Gold surged to a near seven-year high as the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani stirred fears of a wider conflict in the Middle East.
Palladium surpassed US$2000 ($2886) an ounce for the first time.

Rio Tinto yesterday started the process of resuming operations at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa. 

Australia’s Kogi Iron Limited has announced the completion of a two phase capital raising to primarily fund a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) on its wholly-owned and advanced Agbaja Plateau iron ore mining and cast steel mill project in Kogi State, southern Nigeria, West Africa.

The former Ellendale diamond mine area in the West Kimberley is heading towards a new lease of life.

Western Australian nickel company St George Mining Limited has announced further significant results from ongoing exploration at its flagship Mt Alexander Project, located in the north-eastern Goldfields.

Resolute has announced that Stage 1 of the Ravenswood Expansion Project has been completed at the company’s Ravenswood Gold Mine in Queensland, Australia. 

The West Kimberley’s former Ellendale diamond mine area is on its way to seeing new activity.

Construction giant CIMIC Group has won $150 million in contract work at Rio Tinto’s Robe Valley iron ore operation in the Pilbara.

The sulphide roaster at Resolute Mining’s Syama gold mine in Mali is now back online and operating at nameplate capacity.

Lynas Corp is set to get assistance on management and co-ordination of approvals from the State Government to build a $500 million rare earths-processing plant in Kalgoorlie.

Northern Star Resources boss Bill Beament says he is committed to maintaining KCGM’s policy of employing mostly local workers.