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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... 

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... 

Cumbre will drive investment, collaboration in Latin America

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 The focus of this year’s Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre, one of the world’s largest mining investment conferences run by the same team behind the Investing in African Mining Indaba, is to drive increased investment and collaboration in Latin American mining, says content developer and... 

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... 

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... 

Chile creates committee to oversee lithium contracts

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Chile's government said on Monday it was creating a committee to supervise lithium contracts the state has with local miner SQM and US-based Albemarle Corp, deals that are key to positioning the country as a top producer of the white metal. The committee will aim to ensure concession agreements... 

Nutrien auctions remaining shares in lithium miner SQM for nearly $1bn

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Canadian fertiliser company Nutrien auctioned its remaining stake in Chile lithium miner SQM on Friday for nearly $1-billion, the last step in meeting regulatory commitments after the company was formed in January by the merger of Agrium and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan. The nearly 20.17-million... 

In lithium hot spot, ghost towns recall another boom gone bust

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Chile knows what it is to be expendable. Ghost towns that pepper the nation’s north are a painful reminder of a time when it was replaced almost overnight as the world’s top fertiliser producer. These days, the decaying buildings and rusty plants serve as a harbinger for miners embarking on a... 

Chile high court declines to weigh in on lithium spat at Maricunga

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 Chile's constitutional court said it would not get involved in a dispute between a foreign-backed miner and state-run copper miner Codelco over adjoining lithium deposits in the Maricunga salt flat, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Salar Blanco, 50%-owned by... 

Join the conversation about the future of Latin American Mining at Mining Cumbre

17th May 2018 Latin America is an exciting, growing destination for mining investment, development and exploration projects. With an attractive mining environment and geology rich with natural resources, the region is one of the world’s largest producers of iron ore, copper and gold. The LatAm Mining Cumbre is... 

Private firm takes on Codelco for control of Chile lithium deposit

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 A foreign-backed miner has sued Chile to block state-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims, according to a lawsuit filed in March that will be carefully watched by potential investors being courted by the country's new government. The little-known and remote... 

Private firm takes on Codelco for control of Chile lithium deposit

By: Reuters     9th May 2018 A foreign-backed miner has sued Chile to block State-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims, according to a lawsuit filed in March that will be carefully watched by potential investors being courted by the country's new government. The little-known and remote... 

Wealth Minerals switching gears from project accumulation to exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 The largest holder of Chilean lithium brine assets Wealth Minerals expects to have a drill turning in the ground at its Trinity project before month-end, the company announced on Monday. The Vancouver-based company said transient electromagnetic surveys have identified highly conductive zones,... 

Banchile auctions 1.5m shares in Chile's SQM, raises $76m

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 Brokerage firm Banchile on Friday auctioned 1.5-million series-A shares in Chile lithium miner SQM at a sale price of 30 000 pesos ($50.36) per share, raising a total of $76-million. SQM, which operates primarily in Chile's Salar de Atacama, is one of the world's largest and most cost-efficient... 

Chile's SQM says lithium industry needs at least $10bn investment over 10 yrs

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The global lithium industry will need $10-billion to $12-billion of investment over the next decade to meet surging demand amid the electric vehicle boom, an executive of Chilean miner SQM said on Wednesday. Demand for the metal is set to grow by 600 000 t to 800 000 t of lithium carbonate... 

Shareholders in Chilean lithium firm SQM move to shake up governance

By: Reuters     3rd April 2018 Two major shareholders in Chilean lithium giant SQM proposed in a regulatory filing on Monday to change the company's governing statutes in a way that could block other shareholders from gaining control of the firm. Pampa Calichera and Potasios de Chile, both controlled by Chilean businessman... 

The lithium sector surge is poised to ignite a deals bonanza

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2018 The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution. China’s expected to lead a mergers and acquisition bonanza as companies seek to... 

New Chile govt undecided on blocking SQM sale to China firms – official

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 Chile's new government is evaluating whether to support a petition filed by its predecessor to block the sale of a stake in top lithium miner SQM to a Chinese firm, a senior government official told Reuters on Friday. Chile development agency Corfo filed a complaint last week to block the sale... 

Relaxed export, production quotas an 'inflection point' for Chile's lithium industry

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2018 In the days following conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera being sworn in as president of Chile for a second term on Sunday, the new government is signalling a more relaxed approach to the hot-button issue of lithium production and exports. This week's announcement that the Chilean Nuclear... 

Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 Chile's government has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32% stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles. Chile development agency Corfo, which... 

Chile says companies to invest $754m in lithium industry

By: Reuters     10th March 2018 Chile's development agency Corfo said on Friday that companies from China and South Korea, as well as Chile, had been approved to make investments of around $754-million in the red-hot lithium industry. The companies selected in a bidding process to develop technology focused on the lithium... 

The EV future is here and already boosting earnings for miners

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2018 The booming electric vehicle revolution is flowing through to the bottom line of a growing list of global miners, who are reaping higher profits from rising demand for battery raw materials. Orocobre reported Friday that net income rose 11% in the December half and forecast lithium prices to... 

Nutrien closing in on selling stakes in SQM, Arab Potash Co – CEO

By: Reuters     7th February 2018 Canadian fertiliser and farm supply dealer Nutrien is actively dealing with prospective buyers of its stakes in lithium producer SQM and Arab Potash Co, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Nutrien is selling minority stakes in those companies as part of pledges to regulators who approved this... 

Chile open to increasing SQM lithium quota to satisfy Tesla – Corfo

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 Chile is open to negotiating an additional quota of lithium for local miner SQM to meet potential demand from US electric car-maker Tesla, Eduardo Bitran, head of Chilean development agency Corfo, told Reuters on Monday. Bitran said Tesla and SQM were "exploring" opportunities after Tesla... 

Plymouth to become Infinity Lithium, puts Gabon potash assets on the block

By: Mariaan Webb     25th January 2018 ASX-listed Plymouth Minerals, which is earning in to the San Jose lithium/tin project in Spain, has announced that it will sell its potash assets and change its name to reflect its sole focus. In an emailed newsletter, CEO and MD Adrian Byass said on Thursday that the name change to Infinity... 

Chile's Corfo, SQM strike deal in lithium dispute

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Chilean development agency Corfo said on Wednesday that it had struck a deal with lithium company SQM, ending a long dispute over royalties in Chile's Salar de Atacama, home to one of the world's richest lithium deposits. The deal frees the miner to apply for an increase in its production quota... 

Rio is said to drop chase for $5bn lithium miner stake

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Rio Tinto Group has dropped out of the bidding for a stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, one of the world’s top lithium producers, as it pursues other ways to capitalise on the electric-car boom, people familiar with the matter said. Rio decided not to proceed with an offer for Nutrien’s... 

Hannans raises A$3.6m for WA exploration

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 ASX-listed junior Hannans has raised A$3.6-million in an oversubscribed capital raising to fund continued exploration for lithium at the Forrestania project, in Western Australia. The project is near the Earl Grey lithium project being developed by NYSE-listed SQM and Australian miner Kidman... 

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... 

Lithium squeeze looms as top miner front-loads, Chile says

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2017 Plans by one of the world’s top lithium producers to accelerate output could lead to a shortage of the light metal used in electric-car batteries in five years, according to the Chilean government’s development agency. Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA last month announced plans to increase its... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply 

By: Simon Rees     23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

As lithium demand rises, investors sharpen focus on Chile, Argentina and Bolivia

By: Henry Lazenby     14th June 2016 In line with the breakneck growth in lithium demand, driven by the unprecedented use of the soft, silver-white metal in new battery technologies, investors are increasingly scrutinising South American countries such as Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, where about 70% of the world’s known lithium... 

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,... 

Lithium Americas aligns with key strategic market movers

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2016 Mere weeks after forming a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with global chemicals company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) to develop the significant Cauchari-Olaroz lithium project in Jujuy, Argentina, Canadian project developer Lithium Americas (LAC) has signed a nonexclusive memorandum of... 

While lithium opportunities grow, investors urged to maintain caution

By: Simon Rees     18th March 2016 The increase in lithium prices has tempted more companies to enter the space and take advantage of the growing market interest, said Disruptive Discoveries Journal newsletter writer Chris Berry at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference. “A lot of companies have... 

Modular Mining Systems’ DISPATCH Fleet Management System Selected by EXCON for Toconao Mine

24th October 2014 Modular Mining Systems, Inc., the global leader in the delivery of real-time computer-based mine management solutions for surface and underground mining operations, announced today that Modular’s DISPATCH® Fleet Management System is being implemented by EXCON at the Toconao Mine in Chile. The... 

In taking up its Aim listing Friday, Bacanora is ready to take on majors

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd July 2014 Mexico-focused project-developing junior Bacanora Minerals will on Friday take up its new listing on London’s Aim, creating a more direct line to the bulk of the company’s investors. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on Tuesday, the TSX-V-listed firm’s cofounder and chairperson Colin Orr-Ewing,... 

Mexico-focused project developer Bacanora aims for London listing

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2014 TSX-V-listed project developer Bacanora Minerals, which is working to advance its Mexican borate and lithium projects, intends to list its stock on Aim in July, which is expected to be the only new mining issuer to start trading on the platform in recent months. Management of the Calgary,... 

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