Base Metals

BHP Billiton to invest US$10bn during 2010

BHP Billiton plans to invest about $10bn in capital and exploration expenditure during 2010.

China copper imports soar

China's refined copper imports rise strongly in September, while primary aluminiuum remains steady.

Exxaro may consider Anglo zinc buy

Exxaro Resources is evaluating its own zinc assets before possibly taking a look at those of Anglo American, which has put them up for sale.

BHP sounds a cautious note

BHP Billiton's copper output slides on Olympic Dam woes, but its South African businesses show improved output compared to the June quarter.

Pering zinc project delayed

Finalising funding for the Pering lead/zinc mine has been delayed by conditions in the credit markets according to Metmar.

BHP fails to shine

BHP Billiton fails to shine in its September quarter and declares force majeure at its Olympic Dam uranium and copper mine.

Palamin Q3 copper concentrate down 19 pct q/q

Palabora Mining's third quarter copper concentrate output is down 19 percent quarter-on-quarter.

Zambia Jan-Aug 2009 copper output rises

Zambia's long-term copper output seen at one million tonnes a year. The country is seeing cobalt output falling after the closure of major producer.

Discovery focus on copper/silver

With a Japanese investor coming into its nickel exploration project, Discovery Metals can give undivided attention to a copper and silver project in southwest Botswana, which could be in production by end-2011.

Small rebound in Congo mining

Signs of life in M&A activity in Congo suggests investor confidence strengthening, while small-scale miners are being squeezed out of copper-rich Katanga province.