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Cobalt News

Royal Coal shifts focus to EV metals exploration

By: Mariaan Webb     30th September 2022 Canadian exploration company Royal Coal has entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% undivided interest in Poissons Blanc nickel/copper/cobalt property, in Quebec. The option repositions the company’s focus on resource exploration of electric vehicle (EV) metals. The Poissons Blanc... 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metals for cleaner future being turned to account in minerals-endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2022 South Africa’s critical minerals potential is being highlighted in an increasingly promising manner by Orion Minerals, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company that is showing the way in the minerals-endowed Northern Cape. Orion, headed by its Boksburg-born CEO Errol Smart, is poised to bestow... 

Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.
Orion Minerals reaping rewards from South Africa's minerals-endowed but under-explored Northern Cape.

Finland plans new tax on mining

By: Reuters     27th September 2022 Finland's government plans to introduce a new tax on minerals extracted by the mining industry, the Nordic country's finance ministry said on Tuesday. Some of the European Union's greatest known reserves of minerals used for batteries and other products are located in Finland where there are... 

Finland plans new tax on mining

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volkswagen teams up with Umicore on battery materials

By: Reuters     26th September 2022 Volkswagen announced on Monday a $2.9-billion battery parts joint venture with Belgian materials firm Umicore, becoming the latest European automaker to bring battery supplies closer to home in the shift towards electric vehicles. While raw materials - among them lithium, cobalt, nickel and... 

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

LG Energy inks cobalt, lithium supply deals with three Canadian miners

By: Reuters     23rd September 2022 South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution said on Friday it has signed agreements on lithium and cobalt sourcing with three Canadian mining firms in a bid to expand its footprint in North America. The Tesla supplier said in a statement the agreements were part of an effort to expand mid- to... 

Jervois gets enviro approval for SMP Stage 1

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 ASX- and TSX-V listed Jervois Global has been awarded an Environmental Installation License, or LPI, for its São Miguel Paulista (SMP) nickel cobalt refinery in São Paulo, Brazil. The company said on Friday that the licence from the state environmental regulator, Companhia Ambiental do Estado... 

S Africa must navigate pros, cons of energy transition

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     23rd September 2022 The green energy revolution in South Africa presents potential positive and negative consequences for the economy, says professional services firm Deloitte Energy, Resources and Industrials leader Andrew Lane. This revolution involves a shift away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, including... 

An image of Deloitte's Energy, Resources and Industries Leader, Andrew Lane
ANDREW LANE "The energy transition will cultivate a successful and competitive industry, which will have a ripple effect into the broader economy” Andrew Lane

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Congo violence rages despite US conflict-mineral law, GAO says

By: Bloomberg     16th September 2022 Violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues to rage unabated despite US legislation aimed at stopping the mineral trade from fueling conflict, the Government Accountability Office said. The so-called conflict-mineral law that came into effect in 2014 requires US-traded companies to... 

Tripling Zambia’s copper output ambitious but attainable best-case scenario

By: Tracy Hancock     16th September 2022 Key prerequisites need to be in place if Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema is to tap into the potential developmental benefits of the “oil of Zambia” by tripling the country’s yearly copper output in the next ten years, says Zambia Chamber of Mines CEO Sokwani Chilembo. “Tripling the country’s... 

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Glencore clinches green aluminium deals

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered into a ten-year alumina supply and aluminium offtake agreements with global green aluminium subsidiary of Press Metal Aluminium Holdings, a Malaysian stock exchange listed company. The transactions are seen important steps in the... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Employee dies in fall-of-ground incident at Kamoa-Kakula

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th September 2022 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines says an employee has been killed in a fall-of-ground incident at its Kamoa-Kakula Mining Complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The incident occurred in a development area at the underground Kansoko mine. 

Ivanhoe strengthens executive team with new COO, EVP of projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2022 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines, which has base and precious metals operations in Africa, has appointed Mark Farren as COO, effective November 1, and Steve Amos as as EVP of projects, effective immediately. Both will resume working for Ivanhoe after having worked at subsidiary company the... 

Australian minerals to drive energy reform - Prime Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2022 The Australian resources sector had the capacity to power the renewable energy revolution, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said this week. Speaking at a Parliamentary dinner in Canberra, Albanese noted that globally, annual clean energy investment would need to more than triple to... 

Jubilee’s Project Roan reaches nameplate capacity

By: Darren Parker     5th September 2022 Aim-listed Jubilee Metals has announced that its newly built Zambian copper concentrator Project Roan has reached nameplate capacity of 110 t/h following its successful commissioning and ramp-up. “This is a defining milestone that transforms our operational footprint in Zambia. Despite a... 

China's reliance on foreign battery metals poses a challenge - industry

By: Reuters     26th August 2022 China needs to strengthen its domestic resources of battery metals including nickel, lithium and cobalt as its reliance on external supply poses a risk for its electric vehicle industry, a metals industry official said on Friday. China depends on overseas sources for 93% of its nickel, 98% of... 

Sibanye says new US act offers opportunities

By: Reuters     26th August 2022 The new US Inflation Reduction Act offers great opportunities for Sibanye Stillwater's diversification into battery materials and it may look to add more such assets, CEO Neal Froneman said on Thursday. Enacted this month, it includes climate and clean energy policies and rules on electric... 

Firm provides tech solutions to power a greener Mining 4.0

26th August 2022 As countries around the world pledge to achieve net-zero targets over the coming years, it’s not only governments and energy companies that will be put under pressure to deliver, says Nokia mining and natural resources strategic marketing director Marc Jadoul. He cites a recent McKinsey & Company... 

Sibanye-Stillwater declares R3.9bn half-year dividend

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2022 Precious metals and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday declared a cash dividend of R3.9-billion for the six months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, headed by CEO Neal Froneman, reported a half-year profit R12.3-billion, the third highest six-month period... 

Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.
Sibanye-Stillwater's Kroondal platinum group metals mine.

Mining majors ramping up their diversification policies

By: Darren Parker     24th August 2022 Mining majors are ramping up their diversification policies to capitalise on or react to decarbonisation trends by targeting new growth markets, while seeking to divest from coal, oil and gas production, market research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research says. In a report... 

Germany's Scholz kicks off Canada visit focused on minerals, energy

By: Reuters     23rd August 2022 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning in his first meeting of a three-day trip focused on cultivating alternative sources of critical minerals for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy. Canada will ink Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with... 

An image of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday.

Most base metals climb on supply concerns, demand uncertainty

By: Reuters     23rd August 2022 Prices of most base metals moved higher on Tuesday, as supply-and-demand worries amid an energy crisis in Europe and China lent some support to the market against the backdrop of reduced stockpiles. The most-traded September zinc contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SZNc1 was up 2% at 25... 

BME says more greenfield projects are needed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2022 Bulk emulsion explosives manufacturer BME says although mining profits have been bolstered in the last two years, more exploration and mine development are needed if the industry is to keep up with future demand, particularly for battery minerals. The commodity pipeline in South Africa will fall... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Manitou to spin out nickel/cobalt/PGE commodities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2022 The board of directors of Manitou Gold has approved the strategic reorganisation of its assets, with the proposed spin out of its nickel/cobalt/platinum group element (PGE) commodities from its Goudreau project, in northern Ontario, into a new subsidiary. The spin-out, to be named Western... 

Congo PM to mediate dispute over Tenke copper and cobalt mine

By: Reuters     17th August 2022 Democratic Republic of Congo's prime minister expects to host talks between China's CMOC and State miner Gecamines in the coming days over a dispute at their Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt project, his office said on Wednesday. Exports from the mine, which accounted for more than 10% of global... 

Sibanye-Stillwater signals half-year earnings decline 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2022 Precious and future-facing metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday advised of an upcoming half-year earnings decline in a trading statement and operations update for the six months to June 30. A decline of 47% to 52% is expected in earnings per share and headline earnings per share... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.
Photo by Creamer Media
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman.

West Musgrave makes final hurdle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th August 2022 The Western Australian government has granted copper miner Oz Minerals the third and final regulatory approval for its West Musgrave project. The ASX-listed Oz Minerals told shareholders that discussions were well advanced with the Ngaanyatjarra Council on finalising the mining agreement with... 

Image shows broken core samples

Inflation and supply chain issues affecting Electra's refinery project

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2022 The commissioning of Canadian battery metals company Electra’s refinery project has been pushed out to the spring of 2023, following quality control issues experienced by a major supplier. The cost of the project, located north of Toronto, has also risen from the previous estimate of $67-million... 

The Electra refinery project
The Electra refinery project

Miners face supply chain overhaul to meet US EV credit deadline

By: Reuters     12th August 2022 Miners will struggle to expand operations in the United States in record time to meet a deadline for sourcing key minerals domestically or from select countries as set out by a bill likely to be passed on Friday, companies and industry watchers said. The requirement is part of a sweeping bill... 

Miners face supply chain overhaul to meet US EV credit deadline

Congo's copper and cobalt output surges in Q1

By: Reuters     11th August 2022 Copper production in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa's top miner of the metal, surged by 51% in the first quarter of 2022, and cobalt output rose by 37%, central bank statistics showed on Thursday. The central African country produced 572,983 tonnes of copper and 28,990 tonnes of cobalt in... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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