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Tata Steel said to be bidding for Australian coal miner New Hope

India's largest business group is considering making a bid for New Hope Corp. (ASX:NHC) in what could be the largest coal deal since Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR) bought Massey Energy in January for around $7 billion. According to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the plan, the acquisition would involve a joint bid between Tata Steel and Tata Power for Queensland-based New Hope which is valued at $A4.9 billion. Indian steelmakers and power plants are struggling to secure coal to run their plants in the face of supply shortages.

Alpha Natural Resources shares spike on record revenues

Shares in Alpha Resources (NYSE:ANR) climbed 13% today on news that the company pulled in record revenues this year and beat analyst targets. The Virginia-based company, which acquired Massey Energy after a deadly blast at one of its coal mines last year, said it posted a record $2.3 billion in the first nine months of the year due in part to the inclusion of a full quarter of Massey's results, which contributed $805 million.

More bad news for iron ore, coking coal prices: world’s largest steelmaker profits halve, sees worse ahead

ZeeNews report the world's largest steel-maker ArcelorMittal on Thursday reported a dip of over 51% in net income to $659 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, due to rising raw material costs and a fall in demand. The Indian giant also said it will face increasing pricing and volume pressures in the final quarter and is idling production as a result – it has mothballed eight furnaces in Europe and permanently retired another just over the last two months. Arcelor's gloomy outlook prompted one analyst to observe: "We're in a very dark market environment right now."

Coal of Africa raises US$106 million

Coal of Africa raised US$106 million after placing 130 million ordinary shares representing 24.4% of CoAL's issued share capital prior to the placing. Coal of Africa operates coalfields in the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. It runs two collieries and is advancing other projects. John Wallington, chief excecutive officer of the company was pleased with the placement.

Xstrata deal reached after union threatened strike over free worker shares

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) called off a strike on Wednesday after reaching a deal with Xstrata over the coal giant's voluntary employee share ownership plan. Xstrata agreed to allocate shares to workers equally and not based on employment grade, NUM's one gripe. Mine ownership and nationalization are once again fiercely debated topics in the country 17 years after the end of white rule and observers believe SA’s allure as an investment destination has been tarnished by the heavy weather accompanying the Xstrata deal. The plan gives workers 3% of the company and is over and above the company’s 26% local ownership obligations which it already meets.

Australian mining tax could get poisoned by coal seam gas

Australia's new mining tax is being held up in the legislature by independents who want more controls on coal seam gas. Sydney Morning Herald reports that two independents MPs, Tony Windsor and Roy Oakeshott, are demanding curbs on coal seam gas exploration, and that hundreds of millions of environmental research dollars be spent, in return for their support for the bill: Mr Windsor, who holds the NSW seat of New England, told the Herald he had had enough of the methods of coal seam gas companies, which were expanding operations dramatically in NSW and Queensland. Mr Windsor's key demand is for $200 million to $400 million to be allocated each year from the tax revenue to fund bio-regional assessments, an idea he raised last week.

Coal mining deaths in China leading to more imports

A Chinese government policy that purports to make coal mines safer is triggering local supply disruptions. China's dismal, and tragic, accident record at coal mines led the Chinese government to consolidate thousands of small, often-dangerous coal mines to boost safety. As the largest user and producer of coal, the country became a net importer in 2009 for the first time, as the consolidations led to a drop in domestic coal output. (Read an indepth article on China's place in the global coal market in Magazine)