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Nickel News

Low prices, demand results in drop in Afarak’s mining, processing volumes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 LSE- and Nasdaq-listed Afarak Group has reported that its group production for the third quarter of the year at 40 766 t was 60.1% lower than the 102 219 t produced in the third quarter of 2019. This was owing to reduced mining activity in South Africa, the protection of staff amid Covid-19, low... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 The fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Top from left, Henry Sanderson and Neal Froneman. Bottom from left, Graham Kerr and Natascha Viljoen.
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore  

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 The disposal of thermal coal mines in response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors is not lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but exacerbating the problem, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg pointed out on Friday. Questioned by Financial Times (FT) natural resources editor Neil... 

From left clockwise, Neil Hume, Mark Cutifani and Ivan Glasenberg.
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Global nickel output to fall 7.4% this year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2020 Global nickel production is expected to decline by 7.4% to 2.19-million in 2020, data and analytics company GlobalData says, citing the temporary suspension of mines caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the advancement of Indonesia’s export ban. Indonesia’s mine production is expected to fall to... 

Nickel Mines secures more capacity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2020 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire a 70% interest in a development project within the Indonesia Weda Bay Industrial Park (IWIP). The development project with PT Angel Nickel Industry (ANI), and in collaboration with Nickel Mine’s largest... 

Mining committed to doing all it takes to improve worker health – Matlala 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala on Thursday committed the South African mining industry to doing all it takes to ensure that employee lives are saved and health is improved. Speaking at a global virtual health seminar to reprioritise... 

Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa VP and Masoyise Health Programme chairperson Zanele Matlala

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern African Development Community SADC Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Indonesia to create firm to build up electric vehicle battery industry

By: Reuters     13th October 2020 A group of Indonesian State-owned companies will form a venture to make batteries to power electric vehicles, the Mining Industry Indonesia (MIND ID) CEO said on Tuesday. Indonesia, the world's biggest producer of nickel ore, a key component of EV batteries, wants to build an integrated EV... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 Major mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day that they take something out of the ground, that value disappears forever, and unless you do... 

Sir Mick Davis, Fiona Perrott-Humphrey and Bernard Swanepoel
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sir Mick Davis at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Indonesian State miner completes 20% stake buy in Vale unit for $375m

By: Reuters     8th October 2020 Indonesia's state miner Mining Industry Indonesia (MIND ID), formerly known as PT Inalum, completed its purchase of a 20% stake in nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia, the country's state- owned enterprises ministry said on Thursday. MIND ID bought the 20% stake at 2 780 rupiah per share, totaling to... 

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during question time on day one of the Joburg... 

Roger Baxter at Joburg Indaba virtual event.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer putting a question at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Mark Cutifani
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s keynote address at the Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tesla is in talks with top miner BHP over nickel-supply pact

By: Bloomberg     7th October 2020 Tesla is in talks with BHP Group on a nickel deal as the electric-car maker targets higher production and seeks to avoid a supply crunch, according to people familiar with the matter. Talks are held up on pricing, and no final agreement has been reached so far between the automaker and BHP, the... 

BHP is focused on expanding its Nickel West unit after abandoning earlier plans to sell the assets.
BHP is focused on expanding its Nickel West unit after abandoning earlier plans to sell the assets.

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Andries Rossouw
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

First Quantum sets Ravensthorpe targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2020 TSX-listed First Quantum is expecting to produce between 15 000 t and 17 000 t of nickel from its recently restarted Ravensthorpe mine, in Western Australia. The operation went into care-and-maintenance in 2017 on the back of falling nickel prices 

Nickel supply to drop by 2025 – Macquarie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2020 Global financial services provider Macquarie Group has urged for investment into the nickel sector, despite an anticipated oversupply in the near-term. Speaking at the Paydirt Nickel conference, in Perth, Macquarie consultant Jim Lennon said that immediate investment in the nickel sector would... 

Nickel ore being loaded at a mine in Indonesia
Nickel ore being loaded at a mine in Indonesia

US takes stake in battery-metals firm to wean itself off China

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2020 The US government has taken an equity stake in a battery-metals company in a move that undercuts dependence on China for a key material used in electric vehicles. TechMet received a $25-million investment from the US International Development Finance Corporation to help develop a Brazilian... 

The Piauí nickel project, in Brazil
The Piauí nickel project, in Brazil

Nickel-producing Indonesia in early talks with Tesla on investment

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Indonesia's government is in early discussions with electric vehicles (EV) maker Tesla Inc about a potential investment in the Southeast Asia country, a major producer of nickel, an official said. Indonesia is keen to develop a full supply chain for nickel at home, especially for extracting... 

Colombia's mining future tied to metals not coal, Minister says

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Colombia's mining future is in metals and not coal, Minister of Mines and Energy Diego Mesa said, and the Andean country will continue developing oil and gas projects, including non-conventional deposits. The coal sector's problems have accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, Mesa told... 

Vale in talks with Tesla, EV sector for Canada nickel - executive

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 Brazilian miner Vale is in talks with Tesla and others in the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain about securing nickel from its Canadian operations, the head of the miner's base metals unit said on Friday. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk in July... 

Vale's Voisey's Bay operations in Canada
Vale's Voisey's Bay operations in Canada

Katoro prepares Haneti site for maiden drilling programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 Aim-listed Katoro Gold says pre-drill rig and technical team mobilisation is now under way at its Haneti exploration project, in Tanzania. This will prepare the site for a maiden drilling programme targeting nickel sulphide and platinum group metal mineralisation.  

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... 

Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

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... 

Sandvik's Nina Axman and Jens Holmberg.
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... 

Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.
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 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch
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... 

Nornickel spill clean up under way in June 2020
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... 

Norilsk Nickel owner Vladimir Potanin
Norilsk Nickel owner Vladimir Potanin
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