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In a sudden and surprising development, China has become both the world’s biggest rare earth elements importer/exporter

The commissioning ahead of schedule and under budget of the 28Mtpa Amrun bauxite development on Australia’s Cape York Peninsula is being credited to an innovative construction approach by Rio Tinto.

The award of the initial infrastructure and mining contract for the Ramone deposit at Northern Star Resources’ Jundee mine marks a significant return to West Australian gold mining by the up-for-offers BGC Contracting. John Feary reports

Veteran mining journalist and commentator Ross Louthean turns his mind to the state of diamond exploration in Australia, and identifies two companies whose explorations may trigger a revival of activity in the sector.

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

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

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.