South America

UK data watchdog hands defeat to Steinmetz over request to quell Simandou mining deal critics

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 22, 2014
UK data watchdog hands defeat to Steinmetz over request to quell Simandou mining deal critics

Steinmetz and three BSGR directors argued that Global Witness had obtained personal information about them without authorization and wanted it to be forced to reveal what specific data it held.

Codelco El Teniente mine expansion to take longer, cost $2bn more

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 19, 2014
Codelco El Teniente mine expansion to take longer, cost $2bn more

The touted expansion of the world's largest underground copper mine is two to three years behind schedule and will require $2 billion more than initially planned, said the company.

Judge turns down Vale bid to dismiss Rio Tinto lawsuit in U.S.

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 18, 2014
Judge turns down Vale bid to dismiss Rio Tinto lawsuit in U.S.

The court said Vale had failed to convince him to dismiss the case in which it is accused of conspiring to steal Rio's rights for part of iron ore reserve potentially worth billions.

Pacific Potash mining rights in Brazil jeopardized over unpaid tax

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2014
Pacific Potash mining rights in Brazil jeopardized over unpaid tax

The Vancouver-based miner said it did not receive the funds wired to pay the tax for "unknown reasons."

Miners back to work at Peru’s Antamina copper mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 15, 2014
Miners back to work at Peru’s Antamina copper mine

This was the second time that Antamina’s workers down tools in about a month over demands for a bonus and other benefits.

New strike hits Peru's largest copper mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 11, 2014
New strike hits Peru's largest copper mine

Unionized workers at Antamina downed tools at midnight Wednesday.

Hochschild slashes management pay, turns chairman into non-executive

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 10, 2014
Hochschild slashes management pay, turns chairman into non-executive

The miner has set out changes to the chairman's role and, as part of its on-going cost cutting program, is further cutting board pay.

Vale sells stake in Mozambique coal project to Mitsui for $763m

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 9, 2014
Vale sells stake in Mozambique coal project to Mitsui for $763m

Mitsui, which since 2003 is part of the holding group that controls Vale, is expanding partnerships with the world’s largest iron-ore miner.

Vale to sell 15% of its $3bn Mozambique coal project to Mitsui

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 5, 2014
Vale to sell 15% of its $3bn Mozambique coal project to Mitsui

The miner confirmed Friday it is in talks “with a potential investor,” but did not name its counterpart.

Barrick teams with Saudi Arabian miner to run copper mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 3, 2014
Barrick teams with Saudi Arabian miner to run copper mine

Miner may try replicate partnership with other of its stalled projects, such as Pascua Lama in South America.

Government vows to act against illegal mining in southwest Colombia

Colombia Reports | December 2, 2014

Colombia’s national government on Monday promised to act against illegal mining in the southwestern Cauca state after about 100 women had marched to Bogota and locals internationally denounced death threats.

Vale confirms plans to sell stake in $35 billion base metals unit

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 2, 2014
Vale’s CEO may reveal base metals unit IPO plans in NYC: report

Chief Financial Officer Luciano Siani confirmed Tuesday the company's plans to sell a minority stake in its metals-producing unit.

New low in oil prices drags BHP Billiton stock below 2009 levels

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 1, 2014
New low in oil prices drags BHP Billiton stock below 2009 levels

The stock closed in Sydney below the $30 mark, which is the lowest it has traded in the last five years.

Guyana gold

Scott Wright - Zeal Intelligence | November 30, 2014

South America has been a major beneficiary of the 2000s gold bull, party to some big discoveries by the mining companies flocking there.

Anglo American’s Los Bronces mine in Chile hit by strike

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 28, 2014
Anglo American’s Los Bronces mine in Chile hit by strike

This is the first time mining engineers, geologists and other highly educated employees go on a strike at a privately owned mine in Chile.

Copper hits 4-year low in New York

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 28, 2014
Copper hits 4-year low in New York

End of strike at Peru’s biggest copper mine and weaker oil prices drove Dr. Copper goes to the ICU.

Chile’s mining sector to double energy demand by 2025

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 27, 2014
Chile’s mining sector to double energy demand by 2025

These are not very good news for the energy-starved copper producing nation.

Mariana Resources down after dumping copper-gold project in Peru

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 27, 2014
Mariana Resources down after dumping copper-gold project in Peru

Company say it would focus on core projects.

When it rains…Iron ore, gold miners the most vulnerable to Ebola risk

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 26, 2014
When it rains…Iron ore, gold miners the most vulnerable to Ebola risk

Report shows there are 39 assets in production within the Ebola-affected region.

BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 24, 2014
BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

The world's largest miner has stepped up its cost-cutting plans as it battles a sharp slide in iron ore, coal and oil prices.

Goldcorp to open Argentina’s Cerro Negro gold, silver mine in February

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 20, 2014
Goldcorp to open Argentina’s Cerro Negro gold, silver mine in February

The mine is expected to produce 4,000 tons/day of gold and silver concentrate during its 23 years of life.

Gold Fields Q3 drops, CEO says most gold miners ‘under water’

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 20, 2014
Gold Fields Q3 drops, CEO says most gold miners ‘under water’

The miner, structured to "break even" at $1,050 per ounce, warned it would have to re-think the business if bullion prices dip below $1,000 and stayed there for a while.

Peru blows up machines to scare away illegal gold miners

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 19, 2014
Peru blows up machines to scare away illegal gold miners

Just weeks before the country hosts U.N.-sponsored climate talks.

Strike at Peru's top copper mine not hurting output: firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 18, 2014
Strike at Peru's top copper mine not hurting output: miner

But unionized workers insist on claiming that Antamina's output would likely drop by at least 90%.

Vale iron ore chief abandons ship amid price crisis

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 17, 2014
Vale iron ore chief abandons ship amid price crisis

The world's largest iron ore producer said the new division head will focus on increasing efficiencies.

Glencore, Mick Davis among suitors of Anglo American mines in Chile

Reuters | November 14, 2014
Former Xstrata CEO Davis gets a $1bn injection for new venture

Glencore and X2, a company set up by former Xstrata boss Mick Davis, are among the suitors of the Chilean copper assets put up for sale by global miner Anglo American.

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