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(ESG GOVERNANCE)
There’s been no fanfare for iron ore pellet giant Ferrexpo in announcing strong FY2021 financial results for its Ukrainian operations, pointing out they all relate from a “very different time” – prior to the brutal Russian military invasion.

(SUPPLY/SERVICES)
Processing specialist Elmore moves closer to the first demonstration of its unique moveable plant to deliver positive cashflow from stranded and currently uneconomic mineral deposits. John Feary reports

(ESG ENVIRONMENTAL)
Global miner Vale joins universities in research demonstrating environmental and economic benefits of the sand co-product from iron ore processing to reduce tailings volumes and meet soaring demand for construction material.

(REGULATION)
The volume and standard of Australia’s mineral resources and the quality of Canada’s political oversight of the sector have seen both countries take the leading positions in the annual global survey of mining investment attractiveness conducted by Canadian think tank The Fraser Institute.

(SUPPLY/SERVICES)
South African coal exporters have expressed alarm that a declaration of force majeure by the nation’s troubled rail freight operator Transnet over security and legal issues will cause more damage at a time when they are struggling to take advantage of strong global market demand.

(MARKETS)
The Australian resources sector will benefit from the elimination of tariffs on entry into force for coal, alumina, metallic ores, including manganese, copper and nickel, and critical minerals including titanium and zirconium following the signing of an interim trade agreement with India.

(COMMENTARY)
Coal industry leader warns technology choices of different nations, including their need for energy security, affordability and sustainability, must be accepted as part of a global energy transition.

(DEVELOPMENT)
Australia targets further opportunities to develop a critical minerals industry to match its global leadership in mining with the award of initial grants for new projects in the growing critical minerals, electric vehicle and battery markets.

(COMMENTARY)
As the world’s leading exporter of both iron ore and metallurgical coal, the key ingredients of traditional steel making, Australia must face the challenges of staying on top of the emergence of advanced green steel technologies that can make emissions-free steel in a world shifting away from metallurgical coal. Originally published in The Conversation.

(ENVIRONMENTAL)
The Alberta provincial government has confirmed it will not permit coal-related exploration or commercial development on the Eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rockies, dashing the hopes of companies such as Atrum Resources for its flagship Elan hard coking coal, while it develops new land-use planning systems to protect the environment.

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Mining Billboard

Insights and analysis from leading industry commentators