BHP Billiton mulls spinning off non-core divisions into $18bn firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 1, 2014
BHP Billiton mulls spinning off non-core divisions into a $18bn firm

The separate company would be listed on the London Stock Exchange, as well as the Australian and South African markets.

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BHP spin-off plans met with skepticism

Frik Els | April 1, 2014
BHP spin-off plans met with skepticism

Especially the mooted $19 billion valuation.

Trade minister: All Indonesia ore and concentrate shipments halted

Frik Els | January 24, 2014
Trade minister: All Indonesia ore and concentrate shipments halted

The steep, last minute metal concentrate tax slapped on copper miners has brought exports to a standstill.

Troubled Baja’s mine sees another day, firm faces delisting from TSX

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 23, 2013
Troubled Baja’s mine sees another day, firm faces delisting from TSX

Analysts said Baja is done.

INFOGRAPHIC: Is deep sea mining worth the risk? Editor | June 21, 2013
Deep sea mining

The pros and cons of extraction from the seabed.

Huge blow to Gabon as BHP pulls out

Frik Els | March 31, 2013
Huge blow to Gabon as BHP pulls out

Another African nation has fallen victim of belt-tightening at the world's number one miner.

Report: Big changes coming to Kazakh mining

Frik Els | January 31, 2013
Report: Big changes coming to Kazakh mining

More stringent environmental enforcement and a shift of resources to regions.

Baja Mining reports on Boleo project financing and technical report status

Marketwire | December 4, 2012

Baja Mining Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been informed by Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo, S.A.P.I. de C.V. , which is now controlled by members of the Korean Consortium, that a portion of MMB's 2010 project financing facilities provided by the Export-Import Bank of the United State to MMB has been renegotiated.

Standard and Poor's cuts Anglo American's outlook to negative

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2012

Global credit rating firm Standard and Poor's (S&P) downgraded Wednesday its outlook on Anglo American PLC (LON:AAL) to negative from stable as a result of growing concerns about the effects of South Africa’s mining strikes on the company's mining operations and on the wider economy.

Nautilus Minerals plumbs new depths, comes up smelling of roses

Frik Els | September 19, 2012
Greenpeace takes on deep sea mining

Nautilus Minerals shot up 9.5% on Wednesday as investors digested the maiden mineral resource estimate for the company's polymetallic nodule project in 4-6km deep water in the central Pacific Ocean.

Cleaning up heavy metals using worms

Michael Allan McCrae | August 16, 2012
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Worm composts are not just for kitchen waste, since the bugs also happen to be good at absorbing heavy metals, according to a study by the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. An earthworm vermicompost is effective at removing …

Anglogold walks away from Gabon JVs with Silver Bull

Frik Els | August 3, 2012
Abstract vector color map of Gabon

The JVs dates back to October 2009 and AngloGold spent approximately $5.7 million on exploration at Ndjole-Mevang and $3 million at Ogooue.

Jupiter Mines announces $125 million capital raising to support manganese and iron ore ops.

Marc Howe | July 20, 2012

Jupiter Mines, headed by former BHP Billiton chief Brian Gilbertson, has announced plans to raise AUD$125 million for the expansion of South African and Western Australian resource projects.

Goa must clean up mining practices or lose heritage destination

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 18, 2012
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A UK Labour MP has moved an “early day motion” in the House of Commons seeking a debate on mining in the Indian state of Goa, calling upon the British government to urge local authorities to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

2012: the best year so far for manganese and here is why

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 10, 2012
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This year could be the best for manganese producers, the 4th most traded metal in the world, according to Visual Capitalist.

$8 billion resource reserve likely to lift Bolivia's depressed economy

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 27, 2012

The total value of the copper, silver, indium and manganese reserves discovered by South Korean company Kores in Bolivia last year, may be worth more than $8 billion.

DeepGreen’s Clipperton project would make Nautilus' Solwara 1 project look like 'child's play'

Michael Allan McCrae | June 15, 2012
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Peter Koven at the National Post looks at the Vancouver-based DeepGreen Resources, a private company that just signed 50% off-take agreement with mining giant Glencore International.

Baja Mining lays off 40% of staff and seeks funding for Boleo

Michael Allan McCrae | May 30, 2012
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Troubled Vancouver miner, Baja Mining (TSE:BAJ), said that it laid off 40% of its staff to conserve cash and admitted that there is "no assurance" that it will find funding to complete its Boleo project, a $1.143 billion copper-cobalt-zinc project in Mexico.

China mulling undersea mineral exploration Editor | May 30, 2012
China map on blue rays

China could take a page out of Nautilus Minerals' playbook and begin exploring for undersea polymetallic sulphide deposits.

BHP Billiton to restart manganese operations in Tasmania by the end of August

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2012
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BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) surprised the market this morning with good news by announcing it will restart its TEMCO manganese operations in Tasmania by the end of August.

Indonesia readies ban on unprocessed metal-ore shipments

Bloomberg | April 18, 2012

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, will proceed with a plan to ban exports of unprocessed metal ores including bauxite from next month, while confirming an exemption for producers that intend to treat output locally.

Baja Mining urges shareholders: Vote the Gold Proxy

aja Mining Corp. (TSX:BAJ)(OTCQX:BAJFF) today announced that it has filed and is mailing a third and final letter to shareholders regarding the proxy contest initiated by dissident Mount Kellett Master Fund II A L.P. Baja has scheduled a vote to take place at a special meeting of shareholders on April 3, 2012 and urges shareholders to vote the GOLD proxy against Mount Kellett.

BHP to suspend TEMCO ops

BHP Billiton has announced its intention to temporarily suspend production at TEMCO, its manganese alloy production facility located in George Town, Tasmania, by early to mid March 2012.

Canadian firm to restart manganese ore exports from Guyana in 2014

Global News Canada | February 25, 2012

Guyana hopes to start exporting manganese ore for the first time in 50 years following the discovery of the mineral in the country's northwest, government officials said Saturday.

2012 could be the best year so far for manganese producers Editor | February 1, 2012

This year could be the best for manganese producers, particularly for Asian countries, as the "Manganese: Global industry markets and outlook, 2012," released today suggests.

Hannans Reward kicks off drilling targeting manganese at Jigalong project

Steel Guru | September 17, 2011

Western Australian minerals exploration company Hannans Reward Limited has commenced a combined RC and Diamond drilling program at its 3,000 square kilometer Jigalong project in the South East Pilbara region of Western Australia.

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