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Mustang reports maiden resource at Caula

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources has reported a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource of 22-million tonnes, at 0.37% vanadium pentoxide at its Caula vanadium-graphite project, in Mozambique. The Caula project is currently estimated to host some 81 600 t of vanadium pentoxide.  

Bass reaching for nameplate capacity at Graphmada

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th July 2018 Graphite miner Bass Metals is expected to reach its Stage 1 nameplate capacity of 500 t/m at its Graphmada project, in Madagascar, by the end of the first quarter of 2019. The company said on Tuesday that the production of premium graphite concentrate has steadily increased, with Bass now... 

More resources at Montepuez

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2018 Graphite developer Battery Minerals has reported a 14% increase in the mineral resource estimate of the Elephant deposit, at its Montepuez project, in Mozambique. The project is now estimated to host a total measured and indicated resource of 76.9-million tonnes, at 7.3% total graphitic carbon. 

FS launched at McIntosh JV

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) and Hexagon Resources have launched a feasibility study (FS) for the McIntosh flake graphite joint venture (JV), in Western Australia. Hexagon shareholders in May this year approved the JV, which will see MinRes earn a 51% interest in the project by managing... 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life. On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it... 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

Triton tips EPC contractor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th July 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has appointed MCC International Incorporation as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service provider for the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. The two companies signed a letter of intent, that will allow them to accelerate the execution... 

Talga raises cash for product developments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th June 2018 ASX-listed Talga Resources has raised A$8.5-million through an institutional share placement, priced at 65c a share. The company on Thursday said that some 13.1-million shares will be issued under the company’s existing placement capacity. The placement price represented a 5.8% discount to the... 

Westwater outlines plan for ‘made in US’ battery-graphite business

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2018 Nasdaq-listed Westwater Resources is planning to establish a speciality battery graphite manufacturing business in the US state of Alabama, with the Coosa graphite mine an essential cog in this wheel. Once operational in 2026, the Coosa graphite project, near Birmingham, will provide feedstock... 

Westwater outlines plan for ‘made in US’ battery-graphite business

Battery Minerals defers first shipment as RCF withdraws $30m funding

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has deferred first graphite shipments from its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, after Resource Capital Fund (RCF) terminated a $30-million debt and equity funding agreement. RCF told Battery Minerals that despite the first-phase due diligence being completed... 

Kibaran progresses Epanko

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th June 2018 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources is progressing the development of its Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania, signing a non-binding letter of intent with GR Engineering Services to negotiate an early works agreement, and ultimately an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2018 South Africa has succeeded in creating a meticulous set of mineral reporting codes that continue to gain international recognition. The South African Mineral Reporting Codes (Samcodes), which protect investors, are currently so highly regarded that in October South Africa will host a large... 

South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins
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Samcodes standards committee chairperson Matt Mullins (left) and Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer

Ancuabe gets provisional enviro licence

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has been given a provisional environmental licence for its Ancuabe project, in Mozambique. The company told shareholders that the grant of the provisional environmental licence was a precursor for the receipt of the final environmental licence, which completed... 

Battery Minerals on track to produce graphite after raising A$20m

8th June 2018 Minerals explorer Battery Minerals is advancing its Montepuez graphite project in the north-west of Montepuez, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique following the latest fund-raising. The company has received financial commitments for A$20-million through a share placement at 6c a share. The proceeds will be... 

Battery Minerals on track to produce graphite after raising A$20m
STAGE ONE The Montepuez graphite mine will produce 45 000 t/y to 50 000 t/y of graphite concentrate

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential
OPERATING STABILITY The Balama graphite project provides a long-term and consistent source of high-grade flake graphite

MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and... 

MMEC conference  outlook indicative of  state of mining industry
SIXTH EDITION The Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and 26

Natural flake graphite market expected to move into a deficit around 2020

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources is expecting the global flake graphite market to remain in a state of small oversupply this year but to move into a deficit in the coming years, as the company increases its graphite production ahead of an expected increase in demand from electric cars, buses and... 

Natural flake graphite market expected to move into a deficit around 2020
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GRAPHITE DEMAND Syrah Resources expects global demand to grow by 10% and reach about 780 000 t in 2018

Second binding offtake highlights demand for graphite concentrate

8th June 2018 The external support for the Ancuabe graphite project in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique in the form of a second binding offtake agreement signed last month, provides “strong” momentum for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), financing and development objectives of the project,... 

Second binding offtake highlights demand for graphite concentrate
GRAPHITE SAMPLE About a third of the graphite in Triton Minerals’s deposit is jumbo flake and about 59% is large flake

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

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project

8th June 2018 Emerging multicommodity miner Mustang Resources’ latest assay results for the Caula vanadium/graphite project in northern Mozambique continue to underpin a strong economic outlook for the project, with the miner noting that a maiden vanadium resource is due soon. Mustang Resources announced last... 

Mustang Resources finds more high-grade vanadium at Moz project
HIGH-GRADE VANADIUM The latest assays indicate grades of up to 1.02% vanadium pentoxide and 24.2% total graphitic carbon

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

Launch of Tanzanian mining commission to benefit Kibaran

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The Tanzanian Department of Minerals has formally launched the Mining Commission, which will be responsible for administering the minerals sector in that country. The commission has started a process of issuing some 7 000 mineral licences that had been pending after the Tanzanian government... 

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

Triton to develop A$99m Mozambique graphite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 The board of graphite developer Triton Minerals has approved the $99.4-million development of its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Early works at the mine have started, including earthworks for the development of the raw water dam needed for construction and operations. Site access roads... 

Triton to develop A$99m Mozambique graphite project

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

Munglinup to cost A$52.4m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th May 2018 The Munglinup graphite project, in Western Australia, is expected to produce around 54 800 t of graphite in concentrate over a nine-year mine life, ASX-listed Mineral Commodities reported. A prefeasibility study (PFS) has shown that the project would require a capital expenditure of... 

Walkabout takes full ownership of Lindi

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th May 2018 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has acquired the remaining 30% interest in the Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, for $1-million. Executive chairperson Trevor Benson said on Wednesday that the purchase of the remaining 30% interest in the project would see a huge value adding... 

Armadale advances Tanzania graphite project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Aim-listed investment company Armadale Capital has rapidly advanced the high-grade Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, during 2017, ahead of an anticipated decision to mine in early 2019.  

Battery Minerals raises A$20m for Montepuez

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2018 ASX-listed junior Battery Minerals will raise A$20-million through a share placement to continue building its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique. The company on Thursday announced that about 333.33-million shares would be issued at 6c each to institutional and professional investors.  

Beowulf raises £1.5m for graphite and magnetite projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th May 2018 Exploration company Beowulf Mining has raised £1.5-million for general working capital purposes and to support its graphite and magnetite activities. The proceeds were raised at 5p a share, said Beowulf, which owns the Kallak magnetite iron-ore project and the Åtvidaberg polymetallic exploration... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine

11th May 2018 South Africa-based integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM has produced the winning bid for social services for mining company Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde graphite project in the Lilongwe district, in Malawi. The Malingunde graphite project is prospective for saprolite-hosted flake... 

SA company wins social services bid for Malawi graphite mine
GRAPHITE MINE The Malingunde graphite mine, in Malawi has a maiden mineral resource estimate of 65.1-milllion tonnes at 7.1% total graphitic carbon

Triton gets more buyers for Ancuabe graphite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th May 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed a second binding offtake agreement over its Ancuabe project, in Mozambique. The offtake agreement with China’s Qingdao Chengyang Graphite covers up to 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate, for at least five years, with a seller option for a further... 

Black Rock produces ultrahigh-grade graphite concentrate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th May 2018 Graphite focused Black Rock Mining has delivered the world’s first 99%+ purity graphite concentrate at its pilot plant in Canada, from ore mined at its Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania. “We are not aware of any deposit that is capable of producing 99.3% grade concentrate by standard... 

Bass exercises options, raises A$4.5m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 Graphite miner Bass Metals will exercise 180-million options, with the exercise proceeds valued at A$4.5-million, representing 28% of the current listed options on issue. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that Bass had entered into an underwriting agreement with Bizzell Capital Partners... 

RCF provides $30m for Battery Minerals’ project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2018 Graphite developer Battery Minerals has secured a $30-million debt and equity package from Resources Capital Funds (RCF) to fund its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique. The debt and equity package marked a significant milestone for the company, as it started the countdown to production... 

Northwest Territories gets shortest end of straw as mining boosts Nunavut, Yukon economies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 A lack of new mining projects in the development pipeline of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT) is threatening to derail the region’s economic growth outlook, the latest ‘Territorial Outlook’ by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has found. The independent Ottawa-headquartered think tank... 

Renascor finds buyer for Siviour graphite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2018 ASX-listed Renascor Resources has signed its first offtake memorandum of understanding (MoU) over its Siviour graphite project, in South Australia. The MoU, with China’s Qingdao Chenyang Graphite, would see Renascor supply graphite concentrate from Siviour in accordance with its proposed stage... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Triton signs offtake over Moz project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed its first offtake agreement over the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton has inked a binding sales agreement with China’s Qingdao Tianshengda Graphite Company for up to 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from the mine, for a period of at... 

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