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With Australia’s iron ore majors constrained by their highly geared production systems from quick expansions of their output, it could be left to the small fry to fill some of the supply gap created by the market disruption resulting from Vale’s Brazilian mine disaster.

Australian miner Heron Resources says a claim by CIMIC Group contractor Sedgman for $50M in additional costs on top of a $109M processing and infrastructure contract at its Woodlawn copper-zinc project seeks to circumvent the principles of their guaranteed maximum price contract.

Australian-based Prairie Mining has signalled it will take the Polish government to international arbitration if it can’t reach an amicable resolution over development of its Jan Karski and Debiensko coal projects.

500 residents evacuated after alarm over stability of tailing storage dam at a third Vale iron ore mine in Minas Gerais

The appointment of New York-based lawyers to advise on its investigations and responses to the the January 25 disaster that has cost over 300 lives illustrates Vale is preparing for a long and difficult legal battle over the Feijão iron ore mine collapse.

Major Australian report calls on mining companies to broaden their strategic outlooks as they face an ever-changing and increasingly disruptive market.

Coming just over three years after the Samarco tragedy, the even greater disaster emerging at its Feijão iron ore mine is set to create a reputational crisis for Brazilian mining giant Vale.

It’s taken 13 years to get this far, but Globe Metals and Mining has another indefinite wait to complete a feasibility study on its potentially significant Kanyika niobium project due to uncertainty about new mining legislation approved but not yet ratified by the Malawi government.

Amid all the anti-mining activist claims of the death of coal, the push by Asian buyers for higher quality and lower emissions in its thermal and metallurgical coal imports represents more good news for Australian producers.

The historic election that it was hoped would end years of instability in mineral-rich DR Congo could instead lead to more uncertainty after the surprise victory of opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo.


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