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BC Iron Ore ends corporate merry-go-round

The game of corporate musical chairs has ended with more frustrations than success for the two companies concerned, after BC Iron Ltd (ASX: BCI) got annoyed about Regent Pacific withdrawing its original bid, BC Iron then successfully got the bid reinstated through Australia's Takeovers Panel, and then deciding it didn't want to proceed. The end of this chain was the expert's report to BC Iron that, in summary, said Regent Pacific's bid was neither fair nor reasonable.

Guinea iron ore project pegged at 111 million tonnes graded at 38% Fe

West Africa focused Bellzone Mining has released an initial resource estimate for its Kalia iron ore project in Guinea. The AIM-listed iron ore and nickel company announced an initial inferred JORC oxide resource of 111 million tonnes, graded at 38% Fe, which would be beneficiated using a standard gravity process to produce 58% Fe fines.

A fragile South African iron ore story

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, this week announced an agreement which may see the acquisition of an iron ore "resource" in the Northern Cape. At the same time, parent company ArcelorMittal announced its first quarter earnings, where, for the first time, it reported its mining interests as a separate segment.

Montreal Gazette: Bill proposes changes to Quebec Mining Act

Following on the footsteps of an ambitious, $80 billion plan to invest in Quebec's north announced earlier this week, the provincial government is looking at changing its Mining Act, the Montreal Gazette writes: Bill 14, amending Quebec’s Mining Act “in keeping with the principles of sustainable development” was presented Thursday in the Quebec National Assembly.

Quebec launches big mining plan

The Canadian province of Quebec plans to develop its huge frozen northern reaches into a powerhouse of mining and renewable energy, targeting C$80 billion ($83 billion) of private and public investment. Quebec's 25-year "Plan Nord," launched on Monday, envisages funding for infrastructure, mines and the development of renewable energy, taking advantage of an improving investment climate as the earth warms and polar ice melts.

Advanced Explorations Inc. to expand feasibility production target at Roche Bay Iron Ore Project

Advanced Explorations Inc. (TSX-V:AXI) is pleased to announce progress in the ongoing Feasibility Study work for the C-Zone of its Roche Bay Iron Project in Nunavut, northern Canada. The Company has concluded multiple advantages may be drawn from an increased production of up to 5 million tonnes per year of concentrate (65%-66% Fe grade). This represents a 66% increase in production from the previously announced base case (3 million tonnes per year).

Teck announces Fording River collective agreement and related charge to earnings

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) announced today that employees at its Fording River operation in southeastern British Columbia have ratified a new five-year agreement, replacing an agreement which expired on April 30, 2011. "Our discussions with the union were very productive and we are pleased to have reached a new five-year collective agreement at our Fording River operation," said Bill Fleming, Vice President, Operations and Engineering.

Vale reports best-ever financial performance for first quarter

Despite adverse weather conditions and natural disasters, Vale reported pellet output reached a record 12.5 Mt. for the first quarter of the year, up 19.3% from 10.5 Mt reported during the same period of last year. Iron ore production in the first quarter reached 71.5 Mt., a 3.7% increase over the same quarter of 2010. "For 2011 we continue to pursue the goal of 322Mt including the 11 Mt attributable production from Samarco," the company said.