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Cobalt News

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Nickel-cobalt developer Jervois unveils vertical integration plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 Australia-based Jervois Mining on Tuesday announced that it would buy the São Miguel Paulista refinery, in Brazil, advancing plans to transform the company into a vertically integrated producer when its Idaho cobalt operation, in the US, starts production. The company, which trades on the ASX... 

Nickel-cobalt developer Jervois unveils vertical integration plans
The Idaho site, in the US.

Friedland outlines potential of Australian battery materials project

By: Mariaan Webb     28th September 2020 Mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland said on Monday that dual-listed Clean TeQ would be patient with the development of the Sunrise battery material project, in New South Wales, and that it would seek to develop the project with partners that understood the value of a responsible supply chain.... 

Friedland outlines potential of Australian battery materials project
Robert Friedland

Ongoing studies lower First Cobalt operating costs

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2020 Ongoing engineering studies for the First Cobalt refinery, in Ontario, have reduced operating costs by 13% to $2.36/lb, improving refinery margins and enhancing project economics. The operating cost reduction resulted in about $4-million of increased yearly pretax cash flow, compared with the... 

Ongoing studies lower First Cobalt operating costs

Improved offering, delivers remotely

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged geological services provider Minrom to focus on streamlining its in-house systems and enhancing its remote management capabilities, says Minrom senior geologist Graham Duncan. He emphasises that these enhancements will enable mining companies working with... 

Improved offering, delivers remotely
GEOLOGY FROM HOME Systems with remote capabilities have become crucial for mining companies active in remote regions that are difficult to access regularly

Cobalt will not be taken out of batteries anytime soon – First Cobalt

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2020 Canada’s First Cobalt, which owns North America’s only permitted cobalt refinery, is confident that cobalt will continue to play an essential role batteries, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicting a future with no graphite and no cobalt. Responding to Musk’s comments at the Tesla Battery Day on... 

Cobalt will not be taken out of batteries anytime soon – First Cobalt

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore says Kamoto Copper Company ramping up to full production

By: Reuters     23rd September 2020 Glencore's head of Africa copper on Tuesday said its Democratic Republic of Congo subsidiary Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) is ramping up to full production and should produce 270 000 t of copper as cathode in 2020. KCC is also expected to produce 25 000 t of cobalt hydroxide, Glencore's Mark Davis... 

Cobalt demand for 5G technology to challenge electric vehicles

By: Reuters     21st September 2020 The need for larger rechargeable batteries and more energy storage for 5G technology is expected to significantly boost demand for cobalt over coming years and potentially pit the sector against electric vehicle makers. Larger batteries, using lithium cobalt oxide chemistry (LCO), are needed in... 

WEF White Paper highlights human rights fragility in DRC's artisanal mining sector 

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2020 Human rights abuses associated with artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 'Making Mining Safe and Fair: Artisanal cobalt extraction in the DRC' White Paper, published in September. Amnesty International business,... 

Stillwater West could be a leading US source of key metals, says Group Ten

By: Mariaan Webb     17th September 2020 Exploration and development company Group Ten is continuing to advance its Stillwater West project, in Montana, which it believes has the potential to be a leading US-based source of key battery metals and platinum group metals (PGMs). The company is targeting bulk-tonnage deposits of... 

PEA outlines underground expansion extending Santa Rita to 34 years

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2020 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has confirmed the low-cost and long-life potential of Atlantic Nickel and Appian Capital Advisory's Santa Rita nickel/copper/cobalt mine, in Brazil. The PEA outlines a 34-year mine life, which includes a transition to underground mining after 8 years of... 

PEA outlines underground expansion extending Santa Rita to 34 years

Clean TeQ to separate Sunrise Dam from water division, reviews Toronto listing

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2020 Dual-listed Clean TeQ, which is developing the Sunrise Dam cobalt-rich nickel deposit in Australia, has announced that it is considering separating its water division from its mining division and that it would also review its secondary listing on the Toronto exchange. The company, which has a... 

Congo says it will reimburse VAT to mining companies after audit

By: Reuters     14th September 2020 Congo said on Saturday it will reimburse value-added tax payments to mining companies operating in the country following an audit to determine how much it owes them, after a backlash over an earlier decision to stop payments. Africa's top copper producer has suspended the VAT on mining imports... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Complex legislation may hinder investment

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 Despite the Zambian government’s programme to diversify the economy – into such sectors as tourism and agriculture – the mining and natural resources sector, particularly the copper mines, remain the most substantial potential contributor to growth and development in Zambia, says law firm Beech... 

Complex legislation may hinder investment
INVESTOR CONVIDENCE The primary concerns for investors in Zambia are the complexities surrounding mining law, constrained infrastructure, as well as unreliable electricity supply

Vale idles New Caledonia nickel/cobalt mine as Aussie suitor walks away

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2020 Brazilian major Vale has announced that the Goro nickel and cobalt mine, in New Caledonia, will be placed on care and maintenance, after failing to reach an agreement with Australian miner New Century Resources to acquire the operation. The exclusivity period that Vale and New Century entered... 

Vale idles New Caledonia nickel/cobalt mine as Aussie suitor walks away

Tesla joins cobalt group that supports artisanal Congo miners

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2020 Tesla is backing a new initiative to support informal cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo as carmakers and miners seek to reassure customers about ethically mined supplies of the battery metal. The company joined the fledgling Fair Cobalt Alliance, according to an updated list of... 

Tesla joins cobalt group that supports artisanal Congo miners

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Glencore puts entire stake in Mopani on the table in talks with Zambia – sources

By: Reuters     28th August 2020 Glencore will likely sell its entire 73.1% stake in Zambia's Mopani Copper Mines to the government's mining investment arm ZCCM-IH rather than becoming a minority stakeholder, two sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. Zambia and Swiss-based Glencore are at "cross purposes" over Mopani,... 

Glencore puts entire stake in Mopani on the table in talks with Zambia – sources

Mining industry yet to fathom scale of battery raw material challenges – Friedland 

By: Mariaan Webb     28th August 2020 While global electric vehicle (EV) sales are back to a healthy growth trajectory, significant investment in mining capacity is required if EVs are to become anything more than a niche market, says mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland’s Clean TeQ Holdings. The TSX- and ASX-listed company owns the... 

Mining industry yet to fathom scale of battery raw material challenges – Friedland
Clean TeQ co-chairperson Robert Friedland

Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Certain wastes in the mining sector present an opportunity to create alternative fuels, which can alleviate the energy supply challenges in the local industry, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste. Repurposing waste for energy purposes can also reduce the reliance on landfills and... 

Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects
REFUSE-DERIVED FUEL RDF is a solid fuel source recovered through the shredding and bailing of certain presorted dry industrial nonrecyclable waste

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Congo grants new export ban waivers for copper, cobalt, tin

By: Reuters     25th August 2020 Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday gave mining companies an indefinite waiver to an export ban on cobalt hydroxide and carbonate, as well as tin, tungsten, and tantalum concentrates after meeting the country's biggest miners in Kinshasa. The mines ministry also announced an export ban... 

Glencore part of giant leap to transform informal cobalt mining  

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2020 Eight concerns, including diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, have joined forces to transform the informal mining of cobalt for the better. Full implementation would take five years and would begin in mines in Kasulu and Kamilombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the... 

Glencore part of giant leap to transform informal cobalt mining
The pit is excavated by a team of five to seven diggers, locally known as creuseurs.

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

China plans to boost cobalt reserves as virus spurs supply risks

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2020 China’s state stockpiling agency has drawn up plans to buy 2 000 tons of cobalt after the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the fragility of supplies of the strategic mineral. The National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration could put its purchasing plan into action by the end of this... 

Ivanhoe Mines, CNMC partner to consider African opportunities 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2020 TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with the China Nonferrous Metal Mining (CNMC) group to jointly examine exploration, development and the acquisition of mineral projects, as well as considering production, smelting and logistics opportunities in Africa.... 

Ivanhoe Mines, CNMC partner to consider African opportunities

Mining production to end year higher than in the first half

By: Donna Slater     18th August 2020 Financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says mining production and investment across most minerals, except for thermal coal, are likely to finish the year stronger than in the first half of the year as a result... 

Trevisiol to lead First Cobalt refinery project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2020 TSX-V-listed First Cobalt has appointed Mark Trevisiol as VP, project development as the company prepares for the construction and commissioning of its refinery in Ontario, Canada. Trevisiol, who spent more than 20 years with Glencore predecessor companies Falconbridge and Xstrata Nickel, will... 

Sustainability measures, partnerships to ensure sector’s longevity

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 As the research by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) found, the demand for batteries is expected to increase 19 times by 2030, which constitutes one of the highest purchase orders the mining industry has seen to date. 

Sustainability measures, partnerships to ensure sector’s longevity
SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Eurasian Resources Group’s goal is for its Metalkol Metalkol Roan Tailings Reclamation operation to become the foremost sustainable cobalt producer

Positive metals markets to drive ERG’s asset development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th August 2020 Diversified resources producer Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) portfolio of copper and cobalt assets in Africa, particularly those in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are key to its long-term development plans, and the current copper and cobalt market dynamics support its ambitions. 

Positive metals markets to drive ERG’s asset development
KEY BATTERY METAL Eurasian Resources Group is poised to be one of the largest cobalt producers in the world at a time when demand for battery metals is expected to rise exponentially

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Congo to meet miners to debate copper concentrate export waivers

By: Reuters     13th August 2020 Mining companies and copper and cobalt buyers have been invited to a meeting in Kinshasa next week to discuss if there is a way to maintain waivers to an export ban that are meant to expire in September, the mining minister said on Thursday. Congo, Africa's biggest copper producer, banned exports... 

Idled Mutanda, Covid-19 to drive 25% drop in DRC's cobalt production 

By: Donna Slater     7th August 2020 Cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is the world's biggest producer of the metal, is expected to decline by 25% this year, says financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions). This... 

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. For the six months to June 30, the London- and Johanneburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company report that its energy business was down 65% at $0.7-billion on... 

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg
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