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Australian gold production hit a record 317t for CY18, breaking the record set 21-years ago, with near future output looking good, Surbiton report

(TOP MINING JURISDICTIONS)
Nevada and Western Australia are the top 2 mining jurisdictions in the world, according to Canadian think tank, the Fraser Institute

While the investment/development eye remains on the new battery metals, gold and thermal coal remain staples, with companies large and small looking to mergers and takeovers. By Ross Louthean

(IRON ORE)
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.

(CONTRACTING)
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.

(LITIGATION)
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.

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

(LITIGATION)
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.

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

(COMMENTARY)
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.

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