Iron Ore Mining News

ArcelorMittal emerging as world's No 5 iron ore miner

According to RBC Capital Markets, when ArcelorMittal reports mining assets separately, AM Mining could rank as the fifth largest iron ore producer globally.

Expect billion-dollar expansion in Australian iron ore, coal: BHP

Diversified mining behemoth BHP Billiton is expected to pour billions of dollars into Australia in an effort to expand its iron ore and coal facilities, says a report from AFP: Mining giant BHP Billiton said Friday it would pour billions of dollars into expanding its coal and iron ore operations in Australia, key commodities that are driving the boom in Asian economies.

Ausenco wins $15 million Sierra Leone iron ore operations contract

Ausenco has been awarded a $15 million operations and maintenance service contract for the Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone. The Optimise phase contract involves the provision of operations and maintenance services to two onsite mobile crushing and screening modules for phase 1A of the Iron Ore Project. The contract commences immediately and runs until July 2012, providing an additional boost to Program Management’s growing recurring revenue base.

Doubling in profit sees ENRC positive for 2011

Kazakh mining group ENRC (ENRC.L) said underlying profit more than doubled, on record production and demand recovery for its products, and that the global economic outlook is still improving. Underlying EBITDA jumped 118 percent to $3.19 billion, in line with the consensus, as revenue rose 72 percent to $6.60 billion.

Japan reconstruction good for copper, iron ore – Friedland

Copper and iron ore prices should remain high in the near future because of additional demand for reconstruction in Japan after a devastating earthquake and tsunami, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd Chief Executive Robert Friedland said. The earthquake in northeastern Japan destroyed thousands of homes, levelled buildings and bridges and caused damage estimated at up to $308 billion, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

BC Iron to challenge withdrawal of Hong Kong takeover bid

The W. Australian junior has applied to Australia's Takeovers Panel to challenge the validity of Regent Pacific's decision to terminate a takeover bid for the company.

Nippon Steel/Sumitomo draft merger plan submitted

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd submit draft merger proposal Tokyo (Reuters) - Nippon Steel Corp, the world's fourth-biggest steelmaker, and Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd submitted a draft proposal for their planned merger to Japan's

Mbalam iron ore project more than doubles indicated resources – Sundance

Australian mining firm Sundance Resources said on Thursday recent finds at its Mbalam iron ore project in Cameroon had more than doubled the amount of indicated resources in the area.

Vale, Copper Mountain Mining say they are fine despite Japan quake

Two mining companies announced Thursday that their respective dealings with Japanese smelters and steel manufacturers have not been impacted by the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami at this time.

Rio warns on metals prices in the short to medium term

Global miner Rio Tinto warned that metals demand could fall in the near term and prices could be volatile in the medium term due to economic imbalances, but the long term growth outlook remained strong.

No plans for force majeure – Sumitomo

Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said it had no plan to declare force majeure on input deliveries. The company has suspended operations of the two giant blast furnaces at its mainstay Kashima plant in Ibaraki prefecture after the quake and tsunami.

Canada on the brink of becoming a major iron ore producer

Financial Post mining writer Peter Koven discusses why a perfect storm of factors has conspired to make Canada the next great producer of iron ore — with help from the world's largest customer of raw materials — China.

Altius makes big gain in Q3

Altius Minerals made a profit of $69.3 million, or $2.38 per share, in the three months ending January 31 — the Canadian iron ore producer's third quarter. That compares to a $102,000 loss in the same period last year. Quarterly revenues were 1.1 million versus $912,000 for the previous year's Q3. Altius also gained $84.6 million after transferring its 100% interest in the Kami iron ore property to Alderon Resources Corp. in exchange for 32.3 million shares of Alderon.

Iron ore prices will fall to earth

Barry Fitzgerald says that iron ore prices will be falling to earth in the short-term due to over-supply: The big question is when will the crunch come? It is not that far off, raising fears […]

Largo announces plans for $110 million equity financing

Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LGO) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent (the "Letter of Intent") with Eton Park Capital Management, L.P. on behalf of […]

Brazilian government overcharging for mineral royalties – Vale

Brazilian mining giant Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote) said on Thursday the government is overcharging it for mineral royalties and will seek a legal review of some the requested payments amid a dispute over debts to the government that could reach $2.4 billion. Vale, the world's largest iron ore miner, insisted it had made payments according to the law and said it disagreed with the government over criteria for calculating what it owed.

Anglesey inks rail agreement with QNS&L

Anglesey Mining's 41%-owned Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited (TSX: LIM) has entered into a life of mine transportation contract with Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway for transporting iron ore from LIM's DSO iron ore projects near Schefferville. The contract provides that QNS&L will carry LIM's iron ore from Emeril Junction, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Sept- les Junction, Quebec, on the QNS& L Railway. The railway already carries iron ore for Iron Ore Company of Canada, Wabush Mines and Consolidated Thompson's (now Cliffs Resources) Bloom Lake Mine.

Tata Steel expects 15% jump in raw material costs

The Wall Street Journal writes that Tata Steel Ltd. expects its raw material costs to increase around 15% in the next fiscal year starting April 1, mainly due to recent floods in Australia and higher […]

Canadian Orebodies Inc. announces completion of Can$5.25 million private placement

Further to its earlier news release of February 17, 2011, Canadian Orebodies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CO) ("Orebodies" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has completed a brokered private placement of 15,000,000 subscription receipts […]

Alice Springs traditional owners acquire 51% of Australian Contract Miner of the Year

The Alice Springs-based Lhere Artepe Group has acquired 51% of the CDE Group, taking indigenous ownership of the Australian mining and civil works contracting group to 84%. CDE’s current activities include providing services to Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek iron ore mine in Western Australia through the Downer EDI contracting group, and to Xstrata for the McArthur River zinc mine in the Northern Territory.

Another Canadian iron ore partnership in the works

Closely following the CAD$4.9 billion Cliffs-Consolidated Thompson deal earlier this year, Canadian iron ore company New Millenium Capital Corp. has teamed up with Tata Steel Ltd. for a huge iron ore project, The Financial Post reported: With a giant Indian steelmaker providing the cash, New Millennium Capital Corp. is preparing to develop what it thinks will be the largest mine in Canadian history. Following months of due diligence, Montreal-based New Millennium unveiled a joint venture with Tata Steel Ltd. on Monday that will guide financing and construction of its mammoth Taconite iron ore project in Labrador and Quebec.

Ridgemont Strikes MOU With Toquaht Nation of Vancouver Island, BC

Ridgemont Iron Ore Corp. (TSX-V:RDG) has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Toquaht Nation whereby the parties have agreed to an ongoing business relationship with respect to the exploration and development of Ridgemont's Redford iron ore property located on Vancouver Island, outside of Ucluelet, British Columbia. The MOU establishes that Ridgemont and the Toquaht Nation will work together to establish a long term, mutually beneficial and cooperative business relationship.

West African iron-ore miner completes US$133 million placement

Bellzone Mining announced on Tuesday that it had completed a US$133 million placement of 102 million ordinary shares. Canaccord Genuity Limited was the lead manager. Bellzone, an AIM-listed company, is developing two iron ore and nickel/copper assets in Guinea, West Africa. The Kalia iron deposit, a 50mtpa iron ore operation, is the company's flagship project.

Consolidated Thompson shareholders approve takeover by Cliffs

Consolidated Thompson's shares dropped two cents to close at $17.11 on Friday after the company announced its shareholders have approved the friendly takeover by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Under the deal, made public in mid-January, Cliffs Natural Resources acquired Consolidated Thompson for CDN$4.9 billion (US$4.6 billion) or C$17.27 in cash per common share. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter.

Fortescue discovers a billion tonnes of iron ore in Western Australia

Fortescue Metals Group has discovered more than one billion tonnes of iron ore in Western Australia's Pilbara and aims to develop it rapidly. Sydney Morning Herald reports: The new project, named Nyidinghu, is about 35 kilometers south of Fortescue's first mine, Cloudbreak, and contained an inferred resource of 1.032 billion tonnes of ore at a grade of 58 per cent iron, the company said.