Europe Mining News

Copper steady; China demand, euro zone crisis weigh

(Recasts, adds comment/detail, pvs Singapore) * China GDP growth in April to June rises 2.2 pct * World stocks, euro fall on bank stress tests By Pratima Desai LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) - Copper was steady on Monday, but expected to come under pressure

Commodities giant Glencore buys majority in Peru's Mina Justa copper mine for $475 million

Commodities giant Glencore says it is buying a majority stake in Peru's Mina Justa copper mine for $475 million. Swiss-based Glencore International PLC said Monday the purchase of a 70 per cent stake in Marcobre SAC from CST Mining Group Limited is subject to inspection of the books and price adjustment.

Carpathian Gold announces $20 million strategic placement by Barrick Gold Corporation

Carpathian Gold announced that it has concluded an agreement with Barrick Gold Corporation for a CDN$20 Million private placement to purchase 38,461,538 common shares (the "Private Placement" and the "Common Shares") of the Corporation at a price of $0.52 per share. The Common Shares will be subject to a four-month hold period. The proceeds from the Private Placement will be exclusively applied to the Corporation's ongoing exploration and development work on its wholly owned Rovina Valley Project ("RVP") situated in west-central Romania.

Niger wants better price for Uranium supplies

Niger, a major supplier of uranium to the French nuclear sector, wants a better price for its supplies, President Mahamadou Issoufou told state TV. Issoufou, who came to power after March elections that ended just over a year of military rule, said the poor desert state was determined to make the most of its resources.

Despite terrorist attacks, Israeli firms insist on IIJS

Israeli diamond traders, very familiar with terrorist attacks and how it affects business activities, are not wavering from their commitments to furthering ties with their Indian counterparts.

Russia fighting for right to mine mid-Atlantic minerals

Russia will seek to secure a priority right for the explored ocean minefields in the Atlantic says Polar Marine Geological Prospecting Expedition Vladimir Kryukov following the first stage of ore deposit exploration on the Atlantic Ocean floor. The Russian research vessel The Professor Logachev is engaged in exploring copper, zinc, gold and silver deposits in the area of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at about 13 degrees north latitude. Over the last seven years, Russian marine geologists have made a number of discoveries and is now seeking to legally execute its right of exploring them through the United Nations.

Swatch CEO: 'Bring us a diamond mine'

"As the fifth-biggest consumer of diamonds, a stake in a diamond mine would be interesting," the CEO of Swatch Group, Nick Hayek told the Finanz und Wirtschaft newspaper on Saturday. The world's largest watchmaker, which apart from cheap and cheerful Swatches, also owns luxury brands Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte (pictured), Omega and Tiffany & Co, said demand for watches studded with diamonds has increased explosively and the desired quality are only available in small quantities. According to IDEX research global polished diamond prices rose sharply during the second half of June, and are showing no signs of a pull-back.

Rescuers bring to surface miner trapped underground after landslide at Russian coal mine

Rescuers have brought to surface the first miner, trapped underground as a result of a landslide that occurred at a coal mine in Russia's republic of Komi, Vorkutaugol spokesman Yevgeny Sukharev said on Sunday. Three miners had been trapped underground as as a result of a landslide that occurred at a coal mine in Russia’s republic of Komi on Saturday, emergencies services said. Seventy miners out of the 73 who were working at the Severnaya mine when the landslide occurred.

Three miners trapped underground after landslide at Russian coal mine

Three miners have been trapped underground as as a result of a landslide that occurred at a coal mine in Russia's republic of Komi on Saturday, emergencies services said. Seventy miners out of the 73 who were working at the Severnaya mine when the landslide occurred at around 6 pm local time (14:00 GMT) during a shift change. The three trapped miners are alive, an emergencies services official said. "Rescuers have established connection with one of the trapped miners," he said. "We know for sure that he is alive. He made it clear by rapping that his two colleagues are also alive."

Ireland’s zinc mines may boom again as Xstrata buys remaining stake in Pallas Green

Xstrata Zinc Canada has agreed to purchase the remaining 23.6% interest in the Pallas Green property in Ireland belonging to its current joint venture partner in the project, Minco, for $19.4 million. Under the agreement, which is subject to Minco shareholder approval, Xstrata Zinc will become the sole owner of the project at Cahernconlish, Limerick.

Romania grants Canadian firm permit for gold mine near ancient Roman site

BUCHAREST - Bucharest issued an archaeological discharge certificate for an area in northwestern Romania where a Canadian firm wants to establish a gold mine, the culture ministry said Friday. The decision was criticized by groups defending the patrimony

Glencore to stop reporting quarterly results

Glencore has decided to stop reporting its results every quarter, in a move that is likely to soothe tensions with Xstrata, the mining company in which it owns a 34 per cent stake.

Nickel, Tin Spurts On Global Cues

Business Standard reports that tin and nickel saw a sudden jump in prices today in India after steady trading in London.

Metinvest increases in-house production of coking coal

Metinvest (“the Group”), a vertically integrated metals and mining group of companies, today announced plans to increase its in-house production of coking coal, following the commissioning of Affinity Mine, owned by its subsidiary United Coal Company.

European Goldfields ups total resource and reserve estimates

European Goldfields has raised its total resource and reserve estimates due to revised figures from its Skouries and Olympias projects in Greece, prompting a rise in its shares.

MP calls for change to way metal dealers pay customers following cable thefts

BRIGG and Goole MP Andrew Percy has supported a review for scrap metal dealers to check ID of customers – in light of more cable thefts in North Lincolnshire. The local MP's concern over the current 47-year-old law was raised as thieves struck for the

Commodity falls and fears for stress tests see FTSE decline

Falls among commodity issues sapped the strength of Britain’s top share index yesterday, as worries over global growth clouded the demand outlook for metals and oils. At the close, the FTSE 100 index was down 59.48 points.

Richard Burton's elegy for Welsh coal miners

Richard Burton appeared on Dick Cavett's show in 1980 and told the story about his family of Welsh coal miners. Listen to a riveting history about those who loved the mines and what that work cost them.

Gold surges to fresh all-time high near $1595

Gold reached a fresh record high on Thursday as investors continue to seek for the metal as a refuge after Moody's placed US top-notch credit rating on review for a downgrade and hints of QE3 from the Fed. The yellow metal has also been supported by ongoing concerns over the euro zone debt crisis that deepened after Fitch downgraded Greece rating to CCC on Wednesday.

Fairfax Market Report including Goldplat, Ncondezi Coal and Paragon Diamonds

Morning View The QE3 debate is firmly back on the table. • The prospect of a third round of stimulus has pushed gold prices to a record high. • Stalling debt talks in the US add support to gold. • European concerns appear to

EU cuts import duties on potash from Russia, Belarus

Reuters reported that the EU lifted trade barriers from Russia and Belarus by cutting import duties on potash. Continue reading...

BioteQ signs agreement with European engineering firm for SART Project

BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc. (TSX: BQE), a leader in the treatment of industrial waste water, has signed an agreement with a European engineering firm to advance a cyanide regeneration and recovery project that incorporates a SART process plant to be designed and provided by BioteQ at a gold mine site in Central Asia.

Gold hits record high as euro crisis worsens

Gold prices hit a record $1,578.50 an ounce on Wednesday as concerns over the euro zone debt crisis deepened, and after minutes to the Federal Reserve's June meeting suggested some members were pondering the possible need for additional easing. Spot gold was bid at $1,572.99 an ounce at 1:03 p.m.

Commodities soar as Chinese data show pleasant surprise

Market sentiment buoyed as Chinese macroeconomic data surprised to the upside, temporarily overshadowing ongoing debt problems in the Eurozone. Oil prices climbed with the front-month contract for WTI crude oil rising to 97.96 and the equivalent Brent

China Energy, Seamwell to construct Inner Mongolia "clean coal" plant

China Energy Conservation & Environmental Protection Group (CECEP), a state-owned developer, will construct a US$1.5 billion "clean coal" electric power plant in Inner Mongolia with UK-based Seamwell International, Bloomberg reported. The contract is being signed at a UK-China summit attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.