In a bid to provide better mining regulation and transparent functioning of government the Minerals Resources Minister of South Africa Susan Shabangu announced a new mining moratorium in Pretoria yesterday.
The bid made by BHP Billiton for Potash Corp. has put mergers and acquisitions back on the mining agenda. The fertilizer industry is set for substantial growth in the coming years and the mining giants around the world are making deals to benefit from this expected boom.
The global mining giant, BHP Billiton is keen on developing potash projects in Western Canada into a world class resources.
Kennecott Utah Copper Corp is hoping to extend the life of its Bingham Canyon mine to 2034 by a proposed expansion. The world's biggest mine may get bigger if they get the permission to increase the size of the mine by about 1,000 feet in width and 300 feet in depth.
Four executives allegedly accused of misappropriation of funds were suspended by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. These include the Chief Executive and General Manager Dominic Mubayiwa, the Finance Director Robert Karemba, Group Technical Manager Albert Chitambo and Corporate Secretary Tichaona Muhonde.
The 19 day long protest in Bolivia's Potosi province was finally brought to an end with the protestors lifting the blockade of the airport and major roads.
In a clash between tribal conservation groups and profitable mining the Vedanta mining project has run into a controversy. The bauxite mine proposed by Vedanta on sacred tribal land in Dongria Kondh has been stalled by an Indian government inquiry.
In what must be an extremely satisfying exploratory run Woodside Petroleum (ASX: WPL) has made a second gas discovery off the northwest coast of Australia within two days. The future investment in the Pluto Project which was earlier up for consideration is now a foregone conclusion.
Colombia is watching its foreign mining and oil investments boom as security gains and capitalist friendly investment rules come in to play.
Centennial Coal (ASX:CEY) has announced a 28% fall in the net profits for the year 2009-2010. The annual net profit was reported at $51.5 million a step down from the $71.2 million posted by the company in the financial year 2008-09.
Leighton Holdings Ltd (ASX: LEI) reported a 39% rise in full year net profits on Monday. The company said that work in hand had increased to a new record making sure that it was looking forward to a good current financial year as well.
Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM), Australia's leading gold mining company, has doubled year profits as if to prove the fact.
Woodside Petroleum Ltd (ASX:WPL), shares rose to a one month high after gaining 2.5 % after its Alaric-1 prospect offshore intersected gas pays over several zones.
Aquarius Platinum CEO Stuart Murray is a happy man with the company going from a loss in 2009 to a net profit of $27.8 million in the financial year 2010.
Hundreds of striking miners in Bolivia have occupied a hydro-electric station which supplies power to the San Cristobal mine. The mine is owned by Japanese company Sunitomo Corp and it is located in the southern Potosi region.