Nickel: Nickel Mines produces first NPI in Indonesia

Australian company Nickel Mines has produced the first nickel pig iron (NPI) at its 60%-owned Hengjaya nickel project, in the Morowali Industrial Park in Indonesia. The NPI was produced from one of the two rotary kilns that the company is building at the site. Commissioning will be interrupted during the… Read more

Cobalt: Blockchain pilot launch for cleaner and better cobalt

News released by IBM on 16 January stated that a blockchain-based pilot scheme to trace and validate ethically-sourced cobalt had been initiated by car maker Ford Motor Company, in cooperation with cobalt miner and refiner Huayou, battery manufacturer LG Chem, Information Technology provider IBM, and responsible sourcing consultant RCS Global.… Read more

Indium, Gallium, Tungsten: Fanya stocks put up for auction

Indium stocks from the failed Fanya Metal Exchange, which were seized by police in June 2016, were due to be put up for auction this week on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao. The decision to sell stockpiles of indium was made by Kunming Intermediate People’s Court in mid-December, Reuters reported. Roskill… Read more

Cobalt: CMOC increases stake in Tenke

China Molybdenum (CMOC) has agreed to increase its stake in Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM).  For US$1.14Bn, CMOC will acquire BHR Newwood DRC, a holding company set up by Chinese private-equity firm BHR to buy a 24% stake in TFM in 2017. Subject to the deal’s completion, CMOC will have an… Read more

Tin: Aus Tin Mining resumes operation at Granville

Aus Tin Mining has announced the completion of a new tailings storage facility and resumption of processing operations at its Granville Tin Project in Tasmania. The base of the new facility was in the process of being covered by a protective layer of reprocessed tailings early last week. Until the… Read more

Batteries: Tata Chemicals signs MoU for lithium-ion battery raw material recovery

Tata Chemicals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) to develop a ‘collaborative technology for the recovery and purification of cathode and anode active ingredients from spent lithium-ion cells/batteries’. Tata plans to partner with C-MET of Pune, India, to ‘leverage C-MET’s intellectual… Read more

Antimony: SPMP’s Oman Antimony Roaster commissioning delayed

Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP) is developing the Oman Antimony Roaster (OAR) in the Free Zone of the Port of Sohar. After nearing completion of the plant in H2 2018, SPMP has started to produce an intermediate crude antimony trioxide, which is used as feed for the plant’s furnace… Read more