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Graphite News

Kibaran gets assurance for mine licence

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2018 Graphite developer Kibaran Resources has been assured by the Tanzanian government that the mining license for its Epanko graphite project would be renewed for an additional ten years, upon its expiry. The renewal would be conditional upon Kibaran meeting the requirements of the country’s Mining... 

Volt granted enviro approval for Bunyu

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Volt Resources rose by nearly 11% on Tuesday after the company received environmental approval for its Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania. The company told shareholders that the environmental impact assessment certificate was the final pre-requisite for the... 

Syrah raises A$94m for Balama ramp-up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 Graphite developer Syrah Resources will raise A$94-milion through an institutional placement to complete the ramp-up of its Balama graphite project, through to positive cash flow. The company on Tuesday said that some 42.2-million new shares would be placed at A$2.23 a share, to raise... 

Syrah raises A$94m for Balama ramp-up

Magnis raises A$11m from new investor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th September 2018 ASX-listed Magins Resources has secured an A$11.1-million investment from AL Capital Holding, giving the firm a 4.98% shareholding in the graphite miner. The placement was made under Magnis’ existing capacity, and the 30-million shares were issued at a price of 37c each, representing a 4%... 

Beowulf preparing to initiate scoping study on Finland project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st August 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf Mining is pushing ahead with the Aitolampi graphite project and is meeting with key decision-makers in Heinävesi to discuss the Finland-based project, CEO Kurt Budge said on Friday. He stated that, although an imminent decision on its Kallak project, in neighbouring Sweden, had... 

Triton raises funds for Ancuabe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals will raise $4-million through a share placement to assist in funding its development activities at its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton on Friday said that the an initial A$1.2-million will be raised through a placement to the company’s largest... 

Walkabout’s Tanzania graphite mine jumps final legislative hurdle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th August 2018 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources will look to advance project funding negotiations after a mining licence was granted for its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. “The mining licence approval is the final major legislative requirement for the project,” said Walkabout MD Allan Mulligan on... 

Diamond drilling programme at Tanzania graphite project completed

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has completed a diamond drilling programme at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, with eight holes for a total of 489 m drilled, ahead of an anticipated decision to mine in early 2019. All holes intersected mineralisation from surface over wide... 

Volt signs cooperation agreement with Chinese graphite company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 ASX-listed flake graphite development company Volt Resources’ subsidiary Volt Graphite Tanzania has signed a cooperation agreement with one of China’s largest graphite companies, HAIDA Graphite. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will exchange relevant information and conduct... 

Volt signs cooperation agreement with Chinese graphite company

Bass sells first concentrate from Madagascar graphite mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 ASX-listed Bass Metals has achieved another milestone in the development of the Graphmada mine in Madagascar, with the company announcing on Monday that it had achieved its first sales revenue from the sale of concentrates from the large flake graphite mine. Bass, which earlier this month... 

Balama fines circuit gets an upgrade

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th August 2018 The commissioning of attrition cells for the fines graphite circuit at the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, has been successfully completed, ASX-listed Syrah Resources said. The company told shareholders that initial assessment was showing significant improvement in fines graphite fixed... 

Mustang to raise A$2.4m in private placement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources will raise about A$2.4-million through a private placement to advance its Caula vanadium/graphite project, in Mozambique, and for general working capital. Of this amount, A$2.18-million will be raised through the issue of about 158.6-million shares at $0.01374 apiece.  

Beowulf marks maiden resource milestone at Aitolampi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has announced a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Aitolampi graphite project, which it believes has the potential to serve the developing battery manufacturing market in Finland and Sweden. The Aitolampi project, in eastern Finland, has an indicated and inferred mineral... 

Graphmada reaches nameplate capacity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2018 The Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar, has reached nameplate capacity, ASX-listed Bass Metals reported on Wednesday. The company told shareholders that the process plant has reached and sustained 25 t/h feed rate at an average head grade of 4.5% total graphitic carbon, an... 

Volt signs another binding offtake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2018 Graphite developer Volt Resources has signed its second binding offtake agreement over the Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania. The ASX-listed company has inked a binding offtake agreement with Chinese graphite company Qingdao Tianshengda Graphite for 9 000 t/y of graphite over a period of five... 

Volt announces results of Bunyu Stage 1 study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2018 A feasibility study into the Stage 1 Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania, has delivered a pre-tax net present value of $18.6-million and an internal rate of return of 21%. ASX-listed Volt Resources on Tuesday said that the Stage 1 operation is based on a mining and processing plant with a... 

New plant at Balama lowers 2018 guidance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th July 2018 A ramp-up review of the Balama project, in Mozambique, has seen graphite producer Syrah Resources adjust its full year production expectations. The company on Monday said that its new COO Julio Costa’s review had identified graphite recovery performance improvement actions, focused on stable... 

Tanzania targets setting up mineral exchange by end of 2018

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2018 Tanzania plans to establish a minerals exchange by the end of this year, in a bid to ensure the East African nation reaps the most from its resources, Minerals Minister Angellah Kairuki said. The nation’s resources including gold, diamonds, iron, silver, copper, graphite and other rare earth... 

Leading Edge to start testwork at Woxna to design optimal demonstration plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 TSX-V-listed Leading Edge Materials has had discussions with European customers that confirm that large sample volumes and commercial scale processes are necessary if battery materials are to gain industrial qualification. Leading Edge is positioning its Woxna graphite mine, in Sweden, to... 

Mustang reports maiden resource at Caula

By: Esmarie Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

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