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Kazakh tycoon sells Petropavlovsk stake to focus on battery minerals

By: Reuters     16th July 2019 Kazakh entrepreneur Kenes Rakishev said on Tuesday he had sold his stake in gold miner Petropavlovsk to Russian billionaire Roman Trotsenko and would invest the proceeds in a cobalt and nickel project he aims to list in Hong Kong. Rakishev bought his shares in late 2017 when he said... 

Expected demand brings airborne survey system back to Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 There are many mining and exploration opportunities in Southern Africa, with exploration work growing as more mining companies are focusing on the region, says South African airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air GM Louis Polomé. In the next ten years, remote sensing in terms of... 

Expected demand brings airborne survey system back to Africa
SOUTHERN AFRICAN HOPES Spectrem Air expects remote sensing, in terms of geophysics, to play a critical role in the exploration of Southern Africa in the next ten years

Mining stocks could rebound with help from Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2019 The backdrop for miners is ready to brighten in the second half of this year. They just need a resolution of the trade war between the US and China to light a fire under their stocks. Metal prices and mining equities have been at the mercy of trade headlines all year, and business fundamentals... 

Katoro to assess Haneti's lithium potential

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2019 Aim-listed Katoro Gold will investigate the potential of lithium and rare earth element mineralisation that has been identified at its 75%-owned Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania. The company, which has focused on the exploration of nickel sulphides at the project, on Tuesday reported that its... 

Horizonte’s Araguaia project guaranteed access to national grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th July 2019 The Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry has awarded dual-listed Horizonte an energy decree, which guarantees the company access to the national grid for the commercial operation of its Araguaia ferronickel project. The receipt of the energy decree follows a number of key permitting milestones... 

The US and Europe are getting more anxious about EV battery shortages

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2019 Automakers to trading houses from North America to Europe are becoming more concerned about future supply shortages of key materials needed for electric vehicle batteries as spending on new production soars, according to the developer of a $1.5-billion project in Australia. More than a dozen... 

The US and Europe are getting more anxious about EV battery shortages
Clean TeQ is developing the Sunrise project, in Australia.

Bluejay identifies large-scale drill-ready targets at Greenland project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2019 Dual-listed Bluejay Mining has identified more than 20 large-scale drill-ready targets on licence holdings at its Disko-Nuussuaq magmatic massive sulphide (MMS) nickel/copper/platinum project in West Greenland. The licence holdings have recently expanded from 2 556 km2 to 2 776 km2 following... 

Major drill targets confirmed at Katoro’s Haneti nickel project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2019 There are indications that Aim-listed Katoro Gold’s 75%-owned Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania, could host a chonolith-type nickel sulphide deposit. The company would, therefore, push ahead with preparations for a fully funded drilling programme at the two key targets, Mihanza Hill and Mwaka... 

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel

St George raises A$4m under JMEI

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2019 Junior nickel developer St George Mining will raise A$4-million through a share placement, making use of the Junior Mineral Exploration Incentive (JMEI), which will expire at the end of the month. The JMEI is a tax credit arrangement, which allows mineral exploration companies that have no... 

Pala buys Cobalt 27 for C$501m, creates Nickel 28

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2019 Battery metals streaming company Cobalt 27 Capital has agreed to be bought by private equity firm Pala Investments in a deal that values the TSX-V-listed company at C$501-million. Under the terms of the transaction, announced on Tuesday, Cobalt 27 shareholders would receive C$5.75 a common... 

Pala buys Cobalt 27 for C$501m, creates Nickel 28
Nickel 28 will hold Cobalt 27's joint venture interest in the Ramu nickel/cobalt mine, in Papua New Guinea.

Chalice secures new nickel sulphide exploration opportunity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2019 ASX- and TSX-listed Chalice Gold Mines has secured a significant new nickel sulphide exploration opportunity in the west Kimberley region of Western Australia after reaching an agreement to acquire the outstanding shares in private nickel explorer North West Nickel (NWN). NWN holds a portfolio of... 

SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement  

13th June 2019 This week Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa’s opportunity in platinum and manganese, the electrification of taxi fleets and the Tshipi and South32 agreement.   

SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement
SA's EV opportunity, Tshipi-South32 agreement

Ivanhoe says copper is the king of ‘green metals’ 

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2019 Efforts to wean the world from burning fossil fuels for transportation and energy generation will drive demand for commodities for years to come, paving the way for miners of so-called green metals to play a crucial part in solving some of the planet’s biggest problems, says Canadian miner... 

Ivanhoe says copper is the king of ‘green metals’
Ivanhoe co-chairperson Robert Friedland

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

Mincor moves away from gold in pursuit of nickel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 ASX-listed Mincor has decided to cease mining operations at Widgiemooltha Gold Operations from August 1. This follows a strategic review of the company’s gold operations in Western Australia, which was announced in March.  

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Trump's Cuba gambit pushes Canadian miner Sherritt to the brink

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2019 Sherritt International, whose executives were once known as Fidel Castro’s favorite capitalists, is paying the price for its close ties to the struggling Caribbean nation. The Canadian miner, which gets all its revenue from assets in Cuba, is being hit on multiple fronts by Donald Trump’s... 

Trump's Cuba gambit pushes Canadian miner Sherritt to the brink
Sherritt International CEO David Pathe

Nickel Mines raises A$55m in placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has raise A$55-million in a share placement as the first tranche of a multi-component financing package to increase its stake in the Ranger project from 17% to 60%. The placement will see the issuance of 137.5-million new shares at a price of A$0.40 a share, which is a... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Australia's Clean Teq to offload half of battery metals project

By: Reuters     4th June 2019 Australian mine developer Clean Teq said on Tuesday it was looking to sell a stake in its nickel, cobalt and scandium project in central New South Wales, as it seeks a cornerstone partner to help fund development. The company has tasked Macquarie Capital to run a process to find a partner to buy... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

RNC puts forward plan for $1bn Quebec nickel/cobalt project

By: Mariaan Webb     31st May 2019 Mining company RNC and its joint venture partner Waterton are ready to accelerate discussions with potential participants to advance the Dumont nickel/cobalt project – tipped to be one of Canada’s largest base metals mines – to construction, CEO Mark Selby reported on Thursday. This comes as RNC... 

RNC puts forward plan for $1bn Quebec nickel/cobalt project

Minotaur divests of WA nickel assets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2019 Junior Minotaur Exploration has signed a binding conditional term sheet with fellow-listed Auroch Minerals to divest of its Scotia and Leinster nickel assets, in Western Australia, in a deal valued at A$1.5-million. Under the terms of the agreement, Auroch would pay Minotaur A$1.4-million,... 

Muted Chinese stainless steel production, trade dispute results in nickel price dip

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2019 Fitch Solutions Macro Research has revised its nickel price forecast for this year down to $13 250/t, compared with its previous forecast of $14 500/t, as prices have headed lower in recent weeks. The nickel price has dropped by 9% to $12 010/t in mid-May, compared with $13 100 in mid-April.  

Muted Chinese stainless steel production, trade dispute results in nickel price dip

Mincor raises cash for nickel restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th May 2019 Nickel hopeful Mincor Resources will raise A$23-million through a share placement and share purchase plan (SPP) to fast track its plans to restart nickel sulphide mining in the Kambalda district, in Western Australia. Mincor earlier this week struck a A$9.5-mllion deal to acquire the Long... 

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 The base metals industry is an exciting prospect for Botswana, as copper mining is increasing, which bodes well for the country’s economy, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) CEO Charles Siwawa. Although copper- and nickel-producing mines have temporarily closed down, companies such as Khoemacau... 

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy
MORE FOR ALL There is quite a lot of exploration around the Orapa area, which is known for diamond mining

Mincor snaps up idled nickel mine in Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd May 2019 ASX-listed Mincor Resources has acquired the Long nickel operation, in Western Australia, from diversified miner Independence Group for up to A$9.5-million. The Long nickel operation was placed on care and maintenance in mid-2018, following the production of more than 135 000 t of nickel-in-ore,... 

Nickel Mines finds funding, amends Ranger deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2019 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has secured an $80-million funding package from Decent Investment International Private, an associate of the company’s operating partner Shanghai Decent Investment, to fund its increased stake in the Ranger nickel project, in Indonesia. Nickel Mines in April this year... 

Katoro identifies additional target at Haneti

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Results from a soil sampling programme at Katoro Gold’s Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania, have reconfirmed and extended the strike length of the previously identified high-priority ultramafic exploration targets, as well as identified an additional ultramafic target, which was previously... 

ABM starts exploration at Cameroon cobalt/nickel project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed African Battery Metals has started exploration activities at its cobalt/nickel project in Cameroon and will initially be targeting cobalt and nickel mineralisation at prioritised targets within the company’s licence areas. The work programme will start immediately, with a view to... 

Cobalt 27 completes Highlands Pacific acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2019 TSX-V-listed Cobalt 27 has completed the acquisition of Highlands Pacific, bolstering the company's prospects a growing diversified battery metals streaming and royalty company. As a result of the acquisition, Cobalt 27 now holds an 8.56% joint venture interest in the producing Ramu mine, a... 

ABM to buy 35% stake in Katoro's Haneti project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 Aim-listed Katoro Gold has entered into an investment and option agreement with fellow Aim-listed African Battery Minerals (ABM) that will result in ABM acquiring up to 35% of Katoro's Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania, for £125 000. Under the terms of the agreement, ABM will acquire, in... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

US faces hurdles in push to build electric vehicle supply chain

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 The United States faces stiff challenges as it moves to create its own electric vehicle supply chain, industry analysts say, with the extent of the country's metal reserves largely unknown and only a few facilities to process minerals and produce batteries. Legislation making its way through the... 

BHP to keep Nickel West, Rio looks to Serbian lithium deposit for battery boom

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 Global miner BHP will hold on to the Australian nickel operations it previously put up for sale, while Rio Tinto is working on copper and lithium projects as the mining industry bets on demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The biggest mining companies say they are well positioned to... 

ABM, Kalahari collaborate on Molopo Farms Complex exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 Aim-listed African Battery Minerals (ABM) has entered into an earn-in agreement over a base metals and platinum group metals (PGMs) exploration opportunity in Botswana. ABM has acquired an 18.2% interest in Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration, which owns the Molopo Farms Complex project, for $194... 

LME appoints first female chairperson in its history

By: Reuters     10th May 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans – the first female chairperson in its 142-year history. Evans, who is also on the board of Itau BBA International and has previously worked at Citi, Barclays Capital and the UK's... 

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