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Mining industry’s adoption of blockchain not a question of if, but when — report (20 September 2018, 4:32 pm)

Blockchain technology and the smart contracts it enables are the next innovations the mining industry needs to adopt in order to improve efficiencies and increase market transparency, a paper published by global law firm White & Case says.

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Rio Tinto’s exit from coal pays off, to return $3.2B from sales proceeds to shareholders (20 September 2018, 10:48 am)

The fresh round of returns follows Rio’s promise in August to give shareholders up to $7 billion through dividends and share buybacks.

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Norsk Hydro not buying Rio Tinto’s aluminum plant in Iceland (20 September 2018, 10:00 am)

The Norwegian firm, one of the world’s top producers of aluminum and alumina, said the deal faced opposition from European regulators.

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Australia's northern infrastructure fund backs mineral sands project (19 September 2018, 9:40 pm)

Australian mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources said on Wednesday it will receive a $69 million loan from Australia's northern infrastructure fund to help develop its Thunderbird project.

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Poland's JSW seeks ministry approval to buy Prairie Mining assets – CEO (19 September 2018, 4:31 pm)

Poland's state-run JSW awaits approval from the Energy Ministry in its bid to acquire the mining assets of Australia's Prairie Mining

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Petro Matad updates Mongolia exploration (20 September 2018, 8:19 pm)

Petro Matad Ltd. said it drilled the Snow Leopard exploration well to 2,930 m MD in the Valley of the Lakes basin complex of central Mongolia. The well reached granitic basement on Block V. The Snow Leopard well now will be plugged and abandoned pending evaluation.

US House Democrats express NPR-A oil development concerns to BLM (20 September 2018, 8:13 pm)

US Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the House Natural Resources Committee’s ranking minority member, and the top Democrats on two of the committee’s subcommittees urged the US Bureau of Land Management to maintain critical wildlife and caribou habitat protections near Teshekpuk Lake on Alaska’s North Slope.

Cuadrilla’s second UK frac job approved (20 September 2018, 5:52 pm)

Privately owned Cuadrilla is preparing to hydraulically fracture the two horizontal wells it has drilled on its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, UK, after receiving government approval for the second completion. It received approval to frac the first well in July.

Novatek hikes Utrenneye reserves estimate (20 September 2018, 5:18 pm)

Novatek has discovered two new hydrocarbon deposits and confirmed commercial viability of Middle Jurassic deposits in Utrenneye gas and condensate field with its No. 294 well on the Gydan Peninsula of northern Siberia. The field supports the proposed 19.8-million tonne/year Arctic LNG 2 project nearby on the Gulf of Ob.

US Coast Guard withdraws 1999 offshore oil and gas proposed rule (20 September 2018, 5:14 pm)

The US Coast Guard withdrew a 1999 proposed rule covering oil and gas activities on the US Outer Continental Shelf. The passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices have rendered the proposed rule covering workplace safety on vessels obsolete, it said in a Sept. 19 Federal Register notice.


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