Australian Ambassador visits Blackstone Minerals nickel mine in Sơn La

April, 15/2022 - 12:31
The visit on Wednesday was an opportunity for the ambassador to witness the signing of a joint statement between Blackstone Minerals and Sơn La PPC, in which Blackstone Minerals commits to sustainable mining and a deepening of their investment in nickel mining projects in the province.

 

Ambassador Robyn Mudie and Sơn La People's Committee Vice Chairman Đặng Ngọc Hậu, and delegation of General Department of Geology and Minerals, MONRE, visit Bản Phúc nickel mine.— Photo courtesy of Australia Embassy in Việt Nam

SƠN LA — Australia’s Ambassador to Việt Nam Robyn Mudie has visited one of Australia's largest private investments in the country - Blackstone Minerals mining project in Sơn La Province.

The visit on Wednesday was an opportunity for the ambassador to witness the signing of a joint statement between Blackstone Minerals and Sơn La PPC, in which Blackstone Minerals commits to sustainable mining and a deepening of their investment in nickel mining projects in the province.

Blackstone Minerals has made significant investment into Việt Nam and the local communities in Sơn La Province, with a total investment worth US$12.6 million. Their projects in the province have created more than 300 new local jobs and provided vocational training for high skilled local workers and transferred technology and skills to Sơn La's local government geophysical division’s staff on modern methods in ground electromagnetic surveys.

The visit to Blackstone Minerals included a tour of the nickel mine in Bản Phúc, where Blackstone is applying Australia’s world leading modern mining and extractive technologies, and quality control processes with high safety and good environmental stewardship.

Australia has a deep and broad economic partnership with Việt Nam. In 2021, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính launched the Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy (EEES) to deepen two-way trade and investment ties and contribute to both countries’ COVID-19 economic recovery. One of the key pillars of this strategy is deepening cooperation on energy and minerals.

At COP26, the two nations committed to move towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and released a joint statement on practical climate change action, including encouraging growth in low emissions technology.

Nickel is crucial to these innovative technologies, particularly to the production of batteries for the growing electric vehicle industry. — VNS

 

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