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Waste cooking oil powers ship from Singapore to South Africa for Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2021 The use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa has been successfully trialled as part of a decarbonisation initiative, Anglo American said on Tuesday. The biodiesel blend was produced by converting waste cooking oil from... 

Ardea raises feasiblity study funds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2021 Junior Ardea Resources will raise A$5.7-million from a share placement to sophisticated investors to fund feasibility work at its Kalgoorlie nickel project. The company will issue more than 10.3-million shares, at a price of 55c each under its existing placement capacity, with the share... 

DRA wins Nickel West contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2021 Diversified miner BHP’s Nickel West has awarded engineering and project delivery group DRA the contract for the engineering and design of its Mt Keith debottlenecking project. DRA said on Monday that the contract included the provision of detailed engineering and design services to support the... 

Iron-ore drives Aus exports to record highs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2021 New data from the Office of the Chief Economist has estimated that Australia’s resources and energy exports would reach a record A$310-billion in 2020-21, with nearly half of the earnings coming from iron-ore alone. Exports are expected to increase further to A$334-billion in 2021-22, before... 

Iron-ore drives Aus exports to record highs

Appeals Court rules over Mineralogy/Queensland Nickel battle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th June 2021 The Queensland Court of Appeal has ordered Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy to repay more than A$102-million in loans to embattled Queensland Nickel. “This is a great outcome for creditors of Queensland Nickel. After five long years of formal proceedings, we hope today’s decision will put an end to... 

Palladium One announces more Smoke Lake results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2021 TSX-V-listed explorer Palladium One Mining on Wednesday announced new results from the Phase 2 Tyko drill programme, at the Smoke Lake target of its Tyko nickel/copper project. The results containing massive magmatic sulphide intercepts grade up to 10.2% nickel equivalent (23.7%... 

Blackstone investigates hydrogen in Vietnam

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th June 2021 ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals has started studies into the potential application of green hydrogen at its proposed Ta Koha nickel/copper/platinum project, in Vietnam. The current feasibility for the Ta Khoa project requires the use of oxygen in the downstream processing plant, which is... 

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

NUM to march next month over rising unemployment in Mpumalanga

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Highveld Region is preparing to march against continued retrenchments, outsourcing, use of labour brokers and the increasing unemployment rate in the Mpumalanga province. The march, to be held on July 15, will be targeted at State-owned utility Eskom, as... 

Members of Vale Sudbury nickel miners' union reject new offer

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Members of a union representing striking workers from Vale's Sudbury, Canada, nickel mine have rejected the Brazilian company's latest offer, urging it to commit to "good-faith" talks to settle the strike. USW Local 6500 members voted by an 87% majority to reject Vale's second offer in two... 

Members of Vale Sudbury nickel miners' union reject new offer

First ore produced from Voisey’s Bay expansion project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2021 The Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project, which is transitioning the northern Labrador nickel operation from an openpit to two underground mines, marked a key milestone last week with the production of first ore. “[The] announcement of first ore production heralds another step forward in the... 

Waterton seeks up to $1bn for Quebec nickel mine

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 Waterton Global Resource Management has hired advisers to sell its Dumont nickel project in Quebec, seeking to capitalize on demand for the resource as automakers make plans to build more electric vehicles, according to people familiar with the matter. The project, which is located about 300... 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 An early Tesla investor is backing a startup that helps track battery metals across the supply chain to ensure they hold up to environmental and ethical scrutiny. The Westly Group, which led a funding round with five other venture capital firms, invested $14-million in Circulor, according to a... 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ARR prospects for scandium on Zenith property

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2021 ASX-listed American Rare Earths (ARR) has acquired the rights to explore, develop and process scandium, nickel and cobalt at the Split Rocks project, in Western Australia. The acquisition of the Scandium Mineral rights over the project, from fellow-listed Zenith Minerals, is consistent with the... 

Sherritt reschedules refinery shutdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2021 Nickel and cobalt miner and refinery Sherritt International has deferred the planned full-maintenance shutdown of its refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, by two months to mitigate Covid-19 risks. The shutdown has been postponed from June to August. “While the number of local Covid-19 cases... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

By: Reuters     8th June 2021 The United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. The strategy, first reported by Reuters in late May, will include new... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Noront refuses Wyloo loan, opts for private placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th June 2021 Ring of Fire nickel developer Noront Resources has turned down a loan from potential suitor Wyloo Metals and will instead opt for a private placement financing. Noront will place 21.66-million shares at $0.283 each to raise gross proceeds of about $6.1-million. Noront has an “immediate need for... 

Nornickel resumes mining at Taimyrsky after flooding

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2021 Metals miner Nornickel has resumed ore mining at the Taimyrsky underground mine, which was flooded earlier this year. The world’s top producer of palladium said on Friday that the mine was currently operating at 5 000 t/d, which was about 40% of the design capacity. 

Test results underscore Giga’s ambition for 'true' carbon neutral nickel mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2021 Test work conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBS) on mineralised material from the Turnagain nickel project has demonstrated significant mineral sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2), supporting owner Giga Metals’ ambition to build a “true” carbon natural mine. Test work shows that... 

Australia's Wyloo bid for Canada's Noront shows battery metal scramble

By: Reuters     3rd June 2021 A fight over Canadian nickel-copper miner Noront Resources shows the scramble for battery metals is accelerating, with global miners racing to secure supply ahead of an expected surge in demand from electric vehicles. Wyloo Metals, a unit of Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest's Tattarang... 

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2021 The federal government on Thursday released its first Global Resources Statement as part of its efforts to attract foreign investment and partnerships to develop Australia’s natural resources. The Global Resources Statement is the first milestone under the government’s Global Resources Strategy,... 

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

Fitch Solutions raises nickel price forecast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions and Country Risk has revised upward its average nickel price forecast for the year from $15 750/t to $16 500/t. The agency says nickel is enjoying strong demand from stainless steel producers, while a sustained market deficit will support higher prices up to 2025.  

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Poseidon hoping Golden Swan is the golden ticket

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 Junior nickel developer Poseidon Nickel is hoping to restart operations at its Black Swan mine, in Western Australia, by the middle of 2022. Speaking at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, Poseidon MD and CEO Peter Harold said that the company is undertaking significant exploration... 

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that Australia was poised to take advantage of the predicted increase in global demand for commodities. The MCA’s Commodity Demand Outlook 2030 has predicted that seaborne iron-ore demand would rise moderately, from 1.5-billion... 

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Vale to suspend Sudbury ops after failed labor talks

By: Reuters     1st June 2021 Brazilian miner Vale said in a securities filing on Tuesday it will suspend operations at its Sudbury, Canada nickel mine, after its proposal for a five-year contract was rejected by the United Steelworkers union. United Steelworkers Local 6500, which represents 2 600 workers at the mine, said... 

Vale to suspend Sudbury ops after failed labor talks

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Wyloo to study Ontario battery metals hub

By: Mariaan Webb     1st June 2021 Wyloo Metals, part of Australian private investment group Tattarang, has outlined its commitment to long-term investments in Canada, as it seeks to tap into the “once-in-a-generation opportunity” of the country to establish itself as a major player in the battery metals space. Wyloo, which... 

Bryah reports base metal resource at Vanadium Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st June 2021 Junior Bryah Resources has reported a 31.3-million tonne nickel/copper/cobalt mineral resource estimate for the Australian Vanadium deposit, at its Gabanintha project in Western Australia. Fellow-listed Australian Vanadium, which holds the mineral rights to the vanadium, titanium, iron and... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Trudeau’s EV ambitions need strategic shift, nickel CEO says

By: Bloomberg     31st May 2021 Canada needs a better strategy to build up an electric-vehicle supply chain and become a North American battery hub that takes advantage of a global push toward cleaner energy. That’s the parting advice Sherritt International’s outgoing CEO David Pathe has for the Canadian government and an... 

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Jaguar's downstream options prove up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st May 2021 An independent value-add scoping study into the Jaguar nickel sulphide project, in Brazil, has delivered "exceptional" economic outcomes for ASX-listed Centaurus Minerals, prompting the company to proceed with a definitive feasibility study. The value-add scoping study considered an openpit and... 

Jaguar's downstream options prove up

Fitch lifts 2021 pricing assumptions for various metals 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2021 Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has increased its copper price assumptions, among others, following “exceptionally” strong pricing conditions in the year-to-date. The agency declared a new price assumption of $9 000/t for this year, up from its previous assumption of $7 200/t.  

Potential takeover target Noront adopts shareholder rights plan

By: Mariaan Webb     28th May 2021 Nickel and copper explorer and developer Noront Resources on Thursday announced that it had adopted a shareholder rights plan, in the wake of Wyloo Metals’ announcement this week of a proposed unsolicited offer. The rights plan was designed to ensure that Noront shareholders were treated fairly... 

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

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Senator John Barrasso: "We have these minerals here. We should produce them and use them for American workers and consumers."
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