Latin America

Brazil’s Vale close to becoming world’s largest nickel producer

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 24, 2014
Brazil’s Vale close to becoming world’s largest nickel producer

The miner beat estimates after logging a 16% jump in Q3 nickel production, taking total output of the metal this year to 201,400 metric tons.

Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

The move is seen by analysts as an attempt to strengthen the firm’s image.

Caterpillar posts strong results despite poor mining sales

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Caterpillar posts strong results despite poor mining sales

The equipment maker beat analysts' expectations and the stock is skyrocketing in premarket trading.

Caterpillar global sales down 10% in September

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2014
Caterpillar global sales down 10% in September

The equipment maker is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings Thursday.

El Salvador gold mine dispute to be decided in the U.S.

EFE | October 22, 2014

The fate of the El Dorado gold mine won’t be resolved anywhere near this tiny Central American country. Rather, it’s being weighed by a three-judge tribunal on the fourth floor of the World Bank headquarters in Washington.

Copper mining has a dirty problem

Frik Els | October 21, 2014
Copper mining has a dirty problem

Arsenic in concentrates.

Fortress Minerals to acquire Fruta del Norte project for US$240 million

Michael Allan McCrae | October 21, 2014
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Changing its name to Lundin Gold.

Citibank acquires Deutsche commodities trading book

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 21, 2014
Citibank acquires Deutsche commodities trading book

Tough regulations and worries about reputation have made trading commodities a source of worries for bank bosses.

Chile’s Codelco to seal $1 billion deal with the UK

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 21, 2014
Chile’s Codelco to seal $1 billion deal with UK

The giant copper miner is also planning to sell about $8 billion of bonds over the next five years to help finance a nearly $30bn investment program aimed to revamp its aging mines.

Travis McPherson - CEO.ca

The Lundin’s look to Chile for copper’s next run

Travis McPherson - CEO.ca | October 21, 2014
The Lundin’s look to Chile for copper’s next run

The firm is developing a trio of staggeringly huge copper deposits on the Chilean-Argentine border that contain a total of over 28 billion pounds of copper and 19 million ounces of gold resources (only two of the deposits have resource estimates on them).

Chilean authorities divided over Goldcorp's $3.9bn El Morro mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Chilean authorities divided over Goldcorp's $3.9bn El Morro mine

The country’s environmental authority criticized the Top Court decision saying the miner conducted proper consultation with local indigenous groups and shouldn’t have to do it again.

Chile copper boom begins to fade as production headaches mount

Reuters | October 17, 2014
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The shine may soon come off Chile's decade-long copper boom as technical and regulatory problems in getting new mines into production highlight just how hard it will be to keep ratcheting up the supply.

Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

The agreement signed with Indonesia’s outgoing government also means higher royalties to be paid by the firm.

Copper price below $3 as mines add a million tonnes

Frik Els | October 16, 2014
Copper price below $3 as mines add 1 million tonnes

Copper price sinks to 10-month low after new report says mine capacity representing 6% of current production will come on stream over the next six months.

Frik Els

New projects need $90-$100 iron ore – UBS

Frik Els | October 16, 2014
Iron ore rally turning into dead cat bounce

Big three successfully defending their oligopoly says new report.

Iron ore price crushed again

Frik Els | October 16, 2014
Iron ore price crushed again

Those calling a market bottom after Monday's surge and Chinese import gains may have been premature.

Chile’s copper exports down 21% in August

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 16, 2014
Chile’s copper exports down 21% in August

The drop was mainly due to reduced shipments from Codelco and Collahuasi, official figures show.

Sponsor AkzoNobel showcases optimized flotation collectors

AkzoNobel | October 16, 2014

AkzoNobel will present a paper at IMPC 2014, in Chile, proving a new three-component anionic collector for phosphate ore flotation that meets all the requirements for flotation efficacy and sustainability.

Brazil’s iron ore giant MMX seeks bankruptcy protection

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 16, 2014
Brazil’s iron ore giant MMX seeks bankruptcy protection

Ex-billionaire Eike Batista’s main mining unit became the third of his companies to file for bankruptcy protection in a year.

Newmont’s Conga mine could remain halted until 2018

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 15, 2014
Newmont’s Conga mine could remain halted until 2018

The future of the proposed $5 billion Conga copper and gold project in Peru remains in limbo as its main opponent was recently re-elected governor of the region where the project is situated.

Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 15, 2014
Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

The former Xstrata boss' new venture, X2 Resources, is "currently reviewing a number of opportunities in the metals and mining sector."

Australia, Brazil to control 90% of global iron ore trade by 2020

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 15, 2014
Australia, Brazil to control 90% of global iron ore trade by 2020

Despite iron ore prices touching rock bottom, the top three producers have no plans to slowdown production. Quite the contrary.

Simon Moores - Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Batteries leave lithium hydroxide facing tight supply

lithium ion battery

2015 could see a battery surge as lithium hydroxide faces a shortage on strong global demand, says Benchmark

Valemax finally allowed at Chinese port

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 10, 2014
Valemax finally allowed at Chinese port

The mega-ship Shandong Da Ren docked at Dongjiakou port in Qingdao, eastern China, on Oct. 2.

Glencore considered Australia listing: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 9, 2014
Glencore considered Australia listing: report

The commodities trader and miner explored a stock-exchange listing Down Under.

Costs of Mexico copper mine spill climbs to almost $140 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 9, 2014
Costs of Mexico copper mine spill climbs to almost $140 million

Figure is based on preliminary assessments of the damage caused to water, flora, fauna, and wildlife, as well as official information on water quality.

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