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Desert Lion announces maiden mineral resource estimate for Namibian project

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2018 TSX-V-listed Desert Lion Energy has completed a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Namibian lithium project, the company announced on Friday. The maiden mineral resource estimate comprised the Rubicon, Rubicon Slimes, Helikon 1, Helikon 2, Helikon 3, Helikon 4 and Helikon 5 deposits, and... 

Chilean court freezes sale of stake in lithium giant SQM to Tianqi

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 SANTIAGO – A Chilean court on Thursday suspended the sale of a coveted stake in lithium producer SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium, saying it will consider a lawsuit filed by the Chilean company's controlling shareholders, who oppose the deal. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, alleges a previous... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Chile studying possible lithium trade on LME

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Chile has called for lithium to be traded on the London Metals Exchange to provide greater "clarity" about its value, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica said on Wednesday. At present, lithium producers negotiate contracts with buyers but the terms of the deals are not made public. Critics say this... 

Chile studying possible lithium trade on LME

SQM controlling shareholder moves to block stake sale to China's Tianqi

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 The controlling shareholder in Chilean lithium producer SQM on Wednesday filed suit with Chile's Constitutional Court to block a deal allowing the sale of nearly one-fourth of the miner to China's Tianqi Lithium. The lawsuit alleges that Chile's antitrust court last week failed to follow due... 

The battery boom created a new lithium superpower in China

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 With a ruined 13th Century castle, the Irish town of Carlow is an unlikely staging post in the super-charged rise of a key player in China’s push to dominate the global electric-vehicle revolution. Ganfeng Lithium Co. sent a team to the town -- a 90-minute drive southwest of Dublin -- in 2013,... 

Chilean lithium miner seen profiting from 'explosive' EV growth

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Electric vehicles may be commonplace sooner than most people think, and that could signal a bonanza for Chilean lithium producer Soc. Quimica y Minera de Chile. Larrain Vial, Chile’s largest brokerage firm, sees global EV penetration at almost 21% by 2025, well above the market consensus of 8%... 

MGX prepares for drilling programme at new Chile projects

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 Canadian firm MGX Minerals is set to hit the road running in Chile, announcing on Tuesday that it had made its option agreement to acquire an interest in three lithium projects definitive and that it would start a drilling programme this week. MGX, which in August announced an option to buy into... 

Lithium-rich WA bids to host battery research centre

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 The Western Australian government on Tuesday confirmed that the application for the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC) was one of six to be shortlisted to the next round by the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme. The state government has included a... 

Altura ships first lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has shipped its first cargo of spodumene concentrate from Port Hedland to its offtake partner in China. The company on Tuesday said that some 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate was loaded onto the vessel MV Clipper Tenacious, which was shared with two other exporters. 

Bacanora grows Germany resource, funding talks for Mexico project ongoing

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium has grown the measured and indicated resource at its 50%-owned Zinnwald project, in southern Saxony, Germany, by 30% to 124 974 t of contained lithium. The total resource estimate for the project, including measured, indicated and inferred, is now 142 240 t of... 

Bacanora grows Germany resource, funding talks for Mexico project ongoing

Albemarle shares drop after media report on Chile lithium quota

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Shares of Albemarle Corp fell more than 2% on Monday after a newspaper reported that Chile's nuclear regulator has refused to increase the company's lithium production quota. The report, which has yet to be confirmed by officials, would be a blow to the world's largest lithium producer's aim to... 

Bolivia to pick new junior partner on lithium in coming weeks – official

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 Bolivia will choose a new junior partner in the coming weeks to help industrialize its lithium deposits from among seven companies that submitted proposals, including the German firm ACI Systems, according to a government official. The other offers to work with Bolivia to tap two lithium-rich... 

Cypress and Dajin to pursue Nevada lithium JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 TSX-V-listed Cypress Development is eyeing a prospect near its Clayton Valley lithium project, announcing on Wednesday that it could potentially earn a 50% interest in fellow-listed Dajin Resources’ Alkali Spring Valley property. Spring Valley is about 12 km north-east of Cypress’ Clayton Valley... 

Altura loads first cargo ship

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has started loading its maiden cargo of 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, bound for customers in China. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that the final product testing of the cargo is ongoing, however, it added that the processing plant has... 

Chile weighs arbitration with top lithium producer Albemarle

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 The Chilean state agency that oversees lithium mining in the country´s Atacama salt flat will decide within a week whether to take top producer Albemarle Corp to arbitration in a contract dispute, an attorney for the agency said on Wednesday. Maria Elina Cruz, an attorney for Chile state... 

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
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Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins

Czech approves Cinovec DFS level drilling programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 European Metal Holdings has received permission from the Czech authorities to start a comprehensive drilling campaign as part of its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Cinovec lithium/tin project. The drilling is aimed at converting a sufficient portion of the existing indicated mineral... 

Pilbara readies for first shipment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2018 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has loaded its maiden shipment of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, which is expected to depart shortly to offtake partners in Asia. The company’s chartered vessel is expected to receive up to 8 800 t of spodumene concentrate, with the product being loaded... 

Albemarle eyes future as pure-play lithium market leader

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Albemarle Corp, the world's largest lithium producer, aims to eventually end its dependence on two smaller units to fund growth as global appetite surges for electric-powered vehicles and consumer goods, its chief executive said in an interview. Tesla and other automakers have helped make... 

Foreign-backed miner hopes to begin Chilean lithium project in 2020

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Foreign-backed Salar Blanco expects to begin construction on its lithium mining project at the beginning of 2020 in Chile's north, once its environmental permit is approved by the government. The approval process for the necessary environmental permit for the initiative, which includes an... 

Simpec awarded additional work at Talison mine

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 Engineering contractor business Simpec, part of ASX-listed WestStar Industrial, has been awarded contract scope extensions and purchase orders for A$1.8-million from MSP Engineering at the Talison mine, in Greenbushes, Western Australia. Simpec will supply and install site wide concrete... 

Neometals strengthens board ahead of demerger

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 ASX-listed Neometals has appointed Jennifer Purdie and Leslie Guthrie as nonexecutive directors to its board, bringing new skills and experience to support the firm’s integrated lithium and titanium/vanadium growth strategies. Neometals will separately list its Barrambie titanium/vanadium... 

Tawana unveils A$40m funding package from Tribeca

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 Australian lithium producer Tawana Resources gained on the ASX on Thursday, after announcing a A$40-million funding package from Tribeca Investment partners and others to advance its Bald Hill project and to facilitate the listing of Alliance Mineral Assets. The company secured a A$20-million... 

Tawana unveils A$40m funding package from Tribeca
The Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine in Western Australia.

New Canada lithium production planned for 2020

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 The Authier lithium project in Quebec, Canada, has the potential to enter into production in 2020, producing 1.58-million tonnes a year of spodumene concentrate over 18 years, project developer Sayona Mining reported this week. Announcing the outcomes of the definitive feasibility study (DFS),... 

Savannah buys lease extending Mina do Barroso

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2018 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources has completed its technical and legal due diligence process with a private company Aldeia & Irmão, and executed an agreement to purchase a mining lease application covering areas of land bordering the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal. The Aldeia... 

Montero inks MoU with Chinese firm for lithium production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Namibia-focused Montero Mining and Exploration has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jiang Xi Yun Lithium of China for joint cooperation and development of lithium production in Africa.  Jiang Xi Yun is focused on the supply of battery grade lithium products to the... 

Argentina Lithium walks away from Arizaro project

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 Vancouver-based Argentina Lithium will not be proceeding with the option agreement on the Arizaro lithium project in the Arizaro Salar in Salta province, the company announced on Friday, as it outlines a future strategy. The TSX-V-listed firm has determined that the high risk and potential... 

Savannah applies for new mining lease in Mozambique

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 London- and Frankfurt-listed Savannah Resources has lodged the last outstanding mining lease application for the Mutumba heavy mineral sands joint venture project with Rio Tinto, the company said on Friday, while also announcing its half-year results. The application has been submitted by... 

Chinese lithium giant agrees three-year pact to supply Tesla

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 China’s top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it’s agreed a deal with Tesla Inc. to supply a fifth of its production to the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts. Tesla will designate its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from... 

Premier’s shares fall as it fails to secure DFS funding from Cadence Minerals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals’ share price on the LSE fell by more than 23% on Monday after it announced it had been unable to reach final terms with UK-based mining investment firm Cadence Minerals to fully fund a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Zulu lithium and tantalum... 

EIA for Maricunga lithium brine project submitted

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Power International (LPI), through its joint venture (JV) company Minera Salar Blanco (MSB), has submitted the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Maricunga lithium brine project to the Chilean environmental authority, Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA). The... 

Pilbara starts first deliveries of spodumene and tantalite

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals confirmed on Monday that its first shipment of spodumene concentrate from the Pilgangoora project would leave Port Hedland this month and said that its first shipment of tantalite concentrate had been delivered to Global Advanced Metals (GAM). MD and... 

Kidman and SQM ‘firmly committed’ to WA lithium venture

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2018 Joint venture (JV) partners Kidman Resources and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) have confirmed their commitment to the Mt Holland lithium project, in Western Australia, despite a recommendation that Kidman’s request to be exempt from minimum expenditure obligations over certain... 

Kidman and SQM ‘firmly committed’ to WA lithium venture

Chilean lawmakers study extra tax for copper, lithium mines

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chile's congress is studying a proposal for an additional royalty payment for copper and lithium miners operating in the country to bolster the development of the regions around their deposits, according to a draft seen by Reuters. The initiative, which was put forward by opposition legislators... 

Chile's lithium miner SQM asks court to reject Tianqi agreement

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM objected to the terms of a deal drawn up between the country's anti-trust regulator and the Chinese miner Tianqi which hopes to buy almost a quarter of SQM, its lawyers told the country's anti-trust court on Thursday. An attorney representing SQM told Chile’s anti-trust... 

Kidman, SQM may have to forfeit lithium mine after Australian govt ruling

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Australia's Kidman Resources and Chilean partner SQM may lose their right to develop the Mount Holland lithium project after a recommendation by a unit of the West Australian government that regulates mining leases. Kidman had asked the Western Australia Department of Mines for an exemption to... 

Byproduct inclusion boosts US lithium project’s economics

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 The inclusion of byproducts, including quartz, feldspar and mica, has delivered “substantial economic benefits” to the north Carolina lithium project that ASX-listed Piedmont Lithium is studying in the US. An updated scoping study determined that the recovery and selling of byproducts that are... 

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