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Lithium News

Piedmont delivers lithium scoping study for US project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2018 The vertically integrated Piedmont lithium project is expected to produce 22 700 t/y of lithium hydroxide over an initial 13-year mine life, the project’s eponymous owner reported on Thursday. ASX-listed Piedmont Lithium said that a scoping study contemplated a staged development approach for... 

Bacanora Lithium drops $100m placing for Mexico project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th July 2018 London-listed exploration and development company Bacanora Lithium, which earlier this week announced a funding package for the development of the initial 17 500 /ty lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) operation at Sonara, Mexico, has canned its proposed $100-million placing, citing “difficult market... 

Bacanora Lithium drops $100m placing for Mexico project

Chile's SQM seeks approval for $450m lithium plant expansion

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 Chilean miner SQM on Wednesday began the process of seeking government approval for a $450-million expansion of its lithium carbonate plant, which could more than double its production as demand rises for the key element in the manufacturing of batteries. SQM said in an environmental impact... 

Savannah enters into option to buy more ground in Portugal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has entered into an exclusive due diligence and option agreement to acquire a three-block mining lease for lithium, feldspar and quartz, covering key areas of newly identified lithium pegmatite-bearing structural corridors adjacent to the company’s existing mining... 

Tawana says completes demerger of 85% of shares in Cowan Lithium

By: African News Agency      18th July 2018 Australia-based mineral exploration company Tawana Resources said on Wednesday it had completed the demerger of 85% of the shares in Cowan Lithium Limited, holding the Cowan, Yallari and Mofe Creek assets. Tawana retained 15% of the total issued shares in Cowan Lithium. 

Plateau Energy Metals Peru unit finds large lithium resources

By: Reuters     17th July 2018 Canadian miner Plateau Energy Metals's Peru unit Macusani Yellowcake said on Monday it has found 2.5-million tonnes of high-grade lithium resources and 124-million pounds of uranium resources in its Falchani hard rock deposit in the region Puno. Ulises Solis, general manager of the unit, told a... 

Bacanora raises cash to start Sonora construction

By: Mariaan Webb     16th July 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium on Monday announced significant progress in the raising of the construction capital needed to build Stage 1 of its Sonara lithium project, in Mexico, announcing a conditional $90-million investment from blue chip investors and a $100-million placing of ordinary... 

Bacanora raises cash to start Sonora construction

Kodal reports positive assay results from Mali projects

By: Anine Kilian     16th July 2018 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has reported encouraging assay results from its Mali-based Boumou, Ngoualana and Sogola-Baoule prospect. The lithium mineral exploration and development company said in a project update on Monday that the Boumou prospect was continuing to develop, with northern zone... 

MGX to earn into Belmont’s Nevada lithium property

By: Mariaan Webb     13th July 2018 Diversified miner MGX Minerals has entered into an option agreement to earn into the Kibby Basin lithium brine project, in the western portion of the Great basin in Nevada, the Canadian firm announced on Friday. MGX will acquire an initial 25% interest in Kibby Basin from TSX-V-listed Belmont... 

Cinovec produces more lithium carbonate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 ASX-listed European Metals has reported increased lithium carbonate production from its Cinovec lithium/tin project, in the Czech Republic, following roast optimisation test work. European Metals told shareholders that the average lithium carbonate production had increased from 20 800 t/y to22... 

Foreign-backed miner drops lawsuit against Chile for control of lithium deposit

By: Reuters     10th July 2018 Foreign-backed miner Salar Blanco, which is 50%-owned by Lithium Power International, has dropped its lawsuit against Chile to block state-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims, the Australian-listed smallcap announced. Lithium Power International said that... 

Tawana's SA investors 'ineligible' for merger deal 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th July 2018 The South African shareholders of ASX-listed Tawana Resources will not be receiving shares in Alliance Mineral Assets, as part of a merger agreement between Tawana and Alliance. The two companies in April agreed to pursue a scheme of arrangement, under which Tawana shareholders would receive 1.1... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Savannah raises cash for Portugal lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has raised £12.5-million for the development of its Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal, providing funding for the project through a feasibility study to a final development decision early next year. The company has raised £11.5-million in cash... 

ICMM welcomes two South American miners

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Two South American mining companies, Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur, have joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). ICMM CEO Tom Butler notes that both companies have earned their membership of ICMM by complying with the council’s “rigorous” admission procedure, adding that... 

ICMM welcomes two South American miners
TOM BUTLER Both Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur have shown real leadership in their environmental and social performance and have valuable experience to share

Bacanora secures $150m debt for Mexico lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 The Sonora lithium project is one step closer to fruition with Bacanora Lithium on Thursday announcing that it had secured $150-million in debt for the development of Stage 1 of the Mexico mine.  

Kingston sells lithium assets

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th July 2018 ASX-listed junior Kingston Resources will divest of its Bynoe and Arunta lithium tenements in the Northern Territory, for A$1.8-million. The sale of the lithium tenements comes shortly after Kingston sold its Mt Cattlin lithium tenements to fellow-listed Galaxy Resources for A$600 000 in cash... 

Piedmont finds land for lithium plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th July 2018 Junior Piedmont Lithium has acquired a 60.6 acre parcel of land in North Carolina as a potential site for a planned lithium chemical plant. The site is some 20 miles from the proposed Piedmont lithium mine and concentrator, which would minimise the cost of freight for concentrate delivery to the... 

Nemaska signs 7 000 t/y lithium offtake agreement with LG Chem

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 Canada’s Nemaska Lithium and Korean chemical company LG Chem have signed an offtake agreement that provides for the supply of battery grade lithium hydroxide by Nemaska to LG.  

Mali lithium mine project economics improve – Birimian

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th July 2018 An updated prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Goulamina lithium project, in Mali, has shown improved economics and an extended mine life on the back of an increase to the mineral resource. ASX-listed Birimian on Wednesday told shareholders that a two-million-tonne-a-year mineral concentrating... 

Mali lithium mine project economics improve – Birimian

Bankers have gone AWOL in the race to build more lithium mines

By: Bloomberg     3rd July 2018 After clinching a deal with a Chinese battery maker in 2016, James Brown figured bankers would be eager to fund his new lithium mine. Altura Mining was racing to ship the raw material from Australia to the world’s biggest electric vehicle market as demand was surging. Instead, while lithium... 

Bankers have gone AWOL in the race to build more lithium mines

Bacanora financing discussions in ‘final stages’

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd July 2018 LSE-listed Bacanora Lithium is in the “final stages” of discussions with financing and offtake partners regarding its plan for full funding for the construction of Stage 1 of its Sonora lithium project, in Mexico, the company reported on Monday. The process plant has been designed to initially... 

WA lithium taskforce sets first meeting

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th June 2018 The Western Australian government’s lithium taskforce will holds its first consultation with industry and research representation on July 19, to discuss the Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy. The taskforce was announced in May this year, to capitalise on the region’s lithium and energy... 

Rincon gets initial resource estimate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2018 Junior PepinNini Lithium has reported an initial 600 000 t lithium carbonate and 270 000 t potash measured and indicated resource for its Rincon project, in Argentina. An additional 6 000 t of lithium carbonate and 26 000 t of potash is also classified in the inferred category. 

Cadence to invest $5.1m into Premier’s Zulu lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Aim-listed miner Premier African Minerals has entered into a conditional heads of terms (HoT) with UK-based mining investment firm Cadence Minerals, which will secure a direct investment in the Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe.  

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand
Photo by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Shell hydrogen GM Oliver Bishop fuels a fuel cell Hyundai in Vancouver.

Hawkstone revisits US lithium buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th June 2018 ASX-listed Hawkstone Mining has resurrected a transaction to acquire lithium projects in the US and Mexico. The company earlier this month withdrew from a March option over USA Lithium, which holds the Big Sandy and Lordsburg lithium projects, in Arizona and Mexico, respectively, after it failed... 

Core aims to establish NT's first lithium mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th June 2018 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, has estimated a pre-production capital requirement of A$53.5-million to develop a one-million tonne a year operation producing 225 000 t/y of lithium concentrate. ASX-listed Core Exploration on Monday said... 

Chile's SQM decides not to hire ex-chair Ponce as adviser

By: Reuters     25th June 2018 Chile lithium miner SQM said on Friday it had decided against hiring former chairman Julio Ponce as an adviser, reversing a decision that had sparked criticism from politicians and Chile's business community. SQM announced plans to hire Ponce earlier in June, just months after the miner inked a... 

Indian State-owned firms mandated to acquire overseas lithium and cobalt assets

By: Ajoy K Das     22nd June 2018 The Indian government has mandated all State-owned mineral-based companies to pool their resources to acquire lithium and cobalt assets overseas. A rough deadline of March 2019 has been set for these companies to complete all formalities, such as leveraging their balance sheets jointly, form... 

Lithium Americas sees strong potential for US project

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd June 2018 Dual-listed Lithium Americas will rapidly develop its large-scale lithium project in northern Nevada, as it moves to become the leading source of lithium production in the US, the company said on Thursday, announcing the outcomes of a preliminary feasibility study (PFS) for the Thacker Pass... 

Lithium Americas sees strong potential for US project

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

Exploration delivering results for Kodal at Mali prospect

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Aim-listed exploration company Kodal Minerals has discovered high-grade mineralisation intersections following the drilling of an additional 19 drill holes during follow-up and extension drilling at the Sogola-Baoule prospect, in Mali. The intersections had minimum 5 m width, and results were... 

Pilgangoora produces first lithium fines concentrates

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals has produced its first concentrates at the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. MD Ken Brinsden said on Thursday that the production of initial fines concentrates was a significant and exciting milestone, coming just a week after the... 

Red 5 divests of Mt Cattlin royalty

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 ASX-listed junior Red 5 has entered into an agreement to divest of its royalty entitlement from the Mt Cattlin lithium mine, in Western Australia, to Canadian royalty company Lithium Royalty Corporation (LRC). Red 5 owns the right to receive A$1.50/t of ore processed from the Mt Cattlin mine,... 

Pilgangoora ships first lithium DSO

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th June 2018 The first 85 000 t of direct shipping ore (DSO) from the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia, has been shipped by ASX-listed Atlas Iron under a mine gate sales agreement with producer Pilbara Minerals. The lithium was exported to China under an offtake agreement under... 

Chile anti-trust regulator to probe Tianqi purchase of SQM stake

By: Reuters     16th June 2018 Chile's anti-trust regulator FNE said on Friday it would open an investigation into the effects on the market of China's Tianqi purchase last month of a 24% stake in SQM, one of the world's top lithium producers. Chile's government under former President Michelle Bachelet in March filed a... 

DFS opens door for Keliber to advance Finland lithium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 Exploration and development firm Keliber has published the results of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its lithium project, in Finland, confirming its financial and technical feasibility. The DFS endows the lithium project with a net present value, using an 8% discount, of €295-million,... 

DFS opens door for Keliber to advance Finland lithium project

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