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Australian iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group has signed 12 memoranda of understanding valued between $3bn and $4bn with Chinese steel mills and procurement partners, as well as financial institutions.


A flooded coal mine at a mining hub in the Shanxi province of China has reportedly trapped five workers. Rescue efforts are ongoing at the site and an investigation is currently underway to ascertain the cause.


The victims of the Mariana dam disaster in Brazil plan to appeal a judgement after a UK court decided not to proceed with their £5bn ($6.6bn) case against mining major BHP.


The Trump administration is looking to push through 23 measures that could complicated President-elect Biden's climate platform, including pollution, energy efficiency, and drilling regulations.


Endeavour Mining has agreed to buy Teranga Gold in an all-share deal valued at C$2.44bn. The purchase will create a top 10 gold producer.

Project updates

Alicanto Minerals has reported a maiden resource of 500,000 oz at its Arakaka gold project, in Guyana. An independently calculated maiden resource of 9.1 million tonnes has been estimated for the project, grading 1.8 g/t gold for 520,000 oz of contained gold.

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Glencore, the world's biggest thermal coal trader, said it plans to lay off contractors at its coal operations in Australia's New South Wales state due to a prolonged market downturn.

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The Ekati diamond mine, in Northwest Territories, Canada, is being prepared for a restart, with 60 furloughed employees to be recalled with effect from early December.

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Colombian coal mine Cerrejon has requested the Labor Ministry convene an arbitration tribunal to solve a dispute with its largest workers' union and lift a more than 70-day strike.

The strike began on August 31 after Cerrejon and union Sintracarbon were unable to reach agreements over pay rises, as well as health, education and living benefits for workers

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