Weekly Nickel News

Top Stories : December 05 to 11
Poseidon Nickel Ltd (ASX:POS) enjoyed a productive December quarter, achieving several milestones including commencement of the Golden Swan drill drive at its Black Swan Project in Western Australia, which once completed, will allow resource drilling.

EV NICKEL INC. (TSXV:EVNI) (“EVNi” or the “Company”) is excited to announce the additional assay results, from 3 more holes of the Phase 3 Drilling program completed this summer, over the Large-Scale nickel target in the northeast of its Shaw Dome Project, referred to as the Carman-Langmuir or, “CarLang Area”.

The Company has received assay results for 9 of 17 shallow backpack drill holes drilled on Zone 2 of the Deep Purple magnetic anomaly. Green River has also received assay results for the first 2 of 4 deeper holes drilled with a Winkie drill on Zone 2 to date.

Vale Ltd. is committed to splitting off and growing its nickel and copper business, company officials told investors this week. Speaking in New York on Wednesday, CEO Eduardo Bartolomeo said the company’s nickel assets in the north and copper assets in the south uniquely position Vale to supply the metals needed for decarbonisation

Venture Minerals hopes to home in on promising nickel and copper targets south of Perth as market darling Chalice Mining gears up to begin ground and aerial surveys at the joint venture’s South West project.

SPC Nickel Corp. (TSXV: SPC) (“SPC Nickel” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce the final batch of assay results from the 2022 drill program at the Company’s 100% owned Lockerby East Project (the “Project”) located in Sudbury, Ontario.

Lunnon Metals shares surged higher on Wednesday after the company’s mineral resource update at its Kambalda Nickel Project locked in the Baker deposit as its cornerstone asset. Lunnon told the ASX that Baker, its first discovery at the project in January, now had a mineral resource estimate of 929,000 at 3.3 per cent nickel for 30,800 contained nickel tonnes.

Miramar Resources Ltd (ASX:M2R) has returned encouraging platinum group element (PGE) results during reanalysis of aircore samples from the Gidgi JV Project in WA that point to potential nickel sulphide mineralisation.

Corazon Mining Ltd (ASX:CZN) has found a lithium-bearing pegmatite in an old trench at the Miriam Nickel Sulphide Project in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia. Field mapping during initial site reconnaissance uncovered widespread indications of pegmatite throughout the project

Chalice, which recently committed to the second stage of the joint venture following successful initial exploration, is carrying out the work over two interpreted magmatic nickel-copper-PGE sulphide targets it had identified earlier this year.

The sulphide intersections within prospective mafic lithologies in holes RCDDKNE 004 and 005 at Kabanga NE along with supporting portable XRF readings confirm the prospective nature of the layered mafic and potentially ultramafic intrusion at HEM 2.

Horizonte Minerals Plc has entered into two long-term port agreements, thereby securing access for the import of required raw materials and the export of its final ferro nickel product, for its 100%-owned Araguaia Nickel Project in Brazil, where construction is underway and first production remains on track to commence in 1Q24.

Fund Raising/Grants
Nickel miner Mincor Resources is targeting a A$60-million capital raise to accelerate underground development at its Northern Operations, and underground exploration and resource definition at its Cassini operations, both in Western Australia.

News Stories
The first $55 million has been locked in via a placement organised with Euroz Hartleys, and a further $5 million will be sought through a share purchase plan that eligible directors say they will

Indonesia produces more nickel than any other country. As demand soars for batteries to power the energy transition, that presents a huge opportunity, and the archipelago nation of 276 million people intends to take advantage of it.

Mark Selby, chief executive of Canada Nickel Company, talks with the Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about the role of nickel in the transition to electric vehicles.

As the world grapples with a strained supply chain network amid surge in Covid 19 cases in China and its subsequent stringent measures, countries are now starting to scout for alternative producers including India. The Centre is expected to roll out a concrete strategy for encouraging investments in rare earth mining

Nickel sulfate prices in China tumbled in the week to December 2, ending an uptrend that had been in place since July 29, amid mounting pressure from downstream production cuts, market sources told Fastmarkets.

Slowing global growth and inflation will continue to threaten profitability for the mining sector in 2023, but it should be less of a rollercoaster. Credit ratings agency Fitch expects mining and metals to become relatively more stable following the tumultuous year for commodities prices in 2022.

In the era of clean energy, the battery metals used in electric vehicles may have become the new oil, making investing in a domestic battery supply chain from mine to battery a critical step toward U.S. energy independence.

The Mining Indaba organisers said in a statement they are pleased to announce that Andre de Ruyter, CEO of Eskom, has agreed to speak at the event for the first time, since “power supply security and availability are major concerns for the South African economy”.

Glencore to accelerate coal mine closures

St George Mining may be at an early stage when it comes to lithium development, but it already has one of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery producers in its corner. GLENN MCFARLANE, OWEN LEONARD, JON RALPH, JAY CLARK AND CHRIS CAVANAGH

Deep-sea mining could have a “catastrophic” impact in the Pacific, the president of Palau told AFP, as companies forge ahead with plans to hoover up millions of tonnes of seabed in the hunt for valuable metals.

Set in what is traditionally regarded as a gold belt of Western Australia, Red Dirt has already raised more than $30 million to develop its Mt Ida lithium project, sunk 60,000m of exploration holes into its tenements, and expects to have completed a further 30,000m before the end of 2022.

ABC Radio Perth published an online story on the ABC News website “Chalice Mining nickel sulfide deposit at Gonneville sparks traditional owner concerns.” We acknowledge the ABC failed to give the company a valid right of reply to certain claims contained in the article.

The green economy desperately needs huge quantities of battery metals, and they’re sitting right there on the deep ocean floor. Here’s a device designed to harvest them with the minimum possible impact to one of the world’s last untouched ecosystems.

EU to propose sanctions on Russia’s mining industry

The United States Treasury Department has issued sanctions on two companies and a Russian national linked to the Solway Investment Group engaged into mining operations in Liberia for allegedly leading bribery and corruption schemes showcasing the Russian involvement in the Guatemalan nickel sector.

Demand for nickel and copper, the base metals Vale primarily produces, are expected to surge as the energy transition picks up speed and more people switch to electric vehicles. But Vale executives said that in order to capitalize on this opportunity they need to ensure base metals operations receive appropriate investment

Shares in Widgie Nickel (WIN) have tumbled on the ASX after the company released initial assay results from drilling at the Faraday prospect within its Mt Edwards project in WA. The company confirmed the presence of shallow, “high-grade” lithium-bearing pegmatites at the prospect

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sees a promising mining industry performance, with output expected to end on a high note by yearend. DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga said the mining industry would have a “quite positive” performance this year.

Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest palladium and high-grade nickel producer, intends to double Clean Norilsk program indicators in 2023, Vice President of the company Andrey Grachev said on Friday at the Arctic: Today and the Future international forum.

After several years of deliberations, iron ore giant Vale SA is finally laying out a path for unlocking value from its nickel and copper business as demand for the so-called battery metals picks up.

Canada on Friday unveiled a new strategy to ramp up production and processing of critical minerals vital to power electric vehicle (EV) batteries as the world seeks to shift away from fossil fuels toward cleaner technologies.

Finnish public broadcaster Yle writes that Estonian state-owned rail transport company Operail is preparing to haul Russian nickel from Vainikkala to Harjavalta in Finland. The material is currently being transport by Finland’s national rail carrier VR.

Power Metal Resources PLC (AIM:POW) said it has identified nickel sulphides from its inaugural drillhole into target area T1-3 at its Molopo Farms Complex project in southwestern Botswana. The presence of nickel sulphides was determined via a visual inspection of core and subsequent analysis utilising a portable X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer

With respect to the costs of both steel production and alumina conversion, India has a distinct advantage. Its convenient location means there is potential for growth in exports and in the rapidly expanding Asian markets.

Ring of Fire Metals (formerly Noront Resources) and Webequie First Nation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining a framework for collaboration on proposed development in northern Ontario.

Shrinking demand from battery makers for both consumer electronics and electric vehicles and mounting supplies has altered the landscape for cobalt which is now expected to see many years of surpluses.

TC Energy on Wednesday evening shut down the key artery that flows 622,000 barrels of Canadian crude per day (bpd) to various parts of the United States after the Calgary-based company detected the leak.

Battery minerals producer IGO faces an uphill battle to have its Nova mine in Western Australia back in production before mid-January after a fire at the mine’s power station. All operations at the nickel-copper-cobalt mine in the Fraser Range near Balladonia have been suspended and West Australian mine safety authorities have launched an investigation.

As of December 9, bonded zone inventory of nickel stood at 6,300 mt, with the inventory of nickel briquette and nickel plate of 1,370 mt and 4,930 mt respectively. Spot import losses surged to 30,000 yuan/mt in the week as the price difference between domestic and overseas futures prices did not show signs of narrowing and the SHFE/LME nickel price ratio fell to 7.

SPC Nickel CEO Grant Mourre joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share news the company has announced the final batch of results from its 2022 drill program at the Lockerby East Project in Sudbury, Ontario.

An environmental group pitches an alternative vision for the site of a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota that includes renewable energy generation to power carbon-free steel production.

Marine mammal Dugongs are facing extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List that was released on Friday. The large herbivorous marine mammals, usually known as sea cow, are now threatened with extinction.

A Canadian company building a lithium mine in Brazil will begin commercial production of high-quality material for electric vehicle batteries next year, amid a supply shortage that has sent prices for the metal rocketing.

New figures show the amount of money being spent on mineral exploration in Australia has surpassed the peak of the last mining boom.

Nevada Vanadium’s Gibellini mine project in Eureka County is advancing through the permitting stages with the final U.S. Bureau of Land Management environmental impact statement and a record of decision expected in the new year.

Mining companies and governments in Africa are calling for stronger trade ties with the United States after a new climate law set out incentives for US carmakers sourcing battery materials from trade partners.

The World Trade Organization last week ruled that Indonesia had no right to ban the export of nickel or to require that raw nickel ore be refined in Indonesia. Handing a comprehensive victory to the complainant, the European Union, the WTO decision highlights the clash between national security and global trade rules over critical minerals.

Roadmap to net-zero (Canadian Mining Journal)
Canada Nickel is developing the next generation of high-quality, high-potential nickel-cobalt projects to deliver the metals needed to power the electric vehicle revolution and feed the growing stainless-steel market. The company possesses industry leading nickel expertise and is focused on low-risk well-established mining jurisdictions.

As a response to the previous two decades of expanding globalized trade, governments and businesses in North America are now beginning to pay more interest and concern to the sources of raw materials. This is especially true for strategic metals and minerals that are the necessary building blocks for the net-zero economy.

Global net-zero emissions by 2050 targets have Canada’s resource industry re-thinking its long game. Quebec is ramping up mining of its key minerals required to manufacture electric vehicle batteries. The province plans to become a leader in the critical strategic minerals (CSM) mining sector

Colombia is preparing to launch a national mining company, the president of the government’s National Mining Association (ANM) said on Wednesday, adding that coal mining royalties during the year had more than doubled.

MineSense Technologies Ltd says it has closed a $42 million Series E financing led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Sustainable Growth Equity team that, it says, will allow it to accelerate the commercial deployment of its solutions to drive further growth and profitability.

Canada unveiled a new strategy on Friday to ramp up production and processing of critical minerals vital to power electric vehicle (EV) batteries, according to the strategy paper seen by Reuters. Meanwhile, The Canadian Press reports the critical minerals strategy will at first focus on the six categories of metals and minerals with the biggest potential for growth.

After several years of deliberations, iron ore giant Vale SA is finally laying out a path for unlocking value from its nickel and copper business as demand for the so-called battery metals picks up. The Rio de Janeiro-based firm will separate the base metal assets from its iron ore operations and unveil a strategic partner in the first half of next year

The value of the country’s metallic output expanded by nearly 30 percent in the three quarters ending September, owing to higher output and prices of nickel and gold, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said.

Canada is blessed with an abundance of fossil fuels oil, natural gas and coal. But as the developed world tries to wean itself off of fossil fuels largely through electrification it is expected the demand for Canada’s fossil fuels will eventually decline, while demand for critical minerals and metals is projected to grow sixfold by 2040.

Canada will look to quickly ramp up production of critical minerals that are vital to its transition away from climate-harming fossil fuels, according to a new strategy unveiled Friday. The 58-page document notes that Canada is home to vast untapped deposits of lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt, copper and rare earth elements.

Exports/ Imports
The World Trade Organization last week ruled that Indonesia had no right to ban the export of nickel or to require that raw nickel ore be refined in Indonesia. Handing a comprehensive victory to the complainant, the European Union, the WTO decision highlights the clash between national security and global trade rules over critical minerals.

Russian exports of raw nickel to the EU countries in September amounted to 5,012 tonnes, 36% more than in the previous month but 5% less on-year, according to Eurostat data. In January-September, the EU imported 48,303 t of nickel from Russia, up by 17% on-year, Kallanish notes.

During a panel at the 2022 National Exports Congress on Wednesday, Dec. 7, Trade and Industry Undersecretary and BOI Managing head Ceferino S. Rodolfo conveyed that the President has agreed with Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual, who is also BOI chairman

Brazil-based Vale SA plans to separate its base metal operations into a distinct entity from its main iron ore business sometime in mid-2023, a move that will affect its nickel operations across Canada.

Catholic bishops from four dioceses in the southern Philippines have called on the country’s lawmakers to draft a law to impose a ban on mining across the entire Mindanao region. In a joint statement Nov. 28, the Archdiocese of Davao and the dioceses of Digos, Tagum

US Vice President Kamala Harris in her recent travel to Manila launched a US Trade and Development Agency grant to Filipino mining company Eramen Minerals Inc. for a feasibility study to advance the development of an environmentally sustainable nickel processing facility in the Philippines.

Federal Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was back in Asia last month pitching Canada’s battery supply chain prowess, this time with a new boast in his back pocket. Research firm BloombergNEF pushed Canada’s position in its annual global ranking of battery-producing countries ahead of everyone else but China.

GOVERNMENTS around the world, including our own in the UK, want us to use electric vehicles. It’s an imperative if we’re to have any chance of meeting zero carbon targetsc, particularly in London. So, the news electric car battery prices have risen for the first time in more than a decade is especially timely and alarming.

Global regulator calls for “urgent action” on clearing houses and insurers

Engineering supply chain provider CBE+ is installing the first 6+1 robotic Electroless Nickel Plating (ENP) line in the UK and Europe at its 70,000sq ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Representing a £2 million investment, the automated plating line will allow the company to undertake a range of innovative projects at its Chesterfield base

Japan’s two biggest steelmakers may accelerate investment in a niche steel that’s becoming increasingly sought after as the shift to electric vehicles gathers pace. Nippon Steel Corp. and JFE Holdings Inc. are already spending a combined 172 billion yen ($1.3 billion) to lift output of so-called electrical steel used in EV motors

The European Investment Bank (EIB), backed by the InvestEU programme, is granting a EURO 36.7 million loan to Konigswarter & Ebell, a fully-owned German subsidiary of Australia’s Pure Battery Technologies (PBT). The project concerns an innovative first-of-its-kind commercial demonstration plant for the manufacturing of precursor cathode active material (pCAM).

Fund Raising/Grants
Poseidon Nickel (POS) has opened a share purchase plan (SPP) to raise $3 million, as part of a $9 million capital raise to restart the Black Swan project in Kalgoorlie. The company announced on December 1st that it had received firm commitments to raise $6 million through a private placement

Leading nickel producer and trader Lygend Resources & Technology sold its shares at HKD15.8 apiece to raise HKD3.67 billion (USD470 million) in a Hong Kong IPO. Around 60% of the capital was from five cornerstone investors including CATL, the world’s largest electric vehicle battery maker and supplier, and Chinese leading battery recycling company GEM.

Garibaldi Resources Corp. [GGI-TSXV, GGIFF-OTC] said Wednesday it has raised $2.65 million from the sale of 8.8 million flow-through units priced at 30 cents each, with proceeds earmarked for exploration at the company’s base metal projects under a new Federal Government initiative announced in the most recent budget.

ZincFive, a US company developing nickel-zinc battery technology for stationary storage applications including data centre UPS solutions, has closed a Series D financing round. The round closed with US$54 million raised, Oregon-headquartered ZincFive said yesterday, bringing the company’s total funding raised since its founding to US$139 million.

A Thunder Bay-based mineral exploration and development company is getting a $275,000 grant to support exploration of its property containing deposits of nickel and other metals in the Island Lake area.

Indonesia’s INA to pursue key EV themes with $2B fund

Legend Mining Ltd (ASX:LEG) has received a $2.93 million research and development refund from the Australian Taxation Office which will support its ongoing exploration at the Rockford Project the prolific Fraser Range of Western Australia.

Uranium developer Toro Energy will raise A$5-million through a share placement to fund further development work at the Lake Maitland project, in Western Australia. The company has received firm commitments for the placement of more than 461.5-million new shares, priced at 1.1c each from new and existing institutional, sophisticated and professional investors.

Auroch Minerals (AOU) is set to raise $2.65 million via a private placement to accelerate exploration and drilling work at various projects in Australia and the US. Under the placement, Auroch will issue roughly 55 million new shares at 4.8 cents a 4 per cent discount to its last closing price.

Vendor/ Supplier Related
Geopolitics are taking an increasingly prominent role in the battery space, with North America looking to take further control of its supply chains, including sourcing of key battery raw materials.

China’s nickel buyers, the world’s biggest purchasers of the metal, have asked producers to switch to Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) contracts to price their supplies next year, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The world’s largest mining event, Investing in African Mining Indaba (https://www.MiningIndaba.com), is returning to Cape Town in February 2023 and its speaker line-up boasts business, government, policymakers and investors from across the mining industry.

The Ministry of Coal and the Ministry of Mines jointly held the Investors conclave on commercial coal mines auction and opportunities in mining sector on 3rd December, in Bengaluru where Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pralhad Joshi was the Chair, Chief Minister of Karnataka

As the battle to have the most advanced EV battery technology continues. Key battery makers products are being compared, which are Tesla 4680 cells, BYD Blade, and CATL Qilin structural batteries. These batteries are expected to have a chance to become the trailblazers of the next generation of electric vehicle batteries.

Investor Relations
Prices for metals are wavering with China’s Covid-19 situation both boosting and curtailing demand. Three-month copper is up 0.1% to $8,498 a metric ton, while gold is hovering 0.1% lower at $1,706 a troy ounce. China’s reopening should provide a boost for demand, though rising Covid-19 cases remain a concern.

The Chalice Mining Ltd (ASX: CHN) share price has been a very strong performer on Thursday. In morning trade, the mineral exploration company’s shares are up over 11% to $6.20. This latest gain means the Chalice Mining share price has rebounded over 40% since this time last month

As of December 9, inventory of nickel ore across Chinese ports dipped 29,000 wmt to 8.89 million wmt compared with last Friday. The total Ni content stood at around 70,000 mt. Port inventory of nickel ore across seven major Chinese ports stood at 4.78 million wmt, 59,000 wmt lower than last week.

With memories still fresh of the nickel market meltdown in March, the industry didn’t need a reminder about just how dysfunctional the London Metal Exchange’s (LME) nickel contract has become; but last month it got one anyway.

The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) moved up with a 7.32% rise from November to December. Meanwhile, the nickel price index appeared decidedly bullish throughout the month. While nickel prices modestly retraced from their early month rally, upside price action continued to support the short-term range breakout.

The London Metal Exchange has attracted takeover interest from rivals as the historic institution wrestles with its future in the wake of March’s nickel crisis. Intercontinental Exchange Inc. made an approach to buy the LME earlier this year from owner Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.

A huge shortage of copper is looming, mining and commodities giant Glencore said in an investor update this week, reiterating warnings from other industry players and analysts that a supply crunch could slow the energy transition.

Research & Development
Researchers at Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology are proposing a strategy to synthesize single-crystalline graphite films orders of magnitude large, up to inch scale. This idea is expected to be of use from the perspective of both fundamental research and technology, particularly that associated with battery and clean energy development.

Azimut Exploration (TSXV: AZM) today announced the signing of a joint venture option agreement for its Kukamas property in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region of Quebec with KGHM International. KGHM International is a subsidiary of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A

On Monday, Glencore announced it will enter a long-term supply agreement with ACE Green Recycling (ACE), a global recycling technology and supply chain platform, for recycled lead as well as key battery metal based end products from recycled lithium-ion batteries.

Business Partnership
PNG considers China as important investment partner

Green Shift Commodities Ltd. has announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with LFP Resources and the shareholders of LFP pursuant to which GCOM has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of LFP.

Australia’s Hancock Prospecting, owned by iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart, said on Monday it has acquired a 10% stake in Arafura Rare Earths (ARU.AX), raising the richest person in the country’s exposure to the booming battery minerals business.

THE private sector has pressed government to grant tax incentives to the mining sector’s investments in large scale bamboo plantations that will help boost watershed conservation, disaster risk reduction, and generate as much as $3 billion in long-term revenue.

The prospects of the Zacks Mining – Non Ferrous industry look bleak as apprehensions about slowing demand and economic activity have been weighing down commodity prices. Additionally, the industry players are grappling with inflated input costs, particularly energy as well as labor shortages and supply-chain issues.

Press Release
SRH AlsterResearch’s analysts have initiated coverage of Eurobattery Minerals AB (Nordic Growth Market: BAT and Borse Stuttgart: EBM; in short: “EBM”, “Eurobattery” or “the Company”). The independent analysts have issued a speculative BUY recommendation with a price target of SEK 12.25 for the shares of the junior miner focused on the responsible mining of battery minerals.

Lunnon Metals Limited (ASX: LM8) (the Company or Lunnon Metals) is pleased to update its nickel Mineral Resource estimate (MRE) for the Baker deposit, its first discovery at the Kambalda Nickel Project (KNP).

The Sustainable Livelihoods team at Kamoa-Kakula display a bountiful pineapple harvest. (L-R) Maloba Kamana, Kayinda Malonda, Ilunga Kasongo, Mukoj Kavund, Munyika Yava and Kat Nfund.

Adavale Resources Limited (ASX: ADD) (“ADD” or “Company”) is pleased to advise that it has intersected a prospective layered mafic and possibly ultramafic intrusions containing visible low tenor iron rich sulphide zones in the initial two-holes testing the HEM 2 target area.

Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. (“Noble” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:NOB, FRANKFURT: NB7, OTCQB:NLPXF) is pleased to report the discovery of rare earth mineralization during a recent drill program on the Nagagami Project northwest of Hearst, Ontario.

Surge Battery Metals Inc. (the “Company” or “Surge”) (TSXV:NILI)(OTC PINK:NILIF)(FRA:DJ5C) is pleased to announce additional assay results from recent drilling at the 100% owned Nevada North Lithium Project in Elko County, Nevada.

Fuse Cobalt Inc. (“the Company” or “Fuse”) (TSXV:FUSE), (OTC:FUSEF), (FRA:43W3) announces the Company is still awaiting all drill assay results from the drill program, completed in mid-October at the Glencore Bucke Project located just outside Cobalt Ontario and near the cobalt refinery of Electra Battery Metals Corporation (TSX-V: ELBM).

Mark Jarvis, CEO of Giga Metals Corp. (TSX.V – GIGA) announced today that Giga will discontinue its greenfields copper exploration activities in Piaui State, Brazil. “Our exploration activities in Brazil have not generated enough encouragement to justify continued allocation of budget and effort,” said Mr. Jarvis.

StrategX Elements Corp. (CSE: STGX) (“StrategX” or the “Company”), reports a new discovery of energy transition metals from BHP’s drill hole #14 located in Target Area 1 of the Nagvaak Project located on the Melville Peninsula, Nunavut.

Fathom Nickel Inc. (CSE:FNI) (FSE: 6Q5) (OTCQB: FNICF) (the “Company” or “Fathom”) is pleased to announce we have been notified by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment that they anticipate a decision on the Gochager Lake Exploration Permit on or about January 23, 2023.

The parties signed the contract earlier today at a forum called ‘Arctic: Today and the Future’ held in St Petersburg. The signatories were Sergey Dubovitsky, Nornickel Senior Vice President for Strategy, Strategic Projects, Logistics and Procurement, and Leonid Irlitsa, Atomflot Acting General Director.

Novo Resources Highlights Copper, Nickel, Gold Results From Karratha District; Up 22% in Frankfurt Trading

Nordic Nickel Secures Six Licenses at Finnish Nickel Project

Diamond drilling at NRV06 successfully intersected zones over several metres of disseminated to stringer style Ni and Cu sulphide (pentlandite and chalcopyrite) in the Andover Intrusion (assays pending), with spot assaying using a pXRF of up to 0.95% Ni and 0.25% Cu.

In drill hole MN22-03, inclined at -45 degrees, the sulphide-rich zone was intersected at 7.9m to 14.5m, which confirms the proximity of the mineralization to the surface. The true width of the zone is unclear due to folding within the intersected zone.

Garibaldi Resources (TSXV: GGI) (the “Company” or “Garibaldi”) is pleased to announce the closing of the first tranche of flow-through units of the non-brokered private placement financing (the “Financing”) announced on November 29, 2022.

Nickel is on its way to being the best performed base metal of 2022 and Garimpeiro reckons it could be in for a repeat performance next year. Garimpeiro used the old-fashioned base metal description in the opening because nickel is of course a key battery metal.

Widgie Nickel Limited (ASX: WIN, “Widgie” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide assay results from the first 10 RC drill holes from an 18-hole program completed at the Faraday Lithium prospect. Drilling conducted on a nominal 40m x 40m spacing over approximately 175m

Business Partnership
Val-d’Or Mining Corporation (TSXV: VZZ) (‘Val-d’Or Mining’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter agreement dated November 30, 2022 (the ‘Agreement’) with two of Gold Royalty Corp.’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Golden Valley Mines and Royalties Ltd. (‘Golden Valley’) and Abitibi Royalties Inc. (‘Abitibi’)

Investor Relations
MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: BMK, OTC: MCDMF) (“MacDonald Mines” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement offering (the “Offering”) for proceeds of $175,500.

Certain Common Shares of EV Nickel Inc. are subject to a Lock-Up Agreement Ending on 3-DEC-2022. These Common Shares will be under lockup for 366 days starting from 2-DEC-2021 to 3-DEC-2022.

Digital Financial Exchange (DIFX), a fully-insured cross-asset centralized exchange, has now listed the Nickel mining-based token $NIKL on December 6th, 2022. $NIKL was listed on DIFX at 1:00 PM GMT on Tuesday, as a USDT pair to further increase its global community and aid in the overall awareness and growth of Nickel mining.

Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) announces that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) has accepted the notice of Lundin Mining’s intention to renew its normal course issuer bid (the “NCIB”).

EV Nickel Inc. EVNI (“EVNi” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) for gross proceeds of up to C$1,000,000 from the sale of flow-through units of the Company (each, a “FT Unit”) at a price of C$0.14 per FT Unit.

Quebec Nickel Corp. QNI , based in Vancouver, Canada, focused on the exploration and development of a unique Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Element (PGE) deposit in the Abitibi region, today announced that David Patterson, Chief Executive Officer & Director, will present live at VirtualInvestorConferences.com on December 8th, 2022.

UAE investors will be among the first in the world this week to join a global community built to give nickel production a greener future, while backing research to develop new nickel-based products. The community is being created through the launch of a new crypto token by entrepreneur Safi Qurashi, CEO of NewTek

Class 1 Nickel and Technologies Ltd. (CSE: NICO/OTCQB: NICLF) (“Class 1 Nickel” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed a non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) pursuant to which it has issued convertible debentures in the aggregate principal amount of Cdn$1,000,000 (the “Debentures”).

Quebec Nickel Corp. (CSE: QNI) (“Quebec Nickel Corp.” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the closing of a first tranche of its brokered private placement (the “First Tranche”) by issuing a total of: (i) 9,575,000 units (each a “Unit”), at a price of $0.20 per Unit;

Management Change
Archer Exploration Corp. (CSE: RCHR) (the “Company” or “Archer”) is pleased to announce the formation of its Technical Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Technical Advisory Committee is to generate and offer useful and insightful ideas to, and act as an important

Premium Nickel Resources Ltd. (TSXV: PNRL) (“PNRL” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of MNP LLP as auditor of the Company, effective immediately. MNP is one of the largest full-service chartered professional accountancy and business advisory firms in Canada, with more than 100 offices across Canada, from Victoria to St. John’s.

Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Lundin as President, effective today. Concurrently, Jack has stepped down from the Company’s Board of Directors.

Premium Nickel Resources Ltd. (TSXV: PNRL) (“PNRL” or the “Company”) announces that Mr. Sheldon Inwentash has stepped down from his position as a Director of PNRL, effective immediately. Mr. Inwentash served as a director of the former Premium Nickel Resources Corporation since 2019.

Recently, a Chinese research team led by Prof. GUO Chang at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) managed to catalyze asymmetric propargyl substitution reaction with nickel-derived catalyst, successfully synthesizing a series of chiral dienes in a diversified route.

Re-using gold from electronic waste prevents it from being lost to landfill, and using this reclaimed gold for drug manufacture reduces the need to mine new materials. Current catalysts are often made of rare metals, which are extracted using expensive, energy-intensive and damaging mining processes.

Fund Raising/Grants
The chatter started almost immediately after Vancouver-based FPX Nickel Corp., which aims to build a nickel mine in British Columbia, announced on Dec. 2 that it had raised $12 million from a new anonymous “strategic investor.”

Exports/ Imports
India’s steel ministry has asked the finance ministry for a waiver of import tax on coking coal among a slew of raw materials, as it scrambles to fill a shortage of steelmaking ingredients, two government sources said on Tuesday.

ER Fitch Pty Ltd. ATF Eloise Fitch Family Trust (the “Acquirer”) announces that it has acquired ownership and control of convertible debentures (the “Debentures”) of Class 1 Nickel & Technologies Limited (the “Company” or “Class 1”), effective December 5, 2022 (the “Acquisition”).

Lithium and cobalt continued to chart divergent courses lithium keeps going up (despite the mixed messaging), cobalt down while both graphite and nickel inked solid wins. First, the bad news. Cobalt sulphate pricing decreased by another 5.6% in November on reduced spot demand from the lithium-ion battery industry


Chiral amines are key building blocks for the development of numerous bioactive compounds. In this study, we developed a concurrent chemoenzymatic cascade approach using transaminase for the isomeric configuration inversion of a racemic amine mixture. One isomer was transaminated using transaminase

Developing low-cost and efficient catalysts for hydrogen evolution is of great significance to solve the human energy crisis. In this work, ruthenium-nickel alloy is synthesized by a solvothermal method. The ruthenium-nickel alloy shows distinguished catalytic performance

In all living cells, phosphorus plays an important function in the transport of metabolic energy and as a structural component of nucleotide and phospholipid molecules. Ni2+ is found in industrial water effluent and has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems.

Inactivation of bioaerosols is critical to prevent the spread of microbial pathogens in air. Photocatalytic inactivation processes are environmental friendliness, while time-consuming and insufficient reactive oxygen species (ROSs) generation to irreversibly inactivate bacteria in bioaerosols.

Intellectual Property
Alexandria, Dec. 10 — United States Patent for laser powder deposition weld rework for gas turbine engine non-fusion weldable nickel castings has been issued to United Technologies. This invention was developed by Lin Wangen, Larson Gary J, Whitman Giovanni, Poeppel Scott and Wilson Joseph.

Munich, Dec. 9 — Japan Science & Tech Agency has applied for European patent for ammonia synthesis catalyst. Nagaoka Katsutoshi, Ogura Yuta, Sato Katsutoshi and Miyahara Shin-Ichiro developed it.

Taipei, Dec. 8 — Taiwan Patent Office has received Univ Nat Tsing Hua, Chang Chun Plastics Co Ltd, Chang Chun Petrochemical Co Ltd and Dairen Chemical’s patent application for method for fabricating nickel-cerium dioxide-aluminum oxide hybrid nanoparticle cluster catalyst, nickel-cerium dioxide-aluminum oxide hybrid nanoparticle cluster catalyst and method for synthesizing polyetheramine. Tsai De-Hao, Chang Hung-Yen and Lai Guan-Hung developed the invention.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has released Univ Nanjing’s patent application for preparation method and application of nickel-based catalyst for methane dry reforming. This invention was developed by Meng Junguang, Bu Changsheng, Zhang Jubing, Wang Xinye, Liu Changqi, Xie Hao and Piao Guilin.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Univ Nanjing has sought patent for preparation method and application of supported nickel-based catalyst. This invention was developed by Meng Junguang, Bu Changsheng, Zhang Jubing, Wang Xinye, Liu Changqi, Xie Hao and Piao Guilin.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has published Xian Science and Engineering Univ’s patent application for low-dilution-rate welding wire for nickel-based surfacing layer and method for preparing cmt surfacing layer. The invention was developed by Chu Qiaoling, Li Yi, Cao Qilu, Zhang Min, Li Jihong and Zhao Pengkang.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Shenzhen Jinchenda Electronic has filed a patent application for chemical nickel-palladium-gold plating device for printed circuit board. This invention was developed by Tang Fengguo and Tan Zhangbao.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Hangzhou True by True Science and Tech Limited has submitted a patent application for system for recovering copper, nickel, zinc, chromium and iron from electroplating sludge or other multi-metal mixtures. Li Xiaoqing developed the invention.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Guangdong Xiangfeng Environmental Prot Group has submitted a patent application for resourceful treatment system for chemical nickel plating aging solution. This invention was developed by Zhou Bing.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Tin Free Naintt Science and Tech Limited has applied for Chinese patent for chromium-free zinc-aluminum-nickel coating combined product and application thereof. Song Xiaolin developed it.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Three Gorges Univ has submitted a patent application for nano precipitated phase enhanced iron chromium nickel aluminum alloy and preparation method thereof. This invention was developed by Zhou Qiyun and Dai Lei.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Dongguan Noguan Haunfeng Industrial Sewage Treat Limited has filed a patent application for zinc-nickel alloy wastewater aeration treatment system. This invention was developed by Su Weijing.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — Hangzhou True by True Science and Tech Limited has submitted a patent application for system for recovering copper, nickel, zinc, chromium and iron from electroplating sludge or other multi-metal mixtures. Li Xiaoqing developed the invention.

Beijing, Dec. 7 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has published Xian Science and Engineering Univ’s patent application for low-dilution-rate welding wire for nickel-based surfacing layer and method for preparing cmt surfacing layer. The invention was developed by Chu Qiaoling, Li Yi, Cao Qilu, Zhang Min, Li Jihong and Zhao Pengkang.

Alexandria, Dec. 6 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received Mitsubishi Mat’s patent application for nickel alloy sputtering target. Kato Shinji developed the invention.

Alexandria, Dec. 6 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received Uchihashi Estec’s patent application for lead-free solder. Yoshioka Yoshihiro, Inada Kazuo, Mitsui Tomokuni and Yamanaka Hitoshi developed the invention.

Geneva, Dec. 5 — Univ of Science and Technology of China has applied for WIPO patent for electrolyte for metal nickel coating and application thereof. Chen Wei and Wang Mingming developed it.

Geneva, Dec. 5 — DIC Corp and Yang Shaowei have submitted a patent application for nickel oxide particles and method for producing the same. This invention was developed by Yang Shaowei, Watanabe Takanori, Yuan Jianjun, Li Meng, Zhao Wei and Guo Jian.

Geneva, Dec. 5 — World Intellectual Property Organization has released Shandong Molong Petroleum Machinery’s patent application for method for smelting nickel-containing metal and application thereof. This invention was developed by Zhang Guanqi, Zhang Xiaofeng, Chen Qingmeng, Han Junyi and Wang Jinxia.

Geneva, Dec. 5 — Fukuda Metal Foil & Powder has sought patent for nickel brazing material having excellent wet spreading property. This invention was developed by Hamada Yukitaka and Nishimura Shinichi.

Geneva, Dec. 5 — Umicore has submitted a patent application for recovery of nickel and cobalt from li-ion batteries or their waste. Yagi Ryohei and Scheunis Lennart developed the invention.