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Lundin Mining achieves commercial production at Eagle Mine in Michigan
26 November 2014 Diversified base metals mining company Lundin Mining has commenced commercial production at Eagle mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,...

Curtin University researchers develop economical mining drilling technique
25 November 2014 Researchers at Curtin University have developed a new coiled tube drilling rig to help carry out mineral exploration at a fraction of the...

Peabody Energy and Glencore to combine coal mines in New South Wales
25 November 2014 Peabody Energy and Glencore are to form a joint venture (JV) company with two of their mines in New South Wales, Australia, in order to cut costs amidst falling coal...

Caterpillar introduces advanced longwall plow systems for coal mining
25 November 2014 US equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has launched the Cat GH800B longwall plow system to enable mining very low coal seams at high...

BIS Shrapnel says Australian mining investment is set for 40% drop
24 November 2014 A new report from BIS Shrapnel has predicted that the mining sector's share of the Australian national economy will continue to grow strongly despite a 40% slump in investment over the next...

Kumba Iron Ore starts household relocation in South Africa for mine expansion
24 November 2014 Anglo American's unit Kumba Iron Ore has started phase one of relocating the Dingleton community in Northern Cape, South Africa, as part of its plan to expand production to 37 million tonnes by...

BHP Billiton to target $4bn cost savings by 2017
24 November 2014 Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has announced targets of $4bn of annualised productivity gains in its core portfolio by the end of 2017, representing a $500m increase compared...

Deals this week: AMEC Americas, African Eagle, Nevada Sunrise Gold and more
21 November 2014 AMEC Americas has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services contract from Pretium Resources for Brucejack gold project in northern British Columbia,...

Nevsun Resources faces lawsuit over forced labour in Eritrea mine
21 November 2014 Canada-based mining company Nevsun Resources has been sued by three previous employees at the British Columbia Supreme Court for alleged slave labour at its Bisha gold, copper and zinc mine...

ABB unveils new mine hoist assessment service
21 November 2014 ABB has unveiled a new service product called Hoist Performance Fingerprint, which will help customers assess and optimise the condition of their mine...

Mineler launches social media platform for global mining industry
20 November 2014 Perth-based start-up company Mineler has launched a social media platform for workers in the mining...

Alpha Natural Resources to lay-off 412 coal workers
20 November 2014 US metallurgical coal producer Alpha Natural Resources will cut 412 jobs prior to the sale of its Pennsylvania operations to Rosebud...

Cliffs Natural Resources may shutdown Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Canada
20 November 2014 US-based mining firm Cliffs Natural Resources is considering closing its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Canada after deciding that the expansion plan is not...

Koniambo Nickel mine in New Caledonia officially opened by French President
19 November 2014 Operations have started at the $7bn Koniambo Nickel project (Koniambo) in New Caledonia, which is jointly owned by Glencore and Société Minière du Sud Pacifique...

Five South African mining firms to jointly tackle occupational lung disease
19 November 2014 Five South African mining firms have formed an industry working group to address issues associated with occupational lung disease (OLD) in the country's gold mining...

EPA conditionally approves Rio Tinto's $3.5bn Koodaideri iron ore mine
19 November 2014 The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended for approval Rio Tinto's $3.5bn open cut iron ore mine in the Pilbara...

Osisko Gold acquires Virginia Mines to create $1.2bn gold royalty company
18 November 2014 Osisko Gold Royalties has signed an agreement to acquire Virginia Mines for C$479m ($424m) to create a C$1.3bn ($1.2bn) Montreal-based gold royalty company, which will hold royalty interests in...

Mining investment rise generated fewer jobs in New South Wales, says report
18 November 2014 Mining companies in New South Wales have employed 1,967 fewer workers in 2013 to 2014 compared with the previous year, despite investing $13.6bn into the Australian state, according to a...

India plans to issue mining licences through auctions
18 November 2014 The Government of India is planning to issue mining licences through auctions in order to improve transparency in mineral resources...

Adani secures funding for $7bn Carmichael mine project in Australia
17 November 2014 Adani Enterprises $7bn coal mine, rail and port project in Queensland, Australia, has received a loan of up to $1bn from the State Bank of India (SBI), coinciding with the high-profile visit...

Rio Tinto and Sinosteel to extend Channar Mining JV for second time
17 November 2014 Rio Tinto and Sinosteel have signed a heads of agreement to advance negotiations for a second extension to the Channar Mining iron ore joint venture (JV) in Western Australia's Pilbara...