Nickel Mining News

Victory Nickel receives board approval to proceed with development of Minago Mine

Victory Nickel Inc. (the "Company") CA:NI 0.00% ( www.victorynickel.ca ) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the development of the 100%-owned Minago sulphide nickel mine located on the Thomson Nickel Belt in central Manitoba.

High grade nickel concentrates and recoveries confirmed for Nachingwea Ni-Cu JV, Tanzania

IMX Resources Limited (ASX:IXR) is pleased to announce that initial metallurgical testwork has confirmed that high grade nickel concentrates with high recoveries can be produced from the multiple Ntaka Hill ore zones at the Nachingwea Ni-Cu joint venture in Tanzania. The Project is a joint venture between IMX Resources Limited (25%) and Continental Nickel Limited (75%).

MEG calculates $17 billion spent on non-ferrous exploration in 2011

Preliminary estimates from Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study indicate that 2011 nonferrous exploration budgets will exceed $17 billion for expenditures related to precious and base metals, diamonds, uranium, and some industrial minerals.

Company on track to reopen two Ontario nickel mines

Canadian Arrow Mines could soon be mining nickel again at its Kelex and Alexo mines near Timmins, Ontario. The Toronto-listed company (TSX-V:CRO) has received regulatory approvals to resume production with a small-tonnage, open-pit operation at the Kelex Central West pit, which was exposed, but only superficially mined, before suspension of production in 2005 due to nickel prices falling below US$5/lb.

Rio Tinto has a problem with crabs

The Australian quotes a Rio Tinto spokesman on Wednesday saying the discovery of a species of freshwater crab and a never before recorded shrimp near its Weipa mine would not be threatened by a planned bauxite expansion, but environmental protesters could still scupper the $900 million project. Rio Tinto, the world's number two miner, found a total of six species of crustacean including the new crab, which is about the size of a quarter, as part of its environmental impact study. It is now up to Australia state and federal governments to assess the findings.

Dispute halts New Caledonia nickel ore exports to South Korea

A dispute in the north of New Caledonia has stopped the export of nickel ore from the SMSP site to its South Korean partner, Posco. Members of the Kaala-Gomen tribe claim that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides for them to have a share of the profit drawn from mining.

Philippine 2011 mining investment may hit $2.8 bln

Mining investments could reach $2.8 billion in the Philippines this year if Chinese investors proceed with plans to jointly develop mining projects in the country, a senior mining official said Tuesday. There is a good chance that an initial target of $1.4 billion could be doubled if Chinese investors follow through in the last quarter on investments they have expressed interest in, Mines and Geosciences Bureau director Leo Jasareno said.

Norilsk Nickel approves buyback of own shares

The board of Norilsk Nickel , the world's largest nickel and palladium producer, approved on Tuesday a public buyback of its shares at $306 per ordinary share and $30.6 per ADR.

OroAndes announces 100% purchase of Kilometre 26 Project in BC

OroAndes Resource Corp. (TSX VENTURE:OAR) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") with Eastfield Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ETF) ("Eastfield") to acquire (the "Proposed Acquisition") a 100% interest in the Kilometre 26 Property (the "Property").

French miner Eramet to invest $450m in Halmahera Nickel project

10-SEP-2011 Intellasia | Jakarta Globe Free newsletter - click here In a move expected to give eastern Indonesia an economic boost, a French mining group plans to invest in a nickel mining project in North Malaku. "Eramet will have spent around $450

HudBay Minerals completes the sale of the Fenix project for US$170 million to the Solway Group

HudBay Minerals (TSX: HBM)(NYSE: HBM) announced on Friday that it had completed the sale of the Fenix ferro-nickel project in Guatemala to the Solway Group for $170 million. HudBay will receive US$140 million in cash at […]

Mustang Minerals Corp.: Corporate Update

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - Mustang Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:MUM)(FRANKFURT:NJF) ("Mustang") today released a corporate, exploration and project development update. The Company is progressing with a feasibility stud...

Sama Resources resumes drilling at its Samapleu poly-metallic project and announces new results at its Samapleu Ni-Cu deposit and Sipilou south Ni laterite project

Sama Resources Inc. ("Sama" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that drilling has resumed at the Samapleu property in Côte d'Ivoire using 2 drill rigs. The current drilling campaign is aimed at completing drilling at the "Samapleu Extension 1 poly-metallic zone" as well as testing the newly identified "Gangbapleu Target". Sama plans to complete the "Sipilou South Nickel-Cobalt Laterite" program on a 200 metre ("m") x 200 m spacing and to initiate a 2,000 m drilling program at the Company's "Lola Property" in the Republic of Guinea.

PolyMet reports second quarter fiscal 2012 results

HOYT LAKES, MINNESOTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) - PolyMet Mining Corp. (TSX:POM)(NYSE Amex:PLM) ("PolyMet" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for the three months ended July 31, 2011, which have been filed at www.polymetmining.comand on SEDAR and EDGAR. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). All amounts are in U.S. funds.

Indonesia plans tax or quota on ore exports

Reuters reports Indonesia may impose a tax or quota on mineral ore exports ahead of a planned regulation to ban all exports of raw minerals by 2014, the industry ministry said on Wednesday. The planned ban is part of a mining and coal law introduced in 2009 that requires miners to process minerals into higher value products before exporting them. The move would negatively impact copper miners Newmont and Freeport as currently only 30% of output is processed domestically and comes on top of news that workers at Freeport's massive Grasberg mine in the Papua province plan a second strike next week after wages negotiations broke down.

Norilsk considers $4.5 billion buyback after Rusal deal collapse

Dow Jones reports Norilsk Nickel's (PINK:NILSY) board will consider a buyback at $306 a share next Tuesday, a source close to the company's board said Wednesday. Norilsk may spend up to $4.5 billion on the buyback of a 7.7% stake in the company.

St-Georges Platinum and Base Metals Ltd.: New Mineralized Zone Expanding to the West at Villebon

St-Georges Platinum and Base Metals Ltd. (CNSX:SX)(BERLIN:85G) is pleased to provide updates on the second phase of its drilling program carried out on the Villebon property located 45 km southeast of Val d'Or in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec.

Russia RUSAL rejects Norilsk buyback offer

The board of the world's top aluminium producer UC RUSAL said on Monday it had unanimously rejected a $8.75 billion offer by mining giant Norilsk Nickel to buy back its shares. The $306 per share offer for a 15 percent stake, which represents a 20 percent premium to the weighted average market price for the past six months, was approved by Norilsk's board and was valid until 1400 GMT on Sept. 5. Norilsk said that it plans now to make a buyback offer to other shareholders.

Commodities rocked as US economy creates zero jobs

Commodity markets were hit this week by shock news that the United States created no jobs in August, sparking speculation that the world's biggest economy could be heading for a double-dip recession. Analysts said the data bolstered expectations that the US Federal Reserve could soon decide to implement another round of quantitative easing -- dubbed QE3 by traders -- to help breathe new life into the struggling economy.

China's low-cost stainless steel secret

Roughly two-thirds of global nickel production goes to make stainless steel, and China produces and consumes the majority.

Analysis: Russian billionaire sets sights on being PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Billionaire businessman Mikhail Prokhorov is not satisfied with being one of Russia's richest people and its most eligible bachelor. He also wants to be its prime minister. The playboy industrialist has almost no experience in politics

Foes sue to stop mine in U.P.

Traverse City Opponents of a planned nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula have mounted a last-ditch legal effort, asking a judge to put a state-issued permit for the project on hold ahead of initial blasting expected this month. Four

Last-ditch attempt to block start of only US nickel mine

The Columbus Republic reports opponents of a planned nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are asking a judge to put a state-issued permit for the project on hold ahead of initial blasting expected later this month. Four organizations have asked a judge to issue a stay while considering an appeal of the Department of Environmental Quality's 2007 decision to grant Kennecott Eagle Minerals, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, a permit. Kennecott Eagle is targeting an underground ore deposit that would be the only US mine where nickel is the primary mineral generated instead of a byproduct. The mine could yield up to 300 million pounds of nickel and about 200 million pounds of copper.

NUM plans to begin strike at Nkomati Nickel on September 5

Reuters reported that the National Union of Mineworkers plans to begin a strike at African Rainbow Minerals' Nkomati Nickel mine on September 5th 2011. The trade union is striking over wages.

Nickel stockpile orders increase to highest level since April

Bloomberg reported that orders to draw nickel from stockpiles monitored by the London Metal Exchange rose to the highest level since April 2011 on gains in Singapore and Rotterdam.