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Nickel News

QPM in funding drive for TECH project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2021 ASX-listed Queensland Pacific Metals (QPM) has announced a A$30-million capital raise and conditional finance support from Export Finance Australia (EFA) for up to A$250-million of debt funding for its TECH project, in Northern Queensland. QPM on Wednesday told shareholders that it would raise... 

Noront reviewing Wyloo transaction documents

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2021 Canadian nickel junior Noront Resources on Tuesday confirmed that it had received a nonbinding letter and related draft documents from Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals regarding a new takeover offer for the company. The documents outline, among other things, the terms and... 

Sibanye appoints Keliber chairperson as chief regional officer for Europe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2021 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has appointed Finnish mining company Keliber's executive chairperson Mika Seitovirta as its chief regional officer for Europe. This is in line with the group’s growth strategy in battery and green metals, focused predominantly on the... 

BHP/Wyloo talks fail, with Wyloo launching a new bid for Noront

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th December 2021 Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals has abandoned talks with major BHP around nickel developer Noront Resources, instead launching an improved offer to acquire the TSX-V listed company. BHP in October trumped Wyloo’s C$0.70-a-share cash offer for Noront, by offering C$0.75 a share for... 

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Andrew Forrest's Wyloo Metals has launched a new offer for Noront

South Africa urged to move quickly to capitalise on battery storage value chain opportunities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2021 An ongoing study funded by the World Bank under the guiding leadership of mineral research organisation Mintek has found that there are considerable opportunities for South Africa in the battery storage value chain. The country, however, needs to move quickly to capitalise on these opportunities... 

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Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Australia exploration at 7-year high on clean-energy metals push

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2021 The hunt for metals critical to the clean-energy transition has seen spending on minerals exploration in Australia surge by nearly a third in the September quarter to a seven-year high. Spending was A$877-million ($618-million) in the three months to September 30, up from A$666-million in the... 

Horizonte buys ferronickel processing equipment for Araguaia

By: Mariaan Webb     9th December 2021 Aim- and TSX-listed Horizonte Minerals has entered into an asset purchase agreement to buy certain new and unused ferronickel processing equipment for its Araguaia project, in Brazil. The company entered into an agreement with Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA), a company listed on the B3... 

Blackstone starts mining in Vietnam

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2021 ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals has restarted mining activities at the Ta Khoa nickel project, in Vietnam. “The recommencement of mining activity is an important milestone for the company, and the speed at which approvals were secured is a testament to the expertise and relationships our team has... 

Ivanhoe secures $300m in stream financing deals for Platreef mine  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2021 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ South African subsidiary, Ivanplats, has concluded stream financing agreements with Orion Mine Finance and Nomad Royalty Company for a $200-million gold streaming facility and a $100-million palladium and platinum streaming facility for its Platreef... 

An aerial image of Ivanplats' Platreef development, located in the Limpopo Province
BIRD'S EYE VIEW The proceeds of the financing agreements will be used to advance the first phase of Platreef’s mine development, with commercial production expected in 2024

Nickel Mines spends big on Oracle buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2021 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has inked a definitive agreement with partner Shanghai Decent Investment to acquire a 70% equity interest in the Oracle nickel project, in Indonesia. The agreement over the Oracle project followed a November memorandum of understanding (MoU). 

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Global nickel smelting rebounds as Sudbury operations restart

By: Reuters     6th December 2021 Global nickel smelting activity rebounded in November, powered by gains in North America and Europe, while refined copper production dipped, data from satellite surveillance showed on Monday. Nickel output climbed due to the restart of Vale's Sudbury smelter in Canada while the easing of a power... 

Glencore targeting recycling step change  

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2021 The goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change are best achieved through the circular economy, says diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which sees recycling as being a significant means for relieving the growing burden that global decarbonisation is set to place on finite raw... 

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Glencore 2021 investor update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

Australian exports surge despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2021 Despite a challenging 12 months, Australia’s resources and energy exports continue to surge, according to the latest trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the ABS’ International Trade in Goods and Services data for October... 

Sunrise awarded major project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2021 The Australian government has granted ASX-listed Sunrise Energy Metals 'major project' status for its A$2.4-billion Sunrise Battery Materials Complex project, in New South Wales. The Sunrise project is Australia’s biggest and most advanced battery materials project and contains the world’s... 

African Copperbelt a good mining destination – consultants

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 The Central Africa Copperbelt is the obvious choice for miners looking to expand their copper portfolios, with the region being known for “world-class” deposits, says mining consultants The MSA Group. “Mining companies looking for a foothold in the region always focus on two things – prospective... 

Chrysocolla and malachite exposures on a rock face in Zambia both are copper ores
N PLAIN SIGHT Chrysocolla and malachite are so prevalent in the Central Africa Copperbelt it can be seen above ground in rock formations

Transport group eyes Copperbelt

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Specialist logistics group Unitrans Africa plans to use its copper handling success, in Botswana, as a launchpad to enter into mining operations in the Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Our recent success in on-mine copper materials handling and pit development, paired... 

A large yellow mining machine with EV capability used to load ore onto Unitrans road trains
POWER PUSH The use of electric power vehicles in the mining sector is being successfully pushed further up into the Central African region by Unitrans

Rising demand for separation compound 

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Since the partnership between global chemicals producer 2M Holdings and speciality materials company Celanese, established in 2014, demand for its methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound, used to separate copper from ore, has grown substantially in the Central Africa region. 2M Holdings South... 

Large plastic containers of methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound which is used in the separation or flotation of ores on the African Copperbelt
2M Holdings South Africa MD Denzyl O’Donoghue discusses the use of MIBC as an effective flotation agent in the separation of copper

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Even the battery boom can’t escape world’s supply chain woes

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Soaring commodity prices and supply chain bottlenecks threaten to push up the cost of batteries seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Higher raw material costs could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, a 2.3% gain from this year’s... 

Copper under pressure on Omicron uncertainty

By: Reuters     30th November 2021 Copper prices came under pressure on Tuesday due to worries about the Omicron coronavirus variant and its impact on demand and growth, but above consensus manufacturing data from top consumer China and low stocks limited the losses. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 0.8%... 

Carbon-neutral nickel launch showcased by South Africa-linked chairperson  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2021 South Africa-linked Gareth Penny on Monday heralded the launch of a carbon-neutral nickel with a difference in that it steers completely clear of any reliance on third-party carbon credits. Penny did so in his capacity as nonexecutive chairperson of Nornickel of Russia – and put sharper focus on... 

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Nornickel capital markets day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

RBPlat bid embodies socioeconomic boost for greater Rustenburg region – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 The bid by Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) for a majority shareholding in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) presents an opportunity to create sizeable Western Limb production base with socioeconomic benefits for the region, platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats said on... 

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Implats’ offer to Royal Bafokeng Platinum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

NSW sets critical minerals pathway

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2021 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy launched by New South Wales Deputy Premier Paul Toole. The Strategy details the vision to realise the economic potential of critical minerals investment and delivery... 

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kavango signs option agreement for 51.15% stake in Molopo Farms Complex

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 London-listed Power Metal Resources has signed a three-month option agreement with fellow-listed Kavango Resources, whereby Kavango may acquire 51.15% of the issued share capital of Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration, based in Botswana. Kalahari Key has a 60% effective interest in the Molopo... 

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NSDV director and co-founder Lili Nupen

China's Weiming to invest in $400m Indonesia nickel matte project

By: Reuters     25th November 2021 China's Weiming Group, which makes equipment to treat solid waste, has signed a deal to invest in a $400-million project to produce nickel matte in Indonesia, becoming the latest Chinese firm to enter the Southeast Asia country's battery supply chain. Weiming said in a statement that the... 

Horizonte's Brazil nickel project fully funded

By: Mariaan Webb     24th November 2021 Dual-listed Horizonte Minerals on Tuesday announced a proposed equity and debt funding package of $633-million that would complete the funding required for the construction of the Araguaia nickel project, in Brazil. CEO Jeremy Martin commented that the funding was a significant milestone in the... 

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Trial mining at Araguaia

Nornickel proposes doubling 9-month dividend amid high metals prices

By: Reuters     23rd November 2021 Russian mining giant Nornickel recommended on Monday more than doubling its dividend payment for the first nine months of 2021, with a total payout amounting to 232.84-billion roubles ($3.2-billion). Nornickel is the world's largest producer of palladium and refined nickel. Its first-half core... 

Canada Nickel picks up 13 properties in Timmins

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2021 TSX-V-listed Canada Nickel Company has acquired 13 additional properties, in 18 separate transactions, near its Crawford nickel-sulphide project, consolidating its position in the Timmins area of Ontario. Combined, these properties have target structures 40 times the scale of the structure which... 

Shareholders rush to Blackstone SPP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2021 Nickel developer Blackstone Minerals has completed its share purchase plan (SPP) oversubscribed. The company in the beginning of November launched a A$55-million capital raise through a two tranche share placement, and announced an SPP aimed at raising a further A$5-million. 

Namibia heading for world record green hydrogen costs, conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2021 With its vast potential for wind and solar energy, Namibia is excellently placed to become a global player in green hydrogen production, the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum's virtual conference heard on Monday, when green hydrogen was highlighted as the key decarbonisation vector in the global fight... 

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African Green Hydrogen webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Biggest Zimbabwe nickel miner eyes Victoria Falls bourse listing

By: Tanya Blake     19th November 2021 Zimbabwe’s biggest nickel operation plans to list on the U.S. dollar-denominated stock exchange in Victoria Falls, as part of efforts to ignite foreign interest in the miner. Bindura Nickel Corp. has requested shareholder approval to delist from the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and list on the... 

Battery-grade nickel demand to grow as world sets sights on low-carbon future 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th November 2021 The global green transition and electrification of transport has started a paradigm shift in the demand dynamics of metals, which are required for a low-carbon future, and are set to experience a significant boost in demand in the coming decade at least, says research agency Fitch Solutions.... 

First Quantum cuts the ribbon at Shoemaker-Levy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2021 TSX-listed metals miner First Quantum this week officially opened its Shoemaker-Levy mine at the Ravensthorpe nickel/cobalt operation, in Western Australia. The new orebody would extend the mine-life by at least 20 years. 

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