Weekly Nickel News

Top Stories : September 11 to 17
Environment/ Climate
Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s 2020 appeal to “please mine more nickel” served as a rallying cry for mining companies with projects positioned to deliver this critical battery metal into global markets. Going into 2022, however, the electric vehicle trailblazer’s words were echoing in nearly empty warehouses as the lithium-ion batteries that power EVs are demanding more nickel than global miners can supply.

Nickel West has taken big steps towards producing sustainable nickel on its pathway to net zero. Nickel West has signed three renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the asset.

THE increasing use of lithium in the production of electric vehicles (EV) is not expected to threaten demand for nickel, which is one of the Philippines major minerals, with industry officials calling the two metals complementary.

Gungnir Resources Inc. (TSX-V:GUG, OTC:ASWRF) told investors it had found “an impressive drill intercept of massive sulphides” in one hole sunk at its Lappvattnet nickel deposit in northern Sweden where drilling continues.

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.

Legend Mining Ltd (ASX:LEG) continues to make strong exploration progress at Rockford Project in Western Australia’s Fraser Range, with the latest aircore drilling and innovative electromagnetic survey identifying new fertile nickel-copper intrusions and bedrock conductors.

Ardea Resources Limited (Ardea or the Company) is pleased to provide an update on Corporate Strategy for the Kalgoorlie Nickel Project (KNP). Settlement of Flow Sheet for the Feasibility Study Ardea’s priority is the development of the KNP Goongarrie Hub as a globally significant Critical Minerals operation focussed on nickel-cobalt.

ASX-listed gold and nickel explorer Metal Hawk says RC drilling at its Berehaven project, about 25km south-east of Kalgoorlie, has extended the Torana prospect’s target zone after logging new zones of disseminated nickel sulphides.

Junior explorer Recharge Metals (ASX: REC) has identified broad zones of nickel in drilling at the Brandy Hill South project in Western Australia. The company reported ‘encouraging’ assays for two diamond holes where the nickel mineralisation is believed to be associated with the regional Salt Creek Shear and hosted in ultramafic rocks.

Flying Nickel Mining Corp. today announced its Minago Nickel Sulphide project (“The Minago Project”) is expected to have an industry leading low carbon footprint, lower than 99% of existing global nickel production. When in operation, the Minago project is expected to produce 0.99 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2)

Recent drilling in a gold search by Venture Minerals at its Kulin project in Western Australia has uncovered an intriguing complement of nickel- copper sulphides. The identification of the ore sulphide mineralogy from diamond drill core confirms the fertility of a duo of 20km-long interpreted layered mafic-ultramafic intrusive suites

A new nickel discovery has been made by Karora Resources (TSX: KRR). The discovery has been made at the firms Beta Hunt Mine, and is incredibly just twenty-five metres from existing mining infrastructure on the property.

The Indonesian unit of Brazilian mining giant Vale is embarking on three nickel processing projects worth a combined $8.6 billion with partners including Chinese battery materials producer Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt and potentially U.S. automaker Ford Motor.

Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) (AVL) has intersected visual gold and elevated copper, nickel, palladium and possibly platinum in drilling at the Coates Nickel-Copper-PGE Project within the Coates Mafic Intrusive Complex near Wundowie, northeast of Perth in Western Australia.

The U.S. will struggle to mine enough nickel to meet domestic sourcing requirements put in place under the Inflation Reduction Act. Why it matters: The expected shortfall will prevent companies from being able to obtain lucrative tax credits, in turn blunting the impact of the ambitious climate law.

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.

Although nickel price volatility has been relatively restrained as of late, nickel and stainless steel markets continue to be impacted by global economic risk factors including elevated inflation levels, rising interest rates, US dollar appreciation, the wobbly Chinese real estate market, and widespread expectations for a downturn in economic growth.

Fund Raising/Grants
BHP Group Ltd. is considering raising its A$8.4 billion ($5.6 billion) offer for OZ Minerals Ltd., people familiar with the matter said, as the world’s top miner seeks to boost its exposure to metals needed for the green-energy transition.

Vendor/ Supplier Related
Latrobe Magnesium (ASX: LMG) is shoring-up supply for its proposed 100,000-tonne-per-annum magnesium plant after announcing it has inked a binding memorandum of understanding with Societe Le Nickel (SLN). Under the deal, SLN will supply 450,000tpa of ferro-nickel slag for 20 years.

News Stories
While not as talked about as other battery ingredients such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel, manganese is an important stabilizing ingredient in the cathodes of the nickel-manganese-cobalt lithium-ion batteries widely used in electric vehicles and electronics.

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Helsinki suggest that mining in shallow marine areas is in direct conflict with international conservation and sustainability goals, as the activity poses severe environmental risks.

Seabed mining has been proposed as a sustainable option whose environmental impact and costs would be smaller than that of traditional mining. The metal concentration of marine minerals is also often high, which is why the mining industry is now looking to the sea, says Postdoctoral Researcher Laura Kaikkonen

The next nickel players in Australia (Australian Resources & Investment)
Despite its June quarter price regression, nickel has a strong long-term outlook as electric vehicle (EV) technologies continue to evolve and sales increase. We’re only in the foothills of the electric vehicle story, revered metals analyst and Macquarie Bank commodities consultant Jim Lennon said at a 121 Mining Investment event in late-May.

Caspin Resources Ltd (ASX:CPN) is preparing for an aggressive multi-rig campaign at the Serradella prospect of its Yarawindah Brook Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Elements (PGE) Project in Western Australia, after re-assaying of previous drilling results revealed an exceptional high-grade rhodium intersection.

A junior mining company traditionally progresses a single project or handful of projects by issuing a stake in their company to investors who provide the required financing for exploration and development while diluting shareholder equity.

Drilling has begun at the Mt Thirsty Joint Venture project in Australia, exploring the next big platinum group element (PGE) and battery metal deposit. The Mt Thirsty Joint Venture (MTJV) is owned 50% by Conico Ltd (ASX:CNJ) and 50% by Greenstone Resources Ltd (ASX:GSR), who have contracted a multipurpose diamond and reverse circulation rig for its maiden 5,000m drill

The approval Program of Works and drilling contractor has been secured for an initial 3,000m campaign set to kick off in October. The ground geophysical surveys (gravity and EM) will hopefully improve the definition of known conductive bodies identified from airborne surveys and map the structure of the Panton intrusion at depth.

Adavale now has multiple drill targets to choose from at its Kabanga Jirani and Luhuma nickel projects in Tanzania after completing a helicopter-borne electromagnetic survey.

Junior explorer Nimy Resources (ASX: NIM) has completed a maiden diamond drilling campaign at the Mons nickel project in Western Australia. The campaign comprised six holes for 3,200 metres to test for mineralisation, structure, lithology and depth to basement rocks.

For the last decade, operations at the historic Sunshine Mine in Big Creek have been limited. A skeleton crew of approximately 15 employees has largely been responsible for slowly updating the mine since a 2012 rehabilitation and drilling project was terminated.

The newly signed Inflation Reduction Act provides urgently needed, if not enormously overdue, funds to help slow a warming climate, with some $370 billion for such things as subsidizing electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable and clean-energy sources, and to incentivize existing nuclear plants to increase production.

A company’s plan to hoover up nodules containing rare earths from the South Pacific seabed using a giant straw has proved controversial with island governments and environmental groups.

Murchison Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: MUR | OTCQB: MURMF) has recently announced results of its summer exploration program at its wholly owned HPM (Haut-Plateau de la Manicouagan) property. This included an aerial geophysical survey of the 648 km2 (250 square miles), ground prospecting and diamond drilling with the plan to produce a maiden resource early 2023.

NGARA District Commissioner Col Mathias Kahabi has said anyone who tries to sabotage the Tembo Nickel project is purely disrupting the government’s activities and that is unacceptable.

Panther Metals PLC (LSE:PALM) said it has defined a new area, in the northeast of its Dotted Lake property in Canada, which is considered a very prospective zone for nickel mineralisation.

Legend lights up fresh nickel-copper targets from surveys, drilling

Nickel Industries (ASX:NIC) is up by over 6% this morning after announcing a mega resource upgrade at its Hengjaya mine in Indonesia that could position the ASX-listed company as one of the world’s key suppliers of nickel for stainless steel and batteries.

Nickel North Exploration Corp (TSX-V:NNX) has said that on September 10, 2022, it completed phase one of the 2022 field works program at its Hawk Ridge Nickel-Copper-Cobalt-PGE Project.

Pacific Nickel Mines has been awarded a Mining Lease for the Kolosori Nickel Project on Isabel Island in the Solomon Islands from the Minister of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification.

A life cycle assessment of Blackstone Minerals proposed upstream and downstream nickel business has confirmed its process of producing nickel-cobalt-manganese precursor products will be one of the greenest pathways to supply the growing lithium-ion battery industry.

An internal engineering cost study (ECS) for a first-stage shredding plant, of a potential 50 t/d integrated lithium-ion battery recycling operation in Germany, has placed a capital cost of $103.9-million on the development.

Aim-listed gold and nickel explorer and developer Katoro Gold posted an operating loss of £640 372 for the interim period to June 30, an improvement on the loss of £783 710 reported for the first half of 2021.

Chalice Mining, one quarter the size of OZ, has been mentioned before as a perfect fit for BHP’s WA-based Nickel West business with its world-class Gonneville discovery roughly 100 kilometres north of

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.

Infinity Stone Ventures Corp (CSE:GEMS) said it has identified a new high-grade copper zone from the ongoing reconnaissance program at its Zen-Whoberi project in Quebec, with one grab sample grading 15.5% copper. The company said assays for grab samples at the newly-discovered Centauri Zone also yielded anomalously high gold, silver, nickel, and cobalt.

Management Change
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.

Flying Nickel Mining Corp. (TSXV: FLYN) (OTCQB:FLYNF) (“Flying Nickel” or the “Company”) announces that Mr. Nick Zeng has resigned from its Board of Directors due to health concerns. The Company appreciates Mr. Zeng’s dedicated service and wishes him well.

Tesla has hired a new critical minerals expert in Canada ahead of the company’s rumored placement of its next Gigafactory, which could land somewhere in Quebec.

Earnings/ Financial Results
Li-Cycle Holdings Corp LICY-4.29%+ Free Alerts reported third-quarter FY22 sales of $(1.97) million, down from $1.7 million a year ago, missing the consensus of $10.63 million.

Investor Relations
JPMorgan Chase & Co has reduced lending to China’s Tsingshan, one of the world’s top nickel producers, while also paring back credit to other customers in Europe and Asia after a review of risk, sources close to the situation said.

The Stainless Steel Monthly Metals Index (MMI) dropped 5.08% from August to September. Nickel prices began to rise this month, breaking through prior highs visible on shorter time frames such as the hourly and daily charts. Ultimately, prices bounced off bullish zones formed before the LME’s shutdown in March. This price action indicates nickel has the potential

The London Metal Exchange’s (LME) controversial suspension of its nickel contract in March didn’t just impact trading in London. In the immediate aftermath of the LME intervention, the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) was forced to suspend its nickel contract for two days and has arguably suffered even greater damage.

The London Metal Exchange faces a struggle to regain its dominant position in global nickel trading as volumes slide and participants flee an increasingly volatile market in the wake of trade mayhem earlier this year.

According to SMM research, the bonded zone inventory dropped 900 mt to 5,500 mt this week. The inventory of nickel briquette was 1,850 mt, and that of nickel plate was 3,650 mt. Inventory of nickel briquettes and nickel plates both decreased slightly because the steel mills will probably resume the production in September.

As of September 16, port inventories of nickel ore in China added 426,000 wmt to 7.06 million wmt compared with last week. The total Ni content stood at 55,500 mt. Port inventory of nickel ore across seven major Chinese ports stood at 3.83 million wmt, 276,000 wmt higher than last week.

The London Metal Exchange faces a lawsuit from a group of firms including hedge fund AQR Capital Management LLC over its decision to cancel billions of dollars worth of trades after a runaway short squeeze in nickel.

Mining and commodities giant Glencore (LON: GLEN) is said to be evaluating the addition of lithium to the suite of metals it trades, as the battery metal has become the driving force behind electric vehicles (EVs) and concerns over lack of supply continue to grow.

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.

Australia-based Rafaella Resources says it has agreed to a binding agreement to acquire what it calls the impressive Horden Lake battery metals deposit in northwestern Quebec, Kallanish reports. The 815-hectare property with 18 mining claims is being acquired for CAD 3 million ($2.27m) from Gestion Ora-Mirage by RFR Quebec, a Rafaella subsidiary.

China Keli Electric Company Ltd. is pleased to provide a corporate update on PT Hydrotech Metal Indonesia, the acquisition target of the Company’s proposed reverse take-over transaction. The Company announced in its press release dated March 14, 2022

Environment/ Climate
More than half the tropical deforestation caused by industrial mining in the last two decades took place in Indonesia, according to a new study. The researchers, whose paper was published Sept. 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), overlapped the geographic coordinates of industrial mines with forest loss data from 2000 to 2019, focusing on 26 countries.

Deep sea mining has now been approved to be trialed at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, in a controversial move. The Metals Company, a deep sea mining company, has now been permitted to test its mining machinery in the Pacific by the International Seabed Authority for the first time since the 1970s. However, some Pacific Island nations are not fans of this move.

Fund Raising/Grants
Diversified minerals company Power Minerals has issued a placement to raise about $5.5 million from sophisticated, professional and institutional investors.

Richmond, British Columbia (BC)-based mining tech startup Ideon Technologies has raised $21 million CAD ($16 million USD) in Series A financing to help address the world’s looming critical mineral supply shortage.

The Philippines is about to receive a grant involving the processing of nickel ore through a partnership with an American firm that owns patents in the manufacture of batteries, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

A Vancouver startup has raised a $16 million Series A for its subsurface imaging technology, which it says will speed up the mining process for critical minerals. Why it matters: The global energy transition is driving near-insatiable demand for minerals such as lithium and nickel and the mining operations that will be needed to unearth them.

Junior Power Minerals will raise A$5.5-million in a share placement to fund exploration work in Argentina and South Australia. The ASX-listed company has received firm commitments for the placement of more than 10.57-million shares, at a price of 52c each, from sophisticated, professional and institutional investors.

Ivanhoe Mines Executive Co-Chair Robert Friedland and President Marna Cloete have announced that the company’s South African subsidiary, Ivanplats, has received the second and final prepayment of the $300 million Platreef streaming agreement.

Vendor/ Supplier Related
Supply-chain issues have dominated the discussion at this year’s Battery Show in Novi, MI, and one of those issues has been the problem of obtaining sufficient minerals, such as nickel and cobalt, to meet the robust demand for electric vehicles and other battery applications.

Human society can only emit another 300 Gt of CO2 if we want to limit global warming to 1.5 degC with a high level of certainty (1). This amounts to 10 Gt of CO2 per year over the next 28 y leading up to 2050; thereafter, the global economy will need to sustain carbon neutrality after briefly becoming carbon-negative (1).

The US government will extend a grant for the Philippines nickel ore processing for the manufacture of batteries through a partnership with an American firm, according to the Department of Trade and Industry.

According to Bahlil Lahadalia, Investment Minister or Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), there are countries that are not content with the economic growth of ASEAN countries. He mentioned this in his attendance at the 25th ASEAN Investment Council session held in Cambodia on Wednesday.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed by Congress and signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden on Aug. 16 promises to shake up U.S. energy and foreign policy in dramatic ways. The law provides billions of dollars in tax incentives for renewable energy, provisions supporting offshore oil and gas leasing

Business Expansion
Evrima PLC on Tuesday said its investee company Premium Nickel Resources Ltd has set up a new metals division Premium Nickel Resources International Metals Group. Evrima holds 1.1 million shares in Premium Nickel, a nickel copper-cobalt company with assets in Botswana, Greenland, Canada, and Morocco.

The London Metal Exchange faces new legal action over its decision to cancel billions of dollars of nickel trades after it emerged that more investment firms are seeking further information, according to court records.

US$13bn mining deal sealed (Bulawayo24 News)
The Government and two Chinese investors – Eagle Canyon International Group Limited and Pacific Goal Investment – yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding that immediately paves the way for the construction of a US$13 billion mine to energy industrial park in Mashonaland West Province.

Exports/ Imports
Nickel prices began to rise this month, breaking through prior highs visible on shorter time frames such as the hourly and daily charts. Ultimately, prices bounced off bullish zones formed before the LME’s shutdown in March. This price action indicates nickel has the potential for upside reversal if prices continue to push up.

Human Resources/ Employees Related
Bryan Soriano is a stay-at-home dad for nine-month-old Luna. It was the only practical option for his family when his wife returned to work and securing childcare on Tasmania’s west coast was impossible. “I was the head chef at the Empire Hotel [in Queenstown] but then my wife started to work at the hospital again,” he said.

Large mining equipment will take over Sudbury’s Science North for the Maintenance Engineering and Reliability/Mine Operators Conference. The opening keynote presentation, from Johnna Muinonen, the president of Dumont Nickel, Magneto Investments LP, will focus on the use of nickel for the battery market.

The mining industry is experiencing a new direction in the Philippines it’s now considered a key sector in reinvigorating the pandemic-hit economy. The Philippines is rich in mineral resources nickel, in particular. In fact, it’s the fifth most mineralized country in the world with untapped reserves estimated at $1 trillion.

Business Partnership
Tertiary Minerals and First Quantum Minerals (FQM) have reached a technical cooperation agreement to jointly explore two copper projects in Zambia. The agreement covers the Mukai and Mushima North project interests in Tertiary Minerals in the country.

The metals world is beginning its annual ritual of hashing out contracts for the upcoming year with one key question in many traders minds: What’s going to happen to Russian supplies

Technical issues
Black acrid smoke is drifting for several kilometers in Monchegorsk Wednesday morning caused by the fire at Nornickel’s factory.

Press Release
Investor Relations
Kendrick Resources PLC shares rose on Tuesday after the company said that it will shift its focus on nickel assets in Norway in order to benefit from short and medium-term opportunities.

Artemis Resources Ltd. shares rose on Tuesday after the company said has identified copper and nickel zones at the Chapman prospect in Western Australia. The mining company said assay results from shallow zones have identified copper and nickel, and that it will seek areas of higher-grade mineralization along this and other sub-regional trends at Chapman.

Fort St. James Nickel Corp. (TSXV:FTJ) (“FTJ” or the “Company”) announces that is has arranged a non-brokered private placement of up to 2,000,000 units at a price of $0.03 per unit for gross proceeds of $60,000. The units of the financing will comprise of one common share and a full share purchase warrant, which may be exercised for a period of five years at a price of $0.05 per share

ALX Resources Corp. (TSXV: AL) (FSE: 6LLN) (OTC: ALXEF) (“ALX” or the “Company”) announced that it has made an application to the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) to amend the terms of an aggregate of 19,219,733 outstanding share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”), which were issued in connection with a non-brokered private placement

Traditionally a headline-grabbing metal due to the perceived human rights and monetary costs it adds to lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicles they power, cobalt is being overshadowed by the enormous demand and price increases for the lithium and nickel that also go into the storage cells that deliver the “E” to the EV revolution Cobalt

Green River Gold Corp. (CSE: CCR) (OTC Pink: CCRRF) (the “Company” or “Green River”) is pleased to update the progress on the 2022 exploration program at its Quesnel Nickel/Magnesium/Talc Project, located 40 kilometers from the City of Quesnel, British Columbia, in the prolific Cariboo Mining District.

Desktop Metal, Inc. (NYSE: DM), a global leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, today announced that nickel alloy Inconel 625 (IN625) has been qualified on the Shop System, the world’s best-selling metal binder jet system, making the material a qualified material across its entire portfolio.

Premium Nickel Resources Ltd. (TSXV: PNRL) (formerly, North American Nickel Inc.) (“PNRL” or the “Company”) is pleased to report additional assay results from the Company’s 2022 diamond drilling program at its 100% owned Selebi nickel-copper-cobalt (“Ni-Cu-Co”) sulphide Mine in Botswana.

Go Metals Corp. (CSE: GOCO) (OTC Pink: GOCOF) (“Go Metals” and/or the “Company”) is pleased to announce nickel and copper sulfides have been visually identified at all five zones from the first ever drilling at the 100% owned HSP Nickel-Copper PGE Project, Quebec, Canada (the “Property”).

PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, announces that the fire in the cobalt section of the Kola MMC Nickel Electrowinning Shop-2 has been extinguished.

Larvotto Resources Limited (ASX:LRV, TGAT:K6X, Larvotto or the Company) is pleased to announce the results from a recently completed Fixed-Loop Time-Domain Electromagnetic (FLTEM) geophysical survey. The EM survey was designed to test the strong nickel and copper soil geochemical target generated earlier this year at the Mt Norcott prospect within the Company’s Eyre Project (100%)

The Helicopter-borne Electromagnetic Survey (HEM) targeting nickel mineralised conductors over 9 priority areas is complete and has generated multiple drill targets for follow-up drill testing The HEM traversed over 2,100 kms on the Kabanga Jirani & Luhuma Nickel Projects that are within the East African Nickel Belt of Tanzania

Global Energy Metals Corporation, a company involved in investment exposure to the battery metals supply chain, is pleased to provide an update on exploration plans for its Lovelock and Treasure Box projects (the Projects) in the Stillwater Range in Nevada.

Braveheart Resources Inc. announced today that an up-dated Ground Control Management Plan (“GCMP”) for its Bull River Mine (“BRM”) project has been completed. The GCMP was prepared by North Rock Mining Solutions Inc., reviewed and certified by J. Roland Tosney, P.Eng.

U.S. Strategic Metals, LLC (“USSM”), a company committed to obtaining the critical minerals ethically and sustainably to fuel the green energy revolution and advance America’s economic and national security, today announced that it will break ground later this month for a pilot precursor cathode active material (“PCAM”) plant on USSM’s facility in rural Missouri.

Nth Cycle, the innovative metal processing and recycling technology company, announced today that it has begun commercial operations of its patented electro-extraction mining and refining technology. Nth Cycle allows miners, refiners and recyclers to recover critical minerals from low-grade ores, mine tailings

Transition Metals Corp (TSXV: XTM ) (“Transition”, “the Company”) is pleased to present channel sampling results from summer field work on its Maude Lake Property located near Schreiber, Ontario (Figure 1). A total of 13 channel samples were taken over a strike length of 45 metres on the main surface mineralized area. The Company will be shortly mobilizing

Zambia’s mining industry is booming with the production of multiple mineral raw materials, including copper, cobalt, gold, nickel, manganese, emeralds, beryllium, myriad gemstones, sulphur, zinc, coal, iron ore, steel, limestone, uranium, and other platinum-group metals. Contributing heavily to the country’s economy, mining in Zambia provides export income, royalty payments and employment.

High Tide Resources Corp. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (CSE:HTRC) is pleased to announce that the Company’s Director & CEO, Steve Roebuck, will be presenting High Tide’s corporate update, while sharing our most recent Investor Presentation. We invite all investors and other interested parties to register for the webinar

Environment/ Climate
Blackstone Minerals Limited (Blackstone or the Company) is pleased to announce that the results from an independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), conducted by LCA Practitioners Minviro (www.minviro.com), underpin our vision to develop an industry leading, low CO2 emission nickel sulphide project to supply into the growing lithium-ion battery industry.

Research & Development
There are currently 2 positions available for this exciting research project; Position 1 – Advancing Electron Beam Melting (EBM) manufacturing capability for space and defence applications Position 2 – EBM design for manufacture and process development for new materials

As our need for high-density batteries increases with widespread adoption of electric cars and alternative energy sources, improving the stability and capacity of lithium-ion batteries is a necessity. Current lithium-ion battery technology, which often uses nickel, is less stable at extreme temperatures, leading to overheating due to both temperature and high voltages. They also tend to deteriorate quickly.

Gama Explorations Inc. (CSE:GAMA) (Gama or the Company) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding Letter of Intent with Tyee Nickel Corp. (Tyee) regarding the acquisition of the issued and outstanding shares of Tyee (the LOI).

Blogs and Forums
India is an under explored country. The journey from the National Minerals Policy 2019 up until the recently proposed amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act 1957 is telling in so far as the government’s focus on changing this situation is concerned.

Investor Relations
2022 Conference Programme (Australian Nickel Conference)


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Ni NHCs (NHC = N-heterocyclic carbene) have become an increasingly important class of complexes in catalysis and organometallic chemistry owing to the beneficial features of nickel as an abundant 3d metal. However, the development of well-defined and air-stable Ni NHC complexes for cross-coupling has been more challenging than with Pd NHC

Transition-metal-catalyzed hydrosilylation is an efficient strategy for the synthesis of valuable organosilanes, while divergent synthetic routes are still a challenge. Herein, we realized the nickel(0)-catalyzed divergent hydrosilylation/cyclization of 1,6-enynes to construct two different types of cyclic organosilanes from the same starting materials.

Electrical discharge machining of nickel-based superalloys: a comprehensive review (International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation)
Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is commonly used to machine hard-to-cut materials without physical contact between the workpiece and the tool. It works on a dominant thermal mechanism in which the material is eroded by melting and vaporising through numerous high-energy sparks.

Hybrid organic/inorganic polyaniline/nickel composites were prepared by the in-situ oxidation of aniline hydrochloride with ammonium peroxydisulfate in the presence of various portions of nickel microparticles. Electron microscopies demonstrated the coating of nickel with polyaniline. FTIR and Raman spectroscopies indicated the reduced degree of polyaniline protonation.

External mass transfer performance of micropacked bed reactors (μPBRs) with Pd/Al2O3/nickel foam catalysts is investigated by the hydrogenation of α-methylstyrene (AMS). The external mass transfer limitation region for AMS hydrogenation can be determined by means of the apparent activation energy and internal effectiveness factor.

The following family of N,N-diaryl-2,3-dimethyl-1,4-diazabutadienes, ArN[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Me)C(Me)[double bond, length as m-dash]NAr (Ar = 2,6-Me2-4-{CH(4-FC6H4)2}C6H2 L1, 2-Me-6-Et-4-{CH(4-FC6H4)2}C6H2 L2, 2,4-{CH(4-FC6H4)2}2-6-MeC6H2 L3, 2,4-{CH(4-FC6H4)2}2-6-EtC6H2 L4, 2,4-{CH(4-FC6H4)2}2-6-iPrC6H2 L5),

A strategy for both cross-electrophile coupling and 1,2-dicarbofunctionalization of olefins has been developed. Carbon-centered radicals are generated from alkyl bromides by merging benzophenone hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) photocatalysis and silyl radical-induced halogen atom transfer (XAT) and are subsequently intercepted by a nickel catalyst to forge the targeted C(sp3)C(sp2) 

Intellectual Property
Munich, Sept. 17 — Sumitomo Metal Mining has applied for European patent for production method and production device of nickel sulfate solution. Ishida Hitoshi developed it.

Munich, Sept. 17 — IFP Energies Now has submitted a patent application for selective hydrogenation method using a nickel-based catalyst produced using an additive comprising a carboxylic acid function. Dubreuil Anne-Claire and Martel Agathe developed the invention.

Munich, Sept. 17 — POSCO has sought patent for steel plate having high strength and excellent low-temperature impact toughness and method for manufacturing thereof. This invention was developed by So Tae-Il and Kang Sang-Deok.

Alexandria, Sept. 16 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received WL Gore & Associates’s patent application for wires of nickel-titanium alloy and methods of forming the same. Born Debra K, Kumar Parikshith K, Majolagbe Kehinde A, Nelson Jared S and Silverman James D developed the invention.

Alexandria, Sept. 16 — IFP Energies Nouvelles has submitted a patent application for catalyst comprising an active nickel phase distributed in a shell. Dubreuil Anne-Claire, Coupard Vincent, Boualleg Malika, Chollet Carine and Jouve Alexandre developed the invention.

Geneva, Sept. 15 — World Intellectual Property Organization has published JCU Corp’s patent application for electroless nickel plating bath and electroless nickel alloy plating bath. The invention was developed by Wakata Kosuke and Yokoyama Chikako.

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — United States Patent for method for manufacturing catalysts with reduced attrition has been issued to WR Grace & Co -Conn. This invention was developed by Schmidt Stephen R. The patent application number is 16/462,717. The International Patent Classification codes are B01J 23/755 (20060101), B01J 25/02 (20060101), C22B 3/00 (20060101), B01J 35/02 (20060101), B01J 37/06 (20060101), C07C 29/17 (20060101) and B01J 35/00 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are B01J 25/02 (20130101), B01J 35/002 (20130101), B01J 35/023 (20130101), B01J 23/755 (20130101), C07C 29/172 (20130101), B01J 37/06 (20130101) and C22B 23/0446 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas has received a patent for chiral binuclear metal complexes for stereoselective hydrolysis of saccharides and glycosides. Striegler Susanne developed the invention. The patent application number is 17/118,796. The International Patent Classification codes are B01J 31/22 (20060101), C07C 215/44 (20060101), C07F 1/00 (20060101), C07H 1/00 (20060101), C07H 3/02 (20060101) and C07C 211/36 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are B01J 31/2243 (20130101), C07C 211/36 (20130101), C07F 1/005 (20130101), B01J 31/2239 (20130101), C07H 3/02 (20130101), C07H 1/00 (20130101), C07C 215/44 (20130101), B01J 2531/0238 (20130101), C07C 2601/14 (20170501), C07B 2200/07 (20130101), B01J 2531/16 (20130101) and B01J 2531/0208 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — Viavi Solutions has obtained a patent for magnetic multilayer pigment flake and coating composition. This invention was developed by Raksha Vladimir P, Kohlmann Paul T, Delst Cornelis Jan and Coombs Paul G. The patent application number is 16/653,479. The International Patent Classification codes are C09D 7/62 (20180101), C09D 17/00 (20060101), H01F 1/03 (20060101), C09D 11/037 (20140101), C09D 7/40 (20180101), C09D 5/32 (20060101), H01F 1/28 (20060101), C09C 1/00 (20060101), H01F 1/01 (20060101) and H01F 1/26 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are C09D 7/62 (20180101), C09D 11/037 (20130101), C09D 7/70 (20180101), H01F 1/28 (20130101), H01F 1/01 (20130101), C09D 5/32 (20130101), C09D 17/004 (20130101), C09C 1/0015 (20130101), H01F 1/0306 (20130101), C01P 2006/42 (20130101), C09C 2200/1054 (20130101), C01P 2004/61 (20130101), C09C 2210/00 (20130101), C01P 2004/54 (20130101), C01P 2006/60 (20130101) and H01F 1/26 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — Ifp Energies Nouvelles has been granted a patent (11,439,994) for method for the hydrogenation of aromatics using a nickel-based catalyst. This invention was developed by Dubreuil Anne-Claire and Martel Agathe. The patent application number is 17/074,871. The International Patent Classification codes are B01J 37/02 (20060101), B01J 23/755 (20060101), B01J 21/04 (20060101), C07C 5/10 (20060101), B01J 37/08 (20060101), C10G 45/48 (20060101) and B01J 35/00 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are B01J 37/0203 (20130101), B01J 37/0205 (20130101), B01J 37/0236 (20130101), B01J 23/755 (20130101), C10G 45/48 (20130101), C07C 5/10 (20130101), B01J 37/08 (20130101), B01J 35/006 (20130101), B01J 21/04 (20130101), C10G 2300/1096 (20130101), C07C 2521/04 (20130101), C07C 2523/755 (20130101) and C10G 2300/70 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — Entegris Inc has received a patent for method for selectively removing nickel platinum material. Hong Seongjin developed the invention. The patent application number is 16/444,262. The International Patent Classification codes are C23F 1/30 (20060101), H01L 21/4757 (20060101), H01L 21/306 (20060101) and H01L 21/3213 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are H01L 21/30617 (20130101), C23F 1/30 (20130101), H01L 21/32134 (20130101), H01L 21/30608 (20130101), H01L 21/30604 (20130101) and H01L 21/47573 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — Siemens Energy Global has been awarded a patent for nickel based alloy. This invention was developed by Hasselqvist Magnus. The patent application number is 17/281,389. The International Patent Classification codes are C22C 19/05 (20060101) and C22F 1/10 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are C22F 1/10 (20130101) and C22C 19/056 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — United States Patent for method for producing semi-finished products from a nickel-based alloy has been issued to VDM Metals International. This invention was developed by Kloewer Jutta, Aghajani Ali and Kraemer Geb Rosenberg Julia. The patent application number is 16/761,609. The International Patent Classification codes are C22F 1/10 (20060101) and C22C 19/05 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are C22F 1/10 (20130101) and C22C 19/056 (20130101).

Alexandria, Sept. 14 — Viavi Solutions has obtained a patent for magnetic multilayer pigment flake and coating composition. This invention was developed by Raksha Vladimir P, Kohlmann Paul T, Delst Cornelis Jan and Coombs Paul G. The patent application number is 16/653,479. The International Patent Classification codes are C09D 7/62 (20180101), C09D 17/00 (20060101), H01F 1/03 (20060101), C09D 11/037 (20140101), C09D 7/40 (20180101), C09D 5/32 (20060101), H01F 1/28 (20060101), C09C 1/00 (20060101), H01F 1/01 (20060101) and H01F 1/26 (20060101). Cooperative Patent Classification codes are C09D 7/62 (20180101), C09D 11/037 (20130101), C09D 7/70 (20180101), H01F 1/28 (20130101), H01F 1/01 (20130101), C09D 5/32 (20130101), C09D 17/004 (20130101), C09C 1/0015 (20130101), H01F 1/0306 (20130101), C01P 2006/42 (20130101), C09C 2200/1054 (20130101), C01P 2004/61 (20130101), C09C 2210/00 (20130101), C01P 2004/54 (20130101), C01P 2006/60 (20130101) and H01F 1/26 (20130101).

Beijing, Sept. 13 — Chongqing Renjing Tech has submitted a patent application for nickel plating tank for chemical nickel plating of radiator. This invention was developed by Wang Aihua, Fu Bing, Zheng Caijin and Zhu Wenwu.

Beijing, Sept. 13 — Ltd City Zenda Stainless Steel has sought patent for adjustable nickel alloy steel strip tensioning deviation rectifying device. This invention was developed by Xu Shumin and Yu Maosheng.

Beijing, Sept. 13 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has released Anhui Cispu Semiconductor’s patent application for nickel sintering anti-oxidation device. This invention was developed by Wang Liang’En, Li Jianli and Wang Xiling.

Beijing, Sept. 13 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has published Ltd City Zenda Stainless Steel’s patent application for efficient grinding device for nickel alloy steel strip machining. The invention was developed by Xu Shumin and Yu Maosheng.

Beijing, Sept. 13 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has published Univ Anhui Sci & Technology’s patent application for flower-like layered nickel silicate/graphene oxide blend modified epoxy composite material and preparation method thereof. The invention was developed by Yang Jinian, Feng Xuesong, Nie Shibin, Xu Yuxuan and Jiang Liu.

Beijing, Sept. 13 — Zhongchan Handan Pei Special Gas has applied for Chinese patent for treatment device for nickel-containing dust in process of producing NF3 through electrolytic method. Ma Yibin, Wang Bin, Zhang Mingjie, Xu Haiyun, Liu Yuexu, Zhao Pengju and Qi Zhile developed it.

Taipei, Sept. 12 — Univ Nat Cheng Kung has sought patent for nickel-iron alloy hydrogenation catalyst and fabricating method thereof. This invention was developed by Chen Chuh-Yung, Wang Cheng-Chien, Lan Po-Wei and Lin Ying-Ji.

Taipei, Sept. 12 — Taiwan Patent Office has published Solar Applied Materials Tech’s patent application for nickel-platinum alloy sputtering target and method of preparing the same. The invention was developed by Liu Tsung-Han, Liu I-Lung and Liu Ping-Ting.

Taipei, Sept. 12 — Unitika Ltd has filed a patent application for nickel nanowires and method for producing the same. This invention was developed by Takeda Hirotaka and Yamada Chikako.