BHP’s still pumped about petroleum

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 11-Oct-19

BHP’s head of petroleum Geraldine Slattery has told a recent question and answer session in London that oil and gas will remain an integral part of the group’s portfolio. However, whether its historical Australian oil and gas assets remain part of that portfolio is uncertain, with analysts suggesting it may seek to divest its interests in the North West Shelf and Bass Strait. Slattery added that BHP is upbeat about its long-term prospects in Mexico, where it has a stake in the Trion oil field.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Anglo puts brakes on driverless mine trucks

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 2-Oct-19

Anglo American has opted to overhaul the existing fleet of haulage trucks at its Dawson coal mine in Queensland, rather than replace them with autonomous trucks. A spokeswoman say a feasibility study has concluded that the deployment of autonomous vehicles would not be the best use of capital at present; however, Anglo American may reconsider using driverless trucks when its existing fleet reaches the end of its operational life. At present, Whitehaven is the only Australian coal producer to have committed to the use of autonomous trucks, which are now widely used at iron ore mines in the Pilbara.

CORPORATES
ANGLO AMERICAN PLC, WHITEHAVEN COAL LIMITED – ASX WHC, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Rio puts Canada IPO plan on hold

Original article by Rhiannon Hoyle
The Australian – Page: 20 : 1-Oct-19

Mining giant Rio Tinto has advised that it is longer seeking to divest its controlling stake in Iron Ore Co of Canada via a trade sale or IPO. The recent volatility in the price of iron ore has affected the potential sale price of the business, in which Rio Tinto has a 59 per cent stake. Rio Tinto first flagged plans to sell the Canadian business in 2013, and CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques indicated in 2017 that the resources giant would not hold a "fire sale" of unwanted assets.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, IRON ORE COMPANY OF CANADA, MITSUBISHI CORPORATION, LABRADOR IRON ORE ROYALTY INCOME CORPORATION

Rio Tinto teams with China to cut emissions

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 26-Sep-19

Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Baowu Steel Group and Tsinghua University to develop strategies aimed at reducing carbon emissions across the steel industry. Steel-making accounts for the bulk of Rio Tinto’s scope 3 emissions, which totalled 536 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent gases in 2018. In contrast, its scope 1 and 2 emissions totalled 28.6 million tonnes. BHP also recently revealed plans to address its scope 3 emissions.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, CHINA BAOWU STEEL GROUP CORPORATION LIMITED, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MARKET FORCES, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

Investors query AMP turnaround

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 9-Aug-19

AMP has announced a loss of $2.3bn for the first half of 2019 and a new strategy to turn around its fortunes. Amongst other things, the wealth manager aims to reduce costs by about $300m a year. AMP has also flagged plans to significantly reduce the number of financial advisers in its network and place more emphasis on so-called roboadvice. AMP will also continue to pursue the sale of its life insurance business to Resolution Life, while it will issue new shares at $1.50 apiece via a $650m capital raising.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, RESOLUTION LIFE GROUP LIMITED, MERLON CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, ALLAN GRAY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

BHP pegs Venus as nickel’s rising star

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 6-Aug-19

Eddy Haegel, the head of BHP’s Nickel West division, addressed the annual Diggers and Dealers conference on 5 August. He says Nickel West’s future still depends on the outlook for the battery market, but BHP is positioning itself to capitalise on what he describes as a "once-in-a-generation opportunity". BHP has commenced mining at its Venus nickel deposit in Western Australia, while it is undertaking further exploration near its existing nickel operations in the state.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, NICKEL WEST, DIGGERS AND DEALERS FORUM

China rare earth demand soft: Lynas

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 30-Jul-19

Rare earths producer Lynas Corporation has advised that its sales for the June quarter totalled 4,723 tonnes, compared with 5,030 tonnes in the three months to March. CEO Amanda Lacaze says demand for rare earths remains soft, despite ongoing trade tensions between the US and China. The subdued price for rare earths has prompted Lynas to increase the stockpiles at its processing plant in Malaysia. Lacaze adds that Lynas is still in talks with the Malaysian government regarding the renewal of its operating licence.

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LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC

Fortescue expands its base in China

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 23 : 26-Jul-19

Fortescue Metals Group has advised that its iron ore shipments totalled 167.7 million tonne in 2018-19, including a record 46.6 million tonnes in the final quarter. Fortescue received an average price of $US65 per tonne during the financial year, an increase of 50 per cent. The pure-play miner has forecast that it will ship between 170 million and 175 million tonnes of iron ore in 2019-20. Meanwhile, Fortescue has opened a new office in China that will allow it to sell smaller volumes of iron ore to customers.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, VALE SA

Rivals baulk at BHP’s carbon push

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 & 27 : 25-Jul-19

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association CEO Andrew McConville says the resources sector should be solely responsible for addressing its scope 3 emissions, and government intervention is not necessary. The issue has been highlighted by BHP’s move to address carbon emissions across its supply chain, including those generated by the buyers of its commodities. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher has also argued that regulators should not be involved in setting targets for scope 3 emissions.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, AUSTRALIAN PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION LIMITED, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY, MITSUBISHI CORPORATION, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, GLENCORE PLC, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, DELOITTE ENERGY TRANSITION, CLIMATE ACTION 100+

BHP’s carbon hard line

Original article by Hans van Leeuwen, Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 26 : 24-Jul-19

BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie has revealed that the resources group will set targets for its so-called scope 3 carbon emissions as part of a broader strategy to reduce its impact on the environment. He says BHP must take a "product stewardship role" with regard to the emissions across its supply chain, including the emissions generated by the buyers of its commodities. Mackenzie also announced that BHP will spend some $US400m on a climate investment program that will aim to decarbonise its global operations.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, AUSTRALASIAN CENTRE FOR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, VICSUPER PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED