Peter Ker

Peter Ker

BHP to cut 36 per cent of jobs at Olympic Dam under plan to raise productivity

Peter Ker BHP Billiton says South Australia's Olympic Dam mine will produce more than 200,000 tonnes per year sustainably by 2016 and reach 220,000 tonnes annually by 2019.

Coal mine safety is under the spotlight again amid reports of 'black lung' cases

The first cases in 30 years of a debilitating coal miners' disease called

Peter Ker The number of coal mines with elevated levels of coal dust has soared over the past three years, amid reports a coal miners' disease called "black lung" has re-emerged for the first time in decades.

Royalty company Anglo Pacific eyes bigger presence in Australian mining

Anglo Pacific chief executive Julian Treger is keen to set up more royalty deals in Australia.

Peter Ker Anglo Pacific's business model is focused on royalty deals, which typically means the company purchases the rights to between 1 per cent and 15 per cent of revenue generated by particular mines.

Coal miners put out 'high-vis' to protest against Drayton ruling

Workers have staged a protest over the Drayton mine decision.

Peter Ker Coal miners in the Hunter Valley have taken a familliar approach to protest against the demise of Anglo American's Drayton coal mine.

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Clive Palmer's company Mineralogy accused of lodging vexatious lawsuit

Peter Ker Clive Palmer's flagship company Mineralogy has hit a brick wall in its latest legal attempts to order its Chinese partner to pay royalties.

Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project's first shipment 'imminent'

An iron ore carrier is on its way to collect the first shipment from Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project.

Tess Ingram and Peter Ker An iron ore carrier is on the way to collect the first shipment from the $10 billion Roy Hill project.

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Rio Tinto launches $2.6b bauxite push in Queensland

The move had been long expected, but deferred by the board around Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh.

Peter Ker Rio Tinto announced a massive investment to expand its bauxite export capacity.

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Will the Samarco disaster drag BHP back to its teens?

Peter Ker With the fallout from the Samarco disaster still not fully known, few seem willing to call the bottom for BHP shares.

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BHP Billiton at odds with United Nations over Samarco toxicity claim

The United Nations has disputed BHP's suggestion that the Samarco spill did not contain toxic material.

Peter Ker and Lia Timson A United Nations expert has contradicted BHP Billiton's claim that waste spilled from the failed Samarco dams is not toxic, pointing to laboratory tests that suggest elevated levels of arsenic and...

How Fortescue chairman Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest got a discount on his 'mortgage'

Andrew Forrest is chairman of FMG

Peter Ker Fortescue Metals Group has lots of debt to repay, but that task just got easier.

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Fortescue Metals Group seizes on discount debt again

Andrew ''Twiggy'' Forrest and Fortescue Metals Group have repaid debt at a massive discount.

Peter Ker Fortescue Metals Group has repaid $US750 million of debt for the cost of just $US618 million.

Allianz makes a €2 trillion statement about coal divestment

Another big corporate has backed away from coal

Peter Ker The German financial services giant has vowed to offload significant coal holdings within six months.

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Worst yet to come for BHP: Standard & Poor's

BHP chairman Jac Nasser: The company's credit rating and ability to maintain its progressive dividend have been under a cloud in recent months.

Peter Ker The ratings agency has reaffirmed BHP's credit rating but warned its risk profile was likely to worsen next year.

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Rio Tinto's Australian MD Phil Edmands departs after reshuffle

Rio Tinto's Australian managing director Phil Edmands has left the mining company.

Peter Ker Rio Tinto's managing director of Australian operations, Phil Edmands, has left the mining company.

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Newcrest's Cadia mine operating after 'remarkably good' repair

Newcrest Mining has escaped from last month's sag mill failure without having to lower its full year guidance

Peter Ker Newcrest Mining appears to have escaped from a mill failure at its biggest mine without having to lower its gold production guidance, after news on Monday that the mill has resumed operating.

BHP Billiton tipped to reduce dividend if commodity price pain persists

BHP's board will review its dividend in February.

James Thomson and Peter Ker BHP Billiton will be forced to cut its dividend to protect its credit rating if commodity prices remain depressed, UBS analyst Glyn Lawcock says.

FMG became fighting fit by becoming the biggest loser

Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest.

Peter Ker Andrew Forrest's mining company is winning the race to cut costs ahead of the falling ore price.

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Samarco restart on the cards

A farmhouse is buried in mud after the Samarco dam failure.

Peter Ker BHP Billiton and Vale appear determined to resume mining at the tragic Samarco operations in Brazil, with the companies beginning to discuss a return to business some time in the future.

Progressive dividend sets BHP Billiton apart, says Jac Nasser

CEO Andrew MacKenzie.

Peter Ker BHP Billiton chairman Jac Nasser has refused to guarantee the progressive dividend will survive the company's revenue collapse, but has heavily hinted that it will remain after declaring that it is...

Jac Nasser vows to find Samarco dam collapse cause as BHP endures horror year

BHP's annual meeting was held in Perth on Thursday.

Peter Ker BHP chairman Jac Nasser says the mining giant is enduring one of the most difficult years in its history as he vowed to find out what caused the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil.

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