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Michael McCrae

Michael McCrae

Mining Audiences and Data Intelligence Manager

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Michael McCrae is leading Kitco's coverage of the mining sector. McCrae, who has both an MBA and CMA, knows how to build digital media properties. He was co-founder and publisher of, an award-winning news site. Before coming to media, McCrae worked in IT and banking. Please reach out: or (514) 670-1383. You can also follow him at @michaelmccrae.

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Iron ore miner buys F1 spin-off to help decarbonize

(Kitco News) - Fortescue said the Williams acquisition will help Fortescue, a top five iron ore miner, meets its decarbonization goals.

South32 warns of coal, manganese production disruptions due to COVID

(Kitco News) - South32 also revised its Australia Manganese FY22 production guidance lower by 9% as "...COVID-19 and weather impacted production, preventing the re-build of stockpiles ahead of the wet season."

Britishvolt announces gov't funding for UK-based gigaplant

(Kitco News) - Britishvolt said it is building its first Gigaplant in northeastern England, Northumberland. The company said the future plant is situated close to an abundant renewable energy.

Car ownership may fade due to rising battery metal costs

(Kitco News) - "I think there is a risk that EV prices will have to stay outside the mass market," said Fernley "And that then raises the question: how do you sell EVs if they're double the price of internal combustion engines."

Filo Mining publishes assays on 'one of the best holes drilled to date'

(Kitco News) - Drillhole FSDH054 returned 1,224 m at 1.26% CuEq from a depth of 146m including: 592.0m at 2.04% CuEq and 171.5m at 3.22% CuEq.

Lake Resources doubles planned lithium prod'n on market support

(Kitco News) - Lake Resources said it received broad support to make the change. 

Komatsu introduces battery-powered scoop

(Kitco News) - "Designed to help minimize downtime, these scoops have new electronics that eliminate switches, and the color display provides real-time operational and fault information to keep operators informed. Additional drive input modules allow the OptiDrive control system to interface with third-party proximity detection systems.

Hastings Tech gets enviro permits for rare earth project

(Kitco News) - "The Flora and Vegetation Environmental Management Plan sets out the environmental objectives to be achieved and specifies management actions that will be implemented to achieve compliance. Hastings has prepared management targets and monitoring programs to measure the effectiveness of the management actions. The management plan has been informed by best practice and recent experience on similar mining projects in Western Australia, said the company in a news release. 

BHP Billiton joins the electric train party

(Kitco News) - In 2020 BHP pledged net-zero emissions by 2050.

Can Norilsk Nickel reign in nickel prices?

(Kitco News) - Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange (LME) was $22,400 a tonne.