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Cooper provides update on the thermal coal project in Pakistan

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2011) - Cooper Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CQ)(FRANKFURT:JM6) (the "Company" or "Cooper") would like to provide its shareholders with an update on its thermal coal project in Pakistan. Pursuant to the terms of the Option Agreement dated September 3, 2010 between Cooper and Mr. Gul Khan ("Gul"), Cooper and Gul have jointly formed a newly incorporated company, AJK Coal Mining Company (Private) Ltd. ("AJK"), in Pakistan for the exploration and production of coal.

Macarthur Coal backs sweetened Peabody, Arcelor offer

Australia's Macarthur Coal has backed a slightly sweetened A$4.9 billion ($5.2 billion) takeover offer from Peabody Energy and ArcelorMittal . Peabody and ArcelorMittal raised their offer by 3 percent to A$16 a share and will also add Macarthur's A$0.16 a share dividend, for a total offer value of A$16.16. Macarthur bowed to the higher offer after fending off four takeover attempts over the past three years.

Department of Energy announces $41 million investment for carbon capture development

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the selection of 16 projects aimed at developing advanced post-combustion technologies for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal–fired power plants. The projects, valued at $41 million over three years, are focused on reducing the energy and cost penalties associated with applying currently available carbon capture technologies to existing and new power plants. The selections announced today will focus on developing carbon capture technologies that can achieve at least 90 percent CO2 removal and reduce the added costs at power plants with carbon capture systems to no more than a 35 percent increase in the cost of electricity produced at the plant. The Obama Administration has made a goal of developing cost-effective deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies within 10 years, with an objective of bringing 5 to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016.

Optimum Coal says Glencore unit has 14.1 pct stake it

South Africa's Optimum Coal said on Monday that a unit of Glencore, the world's largest commodity trader, had bought a 14.1 percent stake in it. The announcement comes after Optimum, South Africa's sixth-largest coal producer, confirmed on Friday that it had received takeover approaches.

Nigeria: Mining Sector to Generate Two Million Direct Jobs

Stakeholders in the mining sector said they are targeting to create about two million direct jobs for Nigerians from the sector. Under the Progressive Miners Empowerment Association (PMEA), the miners said if about N200 billion is injected into the sector, it would be revived.

Mexican coal mine collapse kills four

Four miners were killed when a coal mine collapsed in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila on Friday, a senior government official said. Labor Minister Javier Lozano said in a Twitter message the fourth body was recovered late on Friday and an extraordinary inspection of the mine was underway.

Quakes, Pike River hit Solid Energy’s profit

Earthquake and disruptions related to the Pike River mining disaster slashed Solid Energy's profit by about $35 million. Also, its renewable energy businesses are not profitable and made a loss of $17m in the year to June 30. However, the state-owned coal miner's chairman, John Palmer, said the company produced a strong performance, with a 29 per cent increase in profit to $87.2m for the year to June 2011 from a 20 per cent lift in sales to $829m.