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BHP coal mines remain profitable


BHP Billiton is aiming for additional 10-15% cuts in unit costs across its Australian coal operations as it seemingly wages war against “uneconomic” coal mines.
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Chinese coal imports dive


CHINA’s thermal coal imports tumbled to lows not seen since 2011 after the government reimposed coal import tariffs last month.
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Miners working harder for less money


AUSTRALIAN mining professionals are working longer hours for less money than they did two years ago, according to a study by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Glencore readies for Rio Tinto, round two; ‘Green horizon’ may force BHP to quit coal, says Mackenzie; and steel lift won't last unless Asia picks up China’s slack.
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Cloudy outlook for miners


A STUDY of Australia’s top 50 mid-tier miners has shown companies are failing to realise cost and productivity improvements with a warning the worst is not over for iron ore and coal producers.
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Divestments won’t stop coal demand


THE growing momentum of the fossil fuels divestment movement treats investors like morons as it assumes investors don’t know what they’re getting into, the World Coal Association said in a withering attack on the global campaign that is gaining wider traction.
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Six more years of pain


INVESTORS would have to wait until the end of the decade for the coal market upturn and subsequent development of Queensland’s Surat Basin, MetroCoal said.
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Contract talks push NRW shares lower


SHARES in NRW Holdings fell more than 20% yesterday morning following a revised revenue update from the company.
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Bleak quarter for commodities: CME


DECREASED global commodity prices set the tone for the challenging three-month period highlighted in the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s (CME) latest quarterly economic brief.
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Three die, 29 hurt in Malaysian mine blast


THREE men died and 29 were injured by a blast which rocked an underground coal mine in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Saturday.
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Renewables to boost miners’ stock


MINERS could actually boost their stocks and counter the rising tide of ecologists’ pushback by following the lead of the likes of Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart and Intel into renewable investments, a Munich-based analyst has proposed.
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Aluminium, renewables sectors call for certainty


POLITICS makes strange bedfellows, none more so than the joint statement by the Australian Aluminium Council and Clean Energy Council calling for a resolution to "the current Renewable Energy Target crisis".
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Taking the guesswork out of heat stress


AS the summer temperatures start to bite – and outdoor workers around the nation are increasingly mindful of the need to ‘slip, slop ‘n’ slap’ and stay hydrated – a Brisbane-based company has launched a revolutionary new software program that forecasts when workers are more likely to suffer from heat stress. By Haydn Black
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Monadelphous accounts confirms boom’s end


DIVERSIFIED construction, maintenance and industrial services engineering group Monadelphous has ended 12 consecutive years of earnings growth, booking lower sales revenue of $2.3 billion for 2013-14, and chairman John Rubino warned that slowing activity in the mining and minerals sector means more subdued times ahead. By Haydn Black
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Glencore and Peabody join forces in the Hunter


GLENCORE and Peabody Energy have moved down the path of rationalisation of their Hunter Valley coal operations with the announcement today that the United and Wambo mines will form a joint venture open cut from mid-2017.
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WICET still on track: chairman


THE Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal will be completed on time despite cost disputes with some contractors, according to WICET chairman John Massey.
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Baird boosts eventful night


GLENCORE and Centennial Coal won major award categories in the New South Wales Mining Industry and Suppliers Conference last week, while NSW Premier Mike Baird made post-election promises to cut red tape and target anti-coal activists.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Yancoal raising stoush; Arrium puts faith in grinding media’s future; and labour next hurdle for BHP productivity.
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Hastings salary-cut plans rejected


HASTINGS Deering’s plans to cut salaries to save jobs have been rejected by a recent workforce ballot.
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BHP’s NewCo beefs up management


BHP Billiton has announced further details of its demerger, with more executives leaving the company to take up roles with “NewCo”.
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BHP boosts productivity target


BHP Billiton has boosted its productivity targets, while CEO Andrew Mackenzie firmly ruled out any investment or exploration at the Nickel West business.
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Coal on backburner as MetroCoal rebrands


COAL is going on the backburner for MetroCoal, with the company changing its name to Metro Mining to reflect its diversification into bauxite and by recruiting a new CEO with experience across other metals.
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Investment slump has silver lining


AUSTRALIA will experience a 40% decline in mining investment over the next four years as the industry transitions to a production-based boom, according to a leading economic forecaster.
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HOGSBACK 
Time to show the money at Carmichael


POLITICS is never far away from coal these days, but in the case of the giant mines planned for Queensland’s Galilee Basin Hogsback reckons it’s time for a Jerry Maguire “show-me-the-money” moment.
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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
BHP coal mines remain profitable


BHP Billiton is aiming for additional 10-15% cuts in unit costs across its Australian coal operations as it seemingly wages war against “uneconomic” coal mines.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Six more years of pain


Glencore and Peabody join forces in the Hunter


BHP’s NewCo beefs up management


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Contract talks push NRW shares lower


SHARES in NRW Holdings fell more than 20% yesterday morning following a revised revenue update from the company.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Monadelphous accounts confirms boom’s end


WICET still on track: chairman


Hastings salary-cut plans rejected


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COAL MARKETS 
Chinese coal imports dive


CHINA’s thermal coal imports tumbled to lows not seen since 2011 after the government reimposed coal import tariffs last month.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

Miners working harder for less money


Cloudy outlook for miners


Divestments won’t stop coal demand


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R & D 
New technology offers gas cleaning capability


NEW technology involving crystals made from a range of metals and plastics could result in the replacement of multi-storey processing plants used to separate natural gas from contaminants with smaller, truck-sized systems.
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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Three die, 29 hurt in Malaysian mine blast


THREE men died and 29 were injured by a blast which rocked an underground coal mine in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Saturday.
Full Story...


MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Taking the guesswork out of heat stress


Turkish mine disaster


Incident at Oaky North prompts call for no-go zone review


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ENVIRONMENT 
Renewables to boost miners’ stock


MINERS could actually boost their stocks and counter the rising tide of ecologists’ pushback by following the lead of the likes of Microsoft, Google, Wal-Mart and Intel into renewable investments, a Munich-based analyst has proposed.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Longer licence periods to reduce WA red tape


A year in the life of Earth's CO2


Activists ‘hyperventilating’ over nothing: APPEA


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EDUCATION 
10 Australian geospatial experts at Vegas event


SOME of Australia’s leading geospatial experts will share their professional expertise in front of a worldwide industry audience at Trimble Dimensions in Las Vegas, Nevada, next month.
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QCoal and Minotaur named Qld’s best


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