Europe Mining News

World’s top miner BHP quits global coal group over climate stance

The miner is withdrawing from the World Coal Association over a clash of views on how to fight climate change, with BHP saying it’ll reap little benefit from staying on as a member.

Brazil state fines Anglo American $37.73 million over pipeline leak

The leak in the pipeline, which carries slurry to a port in Rio de Janeiro state, occurred on March 12 and forced the miner to suspend operations until March 27.

Vedanta, others can transport royalty-paid iron ore from Goa -Court

India's Supreme Court in February quashed all iron ore mining permits in the southwestern state of Goa, one of the top producing states for the steel making raw material.

Eldorado scores key win in row with Greece over projects

Ruling rejects the Greek State's motion that Eldorado's technical study for a metallurgy plant in the country’s Stratoni Valley, was in breach of any agreements between the parts.

British miner about to start pouring silver in Russia

Silver Bear's first silver production should be expected early in the second quarter of 2018.

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

A Canadian company called Leading Edge Materials Corp. is preparing to revive operations.

Prairie Mining starts legal action against Poland's environment ministry

The news sent the miner's shares plunging 30 percent in London and 20 percent in Warsaw.

Murray & Roberts scores $313 million worth of new mining projects

South African engineering and construction group, currently subject of a takeover bid from Germany’s ATON, said projects were located in sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Australasia.

Chile’s recent coal phase-out decision claims first victims

French power company Engie SA is closing all of its coal-fired power plants in the country. It plans to replace the capacity with renewable energy.

Anglo American ordered to halt Brazil ops again after leak

A document by Brazilian environmental watchdog Ibama seen by Reuters said Anglo American would only be allowed to resume operations once it demonstrates the pipeline's security.

Randgold reports record year

At year-end, the company had net cash of more than $700 million and no debt.

Gold particles make the invisible visible

A researcher was able to optimize single-molecule detection using gold nanorods.

Rio Tinto fully out of coal sector with $2.25bn Kestrel mine sale

Company has agreed to sell its 80% stake in the Kestrel mine to a consortium comprising of private equity manager EMR Capital and Indonesian coal company Adaro Energy.

Vedanta shuts protests-ridden copper smelter in India for 15 days

The maintenance activity, originally scheduled for April, comes amid media reports that thousands had taken to the streets and shut shops in Thootukudi to protest against the expansion of the smelter.

Canadian miner allowed to operate in Sweden

Gungnir's drill campaign would begin in the second quarter of 2018 with 20 diamond drill holes testing six target areas over a strike length of more than 8 km.

Diamonds and sapphires allow masers to operate continuously

The microwave version of lasers could now be used more widely in a range of applications.

Poland's biggest miner PGG expects small rise in 2018 coal output

Poland's biggest mining firm, state-run PGG, expects its coal output to rise slightly this year from around 30 million tonnes in 2017.

Indian woman continues fight to repatriate blue diamond

The blue Nassak, also called ‘Eye of Lord Shiva,’ is a 43.38-carat diamond.

Markle's wedding ring expected to follow royal tradition of Welsh gold

The royal tradition of using a wedding band of Welsh gold started nearly 100 years ago.

Britain blocks plans for new coal mine on climate grounds

Britain plans to phase-out coal use at its power stations by 2025 as a part of its efforts to meet its climate targets.

Companies now looking for electric battery metals in the garbage

Soaring cobalt and lithium prices are pushing some companies to dig for them in the recycle bin, which some believe could be even more profitable than mining them.

Royal blue diamond goes on sale

With few exceptions, no one knew about this gem's existence.

Liebherr to invest $45 million expanding footprint in US mining sector

Company is growing its Virginia facility, which will cover over 251,000 square feet once completed.

Eldorado down on Q4 loss

CEO George Burns recognized that 2017 was a challenging year.

BMW mining deals shelved until EVs can be mass-produced

The German luxury vehicle maker said mass production of EVs is not viable until 2020 when its proprietary electric drive technology is expected to be profitable enough.