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Lithium News

IronRidge starts aggressive lithium exploration regime in Ghana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th December 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has started a 3 000 m reverse circulation (RC) exploration drilling programme at the Abonko target, at the Ewoyaa lithium project, in Ghana. A 1 000 m diamond drilling programme is planned on completion of the RC drilling programme, for density, metallurgical... 

India’s new EV promotion policy focus shifts to component manufacturing

By: Ajoy K Das     10th December 2018 The second stage of the Indian government’s policy for faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) will see a shift from offering financial incentives for purchasing EVs, to developing domestic lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacities and vehicle charging infrastructure across the country. 

Tesla lithium supplier Kidman settles ownership row over Australian mine

By: Reuters     10th December 2018 Kidman Resources, a supplier of lithium to US electric car maker Tesla said on Monday it had settled a court dispute that could have derailed joint development of a mine in Western Australian with Chile's SQM. In a statement announcing the settlement, Kidman did not specify terms. Court... 

Tesla lithium supplier Kidman settles ownership row over Australian mine

Westgold raises more cash, divests lithium royalties

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2018 ASX-listed Westgold Resources has completed a share placement, raising A$23.4-million, while also announcing plans to divest of its non-core lithium royalties for A$15-million. The company on Friday reported the placement of 26-million fully paid ordinary shares, priced at 90c each, to... 

Mariana lithium brine JV to produce 10 000 t/y – study

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2018 The Mariana lithium brine joint venture (JV) project between China’s Ganfeng Lithium and Canadian junior International Lithium has the potential to produce 10 000 t/y of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) and 84 000 t/y of sulphate of potash (SOP), a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has... 

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.

High risk/high reward lithium bet drives Argentina mining surge

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2018 High risk/high reward. That’s the bet being made by global lithium miners in Argentina who are brushing aside a recession, a currency crisis and political uncertainty in their hunger for the mineral that helps power electric cars. Rising demand and limited supply have resulted in lithium prices... 

Serbia's mining sector could contribute 5% of national output by 2023

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Serbia's mining industry could expand to 5% of national output by 2023 if foreign investors keep commitments to plough millions of dollars into copper and lithium production, its Mining Minister said. The sector currently accounts for 1% of Serbia's gross domestic product. But since 2000, when a... 

Serbia's mining sector could contribute 5% of national output by 2023

Lithium, cobalt costs hinder battery-powered car sales – HSBC

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2018 High prices for lithium and cobalt will hinder sales growth in battery-powered vehicles the next few years, according to HSBC Holdings. Global market share by 2025 for fully electric vehicles will be lower than previously projected – 9.4%, compared with an earlier estimate of 10.5%, HSBC... 

Big lithium riches lure first-time miner to Bolivia’s salt flat

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2018 A small army of workers from cities and villages across Bolivia boards the buses for the last leg of a commute that can last days. The meandering, bumpy dirt roads, the thin air at high altitude, the ordeal of bringing labor into the blinding white plain of the world’s largest salt flat—all of... 

Big lithium riches lure first-time miner to Bolivia’s salt flat

Piedmont raises cash for US lithium exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2018 Lithium junior Piedmont Lithium will raise A$12.2-million through a share placement priced at 11c a share. The ASX-listed company on Monday told shareholders that it had successfully completed a book build and had received commitments for the placement of 111-million shares. 

Prospect breaks ground at Arcadia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2018 ASX-listed Prospect Resources has officially broken ground at the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. A 2017 prefeasibility study estimated that the project could produce 75 000 t/y of spodumene concentrate, ramping up to 123 000 t/y and 155 000 t/y petalite concentrates and 88 000 t/y... 

Lithium markets to be oversupplied despite EV growth – Moody’s

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2018 The lithium market is expected to be in oversupply in the early 2020s, despite rapid demand growth from the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry, a new report by Moody’s Investor Services states. Lead author Joseph Princiotta says the surpluses will be greatest between 2020 and 2022, when a... 

Construction on $4bn Indonesia EV battery project begins Jan 2019 – Minister

By: Reuters     30th November 2018 Developers will begin building a lithium battery project in Morowali, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, on Jan. 11, Coordinating Maritime Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Friday. The $4-billion project involves investors from South Korea, Japan and China, Pandjaitan told reporters, without... 

Go-ahead for $295m Argentina lithium expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2018 The boards of joint venture partners Orocobre and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) have approved a 25 000 t/y expansion of the Olaroz lithium facility, which will increase the Argentina-based operation’s output to 42 500 t/y. Announcing the final investment decision this week, Orocobre said that... 

Go-ahead for $295m Argentina lithium expansion

Lithium hydroxide a viable option at San Jose

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2018 A scoping study into the San Jose lithium hydroxide project has estimated that ASX-listed Infinity Lithium would have to invest $228-million to develop the Spanish project. ASX-listed Infinity had previously completed a scoping study on a lithium carbonate project, which demonstrated the... 

European Lithium lists on London’s NEX

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2018 Australia-headquartered mining explorer and developer European Lithium started trading on the NEX Exchange Growth Market (NEX) in London on Wednesday. The listing provides the company, which is developing the Wolfsberg lithium project in Austria, to increased exposure and access to European... 

Argosy's Argentina lithium project to produce 10 000 t/y, PEA shows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2018 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Rincon lithium project, in Argentina, has estimated a 16.5-year mine life based on the production of 10 000 t/y of high value lithium carbonate. ASX-listed Argosy Minerals on Wednesday reported that the PEA estimated a pre-tax net present value of... 

Tawana shareholders approve merger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th November 2018 The shareholders of ASX-listed Tawana Resources has approved a merger with Alliance Mineral Assets. The company on Tuesday reported that 92.6% of shareholders had voted in favour of the merger at a scheme meeting held in Perth. 

Chile to file arbitration suit against Albemarle by December 15

By: Reuters     26th November 2018 Chile's Corfo will present an arbitration suit against lithium miner Albemarle by December 15, the Chilean state development agency's vice-president said on Monday, alleging the world's top lithium producer had failed to adhere to the terms of a contract drawn up in 2016. Under the contract,... 

Savannah expands Mina do Barroso lithium project team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2018 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources has added a number of leading Portuguese and international consultancy groups to its team advancing work on the Mina do Barroso project. The new consultancies appointed would assist Primero Group and Savannah’s in-house team in their work on the feasibility study,... 

Galaxy completes Sal de Vida deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th November 2018 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has completed the sale of the northern tenements of its Sal de Vida project, in Argentina, to Posco. Posco earlier this year struck a deal with Galaxy to acquire a package of tenements on the northern portion of Sal de Vida, for $280-million. Galaxy would retain... 

Kodal appoints project manager for Mali project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd November 2018 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has appointed Steven Zaninovich project manager of the company’s flagship Bougouni lithium project, in Mali. Zaninovich has 25 years’ experience in project management, encompassing all stages of mine development.  

Lithium giant sees strong prices for longer amid ramp-up issues

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2018 Unexpected difficulties to expand production by one of the world’s top lithium miners come with a silver lining -- stronger than expected prices. Santiago-based Soc. Quimica y Minera de Chile SA expects lithium prices to remain firm in the fourth quarter at about similar levels to earlier this... 

Lithium giant sees strong prices for longer amid ramp-up issues

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2018 This month’s launch of the world’s first fuel cell double-decker bus is the latest example of platinum helping to power the world’s new clean air revolution. The fuel cell bus was developed as a part of the European Union-funded joint initiative for hydrogen vehicles, which make use of platinum,... 

Platinum’s stature growing as world’s clean air catalyst
First fuel cell double decker bus.

Lithium Australia produces batteries from mine waste

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has reported the production of lithium-ion battery cathode material and lithium-ion batteries from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste. The company on Thursday said that its wholly-owned subsidiary VSPC had produced the lithium-ion products... 

Australia’s Mineral Resources gains on $1.15bn Albemarle deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MRL) increased by more than 26% on Thursday after the company signed an exclusivity agreement with US major Albemarle over the potential sale of a 50% interest in the Wodgina lithium project, in Western Australia. Albemarle is expected to pay... 

Australia’s Mineral Resources gains on $1.15bn Albemarle deal

IronRidge raises £5.40m for African mines’ development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st November 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has raised about £5.4-million before expenses through the issue of about 27-million shares at a price of 20p apiece. The funds will be used to develop the company’s gold and lithium projects in Ghana, Chad and Côte d'Ivoire.  

Phase 1 drilling at IronRidge’s Ghana lithium project confirms significant deposit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has compiled the results of a 58-hole, 8 210 m reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme at its Ewoyaa project, in Ghana. The results include the last 13 holes drilled, which had multiple broad, high-grade lithium drill intersections returned at a 0.5% lithium... 

Phase 1 drilling at IronRidge’s Ghana lithium project confirms significant deposit
Lithium pegmatite

Cinovec developer European Metals raises cash

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2018 European Metal Holdings has raised gross proceeds of £1.04-million (about $1.82-million) through a share placing to Australian and UK investors, the company announced on Tuesday. The placing price of 20p a share was at a discount of 13% to Friday’s closing price. 

Quebec lithium mine construction on track

By: Mariaan Webb     20th November 2018 The construction of the Whabouchi lithium mine and Shwinigan electrochemical plant remain on track to start producing concentrate in the second half of next year, followed by lithium salt production in the second half of 2020, Nemaska Lithium reported on Monday. In a project update, the company... 

Mali to produce lithium by 2020 with 694 000 t discovered

By: Reuters     19th November 2018 Mali is on track to start lithium production by 2020 and companies have already discovered 694 000 t of exploitable reserves, a senior Mines Ministry official told Reuters. Lithium has become one of the world's most in-demand commodities thanks to the rising popularity of electric vehicles... 

Zimbabwe lithium mine to cost $165m – Prospect

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe, has found that the project would require a capital investment of $165-million to develop a 2.4-million tonne a year operation. The DFS base case was double that considered in a 2017 prefeasibility study which... 

Pilgangoora officially opens

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2018 The Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia, has officially been opened by the Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston. The official opening of the mine comes four years since the first drill hole, and first product shipments which was achieved in October this year, owner... 

Kidman searching for Mt Holland offtakers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th November 2018 Lithium developer Kidman Mining is hoping to find buyers for between 75% and 80% of its share of production from the $601-million integrated Mt Holland project, in Western Australia, to assist in discussions with financiers. MD and CEO Martin Donohue told shareholders at the company’s annual... 

Peregrine, NexGen and Cardinal among leaders honoured in PDAC awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th November 2018 The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has announced the winners of its yearly awards, which recognise the work of international and domestic leaders in the mineral exploration and mining community. The Bill Dennis award went to Peregrine Diamonds, which discovered the... 

Chilean regulators reject Albemarle's plans to boost lithium output

By: Reuters     14th November 2018 Chilean environmental regulators have rejected plans by Albemarle Corp, the world's top lithium producer, to expand output from the Salar de Atacama salt flat, according to filings with Chile's Environmental Assessment Service (SEA). SEA said in a resolution on Monday that Albemarle's... 

Chilean regulators reject Albemarle's plans to boost lithium output

Lithium/cobalt juniors contemplate amalgamation

By: Mariaan Webb     13th November 2018 Canadian Securities Exchange-listed exploration juniors Tantalex Resources and International Cobalt Corp (ICC) are considering amalgamating their businesses, joining their operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Idaho Cobalt belt, in the US. Cobalt- and lithium-focused... 

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