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Mining & Resources
Angela Macdonald-Smith 12:41am The surprise switch in the chairmanship of Santos announced late on Tuesday has sharpened attention on the issues simmering beneath the surface at the beleaguered oil and gas player.
PETER KER 1:02pm The miner is still investing in "big data" despite its austerity campaign
PETER HANNAM 2:29pm The Baird government has cancelled two petroleum exploration permits for coal seam gas formerly held by Pangaea Resources in a bid to ease concern about the industry in the state.
LARISSA NICHOLSON 4:44pm Copper prices have bounced off five-year lows on the back of hopes of economic stimulus in China, with one prominent bank lifting its copper price forecast by more than 20 per cent.
Amanda Saunders 1:03am Iron ore majors Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton will not be provoked into retailiating on Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg's latest attack on their expansion strategies.
Tess Ingram Western Australia has lost its world No.1 ranking for mining investment, with lobby groups pointing the finger at hefty royalty payments and taxes that can gobble as much as 47 per cent of mining companies' profits.
Premier Mike Baird is very open about his plan to privatise the state's poles and wires.
LISA COX The federal government and Labor have used their numbers to block an inquiry into which companies or individuals control Australia's largest coal development.
PETER KER Take-or-pay rail and port contracts have forced Yancoal into its second consecutive full-year loss.
Vanessa Desloires and Tess Ingram Reporting season was likely not one looked forward to by the mining services sector. As earnings flooded in, their balance sheets were characteristically earmarked by heavy write-downs and cost cutting measures.
Angela Macdonald-Smith Beach Energy managing director designate Rob Cole is to take up the position three months earlier than anticipated after freeing himself of commitments related to his previous role at Woodside Petroleum.
PETER KER BHP has agreed to buy half the nickel produced at Sirius' Nova mine in Western Australia.
Amanda Saunders Rio Tinto could emerge ahead of ANZ as the biggest creditor in collapsed mining services firm Forge Group, with the mining giant lodging court action claiming it is owed $205 million on top of $100 million in bank bonds it called in last year after the contractor went under.
PETER KER Andrew ''Twiggy" Forrest has called the bottom of the cycle for minerals development, and vowed to create a new venture to collect abandoned and undeveloped mineral projects across Australia.
PETER HANNAM Efforts will resume this week to make public documents and comments by a Queensland whistleblower about the controversial approval process involving two giant coal seam gas projects worth almost $50 billion.
PETER HANNAM Leaked reports show that mining companies have prepared plans for as many as 16 new or expanded coal mines in the NSW Upper Hunter Valley.
PETER KER The downturn in the Australian coal industry has deepened, with three big mining companies warning on Friday that more jobs will be cut.
Benjamin Purvis Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Australia's second- largest oil and gas producer, has borrowed $1 billion via its biggest-ever bond sale as it acquires gas assets.
PETER KER The downturn in the Australian coal industry has deepened, with three major mining companies warning on Friday that more jobs will be cut, mines will close and assets will be written down to a shadow of their former value.
PETER KER Swiss miner Glencore is set to permanently cut production from its Australian coal mines in a move that could jeopardise close to 100 local jobs.
Amanda Saunders Glencore is slashing its Australian coal production by about 15 per cent, hot on the heels of running a three-week blanket shutdown across its operations at Christmas, aiming to "match current market demand". Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg has said the group is "not prepared to canibalise our own revenue for sake of volumes".
PETER KER Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh has reduced the size of his executive ranks as part of a restructuring of the Anglo-Australian miner announced this morning.
Amanda Saunders Rio Tinto is poised to cut several hundred jobs from its iron ore division in Western Australia, and merge its copper and coal divisions in a move that will see coal chief Harry Kenyon-Slaney leave the company.
PETER KER Brazilian miner Vale has written down the value of its Australian coal mines for the second time in the space of a year, further demonstrating the depressed market conditions in the local coal sector.
BRIAN ROBINS Hard on the heels of Santos's decision to slash the value of its coal seam gas project in Narrabri in the north-west of NSW, its partner in the project, EnergyAustralia, has followed suit.
Michael Heath and Enda Curran China's economy looks headed for a soft landing. At least that's what BHP Billiton and Australia's central bank chief Glenn Stevens are signaling 5,600 kilometres away. While China's growth has slowed, the best estimate of Aussie exporters and policy makers is that housing demand from the migration of rural Chinese to cities will help avert an abrupt further slump in expansion.
Angela Macdonald-Smith PetroChina has blamed overly strict regulations on compliance and environmental protection for derailing a $20 billion-plus LNG project in Queensland.
PETER KER Alcoa's Australian joint venture partner says its energy costs rose after the carbon tax was repealed.
MARK MULLIGAN Oil and natural gas producer Oil Search has rewarded shareholders with a special dividend of 4¢, for a total 12¢ a share payout,