Featured Extractive Industries

U.S. will not prosecute Miami gold refinery after money laundering probe

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it has agreed not to prosecute one of the country’s biggest gold refineries, Republic Metals Corporation (RMC), after an investigation into possible money laundering. The probe is part of a broader crackdown by U.S. authorities on imports of gold from South American countries such as… Read More

UK Launches 5AMLD Consultation with Eye on Post-Brexit Era

The United Kingdom is seeking input on its planned implementation of the European Union’s fifth anti-money laundering directive (5AMLD) as the government continues to negotiate an exit from the economic bloc. In a consultation paper published Monday, HM Treasury said it would seek stakeholder commentary on the directive through… Read More

Russia’s Rusal lands first U.S. investment since sanctions lifted

Rusal is making its first investment in the United States since Washington lifted sanctions against the Russian aluminum giant, teaming up with U.S. manufacturer Braidy Industries to build a mill in Kentucky. Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer outside China, announced the deal in one of the main markets for… Read More
14th April 2019
The United States on Friday announced more sanctions on shipping companies transporting oil from Venezuela, blacklisting four shipping companies and nine vessels, some of which the U.S. Treasury Department said carried oil to Cuba. The U.S. Treasury identified the firms as Liberia-based Jennifer Navigation Ltd, Lima Shipping Corp and Large… Read More
14th April 2019
Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of a project to build a Russian liquefied natural gas plant partly because Gazprom suddenly added another partner with links to an ally of President Vladimir Putin, according to five sources. After three years work on the Baltic Coast project, Shell discovered that Gazprom was… Read More
12th April 2019
Venezuela’s state-run PDVSA has shipped 1 million barrels of oil to Cuba days after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on vessels and firms involved in exports to the island in an effort to halt oil trade between the political allies, according to a PDVSA document and tanker tracking data. Read More
12th April 2019
A British subsea service provider and its affiliates have agreed to improve their sanctions compliance controls and pay $441,000 for willfully violating US prohibitions on doing business with Cuban and Iranian entities. Norwich, England-based Acteon Group Ltd, its British offshore engineering subsidiary and two Malaysian affiliates will pay nearly $228,000… Read More
12th April 2019
Brazilian police raided the headquarters of the state-controlled power company Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais, known as Cemig, on Thursday, according to a police statement. The police said they were investigating the alleged embezzlement of 40 million reais ($10.5 million) out of Cemig in a corruption scheme that involved two… Read More
12th April 2019
The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) plans to create an official committee for gold and silver refineries, after some complained their interests were being ignored. The LBMA, which oversees London’s $10 trillion-a-year gold market and sets standards for the world’s biggest refineries, has tightened its rules on the sourcing of… Read More
10th April 2019
Crimefighters in Switzerland and Brazil pledged to intensify cooperation to resolve the sprawling corruption case linked to state oil firm Petrobras in which around 700 million Swiss francs ($701 million) remain frozen in Switzerland. Switzerland has so far returned roughly 365 million Swiss francs ($365.6 million) to Brazil related to… Read More
8th April 2019
Dutch prosecutors on Friday said they have arrested three former employees of a Dutch company suspected of laundering about $1.2 billion for a client in India. The company bought materials and services for a client that since 2006 has been involved in a major gas pipeline project in India, the… Read More
29th March 2019
The United States has instructed oil trading houses and refiners around the world to further cut dealings with Venezuela or face sanctions themselves, even if the trades are not prohibited by published U.S. sanctions, three sources familiar with the matter said. The move comes as Washington’s efforts to oust President… Read More
22nd March 2019
Citigroup Inc plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a $1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month, sources said, a setback for President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to hold onto the country’s fast-shrinking reserves. Maduro’s government has since… Read More