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Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings
Published: 12 Dec 17
Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees itself as being best placed for the electric vehicle revolution through its ‘tier 1’ copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc and thermal coal assets. The company said in an investor day update on Tuesday that sustainably low-cost and long-life first tier industrial assets are supported by its cash-generative marketing division across the cycle.
India’s NLC aborts overseas coal acquisition plans
Published: 12 Dec 17
Indian miner and power utility NLC (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation) is seeking a global mine developer and operator to operationalise two of its coal blocks in Odisha. The group is expecting at least 20-million tons a year from these two assets, which have a combined reserve of 550-million tons, and has therefore aborted plans to buy coal assets overseas.
Gold Fields Ghana to dismiss 1 500 staff as contractor hired
Published: 12 Dec 17
Gold Fields’ unit in Ghana said it will dismiss 1 500 of its own staff as the company is hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. A contractor will take charge of the Tarkwa operations from early 2018 as the deposit’s remaining life span is too short to replace aging mine equipment, Gold Fields Ghana Vice President David Johnson said by phone on Tuesday. Tarkwa produces about 550 000 oz/y of gold and has about five to six years left for its current design, he said.
QCoal contracts Sedgman to deliver Byerwen mine
Published: 12 Dec 17
Mineral processing company Sedgman has been contracted to carry out engineering, procurement and construction at QCoal Group’s greenfield Byerwen coal mine in central Queensland, as well as the delivery of a coal handling and processing plant. With a combined revenue of almost $100-million, the contracts would see the Cimic Group subsidiary deliver a stockpiling and train load-out facility, with work having already started and concluding in early 2018.
India’s GAIL earmarks $940m for pipeline expansion
Published: 12 Dec 17
Indian oil and gas infrastructure major GAIL India has announced a three-year capital investment of $940-million to add 2 500 km to its existing gas pipeline network across the country. On Monday, government owned GAIL announced that contracts had been awarded for construction of a 520 km pipeline running across the eastern Indian provinces of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Gem in talks with new potential Ghaghoo buyers
Published: 12 Dec 17
Aim-listed Gem Diamonds is in discussions with other parties who are interested in acquiring the Ghaghoo mine, in Botswana, after an offer from an undisclosed party to buy the mine was withdrawn. Gem on Tuesday informed shareholders that although the undisclosed party had made an offer in August to buy the mine, no agreement could be reached.
Weatherly to acquire Zambia copper development project
Published: 12 Dec 17
Aim-listed Weatherly International will acquire the Kitumba copper project in Zambia from ASX-listed Intrepid Mines for an upfront cash consideration of A$4.75-million. The company on Tuesday announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with Intrepid to buy the project, with the transaction being subject to certain conditions precedent, including shareholder approval and any regulatory approvals required in Zambia and Australia.
Berkeley selects mining and construction contractors for Salamanca mine
Published: 12 Dec 17
Dual-listed Berkeley Energia expects to pour concrete at its fully-funded Salamanca mine, in western Spain, in the new year, the company said on Tuesday, as it announced the award of major contracts for the uranium mine. The company said that Sanchez y Lago, one of Spain’s major construction companies, was being appointed as the contract miner.  Sanchez y Lago has over 35 years of mining experience around the world and currently operates at Atalaya’s Riotinto mine, also in Spain.
Finders says Eastern Field offer acceptances low
Published: 12 Dec 17
Shareholders representing 33.19% of ASX-listed Finders Resources have indicated that they do not intend to accept a takeover offer from Eastern Field Developments, the takeover target reported on Tuesday. The company said that Taurus Funds Management, which represent 11.31% of Finders shares on issue, has indicated last week that it would turn down the A$0.23 a share offer.
Orion eyes early mining using existing Prieska infrastructure
Published: 12 Dec 17
Dual-listed Orion Minerals has initiated investigations into the early mining of potentially significant remnant zinc/copper mineralisation within accessible areas of existing mine infrastructure of the historic Prieska mine, in the Northern Cape. Orion is evaluating potential sulphide mineralisation above the water level, which could present a potential upside source of valuable early cashflow to be considered in the bankable feasibility study (BFS) that is currently under way.
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