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28 April 2015
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Glencore coy on Qld cuts


GLENCORE is still finalising its production cutting-plans for 2015 with the miner yet to confirm whether any jobs will go from its Queensland operations.
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Relief in sight for titans under siege


COAL prices that have smashed New York-listed kingpins Peabody Energy, Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Walter Energy will be alleviated eventually by that which analysts believe is coal’s greatest threat: natural gas, according to research house Equity Watch.
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Cyclone disrupts Aussie Anglo met coal production


EXPORT metallurgical coal production from Anglo American’s Australian operations decreased by 11% to 5 million tonnes for the first quarter, mainly due to tropical cyclone Marcia impacting on Dawson production and also the closure of the Moura rail line.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Baird meets with ICAC; Adani executive answers questions in court; and Greens propose deep post-2020 carbon emissions cuts.
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BHP plays gender card


A BHP Billiton executive has cited higher female participation rates as a reason to keep the 100% fly-in, fly-out arrangements for two of its Queensland coal mines.
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BHP contesting $522M tax bill


MINING giant BHP Billiton is facing a $A522 million tax bill in Australia for its Singapore marketing hub.
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Arch Coal shuffles its board


ARCH Coal has made several changes to its board of directors in keeping with its planned succession process as the company struggles to remain profitable in a low coal price environment.
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Arch lacks bullets in revolver: JPM


ARCH Coal has enough cash to survive the ongoing downturn until at least 2018, according to JP Morgan.
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Cat tips upbeat profit outcomes


CATERPILLAR has forecast a higher profit per share than previously expected, but expects its restructuring costs to be higher too – and for the good news to tail away through the year.
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South32 closer to launch


BHP Billiton’s proposed South32 spinoff, which will put the Illawarra Coal subsidiary under a Perth-based corporate headquarters, is expected to encounter little shareholder resistance and float in about three weeks.
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Schlumberger builds for battle of titans


SCHLUMBERGER is transforming its entire mindset in the face of oil prices halving since last June that will position it better to compete with the giant that will be the merged Halliburton-Baker Hughes entity.
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EPA chief’s bitter-sweet pill for coal


US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has told a major oil forum last week that electric utilities’ transition away from coal to gas was “inevitable”.
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Marathon’s Leigh Creek deal ‘fair, reasonable’


MARATHON Oil has set the date for a vote on its acquisition of the Leigh Creek coal project, recommending shareholders accept it as the transaction is “fair and reasonable”.
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BHP donates $10M for Anzac centenary


BHP Billiton donated $A10 million to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund to commemorate Saturday's 100th anniversary of the Anzac’s landing at Gallipoli.
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Peabody’s Australian operations slash costs


ABOUT $US110 million in lower coal pricing was more than offset by nearly $150 million in lower costs at Peabody Energy’s Australian operations during the first quarter, split evenly between operational improvements and lower currency and fuel prices.
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Slow steel demand ahead


CHINA’S deceleration and the major structural adjustments going on in most economies where there has been limited investment growth post-2008 has led the World Steel Association to forecast a restrained demand growth outlook this year and next.
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Hogsback watches Mick Davis flash his cash


EVERYONE in the coal mining industry has thought at some time in the past few years that they’ve seen the bottom in the price crash, but when Mick Davis said this week that he could see the bottom in the commodity cycle even Hogsback became mildly optimistic.
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News Wrap


IN THIS morning’s News Wrap: Ice the ‘drug of choice’ for miners; BHP and Rio’s China steel forecast dismissed as propaganda; and China's stimulus 'positive' for Australian resources.
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Survival of the biggest


A BHP Billiton project deferral-triggered spike in iron ore prices was blamed on short covering with Mine Life senior resources analyst Gavin Wendt not expecting Chinese steelmakers to lift coking coal prices anytime soon either.
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Hunter rail shutdown to extend into Anzac weekend


WHILE Glencore and Anglo American had re-opened their mines on Wednesday, the flooding-caused shutdown of the Hunter Valley coal rail network is expected to continue into the weekend.
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ICAC to reverse corruption finding on Cascade Coal directors


IN a dramatic turn of events, the New South Wales corruption watchdog is set to overturn its own findings that directors of Cascade Coal including coal industry Travers Duncan were guilty of corruption.
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Xcoal jumps into LNG


COAL trader Xcoal has announced plans to develop an LNG export by 2016 or 2017 that it says will help the coal industry, allaying fears the company was abandoning the sector in its moment of need.
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BHP prices $2.7B note


MINING giant BHP Billiton has priced a €2 billion ($A2.7 billion) bond under its Euro medium-term note program.
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HOGSBACK 
Hogsback watches Mick Davis flash his cash


EVERYONE in the coal mining industry has thought at some time in the past few years that they’ve seen the bottom in the price crash, but when Mick Davis said this week that he could see the bottom in the commodity cycle even Hogsback became mildly optimistic.
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MINE ACTIVITY 
North Wambo’s last panel approved


PEABODY Energy has received approval to mine an additional longwall panel which will extend the life of its North Wambo mine in New South Wales by six months to the end of 2015.
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COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY 
Glencore coy on Qld cuts


GLENCORE is still finalising its production cutting-plans for 2015 with the miner yet to confirm whether any jobs will go from its Queensland operations.
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MORE COAL COMPANY ACTIVITY

Cyclone disrupts Aussie Anglo met coal production


BHP contesting $522M tax bill


Arch Coal shuffles its board


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OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY 
Cat tips upbeat profit outcomes


CATERPILLAR has forecast a higher profit per share than previously expected, but expects its restructuring costs to be higher too – and for the good news to tail away through the year.
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MORE OEM/SUPPLIER ACTIVITY

Schlumberger builds for battle of titans


Worley a predator not prey: Macquarie


Lasting longer down the hole


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COAL MARKETS 
Relief in sight for titans under siege


COAL prices that have smashed New York-listed kingpins Peabody Energy, Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Walter Energy will be alleviated eventually by that which analysts believe is coal’s greatest threat: natural gas, according to research house Equity Watch.
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MORE COAL MARKETS

BHP plays gender card


Slow steel demand ahead


Survival of the biggest


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R & D 
Major coal research program launched


THE Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative has launched a major research program to provide policymakers with an “unbiased assessment of how to deal with coal moving forward, both domestically and internationally”.
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MORE R & D

Give it to the brainiacs


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SAFETY AND HEALTH 
Chinese coal disaster claims 16 lives


THE flooding of the Jiangjiawan underground coal mine in Shanxi province over the weekend has claimed at least 16 lives out of the 24 workers initially missing.
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MORE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Flooding prevents miners from showing up


Fears over flooded Chinese coal mine


US coal deaths at record low


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ENVIRONMENT 
EPA chief’s bitter-sweet pill for coal


US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has told a major oil forum last week that electric utilities’ transition away from coal to gas was “inevitable”.
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MORE ENVIRONMENT

Emissions reduction targets raises MCA ire


Dominion to close all coal ash ponds in Virginia


Coal costing billions in environmental damage: report


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EDUCATION 
BHP trains up students


THE week-long Make it now in Trades (MINT) challenge – a collaboration between BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) – has given 20 students from regional Queensland the training tools to become future tradies.
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Rio returns to Diggers


Coal Prep show to examine future of US coal


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