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Coal

The End Of A Dark Decade For Energy Commodities

Commodities have suffered through a…

Metals / Commodities

Grasberg copper mine

This Copper Hotspot Faces Another Shutdown

Feb 20, 2017 at 10:32 | Dave Forest

All eyes in the copper world have been on stoppages at the Escondida, Chile and Grasberg, Indonesia mega-mines this past week. But elsewhere, other concerning events are emerging for copper…

Escondida mine

Profitable Once Again: Copper Miners Report Better Numbers

Feb 09, 2017 at 10:15 | Dave Forest

It’s a big day for copper. With workers at Escondida, Chile — the world’s largest mine – having signaled they intend to start strike action today, earlier than expected.…

Escondida mine

Is This The Final Week For The World's Largest Copper Mine?

Feb 06, 2017 at 10:38 | Dave Forest

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about brewing problems at the world’s largest copper mine: BHP Billiton’s Escondida operation in Chile. And this week, it’s crunch time for that…

Chinese Make Aggressive Move In High Risk Mining Assets

Chinese Make Aggressive Move In High Risk Mining Assets

Feb 03, 2017 at 16:55 | Dave Forest

Definitely a theme in the news this week: the continued resource dominance of China. Despite all the concerns the last couple of years about a China slowdown, data emerging for…

Philippines melter

The Philippines Just Shut Down Half Of Its Mining Industry

Feb 03, 2017 at 09:38 | Dave Forest

One of the most-watched happenings in the global mining sector came to a head yesterday. As the government of major mining center the Philippines unveiled results of a nation-wide…

Platinum bars

South African Platinum Miners Struggle As Strikes Intensify

Jan 27, 2017 at 10:51 | Dave Forest

More warning signs emerging this week in the world’s top-producing platinum nation, South Africa. Where it appears the depressed state of industry is endangering the future of several critical mines.…

Copper mine Peru

China’s Hunger For South American Copper Continues To Grow

Jan 25, 2017 at 10:08 | Dave Forest

The world’s largest copper mine is moving closer to a shutdown. With unionized workers at Chile’s Escondida operation yesterday rejecting owner BHP’s latest wage offer — and now facing…

World’s Largest Mining Investment Fund Is Bargain Hunting Again

World’s Largest Mining Investment Fund Is Bargain Hunting Again

Jan 23, 2017 at 10:10 | Dave Forest

China expanded its global reach again this past week. With the first-ever rail shipment of Chinese goods arriving in London, as part of a new Silk Road train…

Lithium mining South America

Lithium Miners In This Key Producing Nation Could See Radical Changes Soon

Jan 19, 2017 at 11:03 | Dave Forest

The “value added” craze has been sweeping the mining world. With governments from Zimbabwe to Indonesia calling for miners to upgrade copper, nickel, aluminum and platinum in-country — rather than…

Copper exports

All Copper Exports From This World-Leading Nation Stopped Last Night

Jan 12, 2017 at 10:26 | Dave Forest

I wrote in late December about a looming crisis in Indonesia’s mining sector. And yesterday, it hit. Officials at Indonesia’s mining ministry confirmed that miners including Freeport-McMoRan have…


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