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Vale invokes force majeure at nickel project

Vale, the world's second-biggest nickel producer, said on Thursday it would suspend sales and purchase agreements at its Goro project on the French Pacific island of New Caledonia after an accident at the mine's sulfuric acid plant.

Anglo Asian finds gold at Azeri Ordubad mine

Anglo Asian Mining said it had discovered gold at Ordubad mine, boosting its prospects for gold production in Azerbaijan, where it plans to increase production to over 300,000 ounces of the precious metal per year by 2015.

United States as a top coal exporter is here to stay

The United States’ new status as a top world coal exporter will survive as miners struggle to stay in business by chasing foreign sales after the collapse of a domestic market decimated by a glut of cheap gas.
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China’s iron and steel association warns on over-capacity, shrinking profits

The country's sprawling steel sector, which has cut 150 million tonnes of steel production over the past three years, was "far from achieving its tasks" amid Beijing's supply-side reforms, the association reports.