Weekly Nickel News

Top Stories : February 20 to 26
Earnings/ Financial Results
Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) today reported net earnings attributable to Lundin Mining shareholders of $145.6 million ($0.19 per share) in the fourth quarter and $426.9 million ($0.56 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Vendor/ Supplier Related
The supply of Class I nickel, essential for electric vehicle batteries, is expected to face a shortage for the next three to five years, according to a new report. The Oregon Group predicts a continued crunch in the nickel market despite increased production by Chinese nickel giant, Tsingshan.

The previously announced joint venture between PolyMet Mining Corp. (“PolyMet”) and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) closed today, establishing NewRange Copper Nickel LLC (“NewRange Copper Nickel”) and giving Minnesota a leading opportunity to deliver critical minerals for North America’s clean energy transition.

A heritage survey has cleared the way for Moho to kick off nickel exploration at the Dukes prospect within its Silver Swan North project in Western Australia. The heritage survey found that there are no sacred, ritual, burial or ceremonial Aboriginal sites within the designated project area at Dukes

Maximus Resources Ltd (ASX:MXR) has begun the hunt for gold and nickel in earnest at the Spargoville Project in Western Australia, engaging in a multi-target aircore drilling program on the tenure. The program incorporates several high-priority nickel and gold targets, including a maiden exploration of the recently acquired Kemble gold prospect

Macarthur Minerals has conducted a comprehensive review of the nickel prospectivity at its Lake Giles tenements to add value to its magnetite iron project in a bid to attract potential mining partners.

Aston Minerals (ASO) has released a maiden mineral resource estimate (MRE) for the Boomerang nickel-cobalt sulphide system at its Edleston project in Canada. The resource is based on 62 diamond holes, for 28,000 metres, completed across the entire Boomerang system. This drilling work was completed in October last year.

NickelSearch Ltd (ASX:NIS) has finished its recent geophysical surveys at the Sexton target of its flagship Carlingup Project and confirmed its prospectivity for massive sulphides.

Toro Energy has recommenced drilling at its Dusty nickel project after recording its thickest massive nickel sulphide intersection so far at the company’s Dimma prospect in the Yandal greenstone belt in WA.

Infinity Mining has been granted a five-year exploration licence extension for one of the key tenements at its Panorama project in the Pilbara where the company is targeting its Brisbane nickel prospect.

It is not often investors can invest in a junior mining company that not only plans to produce green metals such as nickel but also plans to use carbon credits along the way to offset their emissions while developing a project using the latest exploration technologies.

KAPA GOLD INC. (TSXV: KAPA) (‘Kapa’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it has signed an option agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Mastodon Nickel Project (‘Mastodon’) a large historic nickel project located in Southern BC.

One of the key Chinese players in last year’s nickel short squeeze is preparing to meet London Metal Exchange Chief Executive Matthew Chamberlain in the first face-to-face encounter since the crisis that upended the global metals world.

NickelX Ltd (ASX:NKL) managing director Matt Gauci and exploration consultant Tony Donaghy join Proactive’s Elisha Newell as a sampling program gets underway at the Dalwallinu Project in WA. NickelX is taking the magnifying glass to four nickel-copper-platinum group element

Exports/ Imports
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that the ban on raw nickel exports in the mining industry’s downstreaming process will benefit the country and people through taxes and added value. While opening the XVIII Conference of Muhammadiyah Youth in Balikpapan

The “Area of Influence” agreement with private player Cacique Resources includes the Earl Grey lithium project owned by Covalent Lithium, a joint venture between Wesfarmers (ASX:WES) and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM).

Investor Relations
The Stainless Monthly Metals Index (MMI) rose 5.82% from January to February as the nickel price index lost upward momentum. Nickel prices returned sideways in the short term after finding a peak in January. Since the price has not bounced high enough to confirm an uptrend, downside risk may increase.

Indonesia has historically had limited success with industrial policy. That may now be changing, with recent interventionist policies targeting the nickel sector suggesting initial success in developing downstream segments of the value chain.

News Stories
Amid the global push for green energy solutions, Nigeria’s reserves of critical minerals such as lithium, manganese and nickel are in high demand, prompting the government to release a series of initiatives that will fast-track foreign direct investment into the sector.

Stellantis will cut costs in Europe with LFP batteries

Top automakers including Tesla Inc., General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. are heading out on the mining conference circuit as soaring demand for metals used in electric vehicles ignites a scramble to lock in long-term supplies.

Teck Resources has announced it is splitting the company as part of a plan to separate the coal mining operations from the rest of the metal mining portfolio. The split will create Elk Valley Resources, which will focus on the steel-making coal mining operations in the southeast corner of the province

Scientists from the National Oceanography Center (NOC) have embarked on a month-long research expedition from Costa Rica to the Central Pacific to understand the impacts of deep-sea extraction of polymetallic nodules on the seabed. These are hard rock like materials, highly enriched in metals found on the sea floor.

The prospect of large-scale mining to extract valuable minerals from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, once a distant vision, has grown more real, raising alarms among the oceans’ most fervent defenders. “I think this is a real and imminent risk,” Emma Wilson of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

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Anglo American has delayed the start-up of Britain’s biggest new mine in decades until 2027 and revealed that the costs of reaching first production have soared to more than $6 billion. The FTSE 100 miner booked a writedown of $1.7 billion on the value of the Woodsmith fertiliser mine in North Yorkshire

An anti-mining barricade has been set up in Brooke’s Point, Palawan as residents assert that the Ipilan Nickel Corporation is operating without a Mayor’s permit, according to Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) on Saturday.

A mining exploration company is hoping to study the earth and potential mineral deposits in two Midcoast communities. “We rely on metal, specifically nickel in our daily lives. It’s imperative that we find supplies in North America,” Shastri Ramnath, president and CEO of Exiro Minerals, said.

Global mining group BHP said Tuesday it expects China and India to boost demand for its commodities in the year ahead after profits took a hit from lower iron ore and copper prices The Australian multinational, a leading producer of metallurgical coal, iron ore

Mining Bill ringfences 9 strategic minerals

Extracting minerals from the ground can either be a blessing or curse to the people and the environment. Metals are widely used in our daily lives from buildings, cell phones, jewelry to transportation.

Mining honchos (Manila Standard)
Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual (second from right) meets with some of the top mining industry officials and executives to discuss the prospects of mineral processing for copper, gold and nickel.

MEMBERS of environmental groups and residents on Friday said that the human barricade in Brooke’s Point, Palawan will continue as they asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to stop the operation of Ipilan Nickel Corp. amid the alleged violations in its operation.

Lithium key to EV push but mining poses serious environmental risks

Mining company Nickel Asia Corp. is interested in exploring mineral resources and developing a mineral processing plant in Davao. In a disclosure on Friday, Nickel Asia said Hallmark Mining Corp. and Austral-Asia Link Mining Corp. accepted its letter of intent for the listed firm

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has confirmed that Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) 017-93-IV between the government and Ipilan Nickel Corp. (Ipilan Nickel) remains valid until April 10, 2025.

QGC has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading independent commodity, logistics and investment houses and has set its sights on creating a sustainable future in mining. Until the objective of exclusively renewable energy is realized in South Africa, we are committed to the diligent and responsible extraction

The London Metal Exchange (LME) will resume nickel trading during Asian hours on March 20, it said on Thursday, providing a boost for liquidity, which plummeted in the wake of a crisis in March last year.

Junior Pacific Nickel is hoping to start direct shipping ore (DSO) production at its Kolosori nickel project, in the Solomon Islands, late in the third quarter of this year, subject to financing and contractor mobilisation.

Electric vehicle leader Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) has dominated its subsector of the automotive market. The company’s focus on vertical integration and supply deals are two of the biggest items that may have separated the company from the rest of the pack. Here’s the latest.

OUTPUT at Victoria Falls Stock Exchange listed mining outfit, Bindura Nickel Corporation (BNC), declined by 18% during the nine months ended December 31, 2022 after the breakdown of its underground equipment, the firm said in a trading update.

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Persistence is paying off for Kula Gold as it maps out further intriguing lithium targets at its wholly-owned Brunswick project in WA’s South West, only 45km north of Talison’s colossal Greenbushes lithium mine.

Look through Glencore’s (GLEN) stonking 2022 results and listen to the presentation made by management about the record profits and it’s clear what the company has fixed on as its next narrative: we are also a top recycling firm, we just happen to also mine and trade metals and coal at very significant levels.

Shares in Corcel PLC (LSE:CRCL) gained over 13% following the release of the company’s forward work program and revised strategy. The UK-based natural resource exploration and development firm said it has successfully restructured its corporate debt and disposed of its UK assets.

A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has found that Australia had the potential to be a significant provider of clean hydrogen, and could potentially be a leader in clean ammonia. MCA CEO Tania Constable noted that with substantial carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) sites in Victoria

Industrial policy is back in vogue. After decades of China subsidising its battery and EV industry, now the US Inflation Reduction Act has unleashed an avalanche of subsidies and local content rules. Europe is scrambling to stay in the green tech game.

A further two zones of sulphide mineralisation have been intercepted in just the second hole drilled by Mamba Resources (ASX: M24) at its Black Hills project. This is significant, given that the project lies just 30km from the world class nickel-copper-platinum group elements discovery at Julimar, owned by Chalice Mining (ASX: CHN) in Western Australia.

Bluejay Mining plc (“Bluejay”), the AIM, FSE listed and OTCQB traded exploration and development company with projects in Greenland and Finland, is pleased to announce a project update and strategic review from recently appointed Executive Chairman, Mr Robert Edwards.

Galileo Mining Ltd (ASX:GAL) has fielded first-pass metallurgical sighter test work results revealing “very high” recoveries for key metals in diamond core composite samples taken from the Callisto discovery at the Norseman Project in Western Australia.

The call of Canada is being heard clearly by Australian lithium hopefuls, with some of the best-known names from the Aussie mining boom heading north to ride a wave driven by the US Government’s trade protection policies.

Cyprium Metals Ltd (ASX:CYM, OTC:CYPMF) isn’t messing around. The team knows exactly what their purpose is producing copper metal plate and they know exactly how to achieve it with honesty, ingenuity, and good old-fashioned hard work.

EVs require more minerals and materials than conventional vehicles, we know that, and we’ve known that for a while now. Besides the significant quantities required, those materials are sourced from a supply chain that’s largely dominated by Chinese entities.

Finland’s parliament passed an overhaul of its mining law to better protect the environment and safeguard national production of minerals amid surging demand. The new bill, approved on Monday, gives greater control to local residents in permissioning of new mining areas, aims to increase sustainability in the industry and evens the playing field for companies.

Eramet has increased its target for lithium production for its large deposit in Argentina under a potential second phase as it responds to strong demand for electric vehicle batteries, the French group said on Wednesday.

Barcarena a traditional Quilombola territory in Para saw little of the development promised when the industrial complex was established with several mining enterprises especially Imerys and Albras Alunorte, a Norwegian company currently known as Norsk Hydro.

S&P Global Commodity Insights: A year into the war, how would you describe the state of Ukraine’s metals and mining sector?

The report by Li-Bridge, released on Friday February 17, identified lithium and nickel as the two most pressing critical minerals to focus on. But it also noted the risk of bottlenecks in any critical minerals used in lithium batteries or battery production in the years ahead in the absence of any mechanisms to monitor these markets or further investment in the sector.

Golden Mile Resources (G88) has launched an eight hole diamond drill program using a larger size PQ (85mm) at its flagship Quicksilver project in Western Australia. The wholly-owned nickel-cobalt project hosts an indicated and inferred resource of 26.3 million tonnes at 0.64 per cent nickel and 0.04 per cent cobalt

Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. [NOB-TSXV; NLPXF-OTCQB; NB7-FSE] provided an update on progress for a number of its active projects. A drill program commenced on the Cere Villebon property near Val dOr, Quebec, and an IP Survey is near completion on Kidd/Carnegie project, Ontario, in advance of proposed drill program.

Aqua Metals has recovered high-purity lithium hydroxide (LiOH) from lithium-ion battery black mass at the company’s Li AquaRefining recycling facility located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC).

Canada Nickel Company is seeing a lot of interest from American car companies in the carbon-neutral nickel it aims to produce at the proposed Crawford Nickel Project, 43 kilometres north of Timmins.

As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is becoming a pivotal country in global electric vehicle (EV) production. It is committed to producing 13 million electric motorcycles and 2.2 million electric cars by 2030.

Copper rises on Chinese demand recovery hopes

Global mining group Anglo American reported yesterday that the impact of adverse weather and planned lower grades at many of its operations contributed to a 2% production decrease on a copper equivalent basis in 2022.

The Copper Mark, the assurance framework to promote responsible practices and demonstrate the contribution of the copper, molybdenum, nickel and zinc industries to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, has welcomed its first six non-copper participants seeking assurance against its framework.

Voltage Metals Corp., (“Voltage” or the “Company”) (TSXV: VOLT) is pleased to report final assay results from the diamond drill program at the Company’s 100% owned St. Laurent Nickel-Copper-Cobalt Project, located 160 km northeast of Timmins, Ontario.

French miner Eramet will make an investment decision about the Indonesian hydrometallurgical Sonic Bay nickel and cobalt refining project in the second half of this year, it says in its 2022 earnings report monitored by Kallanish. The start of production is scheduled for 2026.

Vale & BNSI Start Construction Nickel Mining & Processing Project

Fund Raising/Grants
It didn’t take long for mining exploration companies to take a shine to offers of free money. According to a provincial news release this week, about 30 companies have so far collectively received $5.8 million from a special fund to kickstart mining exploration for copper, nickel and other minerals deemed critical for the manufacturing

Earnings/ Financial Results
Australia’s BHP, which operates the Escondida, Spence and Cerro Colorado copper mines in northern Chile, reported a 2H22 calendar year profit of US$6.5bn, down 32% year-on-year. Revenues were US$25.7bn, down 24%, and Ebitda US$13.2bn compared to US$18.5bn. The company’s fiscal year ends June.

Rio Tinto (RIO.AX), (RIO.L) more than halved its dividend on Wednesday after posting a 38% drop in annual profit, hurt by weaker iron ore prices as demand from China slowed, higher labour and material costs.

The team at Lundin Mining (TSX: LUN; NASDAQ: LUMI) delivered solid operating and financial results for 2022, says CEO Peter Rockandel. Production guidance was achieved for copper, nickel and gold, generating over $3 billion in revenue. The adjusted operating cash flow was nearly $1 billion, and the adjusted EBITDA was $1.3 billion.

Deep seabed mining operations could present serious risks to ocean ecosystems, with disturbance on any scale being long-lasting and irreversible. Commercial-scale operations of deep seabed mining in 2023 may come at the expense of cetaceans like whales, dolphins and porpoises, a study has found.

Anew study by researchers from the University of Exeter and Greenpeace warns of the dangers of mining projects for marine wildlife. According to the report, noise pollution could cause long-lasting and irreversible impacts” on cetaceans such as whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Rhetorical question: Will “high lonesome” sounds sound even more lonely in an acoustically perfect hall You can find out on Saturday if you make it out to Punch Brothers/Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile’s headlining show at the Steinmetz.

In Jules Verne’s classic 1864 novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” adventurers descend through an Icelandic volcano into a vast underground world populated by prehistoric creatures as they explore our planet’s interior. The actual center of the Earth is nothing like this fanciful depiction and in some ways is even more dramatic.

Trafigura missed red flags in alleged nickel fraud, court papers show

Nickel plating handbook (Nickel Institute)
Nickel Institute (NI) is the global association of the world’s primary nickel producers. Our mission is to promote and support the use of nickel in appropriate applications. NI grows and supports markets for new and existing nickel applications including stainless steel;

Mining and refining manganese ore is the first step in manganese production, irrespective of end application. Identifying the ore composition enables the employment of appropriate refinement techniques that produce the purest materials possible.

Small-scale miners have lobbied the government to reduce the entry-level fee for mining strategic minerals saying it was too high even for large-scale mining companies.

The Ministry of Mines is planning to map offshore mineral blocks (200 km from India’s shorelines) as it looks to mine polymetallic nodules. Polymetallic nodules generally contain nickel, cobalt, manganese ore and copper, among others, which find usage in the production of batteries used in electric vehicles.

The local government unit (LGU) and residents of Brooke’s Point in Palawan urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday to issue a cease and desist order against Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC).

In late 2022, the federal government released its much-anticipated critical minerals strategy. This is the latest in a series of national plans aimed at securing minerals vital for renewable energy, electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies.

The recent announcement by India’s Geological Survey of India (GSI) on its preliminary exploration of lithium reserves has excited many industries dependent on the scarce alkali metal. According to the GSI, it has established “lithium inferred resources” ‘which are calculated based on a physical and chemical study

Government To Sell Six Mineral Blocks To Increase The Mining Sector’s Contribution To The Country’s GDP in 2023.

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a stunning and sudden shift in European politics that has triggered, above all else, a humanitarian crisis in Europe. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 7.8 million people have fled Ukraine in the last year

The United States will impose a 200% tariff on aluminum and derivatives produced in Russia from March 10, the White House said on Friday, effectively a ban as it announced sanctions on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Dilshad Hussain has been hand-engraving brass vessels for decades but never have the demand and popularity for his wares been as high as after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a nickel-coated “matka” to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last year.

Clive Palmer, the $1.5b bid and the mystery Swiss group with WA mining stakes

Investor Relations
BHP Group, the world’s largest-listed miner, said that the London Metal Exchange’s nickel contract does not represent the physical market and reform is “long overdue”. Sliding volumes since a nickel trading fiasco last year, when the LME suspended the market for more than a week, have reinforced the problem on the world’s largest and oldest metals forum.

Norilsk Nickel should decide on dividend payments for 2022 until June this year, Mikhail Borovikov, director of the company’s department for work with the investment community, said on BCS Live.

As of February 24, the nickel ore inventories at Chinese ports dropped 425,000 wmt from a week earlier to 7.18 million wmt. The total Ni content stood at 56,400 mt. The port inventory across seven major Chinese ports stood at 3.85 million wmt, 375,000 wmt lower than last week. Demand from NPI plants grew somewhat.

The London Metal Exchange will reopen nickel trading during Asian trading hours from March 20, in what is likely to provide an important liquidity boost for the market that has struggled to recover after last year’s crisis.

BHP calls for London Metal Exchange nickel benchmark overhaul

Vendor/ Supplier Related
The global nickel market was oversupplied by 112,200 tonnes last year after a deficit of 166,600 tonnes in 2021, data from the Lisbon-based International Nickel Study Group (INSG) showed on Tuesday.

Copper prices in London rose slightly on Friday, as mining supply disruptions across the globe worsened with the suspension of ore processing at a key mine in Panama. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange CMCU3 edged up 0.3% to $8,926.50 a tonne by 0130 GMT.

One year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, metals and mining trade flows have shifted as countries look to regionalize supply chains for crucial raw materials due to aversions to purchases that could support the Kremlin.

Aluminum prices climbed on Tuesday to their highest in more than a week on worries about output cuts in top producer China, though rising inventories capped gains. Benchmark aluminum on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was 0.3% up at $2,465 a tonne at 1704 GMT after touching its highest since Feb. 10 at $2,485.

South Korean companies in electric vehicle and battery sectors are considering joining overseas mining projects through the U.S.-led Minerals Security Partnership (MSP) to secure key minerals to help strengthen the supply chain as they reduce excessive reliance on China.

Western Australia is a major supplier of critical minerals, which are crucial to the functioning of modern society due to their use in advanced technologies and batteries. In recent years, Western Australia has committed to becoming a key player in the global battery supply chain with the launch of the Future Battery Industry Strategy in 2019.

Multinational Wyloo Metals has reiterated its commitment to establishing an Ontario-centric integrated critical minerals supply chain, CEO Luca Giacovazzi told The Northern Miner’s recent Global Mining Symposium. The privately-held Australian company, part of billionaire Andrew Forrest’s business empire, has made…

A mine developer says Timmins is in the early phase of unlocking a nickel district. Canada Nickel CEO Mark Selby gave an update on its Crawford Project today at the Timmins Chamber’s State of Mining event.

Legal Action
A London court is due to hold a hearing on Friday about a $625 million global freezing order imposed on Indian businessman Prateek Gupta and a web of firms he controls. Trafigura, which sought the order, said on Feb. 9 that it had booked a $577 million charge relating to what it alleges is “systematic fraud” by Gupta’s companies over nickel cargoes.

Human Resources/ Employees Related
Three Chinese workers at an Indonesian nickel industrial complex on Sulawesi island have filed a complaint with the country’s human rights commission over poor workplace conditions, the law firm representing them said on Friday.

The global nickel market flipped from deficit to surplus over the course of 2022, according to the International Nickel Study Group (INSG).

Nickel’s price hikes in 2022 were not a reflection of scarcity due to sanctions but rather of market volatility specifically a short squeeze, which is when investors attempt to “squeeze” or countermand the effort of another investor to “short,” or bet against a commodity by buying it up in an effort to raise its price value.

Supply of ferrochrome and chrome ores remains tight, keeping prices high. Indonesia has a growing dilemma with its nickel. And ArcelorMittal collects Western tax billions for decarbonisation and even wants to increase CO2 emissions tenfold in India

Environment/ Climate
People say, Oh, Australia, perfect. Lots of sun, lots of spac It’s not that easy, Rio Tinto chief Jakob Stausholm says of his company’s experience adopting renewable energy.

Glencore, Umicore and Boliden recently released financial and operational details from their smelting operations in 2022. The following are some key takeaways from reports filed by the three Europe-based mining and metals smelting giants.

The clean energy transition is one of the biggest buzz-phrases in the industry, as miners race to reach decarbonisation goals. A recently rebranded company, Arca, spun out of Carbin Minerals, which started in 2018 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has discovered that certain types of mine tailings

A traveler crossing the expanse of northern Nevada desert known as Thacker Pass might see a wasteland nothing but scrubby sagebrush out to the rim of the caldera, where the mountains cut the horizon.

Management Change
It can sometimes seem like a completely different age, thanks to everything that’s happened since then, but it’s actually been less than five years since Vale permanently shut down its Manitoba Operations smelter and refinery in Thompson approximately midway through 2018.

The green tech revolution is making sustainable energy possible. Wind power, solar power and battery technology are all part of the plan. But making that plan work is going to require an enormous amount of in-ground material.

A businessman at the centre of an alleged billion-dollar nickel investment fraud case failed in his attempt on Thursday (Feb 23) to get his bail amount of S$6 million reduced by S$1 million. However, he succeeded in getting two new options in variations of how the S$6 million can be offered.

Australian firm invests $50mn in Kabanga nickel project

Business Expansion
Boadicea Resources Ltd (ASX:BOA) has signed an agreement with Duketon Mining Ltd (ASX:DKM) to acquire exploration licence E62/2050, known as Cat Camp, in the lithium regions of Lake Johnston and Lake Percy in Western Australia.

Two sets of double doors mark the entrance of a long, squat industrial building in Central Ohio. Push them open, and a strange, nearly sweet scent immediately fills the air. Walking inside Cirba Solutions sprawling plant, it’s as if someone has just removed the plastic cap of an enormous Sharpie permanent marker.

The new Merensky Concentrator Plant Project mine development comprises underground mining operations with associated waste dumps and ore stockpile, a processing plant, tailings management facilities and supporting infrastructure including plant-related water supply, maintenance facilities and offices.

Metals exchange-traded commodities (ETCs) platform Elementum Metals said its nickel and copper products are facing capacity issues on subscription orders as it swaps its metal broker.

The pandemic and war in Ukraine highlighted weaknesses in commodity markets where a “significant” concentration of firms, banks, exchanges and clearing houses threatens to transmit losses to the wider economy, the G20’s financial watchdog said on Monday.

BASF, a leading battery materials producer, has entered into a long-term collaboration agreement with Tenova Advanced Technologies (TAT) of Yokneam, Israel, for its battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany.

Exports/ Imports
The value of Indonesia’s nickel exports surged tenfold in five years after it forced buyers to set up refineries in the country. Now Southeast Asia’s biggest economy plans to use that blueprint to catapult the nation into the ranks of higher-income economies by processing everything from copper to fish.

Environment/ Climate
Indonesia has abundant natural resources, especially nickel. Nickel is the raw material for making electric vehicle batteries. Electric vehicles are predicted to be low in emissions or environmentally friendly. Developed countries are currently competing to produce electric vehicles.

Press Release
Magna Mining Inc. (TSXV: NICU) (“Magna” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that drilling has confirmed a new zone of near surface sulphide mineralization approximately 1000 metres east of the Crean Hill Main Zone.

Lundin Mining Corporation (Lundin Mining or the ompany) has filed an updated technical report for its Candelaria mine titled Technical Report for the Candelaria Copper Mining Complex, Atacama Region, Region III, Chile, an updated technical report for its Neves-Corvo mine titled NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Neves-Corvo Mine

Big changes at Bellevue (Australian Resources & Investment)
Bellevue Gold has made several executive changes as it prepares for the start of production at its namesake gold project in WA. Darren Stralow, who has been Bellevue’s chief executive since late 2021, has been promoted to managing director and chief executive officer of the company.

SKRR Exploration Inc. (TSXV: SKRR) (FSE: B04Q) (” SKRR ” or the ” Company “) is pleased to announce that it has completed the earn-in requirements to hold a 75% interest in the Olson property (the ” Olson Project “) and an undivided 100% interest in the Cathro property (the ” Cathro Project “) from Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: EPL) (” EPL “).

Silver Elephant Mining Corp. (TSX: ELEF) (OTCQX: SILEF) (FSE: 1P2) (“Silver Elephant” or “the Company”) announces that, further to its news release dated February 1, 2023, two separate rail shipments totaling 3,771 tonnes of coal have departed for China from its Ulaan Ovoo mine in Mongolia.

Eramet: Record year with EBITDA above euros1.5bn and very strong deleveraging

The mining company Eurobattery Minerals AB (Nordic Growth Market: “BAT” and Borse Stuttgart: “EBM”; in short: “EBM”, “Eurobattery” or “the Company”), today published its year-end report for 2022.

Azimut Exploration Inc. (“Azimut” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AZM) (OTCQX: AZMTF) is pleased to provide an update on its exploration activities and an outlook of its growth strategy.

Palladium One Mining Inc. (TSXV: PDM) (OTCQB: NKORF) (FSE: 7N11) (the ‘Company’ or ‘Palladium One’) is pleased to report drill results from the Smoke Lake Zone and reconnaissance drilling in the RJ Area, where the Company has discovered a new mineralized Chonolith / Feeder Dyke on the Tyko Nickel – Copper Project, in Ontario, Canada.

Eastfield Resources Ltd.”Eastfield” (TSXV:ETF)(USOTC:ETFLF)is pleased to announce that Iron Lake option partnerTech-X Resources Inc. “Tech-X” (a private company)hasprovided Eastfield with the results of the final 10 diamond drill holes of the 2022 program

Kuniko Hits Massive Sulphide Mineralization at Ertelien Nickel Project in Norway; Shares Jump 8%

Aussie shares are set to open flat this morning after a late session comeback in New York overnight. Wall Street was on its way to a fifth straight day of decline before an afternoon rally saw all major indexes finishing in positive territories.

Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN) (OTCQX: IVPAF) Executive Co-Chair Robert Friedland and President Marna Cloete, announced today ahead of the 32nd BMO Global Metals & Mining Conference an update on exploration activities at the company’s 90-100%-owned Western Foreland Exploration Project.

NewOrigin Gold Corp. (TSXV:NEWO) has received assay results from a reconnaissance mapping and sampling program completed during the fall of 2022 at its South Abitibi Project (“South Abitibi”). South Abitibi covers 16,485 hectares and is located 15 kilometres southwest of Cobalt, Ontario near the southern margin of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt.

Moscow, February 22, 2023 PJSC “MMC “Norilsk Nickel”, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, notifies that on February 21, 2023, The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) published a corporate action notice of the termination of the Deposit Agreement, under which American depositary receipts

Earnings/ Financial Results
Macarthur Minerals Limited (TSXV: MMS) (ASX: MIO) (OTCQB: MMSDF) (the Company or Macarthur) is pleased to report on its activities for the Quarter ended 31 December 2022.

Investor Relations
Widgie Nickel Limited (ASX: WIN, “Widgie” or “the Company”) wishes to announce that a recording of Managing Director, Steve Norregaard’s presentation at the RIU Explorers Conference on 14 February 2023

Canadian Critical Minerals Inc. (TSXV: CCMI) (OTCQB: RIINF) (“Canadian Critical Minerals” or the “Company”) has entered into shares for debt agreements, to satisfy an aggregate of $123,000 of the Company’s outstanding debt.

Prospector Metals Corp. (TSXV: PPP) (FSE: 1ET0) (“Prospector” or the “Company”) announces a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to C$1 million consisting of Ontario charity flow-through units (the “Charity FT Units”) offered at a price of $0.28 per Charity FT Unit and Ontario flow-through units

Transcript : Boart Longyear Group Ltd., 2022 Earnings Call, Feb 23, 2023

Nickel Rock Resources Inc. (the “Company” or “Nickel Rock”) (TSXV:NICL) (OTC:NICKLF) (FRA:NMK2) announces that it has closed a non-brokered private placement financing offering of 33,304,000 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.05 per Unit for gross proceeds of $1,665,200.

Premium Nickel Resources Ltd. (TSXV: PNRL) (OTCQX: PNRLF) (“PNRL” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously-announced “best efforts” brokered private placement offering under which 4,437,184 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) were issued at a price of CAD$1.75 per Common Share for gross proceeds of CAD$7,765,072.00 (the “Offering”).

Management Change
Bradda Head Lithium Ltd. (AIM:BHL)(TSXV:BHLI)(OTCQB:BHLIF) (“Bradda Head” or the “Company”), the North America-focused lithium development company, is delighted to announce the appointment of Joseph (Joey) Wilkins, a highly-regarded geologist with significant experience of working in Arizona and Nevada, as COO with immediate effect.

Nova Royalty Corp. (” Nova ” or the ” Company “) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hashim Ahmed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company (” CFO “). Mr. Ahmed’s transition into the CFO role is expected to be effective at the start of the second quarter and will result in the replacement of Bill Tsang “who will be departing the Company at the same time. “

New Products/Services
Boart Longyear Group Ltd (ASX: BLY) (the Company or Boart Longyear) today announced that its Geological Data Services division will now operate as a separate entity called Veracio. Veracio is ideally suited to combine science and digital technologies in a single, integrated platform and help mining companies get more value from their orebody data

Altan Rio Minerals Limited (TSXV: AMO) (‘Altan Rio Minerals’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce the execution of the Option over the E77/2961. Altan Rio Minerals completes the option to purchase 90% interest in large exploration license application located between Southern Cross and Bullfinch in Western Australia prospective for gold

Huntsman Exploration Inc. (TSXV:HMAN, Financial); (OTC PINK:BBBMF) (the “Company” or “Huntsman”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the “Option Agreement”) to divest the lithium and any other pegmatite-related metal rights at the Company’s 100% owned Canegrass Nickel Project to London listed Corcel Plc (London AIM: CRCL) (“Corcel”).

Research & Development
A team of researchers from a state research institute has developed a cheap metal-based catalyst that has about 200 percent higher efficiency in water electrolysis, the electrochemical breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen, than precious metal-based electrodes.

Six months ago, at the time of our full year results for the financial year 2022, we noted that while prices in general remained close to or above forward looking estimates of equilibria, differentiation across commodity clusters had increased.

Talon Metals Corp. (TSX: TLO) (OTC Pink: TLOFF) (“Talon” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its Chief Executive Officer, Henri van Rooyen, will address the BMO Global Metals & Mining Conference next week in Hollywood, Florida.

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The most significant driver of critical minerals demand growth under the NZE scenario is EVs (Figure 1). Critical minerals demand for EVs alone is expected to grow by almost 300 times between 2020 and 2050. In the IEA NZE scenario, EV sales see more than a 50-fold increase during this period

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Hydrogen production from water electrolysis is of great interest for attaining sustainable clean energy storage and conversion, but the required working voltage (>1.23 V) in water splitting limits its applications in industrial expansion. Therefore, replacing the oxygen evolution reaction (OER)

Tars, defined as hydrocarbons having molecular weights above that of benzene, have been considered to be one of the major impurities in syngas preventing largescale commercialization of biomass gasification. Catalytic tar removal has shown the most promise in reforming/eliminating tars compared to physical and thermal techniques.

Single-crystalline nickel-rich layered NCM are promising candidate materials for advanced Li-ion batteries in long-range electric vehicles. However, several shortcomings must be overcome before full commercial utilization, including the lower specific capacity and poorer rate performance than polycrystalline layered cathodes

Nickel-catalyzed cross-coupling of unactivated tertiary alkyl electrophiles with alkylmetal reagents is still a challenge. We report herein a nickel-catalyzed Negishi cross-coupling of alkyl halides, including unactivated tertiary halides, with boron-stabilized organozinc reagent BpinCH2ZnI, yielding versatile organoboron products with high functional-group tolerance.

The selective functionalization of ubiquitous but inert C-H bonds is highly appealing in synthetic chemistry, but the direct transformation of hydrocarbons lacking directing groups into high-value chiral molecules remains a formidable challenge. Herein, we develop an enantioselective C(sp3) H functionalization of undirected

Intellectual Property
Seoul, Feb. 25 — Korean Intellectual Property Office has released Korea Inst Ind Tech’s patent application for apparatus and method of manufacturing nickel fine powder and apparatus and method of manufacturing metal fine powder. This invention was developed by Yang Seung Min, Kim Kyung Hoon, Kim Gun Hee, Park Kwang Suk, Jeong Young Kyu, Kwon O Hyung, Park Hyung Ki and Na Tae Wook.

Alexandria, Feb. 23 — United States Patent for nickel-iron alloy hydrogenation catalyst and fabricating method thereof has been issued to Univ Nat Cheng Kung. This invention was developed by Chen Chuh-Yung, Wang Cheng-Chien, Lan Po-Wei and Lin Ying-Ji.

Beijing, Feb. 22 — Wuzhou Alloy Welding has submitted a patent application for production equipment for nickel-based alloy powder. Gong Haizhou developed the invention.

Beijing, Feb. 22 — State Intellectual Property Office of China has released Newy Electronic Tech Suzhou Limited’s patent application for nickel sheet pressing and fixing device for nickel sheet cutting device. This invention was developed by Xia Xiaomin.

Beijing, Feb. 22 — Zhongjiang Petrochemical Industry Ltd has applied for Chinese patent for nickel-molybdenum catalyst adding device for diesel oil modification device. Zhou Xishi, Zhang Chenglei, Sun Xintao, Wu Huchang, Gong Shixiang, Zhang Chen, Li Chunhui and Sun Tingguo developed it.

Alexandria, Feb. 21 — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published Saudi Arabian Oil’s patent application for dry reforming of methane using a nickel-based bi-metallic catalyst. The invention was developed by Lee Kunho, Katikaneni Sai P, Harale Aadesh and Solami Bandar.

Alexandria, Feb. 21 — Hatch Ltd has submitted a patent application for process and apparatus for removing impurities from crystallized metal sulfates. This invention was developed by Fraser Robert John, Doolittle Andrew, Sutherland Alexander, Best Adam and Risandi Firsya.

Geneva, Feb. 20 — Jingmen Gem has applied for WIPO patent for preparation method for al and zr doped cobalt-free precursor with high specific surface area. Xu Kaihua, Wu Kaifei, Lv Zhi, Liu Kun, Wang Dengdeng and Zou Shuwen developed it.