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Global Witness welcomes LME’s new responsible sourcing rules 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 International nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Global Witness has welcomed the London Metal Exchange’s (LME’s) new responsible sourcing rules, which were published for public consultation on Tuesday. The exchange’s responsible sourcing roadmap is intended for LME-listed brands and builds on a... 

Nickel pig iron market contributes to Indonesian nickel mining growth

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The growth of the nickel pig iron (NPI) market in Indonesia has led to the rapid increase of nickel mining operations in the country, says international metals and minerals consultancy Roskill senior analyst Olivier Masson. Nickel pig iron, a low-grade ferronickel, was created in China as a... 

Nickel pig iron market  contributes to Indonesian nickel mining growth
Photo by Bloomberg
STEELY RESOLVE About 70% of the primary nickel produced in 2018 was used for stainless steel production

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, is expected to complete early-works construction at Shaft 2 of the Platreef palladium/platinum/nickel/copper/gold/rhodium project, near Mokopane, in Limpopo, South Africa, in the second quarter, says Ivanplats VP and project director... 

Ivanplats to complete early-works construction at Platreef Shaft 2
SHAFT 2 Aerial view of the Shaft 2 box cut early works with the concrete hitch under construction

Sherritt sees no impact as Trump lifts ban on lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba

By: Reuters     18th April 2019 Canadian miner Sherritt International will not be materially impacted by the Trump administration's decision to allow lawsuits in US courts against foreign firms in Cuba, the Canadian mining firm said on Wednesday. The Trump administration will allow lawsuits in US courts for the first time... 

Sherritt sees no impact as Trump lifts ban on lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba
US President Donald Trump

Munali nickel mine restarted

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2019 Mabiza Resources and its major investor Consolidated Nickel Mines (CNM) have restarted mining operations at the Munali nickel mine, in Zambia. The refurbished mine was officially opened on Tuesday by Zambia President Edgar Lungu and key dignitaries from the Zambian government.  

Waterton launches legal action against Hudbay

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 Toronto-based investment firm Waterton Global Resource Management, which is waging a proxy contest against Hudbay Minerals, has started legal proceedings against the TSX- and NYSE-listed miner in the Ontario Superior Court. According to a statement from Hudbay, Waterton is alleging that the... 

Waterton launches legal action against Hudbay
Hudbay CEO Alan Hair

Demand for outsourced solutions rising in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th April 2019 Mineral discoveries in Africa have been on the increase in the past ten years and one of the major challenges for mines is finding expert solutions in countries that have developing mining ecosystems, says global boutique consultancy The Polyglot Group renewables and resources senior consultant... 

Demand for outsourced  solutions rising in Africa
JASON TODD In Africa, minimising risk is always high on the agenda

Orion Minerals halts securities trading at JSE as it prepares for capital raising

By: African News Agency      11th April 2019 Australian miner Orion Minerals on Thursday requested an immediate trading halt be placed on its securities in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as it anticipates making a material announcement in relation to a proposed capital raising. Orion said the trading halt was requested until the... 

African Battery Metals eyes development of Cameroon, DRC interests

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2019 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM) is now continuing work across its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) cobalt and Cameroon cobalt/nickel projects following a strategic review. The company intends using the data obtained to identify an optimal value generation pathway for the company and... 

IGO to patent Nova downstream process

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd April 2019 Diversified miner Independence Group has lodged a patent application for a new process to produce high quality nickel sulphate from nickel sulphide concentrate. The company is currently undertaking a prefeasibility study on a downstream nickel sulphate operation at its Nova nickel-cobalt... 

Nornickel to spend $1.4bn on two expansion projects

By: Reuters     28th March 2019 Russian nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) said it will invest up to 90-billion roubles ($1.4-billion) over four years in two major projects in Russia. The projects - expansion and reconstruction of the Talnakh ore concentrator and development of the South Cluster mine -... 

Nornickel to spend $1.4bn on two expansion projects

Potanin plans talks with Rusal over cutting Nornickel payout

By: Bloomberg     27th March 2019 Vladimir Potanin is determined to start talks on cutting dividends at MMC Norilsk Nickel, even though management upheaval at the miner’s other key shareholder United Co. Rusal makes the outcome uncertain. “The company has big plans,” Potanin, Nornickel’s biggest shareholder and CEO, said in an... 

Potanin plans talks with Rusal over cutting Nornickel payout
Vladimir Potanin

Poseidon launches Black Swan refurb

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th March 2019 ASX-listed Poseidon Nickel has started the refurbishment of its Silver Swan decline, in Western Australia. The underground refurbishment of the Silver Swan decline will entail the upgrading of ground support, repair of the southern ventilation surface infrastructure, inspection of the northern... 

Sumitomo says Ambatovy nickel plant shut for 2 weeks in February

By: Reuters     20th March 2019 Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp said on Wednesday its Ambatovy nickel plant in Madagascar was forced to shut for about two weeks in early February due to trouble at its hydrogen plant, and may miss its revised annual production target. Sumitomo owns a 47.7% stake in Ambatovy, while South... 

Mincor strikes new deal with Nickel West

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2019 ASX-listed Mincor Resources has signed an offtake term sheet with the Nickel West division of mining major BHP. The term sheet will form the basis for a binding ore tolling and concentrate purchase agreement, which will replace the 20-year agreement that Mincor had with Nickel West, which... 

African Battery Metals buys a stake in Katoro

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 London-listed African Battery Metals (ABM) has acquired an interest in London-listed Katoro Gold and further entered into an option agreement to acquire an interest in Katoro’s Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania. Under the terms of the agreements, ABM will be acquire up to ten-million new... 

Junior miner gets new lease of life with successful refinancing process

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 London AIM-listed junior miner African Battery Metals (ABM) announced early this month that it had successfully concluded its refinancing process. Last December, ABM was suspended from trading on the AIM because of its poor financial situation. At that time, its obligations to short-term... 

Huge demand for copper, cobalt, lithium and nickel in the offing as EV uptake increases

By: Tracy Hancock     15th March 2019 Investors focused on the mining sector may not fully appreciate how quickly the electric vehicle (EV) is being adopted globally, in light of the world pursuing a low-carbon emissions future, says battery metals investment vehicle Colbalt 27 Capital chairperson and CEO Anthony Milewski, who warns... 

Huge demand for copper, cobalt, lithium and nickel in the offing as EV uptake increases

Horizonte reports positive results from Vermelho testwork

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2019 Metallurgical and smelting test work conducted on dual-listed Horizonte’s Vermelho nickel/cobalt project has returned positive results, confirming the project’s potential to produce high-grade, commercial specification ferronickel from saprolite and transition ore. Vermelho is Horizonte’s second... 

Upper ore breakthrough boosts Implats’ Zimbabwe resource base 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2019 The development of an effective method of mining upper ores, which have in the past been excluded from stoping plans, has increased the resource base of the Bimha and Mupani platinum group metals (PGMs) mines in Zimbabwe, Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Nico Muller has disclosed. In response to... 

Upper ore breakthrough boosts Implats’ Zimbabwe resource base
Zimplats Mupani Mine

RBPlat reopens UG2 shaft, creates UG2 access points at Styldrift  

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2019 Flexibility is a re-emphasised aspect of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining strategy. Changed demand has resulted in the need to twist and turn quickly to benefit from the rise in prices of metals in the PGM basket. Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri made special mention of... 

RBPlat reopens UG2 shaft, creates UG2 access points at Styldrift
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

RBPlat studying solar energy, upgrading slimes dams  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 Black-owned and black-managed mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is investigating the use of renewable energy sources and investing in the upgrading of its tailings storage facilities. The company said in reply to Mining Weekly Online during question time at Tuesday’s presentation of... 

RBPlat studying solar energy, upgrading slimes dams
RBPlat executive head: operations Neil Carr outlines solar, tailings plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

RBPlat highlights encouraging new govt approach to mining  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 South Africa’s only community owned mining group, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), on Tuesday highlighted the positive contribution being made to the local mining industry by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and pledged to do its bit towards conquering... 

RBPlat highlights encouraging new govt approach to mining
RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri endorses new government approach at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd

Royal Bafokeng Platinum secures R1bn building block  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 Black-owned and black-managed platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday announced a capital raise of R1 029-million through a rights offer that represents the key final building block to secure the company's path to 500 000 oz of platinum group element (4E)... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum secures R1bn building block
RBPlat CFO Hanré Rossouw spells out rights offer at presentation covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd

Sherritt’s Fort Saskatchewan reaches nickel production milestone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2019 TSX-listed Sherritt’s Fort Saskatchewan metals refinery has reached a production milestone of producing three-billion pounds of nickel since operations started in 1954. “As one of Canada’s oldest mining companies, we are proud of this important milestone,” said David Pathe, CEO and President of... 

Implats pumps cash, slashes debt in laudable turnaround 

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2019 A higher platinum group metals (PGMs) rand basket price boosted by increases in palladium, rhodium and nickel resulted in an laudable operational and financial turnaround by Impala Platinum (Implats) in the six months to end December, when earnings before interest tax depreciation and... 

Implats pumps cash, slashes debt in laudable turnaround
Photo by Creamer Media
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Amur considering two production options for Kun-Manie

By: Mariaan Webb     26th February 2019 Russia-focused Amur Minerals has completed a prefeasibility study (PFS) for Kun-Manie, which has found the nickel/copper sulphide project to be technically and economically viable for two production scenarios. The base case, which represents the quickest and lowest initial capital cost... 

Orion closer to unlocking full potential of Prieska project  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has identified numerous compelling targets for both volcanic massive sulphide- (VMS-) style zinc/copper mineralisation and nickel/copper sulphide mineralisation within a 15 km radius of the world-class Prieska deposit, in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The... 

Orion closer to unlocking full potential of Prieska project
Orion CEO and MD Errol Smart

EY says Canadian miners can be more optimistic about 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd February 2019 The Canadian mining sector continued to face challenges in the final quarter of 2018, as a Chinese economic slowdown weighed on commodity prices, but advisory firm EY says there is reason to be optimistic for 2019. The EY Canadian Mining Eye index, which tracks the Canadian mining sector... 

EY says Canadian miners can be more optimistic about 2019

Nickel price volatility makes for a tough H1 for Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th February 2019 Nickel miner Western Areas has reported a turbulent six months for the period ending December, with volatile nickel prices impacting revenues and profits. Revenue for the six months to December fell to A$123.6-million, compared with the A$132.4-million in the previous six months, while net... 

Platreef weighted basket price reaches three-year high – Ivanhoe

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland and Yufeng Sun, as well as Ivanplats MD Dr Patricia Makhesha, on Monday announced that the weighted basket price of the metals contained in the Platreef palladium/platinum/rhodium/nickel/copper/gold project has risen to a new, three-year high.... 

Implats announces revised interim HEPS, EPS figures

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2019 Following the release of a trading statement earlier this month, Impala Platinum (Implats) on Monday said that it “now has reasonable certainty” that its headline earnings and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six-month period ended December 31, 2018, are likely to be between... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2019 Mining can and will deliver massive benefits if all stakeholders work together, Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday Speaking on the third day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he outlined the huge potential of collaborative government,... 

Working together can deliver mining’s massive benefits – Friedland
Ivanhoe Mines executive co-chairperson and founder Robert Friedland speaks about the winds of change blowing in South Africa and the DRC and the benefits mining companies, African governments and communities can reap if all parties work together. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sumitomo books $137m one-off losses on Ambatovy nickel project

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp booked one-off losses of about 15-billion yen ($137-million) on the Ambatovy nickel/cobalt project in Madagascar in the October to December quarter and cut its nickel output estimate for the current year for the project. The losses include about 10-billion... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

Glencore’s FY18 copper, cobalt output up on restart of Katanga processing operations 

1st February 2019 Diversified miner Glencore on Friday reported an 11% year-on-year increase in its copper production and a 54% year-on-year increase in its cobalt output, mainly as a result of the restart of Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based subsidiary Katanga Mining’s processing operations in late 2017.... 

Glencore’s FY18 copper, cobalt output up on restart of Katanga processing operations

Nornickel to boost nickel, palladium output in 2019

By: Reuters     30th January 2019 Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), the world's largest palladium producer, said on Wednesday its output of palladium and nickel from Russian raw material would increase in 2019. Nornickel, part-owned by Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin and aluminium giant Rusal, said previously it would ramp up... 

Nornickel to boost nickel, palladium output in 2019
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