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Cobalt News

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have this year been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director... 

Cobalt Blue launches A$15m capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2021 ASX-listed Cobalt Blue will raise A$15-million in a share placement to fund the continued development of its Broken Hill cobalt project, in New South Wales. The company on Tuesday reported that it would issue 50-million shares in two tranches, at a price of 30c each. The company would also issue... 

Cobalt ‘bubble’ will burst, Ivanhoe exec in Congo says

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2021 The demand for cobalt is a bubble that will burst as new battery technology reduces the need for the metal, according to the head of the chamber of mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo holds more than half the world’s cobalt reserves, but the market’s negative perception of the... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 An early Tesla investor is backing a startup that helps track battery metals across the supply chain to ensure they hold up to environmental and ethical scrutiny. The Westly Group, which led a funding round with five other venture capital firms, invested $14-million in Circulor, according to a... 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ARR prospects for scandium on Zenith property

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2021 ASX-listed American Rare Earths (ARR) has acquired the rights to explore, develop and process scandium, nickel and cobalt at the Split Rocks project, in Western Australia. The acquisition of the Scandium Mineral rights over the project, from fellow-listed Zenith Minerals, is consistent with the... 

Sherritt reschedules refinery shutdown

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2021 Nickel and cobalt miner and refinery Sherritt International has deferred the planned full-maintenance shutdown of its refinery in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, by two months to mitigate Covid-19 risks. The shutdown has been postponed from June to August. “While the number of local Covid-19 cases... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

By: Reuters     8th June 2021 The United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. The strategy, first reported by Reuters in late May, will include new... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2021 The federal government on Thursday released its first Global Resources Statement as part of its efforts to attract foreign investment and partnerships to develop Australia’s natural resources. The Global Resources Statement is the first milestone under the government’s Global Resources Strategy,... 

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that Australia was poised to take advantage of the predicted increase in global demand for commodities. The MCA’s Commodity Demand Outlook 2030 has predicted that seaborne iron-ore demand would rise moderately, from 1.5-billion... 

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Bryah reports base metal resource at Vanadium Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st June 2021 Junior Bryah Resources has reported a 31.3-million tonne nickel/copper/cobalt mineral resource estimate for the Australian Vanadium deposit, at its Gabanintha project in Western Australia. Fellow-listed Australian Vanadium, which holds the mineral rights to the vanadium, titanium, iron and... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Congo allows copper and cobalt exports for miners with waivers

By: Reuters     28th May 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo has authorised exports of copper and cobalt concentrate for mining companies that hold waivers, customs documents showed, after the country appeared to issue a blanket ban on them. Bernard Bosele Pilipili, Haut-Katanga provincial director for customs and excise, on... 

Cobalt market expected to double in size by 2025

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2021 The 120 000 t/y to 130 000 t/y cobalt market is expected to double in size by 2025, with about half of global demand to be from batteries, says diversified commodities producer Glencore head cobalt trader David Brocas, who was quoted in investment banker Jefferies' latest cobalt-focused metals... 

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives
Senator John Barrasso: "We have these minerals here. We should produce them and use them for American workers and consumers."

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Widespread confidence in strong future demand growth for cobalt remains, says analyst

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2021 There is widespread confidence of strong future demand growth for cobalt, with the growth in electric vehicle (EB) batteries outweighing the pace of thrifting, says BMO Global Commodities Research analyst Colin Hamilton. Given this, he notes that attention is “naturally focused” on the supply... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Biden looks abroad for electric vehicle metals, in blow to US miners

By: Reuters     26th May 2021 US President Joe Biden will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on processing them domestically into battery parts, part of a strategy designed to placate environmentalists, two administration officials with direct knowledge told... 

Biden looks abroad for electric vehicle metals, in blow to US miners
US President Joe Biden

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2021 The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery and other specialist minerals cannot be discovered in South Africa, using the techniques that he... 

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

First Cobalt adds to Idaho cobalt project with Phoenix partnership

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2021 Emerging miner and explorer Phoenix Copper on Monday announced that Toronto-listed First Cobalt would earn into its Redcastle cobalt property on the Idaho cobalt belt, in the US. The property shares a common border with First Cobalt’s Iron Creek property, which hosts an indicated cobalt and... 

First Cobalt adds to Idaho cobalt project with Phoenix partnership
The Redcastle project is adjacent to First Cobalt's Iron Creek property (pictured).

China's Huayou invests in $2.1bn Indonesia nickel project

By: Reuters     24th May 2021 China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co said on Monday it would partner electric vehicle battery maker EVE Energy and others in a $2.08-billion nickel and cobalt project in Indonesia. The company is also splashing out $210-million on a stake in Chinese battery materials producer Tianjin B&M Science... 

Glencore, CMOC and ERG to pilot blockchain solution for cobalt tracing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2021 Major metals and mining companies CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and Glencore are, in collaboration with battery material supplier Umicore, piloting ReISource – a solution to trace responsibly produced cobalt from the mine to the electric car. Re|Source has been designed to proactively... 

Glencore, CMOC and ERG to pilot blockchain solution for cobalt tracing
ASM cobalt operations in the DRC

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sherritt picks Leon Binedell as new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2021 Toronto-listed Sherritt International on Tuesday announced the appointment of Leon Binedell, a 25-year mining industry veteran, as president and CEO with effect from June 1. Originally from South Africa, Binedell most recently worked as CFO of Guyana Goldfields. “In searching for our new chief... 

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Tshisekedi visits Glencore’s Kamoto project in recognition of investments made

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi visited the operations of Glencore’s Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) in Kolwezi, on May 13, in recognition of the miner’s near $8-billion investment in the country. KCC is a joint venture (JV) between Glencore and DRC commodity... 

Tshisekedi visits Glencore’s Kamoto project in recognition of investments made
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Resolving tax, policy uncertainty could boost majors

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 If the Zambian government and the mining companies invested in the country can reach consensus on how mines should operate, how they should be taxed, and if they can apply this consistently, then mining majors, and the industry in general, will benefit significantly going forward, states mining... 

Resolving tax, policy uncertainty could boost majors
UNLOCKING INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT Zambia’s wealth of high-demand minerals provides opportunities for explorers, producers and service providers to share in the revenue-generating opportunity

Gertler mining deals could cost Congo $1.76bn in royalties - activists

By: Reuters     13th May 2021 Congo could lose out on $1.76-billion in potential royalty payments from its copper and cobalt mining deals with Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler, an anti-corruption group said on Wednesday, calling on the government to open an investigation. The US Treasury sanctioned Gertler and more than 30... 

Low carbon world needs $1.7-trillion in mining investment

By: Reuters     10th May 2021 Mining companies need to invest nearly $1.7-trillion in the next 15 years to help supply enough copper, cobalt, nickel and other metals needed for the shift to a low carbon world, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie. The United States, Britain, Japan, Canada and others raised their targets... 

Low carbon world needs $1.7-trillion in mining investment

Weaning US off Chinese rare earths involves supply-chain perks

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2021 The only US producer of rare earths says the Biden administration needs to focus on giving incentives to producers of the building blocks that will drive electrification. Biden’s gargantuan $2.25-trillion infrastructure plan currently targets about $15-billion to build a network of... 

Weaning US off Chinese rare earths involves supply-chain perks
MP Minerals operates the Mountain Pass mine, in the US.

Artisanal and small-scale mining workforce has tripled from 2001

By: Donna Slater     7th May 2021 Mineworkers in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry make up the world’s largest mining workforce, with the number of such workers more than tripling from 13-million estimate of 2001 by the International Labour Organisation, reveals the yearly report on the state of the ASM industry... 

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