Europe Mining News

Eighth Annual WDC Meeting to Take Place in Italy

The World Diamond Council (WDC) today announced that its eighth Annual Meeting will take place in Vicenza, Italy from May 13-14, 2012. The event is being hosted by Fiera di Vicenza, one of Italy's leading trade fair operators.

ArcelorMittal plans to double iron ore production at Andrade

Luxembourg based ArcelorMittal is still planning to double output at its Andrade iron ore mine in Brazil's Minas Gerais state despite its decision to temporarily halt a USD 1.2 billion expansion project at its Monlevade steel plant in the same state.

Dalumi Launches Golden Diamonds Collection

Israel-headquartered diamond manufacturing company Dalumi is set to launch a new jewelry line, “Golden Diamonds Collection,” at the upcoming Hong Kong trade shows.

London copper steady on Chinese demand signals

London copper edged up on Tuesday, buoyed by news that China was pushing ahead with efforts to boost the development of electric cars, which may result in a spike in copper demand.

Gold Falls as Dollar Rebounds on Italy’s Debt Concerns

Gold futures declined for the third time in four sessions as the dollar’s rebound reduced the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative asset.

Cheap power lifts Rusal profit

Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, is expected to see a substantial drop in fourth-quarter profit margin due to lower prices of the metal, although temporary shutdowns by high-cost producers would limit any further downside.

Generation X and Y turning into Generation Au

According to a new report by MarketWatch, gold's allure is shifting to a new generation. Many people in their 20s and 30s have little faith in equities and, unlike older investors, are more inclined to consider alternative investments. Others seek tangible, hard assets as a counterweight to stocks, bonds and cash in the aftermath of the 2008 US financial crisis. And these new investors are not just gold hoarders of the doomsday variety.

Glencore picks off 15% stake in Optimum Coal Holdings

Global commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) is making inroads into South African coal. Reuters reports that Glencore has signed a deal to buy energy trader Mercuria's 15 percent stake in South Africa's Optimum Coal Holdings (OCH) in its drive to acquire the whole company worth around $1 billion, sources close to the agreement said. Completing the Optimum acquisition would make Glencore South Africa's fourth-largest coal exporter, without including Xstrata's tonnage, for which it provides advisory services.

Safe haven no more? Euro end game cannot lift gold above $1,800

Gold for December delivery only briefly broke the psychologically important $1,800/oz level on Wednesday and in after hours trade pulled back sharply to trade at $1,770.50. Gold failed to take advantage of its traditional role as a hedge against inflation and a safe haven in troubled economic times, despite European Union finance ministers failing to make progress on ways to shore up the zone's sagging banks and Italy's deepening credit crisis. Bullion's failure to build on a three-day rally also comes after data out this week showed a quickening in demand from China's consumers who bought a record 56.9 tonnes in September, a sixfold increase year-on-year.

Iron ore transport deal between Grängesberg Iron and the Swedish Transport Administration

Mining company Grängesberg Iron AB and the Swedish Transport Administration have signed a co-operation agreement on investigations regarding future ore train traffic between the iron ore mine in Grängesberg and the Port of Oxelösund. The mining operations in Grängesberg are planned for a re-start by 2015, with the aim of producing 2.5 Mt/y of iron ore products.

Planet's largest clean coal project could be going up in smoke

The Guardian reports Scottish ministers are expected to order a public inquiry into plans to build the UK's only new coal-fired power station with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology after it suffered another serious setback. The latest delay follows unprecedented public opposition to the $4.8 billion project and will also damage proponents of CCS – where CO2 emissions are sequestered underground – and the so-called 'clean coal' lobby. Only two small coal CSS pilot projects exist worldwide: Schwarze Pumpe in Germany and Mountaineer Power Plant in West Virginia.

Investors forgive and forget, drive White Tiger stock up 38% in a week

Stock in White Tiger Gold received another 6.6% bump on Tuesday, bringing its gains over the past week to 38.5% after the company announced it has secured a $15 million loan to ramp up production at its Lamaque project in Val d'Or, Quebec. White Tiger has experienced a flurry of corporate activity recently, installing new senior management and expanding the Lamaque project after sealing the takeover of Century Mining after months of delays due to action from unhappy minority shareholders.

Gold back to within striking distance of $1,800

MarketWatch reports gold futures closed higher Monday, coming to within striking distance of the $1,800 an ounce level, as ongoing concerns over the euro-zone debt crisis and reports that Germany rejected calls to use its gold reserves to help shore up the region’s rescue fund helped boost prices. Gold for December delivery rose more than 2% earlier in the day to trade at $1,794, a six week high. Bullion is now up almost $200/oz from lows hit at the end of September when it briefly changed hands for less than $1,600/oz.

PhosAgro phosphate-based fertilizer production Up 3.6% for 9M 2011

PhosAgro (MICEX, RTS, LSE: PHOR), a leading global vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producer, announces its production update for the nine month period ended 30 September 2011.

German gold reserves must remain untouchable – Minister

Germany's Economy Minister Philipp Roesler has responded to recent media reports that the G20 summit at Cannes discussed using reserves to boost euro zone bailout funds by saying the country's gold reserves must remain untouchable. Germany Economy

Evraz gets support for full London listing

The steelmaking firm has received acceptances for its proposed share swap and relocation to Britain from just over 98% of its shareholders, allowing it to proceed with a premium London listing. Russian steelmaker Evraz has received acceptances for its

Steel output cuts to hit Europe zinc demand

A flurry of production cuts announced by steel firms in Europe will lead to a drop in the region's zinc consumption, although the global impact will be mitigated by continued growth in China.

Jim Rogers: Gold will eventually end with a bubble

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou surprised European leaders when he called for a referendum on the new aid package for Greece. Since then, the referendum has already been cancelled.

G-20 demands German gold to keep Eurozone intact; German Central Bank tells G-20 where to stick it

Going back to the annals of brokeback Europe, we learn that gold after all is money, after the G-20 demanded that EFSF (of €1 trillion "stability fund" yet can't raise €3 billion fame) be backstopped by none other than German gold.

Gold posts weekly gains as euro zone optimism undermines demand for US dollar

Gold eased at the end of the week amid a surge in the US dollar, but still managed to post weekly gains after Thursday’s rally on the back of the cancellation of a controversial referendum in Greece.

Anglo American discovers huge nickel deposit in protected Finnish bog

Anglo American (LON:AAL) has discovered what could be Europe's largest nickel deposit in a bog in Finnish Lapland. Helsingin Sanomat reports exploration drilling by the British-American mining giant has found samples of ore containing 4% nickel in the Viiankiaapa mire area north of Sodankylä. That compares to 0.4% nickel in the nearby Kevitsa deposit being developed by First Quantum Minerals (TSE:FM), which has spent about 300 million euros constructing a new copper-nickel mine. The news site says Anglo American plans to double the number of drill holes to chart the width and depth of the deposit. The ore body is believed to extend to the surface and measure one kilometre long by half a kilometre wide.

Low uranium prices shelve Central African mine

Ripples of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are still being felt in the uranium sector. French nuclear power company Areva (AREVA:PA) said on Wednesday it is suspending a uranium project in the Central African Republic due to slumping uranium prices, which are down about 30% since the disaster in March. The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has taken the steam out of uranium mining and nuclear power which prior to the accident had been touted as a safe and economic alternative to fossil fuels.

Goodyear launches new customer off the road tyre support program

Goodyear is launching ‘Goodyear at your Service’, a brand new program to benefit Off The Road (OTR) tyre users. Available to all off-road tyre users in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the company states that the new internet-based program will ensure that each customer gets the best possible expert support when purchasing and operating Goodyear tyres.

Gold gains as crisis increases haven demand

Gold advanced for a second day as concern that a Greek referendum will threaten Europe's plan to end the region's debt crisis spurred demand for a haven.

Miners whipsawed by Greek news

The decision to hold a referendum on the euro zone debt deal is roiling the markets. S&P/TSX Composite Index is down 1.68%, and the TSX Venture Exchange has lost 2.65%. Spot gold fell from yesterday's close of $1,715.10 and is currently trading at $1,707/oz. Gold majors Newmont Mining declined 2.06% and Barrick Gold slid 2.16%. Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a surprise referendum on the euro zone deal that was reached last week.