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Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Indiana lodges $95m claim against Tanzania

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2020 ASX-listed Indiana Resources has lodged a $95-million compensation claim against the government of Tanzania over the ‘illegal expropriation” of the Ntaka Hill nickel project. The dispute arose from a 2017 decision by the Tanzanian government to amend the Mining Act, abolishing the legislative... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch
Photo by Raglan Mine
Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

Auroch to fast track nickel hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Junior Auroch Minerals will raise A$2.9-million to fast track exploration at its Saints and Leinster nickel projects, in Western Australia. The company on Friday said it had received form commitments from professional and sophisticated investors for the placement of more than 42.6-million... 

Jaguar scoping due early 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 A scoping study into a high-grade nickel concentrate operation, at the Jaguar mine in Brazil, is slated for completion early in 2021, ASX-listed Centaurus Metals said this week. MD Darren Gordon told shareholders that the scoping study for the Jaguar project would lay the foundation for... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Stillwater West could be a leading US source of key metals, says Group Ten

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2020 Exploration and development company Group Ten is continuing to advance its Stillwater West project, in Montana, which it believes has the potential to be a leading US-based source of key battery metals and platinum group metals (PGMs). The company is targeting bulk-tonnage deposits of... 

Mincor gives green light to Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th September 2020 The board of ASX-listed Mincor Resources has approved the development of the A$68-million Kambalda nickel operation, in Western Australia, after securing a A$55-million project debt facility from two tier-1 international banks. The credit approved term sheet with BNP Paribas and Societe Generale... 

Russia considers mineral extraction tax rise, Kremlin says no decision

By: Reuters     16th September 2020 Russia is considering tripling the mineral extraction tax on metals and fertiliser producers as Moscow seeks ways to raise revenues, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday, although the Kremlin said no decision had yet been taken. The tax rise under review, which would affect firms including... 

PEA outlines underground expansion extending Santa Rita to 34 years

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2020 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has confirmed the low-cost and long-life potential of Atlantic Nickel and Appian Capital Advisory's Santa Rita nickel/copper/cobalt mine, in Brazil. The PEA outlines a 34-year mine life, which includes a transition to underground mining after 8 years of... 

PEA outlines underground expansion extending Santa Rita to 34 years

Clean TeQ to separate Sunrise Dam from water division, reviews Toronto listing

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2020 Dual-listed Clean TeQ, which is developing the Sunrise Dam cobalt-rich nickel deposit in Australia, has announced that it is considering separating its water division from its mining division and that it would also review its secondary listing on the Toronto exchange. The company, which has a... 

$2.1bn Norilsk fuel spill claim points to growing ESG risks, says Fitch Ratings

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2020 The $2.1-billion environmental damage that Russia has claimed from major Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) for a fuel spill in the Arctic indicates growing environmental, social and governance- (ESG-) financial exposure of commodity companies operating in the emerging markets, says Fitch Ratings. In a... 

$2.1bn Norilsk fuel spill claim points to growing ESG risks, says Fitch Ratings
Nornickel spill clean up under way in June 2020

Ivanhoe Mines continues work on project portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2020 Canadian mining firm Ivanhoe Mines is in the process of updating its figures for an updated bankable feasibility study (BFS) and phased development plan for the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its South African Platreef operation. The updated BFS and PEA should be published within the... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Russia’s richest man owns more melting Arctic than anyone

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2020 Vladimir Potanin, one of the 50 richest people on the planet, stood awkwardly on the Siberian tundra near the remote mining city of Norilsk. It had been less than a week since a spill that threatened to become one of Russia’s worst disasters in the Arctic, caused entirely by an aging fuel tank... 

Russia’s richest man owns more melting Arctic than anyone
Norilsk Nickel owner Vladimir Potanin

Hudbay upsizes offering to $600m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2020 Metals miner Hudbay Minerals has priced an upsized offering of $600-million aggregate principal amount of 6.125% senior notes due 2029. The size of the offering was increased from the previously announced $500-million aggregate principal amount. The new notes, expected to close on September 23,... 

Sibanye-Stillwater eyes battery metals 

By: Nadine James     10th September 2020 Having started its diversification strategy by venturing into platinum-group metals (PGMs) in 2016, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman says the company is now considering diversifying into battery metals. In response to a question posed during the PGMs Industry Day on September 9, he stated,... 

Sibanye-Stillwater eyes battery metals
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Kavango identifies nickel, copper intrusions through 3D modelling in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 London-listed Kavango Resources has found promising initial images from its computerised three-dimensional (3D) geological modelling of its Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) project in Botswana. The company says the images confirm significant similarities between the northern section of the zone and... 

Vale idles New Caledonia nickel/cobalt mine as Aussie suitor walks away

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2020 Brazilian major Vale has announced that the Goro nickel and cobalt mine, in New Caledonia, will be placed on care and maintenance, after failing to reach an agreement with Australian miner New Century Resources to acquire the operation. The exclusivity period that Vale and New Century entered... 

Vale idles New Caledonia nickel/cobalt mine as Aussie suitor walks away

Decline work starts at Odysseus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2020 Nickel miner Western Areas has started the development of twin declines at its Odysseus mine, at the Cosmos operation in Western Australia, awarding contractor Barminco a A$200-million contract. The development and production contract at the Odysseus mine will run over a five-year period, and... 

Decline work starts at Odysseus

Eramet's SLN nickel unit asks court to name expert for rescue plan

By: Reuters     4th September 2020 Nickel miner SLN has asked a commercial court in New Caledonia to appoint an expert to help with discussions over a rescue plan, its parent company Eramet said on Thursday. SLN submitted on Wednesday a request to the court to name an expert under a temporary procedure, an Eramet spokeswoman... 

Katoro Gold advances drilling programme at Blyvoor gold JV

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2020 A suitable drilling contractor has been engaged at the Blyvoor gold joint venture (JV) and drilling is currently under way and on schedule at the project. The drilling programme is a key activity in the resource upgrade programme that forms part of the technical work required for the completion... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Malachite makes a play for Solomon Island nickel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2020 Junior Malachite Resources has struck a term sheet to acquire an 80% interest in Kolosori Nickel. Malachite earlier this year entered into a memorandum of understanding with Kolosori Nickel to carry out a due diligence on the company, which owns the Kolosori nickel project, in the Solomon Islands. 

South Africa must link tax laws to job creation, says ARM’s Motsepe   

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2020 The private sector worldwide is the engine for job creation, in partnership with trade union organisations, government and communities, and South Africa must link its tax legislation to job creation. That is the view African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe... 

South Africa must link tax laws to job creation, says ARM’s Motsepe
African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe responds to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on attracting mining investment. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Covid-19 continues to disrupt mining and metals sector

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2020 The mining and metals industry is being deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as the situation continues to evolve and the virus spreads throughout the world, reports financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research. The firm notes... 

ARM earnings up, dividend declared 

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2020 The headline earnings of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) increased by 6% to R5 534-million for the financial year to June 30. A final dividend of R7 a share is declared, in addition to the interim dividend of R5 a share, taking the total dividend for the 2020 financial... 

ARM earnings up, dividend declared
Photo by Creamer Media
ARM executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Boliden announces €40m nickel expansion in Finland

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2020 Swedish miner Boliden has announced a €40-million expansion of its nickel operations at Harjavalta, Finland. The expansion in the nickel line at the nickel smelter will increase the feed capacity from 310 000 t/y to 370 000 t/y of raw material. The expansion consists of a new concentrate dryer,... 

Boliden announces €40m nickel expansion in Finland

Mining industry yet to fathom scale of battery raw material challenges – Friedland 

By: Mariaan Webb     28th August 2020 While global electric vehicle (EV) sales are back to a healthy growth trajectory, significant investment in mining capacity is required if EVs are to become anything more than a niche market, says mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland’s Clean TeQ Holdings. The TSX- and ASX-listed company owns the... 

Mining industry yet to fathom scale of battery raw material challenges – Friedland
Clean TeQ co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Zebediela nickel project exploration work to recommence

By: Donna Slater     27th August 2020 Aim-listed explorer and developer URU Metals reports that geological exploration work will soon restart at its 100%-owned flagship Zebediela nickel project, which is situated on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo, South Africa. The Bushveld Complex hosts an estimated... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Congo grants new export ban waivers for copper, cobalt, tin

By: Reuters     25th August 2020 Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday gave mining companies an indefinite waiver to an export ban on cobalt hydroxide and carbonate, as well as tin, tungsten, and tantalum concentrates after meeting the country's biggest miners in Kinshasa. The mines ministry also announced an export ban... 

Western Areas posts highest NPAT in seven years

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2020 Higher nickel prices has boosted the bottom-line for producer Western Areas during the full year ended June, despite a decrease in both production and sales for the 12 months under review. ASX-listed Western Areas on Tuesday reported that sales revenue for the full year ended June had increased... 

Rio Tinto takes option on ALX nickel project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 TSX-V-listed ALX Resources on Monday announced that it had entered into an option agreement with global mining major Rio Tinto over a nickel project in northern Saskatchewan, sending its shares up nearly 17% in early morning trade. The Falcon project, near the town of Stony Rapids, will be known... 

Rio Tinto takes option on ALX nickel project

Quebec explorer in funding deal with BHP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 Canadian junior Midland Exploration has executed a funding agreement with BHP for nickel exploration in Quebec. The strategic alliance between Midland and BHP’s Rio Algom will focus on identifying, testing and developing high-quality exploration targets in a large area of interest in the Nunavik... 

Elon Musk is going to have a hard time finding clean nickel

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2020 Elon Musk promises a “giant contract” with the miner that can supply nickel for Tesla Inc. batteries at low cost with minimal environmental impact, yet the industry’s messy track record may make that deal difficult to clinch. Recent accidents such as a diesel spill in Arctic Russia and a burst... 

Elon Musk is going to have a hard time finding clean nickel
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