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Making Green Nickel Real with Blackstone Minerals Limited

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

✦ Scott Williamson, Managing Director of Blackstone Minerals Ltd (ASX:BSX) returns with bold vision to produce Green Nickel

There is much to be gleaned from Blackstone Mineral's Sustainability Report, and Scott Williamson is back to chat with Noel Ong, CEO of Samso about what this means for their Green Nickel story.

Scott Williamson, Managing Director of Blackstone Minerals Ltd, Noel Ong, Samso, featured on Brilliant-Online

Blackstone makes bold statements and the release of their Sustainability Report is taking them a bolder step forward. They have already been telling the market that they are going to produce Green Nickel, and they are going to produce nickel products that adhere to world class ESG standards.

Our vision of sustainability is to produce high-value green nickel sulphate that provides opportunities for the community we operate in.

One cannot help but prick up one's ears on hearing this statement and it is clearly intriguing how they are going to do this. There is no room for second place - one would clearly have to go the whole mile with this.

The bold statement from Mr. Williamson and the Blackstone team is this - Blackstone is looking at Tier 1 standards, world leading practices and total transparency.

What makes Blackstone really stand out here is how they are making sure that the process of completing the Blackstone business in Vietnam is all about the people and the environment. The business will be complete only if there is participation and rewards from and for all stakeholders in the business model.

This is the undeniable, classic Blackstone passion that makes this company well worth looking into and following.

Blackstone's Green NIckel story is going to be about the creation of a totally responsible and sustainable business that is going to reap rewards beyond your typical mining nickel through to production model.

Blackstone Minerals will be at a level that will have a significant barrier to entry for competitors. Their first mover advantage will create a near impossible competitor edge which will be hard to overcome.

A metal use revolution storm is coming. Are you ready for this tsunami that is just brewing outside the shores of the EV Revolution?

Tune in to find out how Blackstone Minerals positions itself in the EV battery market in Vietnam.


00:00 Start

00:20 Introduction

00:59 Scott introduces the Sustainability Report.

02:25 Inspiration for Green Nickel process.

05:26 What was the feedback to understand Green Nickel?

07:13 How has the transparency of the story helped corporately?

10:48 Blockchain of Green Nickel Story.

13:21 How will pricing of Green Nickel work?

14:40 Will mining Green Nickel be cheaper in the future?

16:06 A major problem for No-Emission story.

19:42 Where is the strict No-Emission on the Blackstone Story coming from?

20:58 Are we over doing all this ESG - No Emission story?

22:41 How fast is the transformation to an Electric Mining Fleet?

24:44 Is the capital still favouring Green?

26:15 What are people saying about this report?

29:24 Scott's last words on the Sustainability Report.

30:58 Conclusion


About Scott Williamson

Managing Director

Blackstone Minerals Limited Qualifications: BEng (Mining), BCom, MAusIMM

Scott Williamson is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mining and metals industry. He is skilled in Open Pit and Underground Mining, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Project Planning. A strong business development professional with equity capital markets experience, Scott graduated from West Australian School of Mines and Curtin University of Technology. Scott holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

About Blackstone Minerals Limited

Blackstone Minerals Limited (ASX: BSX) is developing the district-scale Ta Khoa Project in Northern Vietnam where the company is drilling out the large-scale Ban Phuc Nickel-PGE deposit. The Ta Khoa Nickel-PGE Project has existing modern mine infrastructures built to International Standards including a 450ktpa processing plant and permitted mine facilities.

Blackstone Minerals also owns a large landholding at the Gold Bridge project within the BC porphyry belt in British Columbia, Canada with large scale drill targets prospective for high-grade gold-cobalt-copper mineralisation. In Australia, Blackstone Minerals is exploring for nickel and gold in the Eastern Goldfields and gold in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Blackstone Minerals has a board and management team with a proven track record of mineral discovery and corporate success.

The Ta Khoa Nickel-Copper-PGE Project

The Ta Khoa Nickel-Copper-PGE Project is located 160 km west of Hanoi in the Son La Province of Vietnam and includes an existing modern nickel mine built to Australian standards, which is currently under care and maintenance. The Ban Phuc nickel mine successfully operated as a mechanised underground nickel mine from 2013 to 2016. In the Ta Khoa Nickel-Copper-PGE Project, previous project owners invested more than US$136m in capital and generated US$213m in revenue during a 3.5-year period of falling nickel prices. The project was placed into care and maintenance in mid-2016 during some of the lowest nickel prices in the past 10 years.

Existing infrastructure associated with the project includes an internationally-designed 450 ktpa processing plant connected to local hydro grid power with a fully-permitted tailings facility and a modern 250-person camp.

Since commencing maiden drilling in August 2019, Blackstone Minerals has made significant progress at Ta Khoa, drilling over 9,000 m of diamond core in more than 47 holes into the Ban Phuc DSS deposit and the highly prospective King Cobra discovery zone. An initial scoping study evaluating mining and processing options is well advanced, including potential in-country downstream processing to deliver high-value nickel sulfate into Asia’s rapidly expanding electric vehicle (EV) industry. The recently announced MOU with Asia’s largest and the world’s second-largest EV battery cathode manufacturer, Ecopro BM Co Limited represents a significant step towards making this a reality.

Contact Blackstone Minerals Limited


a/ Suite 3, Level 3, 24 Outram Street, West Perth, WA, 6005

t/ + 61 8 9425 5217

f/ +61 8 6500 9982


PO Box 1175, West Perth, WA, 6872

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