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Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Orion confirms viability of openpit mining at Jacomynspan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2021 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has announced that a shallow high-grade nickel/copper/cobalt/platinum group metal intercept confirms strong openpit mining potential at the Jacomynspan project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The company reports that the intersection starts from... 

Nornickel to cut emissions in Russia's border region with Norway, Finland

By: Reuters     23rd March 2021 Russian metals producer Nornickel said on Monday it has shut down a metallurgical processing facility in Russia's border region with Norway and Finland which had been the area's main source of sulphur dioxide emissions. The shutdown, along with the recent closure of a nearby Nornickel smelting... 

Indonesia eases requirements for mining export permits, nickel excluded

By: Reuters     23rd March 2021 Indonesia will now grant miners export permit for unrefined mineral ores, even if construction of their refining facilities is delayed, a move aimed at lessening the blow to the industry from the coronavirus, according to a document seen by Reuters. Indonesia announced last year it would ban... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

QPM raises A$15m for TECH

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2021 ASX-listed Queensland Pacific Metals has completed a A$15-million capital raising through share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors. The company on Monday told shareholders that it has placed more than 187.5-million shares, at a price of 8c each, with the shares to be placed... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development 

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 LSE-listed sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey and JSE- and NYSE-listed gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sibanye-Stillwater have formed a strategic partnership to secure critical metals and accelerate new battery technologies for a low-carbon future. The collaboration will... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Nornickel says production to fall short of 2021 guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     16th March 2021 Russian nickel and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Nornickel has downgraded its 2021 production guidance, following the flooding of two mines in Siberia. Nickel production will be 35 000 t short of its 2021 guidance, while copper output will be 65 000 t and PGMs 22 t short. 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Australian resources still abundant - AIMR

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 The latest edition of Australia’s 'Identified Mineral Resources' (AIMR) report has reaffirmed Australia position as one of the world’s top producers of key critical minerals. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt at the end of last week said that Geoscience Australia’s... 

Australian resources still abundant - AIMR

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green metals hunt draws world’s biggest miner to frozen tundra

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2021 BHP Group is moving its exploration headquarters to Toronto in the latest move by the world’s top miner to focus its growth pipeline on future-facing minerals such as copper and nickel. The switch to Canada’s most populous city comes after BHP last August entered a partnership with Midland... 

BHP chief technical officer Laura Tyler
BHP chief technical officer Laura Tyler

$7.7bn worth of M&A deals inked in the fourth quarter of 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2021 Metals and mining industry cross border merger and acquisition (M&A) deals worth $7.7-billion were announced in the fourth quarter of 2020.  Nova Resources led the pack with its almost $2.4-billion acquisition of Kaz Minerals, GlobalData’s deals database shows. In a statement on March 10, the... 

Nornickel coughs up $2bn for fuel spill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company, a Nornickel subsidiary, has made 146.2-billion roubles' (about $2-billion) worth of payments for damage caused to the environment as a result of a May 2020 diesel spill at Norilsk's combined heat and power plant. Nornickel has provided the funds for its... 

Nornickel coughs up $2bn for fuel spill

Western Areas completes A$85m placement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2021 Nickel miner Western Areas has completed its A$85-million capital raise, receiving strong support from existing and new investors. The company earlier this week announced plans for the capital raise, priced at A$2.15 a share, to fund the development of its Odysseus project, and to fund... 

Energy Secretary Granholm says US needs to produce more EV minerals

By: Reuters     10th March 2021 US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday said the United States needs to boost domestic production of the minerals used to make electric vehicles, so long as it is done sustainably. The United States has been trying to wean its automobile supply chain off of China and other countries... 

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

Nornickel schedule for mine restarts to be considered by March 16

By: Reuters     9th March 2021 Russia's Norilsk Nickel on Tuesday said it will consider a recovery schedule for its two main mines, where operations remain partly suspended because of a continuing inflow of groundwater, by March 16. Nornickel, the world's largest palladium producer and a leading nickel producer, partly... 

Nornickel schedule for mine restarts to be considered by March 16

Thakadu commissions nickel sulphate refinery

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2021 High-purity battery raw materials supplier Thakadu has started production at its $20-million nickel sulphate refinery in the North West province of South Africa. This puts Africa on the map as a supplier of battery-grade product to the growing global market for electric mobility and stationary... 

Thakadu's nickel sulphate refinery
Thakadu's nickel sulphate refinery

Canada positioning for post-Covid-19 recovery with critical minerals push – O’Regan

By: Donna Slater     9th March 2021 Canada is using its measures to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic to position itself as a haven for new technology and battery minerals, boasting a wealth of such minerals found in few other places around the globe, said Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan. He gave the keynote address at... 

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan addressing the virtual PDAC 2021.
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan addressing the virtual PDAC 2021.

Western Areas looks to raise A$100m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2021 Nickel miner Western Areas on Tuesday announced plans for a A$100-million capital raise to fund the development of its Odysseus project, and to fund exploration and organic growth projects. The company told shareholders that it would conduct a fully underwritten institutional placement to... 

Western Areas looks to raise A$100m

New Caledonia agrees to Vale nickel mine sale, Tesla to be partner

By: Reuters     8th March 2021 Political leaders in New Caledonia have agreed new terms for the sale of Vale’s nickel business, including a majority stakeholding for local interests, seeking to resolve unrest over the planned sale. The deal signed by pro-independence and loyalist leaders in the French Pacific territory also... 

New Caledonia agrees to Vale nickel mine sale, Tesla to be partner

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

World’s top nickel producer sets out end-to-end battery ambition

By: Bloomberg     5th March 2021 Indonesia laid down its plans to have a complete battery production line onshore, with a state-owned holding firm to be set up by June. The country has drafted an “end-to-end development” plan that would see four state firms supplying nickel ore, processing nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate,... 

Rock and heavy metal: winners emerge in energy transition

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 Investors in metals and mineral extraction are poised to see their fortunes grow as the race to cut carbon emissions requires massive investment in commodities other than oil and gas. As world economies shift to more electrification and away from fossil fuels to reach net-zero carbon emissions by... 

The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth – Dr Motsepe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 The major challenge of the mining industry is the imperative of growth, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe said on Wednesday, when the 25 000-employee ARM reported record financial results. “You’ve got to replace the orebody that you’re mining with an equally... 

African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe.
African Rainbow Minerals interim results report by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nornickel warns on output as two mines remain partly suspended

By: Reuters     3rd March 2021 Russia's Norilsk Nickel expects production losses as its two major mines remain partly suspended due to an ingress of water, CEO and top shareholder Vladimir Potanin said on Wednesday, adding that it would calculate the losses by March 9. Nornickel, the world's largest palladium producer and a... 

Norilsk Nickel owner Vladimir Potanin
Norilsk Nickel owner Vladimir Potanin

African Rainbow Minerals' earnings soar 134%, interim dividend declared

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2021 Despite Covid-19-related global economic challenges and uncertainty, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Wednesday reported record headline earnings of R5 039-million for the six months to December 31. This represented a 134% increase compared with the corresponding of 2019 and was underpinned by... 

African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe
Photo by Creamer Media
African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe

Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse

By: Reuters     3rd March 2021 In the tenth century, Erik the Red, a Viking from Iceland, was so impressed with the vegetation on another Arctic island he had found he called it "the green land". Today, it's Greenland's rocks that are attracting outsiders - superpowers riding a green revolution. The world's biggest island has... 

Greenland Minerals and Energy's Kvanefjeld
Greenland Minerals and Energy's Kvanefjeld

Major questions hang over true ESG impact of commodities used in clean energy sector

By: Donna Slater     2nd March 2021 The future of sustainable mining, and by association the continuing drive towards greener forms of energy production, in an ever eco-conscious environment, will be driven by the “true” environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) components of critical minerals, law firm Fasken partner... 

Major questions hang over true ESG impact of commodities used in clean energy sector

To go electric, America needs more mines. Can it build them?

By: Reuters     2nd March 2021 Last September, in the arid hills of northern Nevada, a cluster of flowers found nowhere else on earth died mysteriously overnight. Conservationists were quick to suspect ioneer, an Australian firm that wants to mine the lithium that lies beneath the flowers for use in electric vehicle (EV)... 

Looking over Rhyolite Ridge South Basin, where Australian firm ioneer is planning to mine lithium used in electric vehicle batteries.
Looking over Rhyolite Ridge South Basin, where Australian firm ioneer is planning to mine lithium used in electric vehicle batteries.

Nornickel operations chief to leave in management shake-up

By: Reuters     1st March 2021 Russian metals producer Norilsk Nickel's (Nornickel) COO Sergey Dyachenko is leaving the company as part of a management restructuring. The shake-up follows a number of environmental and industrial accidents at the world's largest producer of palladium and major producer of nickel. The company... 

Sergey Dyachencko
Sergey Dyachencko

Musk says nickel is 'biggest concern' for EV batteries

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2021 Elon Musk has had it with nickel. It’s scarce and expensive, so the chief executive officer of electric-carmaker Tesla tweeted last week that the company’s shifting some cars to a type of battery that uses iron instead. Musk has previously pleaded with miners to produce more nickel. Supplies... 

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Anglo CEO talks hydrogen, recycling, Scope 3, material solutions provision  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2021 The surge of the hydrogen economy, the need to recycle, halving Scope 3 emissions through iron-ore-linked green steelmaking, assisting South Africa to create new industries, and becoming a one-stop material solutions provider, were among the issues discussed by Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani in... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Vale bullish on metal prices, seeks to accelerate copper projects

By: Reuters     1st March 2021 Executives at Brazil's Vale, the world's second largest iron-ore producer, said premiums for the commodity were at a "unique moment" and that they were also confident regarding the trajectory of copper in 2021. In a conference call with analysts to discuss the company's 2020 financial results,... 

Vale head of ferrous metals Marcello Spinelli
Vale head of ferrous metals Marcello Spinelli

Fitch raises metals, mining price assumptions in line with returning demand, low inventories 

By: Donna Slater     26th February 2021 Ratings agency Fitch Ratings has revised some of its metals and mining price assumptions in line with that it sees as commodity prices being set to benefit in the short term from returning demand, as well as slow supply response and low inventories. The agency’s revision of all iron-ore price... 

Fitch raises metals, mining price assumptions in line with returning demand, low inventories

Indonesia says 'ready to fight' EU at WTO over nickel export curbs

By: Reuters     26th February 2021 Indonesia is "ready to fight" the European Union's challenge of the Southeast Asian country's ban on nickel ore exports at the World Trade Organisation, arguing the bloc's actions may hinder Indonesia's development plans, the Trade Minister said. Once the world's biggest exporter of nickel,... 

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