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Enter the Turk

A Turkish billionaire has shaken up the US$11 billion global soda ash (soda carbonate NA2CO3) market by producing low-cost soda from deposits in his native country, opening up a source of cheap imports for customers in Europe where his rivals have been driven out of business, Mining Journal can reveal. Full story...

Mutiny’s bounty

In keeping tune with its company name, the last managing director of Mutiny Gold was forcibly removed earlier this year by a fellow director and shareholders. But while the vanquished John Greeve may have had to be metaphorically dragged out of the company kicking and screaming, the good news is the shares held by him and his fellow shareholders may again be in demand given development plans and corporate action. Full story...

Copper North looks east

Many North American investors would have been scratching their heads over Copper North Mining’s decision to employ a Chinese firm for the feasibility study on its Carmacks copper project in the Yukon. But it could be just what the doctor ordered. Full story...

APM aims to get busy on the ground

Well-funded and technically ready to “walk the talk” is how chief executive Andrew Mooney describes privately-backed Asia Pacific Mining (APM) after the Myanmar-focussed junior was said to recently become the “first Western-led mining development company to be granted a [100%-owned] exploration licence” in the country. Full story...

Time to dig up the past

The low hanging fruit is gone. The majors have chopped billions of dollars from cost bases and have appeased shareholders with either the payment, or promise, of capital returns. To keep dividends coming, though, they have to confront the industry’s great bugbear, productivity. Full story...

Coal still king in China: WoodMac

Coal will remain the dominant fuel in China’s energy mix even as the state implements environmental policies that encourage more use of natural gas, Wood Mackenzie has concluded. Full story...

Kingsgate looks to new day

That was quick! Barely 5-6 weeks into his role as the new CEO of 200,000oz-per-annum gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated, Geoff Day has left the building. Day’s CFO Austen Perrin has also exited, just over three weeks after he started in the Kingsgate office. Full story...

IMF cuts growth forecasts

The latest IMF global growth forecast continued a depressingly long sequence of downgrades with the potential to sap optimism about the prospects for a cyclical recovery in mining profits. Full story...

Ironbark into starting blocks

Assuming the zinc price does what just about every expert predicts, Ironbark Zinc continues to appeal as a junior equity with huge upside. But there’s rarely certainty in the resources caper and, never mind the commodity price, there’s still a key process underway before Ironbark gets to start mining its massive Citronen zinc project in Greenland. Full story...

Rebuilding the Mt Morgans story

It must all seem a bit fruitless when a company has got good news to report but the macro market is bearish and not remotely interested. The well-credentialed Dacian Gold was a case in point this week. Full story...

Fighting with one arm tied behind their backs

In the past three months I have seen more presentations by heavily indebted gold miners, with no hedging but lots of hope, than I can remember seeing in the past 30 years. Full story...

Watch out below

Expect a lot more noise on the mining anti-bribery and corruption front after a relatively quiet decade, a leading global expert in corporate reputation management has warned – again. Full story...
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