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Century Aluminum CEO: will recall workers if Trump imposes tariffs

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The main US producer of high-purity aluminium used in military aircraft is poised to begin restarting idled production lines at its smelter in eastern Kentucky and recall some 350 workers if President Donald Trump imposes aluminium import curbs. Century Aluminum CEO Michael Bless told Reuters on... 

Gundlach says commodities set to outperform in late-cycle boom

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, said commodities may be one of the best investments this year as they surge during the late phase of the economic cycle. “I think commodities will outperform in 2018,” Gundlach said during his annual ‘Just Markets’ webcast on Tuesday, in which he... 

Oaktree's Molycorp legacy firm is said to weigh IPO, sale

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Advanced materials producer Neo Performance Materials, carved from the remains of bankrupt Molycorp, is weighing an initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Neo Performance, backed by investment firm Oaktree Capital Group, has not... 

Trump urged by CEO to nationalise the only US rare-earths mine

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2017 The head of an advanced-materials manufacturer said he met with President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on Monday to persuade him that the US should nationalise the country’s only mine of rare earth minerals, which are used in military applications. “The staff understood the... 

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Executives from Sibanye Gold Ltd., South Africa’s biggest gold miner, were in Los Angeles in the final stages of a roadshow with U.S. bond fund managers last month when a bombshell hit from back home. The government had introduced shock new rules requiring local mines be 30 percent black-owned in... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Lithium X consolidates flagship Sal de los Angeles project

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2017 Canadian explorer Lithium X has signed a definitive agreement with Aberdeen International to acquire the remaining 50% interest in Potasio y Litio de Argentina (Plasa), which holds the company’s flagship Sal de los Angeles project, in Argentina. "This transaction marks another milestone for... 

Big boost for platinum as world's mayors tackle urban air pollution 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The plans of the mayors of the world’s biggest cities to tackle urban air pollution head-on are a major plus for platinum, which catalyses the exhaust systems of vehicles and is the key metal in the emergence of emission-destroying fuel cells. The clean-air programme is being spearheaded by C40... 

Lithium X raises C$15m through bought deal offering

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Vancouver-based project developer Lithium X has raised gross proceeds of about C$15-million through a bought deal offering, which it will put to work at its flagship Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project, in Argentina. The junior offered 7.9-million common shares at a price of C$1.90 apiece,... 

Lithium X's JV receives Argentinian pond construction permit

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2017 Junior lithium explorer and project developer Lithium X's joint venture (JV) with Salta Exploraciones (SESA), at the flagship Sal de los Angeles project, in Argentina, has received permits to build an initial ponding facility. The Vancouver-based company this week said the initial ponding... 

Lithium X strikes again in Argentina with Arizaro lithium project acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2017 Junior explorer Lithium X on Monday announced its latest acquisition in Argentina, bolstering landholdings with the district-scale 33 846 ha Arizaro project that is in one of the world’s largest and least-explored salars thought to contain high lithium brine values. The deal buoyed Lithium X’s... 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

PLANET EARTH’S VITAL LUNG BEING HACKED DOWN

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2016 The 25 000 inhabitants of Novo Progresso in the Pará, northern Brazil, rely on illegal logging and mining for survival. This pictures shows one of the few occasions law enforcers are able to burn their trucks and illegally sawn tree trunks on the spot. Most of the time they are fighting a losing... 

Lithium X files first compliant resource estimate for Argentina-based Sal de los Angeles

By: Henry Lazenby     31st August 2016 Vancouver-based lithium upstart Lithium X has filed a maiden Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant resource estimate for its flagship Sal de los Angeles project, in Argentina, establishing it as a large and high-grade project. Prepared by Chile-based FloSolutions, the technical report... 

Development activities under way at Lithium X’s Sal de los Angeles project

By: Samantha Herbst     21st July 2016 Several development activities are under way at TSX-listed Lithium X’s Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project, in Argentina’s Salta province, following the appointment of Eduardo Morales as COO and Andres Barrientos as project GM. The lithium development company has initiated several pump... 

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers

By: Simon Rees     11th July 2016 Lithium is in a bubble and many investors have taken positions in companies with little prospect of achieving a market presence, let alone creating value, Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston told Mining Weekly Online in a recent interview. “Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of... 

Lithium X appoints former Rockwood executive as COO

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2016 Lithium explorer and project developer Lithium X Energy has appointed former Rockwood Lithium Latin America president and CEO Eduardo Morales as its COO, effective immediately. Morales brought 36 years of experience as a chemical engineer to the junior company and was critical in building and... 

Death, strikes, rising costs show mining’s hard sell for new CEO

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2016 Wanted: Mining executive who can make money when prices and output fall, will halt skyrocketing costs, and is willing to accept a salary paid in one of the world’s weakest currencies. That’s the potential job description for whoever replaces Terence Goodlace as chief executive officer at... 

Lithium juniors outperform on expected future demand 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2016 In the wake of Tesla Motors' introduction of the 'Model 3' mass market electric vehicle (EV), lithium development and exploration company share prices have exploded. This was despite Tesla not having sold (or even built) a single Model 3 yet. Tesla would also not have it on the road for years,... 

Cardero announces restructuring plan, to buy Arizona copper oxide project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2015 Industrial metals and minerals firm Cardero Resource on Monday revealed a comprehensive restructuring plan, which included the acquisition of the Zonia copper oxide project, in Arizona, in the hope that switching to a focus on copper would allow it to, once more, create shareholder value. Under... 

Adrian Gale

By: Anine Kilian     27th February 2015 Position: GM Orapa Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines, Debswana Main Activity of the Company: Diamond Mining Date and Place of Birth: December 19, 1950, Devon, England Education: BSc (Hons), Ph.D Kings College, University of London First Job: Roan Consolidated Mines, Zambia 1976 Size of First Pay... 

Upbeat Petra Diamonds moots dividend fast-forwarding

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2014 London-listed Petra Diamonds on Thursday outlined major upcoming elevations in the economics of its mining operations, which upped production in the 12 months to June 30 to enable the buoyant diamond mining company to post a 47% increase in earnings and consider bringing forward its maiden... 

Krugerrand investment in volatile gold period

By: Carina Borralho     2nd August 2013 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) commodities product structurer Ebrahim Patel tells Mining Weekly that economic changes have had an impact on the viability of the Krugerrand.  “A Krugerrand derives its value primarily from the internationally quoted price of gold in dollars,... 

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