Nickel Mining News

French mining giant to build Gabon manganese plant for USD286 million

Major French nickel and manganese mining company, Eramet, is to build a new manganese plant in Gabon as the African nation moves to diversify its economy.

Preconcentration and agglomeration to enhance heap leaching of nickel laterite Collaboration

Minerals Down Under Flagship Director Peter Lilly has described the Australian nickel sector as a ‘”jewel in the nation’s crown. Demand for nickel has increased by about 5 to 6% per year over the past decade, and despite fluctuating prices, the future outlook is positive,” he said. “Although our reserves of high-grade nickel are depleting, [...]

NICKEL-COPPER MINING: Operations to resume at Shakespeare

ONTARIO — Ursa Major Minerals of Toronto will resume mining in January 2010 at its Shakespeare nickel-copper mine 70 km west of Sudbury. Ursa and Xstrata Nickel have inked a deal whereby ore from the […]

Savannah Mineral Processing Plant in Action

Thundelarra Exploration says 12,000 tonnes of Copernicus nickel sulphide ore has been processed at Panoramic Resources' Savannah plant…..more at MEIOnline

PolyMet paves the way on big Minnesota copper-nickel-pgm-gold projects

As the first of the prospective polymetallic miners on the Duluth Complex, PolyMet's publication of its draft EIS is a major step on the way for perhaps three or four mining operations.

New technology to recover nickel and cobalt: the Shanshan process

Heron Resources reports that a feasibility study is investigating the potential to process 1 Mt/y of nickel laterite ore from the Yerilla project, producing 80,000 t/y of nickel concentrate, containing some 8,000 t/y of payable nickel and cobalt metal, via a reduction roast process. On May 29 Heron entered Framework Agreement with Ningbo Shanshan which provides for [...]

Project News paints a diverse metals and minerals picture

Latest issue of International Mining Project News available (July 17): This issue we cover a wide variety of minerals and metals ranging from the usual batch of iron ore, cobalt, gold, silver, uranium, zinc and nickel projects to oil sands, fluorspar, potash, tin and chromium projects. We also have reports from two diamond projects (one in [...]

Taking refuge – the case for safety chambers

MINEARC’S safety refuge chamber was put to the test last week at BHP Billiton’s Perseverance nickel mine after a rock fall trapped a worker for 16 hours – with the company saying the incident highlights […]

Canadian miners reduce nickel production

Purchasing.com (May 15, 2009) - Vale Inco has extended a planned three-week scheduled maintenance shutdown at its Sudbury, Ont., mining and Port Colborne, Ont., refinery operations by an additional eight weeks through the end of July. Xstrata Nickel recently decided to shutter all former Falconbridge mining operations in Sudbury, except for a development mine that won't reach full production until 2010. Another producer, FNX, has suspended its nickel production after the sharp drop in the metal's price made operations uneconomical.

Gebr. Pfeiffer, Inc. awarded a contract for Koniambo Project

Koniambo Nickel SAS, a joint venture between Xstrata Nickel (49%) and Société Minière du Sud Pacifique ("SMSP") (51%), recently awarded Gebr. Pfeiffer, Inc. a contract to supply a limestone mill and all peripheral plant equipment […]

Vale shutting Sudbury nickel operations for eight weeks starting June 1

Vale Inco is shutting down its nickel mining and processing operations in Sudbury, Ont., for eight weeks starting June 1 due to weak demand for the metal used to make stainless steel, the company said Thursday.

Intertek Opens New Modern Mineral Testing Laboratory in Queensland

Intertek Genalysis has opened a new mineral testing laboratory in Queensland, Australia. The state-of-the-art laboratory serves the region's mining and exploration sector. Intertek offers sample preparation and analytical testing services for various metals, including gold, […]

Early retirement packages go out to Xstrata workers

By: Ian Ross Crumbling world financial markets and declining commodity prices are forcing Xstrata Nickel in Sudbury and the union to cut 250 jobs through early retirement. Details have been posted for maintenance and production employees […]

Outokumpu cuts 3Q loss to €74 million

HELSINKI, Finland : Finnish metals group Outokumpu Oyj said Thursday that it narrowed its losses by two thirds in the third quarter, to 74 million , mainly because of lower nickel prices.

Sumitomo Considers US$1.7 Billion Nickel Processing Plant in Philippines

Japan`s Sumitomo Metal Mining Co is considering building a US$1.7 billion nickel processing plant in the southern Philippines, despite global financial market turmoil, company officials said. If approved, the high pressure acid leaching plant in […]

Sandvik DPi success at Talvivaara

The first of Sandvik's new, revolutionary surface top hammer drill rig series are working at the first customer sites, one of which is Talvivaara (Europe's new and largest nickel mine, and to be the IM […]

BioteQ Commences Water Treatment Operations at Raglan and Expands Commercial Contract with Xstrata Nickel

BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc., has announced that it has commenced water treatment operations for the 2008 season at its Raglan plant, located in northern Quebec at Xstrata Nickel’s Raglan Mine. In addition, BioteQ has been […]

Minara runs nickel mine at two-thirds capacity

Minara Resources Ltd , said on Wednesday it was running its nickel operations at two-thirds of full production levels due to a shortage of gas supplies in Western Australia state…more at topix

Minara runs nickel mine at two-thirds capacity

Minara Resources Ltd , said on Wednesday it was running its nickel operations at two-thirds of full production levels due to a shortage of gas supplies in Western Australia state….more at topix

BHP hopes to export more nickel concentrate

BHP Billiton Ltd hopes to export more nickel concentrates to other processing plants over the next four months while its Australian nickel smelter and refinery is closed for repairs, the miner said on Friday….more at […]

BHP to rebuild Australia nickel furnace

Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd said on Thursday it has brought forward the rebuilding of a furnace at its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter due to deterioration, forcing the shutdown of its Kwinana refinery…more at topix

Gas crisis hits WA Mining Industry with Gold and Nickel Operations badly affected

Western Australian Premier Allan Carpenter has called an urgent conference between industry, power utilities and the government for this Sunday to resolve the near-term problems that hit the State on Wednesday.

NICKEL DEVELOPMENT – Long lead-time equipment ordered for Minago

MANITOBA - The board of Toronto-based VICTORY NICKEL has approved the ordering of mining equipment with long lead-t... [Full Story]

Norilsk shelves Tati Activox plan

The world's biggest nickel producer, Norilsk Nickel, has indefinitely postponed plans for a project to refine nickel using Norilsk's patented Activox technology at the Tati Nickel operation in the country, ...

.......Norilsk acquired the technology and 85% of the Tati mine when it bought Canada's LionOre Mining last year.

Rio Tinto Files Suit In Indonesia Contract Dispute

JAKARTA -(Dow Jones)- Rio Tinto Indonesia said Monday it has filed a lawsuit in Central Sulawesi administrative court to combat rival claims over what would be one of only two nickel assets owned by the […]