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Eramet eyes expansion in electric vehicle metals

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Eramet CEO Christel Bories said on Tuesday that the French mining group is looking to expand in minerals like cobalt, lithium and nickel salts linked to energy transition markets like electric vehicles. Eramet is actively looking at acquisition targets after previously acquiring a lithium deposit... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 The United States should boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers, the Interior Department said on Friday. Aluminium and potash are also on the draft list of 35 critical materials used in basic... 

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

Latin Resources secures lithium projects in San Luis, Argentina

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 ASX-listed mineral exploration company Latin Resources has secured 100% ownership of Condor lithium concessions in San Luis, Argentina, through the signing of a terms sheet with Kontrarian Resources Fund No 1. The concessions are in the vicinity of historic lithium mines. Smaller scale pegmatite... 

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
Photo by Bloomberg
PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th February 2018 There appears to be new political resolve to mend the relationship between the mining industry and the Department of Mineral Resources, says specialised law firm Malan Scholes director Hulme Scholes. Speaking at the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday, the... 

There is new energy to ease mining industry conflict – Scholes
Photo by Duane Daws
HULME SCHOLES For the first time . . . we will see the trust deficit between the mining industry and department close

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The global equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic selloff in US stocks that culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

Commissioning starts at Bald Hill lithium plant

By: Anine Kilian     15th February 2018 Joint venture partners Tawana Resources and Alliance Mineral Assets have started commissioning the dense media separation (DMS) circuit at their Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, in Western Australia.  First spodumene concentrate is expected as soon as ore is fed to the DMS circuit in early... 

Gold-focused Crusader puts Brazil, Portugal lithium assets up for sale

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2018 ASX-listed minerals exploration and development company Crusader Resources aims to dispose of its lithium interests in Brazil and Portugal to focus its development and funding on the Borborema gold project, in Brazil, and the Juruena and Novo Astro gold exploration projects, in western Brazil.... 

Westgold, S2R shake hands on gold tenements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 ASX-listed companies Westgold Resources and S2 Resources (S2R) have entered an agreement, whereby Westgold would acquire S2R's interest in the Polar Bear project, its 80% interest in the Eundynie joint venture and the Norcott project, in Western Australia. The company would take over all the... 

PFS outlines 'compelling case' for Pilgangoora expansion – Pilbara

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2018 Australian lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has delivered a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its flagship 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. The company reported on Tuesday that the PFS outlined a "compelling business case" for the expanding the project to... 

PFS outlines 'compelling case' for Pilgangoora expansion – Pilbara
Pilbara Minerals CEO Ken Brinsden

Mugabe's fall has veteran miners jockeying for Zimbabwe comeback

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2018 Robert Mugabe’s fall as Zimbabwe president is setting the scene for the return of a London mining listing for Andrew Groves and his long-term business partner – and former England cricketer – Phil Edmonds. Groves is preparing to relist the pair’s Zimbabwe coal, chrome and gold assets in London... 

Cobalt cannot be eradicated from electric car batteries – Umicore

By: Reuters     13th February 2018 Makers of electric vehicle batteries will have to keep using scarce, expensive cobalt in their products for the foreseeable future despite a push towards higher nickel compositions, materials technology company Umicore said on Monday. Manufacturers have been trying to increase the proportion of... 

Savannah's Mina do Barroso drilling programme shows good results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources on Monday said that it had identified significant widths of lithium mineralisation through the ongoing reverse circulation (RC) drill programme at its Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal. A total of 87 holes for 7 081 m have been drilled to date... 

Samsung SDI turns to used phones for cobalt as prices surge

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2018 Samsung SDI, a battery supplier to carmakers including BMW, plans to recycle cobalt from used mobile phones as companies around the world scramble to secure supplies of the metal amid surging prices. The plan fuels a trend among battery makers to reduce dependence on the Democratic Republic of... 

Magnis-linked consortium buys equipment for lithium-ion battery factory

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has reported that Imperium3 New York (IM3NY) placed the winning bid for the acquisition of second-hand lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment currently located in North Carolina, US.   The lithium-ion battery plant assets consists of equipment from major US and... 

Bacanora proposes to domicile to the UK, delist from TSX-V

By: Simone Liedtke     9th February 2018 Lithium company Bacanora Minerals said on Friday that it would restart the process of changing its domicile of jurisdiction from Canada to the UK. The company had sought shareholder approval to effect the redomicile in September 2016, but failed to obtain the requisite approval. 

Bacanora proposes to domicile to the UK, delist from TSX-V

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2018 Ottawa on Thursday tabled new legislation to improve the federal environmental assessment process for mining projects. The legislation is aimed at strengthening and restoring the credibility of Canada's environmental laws. 

Industry, environment lobby cautiously optimistic as Canada tables new enviro review rules

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
DIGGING IT Through the Digger app mining professionals are informed of available positions globally, directly on their mobile devices

Zimbabwe to consider waivers on platinum, diamonds ownership law

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Zimbabwe will consider applications from companies mining platinum or diamonds to be exempted from a requirement that they be at least 51% owned by black citizens of the country. The government wants companies to show they have a plan to achieve compliance before it will consider granting... 

Board and management changes announced at Plymouth

By: Mariaan Webb     7th February 2018 Lithium-focused Plymouth Minerals on Wednesday announced board and management changes as part of its continued focus to advance the San Jose lithium/tin project, in Spain. Plymouth, which plans to change its name to Infinity Lithium, said it had strengthened its executive team with the... 

Zimbabwe touts lithium, gold, diamonds potential at mining conference

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 Zimbabwe's mineral resources have a huge potential to drive the economy in the future, with lithium, gold and diamonds seen leading the way, its mines minister Winston Chitando said. In a presentation to an annual conference on investing in African mining, running from February 5 to 8 in Cape... 

Advantage Lithium stock gains 11% on positive pump-flow tests

By: Henry Lazenby     7th February 2018 The TSX-V-listed equity of lithium explorer Advantage Lithium gained more than 11% on Tuesday, after the company released the positive results of recent drilling and pump tests on the flagship Cauchari lithium brine joint venture (JV), in Argentina. The latest exploration results include the... 

Advantage Lithium stock gains 11% on positive pump-flow tests
Photo by Advantage Lithium
Advantage Lithium's Cauchari lithium-brine JV project, in Argentina

Lithium Chile expands Helados lithium brine property

By: Henry Lazenby     7th February 2018 Junior explorer Lithium Chile has added a further 5 900 ha of prospective land to its Helados lithium brine property, where near-surface brine samples have assayed up to 1 280 mg/ℓ lithium. In a news release on Tuesday, Lithium Chile stated that near-surface brine sample lithium assays from this... 

Investment poised to increase in Chile – central bank survey

By: Reuters     6th February 2018 Chile's economy is poised to improve by mid-year as rebounding copper prices and President-elect Sebastian Pinera's promise of business-friendly policies increase optimism among investors, according to a central bank survey released on Tuesday. The study, which surveyed the perceptions of more... 

Bacanora appoints CFO and new board member

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th February 2018 London- and Canada-listed lithium company Bacanora Minerals has appointed former Gemfields finance chief Janet Boyce as its CFO with immediate effect. Boyce is replacing Derek Batorowski, who is stepping down to pursue other business interests. Batarowski will continue to serve as Bacanora... 

Dempsey gets a foot in the lithium brine door

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2018 Australia-based Dempsey Minerals has moved to secure a landholding in what is arguably the most productive lithium brine basin in Argentina at a time when the lithium market is experiencing significant growth. The company announced on Tuesday that it had entered into an exclusive option agreement... 

Dempsey gets a foot in the lithium brine door

Tawana secures A$5m loan for Bald Hill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th February 2018 ASX-listed Tawana Resources subsidiary Lithco, which holds the company’s 50% interest in the Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, has executed a binding A$5-million loan agreement with Red Coast Investment, a company nominated by Germany’s Weier Antriebe und Energietechnik. Weier is a subsidiary... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Rising commodity prices may have revived enthusiasm for African resources, but it’s unlikely to be the old mainstays of coal and iron ore pulling crowds next week as the mining industry meets in Cape Town. The electric-vehicle boom and shifting industrial demand have transformed formerly niche... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

Thor to update DFS for NT tungsten project

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2018 Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining on Thursday announced that it had approved an upgraded definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Molyhil tungsten project, in Northern Territory, Australia. The company is preparing to review capital and operating expense parameters for the upgraded Molyhil DFS,... 

Bacanora says it remains committed to NextView deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2018 UK- and Canada-listed lithium company Bacanora said on Thursday that the completion date of its previously announced equity offering with Chinese institutional fund management group NextView had been extended, but confirmed that both parties remained committed to the funding deal. In December,... 

Lithium Australia to build large-scale lithium reclamation pilot plant

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia will build a large-scale pilot plant to recover lithium chemicals from micas in industrial waste streams using its SiLeach technology, the company said in a statement on Thursday. “Lithium Australia now has sufficient confidence in its SiLeach technology to commit to... 

Lithium Australia to build large-scale lithium reclamation pilot plant
Lithium Australia pilot plant

Prospect raises $10m for Zimbabwe lithium mine development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2018 Southern Africa-focused lithium and gold mining and exploration company Prospect Resources has raised $10-million before costs, through an oversubscribed share placement of 166-million shares at 6c apiece. The ASX-listed company said on Wednesday that it would use the funds to accelerate the... 

Australia must grab $2tr downstream lithium opportunity with both hands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 Australia has the opportunity to expand its lithium value chain by an estimated $2-trillion in the next two years, a report revealed on Tuesday. In the Future Smart Strategies' report, titled 'A lithium industry in Australia: A value chain analysis for downstreaming Australia's lithium... 

Chile open to increasing SQM lithium quota to satisfy Tesla – Corfo

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Chile is open to negotiating an additional quota of lithium for local miner SQM to meet potential demand from US electric car-maker Tesla, Eduardo Bitran, head of Chilean development agency Corfo, told Reuters on Monday. Bitran said Tesla and SQM were "exploring" opportunities after Tesla... 

Battery metals demand will boost African exploration

By: Nadine James     26th January 2018 The exponential boost in demand for battery metals, in light of electric vehicle market growth, will drive exploration and investment in Africa, the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba panel on Energy Metals has determined. The discussion, live-streamed last month, was a preview of the panel... 

Battery metals demand will boost African exploration
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INDUSTRY CHARGING AHEAD As the electric vehicle industry has committed to the lithium-ion battery, cobalt and lithium demand is 'locked in' for the foreseeable future

Achieve sustainability through long-term budgets, risk assessments on health

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 For operational sustainability in the mining industry, mining decisionmakers need to take a proactive approach to protect and promote worker health, supporting productivity and to reduce legal liabilities associated with occupational disease. All of these could have significant direct and... 

Achieve sustainability through long-term  budgets, risk assessments on health
OFTEN OVERLOOKED International SOS says health risks are not always easy to quantify and end up being under-appreciated in mining companies’ budget allocations

Energy-focused miner evolving beyond fossil fuels

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 Botswana-focused coal and energy development company Shumba Energy will continue to benefit from its geographical and market positioning this year and beyond, says Shumba Energy chairperson Alan Mitchell Clegg.  

Energy-focused miner evolving beyond fossil fuels
Photo by Bloomberg
COAL MATTERS Bulk commodities, such as coal, continue to resurge, eventually translating into positive stock-market valuations
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