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Nickel News

Metals for cleaner future being turned to account in minerals-endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 South Africa’s critical minerals potential is being highlighted in an increasingly promising manner by Orion Minerals, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company that is showing the way in the minerals-endowed Northern Cape. Orion, headed by its Boksburg-born CEO Errol Smart, is poised to bestow... 

Noront renamed Ring of Fire Metals; Eagle's Nest activity restarts

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2022 Australia-based Wyloo Metals has rebranded its Canada-based business as Ring of Fire Metals, and has restarted activity at the Eagle’s Nest project, in northern Ontario. Mining mogul Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo in April bought Noront Resources, having outbid diversified major BHP in the battle for... 

An image of an exploration site

Nickel Industries settles Oracle buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Industries has finalised the acquisition of an additional 40% interest in the Oracle nickel project, in Indonesia, taking its equity interest in the project to 70%. The company said on Wednesday that with commissioning at the project scheduled for October, Nickel Industries has... 

Finland plans new tax on mining

By: Reuters     27th September 2022 Finland's government plans to introduce a new tax on minerals extracted by the mining industry, the Nordic country's finance ministry said on Tuesday. Some of the European Union's greatest known reserves of minerals used for batteries and other products are located in Finland where there are... 

Finland plans new tax on mining

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volkswagen teams up with Umicore on battery materials

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Volkswagen announced on Monday a $2.9-billion battery parts joint venture with Belgian materials firm Umicore, becoming the latest European automaker to bring battery supplies closer to home in the shift towards electric vehicles. While raw materials - among them lithium, cobalt, nickel and... 

Brazil approves Araguaia as strategic project – Horizonte

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2022 The Brazilian government has approved the Araguaia nickel project as a strategic minerals project, dual-listed Horizonte Minerals reported on Monday. The approval would ensure that the various government agencies engaged in the construction and operation of the mine would treat Araguaia as a... 

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal   

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Jervois gets enviro approval for SMP Stage 1

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 ASX- and TSX-V listed Jervois Global has been awarded an Environmental Installation License, or LPI, for its São Miguel Paulista (SMP) nickel cobalt refinery in São Paulo, Brazil. The company said on Friday that the licence from the state environmental regulator, Companhia Ambiental do Estado... 

S Africa must navigate pros, cons of energy transition

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     23rd September 2022 The green energy revolution in South Africa presents potential positive and negative consequences for the economy, says professional services firm Deloitte Energy, Resources and Industrials leader Andrew Lane. This revolution involves a shift away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, including... 

An image of Deloitte's Energy, Resources and Industries Leader, Andrew Lane
ANDREW LANE "The energy transition will cultivate a successful and competitive industry, which will have a ripple effect into the broader economy” Andrew Lane

Power Metal targets large-scale nickel mineralisation with diamond drilling on Molopo Farms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2022 London-listed Power Metal Resources has started an inaugural diamond drilling programme at the Molopo Farms Complex project, in Botswana. The drilling, at drill hole DDH1-6B, is targeting a large southerly dipping conductor that was identified by a moving loop electromagnetic geophysics survey,... 

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024   

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining driving Australian budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed statements by the federal Treasurer acknowledging the importance of the resources sector to Australia’s economy. Speaking at a press conference in Canberra, ahead of the Budget which is some five weeks away, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said that... 

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Nornickel plans to raise employees' stake in mining giant, says top shareholder

By: Reuters     19th September 2022 Russian mining giant Nornickel plans to increase the equity holdings of employees and other individuals to collectively comprise 25% of the company, up from 10% now, its largest shareholder Vladimir Potanin told RBC TV. Nornickel, the world's top palladium and refined nickel producer, was one of... 

Chinese investors plan $2.83bn metals park in Zimbabwe

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2022 Zimbabwe’s government approved a proposal by a group of Chinese investors to establish a $2.83-billion battery-metals park that will process metals including lithium, platinum and nickel, its latest plan to revive its moribund economy. Hong Kong Eagle International Investment Holding and Pacific... 

Aus govt awards A$50m in grants to critical mineral projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 The federal government on Friday approved nearly A$50-million in grants to accelerate the development of the critical minerals industry in the country, as part of efforts to reach net zero. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King announced the grant of the finding to six key... 

Sibanye sees possible further opportunities in growing battery metals sector 

By: Darren Parker     16th September 2022 The global forecast for battery electric vehicle (BEV) production has risen by 120% over the past two years, according to research carried out by research and consulting firm SFA (Oxford). SFA (Oxford) senior battery markets analyst Lakshya Gupta, who presented the research findings during a... 

lithium ion batteries

Miners marry at BHP's Leinster mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 Diversified miner BHP’s Leister nickel operations, in Western Australia, has marked a momentous occasion this week, with the underground mine playing host to a wedding. Dressed in their bright orange high visibility shirts, and with a specially made jacket and veil adorned helmet, Aleese [last... 

Miners marry at BHP's Leinster mine

Tripling Zambia’s copper output ambitious but attainable best-case scenario

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Key prerequisites need to be in place if Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is to tap into the potential developmental benefits of the “oil of Zambia” by tripling the country’s yearly copper output in the next ten years, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO Sokwani Chilembo. “Tripling the country’s... 

Valve demand up amid mining uptick

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Demand from the Zambian mining industry for valves, and actuator technology manufacturer AR Controls’ product offering, is stable and increasing since Hakainde Hichilema became the seventh President of the country in August last year, says AR Controls CEO Julien van Niekerk. “Demand is relatively... 

Zambia’s acceptance of the IncoValves and Controls range, whose design is based on lowering the total cost of ownership for end-users and increasing uptime, has exceeded AR Control’s expectations
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Zambia’s acceptance of the IncoValves and Controls range, whose design is based on lowering the total cost of ownership for end-users and increasing uptime, has exceeded AR Control’s expectations

Archer appoints former Trevali exec as CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     15th September 2022 Nickel mining company Archer Exploration has appointed Tom Meyer as president, CEO and director, replacing Keith Bodnarchuk, who is stepping down to focus his efforts as co-founder and CEO of uranium explorer Cosa Resources. Meyer is a professional engineer and veteran of the mining industry,... 

Pacific Nickel gets mining lease for Kolosori

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2022 ASX-listed Pacific Nickel Mines has been awarded a mining lease for the Kolosori project, on the Solomon Islands. In addition, Pacific Nickel has also entered into surface access rights agreement with landowners and a mining agreement with the government of the Solomon Islands, setting out the... 

Nickel miner Vale Indonesia signs HPAL deal with China's Huayou

By: Reuters     14th September 2022 Nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia on Tuesday signed an agreement with China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt to build a second high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) plant to produce nickel material used in batteries to power electric vehicles. Under the heads of agreement, Vale and Huayou plan to build an... 

Electra Battery’s nickel refinery plans starting to take shape

By: Mariaan Webb     12th September 2022 Canadian firm Electra Battery Materials has announced the highlights of a scoping study for an integrated nickel refinery, as part of its vision of creating an electric vehicle (EV) battery materials park in Ontario. The integrated park will ultimately include nickel, cobalt and manganese... 

An image of Electra Battery CEO Trent Mell
Electra Battery CEO Trent Mell

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Talon's Minnesota nickel project continues to expand

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2022 The Tamarack project, a joint venture between base metals junior Talon and diversified major Rio Tinto, is continuing to expand, with more thick, high-grade nickel/copper mineralisaiton TSX-listed base metals company Talon is continuing to expand the Tamarack project, a joint venture with... 

Mallee progressing Avebury restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th September 2022 Nickel developer Mallee Resources has started commissioning of the Avebury plant. Mallee in July completed the acquisition of the Avebury project by acquiring all of the shares in Allegiance Mining, drawing down a $20-million debt facility and $10-million bridging loan facility to fund the... 

Vale looks to leave nickel setbacks behind with growth plans

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2022 Vale raised its nickel output guidance as one of the top miners of the battery metal looks past recent operational setbacks to projects aimed at tapping growing demand. The Rio de Janeiro-based company expects nickel production to reach 230 000 to 245 000 metric tons a year in the mid term,... 

Indonesia president says likely to lose WTO nickel dispute against EU

By: Reuters     7th September 2022 Indonesia will likely lose in its trade dispute against the European Union (EU) over the Southeast Asian country's 2020 ban on exports of nickel ore, President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday. But regardless of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) decision in the dispute, Indonesia will move ahead... 

An image of nickel ore

EU, US step up Russian aluminium, nickel imports since Ukraine war

By: Reuters     7th September 2022 The European Union and United States have ramped up buying key industrial metals from Russia, data showed, despite logistical problems spurred by the war in Ukraine and tough talk about starving Moscow of foreign exchange revenue. The metal shipments highlight the West's difficulty in pressuring... 

Blencowe relinquishes Akelikongo project to focus on Orom-Cross

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2022 London-listed Blencowe Recources has terminated an agreement with SIPA Resources to earn a stake in the Akelikongo nickel project, in Uganda, in order to focus on its nearby flagship Orom-Cross graphite project. Blencowe had entered into an agreement with SIPA in February this year to earn a... 

Australian minerals to drive energy reform - Prime Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2022 The Australian resources sector had the capacity to power the renewable energy revolution, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said this week. Speaking at a Parliamentary dinner in Canberra, Albanese noted that globally, annual clean energy investment would need to more than triple to... 

Power Metal attracts new shareholder interest, raises £1.08m for exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2022 London-listed Power Metal Resources has raised £1.08-million, which will be used to advance select exploration projects and for general working capital purposes. Initially, the company raised £800 000 through a placing of 57-million shares, and a following placing of 20-million new ordinary... 

ARM ups dividend, highlights climate commitment, shifts to green energy  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) on Thursday paid higher dividends, reiterated its full commitment to climate change mitigation, and outlined the start of its intended shift towards the implementation of renewable energy. In affirming the Johannesburg Stock... 

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

Implats commits R50bn capex to mines, beneficiation, energy, decarbonisation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) company Implats, which generated free cash flow of R28.8-billion in the 12 months to June 30, said on Thursday that it had allocated R4.3-billion over the next five years to energy security and decarbonisation. Gross profit totalled R41.3-billion at a gross margin of... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller.
Implats results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

AfriTin posts strong full-year performance as its Uis mine ramps up

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st August 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin’s performance for the financial year ended February 28 was one of strong operational delivery, which has resulted in the company considerably increasing production from the Uis mine, in Namibia, and generating its first group-wide profit, CEO Anthony Viljoen says. “Our... 

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