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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... 

BHP adjusts copper and nickel expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2022 Major BHP has lowered its full-year production expectations for its copper and nickel divisions, while warning of tight labour markers in Australia and Chile for the rest of the year. “BHP delivered safe and reliable production in the third quarter. Our Western Australian iron-ore business... 

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President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Eramet's New Caledonia nickel smelter to use floating power unit

By: Reuters     19th April 2022 SLN, the New Caledonian nickel producer controlled by Eramet, announced on Tuesday plans to hire a floating power unit for its smelter to cover its needs pending the replacement of the Pacific territory's ageing central power plant. Improved energy supply has become a priority for SLN as it... 

Miners welcome Morrison's election promises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2022 The resources sector has been quick to welcome election promises from the Coalition government, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a A$50-million investment to boost the critical minerals supply chain in Western Australia, along with a host of energy-related investments. The Prime... 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Metal prices to remain elevated this year – Fitch Solutions

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Compared to pre-Covid-19 levels, metal prices are expected to remain elevated this year and next as a result of high energy prices constraining production; Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is causing a massive dent in global metal exports from both countries combined; logistical issues and... 

Talon expands in-house capabilities to explore for battery minerals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2022 Nickel/copper explorer Talon Metals has purchased new drill rights and hired more people to step up its exploration efforts for battery minerals  in Minnesota. The TSX-listed company bought three new Boart Longyear drill rigs, taking its in-house drilling fleet to six rights. The new rigs will... 

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

'Black swan' LME nickel chaos shows regulators still missing market risks

By: Reuters     13th April 2022 Last month's chaos in London Metal Exchange nickel trading has shone a light on the failure of a core reform from the global financial crisis to help regulators quickly spot destabilising risks in markets. The 2008 Lehman Brothers crash and bailout of insurer AIG prompted G20 leaders to increase... 

WA posts bumper resource year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Western Australia’s resources industry was worth a record A$230-billion in revenue in 2021, the state government revealed this week. Resources sales for 2021 were up 30%, or A$53-billion, from 2020, based on the latest annual data released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and... 

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ZEB Nickel finds new gold zone at South African project

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2022 Aim-listed nickel and uranium explorer and developer URU Metals reports that its subsidiary, TSX-V-listed battery metals-focussed explorer and developer ZEB Nickel, made a new gold zone discovery, with gold mineralisation being intersected in two of the eight holes of a recently completed Phase 2... 

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canadian miners cheer Ottawa's critical minerals budget plan

By: Reuters     11th April 2022 Canadian miners say Ottawa's plan to spend C$3.8-billion ($3.02-billion) to boost domestic production of lithium, copper and other strategic minerals should help propel the country's efforts to become a key part of the global electric vehicle supply chain. The spending, announced during Canada's... 

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IGO increases offer for Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2022 Battery minerals miner Independence Group (IGO) has increased its offer price for nickel producer Western Areas from A$3.36 a share to A$3.87 a share. IGO last week flagged concerns that its takeover offer for Western Areas would not proceed after an independent expert found that the offer was... 

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Wyloo completes Noront buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2022 Australia’s Wyloo Metals has completed the acquisition of TSX-V-listed Noront Resources, following a shareholder vote. Noront Resources in December entered into a binding agreement with Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals, after that company’s offer was tapped as a superior bid to mining major BHP’s... 

Canada offers carbon capture tax credit to help cut emissions

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rolling out one of Canada’s largest single industrial tax incentives to fund carbon capture projects as his government tries to deliver on ambitious climate goals by offsetting emissions from the country’s energy sector. In a federal budget unveiled on Thursday,... 

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Canada PM Justin Trudeau

Poseidon to partner on Mt Windarra gold

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2022 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel has shortlisted a number of potential partners for its Mt Windarra gold tailings operation, in Western Australia. MD and CEO Peter Harold told delegates at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, that advisor Argonaut was currently undertaking the... 

Blackstone hunting for nickel feedstocks

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals is on the hunt for third party nickel concentrate providers to help feed its planned downstream operations in Vietnam. Blackstone MD Scott Williamson told delegates at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, that the company would supply roughly 50% of... 

Nickel West fully powered by renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 Major BHP has struck a renewable energy agreement with Enel Green Power to underpin construction of Stage 1 of the Flat Rocks wind farm near the Great Southern town of Kojonup. The agreement with Enel meant that BHP had secured sufficient renewable energy to cover all of the power requirements... 

IGO on target with its own growth plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 Battery metals company Independence Group (IGO) is expected to produce its first battery grade lithium hydroxide form the first train of its Kwinana lithium hydroxide facility, in Western Australia, shortly. IGO COO Matt Dusci told delegates at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth,... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Doubts arise over IGO/Western Areas deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2022 Takeover target Western Areas has gone into a trading halt, with reports emerging that an independent expert had found that the takeover offer by fellow listed Independence Group (IGO) was neither fair nor reasonable, and not in the best interest of shareholders. Western Areas is currently the... 

Canada to invest C$2bn on mineral strategy for EV battery supply chain

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 Canada's federal budget will include an investment of at least C$2-billion ($1.6-billion) for a strategy to accelerate the production and processing of critical minerals needed for the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain, two senior government sources said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's... 

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LME introduces 15% daily price limits for all metals

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 The London Metal Exchange said it had introduced daily price limits for all its metals and would commission an independent review into the events that led to chaos in the nickel market last month. The LME has brought in 15% upper and lower daily price limits for all of its physically delivered... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Australia's energy exports on the rise - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2022 Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are forecast to surge to a record high A$425-billion for 2021-22. Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the latest forecast, from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ March 2022 edition of the Resources and Energy... 

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No ‘mucking about’ with safety for UMS

1st April 2022 Shaft sinking company United Mining Services (UMS) boasts shaft sinking innovations that the company is applying across its international projects, says CEO Digby Glover. Throughout its 60-year history, UMS has helped its clients extract value from the world’s most challenging ore bodies. Over... 

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SAFETY FIRST UMS CEO Digby Glover says it is now possible to sink shafts without accidents, owing to innovations of equipment and methodology

Biden’s battery-metal push does nothing to ease mining permit bottleneck

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 The US is set to give the mining industry a key tool to boost domestic production of metals behind the energy transition -- but nothing that speeds up efforts to dig ore out of the ground. President Joe Biden is poised to add battery metals to the list of items covered by the 1950 Defense... 

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US President Joe Biden

Tesla dodges nickel crisis with secret deal to get supplies

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 The invasion of Ukraine has added to agita among electric-vehicle makers over the supply of nickel, a critical ingredient in EV batteries, since Russia is one of the world’s biggest producers. But Tesla Inc. had already been scouring the globe for the metal, signing pacts with several nickel... 

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Biden poised to use Cold War powers to boost battery metals

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 President Joe Biden is poised to invoke as soon as this week Cold War powers to encourage domestic production of critical minerals for electric-vehicle and other types of batteries, according to people familiar with the matter. The White House is discussing adding battery materials to the list... 

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Africa has prime opportunity to provide commodities usually supplied by Russia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2022 As Western Europe accelerates a structural transition away from Russian energy dependence, Africa will play a salient role in filling this void, says Oxford Economics Africa (OEA). During a webinar on March 29, the research company unpacked how a more pressing shift towards renewable energy and a... 

Nickel Mines brings another furnace online

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has started the commissioning of the third of four rotary kiln electric furnace (RKEF) lines at its 80%-owned Angle nickel project, in the Indonesia Weda Bay Industrial Park (IWIP). Having announced the maiden nickel pig iron (NPI) tap from the first RKEF line in late... 

Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2022 The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green hydrogen to replace diesel in the huge haul truck it is building at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani.

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

28th March 2022 Coal markets continue to stabilise, with the back end of the curve having come up significantly in recent weeks. A great opportunity for coal producers to start locking in some forward pricing. Crude oil prices are looking tired, with Brent struggling to hold the $120 mark. With no shortage of... 

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

WA miners contributed A$100bn to Australian economy - CME

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2022 Data released by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy for Western Australia (CME) has shown that the mining and resources sector had contributed some A$100-billion to the Australian economy. The CME said on Monday that an analysis of 56 Western Australian resources sector companies has found the... 

New Horizonte board appointments kickstarts board evolution process

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th March 2022 Aim- and TSX-listed Horizonte Minerals has appointed two new directors as the first phase of the board’s evolution to “better reflect its new shareholder register and the skillset required to deliver two tier-one nickel projects", the company announced on Thursday. The nickel developer appointed... 

Broken Hill battery gets approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2022 Energy provider AGL has taken an investment decision on it’s A$41-million Broken Hill battery with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to provide A$14.84-million in funding for the project. The 50MW / 50 MWh lithium-ion large scale battery will be equipped with grid forming inverters... 

Bokoni platinum mine is large, high-grade opportunity, says African Rainbow Minerals 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2022 The Bokoni platinum group metals (PGM) mine being acquired for R3.5-billion by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) hosts South Africa’s second largest PGM resource, with ready-built mining and processing plant infrastructure on site. Bokoni provides greater exposure to palladium and is close to ARM’s... 

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Increases ARM's combined platinum group metals resource base to 266-million ounces.
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