Asia

Western Australia-based Altech Chemicals will use A$1.2 million raised in a placement to finalize the detailed design of a proposed high-purity alumina (HPA) plant to be located at Johor, Malaysia.
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Africa

Ivanhoe Mines has reported positive findings from an independent prefeasibility study (PFS) for the first phase of development of the Kamoa copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)....
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Latin America

Samarco Mineração and its joint-venture shareholders, Vale and BHP Billiton, signed an agreement in early March with Brazil’s federal government, the Brazilian states of Espirito Santo and Minas...
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US & Canada

Silver Standard Resources agreed in early March to acquire Claude Resources in a friendly shares-and-cash transaction that valued Claude at about C$337 million. Claude Resources owns and operates...
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Brazil's largest mining state, Minas Gerais, imposed a new tax of 2.18 reals ($1.17) per metric on iron ore and other mined ores. For iron ore, it amounts to about 1% of the current price for prompt delivery. It was the second tax levied on the mining industry by a regional government in December. Brazil's Para state, home to of Vale’s Carajas system, imposed a tax of 6.45 reals on iron ore. Legislators in Minas Gerais justified the tax, according to Latinominería, claiming that mining companies should contribute more to the cost of policing their operations.According to Reuters, Vale said the tax was illegal and said it was seeking to contest it.

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