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Nickel Mines in A$490m Indonesia deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2020 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has signed a binding definitive agreement with partner Shanghai Decent Investment to acquire a 70% interest in the Angel Nickel project, in Indonesia, for $490-million. Nickel Mines in October inked a memorandum of understanding to build, own and operate four next... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2020 An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into potable water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

John Bewsey
Trailblazer Technologies director John Bewsey interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Biden easing up on Cuba would boost Canadian miner, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2020 Joe Biden’s victory in the US Presidential election marks a potential new chapter for one of Cuba’s biggest foreign investors. Sherritt International’s top executive calls the result of the vote good news for his company, given the steady tightening of sanctions under President Donald Trump.... 

Australia's project pipeline grows despite Covid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2020 The number of resources and energy major development projects has increased by 19% over the last 12 months, new data from the Office of the Chief Economist has shown. There are currently 335 major projects in the development pipeline, with the value of the projects in the pipeline increasing by... 

Australia's project pipeline grows despite Covid

Maiden drill campaign mobilises to explore Tanzanian Haneti nickel project

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Aim-listed gold and nickel explorer and developer Katoro Gold has mobilised Amazon Drilling's teams to start the maiden drill programme targeting the discovery of nickel and platinum group metals (PGMs) at the Haneti nickel project in Tanzania.

Katoro holds a 65% ownership interest in Haneti,... 

Chrome producers want ferrochrome solutions that exclude export tax    

By: Martin Creamer     19th November 2020 South Africa’s non-integrated chrome ore exporters want to discuss ways of solving the existential threat to South Africa’s struggling ferrochrome industry to avoid the need for a tax being imposed on the export of locally mined chrome ore. But steadfastly in favour of a chrome ore export tax are... 

David Kovarski
ChromeSA spokespersons interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Africa has opportunity in battery metals space, says panel

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2020 Despite analyst fears at the start of this year that countries could shift their focus away from reducing carbon emissions, business intelligence firm CRU senior analyst George Heppel says much of the year has been focused on green recovery concepts. Speaking during this year’s virtual Africa... 

Mining work starts at Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th November 2020 Work at the Kambalda nickel operations, in Western Australia, has reached another milestone with the first firing of the portal face in the box cut at the new Cassini nickel mine. ASX-listed Mincor Resources said on Friday that the firing marked the start of development of the newest high-grade... 

Greece to kick off sales of nickel producer Larco by year-end

By: Reuters     12th November 2020 Greece will kick off the sale of assets owned by Larco, one of the world's biggest nickel producers, later this month, its energy ministry said on Thursday. The country will also launch in December the sale of a 49% stake in power grid operator HEDNO, the ministry said in a statement. HEDNO,... 

WEF seeks to start a multistakeholder dialogue on deep-sea mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th November 2020 A new way to meet the growing demand for minerals critical to electric vehicle, electronics and battery manufacturers could become commercially available within this decade, says the World Economic Forum (WEF). It notes that significant public and private investment have gone into investigating... 

WEF seeks to start a multistakeholder dialogue on deep-sea mining

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2020 The long value chain of green hydrogen economy has the potential to create a multiplicity of jobs and open up the market for investment possibilities for the Southern African region into what is expected to become a multi-trillion-dollar global decarbonisation market. Forschungszentrum Jülich... 

Dr Solomon Nwabueze Agbo, who is co-ordinating Southern Africa's green hydrogen study.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer is given update on platinum-linked green hydrogen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio Tinto to earn into Bluejay’s Finland project

By: Mariaan Webb     10th November 2020 Exploration and development company Bluejay Mining’s share price surged 20% on the London exchange on Tuesday, as the company announced a joint venture and earn-in agreement with Rio Tinto at Enonkoski project, in Finland. In terms of the agreement, Rio Tinto could earn up to a 75% interest, in... 

Kavango Resources raises £2m through oversubscribed placing

By: Donna Slater     10th November 2020 Botswana-focused explorer Kavango Resources has conditionally raised £2-million, before expenses, with the issuance of 72.72-million new ordinary shares in the capital of the company, at 2.75p apiece.   The net proceeds of £1.9-million raised will primarily be used to carry out proposed... 

Battery metals beneficiation holds ‘enormous potential’ for South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2020 There is “enormous potential” for South Africa, should the country pursue green industrialisation and its manufacturing sector invest in the beneficiation of battery metals and the manufacture of various green products, such as electric vehicles (EVs), Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Sumitomo expects Ambatovy mine to produce 3 000 t of nickel in Jan-March

By: Reuters     6th November 2020 Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp plans to resume operation at its Ambatovy nickel mine in Madagascar early next year as planned, with an aim to produce 3 000 t of nickel during the January to March quarter, its executive said on Friday. Sumitomo may book an additional impairment loss on the... 

Mined commodities set to underwhelm in 2021 as stimulus measures end, economies unlock 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2020 Mined commodities are set to underwhelm in 2021 as the boost to commodity prices from stimulus measures and the phased unlocking of economies are short-lived, says Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) metals research global head Simon Morris and bulk research global head Derryn Maade. Speaking during a... 

Mined commodities set to underwhelm in 2021 as stimulus measures end, economies unlock

Norilsk Nickel board recommends 9-month 2020 dividend of $1.24bn

By: Reuters     4th November 2020 The board of Russia's Norilsk Nickel on Tuesday recommended a nine-month dividend of 98.64-billion roubles ($1.24-billion), at 623.35 roubles per share, down sharply fall from 2019. The company's biggest shareholder Vladimir Potanin told Reuters last week that Norilsk Nickel should keep its... 

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 The clean, green copper that Orion Minerals will mine with the help of the Northern Cape’s hot sun and prime wind will be almost free of cost, paid for by the zinc credits, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart said on Tuesday. “If you take it as a copper mine only, net of zinc credits, we come close to... 

Orion Minerals Prieska project in the Northern Cape.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exploration is priority, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 South Africa should be an exploration site that contributes to gross domestic product growth and employment creation. “Exploration is the way to go and a priority,” Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told the 2020 Junior Indaba in his keynote address on Tuesday. (Also watch... 

Gwede Mantashe (right) and Bernard Swanepoel.
The Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Atlantic Nickel makes new discovery at Palestina project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd November 2020 Base metals project developer Atlantic Nickel has made a new discovery at the south-western extension of the Palestina project, which is located 26 km from its Santa Rita mine, in Brazil. Drilling has confirmed the discovery of a new zone at the Palestina intrusive nickel/copper/platinum group... 

Flow-through must not only incentivise exploration but also market participation – Miller 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2020 A flow-through share scheme tax incentive, currently under consideration for South Africa, must serve to incentivise not only exploration but also public listed market development and market participation by a diversity of investors. Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller... 

Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
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Mining supply sales consultancy AmaranthCX director Paul Miller

Western Areas adjusts production expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th October 2020 Nickel miner Western Areas has downwardly adjusted its full year expectations for 2021 to take lower ore grades into consideration. Nickel in concentrate production for the financial year is now expected at between 17 000 t to 19 000 t, down from the previous estimate of between 19 000 and 21... 

Vale expects stronger fourth-quarter iron-ore sales

By: Reuters     29th October 2020 Brazilian miner Vale SA has recovered its iron ore inventories in the third quarter and will reduce the gap between production and sales in the coming months, potentially bringing relief to a tight global supply for the key steel-making ingredient, company executives said on a Thursday. In a call... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners  

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2020 Coal mining companies need to start looking at creating their own profitable circular economies around existing coal assets because it is possible, says African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. While still responsibly mining coal, coal-mining companies have an opportunity to look at creating a... 

Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Election will decide fate of Alaska gold mine, shift to e-cars

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2020 Oil drilling in the Arctic and the Pebble gold mine in Alaska aren’t actually on the ballot -- but they might as well be. The controversial projects are hanging in the balance of the presidential election, with Joe Biden’s vow to scuttle them. And dozens of other oil, gas and mining ventures... 

Election will decide fate of Alaska gold mine, shift to e-cars

New coral species discovered on seabed prized for mining potential

By: Reuters     29th October 2020 Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements. The corals were discovered on deep... 

IGO sees uptick in output

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2020 Metals miner Independence Group has reported increased nickel, copper and gold production for the first quarter ended September from its Nova and Tropicana operations. Nickel production from the Nova mine, in Western Australia, increased by 1% on the fourth quarter of 2020, to 7 276 t, while... 

Boliden reports healthy third-quarter output, financial performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th October 2020 Swiss miner Boliden says its milled production volumes during the third quarter remained on par with that of the second quarter of the year, but came in higher than that of the prior year's third quarter. The company reported an operating profit of SEK2.2-billion for the quarter ended September... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Errol Smart
Minerals Council South Africa Junior Miners’ Forum Chairperson Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Todd River raises funds for new nickel project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th October 2020 Junior Todd River Resources has exercised its option over the Nanutarra nickel project, in Western Australia, and has completed a A$4-million capital raise. The company on Tuesday reported the issue of 805 366 shares to Cratonix with the exercise of the option over Nanaturra.  

Decision soon on platinum process that can save power   

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month, in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Keith Liddell
Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nornickel to consider 9-month dividend, looks to limit payments

By: Reuters     26th October 2020 Russia's Norilsk Nickel should keep its dividend payments for 2020 to a mininum level, co-owner and top shareholder Vladimir Potanin told Reuters. Potanin's Interros holding, aluminium producer Rusal and some other stakeholders have an agreement on dividend payouts which suggests that Nornickel... 

Nickel West inks energy deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2020 Mining major BHP has inked a 15-year contract extension to its power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy provider Southern Cross Energy (SCE) for the supply of electricity to its Nickel West operations, in Western Australia. The agreement extends the current arrangement to 2038, giving Nickel... 

$1tr needed for key energy transition metals by 2035 – WoodMac

23rd October 2020 More than $1-trillion of investment will be needed in key energy transition metals - aluminium, cobalt, copper, nickel and lithium - over the next 15 years to meet the growing demands of decarbonisation, says consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). This is almost double the figure invested... 

$1tr needed for key energy transition metals by 2035 – WoodMac

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2020 The extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance, Australia Mining managing editor Ben Creagh said on Wednesday. Creagh was speaking during a virtual... 

ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.
ifm Australia’s Freddie Coertze and Aditya Kunder.

New Australian push for critical mineral investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2020 The federal government has launched its second edition of the Australian Critical Minerals Prospectus, showcasing the country’s significant capability in critical minerals in a bid to attract investment. The Prospectus identifies new significant commercial opportunities in hundreds of critical... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond.
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

Jonathan Metcalfe
PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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