that the province is no longer a welcome place for mineral exploration.

Indian billionaire Agarwal goes after 12% of Anglo American

Deal would make of Volcan Investments Ltd., Agarwal's family trust, the second-largest investor in Anglo American.

Anglo American building resilience through partnership

Anglo American today published its 16th annual Sustainability Report, entitled ‘Delivering Change, Building Resilience, Working in Partnership’.

Visualizing America’s changing energy mix (1970 – 2030e)

Chart of the Week - What powers the U.S., and how that mix is evolving over time

The 20 best mining schools in the world

The rankings are based on data for academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and research impact.

China leaves size, timing of coal output restrictions to local authorities

Beijing will adopt more market-friendly measures in the sector and other oversupplied industries.

Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis steps down, set to lead BT

He joins a growing list of chairmen who are leaving some of the world's' top mining companies, including BHP Billiton and Anglo American.

PDAC 2017 Convention exceeds expectations

Over 24,000 people attended this year's Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s Convention — a strong indication that confidence has returned to the mineral exploration and mining industry.

Britain's CO2 emissions at levels not seen since 1894

Emissions of carbon dioxide from coal fell 50 per cent in 2016 as use of the fossil fuel dropped by 52 per cent, contributing to an overall drop in carbon output of 5.8 per cent last year compared with 2015.

Iron ore price drops to 1-month low, coking coal rebounds

Iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports reach record high, but Beijing steel and coal capacity cuts should lend support to high-grade imports, met coal prices.

Canada's Gov't gives mining explorers a full extra year of tax credit

The 15% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit, which was slated to expire at the end of this month, has been extended until March 31, 2018.

Chinese coal draw-down gathers pace

Coal continues to be the sector in the cross-hairs of Chinese plans to shift its energy mix away from fossil fuels and into cleaner renewables.

Mining industry leaders meet again at PDAC 2017

For the second consecutive year, PDAC will host the International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) with 25 countries attending to it.

Rio Tinto defers former CEO Walsh bonus over Guinea scandal

Sam Walsh's bonuses, potentially worth millions, had been delayed for at least two years as investigations continue into dubious payments related to Simandou iron ore project in Africa.

Canadian miners to implement voluntary principles on security and human rights

Several MAC members already formally participate in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPI) and several others apply the VPs for their operations abroad.

CAT shares hammered as feds search offices

Federal officials executed a search warrant at three of Caterpillar facilities, including the corporate headquarters in Peoria.

Human activity creates 208 new mineral species

Study shows mining has sparked "unparalleled inorganic compound diversification" like rabbittite at Lucky Strike, Utah and a handful found on smelter walls

Yancoal fresh loss casts doubts on planned acquisition of Rio’s mines

Industry observers believe Yancoal will face several challenges when trying to complete a $2bn equity issue to finance the acquisition of Rio’s coal mines in the Hunter Valley.

China’s coal consumption keeps plummeting, down for 3rd year in a row

Coal accounted for 62% of the nation’s energy mix last year, down from 64% in 2015.