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Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 19 sept. 2021, 15:36

Un prospect de Nickel (+Cuivre) dans le Minnesota donne de trés bon résultats de forages.
Talon Metals hits record nickel, copper grades at Tamarack

MINING.COM Staff Writer September 15, 2021

Talon Metals Corp. (TSX: TLO) this week provided an exploration update on its Tamarack nickel-copper-cobalt project in Minnesota, reporting assay results from three additional drill holes in the CGO (coarse grained orthocumulate) West area.

The Tamarack project, located 210 km north of Minneapolis and 89 km west of Duluth, is comprised of the Tamarack North and Tamarack South projects, with approximately 31,000 acres of private land and state leases.

Tamarack is currently the only high-grade development-stage nickel project in the US. ... -tamarack/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 19 sept. 2021, 12:38

suite de ce post du 15 Aout 2020 : ... 5#p2307625

Le projet de mine de Nickel de Araguaia au brésil (le minerai est du Ferro Nickel) devrait pourvoir bientot commencer :
Horizonte secures $146m financing for Araguaia nickel project in Brazil
The financing has been approved by Denmark’s Export Credit Agency (EKF) and Finnvera, Finland’s Export Credit Agency

By NS Energy Staff Writer 13 Sep 2021

Horizonte Minerals has secured approval from two export credit agencies (the ECAs) for $146.2m financing for its Araguaia ferro-nickel project in Brazil.

The financing has been approved by Denmark’s Export Credit Agency (EKF) and Finnvera, Finland’s Export Credit Agency.

It is expected to partly fund construction and development of the Araguaia project, which is 100% owned by Horizonte.

Horizonte CEO, Jeremy Martin said: “The receipt of formal credit and board approvals from two export credit agencies for the guarantee of a large component of the Senior Debt Facility is an outstanding achievement for Horizonte.

“The Senior Debt Facility is set to provide a significant portion of the funding required for construction of the Project.

“We look forward to announcing credit approval from the balance of Senior Lenders during the remainder of the third quarter, as well as further key financing milestones.”

Located south of the Carajás Mining District in the Pará State, north Brazil, Araguaia is said to be a Tier 1 mining project with a high-grade scalable resource.

The feasibility study (FS) outlines an open pit nickel laterite mining operation, with an initial mine life of 28 years.

According to Horizonte, a central rotary kiln electric furnace (RKEF) metallurgical processing facility will receive ore from the mining operation.

The project consists of two main mining centres that include Araguaia Nickel South (ANS) and Araguaia Nickel North (ANN).
Araguaia nickel project reserves
The proven and probable reserves of the Araguaia nickel project were estimated to be 27.29Mt, grading 1.69% Ni, 17.15% Fe, and 4.94Al2O3, as of November 2018.
......... ... in-brazil/

La description de la future mine et le projet : ... ra-brazil/
Araguaia project is a Tier 1 nickel laterite mining project being developed in the state of Pará, Brazil. It is regarded as Brazil’s next major ferronickel mine and one of the biggest undeveloped saprolite nickel projects in the world.

Horizonte Minerals fully owns the tier-1 mining project, which is estimated to have a mine life of 28 years.

Feasibility study (FS) of the ferronickel project was completed in October 2018 and the construction license was granted by the State Environmental Agency (SEMAS) of Para in January 2019.

It is expected to produce 52,000 tonnes (t) of ferronickel, containing 14,500t of high-grade nickel per year, using a single-line rotary kiln electric furnace (RKEF) plant in the first stage. A second RKEF plant is also proposed to expand the production to 29,000tpa in the second stage..

Araguaia nickel project reserves
The proven and probable reserves of the Araguaia nickel project were estimated to be 27.29Mt, grading 1.69% Ni, 17.15% Fe, and 4.94Al2O3, as of November 2018.

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 12 sept. 2021, 11:23

Vale annonce le projet d'une usine de traitement du minerai de Nickel au Sulawezi (en Indonésie). Pour produire un sulfate de Nickel pour les batteries.

Vale Indonesia eyes 2026 completion for nickel HPAL plant

Reuters | September 8, 2021

Indonesian nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia said it aims to start construction at its Pomalaa project next year to produce material used in batteries for electric vehicles, executives said on Wednesday.

Vale is currently amending its environmental impact study for the project and hopes to secure necessary permits for construction to start next year, Adriansyah Chaniago, its deputy chief executive, told a virtual media briefing.

“An HPAL takes a while to build. We plan for mechanical completion in 2026,” said chief financial officer Bernardus Irmanto, referring to high pressure acid leach process of extracting chemicals from nickel ore.

The plant in Pomalaa, in Southeast Sulawesi province, is expected to produce 40,000 tonnes of mixed sulphide precipitate, a component for EV batteries, he added.

Vale is also studying the prospect of mining limonite, which is found among its reserves and could be used in production of EVs, added chief executive Febriany Eddy. ... pal-plant/

HPAL = high-pressure acid leach

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 02 août 2021, 08:53

Sibanye-Stillwater to acquire Eramet’s Sandouville nickel processing facility in France


In its second acquisition in the battery metals space in six months, Sibanye-Stillwater (NYSE: SBSW), one of the world’s largest primary producers of platinum, palladium and rhodium and its third-largest gold producer on a gold-equivalent basis, is buying 100% of Eramet SA’s Sandouville nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility in Normandy, France, in a deal valued at €65 million ($96 million).

The Sandouville facility includes a hydrometallurgical nickel refinery with a production capacity of 12,000 tonnes a year of high-purity nickel metal, 4,000 tonnes a year of high-purity nickel salts and solutions, and about 600 tonnes a year of cobalt chloride.

Sandouville is “situated in the industrial heart of Europe at Le Havre, France’s second-largest industrial port,” and the facility, zoned for heavy industrial purposes, “is scaleable for nickel, cobalt and lithium battery grade products,” the company stated in a press release.

The company said the acquisition is a “low-risk entry into the nickel beneficiation business,” and noted that during its due diligence process it completed a scoping study on upgrading the facility “to target specific nickel battery metal products”. ... 003833245/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 25 juil. 2021, 10:31

BHP et Tesla ont signé un accord pour la fourniture de Nickel à Tesla.
BHP enters into nickel supply agreement with Tesla

Published by Will Owen, Deputy Editor Global Mining Review, Friday, 23 July 2021 10:00

BHP has announced the signing of a nickel supply agreement with one of the world’s leading sustainable energy companies, Tesla Inc.

BHP will supply Tesla Inc. with nickel from its Nickel West asset in Western Australia, one of the most sustainable and lowest carbon emission nickel producers in the world.

Tesla Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and battery storage systems with a mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, and nickel is a key metal used to manufacture Tesla Inc.’s battery technology.

Vandita Pant, BHP Chief Commercial Officer, comments:

“Demand for nickel in batteries is estimated to grow by over 500% over the next decade, in large part to support the world’s rising demand for electric vehicles.

“We are delighted to sign this agreement with Tesla Inc., and to collaborate with them on ways to make the battery supply chain more sustainable through our shared focus on technology and innovation.”

In addition to the supply agreement, BHP and Tesla Inc. will collaborate on ways to make the battery supply chain more sustainable, with a focus on end-to-end raw material traceability using blockchain; technical exchange for battery raw materials production; and promotion of the importance of sustainability in the resources sector, including identifying partners who are most aligned with BHP and Tesla Inc.’s principles and battery value chains.

BHP will also collaborate with Tesla Inc. on energy storage solutions to identify opportunities to lower carbon emissions in their respective operations through increased use of renewable energy paired with battery storage.

Edgar Basto, BHP Minerals Australia President, comments:

“BHP produces some of the lowest carbon intensity nickel in the world, and we are on the pathway to net zero at our operations. Sustainable, reliable production of quality nickel will be essential to meeting demand from sustainable energy producers like Tesla Inc.

“The investments we have made in our assets and our pursuit of commodities like nickel will help support global decarbonisation and position us to generate long-term value for our business.” ... ith-tesla/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 18 juil. 2021, 11:26

suite de ce post du 31 mai 2020 ... 0#p2304600

Canada Nickel Company à déposé une première analyse économique ''preliminary economic assessment ''.
Un tel projet pourrait devenir la plus grande mine de Nickel du Canada, devant la mine de Voisey's Bay dont j' ai déjà parlé plus haut.

Il ya aussi du fer et du Chrome associé.
Bigger than Voisey’s: Canada Nickel files PEA for Crawford mine in Ontario

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 12, 2021

Crawford nickel-cobalt project in Ontario. Image from Canada Nickel Company.

Canada Nickel Company (TSX-V: CNC) announced on Monday it had filed a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Crawford nickel sulphide project in Ontario, almost a year after exploration drilling began at the asset.

The PEA envisions a conventional open pit mine and mill that will produce both nickel and magnetite concentrates over a mine life of 25 years. The operation is set to generate 2.05 tonnes of carbon dioxide per tonne of nickel-equivalent production in the period — 93% lower than the industry average of 29 tonnes of CO2.

The study includes a downstream processing concept, which sees a third party building a stainless steel plant, likely in Timmins, which would be fed by Crawford’s high-grade product.

Over the 25-year mine life Crawford is expected to produce 842,000 tonnes of nickel, 21 million tonnes of iron and 1.5 million tonnes of chrome valued at C$24 billion ($19bn) using long-term price assumptions. Annual average nickel production of 75 million pounds (34,000 tonnes) with peak period annual average of 93 million pounds (42,000 tonnes), with significant iron and chrome by-products of 860,000 tonnes per annum and 59,000 tonnes per annum, respectively.

“We’re talking district-scale potential that would make this the largest base metal mine in Canada once it’s ramped up,” chairman and chief executive Mark Selby said in a May interview. “We’d be the largest single nickel sulphide mine in the world outside Russia. We’ll be bigger than [Vale’s] Voisey’s Bay. This is a pretty significant project.”

Canada Nickel already has a deal with Glencore (LON: GLEN) to potentially use the miner and commodities trader’s Kidd concentrator and metallurgical site in Timmins.

Crawford will be powered by zero-carbon electricity and use trolley trucks and electric rope shovels as part of the company’s efforts to minimize its carbon footprint through reduced diesel consumption.

Being a zero-emissions nickel producer would potentially put the company on Tesla’s radar. The co-founder and CEO of the electric vehicles maker, Elon Musk, offered last year a “giant contract for a long period of time” to any firm able to extract the battery metal in an efficient, environmentally sustainable manner.

Analysts and industry actors alike expect the market for battery-grade nickel to be in a tight balance in the next two to three years as demand from lithium-ion battery producers picks up. ... ckel-mine/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 11 juil. 2021, 15:18

Je l' avais pas vu venir ce projet aux USA. Le projet de mine de Cobalt Idaho Cobalt qui appartient à l' Australien Jervois va étre lancé aprés le succés d'une levée de fond (bond issue ) de 100 millions de dollars.
Première production dans 12 mois.
Jervois gets nod for Idaho project development

Reuters | July 6, 2021

Idaho Cobalt is Jervois’ flagship project. (Image: Jervois Mining.)

Australia’s Jervois Mining Ltd said on Tuesday its board had approved the final construction and development of its cobalt operations in the US state of Idaho, with the first production expected in mid-2022.

Cobalt is all the rage of late due to its use as a key ingredient in electric vehicles (EVs) and demand for the metal has seen a sharp uptick with rising EV sales and use in batteries.

The approval follows a $100 million bond issue by Jervois on Monday to fund the Idaho project and bring it to production.

Final construction of the project, which the company acquired in 2019, is scheduled to deliver its first ore to an operational mill in July 2022.

The company said it continues to engage with the US government over the “geopolitical and economic importance” of the Idaho facility and further funding support. ... velopment/

Le projet :
The Idaho cobalt project (ICP) is being constructed approximately 40km towards the west of Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, US. Located in East Central Idaho in the historic Idaho Cobalt Belt, ICP is the only environmentally permitted primary cobalt project nearing production in the US.

The preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the ICP was completed in March 2015, while the feasibility study (FS) was completed in September 2017. Commercial production is anticipated to start in the first half of 2020.

The underground mine is expected to produce 31.77 million pounds (Mlb) of cobalt, 42.82Mlb of copper and 39,241oz of gold over its mine life of 12.5 years.
The Ram deposit of the ICP is estimated to contain 3.66Mt of proven and probable reserves grading 0.47% cobalt, 0.68% copper, and 0.016oz of gold. It is estimated to contain 34.5Mlb of cobalt, 49.76Mlb of copper and 53,286oz of gold.
. ... %20More%20

sur le site de Jervois : ... perations/
Ils indiquent seulement 7 ans de production de façon certaine :
The BFS is based on extracting 2.5M metric tonnes of ore at an average grade of 0.55% Co, 0.80% Cu and 0.64 g/t Au. Initial mine life within the BFS is 7 years, as Jervois sought to maximise initial operating margins, economics and IRR’s. Once underground access has been established and drilling can occur more cost effectively than from surface, unconstrained by seasonality, Jervois has confidence that further resource will be converted to mine reserves (only 60% of the Measured and Indicated Resource has been included in the mining reserve at this time, and none of the Inferred Resource). In addition to known mineralisation, there exists significant potential for additional tonnes along strike and at depth.
Operating costs will be extremely competitive (US$7.45/lb of payable cobalt after by-product credits), with the mine being the first and only United States supplier of ethically sourced cobalt units into the North American market.

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 04 juil. 2021, 16:44

Sumitomo Metal sees global nickel demand for battery use to rise 18% in 2021

Reuters | June 29, 2021

Global demand of nickel used in batteries is expected to rise 18% this year from 2020, backed by strong sales of electric-vehicles (EVs) in China, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Japan’s biggest nickel smelter, said on Tuesday.

Sumitomo Metal, which supplies cathode materials for Panasonic lithium-ion batteries that are used in Tesla EVs, said demand of nickel used in rechargeable batteries will increase to 228,000 tonnes in 2021 from 193,000 tonnes in 2020.

Nickel is mainly used in stainless steelmaking, but is also a vital ingredient for the lithium-ion batteries used to power EVs, where demand is set to accelerate over coming years.

“Sales of EVs are growing very fast, especially in China, despite the covid-19 pandemic,” Yusuke Niwa, general manager of Sumitomo Metal’s nickel sales and raw materials department, told reporters.

“The recent drawdown in LME’s nickel stocks is seen to reflect rising demand for the metal used in batteries,” he said, pointing to a drop by more than 30,000 tonnes over the past two months.

The company also predicted that a global nickel market surplus will narrow to 58,000 tonnes this year from 132,000 tonnes in 2020 as robust demand from the stainless steel sector will offset higher output of nickel pig iron (NPI) in Indonesia.

Global demand for nickel is seen increasing by 9.2% in 2021 to 2.58 million tonnes, while supply is expected to climb by 5.8% to 2.638 million tonnes.

During the first four months of the year, the global nickel market saw a deficit of 34,900 tonnes, the International Nickel Study Group said.

“But we expect a surplus later this year as more projects for NPI production in Indonesia will start up,” Niwa said.

Japan’s demand for nickel is projected to rise 15.7% to 167,400 tonnes, while supply is forecast to fall 2.4% to 165,800 tonnes. ... 8-in-2021/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 04 juil. 2021, 11:39

VALE va investir 121 millions de dollars pour prolonger la durée de vie de la mine de Nickel de Thompson au Canada.
Vale to invest $122m to extend life of Thompson Nickel mine in Canada

By NS Energy Staff Writer 30 Jun 2021

Brazilian mining company Vale has announced a CAD150m ($121m) investment to extend its nickel mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba, by 10 years.

The investment will be made in the expansion of the Thompson mine, where the orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale. Mining of the orebody commenced in 1961.

Vale expects the mining activities in the region to run beyond 2040, through an aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies.

The company plans to invest in the first phase of the Thompson mine expansion, which is a two-phase project.

Vale base metals executive vice-president Mark Travers said: “This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades.

“It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand.”

The first phase of the Thompson mine expansion will include critical infrastructure including new ventilation raises and fans, increasing backfill capacity and distribution of additional power.

The investment is expected to improve the production by 30%.

Vale North Atlantic base metals operations chief operating officer Dino Otranto said: “This $150M investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.” ... in-canada/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 27 juin 2021, 11:17

Prospect de Nickel - Cuivre et Cobalt en Finlande. Programme de forages exploratoires en cours. C'est le projet Hautalampi .
Resource estimate for Hautalampi Co-Ni-Cu project shoots up

MINING.COM Staff Writer | June 22, 2021

A recent resource estimate released for the Hautalampi cobalt-nickel-copper project in Finland shows that the total tonnage in the measured, indicated and inferred resource categories increased approximately 100%, while contained metal approximately 50% in the mine lease area.

Located near the eastern town of Outokumpu, Huatalampi is owned by private Finnish company FinnCobalt, which has signed a farm-in agreement with Sweden’s Eurobattery Minerals AB. As part of the deal, the latter has agreed to finance the development of the project and subsequently earns the right to purchase all FinnCobalt Oy shares.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this now completed JORC-compliant mineral resource estimate of the Hautalampi project,” Roberto García, CEO of Eurobattery Minerals, said in a media statement. “Compared to earlier, historical resource estimates from the area, we can observe that the total resource tonnage has doubled and contained metal tonnes increased some 50%.”

This maiden mineral resources estimate includes the newly estimated Hautalampi area and its northeastern extension known as the Mökkivaara deposit area, which was the target of the year 2020 core drilling campaign. It is also based on a database containing ca. 82,000 meters, 457 holes of core drilling including 3,768 meters, 29 holes which were drilled during 2020.

In the measured category, the resource has been estimated at 2,582,000 tonnes, grading 0.38% nickel, 0.28% copper, and 0.08% cobalt. In the indicated category, the estimation is at 2,701,000 tonnes grading 0.31% nickel, 0.20% copper, and 0.08% cobalt. Contained metals have been estimated at 18,289 tonnes of nickel, 12,783 tonnes of copper and 4337 tonnes of cobalt.

“We have a plan for an additional core drilling campaign in the next months to close the gap between Hautalampi and Mökkivaara resource area,” García said. “We believe that with this additional drilling the tonnage will also increase in the future. The next step will be to use this robust resource base for the technical and economical evaluations of the project viability.”

The executive pointed out that his company’s goal is to help Europe become self-sufficient in ethical battery minerals. ... shoots-up/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 20 juin 2021, 10:39

suite de ce post du 17 juin 2018 : ... 9#p2269949

Vale avait annoncé en Juin 2018 l' extension de la mine de Voisey's Bay au Labrador, il annonce maintenant la sortie du premier minerai de cette extension.
Vale announces first ore at Voisey’s Bay mine extension

17 June 2017


Vale has achieved first ore production at the Voisey’s Bay mine extension. Home to one of the largest nickel deposits in the world, Voisey’s Bay has been producing nickel from an open-pit operation since 2005. The transition to underground involves the development of two underground mines.

Reid Brook and Eastern Deeps are extending the life of Vale’s Labrador operations and achieving production of 40,000 tons of nickel in concentrate at a peak annual production rate of 2.6 million tonnes by 2025, with about 20,000 tonnes copper and 2,600 tonnes of cobalt as by-products. The project is 65% complete, with executed capital expenditures of $1.26bn and Eastern Deeps start-up is expected for 2022.

Voisey’s Bay is recognised as the safest mine in Canada
“Our Voisey’s Bay operations, and indeed our entire operating footprint in Newfoundland and Labrador, represent an incredible story of Indigenous participation, economic capacity building, environmental responsibility and safety performance,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale.

Voisey’s Bay Mine is a multiple winner of the John T. Ryan Award recognising the safest mine performance in Canada – receiving the honor again in 2021. Faced with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, the Mine Expansion Project followed suit, reaching first ore production with zero lost time injuries since construction began in 2018.


Indigenous workers are key to Vale’s success

Indigenous participation is a hallmark of the Voisey’s Bay operation, enjoying a collaborative relationship with its Indigenous partners, Innu Nation & Nunatsiavut Government, on whose traditional lands the Voisey’s Bay Complex is located.

Since the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project began in 2018, Innu and Nunatsiavut Inuit employment has more than doubled to approximately 500 employees and 65% of all procurement contracts for the project were awarded to Indigenous-owned businesses. The ability to mine and process ore from underground will continue to generate local employment, procurement, capacity-building and shared benefit for many years to come.

Nickel, Copper & Cobalt
Ore produced at Voisey’s Bay is processed at Vale’s Long Harbour, one of the world’s lowest emission nickel processing plants. The sustainably-produced, responsibly sourced nickel, copper and cobalt products will help meet future customer demand in the electric vehicle and clean energy space as industry seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower carbon footprints.

The production of first ore production at Voisey’s Bay represents Vale’s commitment to the continued delivery of quality, predictable and responsibly sourced material to market with safety, capacity-building and Indigenous participation at the forefront. ... -extension

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 13 juin 2021, 10:13

suite de ce post du 26 juillet 2020 ... 8#p2307118

Prospect de Nickel au Canada à vendre pour 1 milliard de dollars
Waterton seeks up to $1 billion for Dumont nickel mine

Bloomberg News | June 10, 2021

Waterton Global Resource Management Inc. has hired advisers to sell its Dumont nickel project in Quebec, seeking to capitalize on demand for the resource as automakers make plans to build more electric vehicles, according to people familiar with the matter.

The project, which is located about 300 miles northwest of Ottawa, could fetch as much as $1 billion in a sale, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has been hired to run the process, the people said. ... ckel-mine/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 06 juin 2021, 11:33

La plus grosse découverte de Nickel au Canada depuis Voisey's bay au Canada (post au dessus) est le projet sur Eagle’s Nest de la société Canadienne Noront Resources.

L'australien Wyloo Metals qui posséde déjà 23% des parts du projets veut acquérir la totalité des parts pour prendre le contrôle total.
Wyloo Metals, a unit of Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Tattarang investment group, plans an unsolicited bid for the remaining shares of the Canadian miner valuing Noront at C$133 million ($110 million), or C$0.315 per share. Wyloo is Noront’s top shareholder, with a 23% stake as of December.

At stake is the future of Noront’s early-stage Eagle’s Nest deposit, billed by Wyloo as the largest high-grade nickel discovery in Canada since the Voisey’s Bay nickel find in the eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador, with an initial mine life of 11 years.
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Image ... r-ontario/

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 06 juin 2021, 11:13

suite de ce post du 17 juin 2018 ... 9#p2269949

Production 2019 de la mine polymétallique de Voisey's bay au Canada
The Voisey’s Bay nickel mine produced approximately 35.400 tonnes (t) of nickel, 25,000t of copper, and 1,600t of cobalt in concentrate in 2019.

The mine was placed under care and maintenance due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Vale, in June 2020, however, announced to resume operations at Voisey's Bay in July 2020 and reach full capacity in August 2020.

The Voisey’s Bay underground project is expected to produce up to 45,000t of nickel, 20,000t of copper, and 2,600t of cobalt a year.

The Voisey’s Bay nickel mine is situated on the coast of Labrador in the Newfound and Labrador Province of Canada.
The Voisey’s Bay nickel mine was estimated to hold approximately 28.9 million tonnes (Mt) of proven and probable ore reserves grading 2.11% nickel, 0.92% copper, and 0.13% cobalt.
................. ... %27s%20Bay.

Re: Nickel

par energy_isere » 05 juin 2021, 09:06

Le marché du nickel sera excédentaire de plus de 100 000 tonnes en 2022 (Norilsk Nickel)

Agence Ecofin 2 juin 2021

Il y a quelques mois, le cours du nickel a fortement augmenté alors que les acteurs du marché craignaient une pénurie. La tendance a changé en mars dernier quand une entreprise chinoise a émis l’idée de transformer le nickel initialement destiné à l’acier inoxydable pour l’adapter aux batteries.

Dans une nouvelle édition de son rapport Quintessentially Nickel publiée fin mai, l’entreprise russe Norilsk Nickel a mis à jour ses prévisions pour le marché. Elle prévoit un excédent de 52 000 tonnes en 2021, en baisse par rapport à sa précédente estimation de 90 000 tonnes. Toutefois, cet écart devrait grandir à nouveau en 2022 pour dépasser les 100 000 tonnes.

Premier producteur mondial de nickel raffiné, Norilsk a expliqué qu’en 2021 la reprise post-Covid de la demande de nickel primaire sera compensée par l’extension massive des capacités de production en Indonésie. En 2022, d’autres extensions entraineront une nouvelle hausse de l’excédent. Cependant, une croissance accélérée du secteur des batteries pourrait atténuer cette prévision.

Ce nouveau rapport intervient alors que le prix du nickel a connu en mars dernier une chute sévère, perdant plus de 4 000 dollars, sa plus forte baisse depuis 2011. Il avait atteint plus tôt un sommet de 20 000 dollars, alors que prévalait un risque de pénurie avec une demande en hausse et la production qui suivait le chemin inverse. Le cours a chuté après que le chinois Tsingshan, un leader du marché de l’acier inoxydable (qui compte pour le tiers de la demande mondiale de nickel), a annoncé vouloir produire du nickel de qualité batterie à partir de minerai de latérite et de fonte de nickel à bas coût.

L’équilibre futur du marché du nickel dépendra du rythme auquel avancera la transition énergétique, du secteur des batteries, du succès des lancements de nouvelles unités de production, mais aussi de la réussite ou non des plans du conglomérat chinois Tsingshan. Pour l’Afrique, représenté sur le marché par l’Afrique du Sud et Madagascar (10e et 13e producteurs mondiaux), l’objectif devrait toutefois rester le même : augmenter les capacités de production pour mieux se positionner. La nation arc-en-ciel et la Grande île doivent continuer d’œuvrer pour exploiter pleinement les ressources en nickel de leur sous-sol, car la tendance pourrait rapidement changer. Le nickel reste un métal d’avenir et avec de nouveaux projets à plus petite échelle, d’autres pays comme le Zimbabwe, la Tanzanie, la RDC ou encore la Zambie peuvent également jouer un rôle dans le futur. ... lsk-nickel