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Nickel News

Ukraine invasion sets back Musk's dream for cheaper EVs, for now

By: Reuters     7th March 2022 Surging raw materials costs, made worse by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, could set back the dream of Tesla CEO Elon Musk and other auto executives to roll out more affordable electric vehicles. Rising prices of nickel, lithium and other materials threaten to slow and even temporarily reverse the... 

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

7th March 2022 ENERGIES – The price gyrations in oil, gas and coal have been spectacular and eye-watering. Coal has been the biggest winner in the European Union (EU) energy complex by far. But this is very much a spot crisis, as curves remain steeply backwardated. With most distressed buyers having already... 

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Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Copper soars to record as metals surge on Russia supply fears

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2022 Metals are breaking new records with copper spiking to an all-time high and nickel surging more than 16%, as soaring energy prices and fears of supply shocks rattled commodities markets amid war in Ukraine. The White House said it’s talking to allies about a possible oil embargo on Russia,... 

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Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining companies may pause growth plans amid Ukraine war, inflation

By: Reuters     4th March 2022 Flush with cash after bumper earnings, mining companies straddle a delicate balancing act as they benefit from soaring commodity prices amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis but also potentially face high inflation that could hit short-term demand and slow down growth plans, analysts said. The world's... 

Mining companies may pause growth plans amid Ukraine war, inflation

Coal leading Australian resource exports - ABS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2022 The latest trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that coal continued to lead the surge in Australia’s export earnings for January. The ABS’ International Trade in Goods and Services data for January 2022 shows total resources and energy exports were worth... 

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Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers another record performance with highest-ever dividend

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater in 2021 delivered another record financial performance, with revenue of R172.2-billion and adjusted earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R68.6-billion. Revenue was 35% higher than for 2020 and Ebitda 39%... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Metals extend scorching rally with zinc eyeing $4 000/t

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 Zinc reached its highest since 2007 and other industrial metals extended a powerful rally fueled by trade turmoil and rising energy costs amid Russia’s increasing economic isolation. The metal used to coat and protect steel rose as much as 3.6% on the London Metal Exchange to reach $3 999/t,... 

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Nickel market eyes fate of Siberian metal as sanctions bite

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 The biggest risk in battery materials from Russia’s increasing economic isolation centers on supplies of top-notch Arctic nickel controlled by the country’s richest man. Russia is a major producer of the metal that will be needed in huge quantities as the world’s auto fleet goes battery-powered.... 

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Appian to ‘rigorously enforce’ its legal rights in Sibanye deal drop 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd March 2022 In response to JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater backing out of its acquisition of the Santa Rita nickel and Serrote copper mines, in Brazil, the seller Appian Capital has served Sibanye with a notice of claim for what it says is the unlawful failure to close the... 

Santa Rita mine, in Brazil
Santa Rita mine, in Brazil

Sherritt names Belanger deputy chair, appoints decarbonisation expert to board

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd March 2022 Nickel and cobalt miner and refiner Sherritt International has appointed Maryse Belanger in the newly created role of deputy chairperson, where she will work with chairperson Richard Lapthorne on strategic and governance matters, the company stated on Tuesday. In addition, the Toronto-listed... 

Blackstone planning Vietnam nickel production from 2025

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st March 2022 A prefeasibility study for the Ta Khoa nickel project (TKNP), in Vietnam, has estimated that the project could produce some 151 000 t of nickel over its 9.2 year mine life. ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals, which holds a 90% interest in TKNP, this week noted that first production is earmarked for... 

Study ranks Ivanplats’ Platreef as one of the largest PGM-producing mines in the world 

By: Darren Parker     28th February 2022 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ South African subsidiary Ivanplats and its partners have announced “outstanding” positive results of an independent feasibility study for the company’s tier-one Platreef palladium, rhodium, nickel, platinum, copper and gold project in South Africa. The feasibility study... 

Ivanplats' Platreef project

Vale expects Russia-Ukraine conflict to affect price of nickel, pellets

By: Reuters     25th February 2022 Executives of miner Vale said on Friday that Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to speculation in the price of nickel, and they expect the conflict to also influence the price of iron ore pellets. Shares of the miner were falling 1.5% in Sao Paulo after the company posted fourth-quarter... 

Vale maintains 'positive' outlook for iron-ore, nickel prices

By: Reuters     25th February 2022 Brazilian miner Vale on Thursday said it maintained "positive" expectations for the price of iron ore and nickel in the long term, two of its key products, after reporting quarterly earnings that beat analyst expectations. "Our outlook for iron ore remains positive, given the recovery of the... 

Vale maintains 'positive' outlook for iron-ore, nickel prices

Eramet sees high metal prices sustaining earnings this year

By: Reuters     24th February 2022 Eramet said on Wednesday that high metal prices are likely to continue to drive earnings this year after a surge in the French nickel and manganese miner's core earnings in 2021. Eramet's full-year earnings before interest, tax, depreci 

Mining industry progressing with energy transition to zero-emissions mines 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2022 Energy and mining industry experts this week detailed how the mining industry is grappling with the technical challenges of transitioning existing, and preparing new, operations to become more efficient and integrating renewable energy sources to, eventually, facilitate net-zero emissions from... 

Biden announces investments to shore up key critical mineral supplies

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2022 US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced several investments in the domestic production of key critical minerals and materials, as the country moves to break its dependence on China and secure a ‘Made in America’ supply chain. In a White House statement, Biden announced that MP Materials had... 

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Zimbabwe’s State-owned miner selected to revive steel firm

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2022 Zimbabwe has selected Kuvimba Mining House, a State-owned company, which has been shrouded in controversy, to revive one of the continent’s largest steel mills. The miner, which already has vast interests in gold and nickel, has been picked as the “investment partner” to breath new life into the... 

USGS finalises 2022 list of 50 ‘critical minerals’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2022 The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published its final list of 50 mineral commodities critical to the US economy and national security, updating the 2018 list that contained fewer commodities. New additions to the list include nickel and zinc, while helium, potash, rhenium and... 

Vale puts Sudbury nickel mine back in production

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2022 The Totten mine, in Sudbury, Canada, has resumed operations and is ramping up production, following six-month shutdown. In September last year, a scoop bucket became lodged in the main shaft, trapping 39 workers. At the time, all the underground workers were safely returned to surface using a... 

Blencowe expanding its battery metals project holdings in Uganda

By: Darren Parker     22nd February 2022 London-listed mineral exploration and development company Blencowe Resources has entered into an agreement to acquire the Akelikongo nickel sulphide and copper project in Uganda from joint venture (JV) partners Sipa Resources and Rio Tinto. The JV was formed in 2018 when Rio Tinto agreed to spend... 

Ardea sets A$21.5m raising target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2022 Battery metals developer Ardea Resources will raise A$21.5-million through a share placement to fund exploration and feasibility work in Western Australia. The company on Tuesday announced that it had received firm commitments from professional and sophisticated investors for the placement of... 

Western Areas lowers production, rides nickel price

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2022 Takeover target Western Areas has warned of lower full-year production expectations and higher costs as a result of Covid-related productivity issues, however, higher nickel prices are expected to soften the blow. The miner on Tuesday reported sales revenue of A$182-million for the six months... 

London nickel hits highest in over a decade as supply tightens

By: Reuters     21st February 2022 London nickel prices rose on Monday to their highest in more than a decade, boosted by low inventories, while investors were cautious over the Ukraine tensions. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed in principle to a summit over Ukraine, the French leader said,... 

London nickel hits highest in over a decade as supply tightens

Lundin’s free cash flow tops $1bn

By: Mariaan Webb     18th February 2022 Canadian base metals miner Lundin Mining took advantage of the favourable price environment in 2021, setting several all-time financial records. The company on Thursday announced all-time high earnings of nearly $880-million, adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation... 

Nickel prices at 3-1/2-week high on Russian supply angst, low stocks

By: Reuters     18th February 2022 Nickel prices rose on Friday to their highest levels in three-and-a-half weeks after the market was bolstered by lower inventories and as the prospect of sanctions on Russia, a major producer of the metal, exacerbated concerns of reduced supply. Three-month nickel on the London Metal Exchange... 

Nickel Mines takes initial stake in Oracle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has completed the acquisition of an initial 10% interest in the Oracle nickel project, currently under construction within the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nickel Mines in December has inked a definitive agreement with partner... 

Cobalt powerhouse doubles down on nickel

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2022 Specialty metals refiner Umicore is enjoying record profits as battery materials boom, but the company is racing to avert a slowdown in sales as its cobalt-heavy chemicals fall out of favor with carmakers. The Brussels-listed company, which has been refining cobalt for more than 100 years, says... 

Mysterious deep-ocean creatures may help combat climate change

By: Bloomberg     17th February 2022 As the deep ocean faces growing peril from climate change, seabed mining and other threats, scientists have discovered that seafloor sediments are home to vast populations of previously unknown organisms that may play a crucial role in carbon sequestration and marine food webs. When researchers... 

IGO and Wyloo join forces on nickel processing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2022 ASX-listed IGO will partner with Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals to evaluate opportunities for downstream nickel processing in Australia, as Wyloo commits to support IGO’s bid for fellow-listed Western Areas. The agreement will see IGO and Wyloo Metals conduct a study, funded 70:30 by IGO and... 

South32 reports stellar first half, advances work at Hermosa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2022 Diversified miner South32 has reported a 1 847% increase in profits after tax for the half-year ended December, along with record operating margins. Profits after tax for the first half of 2022 reached $1.03-billion, up from the $53-million reported in the first half of 2021, with underlying... 

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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

First Quantum in solid cash flow generation phase

By: Mariaan Webb     16th February 2022 Canada’s First Quantum Minerals on Tuesday reported strong year-end financial results, as its operations continue to demonstrate resilience in dealing with the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and new variants as they emerge. The copper miner reported earnings of $832-million, or... 

Sumitomo Metal Mining to spend big to boost output of nickel, battery materials

By: Reuters     16th February 2022 Sumitomo Metal Mining Co said on Tuesday it will triple its capital expenditure over the next three years to boost its output capacity of nickel and cathode materials used in batteries. The Japanese miner and smelter plans to spend 494-billion yen ($4.3-billion) in capital expenditure, excluding... 

It’s records all round for Glencore in ‘terrific’ 2021  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2022 2021 was a terrific year for the company, Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said on Tuesday, when he reported record earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $21.3-billion, a record marketing performance Ebit of $3.7-bilion, and a record industrial business performance of... 

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Glencore’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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