Speciality Minerals

Speciality Minerals include rare earth elements, or rare earths, (including lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, promethium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, and lutetium), fluorspar, phosphate, potash, graphite, lithium, mineral sands (including titatinum, ilmenite, zircon, leucoxene, and rutile)

Gippsland doubles Abu Dabbab reserves

[img:Gippsland%20bomb_0.jpg|Drilling underway
at Gippsland’s Abu
Dabbab project in
Egypt
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 03 September 2008 - Gippsland Limited – an Australian-based international resource company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the AIM – has doubled the ore reserves at its US$90 million (R675 million) Abu Dabbab tantalum-tin-feldspar project in Egypt.

Guinea seeks foreign investment

[img:Guinea%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Rusal – a major
company mining
bauxite in Guinea
]Conakry, Guinea --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 02 September 2008 - Guinea – the world’s biggest exporter of aluminium ore bauxite – is prepared to work with foreign investors in the mineral-rich West African country as long as they comply with its mining code.

Reporting from here, Reuters quoted Guinea’s new mines minister Louncency Nabe as giving this undertaking. Guinea has the resources to be a major supplier of steelmaking raw material iron ore, the agency reports, but questions have recently been raised about the status of some deals.

DRC tin strike over

[img:Tin%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Mining for tin
ore or the DRC
]Kinshasa, DRC --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 25 August 2008 - Dealers in tin dioxide ore – known as cassiterite – will resume exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today, following settlement of a dispute over raising taxes on the tin ore, bringing to an end a seven-week strike in the country.

Sharp rise in ArcelorMittal earnings

[img:Arcelor1_0.jpg|Production in progress
at the world’s top
steel producer
]Luxembourg, Luxembourg --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 July 2008 - ArcelorMittal SA – the South African unit of the world's top steel-maker with an industrial presence in over 20 countries spanning four continents – has posted a 45% rise in first-half earnings per share on buoyant global steel prices and a weaker rand.

Richards Bay Minerals in BEE deal

[img:New%20Richards%20Bay%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Aerial view of
Richards Bay Minerals
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW. COM --- 30 July 2008 - South Africa's Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) – an unlisted 50/50 joint venture between Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton – has agreed to sell a 26% stake in the company to black investors, but did not disclose the cost.

Record ferrochrome production by IFM

[img:IFM1%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The integrated IFM
ferrochrome processing
facility at
Buffelsfontein, in
the North West
Province of South
Africa
]Sydney, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 11 July 2008 - International Ferro Metals (IFM) – an integrated ferrochrome producer with production facilities located in the North West province of South Africa – produced a quarterly record of 60 698 tonnes of ferrochrome in the three months to 30 June 2008 – a substantial 16% increase above production in the first quarter of the year.

Ferrochrome prices on the way up

[img:Ferrochrome%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|The 200 t/h high-carbon
ferrochrome toll-treatment
plant at Middelburg
Ferrochrome, in South
Africa
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 09 July 2008 - South African ferrochrome producer Hernic says it expects prices for the metal to rise by more than 10 % in the fourth quarter of the year.
 
South Africa is the world's biggest producer of ferrochrome, which is mainly used as an alloy in stainless steel to prevent corrosion, and the country has more than 72% of the world's chrome ore reserves.

US$500 million bauxite mine for Guinea- Bissau

[img:Bissau_0.jpg|Bissau – the capital of
Guinea-Bissau, where
a giant new bauxite
mine is to be
developed
]Bissau, Guinea-Bissau --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 30 June 2008 - Angola is developing a US$500 million (R4 billion) project to mine 3 million tonnes of bauxite a year in Guinea-Bissau in a regional investment foray by sub-Saharan Africa's No. 2 oil producer.

New marine phosphate sampling project in Namibia

[img:Bonaparte%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|One of Bonaparte’s
vessels which engage
in marine exploration
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 18 June 2008  - Bonaparte Diamond Mines NL – an Australian-based and listed company that conducts marine exploration in southern Africa and Australia – is to commence sampling operations over the phosphatic seabed sediments in its 1 000 squ km Meob project area off the Namibian coast.

Rio Tinto to invest US$371m in driverless train

[img:Tom%20Albanese_0.jpg|Tom Albanese,
CEO,
Rio Tinto
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 17 June 2008 - Following successful trials, leading international mining group Rio Tinto is to invest US$371 million (R2.9 billion) to automate its iron ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

A company media release issued here said that within five years driverless trains would be operating on most of the 1 300km of track that serves the Pilbara operations, helping Rio Tinto meet its goal of expanding annual iron ore production to 320 million tonnes in 2012.

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