Nickel Mining News

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

Nickel surplus to narrow on China’s demand for steel

Bloomberg reports nickel surplus may narrow on increasing stainless-steel demand from China and stalled mining projects have lowered prices.

Norilsk sells 136,400 tonnes of nickel

Post by Krista Smith, Nickel Researcher Reuters Africa reports Norilsk Nickel (LON:MNOD) sold 136,400 tonnes of nickel in the first half of the year at an average price of $25,923 per tonne. The market news is quoted as saying, Sprogis said investor

Anglo American CEO interviewed on half-year results

Anglo American, one of the world's largest miners, today reported strong first half growth with operating profit ahead 40% to $6bn. Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll said that investments made during the downturn would stand them in good stead in the near-term future. "We believe that the fundamentals for the mining industry are very, very strong, and therefore the longer-term outlook is extremely positive." Image by shizhao

Nortec (NVT) announces Letter of Intent for $20.5 million option of the LK Project, Finland

Nortec Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:NVT)(PINK SHEETS:NMNZF)(FRANKFURT:WMQ) has signed a binding Letter of Intent with Otterburn Ventures Inc. (CSNX:OTB). The LOI gives Otterburn the option to earn up to an 80% interest in Nortec's Läntinen Koillismaa project, a 100% owned palladium-platinum–gold–copper-nickel property in north central Finland.

First Point Minerals is making rapid headway in Canada with its work on naturally occurring nickel-iron alloys

What, pray, is a nickel-iron alloy ore? That’s a question that holds no mystery to the management and shareholders of First Point Minerals, which has just identified its first drill-ready nickel-iron alloy target on the Klow project in central British Columbia.

Rebuttal to the ‘Save Palawan’ movement by Nickel Asia

Gerard H. Brimo is the speaker for the next Philippine Mining Luncheon on August 5. 2011. His topic is a Rebuttal to the Save Palawan Movement that is calling on Filipinos to support the 'No to Mining in Palawan'. Brimo is President and CEO of Nickel Asia Corp (NAC) and a member of the Audit Committee of the board.

New $1.5 billion nickel mine can start dumping waste in PNG ocean

Australia's Highlands Pacific and China Metallurgical Group can now power on their $1.5 billion Ramu nickel project in Papua New Guinea after a judge threw out the environmental challenge to the project's planned deep-sea disposal of tailings after an 18-month legal battle. Ramu is situated on Papua New Guinea's north-west coast and is completely built – annual production is estimated at more than 31,000 tonnes of nickel and 3,300 tonnes of cobalt for over 20 years.

Nickel stockpiles should rebound as market shifts to surplus

Bloomberg reports nickel is the only base metal traded on the LME to record a decline in its inventories this year. Refined nickel usage exceeded output by 24,000 metric tons in the first half, according to estimates by Barclays Capital.