Nickel Mining News

Carpentaria Exploration Limited announce a $3.5 million budget to boost exploration projects

Carpentaria Exploration Limited today announces a plus A$3.5 million budget for greenfields exploration in the 2011/12 financial year, continuing its aggressive exploration programs across eastern Australia

LME non ferrous trading climbs 16 per cent in H1 2011

LME non-ferrous trading climbs 16 per cent in H1, 2011 Read more : non-ferrous metals,ferrous metals,lme,commodity derivatives LONDON (Commodity Online): Non-ferrous trading registered a growth of 16% in volumes at London Metal Exchange (LME) t with 68.6

Anfield Nickel shares close to year-high after positive Guatemala project study

Shares in Anfield Nickel's jumped more than 4% to within striking distance of a year-high on Friday after the company released the results of its economic assessment of the Mayaniquel project in Guatemala. Anfield said the project may generate approximately 700 permanent jobs and 800 direct jobs during the three year construction period and potentially $1.8 billion in taxes and government royalties payable to the Guatemalan government.

Zambian mines can react to any eventualities – Mines rescue body

A mine rescue agency said that Zambian mines are well equipped and can react to any eventualities. In an apparent reaction to the recent development at Zambia’s sole nickel producer, Albidon mining where a sink hold affected production at the mine for another three weeks.

First Point Minerals announces positive metallurgical test results for Decar project

First Point Minerals Corporation announced positive metallurgical results from test work completed by Cliffs Natural Resources Exploration Inc an affiliate of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc CLF +1.35% FR:CLF +6.43% for the Decar nickel project in central

Burundi plans to develop its nickel production

Reportedly, Burundi, the Central African nation has planned to start nickel production next year after first discovering this stainless steel making ingredient more than 35 years ago. Because of lacking fundamental infrastructure, the country?s nickel

China’s Jinchuan trumps Vale’s Metorex bid

Reuters Africa reported that the Jinchuan Group’s (FRA:GDZD) bid for Metorex (JNB:MEMTX) is higher than Vale’s (NYSE:VALE) offer. The market news is quoted as saying: Jinchuan, China’s dominant nickel producer, added almost 22 percent to Vale’s offer, making 8.90 rand per share for a cash bid at current exchange rates of around $1.32 billion.

Proto Resources receives mining lease in Tasmania

Proto Resources & Investments has received a mining lease from the Tasmanian Government for the firm's Barnes Hill project near Beaconsfield, Tasmania, for an initial period of 15 years.

Canadian mining sector has a great April: Statistics Canada

Canadian base metal and coal miners were the nation's economic bright spot in April, according to report from Statistics Canada released on Thursday. The study, which looked at gross domestic product by industry, found that mining grew strongly while the rest of the economy was mostly flat.

Industrial metals surge to near two-month highs

Industrial metals surged nearly 3 percent to end at its priciest in nearly two months Wednesday, as repressed buyers flooded the market after a Greek parliament vote to accept austerity measures bolstered risk appetite.

BHP Australia refinery resumes nickel production

BHP Billiton said on Wednesday that production at its Kwinana nickel refinery in Western Australia had restarted as planned in early June. "In line with our previous guidance, production at Kwinana resumed in early June," a spokesman told Reuters.

Right time to get into commodities, says Barclays Capital

The world seems set to enter a period of slower growth and higher inflation and investors would do well to gain some direct exposure to commodity markets, said Barclays Capital MD Kevin Norrish on Wednesday.

Invest in commodities rather than producers

Investing directly in commodities through indexes gives an investor more direct exposure to commodity prices than investing in the producers, whose returns were more aligned with equities.

Proto Resources: Government grants mining lease for new Tasmanian project

The Directors of Proto Resources & Investments Ltd are pleased to announce that the Tasmanian Government has granted Mining Lease ("ML") 1872P/M over the area of the company's Barnes Hill project near Beaconsfield.

Nickel prices continue to slide

Nickel is projected to be in a surplus over the next year and a half, as weak stainless steel demand has caused cuts in production. There are supporting factors as the market heads for its bottom.

BIV: Quadra FNX agrees to wage increases in Sudbury

Vancouver-based Quadra FNX announced a three-year collective agreement with United Steelworkers that includes a 3% wage increase, BIV reports: “This agreement breaks a pattern in the mining industry of attempts by employers to impose concessions on their workers,” said Wess Dowsett, Steelworkers area coordinator for Northeastern Ontario.

Is nickel a bellwether for copper?

Is this year’s worst-performing LME metal a canary in the coal mine for copper? And is there any hope in sight for nickel prices? Tolstoy once wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Does nickel price fall foreshadow copper price performance?

Is this year's worst-performing LME metal a canary in the coal mine for copper? And is there any hope in sight for nickel prices? New York (Hard Assets Investor)

CMJ: CaNickel revives Bucko Lake

Canadian Mining Journal reports: Crowflight Minerals of Vancouver has received all the necessary approvals and will begin trading under its new name, CaNickel Mining Limited, on June 23, 2011. The company has also moved its business to British Columbia from Ontario. CMJ reports that since Crowflight restarted nickel mining at Bucko Lake near Wabowden, Manitoba, the mine has shipped 85 tonnes of nickel concentrate to Xstrata's smelter in Sudbury, ON. The mill is currently processing 600 tonnes per day. Image of the Bucko Lake mill, by Crowflight Minerals Inc.

Pitchstone finalizes summer Athabasca drilling plans

Pitchstone Exploration Ltd. ("Pitchstone") has finalized plans for summer exploration activities in the eastern Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. Work will include 2,250 meters of diamond drilling at Gumboot and Johnston Lake, plus 2,000 meters of diamond drilling at Wolverine. Additionally, Pitchstone has recently staked three new claims in the eastern Athabasca Basin.

First Point Announces Cliffs to Assume Management of 2011 Exploration Program on the Decar Nickel-Iron Alloy Project

First Point Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:FPX) ("First Point" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Cliffs Natural Resources Exploration Inc., an affiliate of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF)(PARIS:CLF) ("Cliffs"), has assumed management of, and is starting the 2011 exploration program on the Decar nickel project in central British Columbia. Cliffs has hired Caracle Creek International Consulting (CCIC), a professional geological, geophysical and engineering services consulting company, to supervise the 2011 exploration program at Decar.

Demand destruction looms to hit gold and base metals in H2 2011

After an unrivalled rally, commodity prices are likely to soften during the second half of the year, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. At a seminar in London on Wednesday, commodity strategist Francisco Blanch said commodity prices will come off during the latter part of the year as demand destruction looms on the horizon.

Glencore shares dip on results, bid denial

Commodities trader Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote) is not considering a bid for embattled miner ENRC, its chief executive said, dismissing reports of a takeover after it disappointed the market with its maiden frst-quarter results. Shares in the world's largest diversified commodity trader dropped 2 percent as weaker-than-expected results from its metals and mining trading unit held back its operating profit.

Nickel heading for major oversupply and prices could dive – Analysts

At a time of scarcity in everything from crude oil to copper to corn, nickel is heading for the biggest glut in four years, driving prices lower into 2012. Next year's surplus will rise to 60,000 metric tons from 12,000 tons in 2011, making nickel the most oversupplied metal relative to output or use, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the most-accurate forecaster tracked by Bloomberg over two years.

Chinese power issues could affect aluminum, steel, nickel pig iron out…

Tightness in the Chinese power market could mean lower output of aluminum and nickel pig-iron, plus deceleration in steel production and a probable increase in thermal-coal imports, says Deutsche Bank. More than 10 provinces started […]