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PGM PROJECTS: DNR sends 'totally wrong signal' on access to secret copper mining study

  • Date: 20-06-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has fumbled away an opportunity to free up the sweeping study kept secret by the Trump administration of copper mining's risks to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness watershed. The misstep undermines the strong message from state officials last November that they "expect to have access" to the research kept under wraps now for almost two years. At issue is a June 9 decision by the DNR to authorize temporary access to 680 acres of state land to Twin Metals Minnesota. Owned by Chilean mining giant Antofagasta, it is one of several companies aiming to eventually mine the rich deposits of copper, nickel and other precious metals in northeast Minnesota.

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NORNICKEL: Nornickel plans to build fish farm to restore fish population after fuel spill

  • Date: 19-06-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: TASS

KRASNOYARSK, June 19. /TASS/. The Norilsk Nickel Company (Nornickel) will restore the fish population and will open a fish farm in northern Krasnoyarsk Region following the fuel spill at Norilsk’s thermal power plant in May, the company wrote on its Telegram channel.

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ACQUISITION: BHP agrees to buy new Norilsk’s nickel tenements in Western Australia

  • Date: 19-06-20
  • Category: ACQUISITIONS
  • Source: Mining Technology

Multinational commodities giant BHP has signed a deal with Norilsk Nickel Australian Holdings’ subsidiary MPI Nickel to acquire the Honeymoon Well nickel project in Western Australia (WA).

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SOUTH AFRICA: Lesetlheng Community buries hatchet with Pilanesburg Platinum

  • Date: 19-06-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Review

Since 2012, when Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM) acquired mining rights over the farm Wilgespruit, the Lesetlheng Land Committee (LLC) has engaged in a longstanding dispute and many court battles with the mine.

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AUTO SALES: Volkswagen : European Car Makers Find Glut of Unsold Vehicles

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Market Screener

BERLIN -- After reopening factories and sorting out supply chains, Europe's car makers are facing a new problem related to the coronavirus pandemic: a glut of unsold cars.

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AUTO SALES: European Car Sales Show First Signs of Recovery

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

European car sales showed first signs of a tepid recovery in May as showrooms reopened after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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BATTERIES: EV battery boom dims, for now

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

Three decades of advances took lithium ion batteries from powering handheld Sony camcorders to propelling Tesla’s popular electric vehicles. The rapid rise is facing a major test in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PGM PRODUCERS: S.Africa's Amplats targets mines at 75-80% capacity by end-year

JOHANNESBURG — Anglo American Platinum expects to bring its mining production back up to 75% to 80% of capacity by the end of this year as South African mines recover from a forced COVID-19 shutdown, CEO Natascha Viljoen said on Thursday.

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