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Nickel News

BME says more greenfield projects are needed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago Bulk emulsion explosives manufacturer BME says although mining profits have been bolstered in the last two years, more exploration and mine development are needed if the industry is to keep up with future demand, particularly for battery minerals. The commodity pipeline in South Africa will fall... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Exploration company completes drilling project

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th August 2022 Australia-based exploration and development company Thor Mining has completed the second phase of drilling at its Ragged Range project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, in July. Owing to the territory being unexplored, a systematic exploration programme was conducted, starting with... 

An image depicting Nicole Galloway Warland at the Rim Rock prospect
RIM ROCK PROSPECT, WEDDING BELL PROJECT Thor Mining will start drilling later this year on its uranium and vanadium project in Colorado, in the US

Canada Nickel confirms ‘sizeable’ nickel discovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2022 TSX-V-listed Canada Nickel has announced assay results from its Deloro property, confirming a second significant discovery from its newly acquired properties. CEO Mark Selby says Deloro now joins the Reid project as another significant, sizeable nickel discovery. “We look forward to continued... 

Manitou to spin out nickel/cobalt/PGE commodities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2022 The board of directors of Manitou Gold has approved the strategic reorganisation of its assets, with the proposed spin out of its nickel/cobalt/platinum group element (PGE) commodities from its Goudreau project, in northern Ontario, into a new subsidiary. The spin-out, to be named Western... 

Magna Mining buys Lonmin Canada

By: Mariaan Webb     17th August 2022 Explorer and developer Magna Mining on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Lonmin Canada from Sibanye-Stillwater and Wallbridge Mining for C$16-million, handing the company the Denison project, in Sudbury, Ontario. CEO Jason Jessup said that the closing of the transaction would be... 

Magna Mining buys Lonmin Canada

Nickel Industries signs term sheet for battery solar project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th August 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Industries has signed a binding term sheet for a 200 MWp + 20 MWh battery solar project within the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP), to supply power to the Hengjaya, Ranger and Oracle nickel processing operations. The binding term sheet with PT Sumber Energi Surya... 

Sibanye-Stillwater signals half-year earnings decline 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2022 Precious and future-facing metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday advised of an upcoming half-year earnings decline in a trading statement and operations update for the six months to June 30. A decline of 47% to 52% is expected in earnings per share and headline earnings per share... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.

Mallee urges uptake of share placement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2022 Junior nickel developer Mallee Resources has prompted existing shareholders and investors to partaking it its capital raise, which will close on August 19. The company was hoping to raise between A$20-million and A$70-million through a share issue, priced at 70c a share, to fund the restart of... 

BHP's profit soar in 2022

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2022 Diversified miner BHP has reported a 34% increase in profits for the year ended June, along with record underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). Profit from operations reached $34.1-billion in the year ended June, and underlying EBITDA reached a record... 

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BHP CEO Mike Henry

LME nickel volumes plunge with exchange still hostage to March trading fiasco

By: Reuters     15th August 2022  The volume of nickel traded on the London Metal Exchange (LME) dropped more than 40% in July as funds, consumers and producers continued to shun the market - months after trade was suspended for more than a week in March as prices dramatically spiked. Traders say many previous participants of... 

Miners face supply chain overhaul to meet US EV credit deadline

By: Reuters     12th August 2022 Miners will struggle to expand operations in the United States in record time to meet a deadline for sourcing key minerals domestically or from select countries as set out by a bill likely to be passed on Friday, companies and industry watchers said. The requirement is part of a sweeping bill... 

Miners face supply chain overhaul to meet US EV credit deadline

Australian resources key to decarbonising - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 The Australian resources sector, including its coal and gas sectors, had a significant role to play in the nation’s decarbonising efforts, federal Resources Minister Madeleine King said. Speaking at the Queensland Resources Media Club, in Brisbane, King said that traditional resources would help... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP needs to pay more for EV, clean energy metals as it returns to dealmaking

By: Reuters     10th August 2022 BHP must shell out more if it wants to snap up assets like those of OZ Minerals - a play on the future of electrification and decarbonisation, analysts and bankers said, after the miner's unsolicited bid for the nickel and copper company was rebuffed. BHP Group's A$8.34-billion ($5.8 billion),... 

BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP CEO Mike Henry

BHP likely to raise bid for 'strategically sensible target' OZ - analysts

By: Reuters     9th August 2022 BHP will likely raise its A$8.34-billion ($5.82-billion) offer to buy Australia's OZ Minerals, analysts said after the global miner was rebuffed in its pursuit of the nickel-copper miner on Monday. OZ rejected BHP's A$25-a-share offer, terming it undervalued and "opportunistic" as it was tabled... 

Image shows the BHP logo

The EV race is turning a gold rush haven into a battery hub

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2022 Gold has long dominated the Western Australian city of Kalgoorlie, born in a late 19th Century prospecting rush and home to one of the world’s largest-open pit mines, nestled right next to residential streets. Blasts to dislodge precious-metal laced rock from the more than two-mile long Super Pit... 

The EV race is turning a gold rush haven into a battery hub

Indonesia says Tesla strikes $5bn deal to buy nickel products – media

By: Reuters     8th August 2022 US carmaker Tesla has signed contracts worth about $5-billion to buy materials for their batteries from nickel processing companies in Indonesia, a senior cabinet minister told CNBC Indonesia. Southeast Asia's biggest economy has been trying to get Tesla to set up a production facility in the... 

Nickel Industries secures debt for Oracle buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Industries has secured $225-million in debt capital for the acquisition of the Oracle nickel project. Nickel Industries in December last year inked a definitive agreement with partner Shanghai Decent Investment to acquire a 70% equity interest in the Oracle nickel project for... 

Oz Minerals rejects BHP's A$8.4bn offer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2022 Copper miner Oz Minerals has rejected a surprise A$8.4-billion takeover bid from diversified miner BHP. BHP submitted a non-binding indicative proposal to Oz Minerals at the end of last week, to acquire all of the company’s shares at a price of A$25 a share. The offer represented a 32.1% premium... 

Image shows Oz Minerals' Prominent Hill mine

New records set for Aus resource exports

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2022 New trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that Australia’s resources sector had posted another record year of exports, with total resources and energy exports were worth a record A$414-billion, in seasonally adjusted terms, in the 2021-22 financial year. This meant... 

Image shows operations at the port of Port Hedland

Power Metal announces next phase of exploration at Botswana project

By: Darren Parker     4th August 2022 London-listed exploration company Power Metal Resources has started the next phase of exploration on its Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project in southwestern Botswana. The company said on August 4 that it had mobilised spectral geophysics to the MFC project, which is targeting a large-scale nickel,... 

High-flying Glencore locks in renewable power, prioritises future-facing metals  

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which delivered exceptionally strong financial results in the six months to June30, is taking steps to progress its decarbonisation pathway, CEO Gary Nagle said on Thursday. The steps include locking in a number of renewable purchase power... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nornickel reduces nickel, palladium sales in H1 as supply chains disrupted

By: Reuters     3rd August 2022 Russian metals producer Nornickel said on Tuesday that its sales of nickel, palladium and platinum fell in the first half of 2022 due to disrupted supply chains, while net profit rose by 18% to $5.1-billion due to a stronger rouble. Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and... 

Nornickel reduces nickel, palladium sales in H1 as supply chains disrupted

Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2022 The planned construction by Anglo American of on-site solar plants and off-site regional wind farms is designed to create a renewable energy ecosystem that reduces Scope 2 emissions and lays the foundation for green hydrogen production – “a hugely ambitious piece of work, and not one that is... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Furnace refurb key to Nickel West success

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2022 Mining major BHP said on Wednesday that a furnace rebuild at its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter would be fundamental to the future of the Nickel West operations. Speaking at the Diggers and Dealers conference, BHP Nickel West asset president Jessica Farrell said that to scale operations at Nickel... 

Western Areas assets a buffet of opportunity for IGO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2022 Six weeks out of completing the acquisition of Western Areas, ASX-listed Independence Group (IGO) was working on ways to optimise and increase profitability from the newly acquired assets. Speaking at the Diggers & Dealers conference, IGO MD and CEO Peter Bradford said that the company was... 

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

Creamer Media screenshot image.
Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore’s ferrochrome production up on consistent smelter performance 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2022 Ferrochrome production, which is South Africa-based, rose 2% in the six months to June 30, reflecting consistent smelter performance, Glencore reported on Friday. Attributable ferrochrome production of 786 000 t was 13 000 t higher than in the first half of last year amid overall production being... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

A-Cap looks at Wilconi deal with Wiluna administrators

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2022 Junior A-Cap Resources on Friday said that the voluntary administration of gold developer Wiluna Resources would not create any new liabilities for the company. A-Cap is in a joint venture agreement with Wiluna, and holds a 55% interest in the cobalt, nickel and associated reserved minerals at... 

Russia's Nornickel boosts output of all key metals

By: Reuters     28th July 2022  Russian metals producer Nornickel's first-half nickel and palladium output rose year on year thanks to returning production two mines hit by flooding in 2021, the company said on Thursday. Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and refined nickel, kept its previous 2022 output... 

Green electron/hydrogen advance set to move much faster – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2022 Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad on Thursday expressed delight at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Race to secure battery metals heats up as GM, Ford ink deals

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2022 Undeterred by the slowing global economy, buyers of key components in the powering of electric vehicles are stepping up efforts to lock in supplies, with two of the world’s biggest automakers signing direct deals with producers of so-called battery metals. General Motors announced three deals... 

CN Railway boosts freight prices and beats analyst forecasts

By: Bloomberg     27th July 2022 Canadian National Railway reported earnings that easily beat analysts’ forecasts as strong volumes allowed the railroad to increase prices and fuel surcharges to offset rising costs. Revenue in the second quarter was C$4.34-billion, topping the expected C$4.08-billion and 21% higher than last... 

An image of a CN Rail locomotive
A CN Rail locomotive

Mincor announces leadership transition

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2022 Nickel miner Mincor Resources on Wednesday announced that MD an CEO David Southam would step down. Mincor told shareholders that the decision reflected Southam’s view that this is a logical stage in Mincor’s lifecycle for a leadership transition with the company returning to nickel production... 

IGO revenue rises in June quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2022 Battery metals miner Independence Group (IGO) has reported a 13% increase in sales revenue and an 11% increase in underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the quarter ended June. Sales revenue in the June quarter reached A$277.9-million, up from the... 

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