Peter Ker

Peter Ker

Mining

BHP says Australian workers costs 50% more than in US

Peter Ker BHP Billiton coal president Dean Dalle Valle has revealed that some of his Australian workers cost 50 per cent more than their American equivalents, underlining the high cost nature of the local...

Resources

BHP-Billiton spin-out could call original merger into question

A woman gestures in front of a BHP Billiton sign

Peter Ker BHP and the market responded almost instantly following reports BHP was looking to split.

Union tug of war threatens port exports

Bulk carriers take on iron ore at a loading facility in Port Hedland, about 1,600 km (960 miles) north of Perth, May 26, 2008.

Peter Ker Tugboat workers and a North American shipping company are no closer to resolving a dispute that could halt some of Australia's biggest mining companies from exporting iron ore.

Shipping

Port Hedland tugboat dispute threatens iron ore exports

Port Hedland

Peter Ker An industrial dispute involving tugboat workers at Port Hedland is threatening to halt shipping of iron ore through the port, and disrupt Australia's most lucrative export chain.

Mining

Glencore to close Ravensworth underground coalmine

Mining sector lets down Glencore Xstrata's hopes.

Peter Ker Another Australian coalmine has succumbed to severe cost pressures in the industry, with Glencore Xstrata announcing the closure of the Ravensworth underground mine in New South Wales.

Mining

Agreement on massive Mongolia mine project eludes Rio Tinto

Mining

Peter Ker Rio Tinto faces more delays on its $US6 billion Mongolian copper and gold project after it was revealed that an agreement with the Mongolian government could be at least four months away.

Uranium

ERA considering options after Ranger mine toxic leak

Peter Ker Rio Tinto subsidiary ERA is considering its options on how it might meet uranium sales contracts in the second half as fallout from the toxic leak at the Ranger uranium mine continues.

Coal

Glencore Xstrata shuts down Ravensworth mine

Peter Ker Another Australian coal mine has succumbed to the severe cost pressures in the industry, with mining giant Glencore Xstrata announcing the closure of the Ravensworth underground mine in New South...

Mining

Rio faces delay in Mongolia

Mining

Peter Ker Rio Tinto faces more delays on its $US5 billion Mongolian copper and gold project, after it was revealed this morning that an agreement with the Mongolian government could be at least four months...

Resources

Yanzhou helps Yancoal out with $300m of loans

Coal Mining versus the farmers in the Bylong Valley near Mudgee NSW.  Yancoal  coal mine called Moolarben Coal in the northern end of Bylong Valley. Photo: Peter Rae Tuesday 12 july 2011

Peter Ker Chinese company gives strong indication that it intends to continue supporting Yancoal.

Resources

Mining and energy exports to grow further, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics says

mining

Peter Ker Australia will enjoy several more years of earnings growth from mining and energy exports.

Mining

Yanzhou to continue backing Yancoal

Peter Ker Chinese company Yanzhou Mining has given a strong indication this morning that it intends to continue supporting ASX-listed Yancoal despite cancelling plans for a full takeover earlier this week.

Mining

Rail deals force major miners to operate at a loss

Generic rail for mining

Peter Ker Some of the world's biggest miners are running Australian mines at a loss because the fixed costs of their rail contracts.

Roy Hill puts screws on giant miners' exports through Port Hedland

Resources Peter Ker Confirmation that Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project will go ahead could make it harder for the likes of BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group to continue increasing their exports out of an...

Roy Hill puts screws on giant miners' exports through Port Hedland

Ships waiting to be loaded with iron ore can be seen at Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in this December 3, 2013 file photo.

Peter Ker BHP Billiton and Fortescue to feel the squeeze as Roy Hill project hits busy Port Hedland.

Delist

Yancoal privatisation bid called off

Coal.

Peter Ker A bid to privatise ASX-listed Yancoal has been called off, despite support from Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Resources

Russians take a large slice of Tigers Realm Coal

Peter Ker Some big names in Australian business came together to collectively smoke the peace pipe.

Resources

Lenders sign up to bankroll Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill mine

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Peter Ker Gina Rinehart's dream of building a $US10 billion iron ore project is set to become a reality.

Gold

LionGold not giving up Unity Mining chase

Gold

Peter Ker Controversial Singapore group LionGold has indicated it is not about to abandon its pursuit of ASX-listed Unity Mining, despite last year's spectacular market slump.

Tungsten

Australian company Wolf Minerals on track to rekindle British metals mining

Peter Ker The Australian company wanting to run the UK's first metals mine in decades has cleared one its last big hurdles.