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Nickel News

Beneficiation plants advancing in S Africa, but new potential needed 

25th January 2018 Thakadu Battery Materials has secured a R50-million grant for its pure nickel sulphate plant, while Kropz is finalising its phosphates plant design. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer joins senior deputy editor Tracy Hancock in studio to discuss this development, as well as the potential of the... 

Pioneer intersects new nickel at Golden Ridge

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2018 ASX-listed Pioneer Resources on Thursday announced the intersection of significant nickel sulphide mineralisation at its Golden Ridge project, in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Drilling at the Leo’s dam prospect in the project area has returned a highly significant nickel sulphide... 

Côte d'Ivoire mining sector turnover rose 11.5% in 2017

By: Reuters     25th January 2018 Côte d'Ivoire's mining sector turnover rose by 11.5% in 2017, an increase achieved mainly via exports of gold, manganese and nickel, the government spokesman said on Wednesday. "The mining sector announced a sales revenue of 539-billion CFA francs ($1.02-billion) in 2017, compared to 483-billion... 

Ford complains rising metals costs hurt profits, rivals unphased

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 When Ford Motor reports fourth-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, it is expected to fret that rising metals costs have cut into profits, even as rivals say they have the problem under control. Aluminium prices have risen 20% in the last year and nearly 11% since December 11. Steel prices... 

Goldman, Citi final bidders for Scotiabank's metals business – sources

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 The field of prospective bidders for ScotiaMocatta, the metals trading arm of Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, has narrowed to two, three banking and industry sources said on Wednesday. The two - Goldman Sachs Group and Citi - are undertaking due diligence checks, the sources said. 

Western Areas produces strong quarter, not deterred by volatile nickel market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th January 2018 ASX-listed Western Areas has completed the first half of the year on track to meet all full-year guidance metrics, the base metals producer said on Wednesday. An increase in production, steady cash costs and improved nickel pricing in the December quarter saw the company generate positive... 

Panoramic raises funds to shorten Savannah restart lead time

By: Mariaan Webb     24th January 2018 As Western Australia-based Panoramic Resources moves closer to a decision to resume mining operations at the Savannah nickel mine, in the East Kimberley, the company will raise A$20.9-million for preproduction activities. Panoramic will raise A$20.9-million in an one-for-seven pro-rata... 

Panoramic raises funds to shorten Savannah restart lead time

Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2018 Innovative metals and energy company Thakadu Battery Materials has secured a R50-million black industrialist grant from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the construction of its pure nickel sulphate plant in North West province, which will make use of platinum producer... 

Thakadu’s nickel plant secures R50m black industrialist grant
Thakadu CEO Ruli Diseko

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2018 Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%,... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Mincor raises A$10m in two raisings to fund nickel exploration

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2018 An oversubscribed A$3-million share purchase plan (SPP) has brought the total amount raised by ASX-listed Mincor Resources to A$10-million since December. The company on Friday announced that, of the A$12.8-million in applications received from shareholders, Mincor would accept A$1-million in... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

RNC lifts Beta Hunt mine's Q4 output 21% y/y

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 Diversified Canadian miner RNC Minerals has reported a 21% year-on-year increase in fourth-quarter gold output from the Beta Hunt mine, in Western Australia, producing 12 722 oz of gold. The Toronto-headquartered company mined 160 000 t of ore at Beta Hunt, which had an average grade of 2.47 g/t... 

Materials Price Index rises for tenth week in a row

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 The Materials Price Index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has risen for the tenth consecutive week, the research and consultancy group announced on Thursday. The index added a strong 1.8%, adding to a 15.1% rise since early October, when the current rally started. 

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering services provider TDS Projects Construction, in partnership with Robor Pipe Systems, has started construction of 13-km-long tailings pipeline for the Nkomati nickel mine’s Onverwacht site, in Mpumalanga. Reports from site indicate that the project is on track for... 

Nkomati mine tailings pipeline project set for completion next month
PROJECT PROGRESS All the pipes required for the project have been delivered and more than 4 500 m of piping have been installed to date

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over SA amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling
Photo by Duane Daws
Danie Pretorius

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Global miner BHP on Thursday reported a 3% rise in second-quarter iron-ore production year over year and said it expects to meet its full-year target as prices for the steelmaking ingredient outperform forecasts. BHP's iron-ore output climbed to 72-million tonnes for the three months ended... 

BHP second-quarter iron-ore output up 3%, maintains forecast

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 Auto manufacturers are ramping up strategies to cash in on the accelerating worldwide acceptance and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), prompting advice from research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie for automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’ and take stakes in mines or new mine projects... 

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 Global engineering, project delivery, contract operations specialist and asset management group DRA’s acquisition of Perth-based Minnovo expands its Australian footprint and adds depth to its metallurgical, engineering, procurement, project management, construction and commissioning capabilities... 

DRA expands Asia-Pacific footprint
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Wray Carvelas

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Triple-listed diversified miner South32 on Wednesday reported that, while it had achieved its guidance for all its operations during the three months to December 31, its South African manganese operations, in particular, exceeded expectations, owing to strong market demand. Saleable ore... 

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark
Photo by NextSource Materials
A representation of how NextSource Materials' Madagascar-based Molo modular plant will look like

Miners bolster senior ranks in preparation for fast-paced 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 Several Canadian listed miners reported senior management changes on Tuesday. Marine mining hopeful Nautilus Minerals announced Tuesday that Tariq Al Barwani has been appointed to the role of nonexecutive chairperson. Al Barwani joined the board in May 2016. He is a director and shareholder of MB... 

RNC in talks with financiers, market participants for Dumont construction decision by 2019

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Diversified Canadian miner RNC Minerals is engaging a number of potential strategic investors, offtake partners and financiers who could provide the $1.3-billion capital financing required to start construction of the shovel-ready Dumont nickel/cobalt project, in the Abitibi region of Quebec. The... 

RNC in talks with financiers, market participants for Dumont construction decision by 2019
Photo by RNC Minerals
Dumont nickel buttons

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2018 Investors should be prepared to value the reserves of metal that Glencore owns more highly to reward the proactive approach that the London- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company has towards managing its assets. Reflecting on the decision of Glencore to pull metal from the market... 

Glencore reserves should be valued higher – analysts
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2018 South Africa needs to aim towards smarter mining, smarter agriculture and smarter manufacturing. “It’s about taking all the major sectors of the economy forward, with each feeding on the other,” says Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) research and information head Jorge Maia of the roles... 

Smarter mining, manufacture, agriculture needed, says IDC’s Maia
Industrial Development Corporation research and information head Jorge Maia and Unctad economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas respond to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Strong commodity price rally lifts IHS Materials Price Index for ninth consecutive week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 The IHS Materials Price Index (MPI) is in its ninth consecutive week of gains, jumping 2.8% last week – the strongest weekly performance since early September. According to IHS Markit economist Cole Hassay, the MPI was supported by broad-based positive indicators, with eight of ten subcomponents... 

Regency eyes larger role in EV market

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2018 London-listed Regency Mines plans to reposition itself to fully leverage the mineral resources to be used in the rising electric vehicle (EV) batteries and related energy technologies. The company on Thursday said in an update to shareholders that it aimed to rebrand its nickel/cobalt and related... 

The No.1 miner is building an EV hub it doesn't want to keep

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Electric vehicles could hold the key to BHP Billiton finally finding a buyer for its unwanted nickel operations. The world’s top miner is accelerating plans to transform Nickel West in Western Australia into a linchpin of the global supply chain for EV batteries. The switch in focus promises to... 

The No.1 miner is building an EV hub it doesn't want to keep
BHP Nickel West president Eduard Haegel

Cobalt and 11% yields lure risk-takers to this Canadian miner

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 Sherritt International Corp’s double-digit bond yields are beginning to lure investors, even as questions linger about whether the Canadian miner has unloaded enough debt and turned around its sputtering projects. The Toronto-based firm restructured its Ambatovy mining joint venture, in... 

Cobalt and 11% yields lure risk-takers to this Canadian miner
Photo by Sherritt International
Ambatovy, Madagascar

Burkina Faso project acquisition opens multi-metal opportunity – Pegasus

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 ASX-listed Pegasus Metals on Wednesday announced that it would buy Scorpion Minerals, which holds the rights to acquire up to a 70% joint venture (JV) interest in the Dablo palladium/platinum/gold/nickel/copper exploration project, located in Burkina Faso for A$360 000. This will be paid through... 

Burkina Faso project acquisition opens multi-metal opportunity – Pegasus

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Reuters     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2017 London-based brokerage SP Angel has outlined the key trends that characterised the basket of energy metals during 2017 and the the outlook for 2018 in its new ‘Battery Raw Material Review, Outlook – SP Angel Commodity Research Book’ published on Wednesday. The report pointed out that the... 

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

RNC raises funding to support WA nickel ramp up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2017 TSX-listed RNC Minerals has restructured a loan and raised additional funds to support the nickel ramp up at its Western Australia-based Beta Hunt mine, where it aims to double production to four-million pounds next year. The company announced this week that it had restructured its financing... 

Orion identifies exploration targets through survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 A 962 km2 high-power SkyTEM airborne electromagnetic (EM) survey that dual-listed Orion Minerals started at the Areachap Belt, in the Northern Cape, in late November, has identified four primary and 11 secondary priority targets for exploration. The company now intends to expand its activities to... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Ratings agency Moody’s believes 2018 will be a year of relative stability for the global base metals industry after some recovery was experienced this year. In a 2018 outlook analysis, released on Wednesday, the agency noted that these improved supply/demand fundamentals would hold on the back of... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

Separate stock exchange listing for Aura’s Sweden project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2017 Dual-listed uranium and gold focused Aura Energy has started the process to list its Häggån project in Sweden separately on multiple international exchanges to “maximise the value of the battery metal content” of the project. The project contains vanadium, molybdenum, cobalt, neodymium, nickel... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore sees itself as being best placed for the electric vehicle revolution through its ‘tier 1’ copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc and thermal coal assets. The company said in an investor day update on Tuesday that sustainably low-cost and long-life first... 

Glencore guiding soaring 2018 earnings
Photo by Duane Daws
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
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