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Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Australia's Nickel Industries sees lower quarterly earnings as prices weaken

By: Reuters     4th October 2022 Australia's Nickel Industries on Monday forecast a slump in its quarterly operating earnings due to weakening nickel pig iron prices and said it would transition one of its Indonesian projects to a low-grade ore of the battery metal. Nickel Industries said it expects third-quarter earnings... 

Energy and battery minerals driving Australian exports to record levels

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to reach a record A$450-billion in 2022/23, with the export of battery metals, including copper, nickel and lithium, expected to more than double on the 2020/21 earnings. In the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief... 

Image shows operations at Port Hedland

More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.
Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.

Operations at Neves-Corvo suspended after fatality

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2022 Base metals miner Lundin Mining has temporarily suspended operations at the Neves-Corvo mine, in Portugal, following a fatality late in the evening on Friday. In what the company has described as an isolated incident underground, an employee of a materials handling contractor was fatally injured... 

Export ban triples nickel investment in Indonesia’s Morowali

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2022 Indonesia’s nickel investment is set to triple in one of the country’s biggest industrial parks, following a 2019 ban on raw ore exports that President Joko Widodo says will help the economy produce higher-value goods. Spending on projects in Morowali Industrial Park in Sulawesi will reach... 

Royal Coal shifts focus to EV metals exploration

By: Mariaan Webb     30th September 2022 Canadian exploration company Royal Coal has entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% undivided interest in Poissons Blanc nickel/copper/cobalt property, in Quebec. The option repositions the company’s focus on resource exploration of electric vehicle (EV) metals. The Poissons Blanc... 

Ero makes significant nickel sulphide discovery in Brazil

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2022 Vancouver-headquartered Ero Copper on Thursday announced a significant regional nickel-sulphide discovery in the Curaçá Valley of Brazil. The newly discovered system, known as Umburana, has an initial strike length of 5 km and remains open in all directions. 

Canada Nickel arranges loan, says Crawford feasibility expected by year-end

By: Mariaan Webb     30th September 2022 Canadian developer Canada Nickel has arranged a $10-million loan with precious metals merchant Auramet, which will be used for post-feasibility study work, including permitting and detailed engineering. Chairperson and CEO Mark Selby reports that the feasibility study for the Crawford project is... 

Vale announces reorganization of Brazil base metals business

By: Reuters     30th September 2022 Brazilian miner Vale on Thursday announced a reorganization of its base metals business in Brazil, saying it will transfer its copper assets in the country to Salobo Metais and its nickel assets to a new venture it will form. Vale will continue to fully own the assets and said the move comes as... 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metals for cleaner future being turned to account in minerals-endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 South Africa’s critical minerals potential is being highlighted in an increasingly promising manner by Orion Minerals, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company that is showing the way in the minerals-endowed Northern Cape. Orion, headed by its Boksburg-born CEO Errol Smart, is poised to bestow... 

Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.
Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.

Noront renamed Ring of Fire Metals; Eagle's Nest activity restarts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2022 Australia-based Wyloo Metals has rebranded its Canada-based business as Ring of Fire Metals, and has restarted activity at the Eagle’s Nest project, in northern Ontario. Mining mogul Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo in April bought Noront Resources, having outbid diversified major BHP in the battle for... 

An image of an exploration site

Nickel Industries settles Oracle buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Industries has finalised the acquisition of an additional 40% interest in the Oracle nickel project, in Indonesia, taking its equity interest in the project to 70%. The company said on Wednesday that with commissioning at the project scheduled for October, Nickel Industries has... 

Finland plans new tax on mining

By: Reuters     27th September 2022 Finland's government plans to introduce a new tax on minerals extracted by the mining industry, the Nordic country's finance ministry said on Tuesday. Some of the European Union's greatest known reserves of minerals used for batteries and other products are located in Finland where there are... 

Finland plans new tax on mining

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volkswagen teams up with Umicore on battery materials

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Volkswagen announced on Monday a $2.9-billion battery parts joint venture with Belgian materials firm Umicore, becoming the latest European automaker to bring battery supplies closer to home in the shift towards electric vehicles. While raw materials - among them lithium, cobalt, nickel and... 

Brazil approves Araguaia as strategic project – Horizonte

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2022 The Brazilian government has approved the Araguaia nickel project as a strategic minerals project, dual-listed Horizonte Minerals reported on Monday. The approval would ensure that the various government agencies engaged in the construction and operation of the mine would treat Araguaia as a... 

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jervois gets enviro approval for SMP Stage 1

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 ASX- and TSX-V listed Jervois Global has been awarded an Environmental Installation License, or LPI, for its São Miguel Paulista (SMP) nickel cobalt refinery in São Paulo, Brazil. The company said on Friday that the licence from the state environmental regulator, Companhia Ambiental do Estado... 

S Africa must navigate pros, cons of energy transition

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     23rd September 2022 The green energy revolution in South Africa presents potential positive and negative consequences for the economy, says professional services firm Deloitte Energy, Resources and Industrials leader Andrew Lane. This revolution involves a shift away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, including... 

An image of Deloitte's Energy, Resources and Industries Leader, Andrew Lane
ANDREW LANE "The energy transition will cultivate a successful and competitive industry, which will have a ripple effect into the broader economy” Andrew Lane

Power Metal targets large-scale nickel mineralisation with diamond drilling on Molopo Farms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2022 London-listed Power Metal Resources has started an inaugural diamond drilling programme at the Molopo Farms Complex project, in Botswana. The drilling, at drill hole DDH1-6B, is targeting a large southerly dipping conductor that was identified by a moving loop electromagnetic geophysics survey,... 

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining driving Australian budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed statements by the federal Treasurer acknowledging the importance of the resources sector to Australia’s economy. Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, ahead of the Budget which is some five weeks away, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said that... 

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Nornickel plans to raise employees' stake in mining giant, says top shareholder

By: Reuters     19th September 2022 Russian mining giant Nornickel plans to increase the equity holdings of employees and other individuals to collectively comprise 25% of the company, up from 10% now, its largest shareholder Vladimir Potanin told RBC TV. Nornickel, the world's top palladium and refined nickel producer, was one of... 

Chinese investors plan $2.83bn metals park in Zimbabwe

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2022 Zimbabwe’s government approved a proposal by a group of Chinese investors to establish a $2.83-billion battery-metals park that will process metals including lithium, platinum and nickel, its latest plan to revive its moribund economy. Hong Kong Eagle International Investment Holding and Pacific... 

Aus govt awards A$50m in grants to critical mineral projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 The federal government on Friday approved nearly A$50-million in grants to accelerate the development of the critical minerals industry in the country, as part of efforts to reach net zero. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King announced the grant of the finding to six key... 

Sibanye sees possible further opportunities in growing battery metals sector 

By: Darren Parker     16th September 2022 The global forecast for battery electric vehicle (BEV) production has risen by 120% over the past two years, according to research carried out by research and consulting firm SFA (Oxford). SFA (Oxford) senior battery markets analyst Lakshya Gupta, who presented the research findings during a... 

lithium ion batteries

Miners marry at BHP's Leinster mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 Diversified miner BHP’s Leister nickel operations, in Western Australia, has marked a momentous occasion this week, with the underground mine playing host to a wedding. Dressed in their bright orange high visibility shirts, and with a specially made jacket and veil adorned helmet, Aleese [last... 

Miners marry at BHP's Leinster mine

Tripling Zambia’s copper output ambitious but attainable best-case scenario

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Key prerequisites need to be in place if Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is to tap into the potential developmental benefits of the “oil of Zambia” by tripling the country’s yearly copper output in the next ten years, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO Sokwani Chilembo. “Tripling the country’s... 

Valve demand up amid mining uptick

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Demand from the Zambian mining industry for valves, and actuator technology manufacturer AR Controls’ product offering, is stable and increasing since Hakainde Hichilema became the seventh President of the country in August last year, says AR Controls CEO Julien van Niekerk. “Demand is relatively... 

Zambia’s acceptance of the IncoValves and Controls range, whose design is based on lowering the total cost of ownership for end-users and increasing uptime, has exceeded AR Control’s expectations
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Zambia’s acceptance of the IncoValves and Controls range, whose design is based on lowering the total cost of ownership for end-users and increasing uptime, has exceeded AR Control’s expectations

Archer appoints former Trevali exec as CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     15th September 2022 Nickel mining company Archer Exploration has appointed Tom Meyer as president, CEO and director, replacing Keith Bodnarchuk, who is stepping down to focus his efforts as co-founder and CEO of uranium explorer Cosa Resources. Meyer is a professional engineer and veteran of the mining industry,... 

Pacific Nickel gets mining lease for Kolosori

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2022 ASX-listed Pacific Nickel Mines has been awarded a mining lease for the Kolosori project, on the Solomon Islands. In addition, Pacific Nickel has also entered into surface access rights agreement with landowners and a mining agreement with the government of the Solomon Islands, setting out the... 

Nickel miner Vale Indonesia signs HPAL deal with China's Huayou

By: Reuters     14th September 2022 Nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia on Tuesday signed an agreement with China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt to build a second high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) plant to produce nickel material used in batteries to power electric vehicles. Under the heads of agreement, Vale and Huayou plan to build an... 

Electra Battery’s nickel refinery plans starting to take shape

By: Mariaan Webb     12th September 2022 Canadian firm Electra Battery Materials has announced the highlights of a scoping study for an integrated nickel refinery, as part of its vision of creating an electric vehicle (EV) battery materials park in Ontario. The integrated park will ultimately include nickel, cobalt and manganese... 

An image of Electra Battery CEO Trent Mell
Electra Battery CEO Trent Mell

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
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