R/€ = 17.15 Change: -0.06
R/$ = 14.77 Change: -0.05
Au 1790.21 $/oz Change: -8.82
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Nickel News

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... 

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,... 

Implats pursuing renewables, green hydrogen, exploration, carbon neutrality  

By: Martin Creamer     25th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats is pursuing green hydrogen, greenfield exploration and carbon neutrality, the company made clear during question time after presenting a stellar set of high-dividend-yielding interim financial results on Thursday, which cut debt by... 

Impala Platinum's Shaft 16 in Rustenburg
Impala Platinum's Shaft 16 in Rustenburg

Implats' earnings soar 328%, record R7.9bn interim dividend declared

By: Martin Creamer     25th February 2021 Buoyed by the high rand platinum group metals (PGMs) basket price, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) has posted a 328% increase in headline earnings and declared a record interim dividend of R7.9-billion on a strong production, safety and sales performance. Implats delivered stellar... 

Nico Muller
Nico Muller

Talon raises $30m for exploration at Tamarack North

By: Mariaan Webb     25th February 2021 Toronto-listed Talon Metals has raised $30-million on a bought-deal basis to advance work related to the planned exploration and development programme at the Tamarack North project, in Minnesota. The company is in a joint venture with Rio Tinto and has the right to earn up to 60% of the Tamarack... 

Nornickel shares drop after partial suspension of operations at two mines

By: Reuters     25th February 2021 Norilsk Nickel said on Wednesday it had partially suspended operations at its Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines in Siberia because it had detected an inflow of water underground, sending shares of the Russian metals miner down more than 6%. Nornickel is the world's largest palladium producer,... 

US miner applauds Biden’s order on securing critical supply chains 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th February 2021 President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order targeting supply chains in key industries to bolster domestic production and avoid shortages of critical products. The order directs an immediate 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains... 

President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden

PolyMet secures victory in Minnesota Supreme Court

By: Mariaan Webb     25th February 2021 The developer of the NorthMet copper/nickel/palladium project, in north-eastern Minnesota, has secured another court victory, this time in the Minnesota Supreme Court, which ruled in favour of the Clean Air Act permit issued to PolyMet Mining. The court ruling overturned an order by the state... 

PolyMet secures victory in Minnesota Supreme Court

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Clockwise from top left Sietse van der Woude, Ian Mackay, and Bernard Swanepoel.
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

The fight to save the LME ring begins as traders warn on pricing

By: Reuters     24th February 2021 The London Metal Exchange is facing broadening resistance to a plan to close its iconic open-outcry trading floor, with German traders and manufacturers joining some members to warn that closing “the Ring” would hurt pricing and volumes. The LME suspended trading on the floor in March, and last... 

Green light for Brazilian Nickel's small-scale Piauí project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th February 2021 The Brazilian Piauí State Environmental Agency has issued privately held Brazilian Nickel an installation licence for its PNP1000 project, enabling construction work to begin. PNP1000 is the initial, small scale commercial production project at the Piaui nickel project (PNP). The PNP1000 will... 

Philippines says 2020 nickel output up 3%, warns outlook uncertain

By: Reuters     23rd February 2021 Philippine nickel output rose 3% last year even as the Covid-19 pandemic hampered some projects, government data showed, but the Mines and Geosciences Bureau warned that the outlook for its minerals industry this year remained uncertain. Nickel output in the world's biggest exporter of the... 

Philippines says 2020 nickel output up 3%, warns outlook uncertain

Task team developing Canadian critical minerals inventory

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2021 A federal-provincial-territorial task team has been established to develop a Canadian critical minerals inventory, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said on Monday. The inventory would be used to build an integrated, all-Canadian critical minerals and battery value chain. 

Zambia achieves record high copper production in 2020, minister says

By: Reuters     23rd February 2021 LUSAKA – Zambia produced 882 061 t of copper in 2020, up 10.8% from 796 430 t produced in 2019, Mines Minister Richard Musukwa said on Tuesday, calling it a "historical high" for Africa's second-largest copper producer. Musukwa said Zambia aims to produce more than 900,000 tonnes of copper in... 

Canada could take major slice of EV economic pie – Benchmark

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd February 2021 Canada has sizeable potential to be one of the upstream leaders of the lithium-ion battery ecosystem that the world is building, says Benchmark MD Simon Moores, who will be appearing in front of the House of Commons on Monday. Moores will partake in a discussion on Canada’s role in building a... 

Eagle Graphite has the only flake graphite quarry in western North America.
Eagle Graphite has the only flake graphite quarry in western North America.

Three people die in partial collapse of Nornickel's Arctic processing plant

By: Reuters     22nd February 2021 Three workers died after a processing plant owned by Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel in Arctic Siberia partially collapsed during maintenance, the company and officials said on Saturday, as the miner's shares fell by 3.6%. The Arctic environment and production security at Nornickel's assets... 

Vladimir Potanin:
Vladimir Potanin: "The accident shows that efforts are not enough."

Concentrator plant at platinum mine under way

By: Darren Parker     19th February 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is overseeing the engineering design, procurement and construction management of a three-million-tonne-a-year concentrator plan at platinum mining company Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung platinum mine, in the North West. Phase 1 of the project,... 

Brazil nickel/cobalt project advances to BFS stage

By: Mariaan Webb     18th February 2021 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) at the Piauí nickel project (PNP), in Brazil, is under way, privately held Brazilian Nickel has announced. The BFS is the next stage in the development of PNP, which will produce an average of 25 000 t/y of nickel and 900 t/y of cobalt. Engineering group SNC... 

Brazil nickel/cobalt project advances to BFS stage

Coal to China set to continue while Asian giant not buying from Australia – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2021 The export of South African coal to China is poised to continue while China decides not to buy Australian coal, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said during this week’s Glencore media conference. “China still imports round about 185-million tons to 190-million tons of seaborne coal. They like to... 

Glencore heading for a future without any coal production.
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore heading for a future without any coal production.

Eramet sees higher core earnings this year after pandemic hit

By: Reuters     17th February 2021 French mining group Eramet said on Tuesday it expected a rebound in core earnings this year after starting to recover in recent months from severe disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company reported a net loss of €675-million for 2020, while earnings before interest, tax,... 

Ivanhoe’s Ivanplats arranging $420m project financing 

By: Mariaan Webb     17th February 2021 Ivanplats, the South African subsidiary of Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines, is arranging project-level financing of up to $420-million for the development of its Platreef project, in Limpopo. Ivanhoe says Ivanplats has signed a nonbinding term sheet with Orion Mine Finance for a $300-million... 

Ivanhoe’s Ivanplats arranging $420m project financing

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Firm belief in the climate change strategy being embarked upon by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore was expressed on Tuesday by incoming Glencore CEO Gary Nagle, Outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced in December that he would be handing over the reins of the global... 

Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle

ARM expects headline earnings to more than double

By: Donna Slater     16th February 2021 JSE-listed diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) reports that its headline earnings for the first half of its 2021 financial year are expected to increase by between 129% and 138%, to between R4.93-billion and R5.12-billion. This compares with the R2.15-billion in headline earnings... 

Nornickel 2020 profit sinks 39% as $2bn set aside to cover fuel-spill fine

By: Reuters     16th February 2021 Russia's Norilsk Nickel said on Tuesday its net profit sank by 39% in 2020 after it set aside $2-billion to cover an environmental damage claim after a major fuel spill in the Arctic. Nornickel, the world's largest producer of palladium and a leading producer of nickel, has been fined $2-billion... 

Glencore ready to support transition to low-carbon economy – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is ready to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday when the company reported finishing 2020 with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $11.6-billion, Covid-19... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Nornickel studies use of LNG in mining dump trucks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2021 Russian mining major Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) is considering re-equipping its dump trucks for dual-fuel operation, using liquefied natural gas (LNG) in a move that will not only reduce environmental risks, but also lower production costs. A pilot project is under way to investigate the... 

Nornickel studies use of LNG in mining dump trucks

Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors  

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2021 The world’s energy transition away from fossil fuels is a phenomenon that is not dependent on any assumptions about gross domestic product (GDP) growth or countries urbanising or industrialising. It is a phenomenon driven by international consensus that the carbon footprint of the world has to be... 

Sir Mick Davis
Sir Mick Davis interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer about Vision Blue Resources. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada Nickel held talks with US govt on supplying metal for EV batteries

By: Reuters     8th February 2021 Junior miner Canada Nickel has held talks with US government officials about potentially supplying nickel for electric car batteries, its chief executive said, amid mounting concern in Washington about China's dominance of global supply chains. "It's become very clear that there's large portions... 

Canada Nickel CEO Mark Selby
Canada Nickel CEO Mark Selby

Eskay Mining invests in Garibaldi

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2021 Toronto-headquartered Eskay Mining has entered into an agreement with the Sprott Foundation to acquire shares worth C$10.78-million in explorer Garibaldi Resources, the company announced on Friday. Eskay agreed to buy 23 703 688 shares in consideration for the issuance of 4 211 719 working... 

Eskay Mining invests in Garibaldi

Menell to chair Brazilian Nickel

By: Mariaan Webb     4th February 2021 Brian Menell has been appointed nonexecutive chairperson of private UK firm Brazilian Nickel (BRN), following the recent $25-million investment by TechMet, of which he is chairperson and CEO. The South African industrialist succeeds Paul Lush, who is now deputy chairperson of BRN. Commenting on... 

Brian Menell
Brian Menell

Jaguar resources increased

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2021 Base metals developer Centaurus Metals has reported a 50% increase in the indicated resource of its Jaguar project, in Brazil. The project’s indicated mineral resource estimate now stood at 19.9-million tonnes, grading 1.12% nickel for 223 400 t of contained nickel. 

Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2021 Botswana has intensified efforts to digitise and make geoscience information readily available to local and international potential investors in an effort to encourage prospecting for non-diamond minerals, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told the virtual 2021 Investing in African Mining... 

Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi
Photo by Creamer Media
Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi

Mining has a role to play in supporting the global population, says Cutifani

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 The global human population – almost nine-billion people – cannot be supported without mining, diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said during a panel discussion at the virtual Investing in African Mining Indaba on February 2. Speaking during an environmental, social and governance-... 

Greece gets six non-binding bids for nickel smelting plant

By: Reuters     2nd February 2021 Greece has received six initial bids for the lease of a smelting plant operated by debt-laden Larco, one the world's biggest nicker producers, the country's privatisation agency HRADF said on Monday. The deadline for the submission of non-binding bids for the Larymna smelting plant and related... 

Nickel West taps into solar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2021 Diversified major BHP’s Nickel West division has inked a renewable power purchasing agreement (PPA) to supply up to 50% of its electricity needs at the Kwinana refinery from Merredin Solar Farm. The miner said this week that the agreement, with Western Australia’s largest solar farm would help... 

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