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Metal demand seen surging for decades on strength of energy transition, World Bank says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2022 Demand for metals used in everything from wind-turbine blades to batteries will surge for decades to come, driven by efforts to decarbonize the global economy and shift away from fossil fuels, according to the World Bank. Even as consumption growth for other commodities like grain probably will... 

Minimum of 14 000 jobs a year from South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 South Africa’s first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14 000 jobs, $400-million in gross domestic product and $900-million in taxes a year by 2050. In an addition, there is potential to grow platinum group metal (PGM) demand by between 1% to 2%... 

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Minerals Council hydrogen briefing from left Allan Seccombe, Roger Baxter and Fahmida Smith.

Elon Musk says Tesla open to buying a mining company

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Tesla is open to buying a mining company if producing its own supply of electric vehicle (EV) metals would speed up worldwide adoption of clean energy technologies, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Concern is mounting across the EV industry that there may not be enough supply of lithium, nickel,... 

Minerals Council spells out members’ commitment to climate change mitigation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2022 Members of Minerals Council South Africa have agreed to commit to a climate change response strategy that will reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and achieve a net zero emission by 2050 or earlier. Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi on Tuesday... 

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Minerals Council South Africa senior health and environment executive Nikisi Lesufi, closest right, with Minerals Council's Allan Seccombe, left.

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2022 It was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Indonesian president plans to meet Elon Musk over nickel - Minister

By: Reuters     9th May 2022 Indonesian President Joko Widodo is planning to meet Elon Musk during an upcoming US visit, a Minister said on Monday, as the Southeast Asian country seeks to accelerate development of its nickel industry to supply batteries for electric vehicles. Representatives of Musk's EV maker Tesla were... 

First Quantum approves $1.35bn capex for Kansanshi expansion, Enterprise projects

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ board of directors has given the go-ahead for the immediate roll-out of two projects in Zambia – the S3 expansion at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine, as well as the roll-out of the Enterprise nickel project. “First Quantum has been working constructively with the... 

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Mincore ore processed through Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th May 2022 Mining major BHP’s Nickel West division has processed the first ore from ASX-listed Mincor Resources’ Kambalda operations through its Kambalda nickel concentrator, in Western Australia. The milestone would see Mincor deliver on its previous target of achieving first nickel concentrate production... 

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Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

Vale signs long-term deal to supply Tesla with nickel

By: Reuters     6th May 2022 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday it has signed a long-term deal with Tesla to supply the US-based electric vehicle maker with nickel coming from its Canada operations. Vale did not provide financial details on the deal and did not say for how long it will last. The Brazilian miner said in a... 

Kazera raises £1m to pursue tantalum, lithium and nickel projects

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global has raised £1-million, before expenses, through placing 100-million new ordinary shares at a price of 1p apiece with new and existing investors, representing a 5% premium to the closing price on June 4. Kazera invests in South Africa-based diamond and... 

EPA recommends against PolyMet permit reissuing

By: Mariaan Webb     6th May 2022 TSX- and NYSE American-listed developer PolyMet Mining is facing potential setback with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week recommending that the Army Corps of Engineers should not reissue the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for its proposed NorthMet copper/nickel project, in... 

Canada nickel bid is 'tip of iceberg' of BHP growth ambition

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2022 BHP Group’s unsuccessful attempt to buy a junior Canadian nickel miner last year should be seen as “almost the tip of the iceberg” for its ambitions in the resource-rich country, says one of the company’s top executives. The world’s biggest mining company sees nickel as one of three... 

Canada nickel bid is 'tip of iceberg' of BHP growth ambition

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Moody’s foresees elevated commodity prices, constraints persisting throughout this year

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2022 Moody’s Investors Service says the persistence of weaker mining production and volume constraints will exacerbate tight markets and further elevate prices of many metals after a number of large rated global diversified mining companies posted first-quarter production results showing weaker... 

Moody’s foresees elevated commodity prices, constraints persisting throughout this year

Glencore's human rights record worst in green metals, group says

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 Glencore has the worst human rights record among miners of metals used in renewable energy, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre said in a report. The alleged abuses attributed to all companies range from attacks on activists to violations of environmental laws to forced relocations.... 

Moody’s upgrades Sibanye-Stillwater’s credit rating

By: Donna Slater     3rd May 2022 Credit ratings company Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded JSE- and NYSE-listed precious and battery metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s corporate family rating (CFR) from Ba3 to Ba2 with a positive outlook. Moody’s notes that the rating action reflects the strong financial performance that... 

Nickel Mines readies for first revenue from Angel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has been granted an Izin Usaha Industri (IUI) or Industrial Business Licence at its 80%-held Angel Nickel project, in Indonesia, allowing it to start commercial sales of nickel. First sales from Angel Nickel is now being targeted for later this month. 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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Implats reports 6% lower refined production amid challenging operating landscape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2022 The gross refined production of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats declined by 6% to 2.35-million ounces in the nine months to March 31, when sales volumes of 2.38-million ounces were 4% lower than the prior comparable period. “The operating landscape continues to be challenging,”... 

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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Mincor eyes May start for Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Nickel developer Mincor Resources is gearing up to start production at its Kambalda operations, in Western Australia, in May this year, after reaching an agreement with the Nickel West division of major BHP to update the terms of an ore tolling and offtake purchase agreement (OTCPA). Under the... 

Western Areas makes bank on higher nickel prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Takeover target Western Areas has reported a slight drop in nickel production for the three months to March, on the back of a planned shutdown at its Cosmic Boy concentrator, and due to Covid-19 related productivity issues. The ASX-listed company produced 3 339 t of nickel in concentrate in the... 

Glencore guides higher full-year ferrochrome output with coal marking time 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is guiding 3% higher ferrochrome performance for the whole of this year, with no change to its coal production guidance. Full-year guidance for nickel is also up by the same three percentage points but full-year 2022 zinc guidance has been reduced... 

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Orion reports positive Okiep drilling results, potential nickel credits

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2022 Globally diversified metal explorer and developer Orion Minerals' share price on the JSE rose by more than 7% on the morning of April 28, after announcing encouraging results from its maiden drilling programme across the Koperberg – Carolusberg line of intrusions at the Okiep Copper Project... 

Orion MD and CEO Errol Smart
Orion MD and CEO Errol Smart

Amid need for continuity, industry lauds LME chief's decision to stay

By: Reuters     28th April 2022 London Metal Exchange CEO Matt Chamberlain's decision to remain in his post and not leave at the end of April is welcome as the exchange needs experienced hands to steer it through a challenging time, industry sources said. But the departure of Adrian Farnham, CEO of the exchange's clearing... 

Vale first-quarter net profit falls 19.6%, but beats expectations

By: Reuters     28th April 2022 Brazilian miner Vale, one of the world's largest producers of iron ore, reported on Wednesday its first-quarter net profit fell 19.6% to a better than expected $4.45-billion as stronger pricing offset weaker production numbers. Vale earnings for the three months ended March 31 beat the mean... 

Panoramic continues Savannah ramp-up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2022 Nickel miner Panoramic Resources has continued to increase production at its Savannah nickel operations, in Western Australia, following commissioning in October of last year. Mined ore tonnage from Savannah increased by 42% quarter on quarter, to 108 266 t, while the tonnage of ore milled... 

Supreme Court backs IGO's play for Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2022 The Supreme Court of Western Australia has backed ASX-listed Independence Group’s (IGO’s) takeover of nickel miner Western Areas, ordering the takeover target to convene a shareholder meeting to consider the offer. IGO recently increased its offer price for Western Areas from A$3.36 a share to... 

LME nickel debacle shows need to scrutinise commodities, says IOSCO watchdog

By: Reuters     26th April 2022 The debacle over nickel trading on the London Metal Exchange (LME) highlights the need for regulators to focus far more on opaque corners of the commodities market, global securities watchdog IOSCO said on Tuesday. The LME suspended disorderly nickel trading on March 8 for a week after prices... 

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

Canadian North sets aside C$11m for Nunavut exploration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 TSX-V-listed exploration and development company Canadian North on Monday announced a C$11-million budget for its exploration plan at Ferguson Lake, in Nunavut, focusing on nickel, copper, cobalt,  palladium and platinum mineralisation. The exploration plan will include a resource estimation, a... 

Palladium One increases LK indicated resources by 250%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 Precious metals exploration company Palladium One has published an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its Läntinen Koillismaa (LK) project, in north-central Finland, increasing the Kaukua area’s indicated resources tonnes by about 250%. The project now has 1.1-million ounces total... 

South32 sticks to its production outlook

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Diversified miner South32 has maintained its production guidance for 2022 following a strong March quarter, while operating cost expectations for its Australian and South African operations have increased, on the back of stronger producer currencies, higher raw material costs and an increase in... 

Nornickel Q1 nickel output up, palladium down

By: Reuters     25th April 2022 Russian metals producer Nornickel said on Monday its first-quarter nickel production rose year-on-year due to the recovery of its two mines after flooding in 2021, while palladium output fell due to a high base effect. Nornickel, the world's largest palladium producer and a leading nickel... 

Japan's SMM abandons Pomalaa nickel project in Indonesia

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2022 Japan's Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) said on Monday it has decided to discontinue a long-running feasibility study on a nickel processing plant project in Pomalaa, Indonesia because of a disagreement with its partner PT Vale Indonesia INCO. The Japanese miner and smelter had been working on the... 

Australian Mines hopes to add to Sconi resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2022 ASX-listed Australian Mines has started the hunt for additional nickel and cobalt resource at its Sconi nickel/cobalt/scandium project, in Queensland. The current plan for the $974-million Sconi project includes a two-million tonne a year ore processing plant, delivering a mixed nickel-cobalt... 

Putin wants Russia to boost its use of metals to counter sanctions

By: Reuters     21st April 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called for structural changes in Russia's metallurgical industry to counter Western sanctions he said were starving it of some components and restricting its ability to sell some goods abroad. Speaking at a televised meeting with industry officials... 

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Vladimir Putin chairing a meeting in Russia on Wednesday
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