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Russia may change tax for steel raw materials, fertilisers, Nornickel

By: Reuters     16th September 2021 Russia may set a new mineral extraction tax (MET) linked to global prices for the country's producers of iron ore, coking coal and fertilisers, as well as complex ore mined by Nornickel, four sources at companies familiar with talks told Reuters. Moscow has been searching for additional proceeds... 

China calls for better reporting of mineral reserves for energy security

By: Reuters     15th September 2021 China has asked local governments and major oil companies to conduct a thorough survey of their mineral reserves as it seeks to provide more "dynamic" updates on the country's mineral wealth for the sake of its energy and economic security. The Ministry of Natural Resources urged provinces,... 

Ibhubesi Capital to take majority interest in Union Atlantic

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2021 JSE-listed base and technology metals miner Union Atlantic Minerals reports that the subscription of 194.36-million shares by investment company Ibhubesi Capital, has been implemented, with Ibhubesi providing a written undertaking to pay, by no later than September 30, a deposit in escrow of... 

Resources Watch  

15th September 2021 This week: Platinum demand strengthening; Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade, long-life underground potential; and, Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining 

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Resources Watch

Talon announces high grades at Minnesota nickel project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 Toronto-listed Talon Metals on Wednesday announced record grades at its Tamarack nickel/copper/cobalt project, in Minnesota, with VP for exploration Brian Goldner saying that the project could be a vital source for the US electric vehicle battery supply chain. “Grade is ‘king’ in mining, and our... 

Poseidon reports maiden resource at Silver Swan tailings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2021 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel has reported a 675 000 t Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant mineral resource estimate for the Silver Swan tailings, in Western Australia. Grading at 0.92% nickel and 683 parts per million cobalt, the tailings are estimated to contain some 6 200 t of nickel... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Outlook for metals improves – Moody’s

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2021 Credit rating business Moody's Investors Service’s outlook for the global metals and mining industry changed to stable from positive with high prices expected to fade out throughout 2022. In a new report covering iron-ore, steel, coal, aluminium, gold, silver, nickel, copper and zinc, Moody's... 

Horizonte secures export credit agency approval for Araguaia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2021 Brazil-focused nickel company Horizonte Minerals has received formal credit and board approval from two export credit agencies (ECAs) for $146.2-million of the senior secured project financing facility to part fund construction of its Araguaia ferro-nickel project. The ECAs are Denmark’s AKF and... 

An image of a trial project at Araguaia in Brazil.

Broadening ESG has provided clear paths to economic benefit – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 Sustainability is not a function of compliance but rather a strategic imperative to change the role that mining plays in society and in economies, says Sibanye-Stillwater senior vice-president and head of sustainability Loyiso Ndlovu. “We do this by sticking to the knitting in being miners, and... 

Sibanye Investor Day 2021
Sibanye-Stillwater Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines   

10th September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks African Rainbow Minerals touting the possibility of an opportunity for manganese alloy production locally; the Nkomati Nickel mine could hold underground opportunity; and the three structural characteristics that South Africa has to possibly become a... 

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Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines

Lundin CEO Inkster to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2021 Base metals producer Lundin Mining on Thursday announced that CEO Marie Inkster would leave the company at the end of the year for personal reasons and that Peter Rockandel had been selected as her successor. Inkster joined Lundin in 2008 and served as CFO for ten years before being appointed... 

Nickel Mines prices notes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2021 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has completed a $150-million issuance of senior secured notes, which will mature in April 2024. The company this week told shareholders that the funds from the note issue would be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, and to bolster Nickel Mines’ treasury. 

Poseidon settles on refurbishment option for Black Swan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th September 2021 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel is targeting a final investment decision on the restart of its Black Swan operation, in Western Australia, in May next year, with mill commissioning targeted for December. The company on Thursday told shareholders that outcomes of the recent scoping studies on... 

Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade, long-life underground potential – ARM  

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2021 The large underground resource that remains at the shut Nkomati Nickel mine in Mpumalanga provides optionality depending on market conditions, says African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt. The Nkomati mine, located near Machadodorp, has been on care-and-maintenance since March as the... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Mike Schmidt when he was presenting ARM's financial results in September 2021
African Rainbow Minerals CEO Mike Schmidt reports on Nkomati Nickel covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Noront reviewing Wyloo arrangement agreement

By: Mariaan Webb     7th September 2021 Canadian nickel junior Noront Resources on Tuesday confirmed that it had received an arrangement agreement from suitor Wyloo Metals, which outlines the terms and conditions of its C$0.70-a-share offer. Noront said that it was reviewing the arrangement agreement and stressed that the board would... 

Noront reviewing Wyloo arrangement agreement

Mincor raises A$65m for Kambalda works

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2021 Nickel developer Mincor Resources will raise A$65-million to de-risk production at its Kambalda operation, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed miner on Tuesday announced that it would place more than 46.8-million shares, at a price of A$1.28 a share, to investors under the company’s existing... 

Wyloo wants Noront directors to disclose any BHP benefits

By: Mariaan Webb     7th September 2021 Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest's Wyloo Metals has called on the board of takeover target Noront Resources to disclose if they are afforded any benefits by diversified major BHP that will not be made available to ordinary shareholders. These include any early exercise or vesting options... 

Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Nornickel lists first ETC physically backed by carbon-neutral nickel

By: Reuters     6th September 2021 Russia's Nornickel has listed the world's first exchange traded commodity (ETC) physically backed by carbon-neutral nickel, the producer said on Monday, as it looks to attract more investors to metals needed for the global energy transition. The world's largest producer of palladium and... 

BMW orders up $24bn worth of batteries as EV demand grows

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2021 BMW has boosted orders for batteries cells to keep pace with accelerating demand for electric cars that made up for more than 11% of deliveries during the half of the year. The German carmaker now has contracts for more than €20-billion worth of batteries, up from €12-billion previously, CEO... 

Nornickel to negotiate settlement with fishery agency

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd September 2021 Palladium and nickel producer Nornickel has agreed with Russia's Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) to negotiate a potential settlement in kind of the claim filed by the agency against a subsidiary of the company. Rosrybolovstvo is claiming 58.7-billion ruble, about R805-million, for... 

Nornickel to negotiate settlement with fishery agency

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

EV push sees spike in 'ínfluencer conversations' about the issues - GlobalData

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st September 2021 As several countries have committed to bringing in cleaner fuelled cars in a bid to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is quickly gaining traction in automotive markets around the world. This shift towards electrification is also propelling mining and power... 

BHP stands behind its C$0.55-a-share Noront offer

By: Mariaan Webb     31st August 2021 The world’s biggest mining company BHP continues to stand behind its C$0.55-a-share offer for Canadian nickel explorer Noront Resource, but says it will consider its alternatives should a bona fide competing alternative transaction materialise. BHP chief development officer Johan van Jaarsveld... 

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Brazilian Nickel raises further $24.8m

By: Mariaan Webb     31st August 2021 UK-based Brazilian Nickel has completed a further equity raise of $24.8-million to fund the expansion of its existing PNP 1000 demonstration plant. PNP1000 is the initial, small scale commercial production project at the Piaui nickel project, in Brazil. The investment will be made in three... 

Silver Elephant spins out battery metals assets

By: Mariaan Webb     27th August 2021 Toronto-listed Silver Elephant Mining on Thursday announced a reorganisation of the company, spinning out its nickel and vanadium assets, as well as creating a separate battery metals royalty subsidiary. The Gibellini vanadium project, in Nevada, the Manitoba-based Minago nickel project and... 

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Testing facility expansion under way

27th August 2021 Swiss multinational metals and minerals trade commodities group SGS has seen a rising demand for testing services to meet client requirements and, to facilitate the needs of its clients, it announced the construction of its new, state-of-the-art laboratory in April this year. 

Staff at SGS Group standing in front of a site being constructed at its better testing facility in Spijkenisse near the Port of Rotterdam
BREAKING GROUND The new groundbreaking state-of -the-art facility being built by SGS Group will allow for better testing

Lower output puts strain on Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2021 Nickel miner Western Areas on Tuesday reported lower earnings for the 2021 financial year ended June, on the back of decreased nickel production. Nickel production for the full year was down to 16 180 t, from the 20 926 t reported in the previous financial year, with sales volumes declining from... 

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

Reginald Demana picture from files
IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nickel’s becoming a battleground for bets on battery future

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2021 The race to supply automakers with nickel to power their batteries is pitting two of the biggest names in mining against each other. A company owned by Australian iron-ore billionaire Andrew Forrest signaled its refusal to back down after a proposal to buy Canadian nickel developer Noront... 

An image of Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest
Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest

Noront shuns Forrest, says Wyloo support not required for BHP bid to succeed

By: Mariaan Webb     20th August 2021 Takeover target Noront Resources on Friday reiterated its support for BHP’s bid to acquire the company, stating that shareholder Wyloo Metals’ support was not required for the offer to succeed. The Canadian company was responding to Wyloo’s statement on Thursday that it would not support BHP’s... 

An image of Noront's exploration camp in the Ring of Fire.

Madagascar mining minister resigns, citing online 'slander'

By: Reuters     20th August 2021 Madagascar's new mining minister Brice Randrianasolo resigned late on Thursday, citing online "slander" related to a legal case in which he was previously involved. The online criticism arose from charges of fraud Randrianasolo had faced in 2018 but were subsequently dismissed, he said in a... 

Wyloo takes a stake in Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th August 2021 Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals has taken a 5.28% stake in nickel miner Western Areas, just a day after the company announced deal talks with fellow listed Independence Group (IGO). IGO and Western Areas earlier this week confirmed that they were in preliminary discussion in... 

An image of Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Wyloo to put up a fight for Noront

By: Mariaan Webb     20th August 2021 Australia’s Wyloo Metals is considering making a superior offer for Canada’s Noront Resources, whose Ring of Fire land package in Ontario late last month attracted a C$325-million offer from diversified major BHP. Wyloo, a unit of Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Tattarang investment... 

An image of an aeroplane on an exploration site in Ontario, Canada.

IGO/Western Areas confirm deal rumours

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th August 2021 Nickel miner Western Areas on Thursday confirmed that it was in preliminary discussions with fellow listed Independence Group (IGO) in relation to a change of control proposal. IGO also confirmed the negotiations, but told shareholders that given the preliminary stage of these discussions, there... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

EV makers eye bigger battery-metals role by inking mining deals

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) makers are pushing for an intermediary role in mining to secure supplies of key battery metals, according to the head of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. “We’ve had discussions on that and Tesla has definitely explored these options,” CEO Randy Smallwood said Friday in a phone... 

Wheaton Precious Metals CEO Randy Smallwood
Wheaton Precious Metals CEO Randy Smallwood
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