Saudi Arabia Makes First Big Move in Mining with Vale Nickel and Copper Deal

Saudi Arabia made its first big move into the global mining industry by purchasing from Brazilian mining giant Vale 3% of its nickel and copper business in two separate deals totaling $3.4B. This also gives the Kingdom a shift of its oil assets into energy transition assets. Vale made the announcement after releasing details of its second quarter profits. Vale said the deal’s proceeds will help finance as much as $30 billion of investments over the next decade to tap … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia Makes First Big Move in Mining with Vale Nickel and Copper Deal”

New Twist in Gupta $590 Billion Nickel Fraud, Reuben Brothers Sue Trafigura

The Saga whereby Trafigura Group was defrauded by around $590 million has taken another twist. Bloomberg reports, citing documents, that Trafigura one of the largest commodity traders in the world is being sued by the Reuben brothers alleging that the fraud didn’t just involve thousands of tons of missing nickel, but also counterfeit shipping documents. Hyphen Trading Ltd., owned by the Reuben brothers accuses a Singapore freight forwarding company of being involved and raises questions about Trafigura’s own actions, saying … Continue reading “New Twist in Gupta $590 Billion Nickel Fraud, Reuben Brothers Sue Trafigura”

Forrest’s Nickel Battle with BHP Heats Up with Mincor Resources Bid

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest launched an AUD$760 million takeover bid for Mincor Resources, 35 per cent above Mincor’s closing price on Monday. The Mincor share price has fallen 49 per cent over the past 12 months. Forrest is using his privately owned Wyloo Metals, which already owns 19.99 per cent of Mincor. Mincor is a key supplier to BHP’s reborn Nickel West division. The lower impurity Mincor ore seen as an important part of the BHP nickel blend. Forrest … Continue reading “Forrest’s Nickel Battle with BHP Heats Up with Mincor Resources Bid”

Trafigura May Have Been Fleeced for $577 Million in Nickel Fraud

Trafigura Group, one of the largest commodity traders in the world may have been defrauded as much $577 million in a fraud involving nickel and companies it believed were controlled by the metal’s trader Prateek Gupta. Nickel was party to a violent short squeeze last March when LME suspended nickel trading after Nickel prices roughly doubled to all-time highs up 500% in a day. Nickel soared over $100,000 a ton to an all-time high on the London Metal Exchange when … Continue reading “Trafigura May Have Been Fleeced for $577 Million in Nickel Fraud”

Australian Metal Exports Central to Global Energy Transition Set to Double to $33 Billion

Australia already the world’s number one exporter in iron ore, natural gas and coal is set to see its metal exports essential to the global energy transition from fossil fuels double in just over a year to $33 billion. These metals include copper, nickel and lithium. The venerable Resources and Energy Quarterly from the Australian Office of the Chief Economist’s outlook for global commodity prices, demand and supply sees a dramatic surge in Australian exports critical to energy transition.  Australia’s resource … Continue reading “Australian Metal Exports Central to Global Energy Transition Set to Double to $33 Billion”

GM Secures Nickel and Cobalt for New EVs with Queensland Pacific Metals Investment

Auto giant GM on Tuesday announced a new strategic collaborative agreement to secure a source of nickel and cobalt with Australian company Queensland Pacific Metals. The deal secures a source of nickel and cobalt for the production of new GM Ultium batteries. GM’s goal is reaching 1 million units of EV production capacity in North America by mid-decade. $GM says the raw materials will be used in building a broad range of all-electric vehicles, including the Chevy Silverado EV, GMC … Continue reading “GM Secures Nickel and Cobalt for New EVs with Queensland Pacific Metals Investment”

Nickel Soars 500% on Chinese Bank Short Squeeze, Trading Suspended

LME suspended nickel trading for at least the remainder of the day Tuesday after Nickel prices roughly doubled to all-time highs Tuesday, up 500% from Friday. Nickel soared over $100,000 a ton to an all-time high on the London Metal Exchange when prices surged around $40,000 in just one hour. The move came from a short squeeze with a major Chinese bank where a unit of China Construction Bank Corp. extra time to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue reading “Nickel Soars 500% on Chinese Bank Short Squeeze, Trading Suspended”

Australian Mines Record Cobalt and Nickel Exports

Mining company Australian Mines will export 40kg of battery-grade nickel sulphate and 4kg of battery-grade cobalt sulphate to Korean partner SK Innovation. This is an Australian record for the export shipment of each ore putting Australia in pole position for electric vehicles..