Nickel Mining News

Poll shows support for mining in space

While we may receive confirmation on Tuesday that James Cameron and some Google executives are going to start mining in space, CBC asked its readers if it's even a good idea and found strong support.

Vale's latest business sounds fishy, in a good way

Brazilian mining giant Vale has taken the concept of mining diversification to a new level by announcing that it will start raising fish by its Sudbury, Canada, location.

Indonesian export ban to make many nickel mines viable again

Anton Berlin, head of marketing for Norilsk, says if prices rise above $20,000 a tonne on the back of Indonesia’s proposed ban on the export of ore, many idled mines can re-open.

Are Google executives and James Cameron planning to mine asteroids?

Speculation is mounting that group of heavy-hitting investors—including filmmaker James Cameron and Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt—may announce next week in Seattle plans to mine asteroids for minerals.

Indonesia readies ban on unprocessed metal-ore shipments

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, will proceed with a plan to ban exports of unprocessed metal ores including bauxite from next month, while confirming an exemption for producers that intend to treat output locally.

Canada makes good on promise to streamline mining, oil and gas projects

The Canadian government followed through on last month's budget promise to streamline environmental reviews of resource projects with a plan for "responsible resource development."

IMF forecast gets more upbeat

The International Monetary Fund increased its outlook for the world's economy on Tuesday, saying it expects global GDP to expand by 3.5 per cent this year.

Mining companies to benefit from updated FTA between Canada and Chile

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chilean President Sebastian Piñera signed yesterday an agreement to upgrade the free trade deal between their two nations, which will benefit several miners with presence or planning to explore in the South American country.

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights: Meet mining's 40 richest billionaires counts more than 90 billionaires involved in minerals, metals and mining on the planet with a combined wealth of well over $300 billion.

Canada's Harper tells Americas summit mining has 'vast power to change the way a nation lives'

Mining contributed $50 billion to the country’s GDP in 2011, he said, and provides “well paying” jobs for more than 300,000 Canadians.

The last time South Africa's mines produced this little the country was still ruled by the Queen of England

Output from the resources industry in the African nation is now the lowest since 1961, the year South Africa left the British Commonwealth and declared itself a republic

US versus Australian mine manager salaries

Today Jennifer Leinhart of CostMine sent me these two volumes: 2011 Survey Results: U.S. Coal Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2011 Survey Results: U.S. Metal & Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits In future blog postings, I will write more about the salary and wages listed in these volumes. 

China soft landing likely, says World Bank

The Chinese economy is likely to land softly, rather than with a jolt, with growth forecast at 8.2% this year and 8.6% in 2013, according to The World Bank.

New report shows resource investors cannot pick a worse spot to put their money than Toronto

Overall, only the stock indices of Spain and Portugal's top companies fared worse than Toronto's S&P/TSX-60. But in the group of resource-heavy exporting countries Canada's stock market came in stone last.

Castro is certifiably mad; at least on mining

There are many reports on today’s new about a rant and rave by Fidel Castro on mining. Granted the old man is certifiably mad and that he runs a country supported by nickel mining and we can safely ignore all he says.

The 'lunar trajectory' of Canadian mining investment

The source of the surge in mining investment has been quite diverse, reflecting the widespread advance in prices. For 2012, gold leads the way with $3.6 billion of capital spending. But not far behind are copper-nickel-zinc mines at $3 billion, potash at $2.9 billion and iron ore at $2.7 billion as the Labrador Trough is developed.

Brunswick scientist Joe Iannicelli wins mining industry award

Years after he invented it, scientist Joseph Iannicelli figured the magnetic separator he produced for the mining industry was simply something in his past.

FT: 'Inbred' miners may admire Hannam, but many not 'too sad' to see him go

"Resources groups and the bankers who promote them merit close scrutiny since minerals have been linked in the past with financial scandals and market manipulation, from the nickel bubble that captivated the City in the 1960s and ended in the Poseidon crash, to the Hunt brothers’ cornering of the silver market in 1980."

Vale seeks nickel near Repulse Bay

Vale — the second largest nickel producer in the world — plans to begin looking for nickel this year on the Melville Peninsula near Repulse Bay, Nunavut.

Liberty restarts operations

Liberty Mines Inc. (LBE:TSX) ("Liberty" or the "Company") today announced that its mining and milling operations have restarted in Timmins, consistent with the timelines announced previously by the Company.

"Underground city" copper mine in Minnesota inches forward

A proposal for a large underground copper mine in Minnesota reached a milestone last week.

Riding the graphite bull

Chris Berry, founder of Mountain Partners asset management company, provided an interesting summary of the graphite space while speaking at the recent Graphite Express Conference in Vancouver.

Nickel mining in Philippines: provincial governor to be charged with murder of anti-mining activist

In January last year local radio broadcaster Gerry Ortega, who fought hard for a ban on mining on Palawan was slain and now the Philippines' Department of Justice asked for murder charges to be filed against former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and four others in connection with his death.

Deripaska ready to buy RUSAL's stake in Norilsk – source

A source close to the matter says billionaire Oleg Deripaska is prepared to buy RUSAL's 25% blocking stake in Norilsk Nickel to resolve the shareholder row at the company.

ORE to triple nickel production

Publicly-listed Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc. (ORE) will triple production of its nickel mining unit this year as tight supply in the region has upped demand for this prized metal.