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Madagascar to raise minerals taxes, take 20% stake in mining projects

Mining royalties would rise to 8% from 2% for raw…

Indonesia revises down outlook for nickel smelter capacity by 2022

Indonesia expects to have 29 nickel smelters operating by 2022,…

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Hungry for more acquisitions, Minmetals turns to nickel

Minmetals is not finished acquiring companies to add to its stable of base metal mines, according to Bloomberg. The state-run Chinese miner, with operations in Australia and Laos, a month ago snapped up Anvil Mining for $1.3 billion, thus expanding its reach into Africa. Anvil’s key asset is the Kinsevere mine, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bloomberg reports the firm is planning more takeovers because it needs to extend the life of its mines and boost valuations. Minmetals' stock is undervalued compared to other comparable raw materials producers and consummating more deals would help raise its valuation, says the story, quoting a manager at First Asset Investment Management Inc.:

Anglo American discovers huge nickel deposit in protected Finnish bog

Anglo American (LON:AAL) has discovered what could be Europe's largest nickel deposit in a bog in Finnish Lapland. Helsingin Sanomat reports exploration drilling by the British-American mining giant has found samples of ore containing 4% nickel in the Viiankiaapa mire area north of Sodankylä. That compares to 0.4% nickel in the nearby Kevitsa deposit being developed by First Quantum Minerals (TSE:FM), which has spent about 300 million euros constructing a new copper-nickel mine. The news site says Anglo American plans to double the number of drill holes to chart the width and depth of the deposit. The ore body is believed to extend to the surface and measure one kilometre long by half a kilometre wide.

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Royal Nickel planning to build $1.1 billion nickel mine

Royal Nickel (TSE:RNX) plans to advance its Dumont Nickel project, which is estimated to generate $1.1 billion after tax NPV, after receiving a prositive pre-feasibility study. The company, which made the announcement on Tuesday, expects production to start in 2015. On Wednesday afternoon Royal Nickel's stock was down 1.27% to 78 cents a share. The company says there will be a staged development so it can lower cost and risk. Initial capital expenditure of $1.1 billion for 50 ktpd operation is planned.

Australia’s Kagara gives Lounge Lizard nickel mine the heave-ho

Australian copper and zinc miner Kagara Ltd. (ASX:KZL) is selling its Lounge Lizard nickel mine. "Kagara and its adviser Goldman Sachs & Partners Australia have commenced discussions with potential purchasers of Kagara’s nickel assets. Kagara expects to finalise the sale process during the first quarter of 2012," Kagara said in a statement on Monday. Reuters reported that Kagara's mining partner, Western Areas, is not interested.

Platinum brain device is top 10 medical breakthrough for 2012

A new minimally-invasive procedure that can safely and effectively treat brain aneurysms without open surgery by implanting an FDA-approved device consisting of a flexible braided mesh tube made of platinum and nickel-cobalt chromium alloy directly into the artery has been chosen by research facility Cleveland Clinic as one of the top 10 medical innovations for 2012. The 90-year old multispecialty academic medical center which has pioneered among others coronary artery bypass surgery and performed the US's first face transplant also included a new Concussion Management System for Athletes, Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Reduce Disease Threat and Wearable Robotic Devices in the top 10.

Investors applaud Sherritt’s pace building world’s biggest nickel mine, stock jumps 10%

Canada's number one coal producer and world-leading nickel miner, Sherritt jumped 10.2% on Wednesday after reporting a doubling of quarterly net earnings and good progress at its massive Ambatovy project in Madagascar. Sherritt will start production at Ambatovy in the first quarter of next year. The company has already spent more than 90% of the planned $5.5 billion to build what will be the world's biggest nickel mine with the capacity to produce 60,000 tonnes of nickel and 5,600 of cobalt a year. Sherritt and its Asian partners have made the largest investment in the island's history and will make nickel the country's number one export for the next 27 years.

Mining ripping away chunks of Great Wall in rural areas

One of the Seven Great Wonders of the World is being threatened by mining. Reuters reports that legal and illegal mines operating below the Great Wall of China are tearing chunks of the wall away and allowing the historic landmark to crumble: About 200 km (124 miles) southwest of Beijing, in rural Laiyuan county in Hebei province, dozens of small mines are threatening the stability of the centuries-old wall as prospectors dig for copper, iron, molybdenum and nickel, state news agency Xinhua reported. Some mines have excavated within 100 meters of the wall.

Wallbridge Mining commissions the Broken Hammer feasibility study

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) ("Wallbridge" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has retained the services of Wardrop, A Tetra Tech Company ("Tetra Tech") and AMEC, two large multi-disciplinary engineering companies to complete the required studies for the development of its Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury, Ontario. Tetra Tech will complete the Pre-Feasibility study ("PFS") and the subsequent Feasibility Study ("FS"). AMEC will complete the Environmental and permitting requirements. "The successful delivery of the bulk sample and its expected results have brought this project to the next phases of development namely Pre-Feasibility, Feasibility, and permitting."