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Critical Minerals News

Iluka shareholders to vote on Sierra Rutile demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 Mineral sands miner Iluka has unveiled details of the demerger of its Sierra Rutile operations, in Sierra Leone, creating two independent ASX listed companies. Iluka will continue to be a leading global supplier of critical minerals, while Sierra Rutile will be a West African focused mineral... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

European fund for critical minerals projects to launch next year

By: Reuters     17th June 2022 A European fund to invest in critical minerals needed for a transition to zero carbon emissions is seeking billions of euros of public and private money for a launch early next year, an official working with an EU initiative on the project said. Europe and the United States have been scrambling... 

Northern Graphite prepares to garner govt support for graphite operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Northern Graphite has engaged a public affairs advisory firm called Navigator to assist the company in securing government support to advance its Bisset Creek graphite mine, in Ontario. Northern Graphite is in the process of garnering financing to construct the mine. 

Vulcan gains local support for geothermal plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 ASX-listed Vulcan Energy Resources has marked an important development milestone at its Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany, with the City Council of Landau voting to support geothermal energy production. The company said that the City Council of Landau, which covers part of Vulcan’s... 

Vital starts commissioning of Canadian REE plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 Canadian rare earths miner Vital Metals has started commissioning its rare earth extraction facility in Saskatoon, Canada, starting ore feed into the dense media separation (DMS) plant. Vital will commission the Saskatoon facility incrementally over coming months with plans to produce a 2.5 t of... 

Lake Resources looks at funding solutions for Kachi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 Lithium developer Lake Resources has appointed project finance institutions Citi and JP Morgan as joint coordinators for its Kachi lithium project, in Argentina. The coordinators will work together on a debt financing package to fund the development of the 50 000 t/y Kachi project. 

Syrah lifts precautionary measures in Moz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 ASX-listed Syrah Resources on Friday said that temporary logistical suspensions and suspensions to personnel movements on its primary transport route in Mozambique had been lifted. The company last week implemented a number of measures following an insurgent attack at the nearby Ancuabe graphite... 

Horizon completes Richmond restructure

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2022 Gold developer Horizon Minerals has completed the restructure of its 25% interest in the Richmond vanadium project, in Queensland. The company last year struck a deal with its joint venture (JV) partner Richmond Vanadium Technology (RVT) to restructure the project ownership into a dedicated... 

Battery metal buzz counters financial market angst at mining’s big show

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 The turmoil that rocked financial markets this week has done little to shake the optimism around global mining, if the signs of exuberance on display at one of the industry’s biggest gatherings in years are to be believed. Thousands of people from all areas of the industry converged at the... 

An image of attendees at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Attendees at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto this week.

Bolivia again delays announcement on lithium mining tie-ups

By: Reuters     16th June 2022 Bolivia's government on Wednesday declined to name which of six short-listed companies it would select to help mine its untapped lithium riches, with the chief of the country's state-run lithium company saying more than one could be eventually selected. The government had already postponed a... 

PwC suggests miners use 2021 gains to prepare for critical minerals future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 Although the world’s top 40 mining companies demonstrated stellar financial results in 2021, it is unclear how long this record run can continue, since the industry is experiencing unprecedented change, says PwC. The enterprise services and advisory company finds in its ‘Mine 2022’ report that... 

PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw
PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Strong interest from Western ECAs in funding Canada graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     15th June 2022 Canadian firm Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) has made meaningful progress on its financing efforts for the development of its integrated Phase 2 operations, combining the Becancour battery material plant and Matawinie mine, chairperson Arne Frandsen reported on Tuesday. Following the appointment... 

NMG chairperson Arne Frandsen
NMG chairperson Arne Frandsen

$1.9bn NPV for Critical Elements’ Rose lithium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Critical Elements Lithium has released a new feasibility study on the Rose lithium/tantalum project in the Eeyou-Istchee James Bay, Quebec. The study incorporates a standard truck and shovel openpit mining operation and conventional lithium processing, producing an average of 173 317... 

Canada kicks off critical minerals strategy consultations

By: Mariaan Webb     15th June 2022 Building on the near C$3.8-billion commitment on critical minerals in the 2022 Budget, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Tuesday released a discussion paper to inform Canada’s critical minerals strategy. The paper, which was launched at the Prospectors and Developers Association... 

Court calls for Vimy meeting on Deep Yellow deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2022 The Supreme Court of Western Australia has called on ASX-listed Vimy Resources to call a shareholder meeting to vote on the proposed A$658-million merger agreement with fellow-listed Deep Yellow. The two companies in April announced the merger agreement under which Deep Yellow would acquire all... 

Glencore strikes offtake deal at Kolosori

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2022 ASX-listed Pacific Nickel has struck a non-binding indicative term sheet with diversified major Glencore for a three-year, $22-million pre-export finance facility, along with a four-year offtake arrangement for all of the production from the Kolosori nickel project, in the Solomon Islands. The... 

Base restarts operations at Kwale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2022 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has resumed operations at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. The company earlier this month reported that heavy rainstorms had caused flash flooding in the area, which had overwhelmed the project’s dewatering system. 

US and partners enter pact to secure critical minerals like lithium

By: Reuters     15th June 2022 The United States, Canada and other countries have established a new partnership aimed at securing the supply of critical minerals, which are essential for clean energy and other technologies, as global demand for them rises, the State Department said on Tuesday. Demand for the minerals, such as... 

US and partners enter pact to secure critical minerals like lithium

Qld invests in battery power

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2022 The Queensland government has announced a A$15-million investment to scale up the National Battery Testing Centre (NBTC), as part of plans to ramp-up battery manufacturing in the state. “Energy storage is the key to unlocking Queensland’s renewable energy revolution,” Treasurer and Minister for... 

Namibia has potential to become new age battery metals Pilbara – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Namibia has the potential to become the Pilbara of new age battery metals. That is the view of AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen, who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Prieska Power Reserve partners IDC to further South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Emerging green hydrogen company Prieska Power Reserve on Tuesday announced a partnership with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a green hydrogen project in Prieska, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Prieska Power Reserve Project is described on the... 

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Prieska Power Reserve director Meta Mhlarhi.

Copper’s outlook under threat as economic risks pile up

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2022 Copper is under assault from various risks that threaten to undermine the prospects of the key metal needed to wean the world off of fossil fuels, according to CRU Group’s Vanessa Davidson. Threats include “the possibility of lower GDP or industrial production triggered by geopolitical risks,... 

Copper’s outlook under threat as economic risks pile up

Argentina offers tax sweeteners to encourage fledgling copper sector

By: Reuters     14th June 2022 Argentina said on Monday it would introduce a new optional tax regime for copper producers that could potentially lower export duties in an effort to jumpstart national production. The measure, announced by Economy Minister Martin Guzman at a mining forum, follows conversations with provinces... 

Canada must overcome hurdles in ‘urgent’ critical minerals push

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2022 The global clean-energy transition offers metals-rich Canada a “generational economic opportunity,” as long as the mining industry can get past some key hurdles, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said. Wilkinson highlighted Canada’s resource strengths and stability at Monday’s... 

An image of Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

Triton committed to Mozambique graphite project despite insurgent attack

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2022 ASX-listed Triton Minerals on Tuesday confirmed that two of its security and caretaker staff had been fatally injured at its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique, following an insurgent attack last week. The company went into a trading halt following news of the attack, which saw fellow... 

Talga in financing talks for Vittangi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2022 ASX-listed Talga on Tuesday said it was progressing project financing discussions for its Vittangi anode project, in Sweden, and is looking at both project funding packages and at possible strategic partnerships. The company has received a letter of interest from the Nordic Investment Bank,... 

Lynas wins $120m HRE contract in the US

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2022 Rare earths miner Lynas has been awarded a $140-million contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a first of its kind commercial heavy rare earths (HRE) separation facility in the US. “The development of a US HRE separation facility is an important part of our accelerated... 

Image shows Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze
Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze

AEX Gold establishes JV for strategic minerals in Greenland

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2022 Dual-listed AEX Gold is setting up a joint venture (JV) focusing on strategic minerals in Greenland, a region which CEO Eldur Olafsson says is “one of the few remaining under-explored frontiers” for minerals vital for the global energy transition. He notes that the western world is in short... 

Bluejay proposes separate listing of Greenland's Disko

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2022 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining on Monday announced that it planned to demerge and separately list Disko Exploration, which holds several Greenland assets, including a project that is in a joint venture (JV) with a company backed by billionaires Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. The proposed... 

Greenland has become the new front for critical metals exploration.
Greenland has become the new front for critical metals exploration.

Recycling not sufficient to supply EV demand - Woodmac

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th June 2022 Lithium-ion battery recycling alone will be unable to meet global demand for battery raw materials, researcher Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said. The electrification of the transportation sector has caused a boom in demand for lithium-ion batteries, and global cumulative lithium-ion battery... 

Glencore to automate drilling in first phase of digital mining journey 

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to convert surface drills in Chile to autonomous operation as part of the first phase of a digital mining journey. Glencore's Compañía Minera Lomas Bayas copper mine in the Atacama Desert, northern Chile – which extracts low-grade copper oxide... 

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Glencore to convert surface drills to autonomous operation in Chile.

Future metals beneficiation bonus on way for already hugely endowed Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2022 Modern technology and global decarbonisation demand is positioning South Africa’s already incredibly well-endowed Northern Cape with big beneficiation bonanza potential, in addition to being a green minerals, green metals and green energy haven. Rapidly developing clean beneficiation technology... 

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Future-facing metals in abundance in Northern Cape.

WA Supreme Court backs Mallee's play for Avebury

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th June 2022 The Supreme Court of Western Australia has approved ASX-listed Mallee Resources' plans to acquire the Avebury nickel sulphide project, in Tasmania. Mallee earlier this year unveiled a deed of company arrangement (DOCA) to acquire Allegiance Mining, which has gone into receivership. Allegiance... 

Drill results identify rare earths

10th June 2022 Phase 1 assay results from rare earth elements (REE) mineral exploration company Altona Rare Earths’ Monte Muambe light REE project in Mozambique show significant REE levels across multiple targets, the company announced in May.   Significant neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) levels were identified. 

Small remaining equity needed for restart of rich old copper mine in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2022 A mine that produced some of South Africa’s best copper and zinc concentrates back in the day is capable of being brought back into production in 19 months after reconstruction go-ahead. Only a very little portion of equity is still required for the restart of the Prieska copper/zinc mine, which... 

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Where Orion Minerals is developing mines.
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