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Copper’s supercharged rally creaks on signs of softer demand

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2021 Copper’s stellar rally is starting to creak as investors unwind their bullish bets and evidence of demand weakness mounts in China’s powerhouse manufacturing sector. Prices plunged as much as 4.3% in London, crashing through their 50-day moving average to trade at a seven-week low. Copper hit an... 

Eurasia progresses Russia PGMs and battery metals JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2021 London-listed Eurasia Mining is progressing plans to create a “globally significant” platinum group metals (PGMs) and battery metals company with partner Rosegeo. Eurasia announced on Tuesday that it had created the first joint venture (JV) company, Monchegorskoe, to hold the licence for the... 

Spearmint announces Clayton Valley lithium resource estimate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2021 Canadian junior explorer Spearmint Resources can add its name to the list of companies with an in-ground resource estimate in Clayton Valley, Nevada, which continue to attract global attention as a sought-after lithium address in the US, hosting the only producing lithium deposit in North... 

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
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The White House on building supply chains.

First ore produced from Voisey’s Bay expansion project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2021 The Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project, which is transitioning the northern Labrador nickel operation from an openpit to two underground mines, marked a key milestone last week with the production of first ore. “[The] announcement of first ore production heralds another step forward in the... 

Lithium major Albemarle to boost extraction in search for green growth

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 The world’s biggest lithium producer is proceeding with a project to extract more of the battery metal from the brine it pumps up from a Chilean salt flat in a sign of its confidence in the country and global demand. Albemarle is introducing a way of extracting more of the lithium that’s... 

Lithium major Albemarle to boost extraction in search for green growth

China's Ganfeng Lithium to sell $630m of shares to fund expansion

By: Reuters     11th June 2021 Ganfeng Lithium, one of the world's top lithium producers, said on Friday it would sell around HK$4.9-billion ($630-million) in new shares to boost capacity and fund potential investments. The Chinese company in March announced an ambitious plan to increase its lithium production capacity... 

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.

‘Overwhelming’ support for Beament-led VentureX recap

By: Mariaan Webb     10th June 2021 Shareholders in ASX-listed VentureX Resources have given their “overwhelming” backing for a Bill Beament-led strategic funding package, designed to reposition the company to be come a supplier of new-generation energy and technology metals. The approval at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM)... 

‘Overwhelming’ support for Beament-led VentureX recap
VentureX incoming executive director Bill Beament

Swedish mine-to-anode project to reduce Europe's reliance on China - Leading Edge

By: Mariaan Webb     10th June 2021 Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials has announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Woxna project, demonstrating the potential viability of a Swedish operation producing battery grade anode material using an existing graphite mine and concentrator with the addition... 

Piedmont increases industrial mineral estimates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has reported a 40% increase in quartz, feldspar and mica resource at its flagship Piedmont Carolina lithium project, in North Carolina. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday reported a 11.5-million tonne quartz resource, a 17.8-million tonne feldspar resource and a... 

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

Sheffield adjusts zircon contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2021 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has amended three zircon/zircon concentrate offtake agreements with Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) over its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The amended agreements combined account for the sale of 170 000 t/y of zircon concentrate from the... 

Miners due better year in 2021 - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2021 New research from PwC has found that the world’s top 40 miners could report record high revenues and earnings in 2021, and the second highest net profits in 18 years. In its Mine 2021 report, PwC noted that strong commodity prices propelled market capitalisation to rise by 64% on 2019 figures to... 

Miners due better year in 2021 - report

Funds flood into Australian battery mineral explorers - report

By: Reuters     7th June 2021 Australian minerals explorers have raised the most cash in nearly a decade as investors rush into gold as well as lithium and copper explorers expected to boom in the global energy transition, a report by advisor BDO showed on Tuesday. The quarterly report showed that Australian-listed explorers... 

Biden’s electric vehicle plan includes battery recycling push

By: Reuters     7th June 2021 President Joe Biden’s strategy to make the United States a powerhouse in electric vehicles will include boosting domestic recycling of batteries to reuse lithium and other metals, according to government officials. As Biden makes fighting climate change and competing with China centerpieces of... 

Biden’s electric vehicle plan includes battery recycling push
US President Joe Biden

Test results underscore Giga’s ambition for 'true' carbon neutral nickel mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2021 Test work conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBS) on mineralised material from the Turnagain nickel project has demonstrated significant mineral sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2), supporting owner Giga Metals’ ambition to build a “true” carbon natural mine. Test work shows that... 

Miners contributing to A$8bn trade surplus in April

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th June 2021 New data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that the resources sector continued to support Australia’s economy, with the ABS reporting a trade surplus of more than A$8-billion in April 2021. Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt on Friday said that the positive data for April... 

Miners contributing to A$8bn trade surplus in April

Argosy on target at Rincon

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th June 2021 ASX-listed Argosy Minerals remains on schedule to start commercial production at its Rincon lithium project, in Argentina, by mid-2022. The company on Friday told shareholders that some 24% of total work at the Rincon project has now been completed for the development of a 2 000 t/y lithium... 

Volt secures debt for Ukranian asset buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th June 2021 Graphite and gold explorer Volt Resources has secured an $8.5-million loan facility from JES Green Investments to partly fund the acquisition of a 70% interest in the Zavalievsky graphite business, in the Ukraine. Volt had previously signed share purchase agreements (SPAs) with the existing... 

US to list Nevada flower as endangered, dealing blow to lithium mine

By: Reuters     4th June 2021 The US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it will propose listing the Tiehm's buckwheat flower as an endangered species, dealing a blow to ioneer's proposed Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada. The decision reflects the ongoing tension between environmentalists and industry as the... 

US to list Nevada flower as endangered, dealing blow to lithium mine
Tiehm's buckwheat

Sustainability report shows positive progress

4th June 2021 Mineral sands miner Kenmare’s 2020 Sustainability Report, published in April, shows the company met its first public sustainability targets last year and provides illuminating information on its sustainability actions. The company, which operates the Moma titanium minerals mine in Mozambique,... 

Sustainability report shows positive progress
MICHAEL CARVILL The sustainability report is a natural progression for Kenmare

Australian state establishes eco zones to process critical minerals

By: Reuters     3rd June 2021 Australia's New South Wales has set up development zones to tap growing demand for critical minerals that have been sustainably developed, a consultant to the state said on Thursday. The "special activation precincts" will fast track industries including critical minerals processing, Janette... 

Neometals sells Mt Marion offtake rights, reviews Indian refinery plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2021 ASX-listed Neometals has accepted a A$30-million offer from Reed Industrial Minerals (RIM) to relinquish its spodumene offtake option rights at the Mt Marion lithium project, in Western Australia. Neometals on Thursday told shareholders that the proceeds from the transaction would significantly... 

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

Tesla to buy more than $1bn of Australian battery minerals a year

By: Reuters     2nd June 2021 Tesla said it expects to spend more than $1-billion a year on battery raw materials from Australia given the country's reliable mining industry and responsible production practices. Robyn Denholm, chair of the US carmaker, said on Wednesday that Australia, which is rich in minerals used for... 

Tesla to buy more than $1bn of Australian battery minerals a year

Pilbara to make restart decision at old Altura project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals will take a final investment decision on the restart of the former Altura Mining’s lithium assets in Western Australia. Pilbara in January this year completed the $175-million acquisition, gaining ownership of Altura’s Pilgangoora lithium project, which was promptly... 

Poseidon hoping Golden Swan is the golden ticket

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 Junior nickel developer Poseidon Nickel is hoping to restart operations at its Black Swan mine, in Western Australia, by the middle of 2022. Speaking at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, Poseidon MD and CEO Peter Harold said that the company is undertaking significant exploration... 

IGO to close Tianqi deal in June

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 ASX-listed Independence Group (IGO) on Wednesday said that it was hoping to complete its $1.4-billion transaction with lithium producer Tianqi Lithium Corporation by the end of June this year. IGO and Tianqi last year announced the transaction which would see IGO acquire a 49% interest in... 

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

Galan investigating bigger project in Argentina

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 Lithium developer Galan Lithium is looking at options to expand the production at its proposed Hombre Muerto West project, in Argentina, as well as to decrease capital expenditure and operating costs. A preliminary economic assessment of the project in late 2020 found that the project could... 

Covalent refinery gets EPA approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the development of a new lithium refinery in Kwinana. The EPA approval is subject to strict conditions relating to greenhouse gas emissions and waste management. 

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
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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.
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