Heidi Vella

Heidi Vella is a feature writer for NRI Digital, covering the mining, offshore oil and gas, hydrocarbons and renewable power industries as well as the medical and pharmaceutical industries, modern transport systems, architecture and design.Before joining the NRI digital team, Heidi worked on several different consumer publications, including New Statesman, Matchbox Magazine and FilmJuice, as well as a stint in finance journalism as a feature writer for Bridging and Commercial.Heidi read English Literature at Roehampton University before completing an NCTJ Foundation in Journalism course at New Associates, London.

All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. Fly in, fly out mine workers: adapting for a post-Covid-19 world

    As the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia, and interstate borders shut down, many of the country’s fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mine workers…
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    9 Jul
  2. Highs and lows: how gold and gold miners have fared during Covid-19

    The gold market, like almost every other, has been shaken by the onslaught of Covid-19. As the scale of the…
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    9 Jun
  3. Zambia: bringing order to an unregulated gold rush

    Zambia is Africa’s second biggest producer of copper, which accounts for the majority of the 12% GDP contribution the mining sector…
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    2 Jun
  4. Can Australian expertise help Nigeria’s mining industry to take flight?

    Nigeria is thought to have substantial reserves of coveted minerals such as tin, niobium, lead, zinc and gold. Yet, unlike its…
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    26 May
  5. Rhodium on the rise

    Part of the platinum group metals (PGM), rhodium is a silvery-white chemical element coveted for its hard corrosion-resistant properties. Since…
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    7 May
  6. Mining’s digital goals: in conversation with Sustainalytics

    Investors wanting to create positive impact are looking to follow environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) themes outlined in the UN…
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    6 May
  7. Rehabilitating Australia’s notorious Ranger uranium mine: can it be done?

    Mine closure and rehabilitation is controversial in Australia. It’s estimated the country has over 60,000 abandoned mines that remain hazards,…
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    23 Apr
  8. Bolivia: will the ousting of Morales open lithium to foreign investment?

    Making up one third of the so-called ‘lithium triangle’, the Andean nation of Bolivia is estimated to have around nine…
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    2 Mar
  9. Argentina: will a new regime change a glacial mining industry?

    On December 10, 2019 President Alberto Fernández, who won an October election, was finally sworn in as Argentina’s new leader,…
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    4 Feb
  10. Mining mica: can the industry overturn its legacy of exploitation?

    Eight-year-old Frederic works morning or afternoon shifts, depending on his school schedule, sorting mica alongside his elder brother. His hands…
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    28 Jan
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