Copper Mining News

Strikers to vote on defiant Chile Escondida offer

The world's top copper mine, Chile's Escondida, refused to improve a bonus to defuse a 13-day strike on Wednesday, presenting an offer the union said fell short, but that workers would vote on. Union leaders said the proposed bonus worth $5,760 failed to meet the expectations of workers who rejected the same offer from mine owner BHP Billiton on Friday.

Antofagasta boosted by Esperanza, looking outside South America

Bloomberg reports Antofagasta Plc, the copper giant controlled by Chile’s Luksic family, on Wednesday said second-quarter output increased 17% boosted by additional ore from the Esperanza mine in Chile that began shipping at the start of the year. Antofagasta is actively diversifying outside of its home base and is awaiting the outcome of a joint bid for a mine in Pakistan that has the potential to add 200,000 tonnes of copper annually.

Peru’s metal output falls across the board, silver down 22%

Production of Peru's gold, copper, silver and zinc fell in June, continuing a trend of lower output this year, the The Ministry of Mines and Energy said Wednesday. Silver production in Peru, the world's largest producer of that precious metal, fell 22.34% in June to 252,331 kilograms, compared to the prior year's period. Copper production decreased 6.43% to 101,562 metric tons in June on declines at Southern Copper Corp., Antamina and Xstrata's Tintaya mine. Zinc production was 104,498 tons in June, down 22.57% from the year-earlier period while gold output declined more than 5%.

Ivanhoe chief says Oyu Tolgoi should be worth $30 billion

Speaking at the Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie Australia, Robert Friedland, executive chairman of Ivanhoe mines made big claims for the new mine his company is constructing in Mongolia together with major shareholder Rio Tinto. Oyu Tolgoi is now one third complete and according to Friedland would have a life of more than a century. The mine is on track to produce more than 1.2 billion pounds of copper and 650,000 ounces of gold each year. Oyu Tolgoi will also help turn Mongolia into the world's fastest-growing economy with staggering GDP growth of 35%. Just to make sure no-one has any misconceptions of the grand scale of the project Friedland boasted that Oyu Tolgoi has 14,200 builders, easily overshadowing the largest construction project in the US, the new World Trade Center with only 2,300. And just to top things off he said Ivanhoe is worth at least double the $15.6 billion valuation the market is affording it at the moment.

Platinum miner Stillwater's profit misses, stock slide continues

Platinum and palladium producer Stillwater Mining Co's quarterly profit almost tripled, but the results fell short of Wall Street expectations and the company's stock slipped. Analysts said investors are concerned about Stillwater's plans to diversify by buying Canadian gold and copper miner Peregrine Metals. Since the $450 million deal was announced last month, Stillwater's stock has fallen 37 percent.

Sono Resources make final cash payment for the copper, silver licenses in Botswana

Canada's Sono Resources Inc announced on Tuesday that the final $100,000 cash payment for the year has been made and that Sono will now issue the vendors 6,500,000 common shares from treasury thus finalizing its purchase of 95 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Bonnyridge (Pty) Ltd., which is the legal and beneficial owner of three mineral license blocks located in Northwestern Botswana.

Metorex to delist from JSE in early December

Base metals miner Metorex is expected to delist from the JSE in early December, following the completion of a takeover by Chinese group Jinchuan which made a R9.1bn ($7.3bn) offer for Metorex last month. Jinchuan said that the acquisition of Metorex provided it with an opportunity to acquire a scalable African copper producer with a strong management team and substantial growth potential.

Rio tipped for $7.3bn profit

Cashed-up Rio Tinto is expected to post a first-half net profit of more than $US8 billion, driven by prices of iron ore, aluminium and copper. The earnings season gets into full swing tomorrow when the miner reports, with consensus among analysts for a 39.1 per cent jump in first-half underlying profit from $US5.77 billion to $US8.03 billion. The iron ore division is expected to contribute nearly 80 per cent of the net profit, lifting its performance by more than 50 per cent a year ago to about $US6.2 billion.

South Africa mines minister says nationalisation wrong, dangerous question to ask

Asking whether South Africa should nationalise its mining industry was the wrong, dangerous question to ask in searching for the answer to South Africa’s “evil triplets” of poverty, inequality and unemployment, said Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu.

Xstrata profits jump 27%, expects even better second half

Anglo-Swiss mining giant Xstrata said on Tuesday its first half net profit jumped 27 per cent to $US2.9 billion and that it expected even better earnings for the second half. "A substantially stronger financial performance in the first half reflected growing demand for our products from emerging Asian economies and recovering Western markets," Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis said in a statement.

Atlas completes buyout of partner in Philippines Carmen Copper

Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Cop. said it has completed the acquisition of a 45.54 percent stake in Carmen Copper Corp. owned by a Singapore-based investment fund. Atlas recently raised $390 million in debt and equity to finance the deal. Carmen Copper is acknowledged as Southeast Asia’s largest copper mine during its peak, serving as a major backbone of Cebu in the Philippines' economy for over 50 years before a devastating typhoon and metal price slump led to the mine’s closure in 1994.

Australia mining boom has two speeds

Call it the two-speed mining boom. On the one hand, there are all the active miners and explorers attending Diggers & Dealers in Kalgoorlie who - provided they have a viable project - can lay their hands on enough money to get into operation. But according to the ASX website, there are more than a dozen resource floats languishing with "to be advised" sitting alongside their listing dates.

Rex Minerals copper and gold prospect upgraded 25pct

ABC reported that exploration company Rex Minerals has upgraded by 25% the size of a proposed copper and gold mine near Ardrossan, Alberta, Canada.

Chile Collahuasi copper mine operations normal after 24-hour strike

Following a 24-hour strike, operations at Chilean copper mine Dona Ines de Collahuasi returned to normal, the company and the workers' union said.

Labor unrest in copper mines over the past year

Reuters reported that miners from Chile to Indonesia have staged strikes to demand a bigger share of a global copper boom, stoking supply fears and boosting prices.

NovaGold pegs Galore Creek capex at $5.2 billion

Putting Galore Creek into production would cost a whopping $5.2 billion in capex, NovaGold Resources said this week in announcing their prefeasibility study of the substantial copper--gold- silver project in northern British Columbia. The proposed mine, located 200 kilometres north of Stuart, BC, is 50%-owned by NovaGold and 50% by Teck Resources. Image of the proposed pit design for Galore Creek, courtesy of NovaGold Resources Resources Inc.

Kazakhmys H1 copper production falls but still on target

Reuters reported that Kazakh miner Kazakhmys posted 7% dip in H1 copper production in line with expectations and said it was on track to meet its full year target of 300,000 tonnes after the second quarter saw improved grades and output.

BHP's Q4 results overshadowed by Petrohawk bid

With BHP Billiton's fourth-quarter operating performance in line with expectations, it is the acquisition of Petrohawk that triggers changes to our EPS calculations.

Chile Collahuasi copper mine workers on strike, union says

Unionized workers at Chilean copper mine Dona Ines de Collahuasi downed their tools Saturday, the sole mine union said on its Twitter page. The strike comes on the heels of a now week-long stoppage at Escondida, the world's largest copper mine, which is fueling supply concerns in the copper market and driving prices higher. While Collahuasi represents about 3% of global output, Escondida, the world's largest copper mine, accounts for 7% of annual global copper production.

Bonus blackmail at world's top copper mine could see strike escalate

Disagreements over a bonus scuttled a potential labor deal at the world's biggest copper mine, Chile's Escondida, union leaders said on Friday, the eighth day of a strike that has fed worries about global supplies of the metal.

Outotec more than doubles H1 operating profit

Finnish mineral processing company Outotec more than doubled its profits for the first half of 2011.

Lundin hit by production problems, higher costs in Portugal

Lundin Mining Corporation reported on Friday net income of $57.7 million for the second quarter of 2011, up 36% from the same quarter last year. The numbers were below management expectations after lower than expected metal production and higher unit costs at its flagship Neves-Corvo copper mine in Portugal north of the city of Faro (pictured). Lundin said the Tenke Fungurume mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its first venture beyond Europe, should start contributing to cash flows in the third quarter.

Global Geoscience to focus on Nevada gold and copper targets

Field season commences on Nevada gold and copper targets Surface geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys completed at Excelsior Drilling commenced at Excelsior Drilling scheduled for Bartlett Cu-Au target

Monax Mining progressing five projects in two Australian states – Qld and SA

Highlights include: Progressing five projects in two Australian states - Queensland and South Australia. Actively reviewing opportunities to add to the Company's current project portfolio. Processing of gravity data for Punt Hill copper-gold project in

June quarterly for uranium, iron Cu-Au explorer, Marmota Energy

Junction Dam uranium project (SA)  Phase 3 drilling program commenced  Significant uranium mineralisation expansion potential identified at the Bridget prospect immediately adjacent to the Saffron prospect.  Marmota Energy set to increase its