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Glencore faces new legal challenge against Congo cobalt mine  

By: Bloomberg     8th June 2018 For Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo, problems don’t form an orderly queue: they pile up on top of each other. In the latest example of the commodity giant’s deteriorating relationships in the country, a convicted fraudster has resurrected a legal claim the company considered dead,... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     8th June 2018 The lithium price might be in for a rough ride this year, as a supply response might overshoot what the market actually needs, London-based pricing intelligence firm Metal Bulletin’s head of research William Adams tells Mining Weekly in an interview. “We see a slight lithium surplus coming this... 

Lithium price may soften this year on ‘slight oversupply’ but EVs driving future optimism

BlueBird to acquire Oberon Gold to expand Australia portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 TSX-listed BlueBird Battery Metals has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire 100% of Australian exploration company Oberon Gold from Providence Gold and Minerals.  

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration
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JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster

Congo mining regulations to be signed into law on Friday – mines minister

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's prime minister will sign into law on Friday regulations to immediately implement a new mining code without any concessions to industry demands that key provisions be amended, the mines minister said on Thursday. The move could set off a legal battle between the... 

LME says plans to launch about 15 new contracts in January 2019

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch around 15 new contracts from next January, including cash-settled cobalt and hot-rolled coil steel contracts, an executive said on Wednesday. "We will put in place the technical capabilities by November and then we'll launch them from January,"... 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’
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IDC senior project development manager Bertie Strydom

Congo mining revenues triple in Q1; oil revenues down 11%

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) revenues from its mining sector tripled year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 to $397.86-million, finance ministry data showed. Revenues from the oil and gas sector dropped 10.87 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to $29.45-million, according to... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2018 A return of capital expenditure (capex) and inorganic sources of growth are seen as a key corporate priority for 2018 and beyond, CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic said on Wednesday. The provider of marketing intelligence to mining told the Junior Indaba that the company’s... 

Current mining ‘boom’ very different to last one – CRU
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CRU Group senior consultant Aleksander Popovic

Trilogy reports maiden cobalt resource estimate for Alaska project

By: Anine Kilian     6th June 2018 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals on Monday reported a maiden 77-million-pound cobalt resource for its Bornite project. The resource estimate used assay data from drill holes completed by the company between 2011 and 2013 and re-sampled historic holes drilled in the 1960s and 1970s. 

ABM completes two auger programmes at DRC project

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed African Battery Metals (ABM), which has set its sights on becoming a significant explorer, developer and miner of battery minerals, has completed two auger programmes that collected soil samples at its 53 km2 Kisinka permit area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After... 

Arc Minerals lifts Zamsort stake to 55%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2018 Aim-listed Arc Minerals has increased its interest in Zamsort, which is developing a copper/cobalt project in north-west Zambia, to 55% following the acquisition of a 6% interest from Terra Metals. The company will issue 17.5-million new ordinary shares, which are also subject to a hard lock-in... 

Cruz to acquire base metals projects in Norway

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Cruz Cobalt has signed a letter of intent with EMX Royalty and Fennoscandian Investment Group to acquire two cobalt/nickel/copper projects in Norway. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire these projects. The properties are 

Orion receives extended bridge loan term to progress Northern Cape projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed exploration and development company Orion Minerals has received an extension on its $6-million bridge loan term from mining-focused private equity group Tembo Capital, from May 31 to September 30.  

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 There is real anxiety in the oil and gas and mining industries regarding the lack of aptitude to replace an ageing top-level management talent pool, Stephen Diotte, partner and head of leadership services for Odgers Berndtson tells Mining Weekly Online. He recently joined the executive search... 

Oil & gas, mining industries anxious about top brass succession planning

Congo copper production in Q1 rises 8%; cobalt output up 34%

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo produced 296 717 t of copper in the first quarter of 2018, up 8.2% over the same period last year, the central bank said in a report on Thursday. Cobalt production in the first quarter of 2018 rose 34.4% to 23 921 t, the bank said. 

Miners warn Congo it faces $3bn revenue loss over law

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2018 Mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo told the government it will lose more than $3-billion over a decade and face legal action if plans to implement a new industry code proceed. Miners including Glencore and Randgold Resources are demanding the government abandon aspects of the... 

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

By: Henry Lazenby     30th May 2018 The wave of change that the electrification of automobiles brings is moving beyond electric vehicles (EV) to the micro, artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility options, which should increasingly be brought into the outlook for the burgeoning market. “Big gambles and bold leadership does... 

‘There is no knowing where the change will end’ – analyst

Exploration under way at Orion Minerals’ Northern Cape prospecting licences

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Exploration and development company Orion Minerals has started fieldwork in the Areachap Belt, in the Northern Cape.  

Electric vehicles seen driving cobalt crunch by mid-2020s

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 The increasing popularity of electric vehicles may create a crunch for supplies of cobalt in the early-to-mid 2020s, miners and analysts say, adding that small operators trying to start up mines outside Africa could play a bigger role over time in satisfying demand for the metal used in... 

Jet engines help power cobalt to 10-year highs

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The spotlight in the cobalt market has been fixed on electric vehicles but shrinking supply and robust demand from traditional sectors such as jet engine makers are helping fuel a price rally that shows no signs of fading. Cobalt in recent years has become synonymous with electric vehicles as it... 

Cobalt streaming may presage bigger deals as Vale weighs options

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 A streaming deal for cobalt and nickel from a mine in Papua New Guinea may foreshadow other similar arrangements as producers look to capitalise on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. On Tuesday, Cobalt 27 Capital – a Toronto-listed vehicle designed to invest in the metal –... 

Cobalt 27 announces first-ever cobalt/nickel streaming deal

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2018 Canadian cobalt company Cobalt 27 has created the world’s first cobalt/nickel streaming deal with ASX-listed Highlands Nickel on the Ramu mine, in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The two partners have signed a metal purchase and sale agreement (MPA) giving Cobalt 27 the right to buy 55% of Highlands... 

Cobalt 27 announces first-ever cobalt/nickel streaming deal

Threat of cobalt supply shock is top risk for electric vehicles

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2018 A burgeoning risk of a supply crunch in cobalt – a key battery metal that’s more than tripled in price in two years – poses one of the biggest threats to forecasts for rising electric vehicle adoption. Major investment in mines is required to avoid price spikes that could see cost reductions for... 

Threat of cobalt supply shock is top risk for electric vehicles

US confirms list of 35 key minerals, targets domestic supply boost

By: Reuters     21st May 2018 Uranium and key rechargeable battery metals lithium and cobalt are on a final list of 35 critical minerals that the US deems essential to its economic and national security and wants to produce more of domestically. The Department of Commerce will use the list, which was published by the Interior... 

Glencore said to face UK bribery probe over Congo dealings

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2018 The UK’s white-collar crime prosecutor is preparing to open a formal bribery investigation into Glencore and its work with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler and the leader of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Investigators at the Serious Fraud... 

Zimbabwe mines need $11bn investment to modernise

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 Zimbabwe needs up to $11-billion to modernise its mines and boost production to maximum capacity over the next five years, the head of the country's Chamber of Mines said on Friday. Foreign investor interest in the southern African nation is growing after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe... 

Company believes commodities will regain positive momentum

18th May 2018 The commodities markets have been taken aback by rising uncertainties, including an early February equity market sell-off and the trade conflict between the US and China. As the second quarter unfolds, some of these uncertainties should be easier to interpret, however, price volatility and... 

Company believes  commodities will regain positive momentum
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GROWTH POSSIBILITY Despite some market uncertainty, the global economy is expected to grow at its fastest pace since 2011

China's Jinchuan to double African copper, cobalt output – exec

By: Reuters     17th May 2018 China's Jinchuan Group International Resources plans to double its African copper and cobalt production in the next two to three years, its CEO said on Thursday. The company currently produces around 50 000 tonnes of copper and 5 000 tonnes of cobalt a year, Gao Tianpeng said at the LME Asia Week... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2018 The short spell of hope for South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector, which burst forth with the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President, has been dashed, Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer said during the mineral resources budget debate. Applying the ‘learning nothing and... 

Short spell of mining hope dashed – Lorimer
Shadow Mineral Resources Minister James Lorimer

Katanga ramps up DRC copper, cobalt production as legal woes mount

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2018 Commodity giant Glencore’s majority owned and publicly traded Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) focused copper/cobalt unit Katanga Mining is ramping up output after resuming production from the Phase 1 whole ore leaching project on December 11, the company reported on Tuesday. Katanga will... 

More agile Sherritt focused on building ‘cycle-proof’ balance sheet

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International is focused on further strengthening its balance sheet, with a view to building a “cycle-proof” balance sheet as Class I nickel and cobalt prices rise, president and CEO David Pathe tells Mining Weekly Online. Building on from the late... 

More agile Sherritt focused on building ‘cycle-proof’ balance sheet
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Nickel ore

Cobalt supply pressures rising amid DRC conflict mineral concerns

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 Technology and clean technology companies are increasingly struggling to secure adequate supplies of cobalt, while the ethical sourcing of cobalt also remains a challenge. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides about two-thirds of the world’s cobalt supplies, but traceability of... 

Gold industry running risk of becoming irrelevant – Bristow

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2018 The gold mining industry is running the risk of becoming irrelevant to the investment community. “It hasn’t delivered much value for a long time,” Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow commented to Mining Weekly Online during an interview to mark the company’s presentation of first-quarter... 

Gold industry running risk of becoming irrelevant – Bristow
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Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow

Congo finalising mining rules after company concerns ignored

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mines Ministry said it’s completing work on new regulations, as a draft document showed the government has so far ignored companies’ key concerns about the reforms. Miners including Glencore and Randgold Resources have demanded the government dial back aspects... 

Talga to manage Swedish cobalt assets separately  

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th May 2018 ASX-listed Talga Resources has launched an internal restructure of its assets, which will see the establishment of a separate Swedish domiciled cobalt company. The restructure will result in Talga’s Swedish cobalt assets, which are close to key emerging European battery markets, being separately... 

Congo court suspends Gecamines bid to dissolve Glencore unit

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2018 A Democratic Republic of Congo court suspended proceedings by State-owned mining company Gecamines to dissolve a unit of Glencore until next month. The Commercial Court in Kolwezi, in southeastern Congo, ordered the suspension while it awaits a June 15 ruling by the Supreme Court on its... 

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