Torrential downpours in the north of Chile, the world's biggest copper producer, have forced companies to suspend operations at several of the area's major mines, putting an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of capacity of the red metal on hold.

WA workers will visit Parliament House in Perth tomorrow morning to extend their appreciation to Members of Parliament, following the announcement today of no increase to the Gold Royalty Rate by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

A Rio Tinto initiative to free up one of the world’s great wilderness areas marks an important step in supporting the Western Australian government’s plans to establish Australia’s largest national park.

Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest has landed himself in hot water over his call for mining giants to cap iron ore production in a bid to reverse the dramatic slide in the price of the commodity.

Chinese giant CITIC has booked a HK$13.7 ($2.2) billion impairment against its troubled Sino Iron project in the Pilbara, adding to the list of iron ore producers taking the axe to the book value of their mines.

Shares in Viento soared after the troubled contractor announced it had won a two-year $40 million mining, crushing and screening contract with BC Iron for the miner's Warrigal hub.

Gina Rinehart has christened the inaugural fleet of Roy Hill locomotives in preparation for exports from the $10 billion iron ore project to start in September.

Hundreds of positions at Woodside Petroleum will be made redundant and pay levels frozen across the company as the local oil and gas champion comes to grips with the savage fall in energy prices.

Poseidon Nickel has announced three senior staff appointments as it ramps up its plans to bring three historic nickel projects back into production.

The Australian market has started the session on a positive note, led by gains in the resources space.

A $183 million pipeline that will enable Fortescue Metals Group to lower costs by switching from diesel to gas at its Solomon Hub in the Pilbara has been completed.