Mining News Mining firms reshape boardrooms as investors demand sustainability Mining News Pro - Under fire after a string of high-profile disasters, mining firms are shaking up their boardrooms in response to criticism that they are failing to meet their own environmental, social, and governance standards. Chile minister says mining royalty bill “unconstitutional”“unconstitutional” Mining News Pro - Chile’s mining minister Juan Carlos Jobet said on Monday a bill to boost royalties on copper and lithium miners currently being discussed by lawmakers was “unconstitutional”, adding that center-right President Sebastian Piñera’s administration would oppose it. Stantec to acquire Engenium, power up project consultancy,-power-up-project-consultancy Mining News Pro - Stantec will be handed the reins to deliver a range of resources projects after the multinational company signed an agreement to acquire Engenium. Ecuador holds election closely watched by global miners Mining News Pro - On April 11th, Ecuador will hold a presidential election that could have critical implications for the country’s nascent mining industry, though companies and analysts alike believe the two candidates facing each other in the second round will continue to support the sector. Nornickel to minimise 2020 final dividend, considers buyback,-considers-buyback Mining News Pro - Nornickel will minimise its final dividend for 2020, the Russian metals producer said on Friday, citing a recommendation from its board of directors. Rio`s tax bill reaches $8.4bn`s-tax-bill-reaches-$84bn Mining News Pro - Mining major Rio Tinto this week revealed that it had contributed $47-billion in the countries and communities where it operates, including $8.4-billion of taxes and royalties. Monadelphous proposes voluntary FIFO rosters Mining News Pro - Monadelphous has introduced flexible fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) rosters for its employee to allow for working arrangements that are conducive to hard border closures. Macmahon hands out contract to Felix Mining News Pro - Macmahon has awarded a three-year contract to Felix Group for the implementation of its vendor software across the contractor’s global operations. Agreement on Porgera reopening imminent Mining News Pro - Global bullion major Barrick is hopeful that Porgera mine – which has been shut for about a year now – will reopen soon. Thor acquires Barrick’s majority interest in Central Houndé project’s-majority-interest-in-Central-Houndé-project Mining News Pro - Thor Explorations Ltd. announced on Monday it has agreed with Barrick Gold to terminate the 2015 earn-in agreement between Thor and Acacia Mining PLC, which has subsequently been acquired by Barrick, on the Central Houndé project in southwestern Burkina Faso. Colombian authorities continue rescue efforts for 11 miners trapped inside flooded pit Mining News Pro - Colombian authorities continue the rescue efforts to release 11 people that have been trapped since March 26 inside the pit of an unregulated gold operation located in the central Caldas department. Biden infrastructure plan targets electric cars Mining News Pro - President Joe Biden is calling for sweeping investment in electric vehicles, renewable power and the electric grid as part of a broad blueprint to bolster the US economy while combating climate change. Epiroc to buy mining electrification company Mining News Pro - Epiroc is set to acquire Canada-based Meglab in a bid to support the mining sector’s transition to battery-electric vehicles. Metro Mining brings Bauxite Hills back online Mining News Pro - Metro Mining will recommence operations at the Bauxite Hills mine in Queensland following an early shutdown for the wet season in September 2020. Ivanhoe working towards accelerating Phase 3 expansion at Kamoa-Kakula copper mine Mining News Pro - Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN) announced that part of the proceeds from the recently completed $575 million, 2.50% convertible senior notes offering will be used to accelerate the Phase 3 expansion at the Kamoa-Kakula copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Resources and energy exports set records Mining News Pro - Australia’s Resources and Energy quarterly report has predicted a record $296 billion in exports for the 2020-21 financial year as the likes of iron ore and gold overcome the impact of COVID-19. Australian mining employment declines Mining News Pro - The number of mining employees in Australia has dropped, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)’s latest quarterly data on labour forces. Canadian miner meets Mexican officials over labour dispute Mining News Pro - Canadian mining company Americas Gold and Silver said late on Tuesday it had held talks with senior Mexican officials in a bid to resolve a dispute at one of its mines in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. Rio Tinto employs solar technology to reduce emissions Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto is exploring the use of solar technology to cut its global carbon emissions by partnering with renewable energy technology company, Heliogen. Fortescue injects $25m into mining job skills$25m-into-mining-job-skills Mining News Pro - Fortescue Metals Group has invested $25 million to create around 200 new traineeship positions in the company. AVEVA, OSISoft to unlock AI-driven data software,-OSISoft-to-unlock-AI-driven-data-software Mining News Pro - AVEVA has completed a $US5 billion ($6.55 billion) acquisition of OSIsoft in a move that transforms the engineering and industrial software provider into an end-to-end solution. Northam preferential share buyout of Zambezi to be expedited Mining News Pro - Platinum group metals miner Northam reports that, following the early maturity of its black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction with Zambezi Platinum, preferential shares in Zambezi will be delisted from the JSE and, as such, share terms will change. Rio Tinto a ‘guest’ on Indigenous land‘guest’-on-Indigenous-land Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto is set to form an Indigenous Advisory Group that will point out gaps in the company’s current cultural heritage protocols. Ok Tedi suspends mine amid COVID-19 outbreak Mining News Pro - Ok Tedi Mining has temporarily shut its copper-gold operations in Papua New Guinea following the country’s surge in COVID-19 cases and the ban on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) travel between Australia. Northern Minerals rare earths to hit export market Mining News Pro - Northern Minerals is set to deliver heavy rare earth carbonate from the Browns Range mine in Western Australia to thyssenkrupp, as it bounces back from COVID-19 challenges. NSW survey discovers untapped groundwater and resources Mining News Pro - An airborne electromagnetic survey undertaken above central New South Wales has returned positive results on the prospect of hidden water and resources below the surface. BP plans UK`s largest blue hydrogen production facility`s-largest-blue-hydrogen-production-facility Mining News Pro - Oil and gas major BP said on Thursday it was developing plans for the UK`s largest blue hydrogen production facility, expanding its investments in carbon reduction technologies to tackle global warming. ARC expands portfolio value despite tough trading in 2020 Mining News Pro - African Rainbow Capital (ARC) experienced a strained trading period in the six months ended December 31, 2020; however, the company says it has seen market sentiment and activity in certain sectors improving since. Australia restricts travel to Papua New Guinea Mining News Pro - Australia’s mining industry is bracing for travel interruptions after Prime Minister Scott Morrison barred fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers from traveling to and from Papua New Guinea. Iluka goes hybrid at Jacinth Ambrosia Mining News Pro - Iluka Resources will convert the diesel power station at the Jacinth Ambrosia minerals sands mine in South Australia into a hybrid facility after signing a contract with Pacific Energy.