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FYI rises on rare earths strategy
9th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The share price of junior FYI Resources closed nearly 10% higher on Tuesday after the company announced that it was entering the rare earths sector. FYI has inked a binding heads of agreement... 

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South32's Hermosa gets a US-powered boost
9th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner South32 on Tuesday reported that its Hermosa metals project, in Arizona, has been confirmed by the US Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC), as the first mining... 

Noah Greenhill, former senior marketing and business development GM of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Something must be done to make exploration investment attractive – ex-JSE stalwart Noah Greenhill
8th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Beginning in the early 1970s, the Canadian government said guys, we're losing ground in exploration investment. We don't seem to be attracting any of that cash. Let's introduce something that... 

Bags of Lynas finished product
Lynas' Malaysian operating licence extended until 2024
8th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths miner Lynas on Monday announced that its operating license in Malaysia to import and process lanthanide concentrate has been extended until the start of 2024. The licence variation... 

Eastern Resources takes 70% stake in lithium project
8th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Lithium Australia has struck a deal with fellow listed Eastern Resources to divest of a 70% interest in the Lepidolite Hill lithium project, in Western Australia. Under the agreement,... 

Kazatomprom to develop its own rare metals deposit
8th May 2023 By: Mariaan Webb

Top uranium miner Kazatomprom subsidiary Ulba Metallurgical Plant (UMP) has received a licence to explore for rare metals, including tantalum, niobium and beryllium, at the Verkhny Irgiz deposit in... 

Volt sets production cycle in Ukraine
8th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Graphite producer Volt Resources has determined that a one-month-per-quarter production cycle for its Zavalievsky graphite mine and processing plant in Ukraine, would be the optimal scenario for... 

Minas Gerais, which is home to some of the world's biggest iron-ore mines, will promote its lithium deposits to investors this week.
A Brazilian iron-ore state now wants to lure lithium investors
8th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

the Brazilian state with some of the world’s biggest iron-ore mines wants to attract investors to its lithium deposits in a bid to feed growing demand for the key material in electric-vehicle... 

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Kalamazoo strikes out on lithium journey
8th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Gold and lithium explorer Kalamazoo Resources on Monday announced a number of transactions that would result in the birth of a new critical minerals explorer. The ASX-listed Kalamazoo has... 

From left, Gold Fields CFO Paul Schmidt, interim CEO Martin Preece and EVP Kelly Carter.
Gauteng gold mine being blown away by wind’s potential as Reef electricity source
5th May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Although Gauteng dwellers have tended to dismiss wind as a renewable energy provider from this region, some are now being blown away by the gusts that puff across our far-stretching gold reef. “I... 

Rio Tinto cautions against takeover fever after lithium's dramatic price slump
Rio Tinto cautions against takeover fever after lithium's dramatic price slump
5th May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Lithium’s dramatic price slump has mining heavyweights chasing takeovers of companies with early stage or pre-production projects. But one giant is warning that offering high premiums for smaller... 

RareX raises exploration funds
5th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Junior RareX has announced a A$4-million share placement to accelerate resource definition and development studies at its Cummins Range phosphate rare earths project, in Western Australia. The... 

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Aus govt introduces Net Zero Authority
5th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government on Friday announced it would legislate a national Net Zero Authority to ensure the workers, industries and communities that have powered Australia for generations can seize... 

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WA places second in global mine rankings
5th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Western Australia has been labelled as the world’s second most attractive jurisdiction of mining investment, following Nevada, in the Fraser Institute’s latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies.... 

The Etowah Industrial Park where Piedmont Lithium's Tennessee plant will be located.
Piedmont open to partner at Tennessee
4th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Dual listed lithium developer Piedmont Lithium is open to joint venture at its Tennessee lithium project, in the US. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, executive VP and COO Patrick Brindle said... 

Vulcan eyes A$109m capital raise
4th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Vulcan Energy has launched a A$109-million single tranche share placement to sophisticated and professional investors to progress its renewable energy and lithium project. The company... 

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Rio Tinto hoping to convince mining naysayers
4th May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner Rio Tinto on Thursday said the mining industry would have to convince naysayers that increased mining activity would be required to meet net zero targets. Speaking at the... 

Albemarle cuts annual profit forecast on softening lithium prices
4th May 2023 By: Reuters

Lithium producer Albemarle cut its annual profit forecast on Wednesday despite posting a better-than-expected quarterly earnings, citing softening prices for the metal used to make electric vehicle... 

Lynas eyes more rare earths capacity if Malaysia plant shuts
3rd May 2023 By: Bloomberg

Lynas Rare Earths, the biggest producer of the key materials outside of China, said it will need to look at ways to address lost capacity should its Malaysian plant be shut indefinitely. The miner... 

Hastings awards A$210m EPC contract
3rd May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Hastings Technology Metals has awarded a A$210-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Yangibana rare earths project, in Western Australia, to... 

Wyloo extends Mincor bid
3rd May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Suitor Wyloo Metals has extended its takeover offer for nickel miner Mincor Resources until the end of business on May 22. Wyloo’s shareholding in Mincor currently stood at 61.64%, with the Mincor... 

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Albemarle expands WA lithium hydroxide capacity
3rd May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Critical minerals major Albemarle Corporation has announced it would build two additional processing trains at the Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant in Western Australia. The additional trains will... 

From left, Anglo American Platinum’s Fahmida Smith and Themba Mahlangu, and Department of Science and Innovation’s Eudy Mabuza.
Anglo Platinum mine site interchange highlights South Africa's public-private hydrogen economy ambition
2nd May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

In a positive display of collaboration between South Africa’s public and private sectors, Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena platinum group metals operation in Limpopo province hosted a... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo to fund education initiative close to copper/cobalt exploration activities in Zambia
2nd May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Diversified mining company Anglo American has announced that it will be funding an education initiative in Zambia close to where it is involved in exploration activities, where potential copper and... 

Northern Cape project outlook.
Orion to update Australia on Northern Cape’s copper/zinc revival at roadshow
2nd May 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Orion Minerals, the promising emerging copper zinc miner in South Africa’s prolific Northern Cape will set out to update Australia on the Prieska copper-zinc revival next week. Errol Smart, the CEO... 

Liontown not facing any new bids
2nd May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Lithium developer Liontown Resources on Tuesday refuted claims that it had received a further takeover proposal after rebuffing an A$2.50 a share offer from North American major Albemarle... 

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BHP completes Oz Minerals buy
2nd May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP has completed the acquisition of copper miner Oz Minerals, with the takeover target having applied to be removed from the ASX. “This acquisition strengthens BHP’s portfolio... 

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Alliance inks offtake agreement at NiWest
1st May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Alliance Nickel has inked a binding offtake and share subscription agreement with automotive maker Stellantis NV over the NiWest nickel and cobalt project, in Western Australia. Under... 

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Net Zero offers A$40bn in opportunities to Aus - report
1st May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A new report has revealed that the shift to Net Zero emissions could generate as much as A$40-billion in national income for Australia and A$65-billion in economic activity by 2050. In its latest... 

ASM signs supply deal in Vietnam
1st May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) has inked a feedstock supply agreement with Vietnam Rare Earths Company (VTRE) for the purchase of rare earth oxides from Vietnam to be used as... 

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Peak to raise A$27.5m for Tanzanian rare earths
1st May 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths developer Peak Rare Earths will raise A$27.5-million in a two-tranche institutional placement to advance the Ngualla project, in Tanzania, towards a final investment decision by the end... 

Global mining supply. Source: DNV report.
Hydrogen has advantage of relatively cheap energy storage, DNV study finds
28th April 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Both hydrogen and battery technologies are expected to operate in the power sector, but in different areas, says independent risk management and assurance firm DNV. Hydrogen is expected to play a... 

Peru sees lithium mining opportunity in Chile's statist plan
28th April 2023 By: Bloomberg

Peru is taking a more active role in trying to lure lithium mining investments in light of Chile’s decision to take state control of all new projects of the battery metal, an official said. “There... 

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