Iron Ore Mining News

First iron ore train in 30 years leaves Schefferville

Stocks in Labrador Iron Mines Holdings ended up 5% in Toronto on Thursday after reporting that on June 29, 2011 the first loaded iron ore train departed Silver Yards for the Port of Sept-Iles travelling over the TSH and QNS&L railways. This historic event is the first commercial iron ore train from the Schefferville area in almost 30 years. Labrador is developing twenty direct shipping iron ore deposits in western Labrador and north-eastern Quebec. LIM’s properties are part of the historic Schefferville area iron ore district where mining of adjacent deposits was previously carried out by the Iron Ore Company of Canada from 1954 to 1982.

LME Steel billet volumes up 214% in first half

Trading in steel billet at the London Metal Exchange (LME) has continued to grow rapidly in the first half of 2011, up 214 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year.

Outotec to deliver the world’s largest iron ore pelletizing plant in Brazil

Outotec has agreed with Samarco Mineração S.A. on a turnkey delivery of the world's largest iron ore pelletizing plant in Brazil. The contract value is approximately EUR 200 million, which will be booked in Outotec's second quarter order intake. In addition, the contract includes local EUR 100 million purchases performed on behalf of the customer. Some 90% of the services and supplies for the project will be delivered from Brazil. Image by Outotec

Industrial metals surge to near two-month highs

Industrial metals surged nearly 3 percent to end at its priciest in nearly two months Wednesday, as repressed buyers flooded the market after a Greek parliament vote to accept austerity measures bolstered risk appetite.

Schnitzer steel industries Q3 profit drops

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (SCHN) posted third-quarter net income attributable to the company of $33.03 million or $1.18 per share compared to $40.45 million or $1.43 per share a year ago.Income from continuing operations for the quarter fell to

Brazil's Samarco orders world's largest iron ore pelletizing plant

Outotec has agreed with Samarco Mineração S.A. on a turnkey delivery of the world's largest iron ore pelletizing plant in Brazil. The contract value is approximately EUR 200 million, which will be booked in Outotec's second quarter order intake.

Right time to get into commodities, says Barclays Capital

The world seems set to enter a period of slower growth and higher inflation and investors would do well to gain some direct exposure to commodity markets, said Barclays Capital MD Kevin Norrish on Wednesday.

Invest in commodities rather than producers

Investing directly in commodities through indexes gives an investor more direct exposure to commodity prices than investing in the producers, whose returns were more aligned with equities.

POSCO not in talks with Sundance on $4.6 bln iron ore project

POSCO, the world's third-biggest steelmaker, is not in talks with Sundance Resources over the latter's $4.6 billion iron ore project in West Africa, a POSCO source said. "We previously met Sundance Resources (on the project) but are not currently in talks with the company on it," the source told Reuters, declining to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

Mining truck tires now pricier than a Merc

China's insatiable demand for commodities has prompted a tripling in the price of mining truck tyres, making them more expensive than a Mercedes sportscar. Prices for tyres about 3.5 meters wide used on the Caterpillar trucks that haul iron ore and coal have touched $93,500 on the spot market, according to Leighton Holdings, a contractor for mining companies including BHP Billiton. Prices rose as high as $140,000 in 2008.

Proto Resources: Government grants mining lease for new Tasmanian project

The Directors of Proto Resources & Investments Ltd are pleased to announce that the Tasmanian Government has granted Mining Lease ("ML") 1872P/M over the area of the company's Barnes Hill project near Beaconsfield.

Brazil’s steel industry ‘almost at crisis point’

FoxBusiness.com quotes an analyst at an industry conference in Rio de Janeiro as saying on Tuesday Brazil's steel industry is "almost at crisis point," due to the country's strong currency and soaring raw-materials costs. Steelmakers have been hit by soaring prices for raw materials, including metallurgical coal and iron ore, prices for which reached record-high levels earlier this year. Some steelmakers have intensified their own iron-ore production activities in Brazil to shield themselves from high ore prices, but Brazil lacks sufficient coking coal resources.

Tata Steel aims at investing at early stage of mine

Entirely reliant on non-captive sources to feed its plants in Europe, Tata Steel will stick to long-term policy of being an "early stage investor" when it comes to acquiring raw material assets, a senior company official said.

China Direct Industries to commence iron ore shipments to China from its Bolivian operations in the fourth quarter

scal 2011 Anticipates Fiscal Fourth Quarter Shipments From Bolivia in Excess of 85,000 Metric Tons Currently Valued at $10 Million With a Progressive Ramp in Shipment Levels Throughout Fiscal 2012 China Direct Industries, Inc. ("China Direct Industries")

Sundance shortlists partners for $4.6B iron ore project

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sundance Resources has shortlisted potential partners for its $4.6 billion iron ore project in West Africa, it said on Wednesday, sending its shares up as much as 6 percent.

Imported iron ore stocks rise for sixth straight week

The stock of imported iron ore last week was 400,000 metric tons higher than one week earlier, or up 0.4 percent week-on-week, according to the index compiled by the Xinhua News Agency to track iron ore inventories and imports in Chinese spot markets.

TWP Projects – long-term expansion project at Sishen iron ore mine

Engineering project house TWP Projects' in-house infrastructure division has been awarded the contract for all infrastructure-related work for the expansion project at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine. Operating since 1947, Sishen is one of the world’s largest open-pit mines, producing in excess of 34 Mt/y of iron ore.

Australia’s queen of iron ore set to become the world’s richest person

Australian businesswoman Gina Rinehart who inherited a debt-ridden mining company 20 years ago, is predicted to become the world's richest person, according to media reports on Tuesday. Rinehart, 57, is already the richest Australian after her wealth more than doubled to $10.3bn this year. That still places her far behind Carlos Slim, Mexico's cellphone magnate worth some $73bn, but Rinehart's 100%-owned Hancock Prospecting has massive iron ore and coal projects that will start producing by 2014 and earn her annual profits of as much as $10bn.

China’s massive appetite for commodities sparks concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.

Rio Tinto happy with Australian project budgets

Rio Tinto is comfortable with the company's multibillion-dollar project budgets in Australia, where labour, input and services costs were all increasing, Chief Executive Tom Albanese said on Tuesday. "I'm comfortable that our budgets in Australia are being managed appropriately," Albanese said at a business lunch.

Murchison in talks for funding help on Australia iron ore port

The proposed Oakajee iron ore port and rail project in Australia, which last week faced the loss of a key customer, may have hit another snag, with one the two developers saying it was having problems raising funding. Murchison Metals , a 50:50 partner in the multi-billion dollar Oakajee (OPR) project, said on Monday it was now in talks with several parties, including Chinese-related investors, interested in participating in its development.

Australia's carbon tax debate ongoing

Controversy over Australia's carbon tax plan has heated up after Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised extra compensation for the country's lowest income households to offset energy price rises resulting from the proposed scheme.

Tata Steel to use Riversdale cash to fund India capacity expansion

Tata Steel Ltd will use the $1.12 billion ('5,030 crore) it earned from the sale of its 26.3% stake in Australia's Riversdale Mining Ltd to fund the expansion of its steel-making capacity in Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar, as well as mining operations and capital expenditure in its European operations.

Murchison in talks for Australia iron ore port funding

The proposed Oakajee iron ore port and rail project in Australia, which last week faced the loss of a key customer, may have hit another snag, with one the two developers saying it was having problems raising funding.

Minerals Technologies’ Ferrotron unit announces revolutionary new laser-scanning technology for use in worldwide steel industry

Minerals Technologies announced today that its Ferrotron Division of subsidiary Minteq International Inc., has released the LaCam-Torpedo measuring system, a revolutionary way to measure refractory lining thickness in hot torpedo ladles.