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NICKEL: Tesla to become adviser on nickel project in bid to secure key metal

  • Date: 05-03-21
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Financial Times

Tesla has agreed to buy nickel from a mine in New Caledonia in a move to secure its supply of the battery metal, which its chief executive Elon Musk has called the group’s “biggest concern.” The electric-car maker will become a technical adviser at the Goro mine on the Pacific island and also get long-term supplies of nickel from the project as part of an agreement with the New Caledonian government, according to a person directly familiar with the matter.

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PGM PROJECTS: ARM board approves R5.7-billion Merensky project at Two Rivers mine

  • Date: 03-03-21
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG ( – The board of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has approved the Merensky reef project at the Two Rivers platinum group metals (PGMs) mine, ARM CEO Mike Schmidt said on Wednesday after the company reported record financial results.

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FUEL EFFICIENCY: Plug-in hybrid cars use more fuel than official figures claim

Popular plug-in hybrid cars are on average 61% less fuel-efficient than manufacturers claim, new Which? tests reveal, and motorists could be paying on average £400 more a year in fuel costs. Plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs) could prove a tempting alternative if you can’t yet make the leap to an electric car, particularly as many claim to offer incredible three-figure mpg returns and get around the range anxiety of an all-electric model.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volvo Cars to Go Electric-Only And Shift Sales Online From 2030

Volvo Cars set an ambitious goal to only sell battery cars by 2030, accelerating its plans after sales of electric vehicles surged.

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PGM PROJECTS: Minnesota court hands victory to PolyMet copper-nickel project

The Minnesota Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of the Clean Air Act permit issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, overturning an order by the state Court of Appeals that had remanded the permit back to the agency, PolyMet Mining (TSX: POM) (NYSE: PLM) announced Wednesday.

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COBALT: Anglo Pacific buys $205m Voisey’s Bay cobalt stream

  • Date: 24-02-21
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Royalty and streaming company Anglo Pacific on Wednesday announced the $205-million acquisition of a holding company that owns a 70% net interest in a stream on cobalt production from the Voisey's Bay mine, in Canada, progressing its ambition to focus on commodities that support a more sustainable world.

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HYDROGEN: Work begins on underground hydrogen storage project in Germany

  • Date: 23-02-21
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: PV Magazine

German energy provider EWE wants to set up a test cavern with a capacity of 500 cubic meters at a depth of 1,000 meters. It is scheduled to go into operation in spring 2022.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo Platinum Targets Higher Output as It Modernizes Operations

Anglo American Platinum Ltd. plans to increase its mine output by about a fifth over the coming decade, while seeking to stimulate demand for the platinum-group metals it produces.

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