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Lithium News

Lithium Australia declares maiden resource at German project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2017 Perth-based explorer Lithium Australia has declared a maiden inferred mineral resource estimate of 25-million tonnes at 0.45% Li2O at the Sadisdorf tin/lithium project, in Saxony, Germany. Lithium Australia is farming into a joint venture with Tin International, which previously defined a tin... 

India’s electric-vehicle target faces raw material challenges

By: Ajoy K Das     7th December 2017 India’s goal of moving completely to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, is facing severe challenges, including a lack of reserves for litium-ion components, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, and uncoordinated efforts from various stakeholders, the government’s apex advisory body has warned. In a... 

European Lithium announces capital raising

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2017 The developer of the Wolfsberg project in Austria, European Lithium, on Wednesday announced that it would place shares to raise up to $4-million, with an option to raise an additional $1-million. The company would undertake the placement at an issue price of $0.225 a share, which represented a... 

Lithium giant SQM eyes new project to tackle electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     6th December 2017 One of the world’s largest lithium producers is looking to expand into a new country as prices surge to record highs amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom led by car makers such as Tesla and Mitsubishi. Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA is considering opportunities to establish a foothold in a... 

Glencore-Canada venture hitched to low-carbon economy shift

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2017 The joint venture partnership Glencore struck with a Canadian pension plan on Tuesday provides exposure to commodities that benefit from a low-carbon economy. BaseCore Metals, a 50:50 partnership centred on base metals streams and royalties, involves Glencore Canada Corporation contributing a... 

Glencore-Canada venture hitched to low-carbon economy shift
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Nemaska delivers first lithium hydroxide made from own Whabouchi spodumene

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 The TSX-listed stock of lithium development company Nemaska Lithium jumped to a new 52-week high of C$2.24 apiece on Monday, after the company confirmed that it had delivered 1.5 t of lithium hydroxide produced from its Wabouchi spodumene mine, in Quebec. "This is the first time a new entrant to... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Core Exploration enters maiden offtake, prepayment agreements

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Core Exploration has entered into a binding lithium offtake agreement and a conditional $20-million prepayment agreement with China-based lithium hydroxide and carbonate producer Ya Hua International Investment and Development for the Finniss lithium project, near Darwin, in the... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Demand for battery metals will drive African exploration, investment

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market will boost demand for battery metals exponentially, driving exploration and investment in Africa. This was discussed during a live-streamed Mining Indaba panel on energy metals in which Cobalt 27 chairperson Anthony Milewski, Montero president and CEO Dr... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2017 The 'mine of tomorrow' is expected to be a factory-like entity equipped with a multiplicity of autonomous devices, which are controlled by technology savvy personnel working from remote centres, attendees of the natural resources forum heard in Sandton on Thursday. The ‘mine of tomorrow’ would... 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era
Dassault Systèmes Geovia CEO Raoul Jacquand interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on mine modernisation. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Resources Watch  

30th November 2017 This week: Argentina Lithium embarks on 10 000 m drill campaign And, Mato Products celebrates thirtieth anniversary 

Resources Watch
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European Metals raises £2.28m for lithium DFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2017 Australia- and UK-listed European Metals has raised £2.28-million through subscriptions to UK-based sophisticated investors. The funds will be used to advance the ongoing definitive feasibility study on the Cinovec deposit in the Czech Republic, which the company says is Europe’s largest lithium... 

European Metals raises £2.28m for lithium DFS

Galaxy seals lithium offtake contracts with Asian partners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has signed binding offtake agreements for 200 000 t/y of lithium concentrate from its Mt Cattlin operation and said on Wednesday that 100% of the planned output from the mine in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia, had now been sold on a five-year contract term. The... 

Magnis receives strong interest from flake graphite buyers

By: Samantha Herbst     28th November 2017 Having evolved into a diversified project developer with graphite mine developer operations and ownership in the large-scale manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, ASX-listed graphite buyer and seller Magnis Resources has received strong interest from a number of parties looking to source... 

European Metals reports increased indicated resource at Cinovec

By: Samantha Herbst     28th November 2017 Following a four-month drilling campaign, ASX- and Aim-listed European Metals has announced an additional upgrade of its Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant Cinovec lithium/tin project, in the Czech Republic, confirming the project’s status as Europe’s largest lithium resource. The drilling... 

Bald Hill project 'coming to life'

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 The Bald Hill lithium project, near Kambalda, in Western Australia, is proceeding apace with structural steel work now well advanced and the placement of mechanical equipment and electrical cable having started. Mark Calderwood, MD of Tawana Resources, which owns the project in a joint venture... 

Electric cars' success leaves Toyota isolated with hydrogen bet

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 Toyota Motor, which has made a big bet on hydrogen-powered cars, is looking more isolated as industry rivals double down on plug-in electric vehicles as the dominant technology in the emerging post-fossil fuel era. Three years ago, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, grandson of company founder... 

Liontown sells noncore tenements at Kathleen Valley

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 Lithium-focused Liontown Resources will sell 11 of 15 mining leases at its Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia, to focus on priority lithium targets in its 2018 drilling programme. Seven of the mining leases will be sold to gold company Draig Resources for one-million shares and A$25... 

German car makers warned of possible battery materials shortage-Welt am Sonntag 

By: Reuters     26th November 2017 The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany's largest industry association BDI warned. "The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because... 

Plymouth hoping for strategic industry partner for San Jose project

By: Mariaan Webb     24th November 2017 Exploration and development company Plymouth Minerals is aiming to attract a strategic industry partner for the development of its flagship lithium project in Spain and said on Friday that it was in discussions with European gigafactory developers. The San Jose project, in which Plymouth has a... 

A$12m raised for lithium exploration in southern Mali

By: Mariaan Webb     24th November 2017 Lithium explorer Birimian has received commitments from investors to raise A$12-million for its Goulamina lithium project, in the Bougouni region of Mali. Birimian, which has a listing on the ASX, said on Friday that the placement at A$0.38 a share was “heavily oversubscribed”. 

LSC to acquire Alqa Lihtium, add 2 595 ha in the Salar de Salinas Grandes

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd November 2017 Lithium exploration junior LSC Lithium has entered into a binding contract to acquire all of the outstanding equity of Alqa Lithium, which owns a 100% stake in the Mina Teresa project that comprises 2 595 ha in the Salar de Salinas Grandes, in Jujuy province, Argentina. Under terms of the... 

MetalsTech cobalt spinout to list on ASX next year

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd November 2017 Lithium-focused MetalsTech on Thursday announced the potential spinout of its cobalt business and said its subsidiary had secured an option to buy a high-grade cobalt/silver mine in Ontario. MetalsTech, which is headquartered in Western Australia, but has projects in Quebec and Ontario, said it... 

Pilgangoora on track for commissioning next year

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd November 2017 In the year that has passed between the 2016 and 2017 annual general meetings (AGMs), the market capitalisation of lithium project developer Pilbara Minerals has more than doubled – a feat chairperson Tony Kiernan attributes to the quality of the Pilgangoora project, which is set to start... 

Savannah reports 'significant' lithium intersections at Portugal project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2017 The reverse circulation (RC) drill programme for the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, has returned significant intersections of lithium mineralisation, Aim-quoted Savannah Resources reported on Wednesday. The company has completed a further 27 holes f 

Lithium Power raises A$15m

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd November 2017 Pure-play lithium explorer Lithium International has raised A$15-million in an institutional placement, which allows the company to complete its earn-in in the Maricunga joint venture (JV) and to start preconstruction works. Lithium International, which is listed on the ASX, will have a 50%... 

Walkabout granted lithium licence in Namibia

By: Mariaan Webb     21st November 2017 Australian junior Walkabout Resources, which is developing the Lindi Jumbo graphite project in Tanzania, is to explore for lithium in southern Namibia. Walkabout was granted a second exclusive prospecting licence (EPL 6308), giving the company a footprint of more than 1 500 km2 in the Orange... 

Sampling confirms lithium in Namibia – Montero

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2017 Exploration and development company Montero, which is putting mineralisation to the test in Namibia in search of a lithium resource, on Friday confirmed the presence of the soft silver-white metal in central Namibia. “Montero’s first channel sampling programme has confirmed lithium,” Montero CEO... 

Sampling confirms lithium in Namibia – Montero
Montero CEO Dr Tony Harwood

Lithium Power shares rise as Chinese show interest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2017 The share price of Lithium Power International increased by nearly 9% on Friday on news of Chinese interest at the Maricunga lithium brine project, in Chile. Lithium Power on Friday confirmed that its Chilean joint venture partner has entered into discussions with Chinese major Fulin Group, over... 

Argentina Lithium embarks on 10 000 m drill campaign; open to more acquisitions 

By: Henry Lazenby     17th November 2017 TSX-V-listed lithium explorer Argentina Lithium on Thursday announced that it has appointed a new project manager to oversee a 10 000 m exploration drilling campaign at its two active projects in Argentina – located within the prospective Arizaro and Incahuasi salars. The Vancouver-headquartered... 

Argentina Lithium embarks on 10 000 m drill campaign; open to more acquisitions
Argentina Lithium president and CEO Nikolaos Cacos discusses the company’s new 10 000 m exploration drilling campaign spread over its two main lithium assets, in Argentina. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Piedmont gains more ground in US

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th November 2017 Emerging lithium development company Piedmont Lithium has increased its foothold in North Carolina, acquiring a further 188 acres from local landowners. The company currently holds some 903 acres within the Carolina tin spodumene belt, with the ASX-listed company aiming to consolidate landholding... 

Altura says time is right for lithium expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th November 2017 A scoping study into the expansion of the Altura lithium project, in Western Australia, has confirmed that duplicating the size of the current production plant to double output, will be the best expansion option for the project. The Stage 1 operation will have a nameplate output of 220 000 t/y... 

Prospect gets development option for Zim lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th November 2017 Lithium and gold-focused Prospect Resources has inked a conditional placement and framework agreement with Hong Kong based Sinomine Resources Exploration to fully fund the construction of the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. Prospect on Friday reported that Sinomine would invest... 

Pilbara eyeing downstream processing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th November 2017 Lithium developer Pilbara Minerals has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to potentially develop a downstream lithium chemical conversion facility in South Korea. The ASX-listed company on Friday noted that the MoU with Polaris Shipping and LG Chem would see Pilbara supply up... 

Zim mine produces first battery grade lithium carbonate

By: Ilan Solomons     10th November 2017 Junior miner Prospect Resources has produced battery grade lithium carbonate from its Arcadia petalite project, in Zimbabwe, the company announced last week. The lithium carbonate with a purity 99.5% was produced in the company’s custom laboratory, Kwekwe, in Zimbabwe. 

Zim mine produces first battery grade lithium carbonate
Photo by Prospect Resources
LIKING FOR LITHIUM The lithium carbonate with a purity 99.5% was produced in Prospect Resources’ custom laboratory, Kwekwe, Zimbabwe

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