Iron Ore Mining News

Spot iron ore prices recover as Chinese steel mills restock

Spot iron ore prices rose on Wednesday, as Chinese steelmakers replenished inventories that have run low after a record pace of steel production until mid-May.

Extending the life of Australia’s iron ore industry

Adding just one year to the life of Australia’s iron ore industry could earn the nation a bonus A$56 billion according to an article published in the June 2011 issue of CSIRO’s Process magazine. The article highlights how a team of CSIRO scientists has stepped up to the challenge of adding years to the commercial lifespans of known ore resources and converting once uneconomic deposits into viable mines.

Top 40 mining companies’ 2010 financial results ‘spectacular’-PwC

The top 40 global mining companies are poised to break through the US$1 trillion asset mark this year, due to record levels of cash, property and equipment on balance sheets, says a new PwC report. In their report Mine 2011: The game has changed, PwC called the financial results of the top 40 "spectacular" as total revenues increased 32% to US$435 billion, breaking the $400 billion mark for the first time.

Vale eyes steel projects to boost Brazil market share

The mining giant has experienced a loss in market share and is losing its position as dominant iron ore supplier to Brazil steelmakers; plans to build own steel mills. via Mineweb.com - The world's premier […]

Iron Creek retains investor relations consultants

Iron Creek Capital Corp. (TSX-V: IRN) is pleased to announce that it has engaged Contact Financial Corp. ("Contact") to develop and execute a comprehensive marketing and investor communications program to help raise awareness of the […]

Zone Resources Inc. expands the known zone of iron mineralization at the Moore-Ross Mountain property, Quebec

Zone Resources Inc. (Zone) (TSX VENTURE:ZNR) announces that it has expanded the known zone of mineralization at the Moore-Ross Mountain Property due to additional information gathered during a compilation of historical exploration data on its Labrador Trough Iron Properties in the Nunavik district of northern Quebec.

Zone Resources expands the known zone of iron mineralization at the Moore-Ross Mountain Property, Quebec

Zone Resources announces that it has expanded the known zone of mineralization at the Moore-Ross Mountain Property due to additional information gathered during a compilation of historical exploration data on its Labrador Trough Iron Properties in the Nunavik district of northern Quebec. On May 4th 2011, Zone announced a summary of a partial set of drill results for the Moore Iron Zone on the Company's 7,000-hectare Moore-Ross Mountain property. Additional information has now been compiled from reports of statutory work filed by Fenimore Iron Mines Ltd. in 1952.

Profit margins at world’s top 40 mining companies fall

Profit margins for the world's top 40 mining companies are below the historical peaks of 2006 and 2007 as higher costs outweigh record commodity prices, PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Tuesday. Revenues for the world's 40 largest […]

CP: Wesgold Minerals gets option to buy majority stake in Colombian mining property

Wesgold Minerals has struck an option agreement with a polymetallic property in Colombia. According to Canadian Press, Wesgold has acquired an option to buy up to 51 percent of a property that hosts iron-oxide-copper-gold deposits: The Vancouver-based junior miner says it bought the option for an initial 11 per cent interest in the property, known as the Cordoba Property, from Minatura International LLC for a total cash cost of $4 million. The property consists of a mining concession contract and several mining claims covering 25,790 hectares, about 200 kilometres north of Medellin.

Rio Tinto halts part of iron ore port operations

MarketWatch reports Rio Tinto PLC has halted export operations at one of the terminals at its Dampier iron ore port in Western Australia after a contract worker was killed when scaffolding he was working on fell into the water. An investigation by the police and Mines Department has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the accident, the Anglo-Australian company said in a statement Sunday. Rio Tinto hasn't had a fatality at its operations in the Pilbara, a region in Western Australia state that accounts for roughly 40% of the world's seaborne supplies of iron ore, since August 2003.

PwC: Iron ore represents 48% of Canadian metals M&A activity

Big4 reports in Canada, 39 metals deals have been announced in 2011, including five transactions valued at US$50m or more. Iron ore was the most targeted resource in Canada and globally last quarter, accounting for nearly half (48%) of all Canadian deals and almost 22% of all global transactions in Q1. According to a new PwC report, the value of Canadian metals deals more than doubled year-over-year and a heightened pace of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is expected for the balance of 2011.

New Gindalbie chief steps in as magnetite project costs balloon to $2.7bn

The Australian reports Tim Netscher the new chief executive of Gindalbie Metals took over after the miner in March announced a second cost blowout at its West Australian Karara joint venture. At the time, Netscher, 60, was working for Newmont Mining and thinking about swapping executive roles for non-executive positions, but the Gindalbie offer was too good to refuse. The multilingual Netscher, who speaks Afrikaans, Indonesian, German, Spanish and English, knows that Gindalbie's Karara magnetite project is at a crucial stage of development, but the mining industry veteran is not shy about a challenge.

Rio Tinto in $2b native title deal

Traditional Aboriginal owners in the Pilbara stand to receive more than $2 billion over 40 years under a watershed agreement with Rio Tinto that sets a new standard for negotiations between miners and indigenous Australia. Seven years in the making, the land-use agreement with five Aboriginal groups will allow about 40 new iron ore mines to proceed in an area of 70,000sqkm

China's increased dominance of global commodities market carries risk-S&P

Standard & Poor's expressed concerns Wednesday that record commodity prices could represent an "unsustained bubble, subject to a sudden correction."

The world is not running out of natural resources

Let me begin by saying that I believe the premise of this question is mistaken. It is quite incorrect to think that fossil fuel resources are finite. It may be true that there is a finite quantity of such resources in the earth's crust, but that does not mean that we will ever run out.

Forrest steps down as CEO of Fortescue to become chairman

Andrew Forrest, the high profile chief executive of major new Pilbara iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX: FMG), as stepped down as CEO but will become the company's new chairman. Forrest is currently […]

China setting the pace for iron ore

The world's biggest consumer of steel is ready to raise the stakes. Steel demand in China is expected to rise by around 25% by the year 2015, to a huge 750 million metric tonnes. To ensure an adequate supply position, China is set to create three iron ore mining groups, with an output capacity of 100 million tonnes each. Six other groups with a capacity of 30 million tonnes are to be cobbled together to ensure steady supplies. Iron ore is the principal raw material used to make steel.

Q3 iron ore prices steady – Vale

Brazilian mining giant Vale sees iron ore prices for clients remaining flat in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, Vale Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira said on Monday. "The price will remain practically unchanged […]

Black Iron intersects 32.1% iron over 164 meters in Twin Hole at its Shymanivske project in Ukraine

Black Iron reported initial assay results from its ongoing confirmation ("twin hole") and metallurgical diamond drill program at the Company's Shymanivske Iron Ore Project in Ukraine. The Company is encouraged by the results of the initial two holes highlighted by 20342-T that intersected 164 meters grading 32.1% iron, including 83 meters grading 33.8% iron. Matt Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Iron, commented, "As anticipated, the assay results from the first two twin holes align well with the historical drilling logs for the Project."

Commodities boom drives economic growth in several Canadian provinces

A Conference Board of Canada report says high energy and metals prices "are prompting resource companies to invest billions in iron ore projects, nickel processing and offshore oil developments" in Newfoundland and Labrador, generating the largest growth in real GDP this year of all the Canadian provinces. The board's Provincial Outlook - Spring 2011 report issued Wednesday also forecasts that Saskatchewan "will benefit from tax breaks and a hot mining industry."

Australia warns resources firms to be vigilant for cyber attack

Australia's government urged companies on Monday to tighten vigilance over cyber attacks launched offshore against some of the world's biggest resource firms and other businesses, warning high-tech threats were intensifying. Lockheed Martin Corp , the U.S. government's top information technology provider, raised concern about cyber hacking at the weekend, complaining of a pattern of frequent attacks on it from around the world.

Commodities boom drives economic growth in several Canadian provinces

A Conference Board of Canada report says high energy and metals prices "are prompting resource companies to invest billions in iron ore projects, nickel processing and offshore oil developments" in Newfoundland and Labrador, generating the largest growth in real GDP this year of all the Canadian provinces." The board's Provincial Outlook - Spring 2011 report issued Wednesday also forecasts that Saskatchewan "will benefit from tax breaks and a hot mining industry."

Fortescue drops $1 billion term loan raising

Australia's Fortescue Metals said on Thursday that due to weak credit market conditions it had dropped plans to proceed with a previously announced $1 billion unsecured term loan facility. The loan was launched in the United States on Monday by JP Morgan , according to Loan Pricing Corp, a Reuters news service. It was syndicated in the range of 375-400 basis point over London Interbank Offered Rates (Libor), it said.

Four oversold big miners that should rally

The S&P GSCI Index of 24 raw materials dropped about 10% since the Goldman (GS) sell call on April 11. It was up over 1% today on the new bullish call by both GS and Morgan Stanley (MS).

With slim pickings elsewhere bankers start targeting mines

All the money sloshing around in the financial system has to be poured into something. The latest study of mergers and acquisitions in the resource sector show that two of the four biggest deals of 2011 worth over $3bn are financial companies taking over natural resource companies, not strategic investments by other miners. Lower down the scales – deals worth $50m or more – financial investors are also finding ways in. In 2009 only 3.6% of transaction involved investment houses and corporate takeover artists. By the first quarter of 2011 that figure had jumped to 16.1%.