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BHP steers $100m nickel investment towards electric vehicles

Good morning. 

FTSE 100 miner BHP has announced a major investment in a Tanzanian nickel project, highlighting the surging demand for raw materials needed for the green energy shift.

The company will invest $100m in Kabanga Nickel, a private British company, which is said to be the largest development-ready nickel sulphide deposit in the world.

BHP is aiming for first production in 2025  and is targeting a minimum annual nickel output of 65,000 tonnes, with the mine expected to have a lifespan of at least 30 years.

It marks a major bet on surging demand for electric vehicles, with nickel playing a key role in the development of EV batteries.

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Asian markets fluctuated on Monday after another negative performance on Wall Street as US data showed fewer new jobs than expected were created last month but that wages saw a strong gain. Singapore continued its bright start to the year with another healthy gain while there were also advances in Taipei, Manila and Jakarta, though Sydney, Seoul and Wellington dipped.

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