Nickel Mining News

H1 ferronickel output up 6% Antam

The head of Indonesia's state-owned nickel miner said ferronickel output rose 6% in H1 2011 to 9,838 tonnes, more than 50% of forecast full year production

Nickel futures rise 2.5% on firm global cues

MSN reports that nickel shot up in India to Rs 990.50 per kg in futures trade.

Russian H1 2011 nickel exports dropped by 17%

According to data released by Russian Customs, Russia exported 84,400 tonnes of nickel in the first half of 2011, down by 17.3% YoY. However, the country's nickel export values in the first six months of 2011 increased slightly by 0.6%.

Victory Nickel adds two years to Manitoba mine life

Victory Nickel Inc. announced Wednesday improved economics for its 100%-owned Minago nickel project in Manitoba. The improvement arises from a 24% increase in pit constrained measured and indicated resource announced earlier this year. The increased resource has extended the mine life from the Nose Deposit open pit from approximately seven years to approximately nine years.

Regency Mines says PNG nickel project delayed by government uncertainty

Proactiveinvestors reports Regency Mines announced on Wednesday that its drilling work is continuing on the Mambare nickel joint venture in Papua New Guinea, but that visa delays may impact the planned work programme. The company said that the delays, caused in part by political uncertainty surrounding the appointment of a new government, could restrict the scale of the drilling programme. Papua New Guinea last week swore in a new PM and cabinet sweeping aside the old guard ahead of general elections next year.

Benton provides update on drill programs and options gold project in Timmins area

Benton Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:BTC) ("Benton" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has commenced diamond drilling on its 100% owned RIM copper nickel project located 100km south of the world class Voisey's Bay nickel deposit. The program will consist of 6-7 diamond drill holes totaling approximately 3000 metres testing a series of east-west trending conductive anomalies located within the mapped outline of the main Suture Zone. The Company believes that the conductors may represent magmatic sulphide along an east-west trending structural conduit cutting through the Suture Zone similar to the emplacement of the Voisey's Bay deposit. Results of the drilling will be released after they been completed and compiled by Company personnel.

Lundin Mining shares jump on BHP takeover hopes

North Korea Times At 3:37 a.m. EDT, shares in Lundin were up 2.5 percent at 31 Swedish krona, easing off earlier highs as the market dipped back after a recovery in early trade following days of heavy losses in the mining sector on the back of demand

URSA Major Minerals announces appointment of Riyaz Lalani as director

Amar Bhalla, URSA Major Chairman stated, "Riyaz is a welcome addition to our board of directors. He has had many years working with public companies on many different fronts and his expertise will continue to strengthen our company. He will bring to the

North America base metal miners sink, gold miners rise

Shares of North American base metal miners tumbled on Monday along with the price of copper, zinc, and nickel after the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating by S&P amplified fears of a global economic slowdown.

Platina Resources Limited (ASX:PGM) received full assay results from Owendale platinum project

Platina Resources Limited (ASX:PGM) is pleased to confirm the receipt of all assay results from its recently completed 4,591 metre RC drilling program at the Owendale Platinum Project, New South Wales. The Owendale Platinum Project is a 100% wholly owned project, which covers the 30 square kilometre Owendale Igneous Complex (OIC). Approximately one-third of the total area of the OIC contains ultramafic rocks that are overlain by a 40 metre thick weathered laterite profile. Drilling by the Company has focused on this laterite profile, where significant enrichment in platinum (predominantly as the alloy isoferroplatinum) has occurred.

Kalgoorlie Mining Company unlocks cash flow potential in ore agreement with Barrick

Kalgoorlie Mining Company, formally known as US Nickel (ASX: USN) through its wholly owned subsidiaries has acquired title to two quality advanced greenfields projects: the Snowbird Project in Northwest Territories, Canada and the Mid-Continent Project

One in four Queensland MPs hold resource shares

One in four parliamentarians in Queensland's state government hold shares in mining or resources companies or have accepted sponsored travel from them this term.

North American Nickel announces discovery of Quartz Diorite Dyke

North American Nickel has discovered a previously undetected Quartz Diorite dyke in outcrop located in the north central portion of the Post Creek property which is approximately 2.8 kilometers north of the currently producing Quadra FNX Podolsky copper mine.

Copper, nickel remain weak on reduced industrial demand

Amid a weakening trend overseas and sluggish local demand, copper and nickel prices fell further by Rs 5 per kg in the local non-ferrous metal market on Saturday.

Xstrata Nickel approves two projects in Canada

Xstrata plc has approved two Xstrata Nickel projects totaling USD 649 million as it continues its investment in growth options within its Canadian portfolio. Xstrata Nickel?s development of the USD 530 million Raglan extension project in Northern Quebec

Hudbay agrees to sell Guatemalan nickel mine for $170m

TSX-listed Hudbay Minerals is to sell its Guatemalan Fenix project to Cyprus-based Solway Group for $170-million, the company said late on Friday. Solway, which owns mines in the Ukraine and Macedonia, will pay $140-million in cash on closing and $30-million once certain milestones in the nickel project’s development are reached, Hudbay said.

Liberty Mines' ops still halted

TSX-listed Liberty Mines posted a $4.3-million operating loss for the second quarter on Friday, as production still hadn’t started at its Ontario nickel operations remained halted after problems with its tailings storage.

Western Areas considering nickel off take tender – CEO

The board of Western Areas has announced that due to continuing high levels of production from the Forrestania Nickel Project, shipments of nickel concentrate to Jinchuan Group in China are already several months ahead of the original schedule.

Albidon cuts nickel output forecast by 21pct at Munali mine

Reuters reported that Australia's Albidon Limited has cut its 2011 nickel concentrate output forecast by 21% at Zambia's Munali mine due to lower than projected ore production and quality.

Xstrata to pump $530 million into Quebec nickel mine

Global miner Xstrata announced Tuesday it plans to invest a further $530 million to develop new projects at Raglan mine in northern Quebec. The U.K.-based company says the investment will allow it to further develop the nickel project.

South Africa mine nationalization 'closest since end of apartheid'

Businessweek quotes a confidential report prepared for South Africa's mining CEOs as saying South Africa’s ruling party is closer to some form of nationalization than at any other time since the end of apartheid. A government takeover of mines could choke investments in a country with metal and mineral reserves estimated at 2.5 trillion and lead to a collapse of the currency, the rand. Firebrand Julius Malema (pictured), the leader of the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress which often acts as kingmaker in the country’s politics, is spearheading the campaign to seize mines, farms and banks. Malema is never far from headlines in the country with racially charged comments but now an anti-corruption police unit is probing a trust fund owned by him allegedly being used to funnel payments in exchange for securing government tenders.

VDM wins BHP nickel job

Contractor VDM Group has signed a $40 million contract with BHP Billiton at its Kambalda nickel operations.VDM's Perth-based subsidiary Cape Crushing and Earthmoving Contractors will handle the five years of work at the Kambalda Nickel Concentrator.The

Outotec more than doubles H1 operating profit

Finnish mineral processing company Outotec more than doubled its profits for the first half of 2011.

European Nickel well funded and making solid progress

European Nickel (LON:ENK) remains well funded with cash of US$7.54 million, its latest quarterly update reveals. This compares with US$10.91 million at the start of period, though the company’s direct shipments from its Acoje project in the Philippines.

Mirabela Nickel Q2 2011 sales up by 88pct QoQ

Commodity Online reported that Mirabela Nickel Limited has sold 3909 tonnes of nickel in Q2 2011, up by 88% QoQ. Production at its Brazilian mine boosted by 20% to 3395 tonnes. However, cash costs also rose by 13% to USD 7.85 from USD 6.97 during the