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Cobalt News

Rising demand for separation compound 

By: Halima Frost     3rd December 2021 Since the partnership between global chemicals producer 2M Holdings and speciality materials company Celanese, established in 2014, demand for its methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC) compound, used to separate copper from ore, has grown substantially in the Central Africa region. 2M Holdings South... 

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Congo State cobalt monopoly aims to start buying in January

By: Reuters     2nd December 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's state cobalt monopoly plans to start buying artisanal cobalt in January, its CEO Jean-Dominique Takis said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference, as the world's biggest producer of the metal tries to ramp up revenue. Cobalt, which is trading at around $62... 

Even the battery boom can’t escape world’s supply chain woes

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Soaring commodity prices and supply chain bottlenecks threaten to push up the cost of batteries seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Higher raw material costs could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, a 2.3% gain from this year’s... 

NSW sets critical minerals pathway

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2021 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy launched by New South Wales Deputy Premier Paul Toole. The Strategy details the vision to realise the economic potential of critical minerals investment and delivery... 

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Two Chinese nationals killed, others kidnapped in eastern Congo - army

By: Reuters     26th November 2021 Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people kidnapped in an attack by the Codeco militia on a mining camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an army spokesman said on Thursday. A local chief and a civil society leader also confirmed the two deaths and said... 

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NSDV director and co-founder Lili Nupen

Cobalt-rich Congo tries to push into battery manufacturing

By: Reuters     25th November 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's government said on Wednesday it would push to develop domestic battery manufacturing capacity to add value to its exports of minerals such as cobalt and copper. Congo mines around two-thirds of the world's cobalt, an ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, and is... 

BloombergNEF presents compelling case for DRC to become battery value chain champion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2021 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can leverage its abundant cobalt resources and hydroelectric power to become a low-cost and low-emissions producer of lithium-ion battery cathode precursor materials, says strategic research provider BloombergNEF (BNEF). It estimates that it would cost... 

Namibia heading for world record green hydrogen costs, conference hears  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2021 With its vast potential for wind and solar energy, Namibia is excellently placed to become a global player in green hydrogen production, the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum's virtual conference heard on Monday, when green hydrogen was highlighted as the key decarbonisation vector in the global fight... 

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African Green Hydrogen webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Congo president demands audit of mining registry to fight fraud 

By: Reuters     22nd November 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has demanded a ban on issuing and trading mining permits until the country's mining registry has been audited, a measure aimed at combating fraud within the sector. Tshisekedi told ministers he wanted to end the squandering of mining assets... 

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi
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DRC President Felix Tshisekedi

Zambia going all out to up green energy, copper with private-sector at helm  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2021 Zambia zoomed into town today and did all it could to sweep investors off their feet with pledges to be private-sector driven, surge into green energy, and do everything it can to regain top spot in global copper at a time when the metal is set to play such a key role in the fight against climate... 

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Webber Wentzel Zambia event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Ivanhoe appoints CFO; Cloete to focus only on the role of president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2021 Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines has promoted David van Heerden to CFO, effective November 12. This will allow Marna Cloete to focus on the role of president, instead of the dual roles of president and CFO, which she has held since her appointment in March 2020. 

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Ivanhoe Mines CFO David van Heerden

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

US adds nickel, zinc to draft critical minerals list, drops potash

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2021 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has added nickel and zinc to its proposed list of 50 ‘critical minerals’ – defined as those essential to economic or national security and have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption – while four others, including potash, have fallen off the draft 2021 list. The... 

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The Biden Administration's 100 day supply chain review states that there is an 'urgency' to develop a strategy around Class 1 nickel.

Electra Battery ups Canada cobalt refinery capacity

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2021 Toronto-based Electra Battery Materials has announced a 30% increase in the design capacity of its cobalt refinery, in Ontario, in response to client feedback and a strong demand outlook for battery-grade cobalt. The company, which was formerly known as First Cobalt, will expand the capacity of... 

Pitt welcomes Chalice's major find at Julimar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th November 2021 Federal Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt has applauded work done by Geoscience Australia in discovering the largest nickel sulphide discovery in Australia in over two decades. ASX-listed Chalice Mining this week announced a maiden indicated and inferred mineral resource estimate of... 

Minerals Council backs Eskom leadership, urges govt to cut procurement red tape

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday supported the Eskom leadership team in its efforts to stabilise South Africa’s electricity supply and urged government to focus on shortening the bureaucratic processes hindering Eskom’s ability to procure urgently required spares for power stations and... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

BHP and Wyloo need more time for Noront takeover talks

By: Mariaan Webb     10th November 2021 Diversified miner BHP needs more time for talks with Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals regarding the takeover of Canadian junior Noront Resources. Discussions over its C$0.75-a-share offer for Noront are progressing, BHP reported on Wednesday. To allow more time for those... 

BHP and Wyloo need more time for Noront takeover talks

Road key to Fortune’s Nico cobalt project opening at month-end

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2021 The all-season road linking the isolated community of Whati, in Northwest Territories (NWT), to the national highway system will open to the public on November 30, mining project developer Fortune Minerals has announced. The road is also a key enabler for Fortune’s Nico cobalt project. After... 

First Cobalt aims to create specialist EV battery materials facility in North America

By: Reuters     8th November 2021 Canada's First Cobalt aims to create North America's first specialist facility for producing electric vehicle (EV) battery materials such as cathode chemicals, it said on Sunday, as it announced a name change to Electra Battery Materials. Automakers are racing to boost their electric vehicle... 

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Trent Mell

Battery boom has Sherritt CEO betting on Cuban nickel expansion

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2021 Sherritt International’s new boss sees the electric-vehicle revolution stretching all the way to Cuba, with the Canadian miner planning to boost output of battery-grade nickel and cobalt. In its first major move under CEO Leon Binedell, the Toronto-based company wants to increase production at... 

Zimplats posts slight decline in quarterly output

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 ASX-listed Zimplats has reported a 6% quarter-on-quarter decrease in the production of platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, iridium and gold (6E) platinum group metals (PGMs) to 143 061 oz for the three months ended September 30. The PGMs miner also reported a 4% higher quarter-on-quarter... 

Sherritt announces planned Cuban nickel expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     4th November 2021 Toronto-listed Sherritt International is has announced an expansion strategy with its Cuban partners to capitalise on the growing demand for high-purity nickel and cobalt, driven by the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The Moa joint venture (JV) will bolster finished nickel and... 

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The Moa joint venture in Cuba

Pallinghurst now has all key battery, hydrogen fuel cell elements  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2021 The Pallinghurst Group now has within its fold all the key elements needed for lithium-ion batteries, fuel-cells and green hydrogen economy. Pallinghurst’s latest transaction with Talon Metals brings in nickel, copper and cobalt, which augment the already-in-the-bag graphite, battery-grade... 

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Pallinghurst Co-Chief Executive and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Glencore reports major ferrochrome production recovery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore expects its full-year 2021 adjusted earnings before interest and tax to exceed the top end of its forecast $2.2-billion to $3.2 billion a year long-term guidance range. A production highlight included 65%-higher attributable ferrochrome production... 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Jervois secures $75m for Finnish operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2021 ASX-and TSX-V listed Jervois Global has secured a $75-million loan facility with Mercuria Energy Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Group. The finance facility will have a maturity date of the end of December 2024, with annual interest payable on amounts drawn is LIBOR + 5%. 

BHP urges Noront shareholders to take up offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th October 2021 Diversified major BHP has urged shareholders of Canadian junior Noront Resources to take up its offer, stating that it is the only one currently on the table and that there is no guarantee that another offer will materialise. The previous proposal of Wyloo Metals of C$0.70 a share fell away when... 

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Congo's economic growth rises on mining sector performance

By: Reuters     28th October 2021 The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday revised upward this year's economic growth forecast for the Democratic Republic of Congo to 5.4% due largely to higher-than-expected mining production. The IMF said in statement that it had also reached a staff-level agreement with Congo's government... 

Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Sibanye-Stillwater pushes ‘green’ metals strategy with $1bn nickel/copper buy 

By: Mariaan Webb     26th October 2021 Precious metals major Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday announced its fourth transaction in the battery metals sector, with the $1-billion acquisition of the Santa Rita nickel mine and the Serrote copper mine, in Brazil, from private-equity fund Appian Capital Advisory. Santa Rita is a big... 

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The plant at the Serrote copper mine.

Copper tailings targeted in Qld cobalt hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2021 The Queensland government, along with the University of Queensland and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) will jointly investigate if cobalt could be retrieved economically from old copper mine tailings in the state. “This research could help unlock the state’s potential as... 

Sibanye-Stillwater in talks to buy Brazil nickel and copper assets 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th October 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater is in talks to buy nickel and copper assets in Brazil, as it looks to step up supplies of raw materials that are key to the transition to low-carbon energy sources. The South Africa-based miner on Monday confirmed that it was in negotiations with... 

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The Santa Rita operation, in Brazil

Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2021 Base metals were mostly higher, paring a weekly slump, as the global energy crisis kept roiling the energy-intensive sector. The global energy shortage, fueled by record coal and gas costs, has forced metal output cuts from China to Europe, depleting inventories. Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s... 

Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Savannah produces first concentrate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 ASX-listed Panoramic Resources has produced the first nickel/copper/cobalt concentrate from its Savannah processing plant, in Western Australia, some three weeks ahead of schedule. “It’s fantastic to see the careful planning and hard work undertaken over the past 12 months culminate in the... 

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