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Glencore guides higher full-year ferrochrome output with coal marking time 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is guiding 3% higher ferrochrome performance for the whole of this year, with no change to its coal production guidance. Full-year guidance for nickel is also up by the same three percentage points but full-year 2022 zinc guidance has been reduced... 

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

Canadian North sets aside C$11m for Nunavut exploration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 TSX-V-listed exploration and development company Canadian North on Monday announced a C$11-million budget for its exploration plan at Ferguson Lake, in Nunavut, focusing on nickel, copper, cobalt,  palladium and platinum mineralisation. The exploration plan will include a resource estimation, a... 

Palladium One increases LK indicated resources by 250%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 Precious metals exploration company Palladium One has published an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its Läntinen Koillismaa (LK) project, in north-central Finland, increasing the Kaukua area’s indicated resources tonnes by about 250%. The project now has 1.1-million ounces total... 

Australian Mines hopes to add to Sconi resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2022 ASX-listed Australian Mines has started the hunt for additional nickel and cobalt resource at its Sconi nickel/cobalt/scandium project, in Queensland. The current plan for the $974-million Sconi project includes a two-million tonne a year ore processing plant, delivering a mixed nickel-cobalt... 

Aeon pauses PFS work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2022 Junior Aeon Metals has paused the prefeasibility study (PFS) on its Walford Creek copper/cobalt project, in Queensland, on the back of ever-increasing global input costs and supply chain volatility. The ASX-listed company in June of last year completed a revised scoping study for Walford Creek,... 

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Talon expands in-house capabilities to explore for battery minerals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2022 Nickel/copper explorer Talon Metals has purchased new drill rights and hired more people to step up its exploration efforts for battery minerals  in Minnesota. The TSX-listed company bought three new Boart Longyear drill rigs, taking its in-house drilling fleet to six rights. The new rigs will... 

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Uganda seeks investors to revive copper mine

By: Reuters     13th April 2022 Uganda said on Tuesday it was inviting expressions of interest from investors to restart a vast copper mine in the country's west that also holds significant cobalt deposits. The Kilembe mine, which sits on the foothills of the ice-capped Rwenzori mountains on the border with Democratic Republic... 

Glencore, GM enter multi-year cobalt supply agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore and General Motors (GM) on Tuesday announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia. The agreement represents initial strategic collaboration between the two... 

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The Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canadian miners cheer Ottawa's critical minerals budget plan

By: Reuters     11th April 2022 Canadian miners say Ottawa's plan to spend C$3.8-billion ($3.02-billion) to boost domestic production of lithium, copper and other strategic minerals should help propel the country's efforts to become a key part of the global electric vehicle supply chain. The spending, announced during Canada's... 

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Canada offers carbon capture tax credit to help cut emissions

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rolling out one of Canada’s largest single industrial tax incentives to fund carbon capture projects as his government tries to deliver on ambitious climate goals by offsetting emissions from the country’s energy sector. In a federal budget unveiled on Thursday,... 

Canada PM Justin Trudeau
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Canada PM Justin Trudeau

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Zambia’s copper potential coming to fore again as Castillo survey shows upside 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 London- and Sydney-listed base metal explorer Castillo Copper has identified multiple copper-potential drill-testing targets at its Mkushi project in Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer. Castillo stated in a release to Mining Weekly on Tuesday that the formulation of a drilling... 

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Castillo Copper MD Dr Dennis Jensen.

Canada to invest C$2bn on mineral strategy for EV battery supply chain

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 Canada's federal budget will include an investment of at least C$2-billion ($1.6-billion) for a strategy to accelerate the production and processing of critical minerals needed for the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain, two senior government sources said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's... 

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LME introduces 15% daily price limits for all metals

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 The London Metal Exchange said it had introduced daily price limits for all its metals and would commission an independent review into the events that led to chaos in the nickel market last month. The LME has brought in 15% upper and lower daily price limits for all of its physically delivered... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Sibanye-Stillwater highlights battery grade nickel sulphate fetching price premium 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday highlighted the quality elevation of its price-discounted nickel sulphate crystals to price-premium battery grade through the introduction of the Thakadu Battery Materials operation into the Base Metal Refinery in North West province.... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater operation highlighted during Bank of America conference virtual site visit.

China Moly says 'significant progress' made on Tenke mine dispute

By: Reuters     31st March 2022 China Molybdenum said "significant progress" had been made on a dispute regarding the Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine (TFM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The dispute between China Moly and Democratic Republic of Congo's state mining company Gecamines, which hold 80% and 20%... 

Biden poised to use Cold War powers to boost battery metals

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 President Joe Biden is poised to invoke as soon as this week Cold War powers to encourage domestic production of critical minerals for electric-vehicle and other types of batteries, according to people familiar with the matter. The White House is discussing adding battery materials to the list... 

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Green energy transition presents ‘unparalleled’ opportunity for Zambia  

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 The green energy transition presents an “unparalleled” opportunity for Zambia, but for it to work, the mining sector needs a fair, predictable and stable regulatory framework, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during an address at the Chatham House... 

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

28th March 2022 Coal markets continue to stabilise, with the back end of the curve having come up significantly in recent weeks. A great opportunity for coal producers to start locking in some forward pricing. Crude oil prices are looking tired, with Brent struggling to hold the $120 mark. With no shortage of... 

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

MMG commits to $600m DRC cobalt expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     24th March 2022 Base metals miner MMG has approved a $500-million to $600-million expansion of its Kinsevere operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), extending the mine life for at least another 13 years. The Kinsevere expansion project will bring yearly production of copper cathode up to 80 000 t... 

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The Kinsevere operation in the DRC

Jubilee sees the benefits of its investment in growth projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th March 2022 Aim- and AltX-traded metals processing company Jubilee says the six months ended December 31, 2021 marked a period of significant investment, with £35-million, or about R750-million, having been invested into its South African and Zambian operations. This lays the foundation for sustained growth... 

Cobalt Blue starts underground development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2022 ASX-listed Cobalt Blue has started underground development at the Pyrite Hill operation, in New South Wales, to support demonstration plant activities. Some 3 500 t to 4 000 t of ore will be mined at Pyrite Hill to support 20 weeks of continuous operation of the demonstration plant, the company... 

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Lithium battery capacity to grow five-fold - Woodmac

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2022 Advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) has flagged a potential five-fold increase in global cumulative lithium-ion battery capacity, to 5 500 GWh between 2021 and 2030. Woodmac on Tuesday said that the Asia Pacific region, led by China, accounted for 90% of the world’s battery manufacturing in... 

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Altus sells nickel/cobalt licence to Firering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2022 TSX-V- and Aim-listed Altus Strategies will sell its Toura nickel/cobalt licence application, in Côte d'Ivoire, to Aim-listed Firering Strategic Minerals for €15 000 and a gross revenue royalty (GRR) of up to 1% on future production from the project. Altus’ business model includes the... 

Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

14th March 2022 ENERGIES - Coal markets had a wild ride last week, with Richards Bay Coal Terminal physical prices reaching a high of around $450/mt, before coming back down to around $380. As we said previously, this was likely to be the high water mark with the most desperate utilities covering in the spot... 

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Senators urge Biden to invoke defence act for battery materials

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2022 US Senators sent a bipartisan letter to the Biden administration Friday afternoon asking the President to invoke the Defense Production Act to accelerate production of battery materials that are needed to power electric vehicles. The letter, signed by Democrat Joe Manchin and Republicans Lisa... 

Aus and India hunt for critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2022 The Australian government has allocated A$5.8-million to a new three-year investment partnership with India, which could unlock mutual benefits for both countries from Australia’s world-leading critical minerals sector. “Australia and India are natural partners sharing mutual strategic and... 

Gratton says Canada should do more to seize mining opportunities 

By: Mariaan Webb     10th March 2022 Canada has long been the dominant global mining nation – in mineral production, mining finance, mining services and supplies, and sustainability and safety, but Mining Association of Canada (MAC) president and CEO Pierre Gratton has warned that there are signs this position is slipping. Citing... 

MAC president and CEO Pierre Gratton has warned that Canada's position as mining leader is slipping
MAC president and CEO Pierre Gratton has warned that Canada's position as mining leader is slipping

Lithium Americas CEO says mining reform needed for EV metals supply

By: Reuters     10th March 2022 The United States should do more to streamline permitting of new mines for electric vehicle metals and not expect to rely solely on recycling of old batteries for supply, the CEO of Lithium Americas said on Wednesday. "You have to actually build out all the infrastructure and get these materials... 

Canada forges new EV supply chain path in bid to secure growth

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2022 Canada, a major car and parts producer, is bolstering its battery and electric vehicle supply chain to ensure future growth for its vital $10-billion auto industry. On Monday, General Motors and Posco Chemical announced a $400-million investment in a new Quebec facility to produce cathode active... 

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