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Vanadium News

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

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

New owner for past-producing Finland vanadium mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2020 Vancouver-based Strategic Resources has successfully applied for reservations over the past-producing Mustavaara mine area, in Finland, and also signed a definitive agreement with the bankruptcy estate of Ferrovan to acquire all of the intellectual property, core samples and storage facilities... 

Urgent steps needed to revive South Africa’s economy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2020 Urgent steps are needed to revive the South African economy, Minerals Council South Africa chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday. Speaking on the first day of the four-day Investing in African Mining Indaba, he said the Minerals Council was ready and willing to work with the government. 

Urgent steps needed to revive South Africa’s economy – Minerals Council
Minerals Council chairperson Mxolisi Mgojo discusses low investor confidence in South Africa, while CEO Roger Baxter warns about the deterioration in security in the South African mining industry and how this is impacting on the sector and the economy. Video and editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Bushveld sets sights on further growth 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2020 Integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals delivered record production of 2 833 t of vanadium, in the form of Nitrovan, in the year ended December 31. Production was 11% higher than the 2 560 t of vanadium produced in 2018 and was in line with guidance of 2 800 t to 2 900 t of vanadium. 

Bushveld sets sights on further growth
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Aura raises A$475 000 for working capital

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2020 Uranium development company Aura Energy has raised an aggregate of about A$475 000, before expenses, through the issue of ordinary shares through a placing and subscription. The company is also issuing one share option for every two new shares issued. 

Largo Resources ups 2020 vanadium production guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2020 Toronto-based Largo Resources reported record quarterly production in the fourth quarter of 2019, which helped the company meet its guidance for the full year. Output was 16% higher year-on-year, at 3 011 t in the fourth quarter, taking full-year output to 10 577 t of vanadium pentoxide – an 8%... 

Vanadium can boost South African mining, says GlobalData 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 New deposits are needed to promote the image of South Africa’s mining sector as that of a “sunrise industry”, despite years of falling production, strikes and upheaval, data analytics and consulting company GlobalData mining technology writer Scarlett Evans says. She notes, however, that surveys... 

TNG signs vanadium offtake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th December 2019 Strategic metals developer TNG has signed a binding term sheet with commodity trader Gunvor over a potential 40% of the planned vanadium pentoxide production at its Mt Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project, in the Northern Territory. TNG is expected to produce around 6 000 t/y of vanadium... 

Southern Africa has opportunity to lead in e-mobility space, says SAIIA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2019 Irrespective of which policy position government and the private sector decide to take, the global and Southern African landscape will be affected by the e-mobility revolution. Independent public policy think tank, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on Thursday discussed... 

Southern Africa has opportunity to lead in e-mobility space, says SAIIA

Base metals fundamentally in good shape despite lower demand – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2019 Despite weaker 2019 demand, base metals are fundamentally in good shape, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday. Presenting an investor update with Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin and Glencore industrial assets head Peter Freyberg, Glasenberg described copper, zinc and nickel markets as being... 

Base metals fundamentally in good shape despite lower demand – Glencore
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Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Further advances in battery technology are expected as new options come to market and new economies of scale are achieved, says independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Qld govt commits A$13.8m to unlock critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2019 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced A$13.8-million in funding for critical minerals in an effort to open up the untapped ‘new economy’ minerals bounty in North Queensland and foster new discoveries, projects and jobs. “Global demand is set to soar for cobalt and rare earth minerals... 

Jangada discovers new target zone at Brazil vanadium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2019 Aim-quoted Jangada Mines has discovered a new target, dubbed Goela, as part of an ongoing exploration programme at its Pitombeiras vanadium, titanium and iron project, in Brazil, adding substantial footprint to the overall prospect. It is possible that the Goela target is linked to Pitomberias... 

Largo board approves ferrovanadium conversion plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2019 The board of Toronto-headquartered Largo Resources has approved the construction of a ferrovanadium conversion plant at the Maracás Menchen mine, in Brazil. The construction of the company’s own ferrovanadium conversion plant creates downstream advantages as it eliminates the need to convert... 

Study identifies logistics solutions for Brazil vanadium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th November 2019 A logistics study looking onto possible solutions to market ore from Aim-listed Jangada Mines' Pitombeiras vanadium project, in Ceará, Brazil, has identified three potential routes, two of which have Chinese ports as a final destination and one a Brazil refinery. The study contemplates trucking... 

Bushveld group advances vanadium redox flow battery plans through Enerox deal 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned subsidiary Bushveld Energy has signed a term sheet agreement with CellCube Energy Storage Systems to acquire all issued shares in Enerox for €11-million. A Bushveld Energy-led consortium has been granted exclusivity until the end of February 2020 to... 

Bushveld group advances vanadium redox flow battery plans through Enerox deal
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Prophecy submit permits for Nevada vanadium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2019 TSX-listed Prophecy Development has applied for the primary mining permits governing construction, operation and closure for its Gibellini vanadium project, in Eureka county, Nevada. The company believes that the deposit is critical, as Gibellini’s production profile of 9.75-million pounds a... 

Bushveld finalises Vanchem acquisition, on track with yearly guidance  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2019 Aim-listed vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals on Thursday announced that all outstanding conditions to the Vanchem and Ivanti acquisition had been fulfilled, effecting the $53.5-million transaction. Bushveld Minerals acquired the Vanchem plant from Vanchem Vanadium Products (VVP) – a... 

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals intends to establish a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) investment platform to lead investments for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with upside potential. The company and its initial investment will play a catalytic role and mobilise additional capital... 

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers
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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2019 Integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has agreed to support the merger of vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer Avalon Battery Corporation and redT energy with interim funding of $5-million. The interim funding will give Bushveld an opportunity to acquire a strategic interest... 

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Australian Vanadium pinpoints Geraldton for possible plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2019 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has inked an option agreement to locate a vanadium processing plant near the city of Geraldton, in Western Australia. Some 1 334 acres have been set aside for the proposed plant, with Australian Vanadium paying an option fee of a$28 000. The company would pay a... 

Bushveld negotiates lower price for Vanchem business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd October 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has renegotiated the consideration payable for the Vanchem business, reducing the purchase price from $68-million to $53.5-million. Bushveld will pay $30-million of the consideration in cash, with the balance to be funded from unsecured convertible loans. 

Toro defines vanadium resource at Wiluna

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2019 ASX-listed Toro Energy has reported a maiden vanadium Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource estimate 53.6-million tonnes grading at 0.0382% vanadium pentoxide at its Wiluna uranium project, in Western Australia. The project is estimated to host a contained resource of 68.3-million... 

Brazil vanadium mine delivers record production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2019 The Maracás Menchen mine in Bahia state, Brazil, has delivered a new quarter production record of 2 952 t of vanadium pentoxide (V205), reflecting the impact of an expansion project that is now in its final stages of commissioning. The third-quarter production is a 17% increase over that of... 

Häggån battery metals project resource upgraded

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2019 Dual-listed Aura Energy has declared a new global resource of two-billion tonnes, at an average of 0.3% vanadium, containing 13.3-billion pounds of vanadium at the Häggån battery metals project, in Sweden. The resource estimate includes 320-million pounds of vanadium at 0.35% as indicated... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2019 South Africa is one of the world’s top three mega biodiverse nations along with Brazil and Indonesia, said Environment Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy in her address to the Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC). “We are thus one of the richest countries in terms of the diversity of... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy ORC presentation by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 The Environment Ministry is the most important ministry in the government, former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer said at this week’s tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference. “Environment is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, and we in South Africa are unbelievably blessed with the environment... 

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer
Former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo’s address to Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Bushveld Minerals appoints new FD 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has appointed Tanyaradzwa Chikanza FD, effective October 1. She is a qualified chartered accountant, with extensive experience in managing publicly listed companies’ relationships with financial markets. 

Bushveld Minerals continues to build on ‘firm foundation’, says Mojapelo 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 During the six months ended June 30, Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals continued to build on the firm foundation it has established, CEO Fortune Mojapelo said on Monday. He noted that the integrated primary vanadium producer was “enjoying progress across the group” while establishing new platforms for... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2019 It has been said that entering the Elvey Security Technologies headquarters in the Greenstone Hill Office Park, in Modderfontein, Edenvale, is like boarding USS Enterprise on a Star Trek movie set. All the futuristic trappings are evident in this Hudaco company’s Pentagon demonstration room,... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
SOLVING A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM Hudaco executive director Louis Meiring (left) and Commercial ICT MD Brad Morein in futuristic demonstration room.

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Australian Vanadium completes raising

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2019 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has raised A$6.6-million through a share placement and share purchase plan (SPP) to advance its namesake project, in Western Australia. The SPP, which was announced in August this year, was well supported and raised A$5.2-million. The SPP allowed eligible... 

MGX eyes vertically integrated vanadium battery JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2019 Canadian resource and technology company MGX Minerals has announced a partnership with publicly traded company DST to create a joint venture as part of the formation of a vertically integrated vanadium redox battery supplier. The companies entered into a letter of intent to advance a... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

By: Bloomberg     19th September 2019 Lower prices of vanadium, a metal mainly known for strengthening steel, are key in the drive to increase its use in the booming battery sector, according to the developer of an Australian mine. The metal’s retreat from a price spike in 2018 is being welcomed – rather than lamented – by producers... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices
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