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Lithium News

France's Eramet freezes lithium mine project in Argentina

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 36 minutes ago Eramet has postponed an Argentine lithium mine project aimed at shifting the group's focus towards electric vehicle minerals, it said, citing economic and regulatory uncertainty in the debt-stricken South American country. The French company had been due to make a final investment decision on... 

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 The next big disruptive technology will be hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is platinum rich, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of half-year results of a 44% increase in revenue to R73-billion and a R432-million profit for 2019, Froneman stated that this... 

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Donna Slater.

Orocobre buys Canadian JV partner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2020 Dual listed lithium miner Orocobre has inked a definitive agreement to acquire TSX-V listed Advantage Lithium Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Advantage shareholders will receive 0.142 Orocobre shares for every one Advantage share held, valuing the takeover target’s shares at 42c each,... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Climate-friendly energy transition metals, copper, cobalt and nickel, stole the limelight during Glencore’s presentation of 2019 results on Tuesday, when the company revealed that it would be depleting its coal reserves in line with the global move towards a low-carbon economy. Presenting... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve
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Ivan Glasenberg

Portuguese communities lock horns with lithium miners to save their land

By: Reuters     14th February 2020 The lush, green hills where Paulo Pires has for years brought sheep to graze above his picturesque Portuguese village may soon be transformed by the race to power electric vehicles. Signs of change already give him sleepless nights. Hundreds of drill holes across the countryside show where... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Amid growing demand for critical minerals globally on the back of increased production of the technologies needed to realise a low-carbon future, North America’s policies and regulations are said to be hindering exploration and depleting its project pipeline. This is the most minerals-intensive... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

US-Canada critical metals focus could aid Nico

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 The Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is among several advanced critical minerals projects in the country that could be fast-tracked to production stage with some government assistance, says developer Fortune Minerals. 

US-Canada critical metals focus could aid Nico
PROJECT OVERVIEW Fortune Minerals is working on increasing grade and gold contribution from its Nico deposit and reducing the capital costs of production facilities

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

Investors from five countries eye Mexico's nascent lithium market

By: Reuters     13th February 2020 Investors from at least five countries have expressed interest in Mexico's nascent lithium extraction and production industry, said Francisco Quiroga, the undersecretary for mining, after a promising find in the north of the country. The find is still in the exploration phase. If initial... 

Germany's Volkswagen and Daimler push for more 'sustainable' Chile lithium

By: Reuters     12th February 2020 German automakers Volkswagen and Daimler have launched a study to push for more “sustainable” lithium mining in Chile, according to lobbyist filings reviewed by Reuters, a sign of growing supply chain concerns ahead of an expected electric vehicle boom. Chile’s Atacama salt flat is by far the... 

Manono DFS 95% complete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2020 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals says the definitive feasibility study (DFS) into its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is 95% complete, with the results to be released by March 31. It adds that transport studies to select the most suitable and cost effective method... 

Gangfeng takes controlling share in Argentina JV with Lithium Americas

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 TSX- and NYSE-listed Lithium Americas Corporation (LAC) has entered into definitive agreements with Ganfeng Lithium which will alter the ownership structure of its joint venture (JV) company Minera Exar. Minera Exar owns 100% of the Caucharí-Olaroz lithium project, which is currently being... 

Maricunga gets enviro approval from Chilean authorities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2020 The Chilean government’s Central Environmental Committee has voted to approve the Maricunga lithium project, in the Atacama region. ASX-listed Lithium Power International on Wednesday said that its joint venture company Minera Salar Blanco had received environmental approval, allowing for the... 

Plateau PEA confirms Peru-based project economics

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 TSX-V-listed Plateau Energy Metals this week shared its Falchani project preliminary economic assessment (PEA), which finds that the project can become a large, long-life producer of low cost and battery-grade lithium carbonate (Li2CO3). The PEA envisions an average production capacity of about... 

Hawkstone makes debut gold project purchase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2020 Australian junior Hawkstone Mining, which owns the Big Sandy lithium project in the US, is diversifying its portfolio with the addition of a gold project in Idaho, as weakness in the lithium market continues. The company on Monday announced that it had agreed to acquire the Lone Pine gold... 

China lithium giant faces debt mountain after deal at cycle top

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2020 After borrowing billions to fund an overseas expansion to ride a lithium boom, a collapse in prices has left one of the world’s top producers straining under a mountain of debt. Valued at more than $6-billion, Tianqi Lithium’s predicament highlights the risks of boom-and-bust cycles in commodity... 

As lithium in Nevada gains attention, Spearmint plans to get back in

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2020 Canadian junior explorer Spearmint Resources is planning to resume exploration operations at its Clayton Valley lithium prospect, as interest in lithium in Nevada picks up. Company president James Nelson says there has been a “distinct positive feeling” surrounding lithium and especially lithium... 

As lithium in Nevada gains attention, Spearmint plans to get back in

Orocobre's revenue falls on lower lithium prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2020 Dual-listed lithium miner Orocobre has reported a 44% drop in revenue for the December quarter as lithium prices tumbled. Lithium production during the December quarter reached 3 586 t, up slightly from the 3 093 t in the previous quarter, and down 5% on the previous corresponding period. 

Nemaska sale and investor solicitation process to get under way

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2020 The sale and investor solicitation process for Canada’s Nemaska Lithium will get under way in late February, with a target of closing a transaction in mid-August, the company announced on Wednesday. Nemaska is restructuring under the supervision of the Superior Court of Quebec and... 

Nemaska sale and investor solicitation process to get under way
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Pilbara sets cost guidance for Pilgangoora lithium expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2020 Early work on the phased expansion of ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium project, in Western Australia, has estimated that the Stage 2 expansion would cost between A$200-million and A$250-million. The Stage 2 expansion will see an additional three-million tonne a year processing... 

Kodal, Mali Lithium agree to share some infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2020 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASX-listed Mali Lithium, which is developing the Goulaminia project adjacent to Kodal’s Bouguni project, in Mali. The MoU encompasses general cooperation and the investigation of synergies in the development of the... 

Kodal, Mali Lithium agree to share some infrastructure
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Lithium ore stockpile

Albemarle becomes a 'dividend aristocrat'

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2020 US-based Albemarle will be named to the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. The Index measures the performance of S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends every year for the last 25 consecutive years. On February 26, 2019, the company declared a dividend increase of 10% and paid the... 

Amplats earnings set to soar despite power outages 

By: Martin Creamer     28th January 2020 The shareholders of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) have been advised that the earnings of the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company for the 12 months to end December are poised to soar sky high, despite the setback of Eskom’s power outages. The big expected earnings increases have been... 

Amplats earnings set to soar despite power outages
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Chris Griffith

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Following a year characterised largely by disappointing performances from the electric vehicle (EV) and consumer electronics sectors, better days are ahead for battery market participants, with key markets for electric cars set to start growing again. This is according to consultancy firm Wood... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

Nemaska retains only about 30 employees

By: Mariaan Webb     28th January 2020 Embattled project developer Nemaska Lithium has announced a further reduction of its workforce as a restructuring continues under creditor protection entered into last month. The company on Monday announced that another 29 people would be laid off, leaving the organisation with little over 30... 

Feasibility study demonstrates robustness of Kodal’s Bougouni

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2020 A feasibility study into mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals’ Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali, has demonstrated robust economics for the development of the project, the company reported on Monday. The company completed the study as part of its mining licence... 

Codelco seeks approvals to explore for lithium at Maricunga

By: Reuters     27th January 2020 Chile State miner Codelco filed with regulators on Friday a plan to begin exploration for lithium in its Maricunga salt flat holdings, a key step in advancing development of the country's second richest deposit of the metal needed for batteries. The proposal, if approved, would allow Codelco,... 

Germany to urge next Bolivian leaders to revive lithium deal

By: Reuters     24th January 2020 Germany will seek talks with Bolivia's next government to revive a deal to exploit jointly huge lithium reserves in the Andean country, as it works to secure supplies for production of electric cars in Europe's largest economy, officials said. Bolivia and Germany signed a lithium joint venture... 

No boom expected for battery metals

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 The battery metals market is not expected to show a significant upturn this year, says blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer BME Southern Africa operations GM Albie Visser. “We do not anticipate a massive increase. However, BME will follow the lead of the electronic vehicle (EV)... 

No boom expected for battery metals
BATTERY EMPOWERMENT In focus at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba is the leveraging of precious metals and battery metals to create economic stability and thriving communities

First tin concentrate shipped from Uis in 30 years

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2020 Tin miner AfriTin Mining successfully shipped its first tin concentrate from the newly recommissioned Uis tin mine, in Namibia, in November last year. It was the first tin concentrate shipped from the mine in about 30 years since the mine closed in 1990, following a tin price collapse. 

First tin concentrate shipped from Uis in 30 years
ANTHONY VILJOEN Tin exceeds the growth prospects of other commodities

Africa expected to be responsible producer

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Global commodities markets expect African producers to deliver “ethically” produced, traded and transformed material, says responsible sourcing auditing and advisory company RCS Global CEO Dr Nicholas Garrett. Responsible sourcing practices are resulting in higher standards at African mining... 

Africa expected to be responsible producer
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SCOPE WIDENING Cobalt remains the commodity under the most scrutiny in terms of responsible sourcing, but focus is expanding to include other key battery and tech-metal supply chains

Wesfarmers defers lithium project investment decision

By: Reuters     23rd January 2020 Australia's Wesfarmers has delayed its final investment decision on the Mt Holland lithium project by a year to the first quarter of 2021, it said on Thursday, as it focuses on cost-cutting amid weakening prices of the metal. The decision follows a review in November of a feasibility study run... 

Galaxy's push-back plans take effect

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd January 2020 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has reported a drop in production during the December quarter, as the miner reduced mining rates at its Mt Cattlin operation, in Western Australia, in an effort to conserve mineral resource until market conditions improved. The company will scale back operations by... 

Galaxy's push-back plans take effect

IronRidge records notable trials at Ghana lithium project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2020 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has conducted successful battery-grade lithium conversion trials on coarse spodumene concentrate samples taken from the Ewoyaa lithium project, in Ghana. The results demonstrate the project's ability to generate battery-grade lithium products from premium feedstock,... 

Altura ships record cargo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2020 ASX-listed Altura Mining has shipped a record cargo of 24 500 t of lithium concentrate to offtake partner Ganfeng Lithium. The company on Tuesday revealed that it had now shipped a total of 170 000 t of lithium concentrate since starting production at its Pilgangoora mine, in Western Australia,... 

Nemaska names new chairperson

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2020 Canada’s Nemaska Lithium has appointed Jacques Mallette as chairperson of the board to guide the company’s management in its efforts to carry out the restructuring under way under the creditor protection entered into last month. Mallette, who has acted as a director of the corporation since March... 

Lithium Americas moves closer to Nevada mine approval

By: Reuters     20th January 2020 US regulators have moved a step closer toward approving Lithium Americas Corp's Nevada mine for the white metal, launching a review process that could result in final permits to build by 2021. The step comes as US politicians have been pushing for increased domestic mining of specialised... 

Lithium Americas moves closer to Nevada mine approval

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
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