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BHP Billiton has been examining ways to cut costs in the proposed massive expansion of its huge Olympic Dam mine and has applied to construct a heap leach demo plant to test this option.
For the precious metal, the prospect of a firmer tone by the Fed may well prompt more long liquidation in bullion.
Still, Kazakhmys maintains guidance for 2014 with a copper output target of between 285,000 and 295,000 tonnes.
Sierra Gorda's target annual production is for 220 thousand tonnes of copper, 25 million pounds of molybdenum and 64 thousand ounces of gold.
Zimplats, which is 87 percent owned by Implats, inherited a base metals refinery built in the 1990s by mining giant BHP Billiton but never used it.
First Indonesia, now Ukraine, concerns over impact of politics on nickel market grow.
The miner, controlled by Chile's Luksic family, said it was on track to hit its target of 700,000 tonnes of copper and 270,000 ounces of gold.
Eramet reported a net loss of 59 million euros for the first half.
Also, Southern Copper says it will produce some 670,000 tonnes of copper in 2014, up from 637,000 tonnes produced in 2013.
As part of cost cutting measures, BHP Billiton is cutting staff at two of its Chilean operations.
The exchange is still dominated by a handful of players and, more problematically, by operators tied to some of the world's most powerful trading houses.
After rallying to recent highs, some profit taking takes a bite out of the zinc price.
'While cyclical recovery tends to see rising commodity demand, prices will likely largely be determined by more structural supply factors,' Goldman analysts say.
It's the lazy days of summer and Paul Renken, senior geologist and analyst with VSA Capital, is bottom-fishing. He explains his views of the market in the interview with The Gold Report.
Grupo Mexico’s Americas Mining division reports significant progress on its US$3.4 billion investment program at Mexico’s Buenavista mine, which will increase copper production capacity by 175%.
"Expectations are for future mine production to be limited," one analyst remarks.
Workers at Collahuasi, one of the world's largest copper mines, had called for the temporary work stoppage after one of their colleagues died.
The government issued a stern warning to Gecamines last year against selling the country's assets without its approval.
But BHP declined to comment on whether the trial meant any decision on expanding Olympic Dam would be put off until at least early 2020.
Two out of every three liters of water that the Andina expansion needs will come from recycled water, it is said.
About 800,000 tonnes copper concentrate could get permission to leave the country later this year.
Planned maintenance shutdowns have an impact on Vale’s first-half base metal production.
Banks and trading companies are checking their exposure to metals stored at Qingdao.
Also, Nyrstar repeated its previous guidance that it would mine between 280,000 and 310,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate.
Canada’s Hatch has been instrumental in designing and building the moly plant for the big Sierra Gorda copper/molybdenum mine being brought on stream this year by a KGHM/Mitsubishi jv
Also, it’s back to the future again as Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold officially reverted to its former name of Freeport-McMoRan.
'A year ago the market was talking about returns, returns, returns and stop investing,' Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh said. Not now.
Unionized workers are becoming vociferous in Chile over lack of investment in the country's copper sector.
The firm has grappled with rising production costs, falling copper grades and weaker prices and proposed in February to split the company into two.
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