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Nickel News

Vale halts operations at nickel mine after court order

By: Reuters     18th October 2021 Brazilian miner Vale said on Monday that it has once again halted operations at its Onca Puma nickel mine after the state of Para obtained a judicial order to reinstate the suspension of the venture's operating license. Operations at Onca Puma were first halted in early October due to alleged... 

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Milller during October 2021 Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pallinghurst to acquire 19.2% of Talon Metals

By: Donna Slater     18th October 2021 The Pallinghurst Group, through Pallinghurst Nickel International, on October 18 agreed to acquire 133.61-million common shares of Talon Metals Corporation at a purchase price of $0.60 apiece and an aggregate value of $80.16-million. The acquisition follows a binding private agreement with... 

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

A photo of an iron-ore stockpile

Europe's carmakers face raw material bottleneck for EV batteries

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Major carmakers like Volkswagen, Daimler and Stellantis have been racing to secure battery cell supplies in Europe, but may face a bigger challenge as they seek to go electric - finding enough battery raw materials. Failure to obtain adequate supplies of lithium, nickel, manganese or cobalt... 

New Caledonia's Prony to supply nickel to Tesla in multi-year deal

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Prony Resources said on Wednesday Tesla had agreed to purchase around 42 000 t of nickel in a multi-year deal - a pact that is set to make the New Caledonian miner a key supplier of the metal to the US electric car maker. Prony, which bought the loss-making nickel operations in the French... 

An image of Prony's New Caledonian nickel operations
Prony's New Caledonian nickel operations

Miners disclose CO2 emissions on LME's sustainability register

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Nine metal producers including Antofagasta and Teck Resources have disclosed the carbon emissions from their metal producing operations on the London Metal Exchange's newly launched digital register. The register known as LMEpassport is aimed at users of the exchange wanting to support the... 

Poseidon weighs battery feed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2021 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with battery materials refinery Pure Battery Technologies (PBT) to study the merits of Poseidon supplying nickel concentrate to PBT’s precursor cathode active material (pCAM) refinery, in Western Australia. The... 

Solutions for recycling EV batteries needed now to ensure future sustainability

By: Donna Slater     11th October 2021 With the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable and less carbon-intensive energy solutions globally, as well as moves to expand electric and hybrid vehicle use, comes the issue of discarded batteries and electrical components in the future as electrical and battery systems reach the end... 

Nornickel slashes forecast for palladium market deficit

By: Reuters     11th October 2021 Russia's Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium, has cut its deficit estimate for the global palladium market this year and next year due to the flagging recovery of the auto sector, a senior executive told Reuters. Global demand for palladium has weakened because automakers, which... 

The hottest party in the metals world is back, but much smaller

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2021 Near-record copper prices are usually a sure sign that the parties will be extravagant and the champagne will flow all night when the metals world descends on London. But with Covid-19 still raging across much of the globe, the famously rowdy annual gathering of traders, financiers and producers... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

Creamer Media screenshot of panel discussion at Joburg Indaba in October 2021
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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Vale says spin-off of base metals unit no longer planned

By: Reuters     7th October 2021 The chief executive of Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA said on Thursday the company has stopped looking into a spin-off for its base metal division, a longstanding plan of the company. "We are not talking about a spin off yet. The problem here is the size of the business," said Eduardo... 

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

Creamer Media screenshot from Joburg Indaba October 2021
Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

Creamer Media screenshot of PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango at Joburg Indaba 2021
Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

Creamer Media screenshots and design of elements presented at PwC SA Mine 2021
PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nickel West planning for more renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 Diversified miner BHP’s nickel division, Nickel West, is investigating other renewable energy sources to power its operations in Western Australia. BHP in July announced that it would build two solar farms and a battery storage system to help power the Mt Keith and Leinster nickel operations,... 

Blackstone partners with Vietnam govt for nickel hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals will collaborate with the Vietnamese government to identify new nickel opportunities in the country. Blackstone’s 90% owned subsidiary Ban Phuc Nickel Mines (BPNM) will work in collaboration with the General Department of Geology & Minerals of Vietnam (GDGMV),... 

Nickel consumption to double by 2040 - WoodMac

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 Nickel consumption is expected to more than double from the 2.4-million tonnes used in 2020 to 4.9-million tonnes by 2040, analyst Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) said. Speaking at the Australian Nickel Conference on Tuesday, WoodMac principal analyst for nickel, Angela Durrant, noted that the... 

Odysseus strikes first ore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 ASX-listed Western Areas has announced first ore production at its Odysseus project, in Western Australia. MD Dan Lougher said on Tuesday that first development ore at the Odysseus south orebody marked a significant milestone for the company’s new long life nickel mine. “It is an exciting... 

Seafloor minerals explorer TMC confirms development, capital plan

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2021 The Metals Company (TMC) has sufficient cash resources to deliver on its goals in the next two years, including submitting an application to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for its Nordi-D contract area, which contains high-grade copper, cobalt and manganese resources. The seafloor... 

An image of a vessel exploring offshore.

Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview on 4 October 2021
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP joins EV battery alliance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2021 Diversified miner BHP on Monday announced that it had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hybrid battery producer Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) for the creation of a green electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem that will enhance sustainability,... 

Image shows BHP logo

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

Screenshot of Paul Dunne taken during Northam presentation early 2021
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Kwinana produces first nickel sulphate – BHP

By: Mariaan Webb     1st October 2021 The Kwinana plant, south of Perth, has produced its first nickel sulphate crystals, mining major BHP announced on Friday, stating that it was an “Australian first”. The plant would produce 100 000 t/y of nickel sulphate, enough premium product to make 700 000 electric vehicle batteries each... 

An image of nickel sulphate crystals
Pure nickel sulphate

Chalice’s Goyder to retire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2021 Dual-listed Chalice on Friday announced the retirement of long-serving chairperson and founder Tim Goyder. Goyder, who founded Chalice in 2006, has been the driving force behind the company’s growth, culminating most recently in the globally significant Julimar nickel/copper/platinum group... 

Russia submits proposed mining tax changes to the Parliament

By: Reuters     30th September 2021 The Russian government has submitted proposed changes to mineral extraction taxes (MET) for Russian metals firms from 2022 to the lower house of parliament, according to the draft proposals published on Thursday. The state budget is expected to get a boost of up to 546-billion roubles... 

Russia submits proposed mining tax changes to the Parliament

Australian resource exports set for record heights

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2021 New data from the Office of the Chief Economist has predicted that Australia’s resources and energy exports will earn a record A$349-billion for 2021-22. This forecasted earning was up from the A$310-billion reported in 2020-21, and will be driven by a strong recovery for coal and despite lower... 

Image shows container ship at Port Hedland

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

Creamer Media screenshot
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Botswana sells troubled State-owned mine to Canada's Premium Nickel Resources

By: Reuters     29th September 2021 Canada's Premium Nickel Resources (PNR) will buy Botswana's defunct, State-owned BCL copper mine with a view to restarting operations within three years, Minister of Minerals, Green Technology and Energy Resources Lefoko Moagi said late on Tuesday. PNR was awarded an exclusive right to... 

Panoramic draws down Trafigura funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 Nickel developer Panoramic Resources has completed an initial $30-million draw down of its $45-million secured loan facility from Trafigura Group, to suport fist nickel/copper/cobalt shipments from the Savannah nickel project, in Western Australia. The loan facility comprises two tranches, the... 

Mantashe hopeful of turning Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape into new mining hotspots

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe hopes to spur growth in mining hubs within Limpopo, the North West and the Northern Cape provinces with the launch of the Limpopo Mining Investment Conference, which was held on September 28. During a keynote address, he explained that the... 

Barloworld reflects on resilient group performance

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2021 JSE-listed equipment and services company Barloworld says the group achieved a resilient performance for the 11 months to August 31, in what remains a tough operating environment. The resilient performance was driven by a robust performance from industrial equipment, together with a substantial... 

Zimbabwe asked to settle $70m debt after legal loss

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2021 Zimbabwe has been asked to settle a $70-million debt after it lost an international arbitration case over canceled nickel and platinum ventures between a private company and the State miner more than a decade ago. Companies linked to Amaplat Mauritius made the proposal in a September 15 letter to... 

Govt establishes A$2bn critical minerals loan facility

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2021 The federal government will establish a A$2-billion loan facility for Australian critical minerals projects. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the fund would help fill finance gaps in critical minerals resources developments to get them off the ground and would help secure the vital supplies of... 

Image shows Prime Minister Scott Morrison
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Nickel falls with most metals as China power crunch spreads

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2021 Nickel declined along with most metals as China’s power crisis spread from factories to residents, adding risks to supply chains, demand and the economic recovery. Residents in several northern provinces have already been dealing with blackouts, while traffic lights are being turned off, causing... 

Vulcan Minerals, Fjordland ink deal for working interest in South Voisey Bay

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 TSX-V-listed Vulcan Minerals has inked a binding letter of intent with explorer Fjordland Exploration, which grants Fjordland the option to acquire a 100% working interest in 30 mineral claims (750 ha) located in the South Voisey’s Bay area, Labrador. Under the terms of the agreement, Fjordland... 

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