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Apr 12, 2013

Rising power costs threaten Chile’s mining prowess

SANTIAGO, April 11 (Reuters) – The high cost of energy in
Chile is threatening the competitiveness of the country’s copper
industry and poses a major challenge for new development,
industry executives at a copper convention in the Andean nation
said on Thursday.

Electricity costs in Chile, the world’s top copper producer,
have risen 11 percent per year since 2000, making it one of the
most expensive places in the world to secure energy for mining
projects.

Apr 9, 2013

High costs, low demand subdue miners at Chile gathering

SANTIAGO, April 9 (Reuters) – Rising costs, falling demand
and the dearth of quality new projects dominated talk for the
second year in a row at an annual copper conference in Chile,
creating a decidedly subdued mood at the gathering of the
world’s top copper miners.

Orders from China are down, warehouse stocks of the metal
are at a 10-year high and the London Metal Exchange benchmark
price has remained stubbornly below $8,000 per tonne,
partly due to a deeper market surplus this year.

Apr 9, 2013

Joint ventures seen boosting Chile’s copper exploration

SANTIAGO, April 8 (Reuters) – Chile could boost copper
exploration by encouraging state-owned giant Codelco,
the world’s biggest producer of the metal, to partner with
private mining companies, industry executives said on Monday.

Chile sits on the world’s largest copper reserves and is
also the world’s largest producer of the metal, but aged, tired
deposits dragged Codelco’s output last year to its lowest level
since 2008, while costs soared 40 percent on the year.

Apr 1, 2013
Mar 26, 2013

Barrick Gold seeks successor to founder Munk, eyes co-chairman

TORONTO, March 26 (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp,
the world’s largest gold miner, is seeking a successor to
founder and Chairman Peter Munk, with his co-chairman being
groomed as the prime candidate.

In a letter to shareholders in Barrick’s 2012 annual report,
released on Tuesday, Munk said it was time for the company to
“consider a path to new leadership at our board level.”

Mar 25, 2013

Walter Energy accuses activist fund of ‘serious omissions’

March 25 (Reuters) – Walter Energy Inc on Monday
struck back against the British hedge fund that wants to replace
half its board and said its campaign was a “hit and run”
designed to turn a quick profit by driving up Walter’s share
price – something the fund denied.

The U.S. coal miner highlighted what it said were “serious
omissions” in Audley Capital Advisors LLP’s proxy statement,
including an insider trading case against one of the fund’s
nominees. It questioned the accuracy of another candidate’s
biography.

Mar 22, 2013

First Quantum seals Canadian$5.1 billion Inmet takeover

By Julie Gordon

(Reuters) – First Quantum Minerals Ltd (FM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday it secured enough shareholder support to take over Inmet Mining Corp (IMN.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), sealing a C$5.1 billion ($4.98 billion) deal that gives it control of one of the world’s largest untapped copper deposits.

The combination of the two creates one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing copper companies, while easing First Quantum’s dependence on Africa and particularly Zambia.

Mar 22, 2013

First Quantum seals C$5.1 bln Inmet takeover

March 22 (Reuters) – First Quantum Minerals Ltd said
on Friday it secured enough shareholder support to take over
Inmet Mining Corp, sealing a C$5.1 billion ($4.98
billion) deal that gives it control of one of the world’s
largest untapped copper deposits.

The combination of the two creates one of the world’s
biggest and fastest-growing copper companies, while easing First
Quantum’s dependence on Africa and particularly Zambia.

Mar 19, 2013
Mar 17, 2013

Canada aboriginal movement poses new threat to miners

TORONTO, March 17 (Reuters) – An aboriginal protest movement
that’s often compared with Occupy Wall Street has the potential
to disrupt mining projects across Canada, threatening to
undermine the country’s coveted reputation for low-risk resource
development.

Idle No More, a grass-roots movement with little centralized
leadership, swept across Canada late last year with the help
social media. Protesters blocked roads and rail lines, and
staged big rallies in the country’s largest cities to press a
sweeping human rights and economic development agenda.

    • About Julie

      "I currently cover mining and minerals out of the Toronto bureau, where I focus on uranium, silver, platinum, lithium and REEs. Prior to moving to the mining sector, I worked as an online editor and video producer for Reuters.com. I started at Reuters as a TV intern in Chile and before that, I freelanced in Eastern Europe and spent eight months living in the Galapagos Islands."
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