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Moly Mines secures $494m loan from China Development Bank

Moly Mines Ltd (MOL.TO: Quote) (MOL.AX: Quote) said it got loans totalling $494 million from China Development Bank Corp(CDB) for the construction of its Spinifex Ridge molybdenum and copper project in Western Australia. The miner said the loans will include a $454 million syndicated loan. CDB will also provide the company with a $40 million working capital loan.

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Grupo Mexico, Asarco union extend existing contract for 2 years

Grupo Mexico and miners at its U.S. copper mining unit Asarco agreed to extend their existing contract for two more years, the Mexican company said in a statement on Tuesday. The contract covers 2,100 workers at Asarco's operations in Arizona and Texas and will now be valid until 2013.

Scotiabank’s Mohr forecasts copper demand rebound in second half of 2011

Moderately lower base metals, molybdenum, uranium and silver prices more than offset stronger gold, potash and cobalt prices in May, lowering the Scotiabank Commodity Price Index by 2.3% last month. LME copper prices eased from US$4.30 per pound in April to $4.05 per pound in May "and are still exceptionally lucrative at US$4.08 in late June," noted Scotiabank economist Patricia Mohr.

Little Deer deposit expands over 60%

Cornerstone Capital Resources of Mount Pearl, NL, and joint venture partner Thundermin Resources of Toronto are pleased with the increased resource estimate for their Little Deer copper project 10 km north of Springdale.

China’s massive appetite for commodities sparks concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.

Rio Tinto happy with Australian project budgets

Rio Tinto is comfortable with the company's multibillion-dollar project budgets in Australia, where labour, input and services costs were all increasing, Chief Executive Tom Albanese said on Tuesday. "I'm comfortable that our budgets in Australia are being managed appropriately," Albanese said at a business lunch.