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  • COPPER: Strike averted at Escondida

    August 16, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    CHILE – BHP  has averted a strike at the world’s largest copper mine, Escondida. A deal has been struck between the operator and the union representing most of the workforce. The terms of the offer will now go to union

  • EDITORIAL: Expect copper price rise

    August 13, 2018 by Marilyn Scales

    Recent events are conspiring to push up the price of copper significantly. Lack of new discoveries and labour action at the world’s largest copper mine make both the short and long term outlook for copper prices rosy. First is the

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    IRON ORE: BHP finds $2.9B for South Flank project

    June 18, 2018 by Canadian Mining Journal

    AUSTRALIA – Last week the board of BHP Billiton approved an expenditure of US$2.9 billion for the South Flank iron ore project in the Central Pilbara region of Western Australia. BHP’s contribution reflects 85% of the project cost, which totals

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    POTASH: BHP may sell stake in Jansen potash project

    August 28, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    SASKATCHEWAN – BHP is considering the sale of a 25% interest in its Jansen potash project 140 km east of Saskatoon, according to a report from Reuters. The quarter share could be worth as much as $2 billion. BHP posits

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    COPPER: BHP pledges $2.5B for Spence mine growth

    August 17, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    CHILE – BHP of Melbourne, Australia, has committed US$2.46 billion to expand the Spence open pit, heap leach copper mine in the northern part of the company. The mine is operated by Minera Spence, a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP.

  • IRON ORE: Samarco restart delayed into 2018

    July 4, 2017 by Canadian Mining Journal

    BRAZIL – BHP Billiton of Australia has approved a total of US$250 million in financial support for the Samarco iron ore clean up through the end of this year. The company says operations are unlikely to restart this year. Samarco

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    COMMENT: New chapter for Canadian diamonds?

    March 23, 2017 by Marilyn Scales

    This writer has a fondness for Canadian diamonds, as do many CMJ readers. The stones are beautiful, world famous and conflict free – an excellent accomplishment for a sector that didn’t exist 35 years ago. But could the Canadian diamond

  • PARTNERSHIP: Hatch, BHP Billiton team up to advance technology applications in mining

    December 8, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    USTRALIA – BHP Billiton and Hatch have entered into a collaborative technology development partnership, formed to accelerate the development and deployment of a wide range of key technological advances in the fields of mining and mineral processing. Hatch sees this

  • Pressure grows on Samarco, one year after tailings disaster

    November 15, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    Legal and financial pressures are mounting on Samarco, one year after a tailings dam failure sent 60 million m3 of mine waste and sludge into Brazil’s Rio Doce River system. A federal court in Minas Gerais state has ruled that BHP

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    COPPER: Aston Bay’s Storm property yields 3% Cu

    October 11, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    NUNAVUT – Aston Bay Holdings of Vancouver reports that it has completed the summer exploration program at the Storm copper property on Somerset Island. The property has been optioned by BHP Billiton, which can earn a 75% interest. Aston Bay

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    THE FUTURE: New Canadian research offers step change to global mining

    October 5, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    MONTREAL – Although supported by the world’s largest miners and with 10 years of success under its belt, the COSMO-Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory of McGill University in this city is not a familiar name to most industry followers. The lab

  • TAILINGS: BHP Billiton, Vale release Samarco dam report

    August 30, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    BRAZIL – A panel of four geotechnical experts has released its findings into the tailings dam failure at the Samarco iron ore mine on Nov. 5, 2015. The panel was commissioned by BHP Billiton and Vale SA, co-owners of the