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Sanctions fallout upends metals as aluminum, nickel burst higher

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 The turmoil unleashed by US sanctions against United Co. Rusal reverberated in metals markets, sending aluminium and nickel to multi-year highs. Global metals markets have been rocked for the past two weeks by the clampdown on Russia’s Rusal, which set off a rush for alternative supplies and... 

Nornickel exec says in talks with battery makers on investments, cooperation

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Russia's Norilsk Nickel, or Nornickel, is in talks with battery makers over possible investment in its mining assets, but is also interested in downstream joint ventures in return, a company executive said on Wednesday. "We might be interested in having some deeper cooperation, say on the... 

BHP to produce nickel sulphate next year, eyeing cobalt on battery boom

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 BHP Billiton is expanding its business as a supplier of battery minerals at its nickel refinery in Western Australia, planning to start producing nickel sulphate next year and looking at cobalt output as well, a company executive said. Cobalt and nickel are both critical ingredients for lithium... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output

By: Henry Lazenby     17th April 2018 Brazilian diversified miner Vale has reported its best first-quarter iron-ore sales ever despite production of the iron-making ingredient slipping somewhat during the three-month period. The company reported that output during the quarter ended March 31 slipped 4.9% year-on-year to 81.95-million... 

Vale achieves best-ever quarterly sales in Q1, despite slide in iron output
Photo by Vale
Vale's massive new SD11 mine, in Brazil

Amur raises projected earnings forecast

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 Aim-listed Amur Minerals has reported a 78% increase in projected earnings for its Russia-based nickel/copper sulphide Kun-Manie project. The company said on Monday that the projected earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) had increased by 78.75% to $2.7-billion,... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Kun-Manie field engineering campaign to start soon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Exploration and resources company Amur Minerals has completed the restocking and mobilisation of all machinery, spares and supplies needed to complete the 2018 field season at its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in Far East, Russia. The resupply transport effort began on February 15 and... 

Deripaska withdraws from Nornickel board nomination

By: Reuters     12th April 2018 Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska has withdrawn his nomination candidacy to join the board of Norilsk Nickel, the mining firm said in a statement on Thursday. Deripaska had been nominated to join the board, a regulatory disclosure showed on April 5. 

LG Chem cobalt deal sets tone for battery cathode market

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new deal by Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem and China’s Huayou Cobalt is expected to set the tone for the lithium-ion battery cathode market. The two partners have announced a significant deal worth about $440-million to build a 40 000 t/y lithium-ion battery precursor materials plant and a... 

LG Chem cobalt deal sets tone for battery cathode market

Botswana's Tati Nickel Mine out of liquidation after court ruling

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Botswana's High Court has taken Tati Nickel Mine out of provisional liquidation, dismissing a request for more time to negotiate with potential buyers, the liquidator said on Wednesday. Tati – a subsidiary of the liquidated BCL mine group – has since October 2016 been under provisional... 

Horizonte secures key water permit for Brazil nickel project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th April 2018 The granting of a water permit for industrial water consumption at Aim- and TSX-listed Horizonte’s Araguaia project, in north-eastern Brazil, has brought the nickel project one step closer to its objective of being “construction ready” by the end of this year. The water licence, granted by the... 

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has joined the board of project developer Ivanhoe Mines with immediate effect, the company announced on Tuesday. In his new nonexecutive capacity, Motlanthe is expected to bring a “new dimension” to the company’s strategic evaluations, consensus... 

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board
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Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe

Vision 2030 mining growth strategy under development ­– ­DMR

By: Martin Creamer     10th April 2018 A Vision 2030 for the mining industry, and a strategy for growth and competitiveness of the sector, are topics under development, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said on Tuesday, when efforts to finalise and gazette the Mining Charter also intensified. In announcing that Mineral... 

Russian tycoon Deripaska nominated to join Nornickel board

By: Reuters     6th April 2018 Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska has been nominated to join the board of directors of mining firm Norilsk Nickel, a regulatory disclosure showed on Thursday. Deripaska, whose aluminium producer Rusal owns a 27.8% stake in Norilsk Nickel, has been locked in a long-running battle for control of the... 

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe mining rush leaves big producers behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2018 While Zimbabwe’s leadership change has sparked a race for the nation’s mineral riches among entrepreneurs and tiny explorers, big-name mining companies are taking a wait-and-see approach. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa has a lot to prove as he seeks to revive the economy and attract mining... 

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe mining rush leaves big producers behind
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Private capital carves out mining niche with specialist focus

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2018 Generalist investment funds are having a hard time keeping up with the success private capital lenders have enjoyed in the mining space in recent quarters, with private equity firms carving out their niche by being specialists at their game. The generalist funds are underwriting real estate and... 

Private capital carves out mining niche with specialist focus

North American Palladium makes PGM discovery at Sunday Lake

By: Henry Lazenby     27th March 2018 Winter exploration results from the Sunday Lake platinum-group metals (PGM) deposit, 25 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has led to the discovery of new PGM mineralisation in the central part of the property, with extensions to the east, that open up a much larger area for exploration, North... 

Nickel market eyes Philippines as mine review delayed yet again

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2018 The global nickel market will be kept in suspense even longer over the outlook for ore supplies from the Philippines after the country’s mining council again pushed back the deadline for completion of a review of 26 mines ordered shut or suspended last year. Former Environment Secretary Gina... 

SLAM stakes new cobalt project in Bathurst Mining Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 Base metals-focused project generator SLAM Exploration's shares jumped 50% on Friday after the junior announced that it had acquired a new cobalt exploration property in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick through claim staking. The Miramichi, New Brunswick-based explorer said it had staked... 

RNC seeks alternatives for Beta Hunt as it prioritises Dumont development

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2018 The TSX-quoted equity of diversified miner RNC Minerals jumped 11.5% on Thursday following the company announcing that it will prioritise development of the Dumont nickel/cobalt project, in the Abitibi region of Quebec, and seek alternatives for its Beta Hunt gold and nickel mine, in Western... 

First Quantum steadies as CEO hopeful of escaping giant tax bill 

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2018 First Quantum Minerals recovered from what was shaping up to be its worst two-day drop in two years as its chief executive officer said he’s hoping to talk his way out of a $7.9-billion tax bill in Zambia - which includes $5.7-billion in interest. First Quantum received a letter from the Zambia... 

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2018 London-listed Amur Metals is gearing up for an aggressive marketing programme in large nickel consuming nations China, Korea and Japan, as the Kun-Manie nickel sulphide project, in the far east of Russia, is shaping up to be potentially a ready source for the electric vehicle (EV) battery... 

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

EV adoption rate reaching critical mass as search for ethical cobalt heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2018 Cobalt company Cobalt 27 is seeing an ideal storm brewing for its key commodity as the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates faster than even optimistic forecasts had speculated. “Cobalt 27 is a proxy for the adoption of the EV,” executive chairperson Anthony Milewski told Mining... 

EV adoption rate reaching critical mass as search for ethical cobalt heats up

ARM's Motsepe predicts successful charter, land outcomes 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 The executive chairperson of diversified black-controlled mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), Patrice Motsepe, on Friday expressed the firm conviction that South Africa was in the process of reinforcing its position as a competitive mining destination through a positive Mining Charter... 

ARM's Motsepe predicts successful charter, land outcomes
African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe at presentation of 15% higher half-year earnings covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

African Rainbow Minerals ups earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Diversified black-led mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Friday announced a 15% increase in headline earnings for the six months to December 31 to R1 945 million. This increase was mainly as a result of improved headline earnings from the manganese division, ARM Coal, Modikwa... 

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

Rare earths company  acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia
RARE MINERALS Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment, govt resolve to cooperate with mining

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Recent political changes, not least the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister, combined with the Ramaphosa administration’s seeming resolve to collaborate with industry, particularly the Chamber of Mines (CoM), have resulted in a “cautious optimism” for mining stakeholders,... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment,  govt resolve to cooperate with mining
GEORG KAHLE Mantashe’s commitment to ensuring that an agreement on the charter is reached by June, should result in the legislature’s making the necessary amendments to the MPRDA

Russian billionaire Potanin buys 2% of Nornickel from Abramovich

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin's Interros Holding said it had completed the purchase from businessman Roman Abramovich of a 2% stake in Norilsk Nickel, which has been the subject of a legal battle. Abramovich struck a provisional deal last week that allowed him to sell a 4% stake in... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts
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Share prices of Glencore and Anglo at 2013 levels, despite higher earnings, lower debt

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 The long-term mindset of the mining industry will have to change to position itself for long-term success, set against an ever-changing landscape, says BHP Billiton's head for Minerals America, Daniel Malchuck. He told an audience during the keynote session of the recent Prospectors and... 

Paradigm shift required to position mining industry for long-term success
Photo by BHP Billiton
Escondida, Chile

RNC's Mark Selby dispels myths regarding nickel demand as new EV markets beckon

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2018 Tightening long-term fundamentals for nickel are sketching a rosy picture for the stainless steel-making ingredient, as increased dependence from the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) market adds a growing new demand stream in an already constrained supply scenario. RNC Minerals president and CEO... 

RNC's Mark Selby dispels myths regarding nickel demand as new EV markets beckon
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Nickel ore

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2018 Chinese actions in recent years to embrace temporary production cuts and enforce stricter environmental regulations are probably here to stay for the long term and have already disrupted a range of commodities, including coal, aluminium, lithium and cobalt production chains. Commodity research... 

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities
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Cobalt metal nuggets

Investors hunting cobalt deals approached Sherritt, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2018 Sherritt International has been approached by investors seeking to buy a share of its cobalt production as a way of gaining exposure to the red-hot battery metal, the Canadian miner’s CEO said. Cobalt is rapidly becoming an investor darling as expectations of a shortage driven by the growth of... 

St George raises funds for nickel exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 Nickel explorer St George Mining has raised A$4-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund exploration and drilling programmes at the Mt Alexander nickel/copper sulphide project, in Western Australia. Some 22.2-million shares, priced at 18c each, will... 

Botswana pays Russia's Norilsk Nickel $45m to settle mine sale dispute

By: Reuters     9th March 2018 Botswana has paid Norilsk Nickel $45-million to settle a dispute after its State-run mining company pulled out of buying a stake in a South African mine from the Russian firm, the minerals minister said on Friday. Botswana's state-run BCL Mine pulled out of a 3-billion pula ($281-million) deal in... 

Study elevates importance of Orion’s Jacomynspan deposit

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2018 A geological reevaluation of the ultramafic intrusive hosted Jacomynspan nickel/copper/cobalt deposit, undertaken on behalf of dual-listed Orion Minerals, has highlighted important findings that elevate the importance of this district as a compelling target for exploration. Orion MD and CEO Errol... 

Parties in Nornickel dispute allow share sale, but deal could be unwound – lawyer

By: Reuters     8th March 2018 Russian billionaires Vladimir Potanin and Roman Abramovich and aluminium producer Rusal have agreed to allow the sale by Abramovich of a 4% stake in mining giant Norilsk Nickel on a pro rata basis to Potanin and Rusal, a lawyer for Rusal said on Thursday. The three sides of the dispute reached... 

Amur kicks off Kun-Manie access road programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2018 Aim-listed Amur Minerals has started the development process for its 350 km access road that will link its Kun-Manie project site to the Ulak rail station on the Baikal-Amur rail line. The company has engaged Cevi Constuzioni (CC) to undertake the inaugural step in the design of the road.... 

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