Emeco acquires Pit N Portal for $72m

Emeco Holdings has expanded its service offering after signing a $72 million agreement to acquire Australian underground mining equipment and services provider, Pit N Portal.

Tanzania-Barrick deal lifts export ban

Barrick Gold has resolved a three-year tax dispute with the Tanzanian government, which has lifted a ban on minerals exports, potentially providing a pathway to production for a contingent of Western Australia-headquartered miners and exploration firms.

Mine worker dies after accident at Roy Hill

An NRW Holdings mine site worker has died after sustaining serious injuries at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara.

Local businesses winning Eliwana work: Fortescue

More than 80 per cent of spending on the Eliwana iron ore project has been through local contractors, Fortescue Metals Group said today, while Premier Mark McGowan announced a major approval had been fast tracked to enable the mine to be completed on schedule.

$3bn blockage in lithium pipeline

A decision by Wesfarmers and partner SQM to pause investments at the Mount Holland mine and Kwinana refinery bring to about $3 billion the value of lithium projects deferred in Western Australia during the past year.

Junior explorers seeking $25m IPOs

Perth-based Castile Resources and Kaiser Reef are set to raise up to $25 million ahead of stock market listings next month, despite tough market conditions affecting a number of ASX aspirants.

Emerald targets $75m raising

Gold explorer Emerald Resources is seeking to raise $75 million through a share placement to develop its Okvau project in Cambodia, while also finalising a $US60 million ($A88 million) loan with Sprott Private Wealth.

Arafura finds project management partner for Nolans

Arafura Resources has appointed engineering and construction group KBR to manage development of its Nolans rare earths project in the Northern Territory.

CIMIC, Downer shares plunge

Shares in national contracting groups CIMIC and Downer have plummeted more than 20 per cent after the companies reported significant write-downs and higher costs respectively.

Carbine to acquire Cockatoo Iron

Subiaco-based Carbine Resources has signed an agreement to purchase Cockatoo Iron in a scrip deal worth $12 million.

St Barbara slumps on downgrade

Shares in St Barbara eased today after the company downgraded production forecasts at two of its goldmines, while fellow miner Regis Resources reported a strong quarterly result.

Vote not needed for four-fold dilution

Indian state-owned corporation NMDC recently lifted its stake in local mining hopeful Legacy Iron Ore to more than 90 per cent in a deal that minor shareholders say dramatically diluted their equity, with regulators powerless to take action.

MACA wins $40m in contracts

Civil and mining contractor MACA has secured another contract with First Quantum Minerals, worth $20 million, and further contracts with VicRoads totalling $19.5 million, while also announcing the closure of its Brazil operations.

Bauxite project for northern Kimberley

A private business has lodged documents with the environmental regulator for a new bauxite mine in the Kimberley, a project estimated to be worth around $35 million.

Resolute to raise $196m, repay debt

Resolute Mining has agreed to repay all amounts outstanding under a $US130 million loan agreement with Taurus Funds Management, which it said would be funded by an equity raising.

Nickel miners report progress

First Quantum Minerals has reached a new milestone as it moves closer to re-opening its Ravensthorpe nickel project, while fellow nickel miner Western Areas has signed new offtake contracts with BHP and Jinchuan.

Emerald seeks $75m for Okvau

Emerald Resources has announced plans to raise $75 million to fund its Cambodia-based Okvau gold project, via two placements of 1.9 billion new shares.

Atlas gains approval for Corunna Downs

Atlas Iron is planning to start development of its Corunna Downs iron ore project in the Pilbara by mid-year, at a cost of around $50 million, after the Environmental Protection Authority recommended approval.

$10bn tax bill for resources

Nine WA-linked resources businesses are ranked among the country’s top 20 corporate taxpayers, despite a widespread perception the industry does not pay its way.

Kalamazoo shares soar on $8m deal

Junior gold miner Kalamazoo Resources has announced an $8 million placement to billionaire investor Eric Sprott and his Canada-listed company, Novo Resources Corporation.

Resolute sells Ravenswood goldmine

Perth-based Resolute Mining has finalised the sale of its Ravenswood gold project in Queensland to a private equity and mining consortium for up to $300 million.