Rio investors asked to push miner to leave Minerals Council of Australia

Shareholders of world’s second largest miner Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO) are being recruited to demand the company quit Australia’s top mining lobby group. The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) is looking to persuade about 100 investors to co-file a resolution at Rio Tinto’s upcoming annual general meeting, in which it will ask the group to leave[…]

Randgold doubles dividend as CEO charges against DRC mining code

Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources (LON:RSS) has doubled its full-year dividend after solid 2017 results, but it’s warning the good times may be over soon as it’s now facing demanding new regulations in Congo, one of its key jurisdictions. The company, which has five operating gold mines across west and central Africa, boosted shareholder payout by 100%[…]

These are top-10 global mining trends expected for 2018

To thrive in the mining industry’s historical boom and bust cycle and capitalize on new opportunities, companies must rethink the traditional mining model. (Image: PlusONE| Shutterstock.) In the last 10 years, the mining industry has been on a roller-coaster, with commodity prices reaching both historic highs and lows, as well as operational realities shifting irrevocably[…]

Rio Tinto autonomous trucks now hauling a quarter of Pilbara material

Mining giant Rio Tinto’s (ASX, LON, NYSE: RIO) driverless trucks fleet has achieved a major milestone as it moved its one-billionth tonne of material in Western Australia’s Pilbara region last month, the company said. The figure corresponds to roughly 25% of both ore and waste material hauled last year across the company’s five sites in[…]

Anglo American exits South African coal with sale of New Largo mine

Anglo American (LON:AAL) has officially left the coal sector in South Africa with the sale of its New Largo mine to a group of black-controlled companies. Seriti Resources Pty Ltd., Coalzar Pty Ltd. and South Africa’s Industrial Development are paying Corp. are paying $71 million for the asset, Anglo said in the statement. Last year, Anglo[…]

Rio Tinto and two former top execs must face fraud charges — SEC

The United States’ top securities regulator has rejected arguments by Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) and two former top executives that its civil lawsuit claiming they concealed the plunging value of coal assets owned by the big Anglo-Australian mining company should be dismissed. Last week, the company, its former chief executive Tom Albanese, and its ex finance[…]

Randgold’s Kibali mine in DRC to achieve full production this year

Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources (LON:RSS) said Monday it expected its Democratic Republic of the Congo mine to achieve full production this year, following the commissioning of its underground operation’s automated ore handling and hoisting system. Mine is on track to produce its target of 700,000 ounces of gold in 2018. The company, which has five operating[…]

Ex-Massey Energy CEO and ex-con Blankenship running for US Senate

Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who served a one-year prison term on charges related to the deadliest US mine disaster, is now officially running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia. Blankenship kicked off his campaign Thursday night with a town hall meeting for voters in which he vowed to support President Donald Trump’s pro-coal[…]

Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

Former Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis, the current leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, is said to be the frontrunner to become Rio Tinto’s new chairman. People familiar with the matter told Sky News the South African-born businessman has held talks with Rio over the position held until the end of the year by retiring chairman Jan[…]

Canadian junior miners worth jumps for second year in a row

The rising number of exploration projects, equity and debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, indicates a renewed confidence in the junior sector. (Image: Pure Gold Mining’s Madsen gold project in Ontario’s Red Lake gold camp.) After years of struggling following a drop in commodity prices, Canadian junior miners are seeing renewed confidence in[…]