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Graphite News

Talga finds possible buyer for graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Talga Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with a subsidiary of Germany’s Schunk Group to cooperate on the exploration and incorporation of Talga graphene into a Schunk product with applications in the automotive sector. Schunk is a globally operating technology company with... 

Syrah declares commercial production in Moz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2019 Graphite producer Syrah Resources has declared commercial production at its Balama project, in Mozambique. “The declaration of commercial production represents a key milestone for Syrah, reflecting the significantly improved production consistency and strong recovery improvements,” said Syrah... 

Black Rock inks another offtake, considers upsizing project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2019 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining has signed its third offtake agreement over its Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania. Under the agreement with trading house Taihe Soar Supply Chain Management, Black Rock will supply up to up to 100 000 t/y of graphite concentrate over a three year period. 

Syrah sign binding sales deal for Mozambique graphite

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th December 2018 Australia-headquartered Syrah Resources has signed a binding term sales agreement with Qingdao Langruite Graphite (Langruite) for the sale of at least 48 000 t of natural graphite from the Balama mine, in Mozambique, next year. The agreement also allows for an additional 12 000 t at Syrah’s option. 

Bass raises cash for Graphmada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2018 ASX-listed Bass Metals will raise A$3.3-million through a share placement to fund resource drilling and part of the Stage 2 expansion at its Graphmada large flake graphite project, in Madagascar. Shares for the placement will be issued at a price of 1.25c each, with subscribers to the placement... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair  

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2018 The Mining Charter has significant room for improvement to enable meaningful participation of women in mining, says Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) chairperson Lindiwe Nakedi. Soweto-born Nakedi, who owns Gubhani Exploration – a surface exploration drilling company that is currently the only... 

Enable meaningful participation, pleads Women in Mining chair
Women in Mining chairperson and Gubhani Exploration MD Lindiwe Nakedi talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Battery Minerals tables feasibility study for Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2018 A feasibility study into Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, has estimated a capital cost of $69.4-million to support production of 58 000 t/y over a mine life of 27 years. ASX-listed Battery Minerals said on Wednesday that Balama would generate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation... 

Mason Graphite outlines new economics for Lac Guéret

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2018 Canadian graphite mining hopeful Mason Graphite has updated the economics for the Lac Guéret graphite project, in north-eastern Quebec, following a new capital expenditure (capex) estimate. The company, at the end of October, increased the capex estimate for the graphite project to... 

Mason Graphite outlines new economics for Lac Guéret

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2018 The objectives of innovating and generating cash are not mutually incompatible and can be achieved at multiple levels simultaneously, says Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand, who was in Johannesburg to showcase the French company’s suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) software.... 

Innovate and generate cash at same time – Dassault Systèmes Geovia
Dassault Systèmes Geovia Brand CEO Raoul Jacquand spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on new mining technology. Video: Christo Greyling. Photogaphs: Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater.

Ore reserves at Montepuez rise to 42.2Mt

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2018 The ore reserves at ASX-listed Battery Minerals' Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, have increased to 42.2-million tonnes at 9.3% total graphitic carbon (TGC) for 3.9-million tonnes of graphite. This compares with the ore reserve estimate of 41.1-million tonnes at 8.8% TGC for 3.6-million... 

Bass beats monthly sales target from Madagascar mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th December 2018 The share price of Bass Metals rose by more than 13% on Tuesday after the graphite miner exceeded its forecast sales volumes during November. ASX-listed Bass told shareholders that it sold 693 t of graphite concentrate during the month of November, which was achieved within months of completing... 

Balama running on schedule after fire

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources on Monday reported that the production improvement plan at its Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, was delivering strong results. The miner said that graphite recoveries in November reached 74% following the restart of operations earlier that month, versus 53%... 

Renascor completes Siviour buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2018 Graphite hopeful Renascor Resources has completed the acquisition of Ausmin Development, which holds the rights to the Siviour graphite project, in South Australia. Renascor acquired Ausmin for 187.6-million shares, with shareholders in September agreeing to the issue of shares. 

McIntosh JV formalised

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th November 2018 ASX-listed Hexagon Resources and fellow listed Mineral Resources have struck a joint venture (JV) agreement over the McIntosh graphite project, in Western Australia. Under the agreement, the two companies will establish an unincorporated JV after Mineral Resources has completed its initial... 

Triton signs MoU to help develop Ancuabe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s largest building materials group to develop the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Under the terms of the MoU, Suzhou Sinoma Design and Research Institute of Non-metallic Minerals Industry Co,... 

New Energy gets partner for Caula

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2018 ASX-listed New Energy Minerals has announced a series of investments that will assist with the development of its Caula vanadium/graphite project, in Mozambique. The company on Wednesday said that it had entered into a binding agreement with a Hong-Kong based investor group, the first of which... 

Sovereign adds to Malingunde costs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2018 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Malingunde graphite project, in Malawi, has estimated a capital cost of $49-million to develop the 52 000 t/y operation. ASX-listed Sovereign Metals on Wednesday reported that the project was expected to have a mine life of 16 years, with the pre-tax net... 

Syrah signs MoU at Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th November 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has signed a binding term sales agreement with Qingdao Taida New Energy Technology for 20 000 t of natural graphite from the Balama project, in Mozambique. The agreement will start immediately, with the graphite to be delivered by the end of August next year. 

Renascor gets development partner for Siviour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th November 2018 ASX-listed Renascor Resources has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with contractor Royal IHC Australia to accelerate the development of the Siviour graphite project, in South Australia. Renascor told shareholders on Monday that the strategic partnership agreement was the first step... 

Another offtake secured at Mahenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2018 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining has signed another offtake agreement at its Mahenge project, in Tanzania. The company on Monday told shareholders that it has inked an offtake agreement with China’s Qingdao Fujin Graphite Company to supply 15 000 t a year of sized graphite concentrate for up... 

Graphex secures Chilalo funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2018 Graphite developer Graphex Mining has secured a funding package to fully fund the development of its Chilalo project, in Tanzania. The ASX-listed Graphex on Monday told shareholders that it had entered into a loan note subscription agreement with global private investment firm Castlelake to... 

Mahenge graphite DFS results unveiled

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania, has increased the capital cost of the project, while both the estimated net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR) have dropped. ASX-listed Black Rock Mining on Wednesday revealed that the Phase 1... 

Caula's two-phased development a treat

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2018 A scoping study into the Caula vanadium/graphite project, in Mozambique, has estimated that the two-phased development would cost some A$167.6-million to develop. ASX-listed New Energy Minerals, which was previously trading as Mustang Resources, said on Monday that the Phase 1 project would... 

Black Rock signs largest graphite offtake yet

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2018 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining has signed an offtake agreement with China's Heilongjiang Bohao Graphite Company for natural flake grahite from the Mahenge project, in Tanzania. The three-year agreement would see Black Rock supply 30 000 t in the first year, 50 000 t in the second year, and... 

Volt granted graphite mining licence in Tanzania

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 ASX-listed Volt Resources has been granted two mining licences covering the Stage 1 and Stage 2 developments of its Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania. The Stage 1 development is based on a mining and processing plant throughput rate of 40 000 t/y of ore to produce on average 23 700 t/y of... 

Armadale releases half-year results

12th October 2018 Australian investment company Armadale Capital released its half-year report in September, showing a 25% resource upgrade proving that the Mahenge Liandu project is a significant discovery and detailing the completion of various projects. Armadale has been focusing on the scoping study and... 

Armadale releases  half-year results
PERFECT POSTCODE The Mahenge Liandu project is situated near some of the biggest graphite discoveries in the world

Graphex positive common ground to be found

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Australian mineral exploration and development company Graphex Mining submitted a 200-page document to the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals earlier this month. The submission contains recommendations regarding the new mining legislation that was announced in Tanzania in July 2017. “At one of our... 

Graphex positive common ground to be found
COMMON GROUND The future of the Tanzanian mining industry relies on finding common ground between investors and the government

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Syrah's improvement plans bear fruit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported an 83% increase in production between the second and the third quarters, as the company’s improvement plan at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, starts to take shape. During the three months to September, Syrah produced 38 700 t of graphite, up from... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Alaska's Graphite Creek is potentially key to US defence industrial base

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The Graphite Creek graphite project that TSX-V-listed Graphite One Resources is studying in Alaska could be a key source of supply for the US defence industry, which has recommended that the country reduce its import reliance for critical equipment and material. Commenting on the White House/US... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Walkabout raises cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2018 Junior graphite developer Walkabout Resources will raise A$3-million to advance the development of its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania, through a share purchase plan (SPP). The SPP will allow eligible shareholders to subscribe for up to A$15 000 worth of shares, priced at a 15% discount to the... 

Fire forces partial suspension of Balama operation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has been forced to partially suspend operations at its Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, following a fire at the primary classifier within the process plant. The fire resulted from hot work activities below the unit during planned maintenance on piping.... 

Leading Edge announces potential graphene JV in Sweden

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2018 TSX-V-listed Leading Edge Materials has signed a nonbinding letter of intent (LOI) with private Swedish company Graphmatech, defining a pathway to form a binding joint venture (JV) between the companies to produce graphene at the Woxna graphite mine. Announcing the LOI on Wednesday, Leading Edge... 

Leading Edge announces potential graphene JV in Sweden
The Woxna graphite mine in Sweden.

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes
Photo by Creamer Media
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Volt says Bunya licences recommended for approval

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2018 The Tanzania Ministry of Minerals has recommended the two mining licence applications covering the Bunya graphite project for approval, ASX-listed Volt Resources reported on Friday. The two mining licence applications cover the footprint for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 developments at Bunya. 

Montepuez financing strategy advancing

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 The development of the Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, is progressing well and the funding strategy has also advanced, ASX-listed Battery Minerals reported on Thursday. The company said that key construction milestones at the $51-million project, which will operate for ten years at 50... 

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