Adani rebrands to Bravus Mining and Resources in Australia
Indian mining company Adani will change its name to Bravus Mining and Resources in Australia - insisting it celebrates its 10-year anniversary and is not a response to controversy surrounding its proposed Queensland mine.
A report by ABC News, quoting chief executive David Boshoff, said: “We are motivated by how we feel the organisation is transitioning and for what we represent and, as you know, the Adani mining brand has changed in the 10 years from when we started to where we are today," Boshoff explains.
He asserts that if the company name-change was motived by external factors, it would have changed 18 months or two years ago, adding that Bravus was chosen because it is the Latin word for ‘Brave’.
"We believe it's taken a lot of courage and bravery for us to, I guess, stand up for what we believe in and stand up for our community," he says.
Adani Mining has been at the centre of controversy over its Carmichael Mine in central Queensland. Some contractors previously cut ties with the project amid increasing pressure from environmental groups, who claim that if the thermal coal mine goes ahead, it will destroy ancestral lands, waters and cultures of Indigenous people without their consent, while also increasing shipping traffic through the Great Barrier Reef heritage area.
Furthermore, the mine is projected to add around 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution over its 60-year lifespan.
The Indian-owned Adani Group is the overall holding company of a broad business that also includes infrastructure and renewable energy branches in Australia, Boshoff adds, pointing out that mining is just one part of the group’s operations.
Bravus Mining and Resources will remain part of Adani Australia, which is itself part of the parent company in India.
Boshoff adds that the time is right to give Adani’s mining business its own Australian brand.
"We've already delivered on the 1,500 jobs, and £828.5 million in contracts have been committed to Queensland, so we thought it was a good time to give the organisation its own, unique Australian identity," the ABC News report quotes him as saying.
The Carmichael mine project is a thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, which has been approved by the Queensland and federal governments.
The project was given the go-ahead in June 2019, with construction beginning later that year. Initially, the mine was envisioned as one of Australia’s largest, but over years of planning and regulatory processes the mine has been scaled back. More than 400 workers will be on site and accommodation facilities are being built (click here to watch video).
Once operational, Adani estimates that the Carmichael mine will produce 10 million tonnes of thermal coal per year.
Mining Profile: Gary Nagle, CEO, Glencore
Gary Nagle has spent his career in mining, across two decades, with Glencore – the Anglo-Swiss metals and mining company with a diverse global portfolio. Nagle is a one company man who has experienced the journey of the resources industry from boots on the ground to the boardroom. He will succeed Ivan Glasenberg as Glencore’s CEO in July 2021
Gary Nagle was born in South Africa in 1975 where he earned degrees in commerce and accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1999. Nagle joined Glencore in 2000 as an asset manager in the coal department. His rise was swift; by 2007 he was named chief executive of the company’s Colombian coal operation, Prodeco.
Following the acquisition of Xstrata in 2013, Nagle moved to run the company’s South Africa-focused alloy assets, before being named head of the company’s global coal assets portfolio in 2018
Building his career by rising through the ranks of Glencore’s coal department Nagles was considered the most likely to succeed Glasenberg due to his asset-focus; mining accounts for a growing share of Glencore’s revenue as it moves away from its origins as a pure trader.
Glencore’s Chairman, Tony Hayward, commented on the appointment: “Gary Nagle has held senior roles in coal and ferroalloys in Colombia, South Africa and Australia. He has been on the Board’s radar for more than several years and was selected following a succession process overseen by the Board. We are confident that he has the right skill set and qualities to lead the Glencore of tomorrow.”
Ivan Glasenberg is retiring from his role as CEO after nearly 20 years at the helm of Glencore which saw him complete one of the largest mining mergers in history, with Xstrata. Looking back on his time at Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trader, Glasenberg reflected: “I am proud of the great company that we have built. Together, we have created one of the world’s largest diversified miners and marketers of commodities. Today, our diversified portfolio uniquely positions us to play an essential role in the global transition to a low-carbon economy.”
Glencore has announced plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 by reducing its direct and indirect carbon footprint by 40% by 2035.
Glasenberg has served as mentor to Nagle who has followed a similar career path at Glencore rising to the role of CEO via heading up the company’s global coal business.
“I have worked with Gary since he joined the company twenty years ago,” recalled Glasenberg. “I have always regarded it as a critical part of my job to develop the next generation of leadership at Glencore and I am proud of the strong leadership team that we developed from which we were able to select Gary. I am confident that his leadership, along with the support of the management team, will enable Glencore to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead and be a strong custodian for my shareholding in the company.”
Looking ahead to the challenges awaiting him, Nagle was full of optimism: “I am grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board and honoured to be appointed CEO at such an exciting time for Glencore. We will continue to deliver value to our shareholders, while operating safely and responsibly.”
Nagle will relocate from Australia to Switzerland to take up his new role.