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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... 

Mining investor TechMet closes second funding round at $120m

By: Reuters     16th April 2021 Mining investment firm TechMet, which counts the US government as its largest investor, said on Thursday it had closed its second round of funding at $120-million, roughly 50% higher than initially expected. The firm, which is an investor in battery recycler Li-Cycle, has now raised nearly... 

Mining investor TechMet closes second funding round at $120m

Hudson says ‘business as usual’ in Greenland

By: Mariaan Webb     16th April 2021 Canadian development company Hudson Resources is confident that it is “business as usual” for its projects in Greenland, following the Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) party’s recent election victory. Hudson president Jim Cambon says the IA party has publicly stated that it is pro-mining and that it has... 

PFS into cathode powder proves positive for Lithium Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 A prefeasibility study (PFS) by the subsidiary of ASX-listed Lithium Australia, VSPC, into a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) cathode powder has confirmed the project’s robust economics. The PFS contemplated the production of 10 000 t/y of LFP cathode powder over a three year period, with the... 

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 A surge in demand for electric vehicles is sending the price of raw materials soaring, threatening to slow the push toward making cheaper batteries that are key to more widespread adoption. Lithium, the mainstay for rechargeable power packs used in EVs, is roaring back after a three-year slump... 

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

Galaxy's plans for Sal de Vida firm up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has completed an updated feasibility study for its Sal de Vida brine project, in Argentina, and will now move into detailed design and construction. The updated feasibility study focused on a staged development approach to reduce development capital risk and use... 

Nornickel expands Finland nickel refinery to supply EV market

By: Mariaan Webb     13th April 2021 Mining company Nornickel has announced an expansion of production from its nickel refinery in Finland in response to growing demand for responsibly produced electric vehicle (EV) battery materials in Europe. In Phase 1, nickel output at the Harjavalta refinery will increase from 65 000 t/y to 75... 

Nornickel expands Finland nickel refinery to supply EV market

MRC could fast-track anode production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has struck a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Superior Graphite to fast track anode production into the European battery market. Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies would work together to form a joint venture (JV) that would use... 

Environmental efforts offering resource opportunities - BHP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 Diversified major BHP believed that global de-carbonisation efforts would hold significant opportunity for the resources sector. BHP’s Minerals Americas president Rag Udd told the World Copper Conference, in Chile, that the push across the world to decarbonize would require substantial... 

Orocobre boosted by higher lithium prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 The Australian share price of lithium miner Orocobre climbed nearly 20c a share on Tuesday as the company announced a significant lithium price upgrade. The ASX and TSX-listed miner said on Tuesday that sales during the March quarter had reached 3 032 t at a price of $5 853/t free-on-board... 

Funding secured for Walkabout's Lindi Jumbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 Junior Walkabout Resources has secured a $20-million project finance facility for the construction of its Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday said that its wholly owned subsidiary had inked a project finance facility with the CRDB Bank of Tanzania for a debt... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Allan Saad, Consulting Exploration Geologist
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rare earths project diversifies sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 Increased interest in a green economy and critical minerals is leading to new mining and investment opportunities in Tanzania such as ASX-listed rare earths mining company Peak Resources’ Ngualla rare earths project. “The Ngualla project is based on one of the largest and highest-grade... 

Bardin Davis
Rare earths provide Tanzanian mining sector with new opportunites
Bardin Davis Rare earths provide Tanzanian mining sector with new opportunites

Piedmont increases lithium resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has reported a 40% increase in its lithium resource at its namesake project in North Carolina. The ASX-listed company on Thursday announced that to total mineral resource estimate for the Piedmont project now stood at 39.2-million tonnes, at 1.09% lithium oxide,... 

Rio Tinto produces battery-grade lithium from waste rock at US mine

By: Mariaan Webb     7th April 2021 Diversified major Rio Tinto has started production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine in California. The demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up what the company states is a breakthrough lithium production process developed at... 

Rio Tinto produces battery-grade lithium from waste rock at US mine

NioBay initiates test works for battery-grade niobium production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2021 A series of hydrometallurgical process testing to produce battery-grade niobium at the James Bay project, south of Moosonee, Ontario, has begun, reports TSX-V-listed NioBay Metals. CEO Claude Dufresne says new niobium battery technology could change perceptions of electric vehicles (EVs), noting... 

Musk acquires lithium claims in Ontario’s ‘electric avenue’

By: Mariaan Webb     7th April 2021 Exploration junior Musk Metals has entered into an agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Pakeagama lithium claims, located in the so-called electric avenue pegmatite field of north-western Ontario. The acquisition comes hot on the heels of Musk Metals’ acquisition of the Elon project, in... 

Left-wing party that opposes mining project wins Greenland election

By: Reuters     7th April 2021 Greenland's left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit party pledged its opposition to a large rare earth mining project on Wednesday after winning a parliamentary election with more than a third of the votes. The result of Tuesday's election casts doubt on the mining complex at Kvanefjeld in the south of the... 

Left-wing party that opposes mining project wins Greenland election

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Greenland election gets under way

By: Reuters     6th April 2021 Greenlanders began voting in a parliamentary election on Tuesday that could unseat the ruling political party and help decide the fate of vast deposits of rare earth metals which international companies want to exploit. The Arctic island of 56 000 people, which former US President Donald Trump... 

Greenland election gets under way

Core eyes downstream options at Finniss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2021 Battery grade lithium hydroxide has been produced from a spodumene mineral concentrate sample from the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory. ASX-listed Core Lithium on Tuesday told shareholders that the scoping level test work had demonstrated that the conventional direct flowsheet... 

First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th April 2021 The Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Neskantaga First Nations in the James Bay lowlands have declared a moratorium development in the Ring of Fire, stating that their territories and rights could be “seriously and permanently desecrated” by large scale mining. The First Nations argue that... 

First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire mining
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