Nickel players are basking in some rare market sunshine with depleting stockpiles and a rise in battery metals demand rejuvenating the sector’s explorers and producers.

Investors have punished Northern Star Resources after the gold miner put out a poor quarterly report from its growing Pogo operations in Alaska.

BHP says it will make a final investment decision on its long-delayed $US17 billion ($25 billion) Jansen potash project in Canada by early 2021.

Talison Lithium will inject $4 billion a year into the State’s economy once the newly-opened processing plant in Greenbushes is running at full capacity.

Havilah Resources has announced a $5.46 million capital raising just weeks after knocking back a $100 million investment from GFG Alliance.

The owner of a raft of new nickel sulphide discoveries in central Western Australia has said results to date are sufficient to warrant a level of confidence that the ore body will emerge as a new Australian nickel mine.

Sweden-based Talga will move ahead with economic studies for its new Niska discovery in Sweden having just announced a maiden resource for the part of its wider Vittangi project.

Nickel Institute Brisbane-based Director, Market Development Richard Matheson has called on Australia’s nickel sector to be more vigilant of the emerging market challenges faced by the metal.

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has joined a group of 10 mining, energy and resource companies from Western Australia to take a stand against modern slavery. 

Northern Star has taken control of Echo Resources and appointed directors to the board of its fellow WA gold miner after taking its stake past 50 per cent.

It was the recent completion of early works at Odysseus that helped keep the project on track for planned first nickel concentrate production in early 2023, according to Western Areas Managing Director Dan Lougher.