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South Africa’s gold workers 'unimpressed' with 13% pay rise offer

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 29, 2015
South Africa’s gold workers unimpressed with 13% pay rise offer

Gold producers offered above-inflation wages, which make up 55% of their mining costs in the country.

Adani confirms work halted at controversial coal project by the Great Barrier Reef

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 25, 2015
Adani confirms work halted at controversial coal project by the Great Barrier Reef

But the Indian company said it remains committed to the US$12bn Carmichael project in Queensland, Australia.

BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 25, 2015
BHP cuts another 140 jobs over abandoned Olympic Dam expansion plans

The cuts at the Adelaide support office for the Olympic Dam operations come about six months after BHP scrapped about 90 permanent positions and 210 contractor jobs.

South African gold sector to table wage offer next week

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 24, 2015
South African gold sector to table wage offer next week

The companies, which bargain collectively under the country’s Chamber of Mines, are already battling low metal prices and mounting electricity costs amid power outages.

Ghana urged to end child labour in gold mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2015
Ghana urged to end child labour in gold mines

A rights group estimates that thousands of children as young as nine are working in the country's gold mines, violating international and local laws, as well as risking their lives.

How Canada’s oilsands are paving the way for driverless trucks — and the threat of big layoffs

Financial Post | June 8, 2015

The 400-tonne heavy haulers that rumble along the roads of northern Alberta’s oilsands sites are referred to in Fort McMurray as “the biggest trucks in the world,” employing thousands of operators to drive the massive rigs through the mine pits.

Iron ore, copper oversupply here to stay, so get used to it — BHP’s Mackenzie

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 3, 2015
Iron ore, copper oversupply here to stay, so get use to it — BHP’s Mackenzie

BHP Billiton's outspoken chief executive officer believes oversupply will keep global metals prices lower for much longer.

South Africa doesn’t have enough coal for power plants beyond 2016

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 27, 2015
South Africa doesn’t have enough coal for power plants beyond 2016

Main power utility, Eskom, is struggling to meet demand in a country that depends on coal to generate 85% of its electricity.

No point in top iron ore miners cutting supply: Goldman

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 27, 2015
No point in top iron ore miners cutting supply: Goldman

Goldman expects the iron ore "war of attrition" will continue while prices gradually decline toward its $40 per metric ton forecast by 2017.

Fortescue shares skyrocket on Chinese investment rumours

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 26, 2015
Fortescue shares skyrocket on Chinese investment rumours

The stock surged over 15% in early trade, closing at A$2.40, or 10.6% up, after reports of Chinese-linked companies seeking permission to invest in the iron ore producer.

US Congress passes bill on space mining

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2015
US Congress passes bill on space mining

Welcome to the future.

US coal miner Murray Energy to lay off around 1,800

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2015
US coal miner Murray Energy to lay off around 1,800

The planned cuts, about 21% of Murray’s workforce, will come largely at mines in Ohio and West Virginia, a state hit hard by recent coal mine closures and layoffs.

Can the mining industry diversify itself?

The mining industry is said to be one of the worst performers in matters of gender diversity. In fact, women represent only 16% of the workforce in the mining sector.

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Struggling Argentina expects US$14 billion in mining exports

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 21, 2015
Struggling Argentina expects US$14 billion in mining exports

The return to higher exports would be driven in part by at least 16 major projects likely to go into production within five years.

This is what the CAT 336F L XE hybrid excavator looks like

MINING.com Editor | May 21, 2015
This is what the CAT 336F L XE hybrid excavator looks like

It has a “smart” pump, boom works faster, and burns less fuel.

Australia ditches iron ore probe after lobby, China-Brazil supply deal

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 21, 2015
Australia ditches iron ore probe after lobby, China-Brazil supply deal

The China-Brazil deal means that in just three years Vale will be producing more than BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto combined.

Oil sands stakeholder gives Imperial Metals a $25 million helping hand

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 19, 2015
Oil sands stakeholder gives Imperial Metals a $25 million helping hand

The loan will be used for the development of the company's Red Chris gold and copper mine in northwest British Columbia.

BHP chief says inquiry into Aussie iron ore market a ‘ridiculous waste’

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 19, 2015
BHP chief says inquiry into Aussie iron ore market a ‘ridiculous waste’

Andrew Mackenzie also warned the proposed would damage the Australia’s economy and shift investment to main foreign competitor Brazil.

Australia’s Prime Minister Abbott backs iron ore probe into BHP, Rio

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 15, 2015
Australia’s Prime Minister Abbott backs iron ore probe into BHP, Rio

Inquiry comes amid claims the mining giants are driving prices down, severely damaging the country's economy .

Groups ask Gov’t to suspend TransCanada Corp’s Energy East pipeline application

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 14, 2015
Groups ask Gov’t to suspend TransCanada Corp’s Energy East pipeline application

More than 60 Canadian groups are urging the National Energy Board to suspend its review of TransCanada's application for its Energy East pipeline.

Glencore CEO says rivals pushing mining sector into confidence crisis

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 12, 2015
Glencore CEO says rivals pushing mining sector into confidence crisis

Ivan Glasenberg has once again slammed his competitors, who he accuses of damaging the credibility of the mining industry.

This is how BHP plans to be the world’s lowest-cost iron ore miner

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 12, 2015
This is how BHP plans to be the world’s lowest-cost iron ore miner

CEO Andrew Mackenzie announced the firm would cut capital and exploration expenditure to $9 billion in the 2016 financial year from $12.6 billion in 2015.

It’s war! Fortescue boss calls Australians to oppose BHP, Rio iron ore plans

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 11, 2015
It’s war! Fortescue boss calls Australians to oppose BHP, Rio iron ore plans

Forrest is blaming BHP and Rio for a fall in the price of iron ore as the pair continue to ramp up production.

Glencore boss blames iron ore top miners for share price fall

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 7, 2015
Glencore boss blames iron ore top miners for share price fall

The company's shares have lost over 40% of their value since it first listed in 2011 on the London Stock Exchange.

Mount Polley mining disaster caused major changes to ecosystem — study

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 6, 2015
Mount Polley mining disaster cause major changes to ecosystem — study

It also says it is still too early to determine long-term impacts on fish and drinking water.

NSW environmental watchdog bashed over BHP’s coal pollution case

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 4, 2015
NSW environmental watchdog bashed over BHP’s coal pollution case

The 14-months long investigation ended on April 10, with BHP accepting the charge of “causing an offensive odour,” and the EPA releasing just a single tweet about it.

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