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Nickel News

Green technology boost for African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2021 The key to unlocking value of Kabanga Nickel and enabling the full beneficiation of new era metals in Tanzania is an environment-friendly hydrometallurgy process that eliminates smelting and thus slashes the need for electricity. The Kabanga Nickel Hydromet process – which takes ore to refined... 

Sumitomo to book additional 30bn yen impairment on Madagascar nickel project

By: Reuters     25th January 2021 Japan's Sumitomo Corp said on Monday it will book an additional impairment loss of about 30-billion yen on its Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar for the October to December quarter to reflect the revised output plan. The Japanese trading house, which owns a 54.17% stake in the project, posted... 

Silver Elephant acquires nickel project in Thompson belt

By: Mariaan Webb     25th January 2021 Toronto-listed Silver Elephant has high hopes and aspirations for its new Minago project, in Manitoba, which could supply the “insatiable” demand for Class 1 nickel from the electric vehicle (EV) industry. The company announced on Friday that it had entered into a binding agreement to acquire... 

Silver Elephant acquires nickel project in Thompson belt

Nickel Mines hit record highs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th January 2021 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has reported a 7.7% increase in quarterly production from its Indonesian rotary kiln electric furnace (RKEF) projects for the three months to December, with attributable production reaching a record high. RKEF production during the quarter reached a record 11 527 t during... 

Forrest's Wyloo seals third Canadian deal

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2021 Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals has sealed a new Canada nickel deal, focusing on the drill-ready West Ragland nickel project in Nunavik, Quebec. Wyloo has signed a C$25-million option and joint venture agreement with TSX-V-listed Orford Mining to acquire up to 80% of... 

Forrest's Wyloo seals third Canadian deal

Tanzania and Kabanga Nickel strike deal to develop nickel project

By: Reuters     19th January 2021 Tanzania and UK-based mining firm Kabanga Nickel Limited signed a framework agreement on Tuesday to jointly develop the Kabanga nickel project formerly owned by Barrick Gold and Glencore. Foreign minister Palamagamba Kabudi said during a signing ceremony in Bukoba that the government would own a... 

Jervois makes plans at Brazilian refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2021 Triple listed Jervois Mining has revealed plans to integrate a pressure oxidation leach circuit (POX) at its São Miguel Paulista nickel/cobalt refinery, in Brazil. The company in October last year announced plans to acquire the refinery from Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio (CBA) – a subsidiary... 

Bluejay and Rio Tinto finalise Enonkoski JV conditions

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2021 The remaining conditions of a joint-venture (JV) and earn-in agreement between Aim- and FSE-listed exploration and development company Bluejay Mining and Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration, for the Enonkoski project have been met. Announced on November 10, 2020, the JV and earn-in agreement has... 

Kazakh mining startup Battery Metals seeks Hong Kong listing

By: Reuters     14th January 2021 Battery Metals Technologies, a Kazakhstan-based nickel and cobalt mining company, plans to raise funds through an initial public offering and list in Hong Kong, the firm told Reuters. The company said on Thursday it plans to develop the Gornostayevskoye deposit located close to the... 

Battery metals demand expected to rise in 2021  

By: Simone Liedtke     12th January 2021 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) expects the demand for key battery metals to rise in the coming year as renewable energy and technology adoption continues to pick up pace. The acceleration to a... 

Battery metals demand expected to rise in 2021

Philippines' Duterte stops mining on 'devastated' southern island

By: Reuters     12th January 2021 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a halt to all mining on an island in a southern province that is home to some of the country's nickel projects, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday. Duterte was "very much concerned" about reports that the Tumbagan Island in Languyan, in Tawi-Tawi... 

Katoro progresses drilling programme at Haneti

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th January 2021 Aim-listed Katoro Gold has recorded progress on the maiden drill programme targeting the discovery of nickel and platinum group metals (PGM) at the Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania. Katoro holds a 65% ownership interest in Haneti with 35% held by Power Metal Resources. 

Eramet faces continued challenges in New Caledonia, despite rescue plan success

By: Simone Liedtke     12th January 2021 Global mining and metallurgical group Eramet’s rescue plan, which aims to ensure the sustainable recovery of the group’s New Caledonian subsidiary, is achieving the expected impact under normal operating conditions, the company confirmed on January 12. It noted that the subsidiary, Société Le... 

Kavango appoints new chairperson, nonexec director

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th January 2021 Aim-listed Kavango Resources has appointed David Smith nonexecutive chairperson and Ben Turney executive director, with immediate effect. Smith is a solicitor who has worked in corporate finance and the equity capital markets for over 30 years. Since January 2016, he has been a partner in Druces,... 

Nickel sulphides found in Molopo Farms Complex exploration

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Botswana explorer Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (KKME) reports that exploration at its Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project has unearthed 4.4 m of ultramafic rocks with finely disseminated sulphides in angled hole KKME 1-6 at about 270 m vertical depth. Following the successful drilling of the... 

Brazilian Nickel completes $27.57-million raise to advance Piauí nickel project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2021 Private UK company  Brazilian Nickel (BRN) has raised $27.57-million. Of the overall amount, $25-million was invested by BRN’s funding partner, private company TechMet. 

BHP partners with Toyota for electric vehicle trial at Nickel West

By: Donna Slater     8th January 2021 Diversified miner BHP and automotive manufacturer Toyota Australia have partnered on a new light electric vehicle (LEV) trial at BHP’s Nickel West operations in Western Australia. Under the partnership, a LandCruiser 70 has been converted from running on diesel to being fully electric through... 

BHP partners with Toyota for electric vehicle trial at Nickel West

Zimbabwe’s Kuvimba seeks $1bn for 2021 acquisitions, capex 

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2021 A mining company majority owned by the Zimbabwe government and whose profits will partly be used to compensate former white commercial farmers for land confiscated two decades ago intends to raise $1-billion for acquisitions and capital expenditure. Kuvimba Mining House, in which the government... 

Net-zero emissions commitments hold benefits, but also downsides, for miners 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2021 Miners are targeting massive carbon reductions over the next 10 to 15 years on the path to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with equity research company Jefferies warning that this implies higher costs and capital expenditure (capex), but also a trend of less supply, higher commodity prices,... 

Buchans enters into collaboration agreement with Boliden Mineral for Newfoundland project

By: Donna Slater     6th January 2021 Swedish high-tech metal producer Buchans Resources has entered into a collaboration agreement with Boliden Mineral, which will evaluate Buchans' volganogenic massive sulphide (VMS) base metals property in Newfoundland, Canada, for possible future investment and participation. Boliden Mineral is... 

Zambia President says greater State role in mines will help economy recover 

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Zambia must build majority stakes in selected mines to benefit from its mineral wealth beyond taxes, President Edgar Lungu said on Thursday, as he set out an economic recovery plan after the country defaulted on a debt payment last month. Africa's second-biggest copper producer, Zambia is seeking... 

Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

BASF and Eramet partner on nickel/cobalt project to supply EV markets

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 German chemicals firm BASF and French mining group Eramet on Tuesday announced that they would assess the joint develop a nickel/cobalt refining complex to supply the growing electric vehicle (EV) market. The development would include a high-pressure acid leaching (HPAL) plant and a base metal... 

The plant will process locally sourced ore from the Weda Bay deposit to produce a nickel and cobalt intermediate.
The plant will process locally sourced ore from the Weda Bay deposit to produce a nickel and cobalt intermediate.

Fire breaks out at Vale mine amid protests in New Caledonia

By: Reuters     15th December 2020 A fire broke out at nickel mining facilities owned by Brazil’s Vale in New Caledonia during local protests, the company said on Monday, as a simmering political dispute on the Pacific Island shows no signs of abating. Vale said its processing plant, located 7 km away, was secure and being... 

Glencore enters partnership with Tre-Altamira to expand satellite monitoring across its TSFs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has entered into an agreement with commercial services provider Tre-Altamira to expand satellite monitoring to more than 110 of its tailings dams worldwide, which Glencore says is the largest industry monitoring agreement to date specifically focusing on tailings... 

Canada Nickel signs First Nation MoU for Crawford project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2020 TSX-V-listed Canada Nickel Company has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Matachewan and Mattagami First Nations in relation to exploration and development operations at the Crawford nickel/cobalt sulphide project near Timmins, Ontario. The MoU establishes a commitment by... 

Poseidon raises cash for nickel hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2020 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel will raise A$10-million through a share placement to accelerate exploration at its Black Swan operation, in Western Australia. The company on Monday said that it had received commitments for the placement of 166.67-million new shares, priced at 6c each, with the... 

Vale New Caledonia site evacuated following protests

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2020 The Vale Nouvelle-Calédonie (VNC) site, in New has been evacuated following a night of protests at, and near the site, by independence activists in New Caledonia, Brazilian major Vale reported on December 11. The plant is under the protection of the military forces and operations have been... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy
Photo by Creamer Media
Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Vale signs a binding put option to formalise New Caledonia sale

By: Mariaan Webb     10th December 2020 Brazilian major Vale has signed a binding put option agreement for the sale of its ownership interest in Vale Nouvelle-Calédonie (VNC), formalising the sale to a consortium led by management and staff. Last month, Vale announced a period of exclusivity for negotiations with a consortium gathered... 

Vale signs a binding put option to formalise New Caledonia sale

Wyloo takes cornerstone position in Noront

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2020 Wyloo Metals, a subsidiary of Australian private investment group Tattarang, has made its second investment in Canada. The company announced on Monday that it would become a cornerstone investor in Noront Resources – a company focusing on the Ring of Fire region in northern Ontario. Wyloo would... 

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle  

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced on Friday that he would be handing over the reins of the global mining and marketing company in mid-2021 to top Glencore executive Gary Nagle, who has served the company for more than two decades and is well-known in South Africa, where he ran Glencore’s... 

Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.
Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Friday announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050. Glencore set out the pathway towards reducing its total emissions footprint by 40% by 2035, taking in Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

Horizonte expects to conclude financing by mid-2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 TSX- and Aim-listed Horizonte Minerals reports that the Araguaia nickel project, in Brazil, is steadily moving towards construction, with the company having completed the value engineering phase. This phase included improvements made to the plant design and flow sheet to optimise the project’s... 

Horizonte expects to conclude financing by mid-2021

Nickel Mines raises first A$275m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th December 2020 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has successfully completed the institutional component of its A$364-million equity raising. The company on Friday announced that the institutional entitlement offer raised some A$275-million, at 94c a share, and was well supported by institutional shareholders with a... 

Solid results, despite Covid-19

4th December 2020 Openpit mining company Afrimat released its interim results for the six months ending on August 31, in October. The group, which has built up a track record of “excellence in small-scale mining and materials supply”, delivered solid results despite the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic. As... 

Odysseus tracking to schedule

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2020 Nickel miner Western Areas’ Odysseus mine is on track for first nickel-in-concentrate production at its Odysseus mine, in Western Australia, as shaft hoisting equipment arrived for the project from South Africa. Western Areas on Thursday said that all refurbished headframe and winder equipment... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 The cost of battery cells used for electric vehicles has fallen to an average of $110/kWh, making such cars competitive with those using internal combustion engines (ICE), according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI). One barrier to a higher take up of electric vehicles has been the high... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

Nickel Mines to raise A$364m for Angel acquisition

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2020 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has announced a A$364-million equity raising to fund the initial 30% acquisition of the Angel Nickel project, in Indonesia. Nickel Mines last week announced that it had reached an agreement with partner Shanghai Decent Investment to acquire a 70% interest in the Angel... 

Nickel Mines to raise A$364m for Angel acquisition
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