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(NICKEL)
The fundamental reshaping of the nickel supply chain due to developments in the battery sector primarily for electric vehicles offers the potential for Australia to become a front-runner in the global supply of nickel sulphate. ROSS LOUTHEAN reports on the changing scene and the opportunities brought to the fore at the Australian Nickel Conference in Perth.

MARKETING
Yancoal Australia indicates it may defer expansions of its thermal coal production to protect the seaborne global market from supply-demand imbalance and further falls in spot prices.

(ZIMBABWE)
Swift action to ease electricity supply costs and guarantee undisturbed supply highlights the Zimbabwe government’s renewed eagerness to attract international investment in its vast but neglected mineral resources.

After many years, Guinea and Liberia have signed a project-building minerals export route deal through Liberia

A new Australian Govt report urges a joint approach to crank up Australia’s critical minerals supplies to the US during the current trade stoush between China and the US.

While Australia has cut 2019/20 mining/energy exports revenue expectations, it’ll still be a record $282B

Platina Resources looks to the aluminium alloy market for the production of its Australian scandium development after teaming with commodities trader Traxys.

(DEVELOPMENT)
The Australian mining sector and government face significant new challenges in workforce planning strategies, skills and labour mobility initiatives to meet the forecast demand of new project developments through to 2024 – challenges they have consistently failed to meet in past booms.

3 Chinese companies and others are considering a new Brazilian iron ore start-up in a J/V led by Kazakh miner Eurasian Resources

(TECHNOLOGY)
The switch by BHP Iron Ore to ordering 41 Komatsu 930E-5 haul trucks for the autonomous haulage fleet at the largest mining and processing development in the 50-year history of WA’s Pilbara iron ore province, its $US4.6B South Flank development, underlines the rapid progress in autonomous technology systems.

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Mining Billboard

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