BHP to expand nickel operations to meet soaring demand – by Cecilia Jamasmie ( – August 3, 2021)

BHP (ASX, LON, NYSE: BHP) will make a final investment decision on a major expansion of the processing plant at its Mt. Keith nickel mine in Western Australia as it invests further in battery metals to meet expected soaring demand.

Nickel is a key component for EVs cathodes, and the world’s no. 1 miner sees nickel demand growing faster than anticipated due to a spike in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), as governments commit to decarbonizing their economies and set end dates for combustion engine sales.

“We believe that over 2020 to 2030, overall nickel demand will grow at 5% compound annual growth rate, and that nickel-in-battery demand will grow at a rate of 21% CAGR,” BHP Nickel West president Eddy Haegel told the annual Diggers and Dealers conference on Tuesday.

EV giant Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) delivered more than 200,000 vehicles in April-June for the first time in a quarterly period. New estimates put EVs accounting for 25% of all vehicles sold by 2030, Haegel said.

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