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  • Aug 7- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, an iron ore and coal producer, said on Thursday that Lourenco Goncalves, a former steel company executive, was named to run the company after activist investor Casablanca Capital triumphed in a proxy battle. New York- Casablanca, which has a 5.2 percent stake in Cliffs, claimed the company was destroying shareholder value.

  • Aug 6- Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a smaller-than-expected second-quarter loss as the cost of selling coal in eastern United States declined 6 percent from the first quarter.

  • Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a slightly bigger adjusted net loss for the second quarter as coal prices remained weak. Alpha Natural is also being hurt by poor rail service in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, which is preventing the company from cashing in on an uptick in demand for electricity-generating coal.

  • Coal miner Alpha Natural's quarterly loss widens Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a bigger quarterly loss as coal prices remained weak. Net loss widened to $512.6 million, or $2.32 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $185.7 million, or 84 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue dropped 21 percent to $1.05 billion.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 5- Prices for thermal and coking coal appear poised to diverge, with the power-plant fuel remaining mired in the doldrums and the steel-making ingredient posting modest gains. The 2011 high was reached after severe flooding in Queensland state, the main coking coal producer in top exporter Australia.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 31- Imperial Oil Ltd reported a tripling of profit on Thursday and said production at its Kearl oil sands project was approaching its 110,000 barrel per day capacity as it continued to tweak operations at Canada's newest oil sands mine.

  • Poland cuts estimate for shale gas exploration wells Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    *80 shale wells to have been drilled by late 2014. WARSAW, July 31- Poland is seeing less exploratory drilling for shale gas than expected, environment minister Maciej Grabowski told Reuters, dealing a setback to the country's efforts to find a cheap alternative to the natural gas it imports from Russia.

  • *Mozambique bets on India's growing demand for coal. LONDON, July 30- Rio Tinto has agreed to sell coal assets it bought through a $4 billion acquisition of Riversdale in 2011 for just $50 million to an Indian joint venture, ending its ill-fated venture in Mozambique's coal sector.

  • July 30- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • Cenovus' profit triples as oil sands production jumps Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    July 30- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No.2 independent oil producer, said its second-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • Arch Coal, like other U.S. miners, is struggling with dismally low coal prices and has been trying to cut costs and lower production of low-margin metallurgical, or steel-making, coal. Last week, Arch Coal said it would idle its Cumberland River coal complex in Kentucky and Virginia, lowering its full-year metallurgical coal volumes by about 200,000 tons.

  • Concerns about the potentially dangerous impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the search for shale gas has prompted protests in Britain and outright bans on the practice in France and elsewhere.

  • July 24- The steel-making coal market needs to cut another 10 million tonnes of production to get into balance, the chief of Teck Resources Ltd said on Thursday after the Canadian miner reported a sharp fall in profit, mainly due to weak coal prices.

  • July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. On an adjusted basis, Vancouver- based Teck's earnings fell to 13 Canadian cents per share from 34 Canadian cents per share.

  • Teck Resources' profit falls as coal prices remain weak Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:13 AM ET

    July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. Net profit attributable to shareholders fell to C $80 million, or 14 Canadian cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from C $143 million, or 25 Canadian cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

  • *Copper, metallurgical coal output also set to rise in FY2015. SYDNEY, July 23- BHP Billiton beat its own guidance for full-year iron ore output, saying it mined a record 225 million tonnes in fiscal 2014, 4 percent ahead of its forecast, leading productivity gains across a number of businesses.

  • *Mozambique coal ambitions face setback in depressed market. MAPUTO, July 22- A Thai-Mozambican consortium has set a 2018 target to commission a $4.5 billion coal export railway and port terminal project in central Mozambique, but the depressed global coal prices outlook made the timing "tough", the company's president said.

  • July 22- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, helped by stronger price realizations in the United States and higher sales volumes in Australia.

  • Peabody quarterly revenue rises 2 pct Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    July 22- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp reported a 2 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by an increase in shipments and prices at its mining operations in western U.S. states such as Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.

  • *Rising output, sluggish demand have created excess of coal. LONDON, July 21- The global market for seaborne thermal coal will be oversupplied by around 10 million tonnes this year, keeping prices below profitable levels for most coal producers well into 2015 or longer and forcing more mines to close.