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PotashCorp cyberattack needed 100 people to pull off

CBC News is reporting that last fall's cyberattack on government agencies looking for confidential information on PotashCorp was much larger than previously disclosed and the perpetrators seemed to be after insider information. Seven Canadian law firms were attacked, along with various government agencies. Analysts estimate that the well-coordinated attack must have involved 100 people or more. Although the attacks were traced back to China, that does not mean the attacks were carried out by that country. The Chinese government denies any involvement.

K+S approves first potash mine in Saskatchewan in 40 years

Saskatchewan's first potash mine in 40 years was approved today in the small city of Moose Jaw. German potash producer K+S Aktiengesellschaft said its supervisory board approved CAD$3.25 billion in capital expenditures to build a solution potash mine at the Legacy property, which K+S acquired from Potash One when it bought the company for $434 million nearly one year ago to the date. "The Legacy Project is a significant step towards the expansion of our potash capacities and enables us to participate in the growth of the global potash market. Together with our existing potash mines in Germany, this will considerably strengthen the international competitiveness of K+S and consequently benefit the entire K+S Group in Europe and overseas,” said Norbert Steiner, K+S Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors.

BHP looking at breaking off diamond business

BHP Billiton said today it is reviewing its diamond business, which includes two large diamond mines in northern Canada, for a potential sale of all or parts of the business. The world's largest mining company said the review, expected to be completed by the end of January, will "examine whether a continued presence in the diamonds industry is consistent with BHP Billiton’s strategy." BHP owns 80% of the Ekati diamond mine in Canada's Northwest Territories. The other 20% is owned by geologists Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson (each has a 10% stake), who discovered the kimberlite pipes north of Lac de Gras in 1991. BHP also owns 51% of the Chidliak diamond exploration property on Baffin Island, with the other 49% owned by Peregrine Diamonds which has been exploring the 860,000-hectare property since 2006. Chidliak also contains copper, platinum group metals and lead-zinc.

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Canadian iron ore miner reaches $120 million development deal with Chinese steel producer

Century Iron Mines, an iron ore miner with projects in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, has reached a $120 million development deal with WISCO Resources, one of the third largest steel producer in China. WISCO Resources, which holds an approximate 25% interest in Century Iron, will invest $120 million in exchange for a 40% interest in three of Century Iron Mines' projects, Duncan Lake, Attikamagen and Sunny Lake. Funds will be used for exploration and development. WISCO Resources is a major subsidiaries of Wuhan Iron & Steel Corporation, headquartered in Wuhan in the province of Hubei in the People's Republic of China.

Indian consortium and Canadian firm awarded big Afghan iron ore contract

A group of Indian companies and Canada's Kilo Goldmines Ltd. (CVE:KGL) have been awarded the contract to mine the Hajigak iron ore deposit in Afghanistan. MINING.com reported Nov. 19 that Indian firms were leading the chase for the huge iron ore property, which is being touted by the Afghans as the world’s largest iron ore deposit at 1.8 billion tonnes. The deposit extends over 32 kilometres and covers 16 separate zones. Bloomberg reports that President Hamid Karzai and his government awarded three of the four Hajigak blocks to seven Indian companies, led by state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. and NMDC Ltd., that were bidding with support from the Indian government. The fourth block was awarded to Kilo Goldmines, which is described on its website as a gold exploration and development company that is actively drilling several past-producing mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug gears up for another bitter fight over mining rights

WawaTay News reports Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation – a community of 1,200, 600km north of Thunder Bay, Ontario – is preparing for what may be a confrontational winter after talks on traditional land use with the Ontario government broke down last week. KI walked away from negotiations after Ontario said they were unable to stop God’s Lake Resources, a junior gold mining company, from exploring in the area while the panel meets. The land under dispute at Sherman Lake was the site of a gold mine active from 1938 to 1941. KI claims there are numerous burial sites in the area. KI was involved in a similar dispute with a platinum miner a few years ago.

Chinese investors ‘do not want to become a Potash-like story themselves’

“Chinese companies that are looking to invest in Canada do not want to become a Potash-like story themselves. Face and company reputation are important,” Peter Harder, president of the Canada-China Business Council told The Globe & Mail in an interview in Beijing this week as executives gathered for the council’s annual general meeting.