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(SECURITY)
Miners see no direct security threats to their operations but uranium prices are coming under pressure as civil unrest and the state of emergency declaration in major uranium producer Kazakhstan triggers concerns about disruptions to the supply chain.

(REGULATION)
Industry welcomes Indonesian government measures to improve the standards of governance and transparency in its natural resources sector while promising to assist in resolving coal supply shortages for domestic power supply.

(ENVIRONMENTAL)
International miner South32 and Norwegian shipper KCC are setting course for a future of zero greenhouse gas emissions in global bulk cargo haulage under a new contract for deliveries of caustic soda to Western Australia’s Worsley Alumina refinery.

(DEVELOPMENT)
St Barbara looks to years of growth in the West Australian Goldfields through its planned acquisition of Bardoc Gold’s tenements to support the expansion and addition of refractory ore processing capacity of its Leonora processing plant.

(ENVIRONMENT)
Extended shutdowns are starting now for mines and industries across a wide swathe of northern China as authorities seek to present blue skies and clear air for the winter Olympic and Paralympic that follow the annual Chinese New Year pause.

(MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS)
BHP cautions it can’t see “adequate long-term value” in matching Andrew Forrest’s audacious $600M-plus takeover offer for Noront Resources and its high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium project in Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire region.

The amount of electricity generated worldwide from coal is surging towards a new annual record in 2021, undermining efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and potentially putting global coal demand on course for an all-time high next year.

(ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE)
The International Council on Mining and Metals has taken a significant new step towards transparency with a new commitment for the 28 world mining leaders comprising its membership to disclose all their mineral development contracts and taxes.

(ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE) New report by World Gold Council provides quantitative insights into how large-scale mining, specifically by WGC’s member companies, contributes to advance economies and improve livelihoods at a global, national and local community level.

Global energy efficiency has made a strong recovery in 2021 after plunging in the COVID-inflicted world-wide economic disruption last year, but the IEA warns it is less than half the rate that will be needed to match the rate required to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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Mining Billboard

Insights and analysis from leading industry commentators