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Ranking the 20 top mining schools of the world

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The QS World University Rankings by Subject released this week lists the world’s top universities in 46 individual subject areas.

The rankings are based on data for academic reputation from a survey of more than 70,000 academics, research citations per paper and its so called H-index which measures the impact of a scholar or scientist.

The engineering – mining and mineral field has 51 entries and the top tier is dominated by US, Australian and Canadian universitiesWhat sets QS apart from similar rankings of educational institutions is a fourth component of the ranking – employer reputation. A survey of over 40,000 employers ranks schools according to the quality of recruits.

The mineral and mining engineering ranking was introduced for the first time ever last year.

The QS engineering – mining and mineral field has 51 entries and the top tier is dominated by US, Australian and Canadian universities. Top rated Colorado School of Mines, established in 1859, is placed well above the competition with a score of above 90.

Established in 1986 Curtin University in Western Australia’s mining faculty shot up the rankings from 19th to second place ahead of Queensland University which also moved up 7 places in the rankings.

Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals fall just outside the top 20 while South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand is in joint 22nd after falling 4 places.

Indian School of Mines (ISM) University, Dhanbad ranks 24th while the top ranked Chinese school, the University of Mining and Technology based in Xuzhou is placed 27th.

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Henry Sapiecha

The world’s 40 biggest mining companies listed here in an infographic

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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PwC’s latest report into the performance of the world’s 40 largest mining companies shows just what a watershed year 2015 was.

The management consultants’ Mine 2015 report shows the top 40 companies suffering their first collective net loss in history ($27 billion), a decline in collective market capitalization of 37% (to below half a trillion dollars from a peak of $1.6 trillion in 2010), the lowest return on capital ever, asset impairments totalling $53 billion (for a total of nearly $200 billion since 2010), record high leverage of 46% and operating expenditure cuts of $83 billion.

The entries, re-entries and movements up and down the ranking also provides insight into the changing landscape of global mining.

The authors point out that the market capitalization threshold for attaining Top 40 status remained consistent at $4.5 billion despite “the huge decreases in value of the top mining companies, and demonstrates that the new entrants are catching up.”

A lithium miner joins top ranks of listed mining firms for the first time as the price of the battery ingredient skyrockets

China is featuring more heavily. All four companies admitted to the list for the first time was from China, pushing out Canada’s First Quantum and Teck Resources. China now provides 12 of the top 40 listed mining firms versus six from Canada despite one Chinese firm dropping out.

Gold’s changing fortunes saw AngloGold Ashanti re-emerge in the ranking for the first time since 2013 although other top gold producers Goldfields and Kinross haven’t made it back onto the list. When grouped by primary commodity mined gold producers still lost a combined $12 billion in market value.

The only sector to show an increase in market value was rare earths with the world’s top producer of the 17 elements jumping 23 places in the ranking. Another technology mineral is showing up for the first time.

Even though it’s early days for the lithium boom, the Top 40 has already welcomed its first miner of the battery raw material. Sichuan Tianqi Lithium enters as the world’s 31st most valuable miner helped by a doubling of the price of lithium carbonate just over the final months of 2015 and predictions of explosive growth in demand spurred by the electric vehicle and mass grid storage market.

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Henry Sapiecha

It must be pointed out that this list is for 2015 & may not represent an accurate current status in 2016

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The world’s top 10 oil and gas companies. Infographic shows

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The world's top 10 oil and gas companies [infographic]

When North Americans think of oil and gas companies, they often think of the big private sector companies such as Exxon Mobil or ConocoPhillips. However, it is always interesting to look at the sheer size and scope of some of the major government owned (or partnered) oil and gas firms to really see the extent of the industry.
Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant, is by far the biggest energy company in the world. Saudi Aramco’s biggest field, Ghawar, generates 5 million barrels per day of oil, and the company as a whole makes more than $1 billion per day in revenues. The company’s value has been estimated around $10 trillion – the biggest company in the world. That’s about 15 times the size of Apple.
Gazprom and National Iranian Oil Company also produce 8.1 million and 6.1 million bpd equivalent. Meanwhile PetroChina, only one of three big state-owned oil giants in China, produces 3.9 million barrels each day.
With oil prices at their lowest in five years, it will be interesting to see how all of these companies respond.
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