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Power Metal raises £1m to accelerate exploration

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 25 minutes ago Aim-listed metals exploration and development company Power Metal Resources has raised £1-million to accelerate exploration across its portfolio of projects and to commercialise select project interests. The funds raised will increase the available working capital (cash and listed financial... 

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 41 minutes ago Minerals Council South Africa on Monday expressed regret that the finalisation of the review of the contested elements of the 2018 Mining Charter had been delayed following a judgement of the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria ordering that a number of other parties be joined to the action.... 

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa.

Reopening of economies boosting metals prices 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Since lockdown measures have started to ease around the world to contain Covid-19, ratings and research agency Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P Global) says the reopening of economies, combined with monetary stimulus by banks and governments, has allowed industrial metal prices to rise. However,... 

Reopening of economies boosting metals prices

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study
Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust  

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Platinum group metals are in pole position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, Mining Weekly can today report. A multiplicity of global announcements are emerging daily that inextricably link platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells as well as platinum-catalysed... 

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jervois commences high-prospect drilling programme in Uganda

By: Donna Slater     26th June 2020 TSX-listed nickel and copper miner and explorer Jervois Mining is planning to drill at its Kilembe area properties in western Uganda, to test a target with high-grade copper/gold rock chip samples and a coincidental gold in soil anomaly. The CC target is undrilled and contains some of the... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

Mincor to raise A$60m for Kambalda works

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th June 2020 ASX-listed Mincor Resources will raise A$60-million through a share placement and a share purchase plan (SPP) to fund exploration at its Kambalda projects, in Western Australia. Mincor on Thursday announced that it would raise up to A$50-million through a two-tranche fully underwritten share... 

Mincor to raise A$60m for Kambalda works

Amur outlines strategy for Kun-Manie BFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2020 Base metals explorer and developer Amur Minerals on Wednesday outlined its strategy to fund the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in the far east of Russia. The company would execute a “tried and proven” funding strategy, board adviser Adam Habib... 

LME to examine floor reopening after easing of UK lockdown

By: Reuters     24th June 2020 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will examine whether the easing of social-distancing restrictions in England from July 4 will apply to its open-outcry floor, which has been closed for three months. The 143-year-old exchange temporarily closed the floor - the last open-outcry floor in Europe - on... 

Chevron inks gas deal with Nickel West

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2020 US energy major Chevron has struck a domestic gas sales agreement with mining major BHP’s Nickel West division for the delivery of natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone domestic gas facility. Starting in July, Chevron would supply BHP Nickel West with a total of 22 Petajoules (PJ) of... 

Vale to sell stake in nickel producer to Indonesia's Inalum

By: Reuters     22nd June 2020 Brazil iron-ore miner Vale said on Friday in a securities filing that its Canadian subsidiary had reached an agreement to sell a 20% stake in the nickel producer PT Vale Indonesia to state-controlled PT Indonesia Asahan (Inalum). Vale's Canadian subsidiary will receive $290-million for the sale,... 

Oz Minerals to acquire JV partner Cassini

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2020 Copper/gold miner Oz Minerals has struck a scheme of arrangement with joint venture partner Cassini Resources that will give it full ownership of the West Musgrave project, in Western Australia. The two companies on Monday announced that Oz Minerals would acquire all the issued capital of... 

Oz Minerals to acquire JV partner Cassini
The West Musgrave camp, in Western Australia.

Glencore says will cooperate with investigation by Swiss

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2020 Diversified mining company Glencore stated at the weekend that it would cooperate with an investigation opened into it by the office of the attorney general of Switzerland. Glencore stated in a release to Mining Weekly that it had been informed by the office of the attorney general that it had... 

Glencore says will cooperate with investigation by Swiss
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Glencore head office.

BHP buys Norilsk tenements in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2020 Diversified miner BHP has struck a deal with the Australian arm of major Norilsk Nickel to acquire the Honeymoon Well nickel project, in Western Australia. The Honeymoon Well nickel project comprises the Honeymoon Well development project and a 50% interest in the Albion Downs North and Jericho... 

Voisey’s Bay to resume operations early next month

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2020 The Voisey’s Bay mine, in Labrador, Canada, is gearing up to resume operations, following a three-month shutdown associated with the Covid-19 outbreak. Brazil’s Vale announced on Thursday that it had moved from care and maintenance into a planned maintenance period at Voisey’s Bay as a first... 

Voisey’s Bay to resume operations early next month
Voisey's Bay in Labrador.

Appian appoints Gonzales as operating chief

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2020 Investment adviser Appian Capital Advisory, which backs mining projects, has appointed mining industry executive Igor Gonzales as its new COO. Gonzales will manage the company’s technical team working across Appian’s portfolio, with direct oversight of the firm’s operating assets including... 

Appian appoints Gonzales as operating chief
Igor Gonzales

Nickel mine production to contract nearly 20% this year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2020 Research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research expects nickel mine production to contract by 19.60% this year. In a report, it states that the mining and metals industry will be deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic this year, as the situation continues to evolve and the... 

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2020 More border openings are wanted for returning foreign mineworkers. As of Thursday last week, not a single foreign mineworker had re-entered South Africa from neighbouring foreign countries. “Only a limited number of border posts are open,” Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and... 

More border openings wanted for returning workers – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa Covid-19 Update covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 An estimated 240 000 miners are back at work on 385 large and small mines across South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Each and every one of these miners was screened on their return to work after lockdown... 

240 000 miners back at work – Minerals Council South Africa
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Covid update by Minerals Council South Africa. Video: Darlene Creamer 11.06.2020

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2020 The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday released the 2019 safety data of its company members, who reported 287 occupational fatalities, a marked increase from the 50 fatalities recorded in 2018 and 51 fatalities recorded in 2017. ICMM said in a media release to Mining... 

ICMM members record 287 fatalities in 2019
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Global mining forum IGF puts forward sweeping employment reforms 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining Minerals Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) on Wednesday put forward sweeping mining employment reforms in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has, it states, exposed weak points in the global labour market. IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit... 

Global mining forum IGF puts forward sweeping employment reforms
Photo by Bloomberg
Sweeping mining reforms advocated in response to Covid-19.

Weekly Coal Index heralds vital new era of African pricing transparency  

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2020 Coal remains the dominant primary energy source for the production of electricity in South Africa. Even with high allocations for renewable energy in the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, as well as the prospect of coal-plant decommissioning over the coming ten years, coal is still... 

Weekly Coal Index heralds vital new era of African pricing transparency
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Air will be cleaner when it leaves car engine than when it enters it – Hyundai 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2020 Air will be cleaner when it leaves the engine of a new hydrogen fuel cell electric car than when it enters the engine of the car, Hyundai states in a double-page advertisement in the latest edition of The Economist. This ultra-clean-air automotive advance comes against the backdrop of government... 

Air will be cleaner when it leaves car engine than when it enters it – Hyundai
Platinum and hydrogen going hand-in-glove.

Panoramic debt free

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2020 The share price of ASX-listed Panoramic Resources rose by nearly 11% on Tuesday after the company announced that it was now debt free. The company has told shareholders that subsidiary Savannah Nickel Mines had full repaid a A$25-million debt facility from Macquarie Bank, while the miner has... 

Woodmac predicts surge in nickel in sulphate demand

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2020 Demand for nickel in sulphate from the electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to reach some 800 000 t/y by 2035, while production is expected to rise from the 211 000 t produced in 2019 to peak at 450 000 t by 2027, says consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac). “Existing and would-be nickel... 

Woodmac predicts surge in nickel in sulphate demand

Boliden resumes 90% production at fire-hit Kevitsa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2020 Swedish metals company Boliden has put up mobile crushing plants at the fire-hit concentrating plant at Kevitsa, in Finland, allowing production to resume at almost 90% of normal capacity. The company said post fire inspections were still ongoing and that the cause of the fire was yet to be... 

Nickel market to evolve as EVs, role-players and projects change

By: Donna Slater     5th June 2020 The international refined nickel production and trade market will evolve in the coming decade as China's large nickel deficit, driven by the electric vehicle (EV) success story, and Russia's slowly falling nickel surplus, driven by a thin project pipeline, opens opportunities for other producers,... 

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2020 The Standard Bank is well positioned to weather the Covid-19 storm and remains determined to emerge from this crisis as a stronger Africa-focused financial services group, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said on Thursday. The capital and liquidity levels of Africa’s biggest lender by... 

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank
Standard Bank building.

Russia declares state of emergency over Nornickel's Arctic fuel spill

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2020 Russia declared a federal state of emergency in the Krasnoyarsk region as pollution from a diesel spill in the Arctic city of Norilsk drew comparisons with the Exxon Valdez accident off Alaska in 1989. The state of emergency was announced late Wednesday after being approved by President Vladimir... 

Russia declares state of emergency over Nornickel's Arctic fuel spill

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2020 While South Africa is still trundling along laboriously with a minerals cadastre system fraught with shortcomings, Mozambique has rocketed to the highest firmament of e-government licence processing, Mining Weekly can report. Mozambique first led the pack 17 years ago when, ironically, it latched... 

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance
Mozambique mining cadastre portal.

Atlantic Nickel's Santa Rita achieves strong performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 Nickel exploration, mining and beneficiation company Atlantic Nickel  says its Santa Rita mine, in Brazil, remains operational, with limited disruptions  to the supply chain as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The mine completed its second and third shipments ahead of schedule and has produced... 

New solution for monitoring tailings dams 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The tragic tailings dam breach in Brazil that killed more than 270 people has focused the world of mining on making tailings dams safe. Earlier this year, and environmental organisation Grid-Arendal launched the world’s first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities... 

New solution for monitoring tailings dams
Photo by Creamer Media
Tailings dam.

Panoramic raises initial A$51.9m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2020 ASX-listed Panoramic Resources has completed the institutional component of its entitlement offer and an underwritten institutional placement, raising an initial A$51.9-million. Panoramic last week announced plans for a A$90-million capital raise to to de-risk the restart of its Savannah nickel... 

It’s official, the hottest party in the metals world is cancelled

By: Bloomberg     2nd June 2020 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has pulled the plug on the biggest annual gathering in the metals market, cancelling all its own events during October’s LME Week because of coronavirus concerns. From its origins as an annual gathering organised by the LME’s golf association, the week-long roster... 

Indonesia processing requests for deep-sea mining waste disposal

By: Reuters     1st June 2020 Indonesian authorities are considering two companies' requests to dispose mining waste into the ocean, a senior government official said on Sunday, at a time of heightened sensitivity about the environmental impact of mining. The requests come as mining waste management is increasingly... 

Sienna starts with third drill programme in Sweden

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2020 TSX-V-listed Sienna Resources has started a 1 000 m drill programme on its flagship Slättberg project, in Sweden. The project contains platinum-group metal (PGM), nickel and copper mineralisation that remains open at depth and along strike, as determined by Sienna’s two prior drilling campaigns... 

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