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Nickel News

Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media’s Contract Publishing, in a joint venture with the International Zinc Association Africa Desk, recently hosted a webinar on the the role of zinc in corrosion protection as well as the launch of the Essentials of Galvanizing book - an essential guide for designers and engineers. 

Operational agility underpins Anglo’s $3.4bn half-year earnings 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2020 The first half of 2020 has tested society to its limits, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani said on Monday, when the company reported 39%-lower $3.4-billion half-year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). The interim dividend of $0.28 a share declared by Anglo is... 

Profit attributable to equity shareholders of $0.5bn compared with last half-year’s $1.9-bn.
Photo by Anglo American
Profit attributable to equity shareholders of $0.5bn compared with last half-year’s $1.9-bn.

Lundin Mining operations perform well in second quarter

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2020 Base metals miner Lundin Mining performed well in the second quarter, with copper output at all its operations higher than in the prior-year comparable quarter, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company increased copper output by 37% year-on-year to 65 285 t in the quarter under... 

Nornickel to monitor permafrost conditions in real time

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2020 Russian base and precious metals miner Nornickel is developing a system to monitor in real time the soil conditions and the stability of the foundations of its operations in permafrost, as the company moves to find solutions to prevent another environmental disaster in the Arctic. The real-time... 

Nornickel COO Sergey Dyachencko
Nornickel COO Sergey Dyachencko

Canada Nickel creates subsidiary focused on zero-carbon metals

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2020 TSX-listed nickel/cobalt sulphide project company Canada Nickel Company has created a wholly-owned subsidiary, NetZero Metals, to begin the research and development of a processing facility aimed at using existing technologies to produce zero-carbon nickel, cobalt and iron products. The facility... 

Canada Nickel creates subsidiary focused on zero-carbon metals

Vale puts funding towards Goro discard

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2020 Brazilian major Vale has agreed to contribute up to $500-million of a $900-million working capital funding package as part of a possible divestment of its 95% interest Vale Nouvelle-Caledonie (VNC), which owns the Goro nickel and cobalt mine, in New Caledonia. ASX-listed base metals miner New... 

Vale puts funding towards Goro discard

Ivanhoe in talks over Platreef, Western Forelands projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2020 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines says it has had and continues to have strategic discussions regarding its Western Forelands project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and its Platreef project, in South Africa. The company points out that a number of mining companies have... 

Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland
Photo by Creamer Media
Ivanhoe Mines co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Ivanhoe to publish updated DFS for Platreef project after some metal prices rise 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2020 Taking into account significant increases in the prices of palladium, rhodium, gold and nickel over the last three years, TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has decided to publish an updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Platreef project, along with a preliminary economic assessment, later... 

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2020 Initial project activities are under way at the R250-million cash-funded East Manganese project in Hotazel, Northern Cape, where the hot sun will be harvested to provide solar power to the mine’s infrastructure. The development forms part of the company’s strategy of building a manganese... 

Menar MD and cofounder Vuslat Bayoğlu
Menar MD and co-founder discusses manganese project with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

'Please mine more nickel,' Musk urges as Tesla boosts production

By: Reuters     23rd July 2020 Tesla boss Elon Musk urged miners to produce more nickel, a key ingredient in the batteries that power the company's electric cars, warning the current cost of batteries remained a big hurdle to the company's growth. "Tesla will give you a giant contract for a long period of time if you mine... 

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’­ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.
Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.

Nornickel to double coronavirus spending to almost $280m

By: Reuters     17th July 2020 Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel on Friday said it would double its spending this year on measures to protect against the coronavirus outbreak to 20-billion roubles ($278.5-million). The company said the measures would include anti-virus security at production sites and employee support. 

Rio says threat of virus second wave is roiling raw materials 

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2020 An uneven global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and concern over the prospects for second waves of infections are weighing on the outlook across commodities markets, according to Rio Tinto Group. While demand is strong in China, the top raw materials consumer, the US copper market... 

Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Anglo's second-quarter copper, nickel output rises, while diamonds, platinum output falls

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American has acted with resilience in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected many of its operations in different countries, with some commodities being affected more significantly than others, CEO Mark Cutifani says. "Our comprehensive response... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Platinum boosts hydrogen electrolyser performance exponentially – Hydrox   

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2020 Platinum provides an exponential improvement in the performance of electrolysers used to produce green hydrogen, says Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager, who describes platinum’s uplift as being “amazing”. “We tried a smattering of only 9% platinum and it provided a tremendous improvement in the... 

Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager
Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager tells Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer of the company’s hydrogen breakthrough. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has been convening many knowledge-sharing sessions in response to the coronavirus. Among ICMM’s 27 mining and metals company members and 36 association members are South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti,... 

International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Power Metal makes strides towards self-sufficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2020 Following activities to strengthen its balance sheet and raise financing, Aim-listed Power Metal Resources says it is now in a position to move forward more aggressively. As at July 10, the company’s assets amounted to £3-million.  

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 Reaction has been positive to the discussion document of economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which states that the listing of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) should be encouraged and mining exploration incentivised, as is the... 

Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.
Photo by Creamer Media
Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the mining industry to highlight and strengthen its role as a catalyst of social development in the areas in which it operates, Minsur  CEO Juan Luis Krueger said on Monday. Krueger was speaking during an  International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) online... 

Juan Luis Krueger
International Council on Mining and Metals virtual Covid event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Orion firms up ownership over Jacomynspan prospect

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2020 ASX-listed Orion Minerals has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining minority vendor interest in the Jacomynspan project. The project is located 65 km north of the company’s flagship Prieska copper/zinc project, on 6h4 Namaqua and Disawell mining and prospecting rights.  

Nornickel dismisses Talnakh concentrator management for enviro violations

By: Mariaan Webb     13th July 2020 Russian mining company Nornickel has dismissed the management of the Talnakh concentrator for gross misconduct, after an internal investigation discovered two instances of unauthorised industrial water discharge. The world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel said in a statement... 

Nornickel COO Sergey Dyachenko has announced zero tolerance towards environmental violations.
Nornickel COO Sergey Dyachenko has announced zero tolerance towards environmental violations.

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 Listings of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange should be encouraged and South African retail investors willing to invest in mining exploration should be incentivised as is the case in other mining jurisdictions, the economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National... 

ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.
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ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time   

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The return of the 12 500 foreign mineworkers to South Africa’s mines is taking double the time planned. The initial ten-day plan of Minerals Council South Africa has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks. 

Minerals Council South Africa Senior Executive: Environment, Health and Legacies Nikisi Lesufi
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nornickel disputes $2bn Arctic damages estimate

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2020 Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, said on Wednesday that it was committed to fully cover the cost of remediation of the environmental impact of the recent fuel spill in the Arctic, but that it disagreed with the amount that Russian watchdog... 

Nornickel disputes $2bn Arctic damages estimate

Aura Energy agree to sale of Tasiast South tenements

By: Donna Slater     7th July 2020 Australia-based minerals company Aura Energy (AEE) has signed a C$4.5-million (A$4.8-million) funding term sheet for the creation of a joint venture (JV) vehicle with TSX-listed Chilean Metals for Aura’s gold, base- and battery-metal tenements in Mauritania. The deal, which is subject to due... 

South African govt initiates process of developing societal hydrogen roadmap  

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has initiated a process, with other government and industry stakeholders, to develop a roadmap that will lead South Africa towards a hydrogen society, Mining Weekly can today report. The aim is to create a policy document that will inform... 

South African government initiates development of societal hydrogen roadmap
South African government initiates development of societal hydrogen roadmap

Power Metal raises £1m to accelerate exploration

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2020 Aim-listed metals exploration and development company Power Metal Resources has raised £1-million to accelerate exploration across its portfolio of projects and to commercialise select project interests. The funds raised will increase the available working capital (cash and listed financial... 

Minerals Council regrets delay of 2018 Mining Charter review 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa on Monday expressed regret that the finalisation of the review of the contested elements of the 2018 Mining Charter had been delayed following a judgement of the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria ordering that a number of other parties be joined to the action.... 

Minerals Council South Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa.

Reopening of economies boosting metals prices 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Since lockdown measures have started to ease around the world to contain Covid-19, ratings and research agency Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P Global) says the reopening of economies, combined with monetary stimulus by banks and governments, has allowed industrial metal prices to rise. However,... 

Reopening of economies boosting metals prices

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

The new normal at South Africa's mines.
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.
Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust  

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Platinum group metals are in pole position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, Mining Weekly can today report. A multiplicity of global announcements are emerging daily that inextricably link platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells as well as platinum-catalysed... 

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking   transforming aviation into a zero-carbon transport that uses hydrogen.
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jervois commences high-prospect drilling programme in Uganda

By: Donna Slater     26th June 2020 TSX-listed nickel and copper miner and explorer Jervois Mining is planning to drill at its Kilembe area properties in western Uganda, to test a target with high-grade copper/gold rock chip samples and a coincidental gold in soil anomaly. The CC target is undrilled and contains some of the... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

Mincor to raise A$60m for Kambalda works

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th June 2020 ASX-listed Mincor Resources will raise A$60-million through a share placement and a share purchase plan (SPP) to fund exploration at its Kambalda projects, in Western Australia. Mincor on Thursday announced that it would raise up to A$50-million through a two-tranche fully underwritten share... 

Mincor to raise A$60m for Kambalda works

Amur outlines strategy for Kun-Manie BFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2020 Base metals explorer and developer Amur Minerals on Wednesday outlined its strategy to fund the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Kun-Manie nickel/copper sulphide project, in the far east of Russia. The company would execute a “tried and proven” funding strategy, board adviser Adam Habib... 

LME to examine floor reopening after easing of UK lockdown

By: Reuters     24th June 2020 The London Metal Exchange (LME) will examine whether the easing of social-distancing restrictions in England from July 4 will apply to its open-outcry floor, which has been closed for three months. The 143-year-old exchange temporarily closed the floor - the last open-outcry floor in Europe - on... 

Chevron inks gas deal with Nickel West

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2020 US energy major Chevron has struck a domestic gas sales agreement with mining major BHP’s Nickel West division for the delivery of natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone domestic gas facility. Starting in July, Chevron would supply BHP Nickel West with a total of 22 Petajoules (PJ) of... 

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