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EU leaders want to challenge perceptions of lithium mining

By: Reuters     6th May 2021 Environmental worries have boosted anti-lithium sentiment across Europe and EU officials say it is crucial to show local populations that mining the metal used in electric car batteries is no longer a "dirty operation". Tapping European deposits of lithium is an important part of the bloc's... 

Ardiden weighs lithium asset sale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2021 Junior gold explorer Ardiden has agreed to an exclusive option with Great Northern Lithium to potentially sell 80% of its lithium portfolio in a deal worth A$8.7-million. “Ardiden has been actively evaluating strategic options to best realise the full potential of its lithium assets. The... 

Northern Australia targeted for economic growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2021 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the federal government’s intentions to invest A$190-million over the next five years as part of its growth plans for the region. Minsiter for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the major investment package which was... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

Use of ruthenium in fuel cells set to turn down as green hydrogen trend turns up – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2021 The use of ruthenium in fuel cells is poised to decline in line with the growing trend towards the generation of green hydrogen. “We believe that the use of ruthenium in fuel cells will come down, as the trend to green hydrogen will bring with it purer feeds with less carbon monoxide impurities,... 

Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP new business development and innovation Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Strike spin-out raises A$9m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2021 ASX-listed Strike Resources on Tuesday announced that the demerged Lithium Energy had raised A$9-million in its initial public offering (IPO). Strike in March this year announced plans to spin out its lithium and graphite assets through listing its subsidiary Lithium Energy on the ASX. At... 

Strandline pulls the trigger at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has taken a final investment decision on it’s a$338-million Coburn project, in Western Australia. Construction on the project will start immediately, and first production is scheduled for the second half of 2022. Construction is expected to create... 

American Lithium appoints new CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd May 2021 Explorer and developer American Lithium has appointed Simon Clarke as CEO of the company with immediate effect. Clarke, who was most recently founder, CEO and director M2 Cobalt, is succeeding founder Michael Kobler as CEO. Kobler will continue as general manager of American Lithium’s US... 

Promising suite of manganese assets facing extremely attractive manganese fundamentals 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2021 Unlisted empowered mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings, which last month grabbed the headlines by becoming the biggest shareholder in the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines Limited, has promising additional manganese mining assets serving a manganese market that observers describe as having... 

Ntsimbintle chairperson Saki Macozoma
Ntsimbintle chairperson Saki Macozoma

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2021 Venture capital funds manager AP Ventures has made yet another promising investment the fast-growing hydrogen sector, Mining Weekly can today report. AP Ventures Fund II focuses on hydrogen and its role in decarbonising energy and this latest investment is set up to contribute to establishing a... 

AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers
AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2021 If the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen
Anglo American executive head PGM market development interviewed by Mining weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Ionic starts feasibility study on Uganda rare earths project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2021 A scoping study into the Makuutu rare earths project, in Uganda, has found that based on the current mineral resource, the project could have a mine life of 11 years. ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths on Thursday said that the base case scoping study considered an openpit mine with a run-of-mine feed... 

Last of the Lake Way enviro permits granted

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2021 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash has received environmental approval to scale-up its projects to 245 000 t/y of sulphate of potash (SOP). The ASX-listed company on Thursday said that the environmental approval enabled the company to finalise the construction of pond trains four to six, as well... 

Coburn EPC contract awarded

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has appointed fellow-listed NRW Holdings Group’s subsidiary, Primero, to build the processing facilities at its Coburn mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract is worth some... 

Qld's QRIDP set to boost resource investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2021 The Queensland state government on Thursday launched the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP), aimed at creating more growth, jobs and investment in the state’s resource sector. Resources Minister Scott Stewart said the QRIDP was about working with industry, the regions and... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ioneer investigating US listing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2021 Lithium developer ioneer has flagged plans for a secondary listing on a major US stock exchange. The ASX-listed company told shareholders on Wednesday that the secondary listing was likely to take place in the second half of 2021 and was in line with ioneer’s longer-term strategy of increasing... 

More funding going towards Tasmanian exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2021 The federal government will invest A$3-million to expand the Tasmanian Exploring for the Future programme, to uncover resources in the region and to investigate its potential for critical minerals. “We want to invest in Tasmania’s resources potential to bring future wealth and jobs to the... 

Volt acquires major stake in European graphite project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2021 ASX-listed Volt Resources will acquire a 70% interest in the Zavalievsky graphite business, in the Ukraine. Volt on Tuesday told shareholders that it had inked share purchase agreements (SPAs) with the existing shareholders of ZG Group to acquire a 70% interest in each of the companies... 

Strandline puts LNG in place for Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2021 Mineral sands developer Strandline Resources has finalised a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement for its Coburn project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday announced that it had inked a ten-year LNG supply agreement with a joint venture (JV) between energy major... 

Neometals seeks London listing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2021 ASX-listed Neometals on Friday announced that its was hoping to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as part of its strategy to capitalise on UK and European investor interest. “Neometals’ projects are advancing towards development decisions, so the time is right to maximise liquidity and... 

RareX mulls demerger and IPO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2021 Junior RareX has announced plans to spin-out its nickel/copper/platinum-group element (PGE) and gold assets into a separately listed company. RareX said on Friday that the decision to pursue a demerger and separate listing for its Byro East nickel/copper/PGE and Orange East gold projects, in... 

Renascor to raise A$15m for Siviour work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2021 Graphite developer Renascor Resources will raise A$15-million through a share placement to fund the technical, regulatory and marketing workstreams for its Siviour battery anode material project, in South Australia, ahead of a final investment decision. The company told shareholders on Friday... 

Arafura reviewing Nolans timeline

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2021 ASX-listed Arafura Resources is reviewing the project schedule for its Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project, in the Northern Territory, after taking the decision to modify the project’s execution strategy to a traditional front-end engineering and design (FEED) model. Arafura this week... 

Energy Fuels inks MoU for Tennessee monazite supply

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2021 US-based Energy Fuels has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia-listed Hyperion Metals for the supply of natural monazite sand from Hyperion’s Titan project, in Tennessee. Energy Fuels plans to produce mixed rare earth element (REE) products from processing the... 

KWG considers Rail-Veyor as Ring of Fire chromite transport option

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd April 2021 Toronto-based KWG Resources is considering using Rail-Veyor Technologies Global’s automated train technology for the transportation of ten-million tons a year of chromite ore over 326 km from the remote Ring of Fire region, the company announced on Wednesday. Rail-Veyor’s technology provides an... 

Syrah gets first quarter under its belt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2021 Graphite miner Syrah Resources produced 5 000 t of natural graphite at its Balama operation, in Mozabique, during the three months to March, as production was restarted during the quarter. Syrah in February announced its decision to restart production at Balama following a temporary suspension... 

Greenland Minerals hopes for meeting with new government

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2021 ASX-listed Greenland Minerals on Wednesday said that it was seeking consultation with the new Greenland government following the national election in April. The new coalition government, which consists of the Inuit Ataqatigiit and Naleraq parties, has publicly stated a political intention to... 

Greenland Minerals hopes for meeting with new government

Mining association says Canada’s rare earth support too modest to displace reliance on China

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2021 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has welcomed several expanded and refined measures proposed in the 2021 federal Budget to support the establishment and growth of a domestic battery supply chain, but CEO Pierre Gratton says specific support targeting rare earth elements (REE) is too modest... 

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland looks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as she delivers the Budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland looks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as she delivers the Budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday.

Unlisted VHM awarded Major Project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2021 The federal government has awarded Major Project status to unlisted VHM’s proposed Goschen zircon and rare earths minerals project, in Victoria. VHM intends to develop a mine near Swan Hill in Victoria and a rare earth minerals refinery at an established site in regional South Australia. 

EcoGraf's Kwinana project backed by Aus govt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2021 ASX-listed EcoGraf’s battery anode materials facility, in Western Australia, has officially been awarded Major Project status by the federal government. EcoGraf will develop a processing facility to produce high purity spherical graphite for direct supply to battery anode manufacturers in... 

Lynas production increases slightly

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2021 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported an increase in total rare earth oxide production for the three months to March, compared with the previous quarter. The ASX-listed miner on Tuesday told shareholders that total rare earth oxide production increased from the 3 410 t delivered in the second... 

Johnson Matthey secures raw materials for European cathode plants

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2021 British multinational speciality chemicals and sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey (JM) on Monday announced that it would scale up its battery materials business and said that it had secured long-term supply of critical minerals for its European facilities. JM, in partnership with... 

Johnson Matthey secures raw materials for European cathode plants

Savannah moves closer to Portugal lithium mine with preliminary impact study approval

By: Reuters     19th April 2021 Savannah Resources said a "major milestone" had been passed for what could become western Europe's largest lithium mine, after Portugal's regulator gave its environmental impact study a preliminary stamp of approval. Interest in lithium mining has been spurred by the expected growth in sales of... 

Galaxy and Orocobre strike A$4bn merger deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2021 Lithium miners Orocobre and Galaxy Resources have struck a merger of equals agreement to create the fifth largest global lithium chemicals company. Under the terms of the proposed A$4-billion merger, Galaxy shareholder would receive 0.569 Orocobre shares for each of their shares held, with... 

Galaxy and Orocobre strike A$4bn merger deal

Neometals secures Barrambie offtake interest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th April 2021 ASX-listed Neometals has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with titanium slag producer Jiuxing Titanium Materials over the Barrambie titanium/vanadium project, in Western Australia. The project has previously been granted a mining proposal for a 1.2-million tonne a year operation and... 

Prospect raises cash for Arcadia investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th April 2021 Lithium hopeful Prospect Resources will raise A$6.5-million in a share placement to advance work at its Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. The company has received subscriptions for the placement of some 41.9-million shares, at a price of 15.5c each from institutional and sophisticated... 

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