Weekly Nickel News

Top Stories : October 17 to 23
EV Nickel Inc president and CEO Sean Samson takes Proactive’s Stephen Gunnion through the company’s nickel project in the Shaw Dome area, south of Timmins in Ontario. Samson says the company is targeting rising demand for nickel for use in electric vehicle batteries with its high-grade and large-scale deposits of nickel sulphide

Horizonte Minerals Plc has awarded Wood Plc the principal engineering contract to undertake the feasibility study for its 100%-owned Vermelho nickel-cobalt project, in Brazil. Vermelho is a large high-grade, long mine life, scalable resource, designed to be a low-cost producer of nickel and cobalt for the battery industry, Horizonte says.

The global nickel market is expected to remain in deficit for a third straight year in 2023 on solid demand for battery, chip-making equipment and oil-well tubular, Sumitomo Metal Mining said on Tuesday. But the deficit will narrow to 63,000 tonnes from 108,000 tonnes this year, as low-grade nickel pig iron (NPI) output in Indonesia is expected to increase by 4.5% to 960,000 tonnes.

NickelSearch Ltd (ASX:NIS) has embarked on a drilling campaign to test high-priority nickel sulphide targets at its Carlingup Nickel Project near Ravensthorpe in WA. The explorer has rolled out the reverse circulation rig to dig deep into its prospect portfolio, which was previously defined through geochemical and geophysical programs.

ReCharge Resources is planning to transfer its 100%-owned Pinchi Lake nickel project in Canada to a new subsidiary, which will be named NextCharge Battery Metals Corp. As part of the plan, Recharge will offer funding to NextCharge and spin out NextCharge shares, with Recharge’s shareholders getting one share for every three shares held.

Gungnir Resources Inc. (TSX-V:GUG, OTC:ASWRF) has reported drill results from the Lappvattnet nickel deposit in northern Sweden, revealing one of its top drill intersections to date at the project. In hole LAP22-19 in section 16E within the central part of the Lappvattnet nickel resource

Nimy Resources (ASX: NIM) has intercepted nickel sulphide mineralisation within a diamond drill hole at the Dease prospect at its Mons project in Western Australia’s Yilgarn Craton. Assays have been received from hole NRDD005 , which unearthed 6m at 0.31% nickel from 14m, including 1m at 0.48% nickel from 16m; 4m at 0.30% nickel from 26m, including 2m at 0.37% nickel from 27m; and 226m

Quebec Nickel Corp. (CSE: QNI; FSE: 7lB; OTCQB: QNICF) (“NI” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has expanded the known sulphide mineralization at the Fortin Sill Zone, Ducros Project, located approximately 80 kilometres northeast of Val-d Or, Quebec.

ASX-listed Estrella Resources has announced an upgrade of the nickel resource estimate at its Spargoville project’s 5A deposit, about 20km south-west of Kambalda, with most of the resource now in the more confident “measured” category.

Gama Explorations Inc. (CSE:GAMA) (“Gama” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce an expansion of the Tyee Nickel Project in south-eastern Quebec. Through staking, the Company has acquired an additional 391.68 km2, bringing its total land position in the Havre St. Pierre Anorthosite Complex (“HSP Complex”) to 473.14 km2.

The chief executive of Vale SA (VALE3.SA) said on Friday the Brazilian iron ore miner is reconsidering a near-term spin-off of its base metals business and an eventual public listing. The Brazilian miner had a longstanding plan to sell the unit that was still being considered as recently as 2021.

Business Expansion
Jindalee Resources Ltd (ASX:JRL) is expanding its mining portfolio via the acquisition of an 80% stake in the nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) Deep Well Project in the Murchison Province of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

Fund Raising/Grants
Talon Metals has released an updated mineral resource estimate for its Tamarack nickel project located in central Minnesota, showing a near doubling of the indicated tonnage and a nearly seven-fold increase in the high-grade nickel content.

Earnings/ Financial Results
Brazil’s Vale SA VALE3.SA, one of the world’s largest miners, on Monday reported a third-quarter iron ore production upslightly from the previous year, while its smaller nickel output soared as refineries resumed operations.

Vendor/ Supplier Related
Talon Metals Corp. (TSX: TLO) (OTC Pink: TLOFF) (“Talon” or the “Company”) has updated its mineral resource estimate for the Tamarack Nickel Project located in central Minnesota. The total indicated mineral resource estimate now stands at approximately 8.56 million tonnes grading 1.73% nickel plus by-products (2.34% NiEq) containing 148,000 tonnes of nickel

News Stories
The chief government of BHP has signalled that the world’s greatest mining firm will resist the temptation to go on an acquisition spree regardless of a rising conflict chest. Mike Henry instructed the Financial Times that “we want to be quite disciplined” and that the corporate would look to exploration, natural development and better productiveness to boost its output.

The Zimbabwe government has implemented a policy to collect half of the mining royalties due to treasury in physical minerals, instead of foreign currency as has been the case for the past decades under local regulations.

According to Energy and Minerals Minister Ruth Nankabirwa, US energy companies have expressed interest to invest in the country’s minerals and energy sector Uganda is turning to the West, specifically the Americans, to invest in its energy and mining sectors, a move that seeks to tap into the growing global demand of green energy minerals to address clean energy needs.

Republican candidate for Minnesota governor Scott Jensen on Thursday rolled out his plan to support “many traditional bedrocks” of northern Minnesota’s economy, including mining and the timber industry, and reduce regulatory burdens to industries.

President Biden confirmed that the US willrelease15MMbbls of crude oil from its SPR, which would be the final tranche from the 180MMbbls announced earlier this year. The crude will be for delivery through December with bids due by 25 October and results by 1 November.

The first sign as to what Talon Metals is working on in rural Aitkin County is parked outside their company office in Tamarack, Minnesota: A Tesla outfitted with a vehicle wrap that sports the company name, and a license plate that reads “NI 4 EV,” or nickel for electric vehicles.

The London Bullion Market Association has barred MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC from its annual precious metals conference due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian firm, which is the world’s top palladium miner, was asked not to attend the event in Lisbon this year, a spokesperson for the LBMA confirmed. Norilsk Nickel isn’t currently sanctioned by the US or Europe

In a paper published in Nature Communications, the synthesis of monolayer nanosheets of NiFeB hydroxide was presented. The study highlighted the effectiveness of boron in enhancing the production of high-oxidation-state nickel for enhanced oxygen evolution reactions.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday paid a visit to the crude tin smelting plant project run by PT Timah Tbk that is planned to be completed in November. He emphasized his vision to take this smelter to mimic the downstream strategy in the nickel industry.

Vale said today coal and iron ore production were up in the third quarter due to operational improvements and better weather. Vale’s iron ore fines production totaled 89.4 Mt in 3Q21, 18.1% higher than in 2Q21. The higher production was dampened by lower metal prices. The iron ore price premium was US$6.6 tonne, US$ 1.8 tonne lower than in 2Q21

BHP announced Wednesday that during the quarter ended 30 September 2022, its total copper production increased by 9% y-o-y to 410 kt. The company said that Escondida copper production increased by 4% to 253 kt primarily due to higher concentrator feed grade. Pampa Norte copper production increased by 5% to 71 kt. Olympic Dam copper production increased by 68% to 50 kt.

Nickel prices rose on Wednesday even as the dollar gained ground as well against a basket of major rivals, amid demand from electric car manufacturers. More car manufacturers are seeking to secure nickel supplies and other metals crucial for manufacturing electric batteries such as cobalt and lithium.

Global demand for nickel is expected to increase to 3.22 million tonnes in 2023 from 2.89 million tonnes in 2022, the International Nickel Study Group (INSG) said. Global output of nickel is expected to rise to 3.39 million tonnes from 3.04 million tonnes, the Lisbon-based group said, adding the implicit market balance is a surplus of 144,000 tonnes in 2022

Idaho’s Cobalt Belt is a 34-mile-long desirable stretch of ore tucked under the Salmon River Mountains that’s considered “globally significant” by mining companies. And miners are interested in that cobalt: a hard, brittle metal used in electric vehicle batteries. On Oct. 7, Australia-based Jervois Global opened the only cobalt mine in the U.S. there to much fanfare.

Chalice Mining Ltd (ASX:CHN, OTCQB:CGMLF) has doubled down on a northern extension at its Gonneville deposit, part of the prolific Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element (PGE) project in WA.

There’s no hiding from news of floods and droughts across large parts of the world. We are already in the teeth of extreme weather brought by climate change and the need for action to switch to a low-carbon economy is increasingly urgent.

Auric Mining (AWJ) has kicked off drilling at its Chalice West project in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia. The company plans to drill around 240 drill holes to test for gold, nickel, lithium and rare earths.

Copper prices retreat as Fed rate hike jitters offset demand prospect

Pure Resources (PR1) has announced some rock chip results from initial field work completed at its Yundamindra project. The Yundamindra project comprises two tenements that cover a combined area of 90 square kilometres within Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields region.

North Dakota’s Mercer County will be the site of a new facility that processes nickel and other minerals for batteries that power electric vehicles and the electric grid. The project was announced Wednesday as part of $2.8 billion in grants the Biden Administration is awarding in an effort to shore up American supply chains

On Thursday both candidates visited the cities of Virginia and Eveleth. Stauber and Jensen made it clear they support copper-nickel mining in Northern Minnesota that would expect to bring more good paying jobs to the Iron Range. However, copper-nickel mining is also controversial as opponents stress there is a higher risk of water pollution compared to traditional mining.

As part of its growth plans, stainless steel player Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) has signed an agreement with state-owned Yantra India Ltd for the development and manufacturing of defence products. In a statement

A group of fishermen and their wives looked forlorn on the porch of their stilt houses, perched on the sandy coast of Indonesia’s remote Bahodopi district.

The DMRE has requested that the company perform a dolomitic stability investigation in this prescribed area to ensure that any future surface mining infrastructure is not situated on geotechnically unstable ground, which can be associated with dolomite.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) welcomes today’s announcement of a new National Critical Minerals Strategy, being developed in consultation with industry and community stakeholders, including traditional owners.

Aldoro Resources Ltd (ASX:ARN) has Induced Polarisation (IP) surveying underway at survey areas targeting potential nickel-copper-PGE (platinum group elements) mineralisation at the Narndee Project in WA.

Zimbabwe plans to manufacture lithium batteries and has since struck an agreement with a potential investor willing to set up a plant, Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Polite Kambamura has said.

Stillwater Critical Minerals (TSXV: PGE; US-OTC: PGEZF) is “rewriting the book” on the Lower Stillwater Igneous Complex in Montana, says president and CEO, Michael Rowley. The company’s evaluation of the flagship Stillwater West project continues to confirm more parallels to South Africa’s Bushveld Igneous Complex

Infinity Mining has begun an electromagnetic survey across three of its projects in the Pilbara region as the company aims to home in on nickel, copper, gold and zinc anomalies. The explorer is surveying its Strelley Gorge, Panorama and Hillside projects near Marble Bar to identify drill targets for its upcoming exploration planned for 2023.

The Biden administration on Wednesday said it will award $2.8 billion in grants for projects to expand U.S. manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles and domestic mineral production.

The material is a familiar nickel-rich layered transition metal oxide, but with an altered microstructure that packs more energy per unit volume. The cathodes in batteries powering electric cars tend to use layered transition metal oxides, including nickel-rich ones.

EcoPro BM Co., a South Korean cathode producer, said Friday it has completed the construction of a new production plant that has the world’s largest output capacity. The new CAM7 plant in Pohang, about 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, was built by its joint venture company formed with battery maker Samsung SDI Co.

Researchers at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have developed an improved cathode material for lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles. The material is a familiar nickel-rich layered transition metal oxide but with an altered microstructure that packs more energy per unit volume.

The London Bullion Market Association has barred MMC Norilsk Nickel from its annual precious metals conference due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian firm, which is the world’s top palladium miner, was asked not to attend the event in Lisbon this year

Australian lithium miner IGO says chief executive dies suddenly

Monthly drilling activity posted increases across nearly all metrics in September, with a monthly total of 417 projects drilled 22% more than the total in August. The number of distinct drillholes surged 66% to 6,729, putting September almost on par with the year-to-date high in April.

Prospector Metals Corp. (TSX-V:PPP, OTCQX:ETHOF) said it has acquired a 100% interest in three Ni-Cu (nickel-copper) projects in Quebec through staking as part of its broader Ni-Cu-PGE exploration strategy focusing on high-grade, conduit-hosted deposits hosted within under-explored large igneous provinces.

As the world shifts up a gear in its transition to electric vehicles, the demand for batteries has skyrocketed in major automotive markets in Europe and the United States. Automotive and battery manufacturers face a difficult period of uncertainty in the battery supply chain, and many are turning to building their own battery gigafactories or forming joint ventures to address squeezed supply.

Investor Relations
Conducted at 7c a share, a 21.3% discount to Pacific’s (ASX:PNM) last traded price, the deal was well-supported by existing and new institutional shareholders, and will put PNM on the path to selling DSO product from the high grade laterite mine.

As of October 14, port inventories of nickel ore in China added 321,000 wmt to 7.94 million wmt compared with those before the National Day holiday. The total Ni content stood at 62,000 mt. Inventory across seven major Chinese ports stood at 4.35 million wmt, 141,000 wmt higher than the pre-holiday level.

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SMM research showed that the bonded zone inventory of nickel added 700 mt to 4,600 mt this week. The inventory of nickel briquette was 1,250 mt, and that of nickel plate was 3,350 mt. Nickel plate inventory grew this week due to the import profits and the rigid demand from downstream companies despite the spot premiums in the bonded zone becoming higher.

As of October 21, port inventories of nickel ore in China added 328,000 wmt to 8.26 million wmt compared with last week. The total Ni content stood at 65,000 mt. Port inventory of nickel ore across seven major Chinese ports stood at 4.47 million wmt, 118,000 wmt higher than last week.

Possible sanctions on Russian metal, lawsuits, a battle to recover trust and a slump in nickel trading after the March fiasco are just some of the headwinds facing the London Metal Exchange (LME) as the industry prepares to meet in the British capital.

The prices of battery-grade nickel sulphate were 39,500-41,000 yuan/mt as of Friday, an increase of 650 yuan/mt on the week. SMM battery-grade nickel sulphate averaged 39,847 yuan/mt as of Friday, an increase of 414 yuan/mt on the week.

Mallee Resources’ Avebury Nickel Mine on Tasmania’s West Coast amassing concentrate as first sales near

Fund Raising/Grants
Resource Mining Corporation Ltd (ASX:RMI) has secured firm commitments in a strongly supported placement to raise $2.427 million which will advance its highly prospective nickel and lithium portfolio across Tanzania and Finland.

Pacific Nickel Mines has raised $5.275 million via the placement of 75.3 million shares at 7c each. Bridge Street Capital Partners and Bell Potter Securities were joint lead managers. The proceeds will be used for initial development works at the Kolosori nickel project in the Solomon Islands.

Australia’s Syrah Resources on Thursday announced plans to expand its Louisiana graphite anode plant fourfold after being selected for a $219.8 million grant as part of US President Joe Biden’s drive to boost US production of electric vehicle batteries and components.

Standard electric-vehicle batteries can recharge much of their range in just 10 minutes with the addition of a thin sheet of nickel inside them, a new study finds. This could provide a welcome and economically attractive alternative to expensive EVs that carry massive and massively expensive battery packs.

Nickel Market Seeks to Regain Confidence in LME After Short Squeeze Debacle

The launch of this price assessment follows a consultation period that ended on Monday October 17. The new mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP) price assessment will be expressed in two different ways – first, as a payable directly linked to the midpoint of the LME cash official monthly average; second, as an outright price to provide market participants with different methods of expressing the same product

Check your pockets and behind the couch cushions you could be sitting on millions! A century-old nickel minted in 1913 recently sold for a cool $4.2 million. It is one of only five known five-cent-denomination coins that are 1913-dated and have the Liberty Head design.

A recent study published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C focuses on this issue by preparing porous nickel oxide nanosheets decorated with nickel sub-sulfide quantum dots on nickel foam (NiO/Ni3S2/NF) for green hydrogen synthesis.

MarkingOP Jindal Group’s foray in the niche defence and aerospace segment, Jindal Stainless defence vertical Jindal Defence & Aerospace (Jindal Defence And Aerospace) participated in the 12th DefExpo 2022 organised by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

During an International Nickel Study Group (INSG) meeting on October 17 and 18, the group deduced that there will be negative growth in the stainless steel sector and that nickel will increasingly be used in batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), with both sectors set to increase output in 2023.

Business Expansion
President Joe Biden expanded his efforts Wednesday to blunt the pain of rising gas prices and reduce America’s exposure to global energy markets, which have become more volatile because of provocative actions by Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Murchison Minerals Ltd (TSX-V:MUR, OTCQB:MURMF, TSX-V:MUR.V) said portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) analysis of results from its final three diamond drill holes at the Barre de Fer (BDF) zone have further demonstrated that the area remains open and unconstrainted along strike and at depth.

Vendor/ Supplier Related
The difficulty electric carmakers face building supply chains free of human rights and environmental violations came into focus earlier this year, when U.S. investigators completed their probe of a massive mining tragedy in Brazil.

Indonesia’s ambition to move up the battery and electric vehicle supply chain is coming together, but it largely has China to thank and is powered by dirty coal. That may cause headaches for Western governments eager to simultaneously decarbonize and shift the battery supply chain out from under Beijing’s thumb.

In this episode Peter discusses the nickel industry. This year began with the nickel price creeping over $20,000 per ton. By March a massive short squeeze pushed the price over $50,000 per ton; the price has now settled to $25,000 per ton.

Brazil’s Vale ups metals output, adding to downward price pressures

LME base metals closed mostly in the negative zone as the market was concerned about the expected aggressive rate hike in the following two months. And falling crude prices also weighed on metals prices. SHFE base metals, on the other hand, closed all with gains with the 20th National Congress kicking off over the weekend, which is expected to bring about new stimulus polices.

Earnings/ Financial Results
American Express profits rose a modest 3% in the third quarter despite a significant rise in spending by cardmembers. Revenue surged 24% to $13.56 billion, but profit its being curbed as the credit card giant sets aside hundreds of millions of dollars to cover potential credit losses in a volatile global economy.

Atlas posts P3B Q3 net income (The Manila Times)
ATLAS Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. reported a net income of P3.069 billion in the third quarter of 2022, down 11.7 percent from P3.477 billion in the same period last year. The company attributed the decline in their bottom line to lower output and lower metal prices in the July-September period of the current year.

Management Change
Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) has appointed experienced battery-metals executive Graham Arvidson as its chief executive officer. Arvidson has 18 years of experience in the minerals sector, including deep experience in vanadium, lithium, nickel and other future-focused battery metals.

Quebec’s Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (NMG) has signed a non-binding anode materials provide take care of Panasonic as electrical automobile provide chain buyers proceed to circle junior miners in Canada’s battery supplies sector.

Investments in electric vehicles (EVs) continue apace in late October, with BMW joining Honda this month in announcing the location of an EV battery manufacturing plant in the United States. Taxpayers also are involved in the investment frenzy, with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announcing $2.8 billion in funding designed to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for [EVs] and the electrical grid.

The global market size of cobalt is expected to grow from $8.7 billion in 2021 to over $19.4 billion by 2030 according to a recently updated report from Straits Research. Demand for cobalt and other raw metals necessary for electrification is ramping up substantially.

Exports/ Imports
Indonesia tells tin industry to be prepared for export ban

Press Release
Spartanburg (USA)/Munich. The BMW Group continues the roll-out of its electromobility plan with a new investment in the U.S. to expand Plant Spartanburg and the company’s manufacturing footprint in the U.S. BMW Group Chairman of the Board of Management, Oliver Zipse, announced today a $1.7 billion investment in its U.S. operations

Investor Relations
Recharge Resources Ltd. announces plans to transfer it’s 100% owned Pinchi Lake Nickel Project, located approximately 15 to 30 km northwest of Fort St. James and 120 km northwest of Prince George in central British Columbia

Power Nickel Inc. is pleased to announce a proposed non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) of up to 10,000,000 flow-through units (each, an “FT Unit”) of the Company at a price of $0.20 per FT Unit and up to 10,000,000 non-flow-through units (each, an “NFT Unit”) of the Company at a price $0.10 per NFT Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of up to CAD $3,000,000.

Nornickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, announces successful placement of RUB 25 bn exchange-traded bonds (BO-001R-02 series) on the Moscow Exchange on 11 October 2022.

We can readily understand why investors are attracted to unprofitable companies. For example, biotech and mining exploration companies often lose money for years before finding success with a new treatment or mineral discovery. Nonetheless, only a fool would ignore the risk that a loss making company burns through its cash too quickly.

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Rimfire Pacific Mining Limited (“Rimfire” or the “Company”) will be held at the Conference Rooms, ShineWing Australia

All statements in this document regarding exploration projects for Searchlight Resources Inc. (“Searchlight”, or “SCLT”), other than statements of historical fact, are “forward-looking information” with respect to Searchlight within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements that address future mineral production, reserve potential, exploration drilling

Archer Exploration Corp.(CSE: RCHR) (“Archer”) is pleased to announce that it has engaged Canaccord Genuity Corp. and a syndicate of agents to be appointed (the “Agents”) to market a private placement of special warrants for aggregate gross proceeds of a minimum of $10,000,000 (the “Offering”).

Bravo Mining Corp. (TSXV: BRVO) (OTCQX: BRVMF), (“Bravo” or the “Company”) today announced that high-grade PGM assay results have been received for previously released diamond drill hole DDH22LU047. Hole DDH22LU047 intercepted high-grade nickel and copper at its Luanga palladium + platinum + rhodium + gold + nickel (PGM+Au+Ni) project (“Luanga”), located in the Carajas Mineral Province, state of Para, Brazil.

Rimfire Pacific Mining (ASX: RIM, “Rimfire” or “the Company”) is pleased to advise that assays received for the remaining three diamond holes drilled at the Melrose prospect has intersected further high-grade nickel (Ni), cobalt (Co) and scandium (Sc) mineralisation at shallow depths within weathered ultramafic rocks.

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, OTCQX:WLBMF) (‘Wallbridge’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to report that new assay results from the in-fill sampling program at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Project (‘Fenelon’ or the ‘Project’) have yielded additional gold mineralization from previously unsampled sections of drill core within and adjacent to the Project’s existing Mineral Resource Estimate (‘MRE’).

Big Gold Inc. (CSE: BG) (the ‘Company’ or ‘Big Gold’) is pleased to announce that the Company has significantly expanded its property package located near Kenora, Ontario. The new claims (‘Property Expansion’) increase the Company’s holdings by an additional 6,100 hectares (‘Ha’) resulting in Big Gold now controlling over 10,000 Ha of highly prospective gold exploration land in Rainy River/Kenora Mining District of Ontario.

Azimut Exploration Inc. (“Azimut” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AZM) (OTCQX: AZMTF) is pleased to announce that the third drilling phase has started on the Wapatik Property (the “Property”) after an encouraging maiden drilling program and second drilling phase

Jinchuan’s success comes from an unswerving commitment by generations of people to support the country’s development in the nonferrous industry, said Wang Yongqian, chairman of Jinchuan Group.

Xander Resources Inc. (“Xander” or the “Company”) (TSXV: XND) (OTCQB: XNDRF) (FSX: 1XI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an option agreement (the “Option”) to acquire (the “Acquisition”) 100% interest in certain 100 mineral claims (the “Claims” and the “Property”) located in Timmins, Ontario.

Rimfire Pacific Mining (ASX: RIM, ‘Rimfire’ or ‘the Company’) is pleased to advise that assays received for the remaining three diamond holes drilled at the Melrose prospect has intersected further high-grade nickel (Ni), cobalt (Co) and scandium (Sc) mineralisation at shallow depths within weathered ultramafic rocks.

GREAT ATLANTIC RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV.GR) (the “Company” or “Great Atlantic”) is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at the upcoming Exploration, Mining and Petroleum (EMP) New Brunswick Conference being held at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, New Brunswick during Sunday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 25.

GREAT ATLANTIC RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV.GR) (the “Company” or “Great Atlantic”) is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at the upcoming Exploration, Mining and Petroleum (EMP) New Brunswick Conference being held at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, New Brunswick during Sunday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 25.

Canada Nickel Company Inc. today announced that it has closed a secured loan facility with Auramet International of US$10 million previously announced on September 29, 2022. The proceeds will allow the Company to execute post feasibility study work on permitting and detailed engineering which is advantageous to complete during the coming winter months and allows the Company to remain well-funded as it continues to aggressively advance the project.

Management Change
Premium Nickel Resources Ltd. (TSXV: PNRL) (formerly, North American Nickel Inc.) (“PNRL” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Newberry to its Board of Directors (the “Board”).

Gama Explorations Inc. (CSE:GAMA) (“Gama” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the appointment of Dr. Jacob (Jaap) Verbaas as Vice President of Exploration, effective immediately. Dr. Verbaas is an exploration geologist with an M.Sc. from Utrecht University and a PhD from Simon Fraser University.

The Metals Company (NASDAQ: TMC) (the “Company” or “TMC”), an explorer of lower-impact battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules, today announced that it has appointed Grant Lindner as Project Director for NORI as the Company looks to bring online its first polymetallic nodule project (NORI-D Project) to supply critical battery metals for the clean energy transition.

Earnings/ Financial Results
Idaho Cobalt Operations (“ICO”), United States: ICO officially opened on 7 October 2022 as the only cobalt mine in the U.S. First stage of commissioning commenced at ICO with commercial concentrate production expected in Q4 2022

Churchill Resources Inc. (“Churchill” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CRI) is pleased to announce that it has exercised an existing option to acquire a 100% interest in certain mineral properties with prospective nickel, copper and cobalt targets located in the White Bay South region of western Newfoundland, approximately 50 kilometers north-northeast of the Town of Deer Lake (the “Properties”).

Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. (“Noble” or the “{Company”) (TSXV:NOB), (FRANKFURT:NB7), (OTC:NLPXF) is pleased to report the acquisition of 188 claims covering 10,152 hectares of strategic ground through staking in the vicinity of Go Metals Corp, HSP Nickel Copper Platinum Group Project north of Havre St Pierre located in Quebec.

Research & Development
The lab’s successful addition of nickel to ruthenium dioxide (RuO2) resulted in a robust anode catalyst that produced hydrogen from water electrolysis for thousands of hours under ambient conditions.

“Other than uranium stocks, the other stock I bought recently was actually an oil and gas play,” said Lobo Tiggre of IndependentSpeculator.com


The development of high-performance, low-cost, and non-noble metal catalysts for the urea oxidation reaction (UOR) as an alternative to oxygen evolution reaction (OER) has received much attention but remains a huge challenge. In this work, NiSe2/TiN@Ni12P5/NF catalysts

Asymmetric transition-metal catalysis has had a far-reaching impact on chemical synthesis. However, non-precious metal-catalysed strategies that provide direct entry to compounds with enantioenriched trisubstituted and fully substituted stereogenic centres are scarce.

A Ni-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction between aryl fluorides and dialkyl phosphonates [HP(O)(OR)2] (R = secondary alkyl groups) in the presence of potassium tert-butoxide as a base is reported. The reaction converted various aryl fluorides into the corresponding aryl phosphonates

A novel analytical model is developed to compute the part scale through-thickness longitudinal residual stress distributions and applied for laser powder bed fusion of four commonly used powder alloys. An important input for the analytical modeling calculations is the peak residual stress for a deposited layer

A nickel-catalyzed site-selective intermolecular amidation of saturated C(sp3) H bonds is reported. This mild protocol exhibits a predictable reactivity pattern to incorporate amide functions at C(sp3) H sites adjacent to nitrogen and oxygen atoms in either cyclic or acyclic frameworks

Intellectual Property
Alexandria, Oct. 22 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received Dow Global Technologies LLC and California Inst of Techn’s patent application for bis(phosphino)-phenoxy nickel(ii) catalysts for the copolymerization of ethylene and acrylate monomers. Agapie Theodor, Xiong Shuoyan, Bailey Brad C, Spinney Heather A, Nett Alex J, Wilson David R and Klosin Jerzy developed the invention.

Alexandria, Oct. 21 — Sparton Corp has been granted a patent for control of electric field effects in a printed circuit board assembly using embedded nickel-metal composite materials. This invention was developed by Bendix Lendon L and Turner Derek.

Munich, Oct. 20 — U & I has applied for European patent for biodegradable implant and method for manufacturing same. Koo Ja-Kyo, Seok Hyun-Kwang, Yang Seok-Jo, Kim Yu-Chan, Cho Sung-Youn and Kim Jong-Tack developed it.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has published Jinchuan Group Share Ltd’s patent application for electrodeposition liquid level adjusting device for electrodeposition cell in nickel electrodeposition process. The invention was developed by Wang Lei, Shen Xin, Zhang Shiguang, Shangguan Jingqi, Sukesawa Kiyoshi, Li Chaoyang and Gao Zelei.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — Jinchuan Group Share Ltd has submitted a patent application for concentration polarization eliminator for nickel electrolysis. Zhou Hairong, Wu Ruiling, Wang Wanqi, Wang Yupei, Chai Guoliang, Deng Guofu and Chen Qiang developed the invention.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has received Shenzhen Shentai Science and Tech’s patent application for nickel-titanium alloy wire cutting and winding device. Wu Zong, Liu Fen, Liu Jiang and Yang Ming developed the invention.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has released Shaoxing Engler New Mat’s patent application for solid waste hydrometallurgy device for refining metallic nickel. This invention was developed by Ni Cuiqin, Xia Tian, Yu Bo and Jiang Yue.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has received Pearl Hai Spring Hardware Industry Ltd’s patent application for pearl nickel liquid medicine filtering system. Liang Shide and He Haibiao developed the invention.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — Jinchuan Group Share Ltd has filed a patent application for nickel electrolysis slotting and bag pulling tool. This invention was developed by Li Shengxin, Zheng Jizu, Chai Guoliang, Zhou Hairong, An Wenju, Lee Boo-Youn, Rune and Chen Qiang.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — Sichuan Cross Environmental Protection Science and Tech Limited has applied for Chinese patent for comprehensive recycling system for nickel sulfate wastewater. Liu Hui developed it.

Beijing, Oct. 19 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has received Shenzhen Shentai Science and Tech’s patent application for nickel-titanium alloy wire cutting and winding device. Wu Zong, Liu Fen, Liu Jiang and Yang Ming developed the invention.

Geneva, Oct. 18 — Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology Co Ltd, Hunan Brunp Recycling Tech Co Ltd and Hunan Brunp Vehicles Recycling have submitted a patent application for method for leaching nickel-ammonia solution from nickel-iron alloy in wet process and application. He Fang, Li Changdong, Ruan Dingshan, Chen Ruokui, Qiao Yanchao and Deng Haozhen developed the invention.

Alexandria, Oct. 17 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received Etikrom AS’s patent application for nickel-based alloy embodiments and method of making and using the same. Adam Benjamin and Tucker Julie developed the invention.