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Mining countries being helped to build critical mineral supply chains

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 47 minutes ago The United States of America wants to support mineral producing countries to build enabling environments for investment throughout the critical minerals supply chain and not just focusing on extraction alone. This was stated by US Under Secretary of State for economic growth, energy and... 

Fundamental change needed in how we think about mining investment ­– Eurasian CEO

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago With one Apple you can buy the world’s 50 largest mining companies, says Eurasian Resources Group CEO and Global Battery Alliance (GBA) co-chair Benedikt Sobotka. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, he noted that the market capitalisation of the world’s top five... 

Image of Eurasian Resources Group CEO and Global Battery Alliance (GBA) co-chair Benedikt Sobotka
Benedikt Sobotka

Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping that this engagement will deliver some very specific results in stabilising rail performance in the... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.
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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.

Sibanye-Stillwater receives Keliber environmental permit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 7 hours ago Dual-listed Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday reported that it had received the environmental permit for the planned mine and concentrator at its Keliber lithium project, in Finland. The Rapasaari mine operations will comprise the extraction of ore and waste rock, disposal of the waste rock, and... 

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2023 Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.

Hastings adds to Yangibana reserve

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2023 Rare earths developer Hastings Technology Metals has reported a 25% increase in the ore reserve at its Yangibana project, in Western Australia. The project’s total proven and probable ore reserve has now increased to 20.93-million tonnes, up from the 16.7-million tonnes previously estimated, at... 

Like Musk, nickel-rich Indonesia has high electric vehicle ambitions

By: Reuters     6th February 2023 Armed with the world's largest reserves of nickel and a ban on the export of nickel ore, Indonesia is making itself indispensable for the electric vehicle industry, which uses the metal extensively. In just three years, Indonesia has signed more than a dozen deals worth more than $15-billion for... 

Input encouraged into Australia's National Battery Strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2023 The federal government has launched the consultation process for Australia’s first National Battery Strategy, which it said would be integral to help Australia transition to a decarbonised economy, hit its ambitious emissions targets, foster Australian innovation and support Australian... 

Brazilian authorities back BHP's play for Oz Minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2023 Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence has given mining major BHP approval for its proposed acquisition of ASX-listed Oz Minerals. The two companies in December entered into a scheme implementation deed and the Oz Minerals directors unanimously recommended that shareholders accept... 

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Proudly South African technology catches eye of fusion project researchers 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Innovative Proudly South African membraneless technology has caught the eye of the engineers involved in the huge global ITER fusion project as a possible solution to recover tritium from tritiated water. The membraneless technology is the brainchild of Hydrox Holdings engineers, based in... 

The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.

Sprott launches four new energy transition-focused ETFs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2023 Sprott Asset Management, a subsidiary of precious metals and energy transition investment group Sprott, has launched four exchange traded funds (ETFs) focused on providing investors pure-play exposure to critical minerals essential to the generation, transmission and storage of cleaner energy.... 

Value of US mine production jumps to $98bn – USGS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2023 US mines produced $98.2-billion in nonfuel mineral commodities in 2022, an estimated $3.6-billion increase over the 2021 revised total of $94.6-billion, the US Geological Survey (USGS) announced on Thursday, releasing its yearly mineral commodity summaries report.  The report covers more than 90... 

Openpit activities start at Kathleen Valley

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2023 Openpit mining operations have started at the Kathleen Valley lithium project, with the project still on track to produce its first product in mid-2024. ASX-listed Liontown Resources on Friday reported that the first blast at Kathleen Valley has been successfully fired, and the openpit mining... 

Calls arise to put aluminium on critical minerals list

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2023 The incoming president of the Australian Aluminium Council has called on the federal government to put bauxite, alumina and aluminium on the nation’s critical minerals list. “Aluminium is, and will continue to be, one of the most widely used commodities in the global clean energy transition. To... 

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Winsome raises A$60m for Canadian exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2023 ASX-listed Winsome Resources has announced a A$60-million capital raise to accelerate lithium exploration at its projects in Canada. The capital raise will consist of a combination of flow-through shares (FTS), an institutional placement and a share purchase plan (SPP). 

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

A large open pit operation at night being lit up with flood lights and masts
OPEN TO SUGGESTION Mines need to be more open to energy solutions being implemented during the planning phase, as opposed to once the mine has been constructed

Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his attendance at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town next week, from Monday to Thursday. Ramaphosa, accompanied by eight ministers and three deputy ministers, will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, 7 February. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.

American Lithium announces maiden PEA for TLC project

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd February 2023 The maiden preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Tonopah Lithium Claims (TLC) project, in Esmerelda, Nevada, has demonstrated the project’s potential to become a substantial, long-life producer of low-cost lithium carbonate (LCE). At 99.5% LCE purity, TLC has the potential to producer... 

Deep Yellow sets A$372m price tag on Tumas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2023 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Tumas uranium project, in Namibia, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of some $372-million. ASX-listed Deep Yellow based the DFS on treating 4.15-million tonnes a year of ore to produce up to 3.6-million pounds of uranium... 

MCA calls for stable policy to boost investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2023 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the federal government to implement a number of reforms in order to ‘seize a once in a generation opportunity’ to grow investment in the resources sector. In its 2023-24 pre-Budget submission, the MCA pointed out that Australia’s mining... 

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NAL offtakes in the pipeline - Piedmont

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2023 The joint venture partners of the North American Lithium (NAL) operation, in Quebec, are hoping to finalise offtake agreements over the project by the end of March this year. Global lithium developer Piedmont Lithium president and CEO Keith Phillips told Mining Weekly Online that at 130 000 t/y,... 

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Dreadnought sets A$21.4m raising target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2023 ASX-listed junior Dreadnought Resources will raise A$21.4-million to fund work at its rare earth projects, particularly the Mangaroon critical minerals project in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday said it had received firm commitments from institutional and sophisticated investors for... 

Automaker GM makes $650m investment to build Thacker Pass lithium mine

By: Mariaan Webb     31st January 2023 Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has made a $650-million investment in Lithium Americas, the developer for the Thacker Pass mining project in Nevada. This investment – said to be the biggest-ever by an automaker to produce battery raw materials – would support the development of the... 

Automaker GM makes $650m investment to build Thacker Pass lithium mine

New partnership enabling South African lithium pioneer to go full throttle 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2023 Battery metals investment and exploration company Marula Mining, which is delivering its first shipment of lithium ore from its Blesberg lithium and tantalum mine in the Northern Cape, has received a funding boost by clinching of a partnership with Q Global Commodities (QGC). As a majority... 

QGC CEO Quinton van der Burgh (left) and Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.
QGC CEO Quinton van der Burgh (left) and Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.

Arafura selects GHG pathway for Nolans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st January 2023 Rare earths developer Arafura has chosen a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction pathway for its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project in the Northern Territory. The chosen pathway consists of renewable sources for electrical power combined with large-scale thermal energy storage (TES)... 

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

IGO posts record earnings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st January 2023 Battery metals miner IGO has reported record earnings for the half-year ended December, driven by a strong December quarter. The ASX-listed miner on Tuesday announced record underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of A$834-million for the half-year,... 

Balama production takes a hit in Dec quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st January 2023 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported a slight drop in production from its restarted Balama graphite operations, in Mozambique, during the three months to December. The company on Tuesday reported that graphite production for the December quarter reached 35 000 t, down from the 38 000 t... 

Lithium's historic rally fuels record profits for China's miners

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2023 China’s big lithium miners are set to reap record earnings after booming demand for the electric vehicle battery material sent prices surging to an all-time high last year. Tianqi Lithium forecasted preliminary net income for 2022 skyrocketed more than tenffold, while rival Ganfeng Lithium Group... 

Cinovec lithium project declared strategic

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2023 The share price of European Metals gained 11% on Monday, as the company announced that its Cinovec lithium project, in Czech, has been classified as strategic, which means that it has priority for grant funding from the Just Transition Fund (JTF). The JTF supports European Union regions relying... 

EU recovers appetite for trade in green industry push

By: Reuters     30th January 2023 The European Union is aiming to enact up to five trade deals in record time to ensure its future as a clean tech leader, by securing supplies of key raw materials, increasing markets for green exports and reducing its reliance on China. A big EU trade push is a key part of its "Green Deal... 

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen

ICO impacted by weather and skill shortages

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2023 Dual listed Jervois Global has warned of a cost and schedule blow-out at its Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO), in the US. The company on Monday told shareholders that while underground mine development and infrastructure construction in the three months to December had advanced well, site... 

ICO impacted by weather and skill shortages

Scholz visits South America in a race with China to get lithium

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2023 Chancellor Olaf Scholz is hoping his trip to Latin America this weekend will help Germany secure additional supplies of the lithium that car giants like Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Volkswagen need for their electric-vehicle batteries. Chile is the world’s second-largest supplier of lithium after... 

North Carolina gives Piedmont Lithium second extension to file documents

By: Reuters     30th January 2023 North Carolina regulators have given Piedmont Lithium a second extension to submit necessary documents for the company's application to build one of North America's largest lithium mines. State officials since August 2021 have been reviewing how the proposed mine, which has garnered widespread... 

Lynas production recovers in Dec quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2023 Rare earths miner Lynas has seen both production and sales revenue recover in the three months to December, as water supply disruptions which plagued the company in the first quarter of the 2023 financial year were resolved. Total rare earth oxide production increased from the 3 500 t produced... 

Norway finds 'substantial' mineral resources on its seabed

By: Reuters     27th January 2023  A Norwegian study has found a "substantial" amount metals and minerals ranging from copper to rare earth metals on the seabed of its extended continental shelf, authorities said on Friday in their first official estimates. The Nordic country, a major oil and gas exporter, is considering whether... 

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