Philippines emerges from murky pit

By John Miller /Editor

THE Philippines looks set to benefit from its enormous mineral potential - it has been said countless times before in recent history but this time around appears to have some substance. Strength in the nickel sector owing to Indonesia’s ban on raw ore exports, the success of a number of gold producers and a government that is making some positive moves to attract mining investment all add up to create a bright light in a rather gloomy global mining scene.

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Gloomy outlook for mining in 2015

In early 2015 the global mining industry is under intense pressure as falling commodity prices force all miners into cash preservation and cost cutting measures. These have resulted in mass lay-offs, write downs and projects being stalled or cancelled. Even for resource-rich countries like Australia the days of basking in the triumphs of the mining boom are well and truly over and 2015 will see more of the ‘batten down the hatches’ mindset.

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China’s policies not to be feared

AS details of China’s Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan (APPCAP) evolve, concerns have been raised that continual re-thinking of targets is creating uncertainty for energy suppliers in the Asia-Pacific. In a report assessing the impact of China’s environmental policies, Wood Mackenzie concludes that within the energy, resources and mining sectors, the policies broadly continue to encourage expansion of natural gas. However, it says coal demand will be supported and remain China’s dominant energy fuel.

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Resilience in difficult times

DURING these very difficult times for the global mining industry, the word resilient has a number of appropriate definitions. As a noun resilience is a description for all those who are surviving the tribulations despite poor prices, higher costs, lack of capital, increasing ant-mining sentiment and declining demand while as an adjective resilient defines the capability of companies to keep afloat, or in shape, despite being bent, stretched or deformed. Other words that can be used to describe the qualities of the mining industry and companies battling to stay in front, whether they be exploring, developing, mining, supplying or investing, are determination, innovation and common-sense.

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Sylwia Pryzbyla, Editor

Sylwia Pryzbyla
Editor, ASIA Miner and Australian Editor, E&MJ
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Sylwia Pryzbyla has more than two decades of experience in media and publishing industries.

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