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Vale signs long-term deal to supply Tesla with nickel

By: Reuters     6th May 2022 Brazilian miner Vale said on Friday it has signed a long-term deal with Tesla to supply the US-based electric vehicle maker with nickel coming from its Canada operations. Vale did not provide financial details on the deal and did not say for how long it will last. The Brazilian miner said in a... 

Arcadia doubles Swanson resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2022 ASX-listed junior Arcadia Minerals has doubled the mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its Swanson tantalum project, in Namibia. Arcadia on Friday told shareholders that a revision of the 2021 MRE had delivered a new indicated and inferred resource of 2.59-million tonnes, an increase of 115%, at... 

Jervois on track for ICO start in third quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2022 ASX- and TSX-listed battery metals company Jervois remains on track to start first ore processing at its Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO), in the US, in the third quarter of this year. Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting, non-executive chairperson Peter Johnston told shareholders that... 

Canada nickel bid is 'tip of iceberg' of BHP growth ambition

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2022 BHP Group’s unsuccessful attempt to buy a junior Canadian nickel miner last year should be seen as “almost the tip of the iceberg” for its ambitions in the resource-rich country, says one of the company’s top executives. The world’s biggest mining company sees nickel as one of three... 

Canada nickel bid is 'tip of iceberg' of BHP growth ambition

Black Rock raises A$25m for Mahenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2022 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining will raise A$25-million in a share placement to institutional and professional investors, to advance the development of its Mahenge project, in Tanzania. The ASX-listed company on Friday announced that it had received firm commitments for the placement of... 

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Glencore enters strategic partnership with lithium recycler

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th May 2022 Commodities giant Glencore has announced a strategic partnership with NYSE-listed lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle, as part of its strategy of combining primary and recycled battery raw materials to produce battery-grade end products. In terms of the agreement, Glencore will procure... 

Canada in 'active discussions' with EV supply chain companies - Minister

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 Canada is talking to a number of companies interested in setting up production in the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain, the industry minister said, as the government seeks to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and play a role in the shift toward greener cars. There are "very active... 

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Rio hopes for bigger spending on growth projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th May 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto is hoping to increase its investment in growth capital to $3-billion a year, by 2023 to 2024, with a focus on energy commodities, including iron-ore. CEO Jakob Stausham told the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday that the company was well placed to grow and... 

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Core gets environmental approval for underground op

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2022 Lithium developer Core Lithium has been granted environmental approval for the BP33 underground mine, in the Northern Territory. This was the second environmental approval granted by the Territory government through its improved regulatory regime under the Environment Protection Act. 

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Nickel Mines readies for first revenue from Angel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2022 ASX-listed Nickel Mines has been granted an Izin Usaha Industri (IUI) or Industrial Business Licence at its 80%-held Angel Nickel project, in Indonesia, allowing it to start commercial sales of nickel. First sales from Angel Nickel is now being targeted for later this month. 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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Biden’s team puts up more than $3bn to boost US battery output

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2022 The Biden administration will spend more the $3-billion to support the domestic manufacturing of advanced batteries used in electric vehicles and energy storage, officials said Monday. About $3.16-billion in grants will be made available to produce key metals for the batteries, such as lithium,... 

EQ Resources fully funded for tungsten project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2022 ASX-listed EQ Resources is fully funded for the development of its Mt Carbine expansion project. The company on Monday reported that it had secured commitments from its joint venture and offtake partner German Cronimet Group, as well as from its director Zhui Pei Yeo for A$5.7-million in... 

Liontown sets LG offtake in stone

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2022 Lithium developer Liontown Resources has inked an binding offtake agreement with South Korean-based LG Energy Solutions to provide, enacting a term sheet signed earlier this year. Under the terms of the agreement, LG will purchase 100 000 t of spodumene concentrate from the Kathleen Valley... 

World lacks time, not minerals for climate-saving technology

By: Bloomberg     29th April 2022 The world isn’t cutting greenhouse gas emissions with anything like the speed required to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, as the latest United Nations climate report published this month affirmed. Despite this, it’s become a trope of sorts to warn that we’re in danger of going... 

World lacks time, not minerals for climate-saving technology

Firefinch shareholders to meet in May

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Shareholders of ASX-listed Firefinch will meet on May 31 to vote on the demerger of Leo Lithium. Leo Lithium will hold Firefinch’s Goulamina lithium project, in Mali, in a joint venture with Chinese partner Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium. 

Mincor eyes May start for Kambalda

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Nickel developer Mincor Resources is gearing up to start production at its Kambalda operations, in Western Australia, in May this year, after reaching an agreement with the Nickel West division of major BHP to update the terms of an ore tolling and offtake purchase agreement (OTCPA). Under the... 

Western Areas makes bank on higher nickel prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Takeover target Western Areas has reported a slight drop in nickel production for the three months to March, on the back of a planned shutdown at its Cosmic Boy concentrator, and due to Covid-19 related productivity issues. The ASX-listed company produced 3 339 t of nickel in concentrate in the... 

Australia's Pilbara Minerals quarterly output drops as labour crunch bites

By: Reuters     28th April 2022 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals posted a sequential drop in March-quarter spodumene production and warned of further impact this quarter due to a severe labour shortage at its operations in Western Australia state. Spodumene is primarily used in the production of high-purity lithium for use in... 

Green Technology Metals sets sights on A$55m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2022 Canada-focused Green Technology Metals is hoping to raise A$55-million in a share placement to fund an aggressive exploration strategy at its tenement holdings in Ontario. The ASX-listed lithium hopeful on Thursday said that it has received firm commitments for the placement of some 52.4-million... 

Top bid for lithium up 140% after Musk's 'insane levels' call

By: Bloomberg     28th April 2022 The highest bid for lithium at an online sale surged by 140% in just six months, an indication the stampede for supplies of the main ingredient used in electric vehicle batteries could get even more intense. Pilbara Minerals Ltd.’s auction of spodumene concentrate -- a partly-processed form of... 

Aeris makes a strategic copper play

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2022 ASX-listed Aeris Resources has struck a A$234-million deal with fellow listed Washington H. Soul Pattinson (WHSP) to acquire Round Oak Minerals as part of its diversification strategy. Round Oak owns a diverse portfolio of Australian copper and zinc assets, including the Jaguar zinc/copper... 

Supreme Court backs IGO's play for Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2022 The Supreme Court of Western Australia has backed ASX-listed Independence Group’s (IGO’s) takeover of nickel miner Western Areas, ordering the takeover target to convene a shareholder meeting to consider the offer. IGO recently increased its offer price for Western Areas from A$3.36 a share to... 

Latin Resources completes capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2022 ASX-listed Latin Resources has completed a A$35-million capital raise, cornerstoned by Canadian investor Electrification and Decarbonization AIE LP Fund. The company earlier this month announced plans to place 253.6-million shares, at a price of 16c each under its existing placement capacity.... 

Syrah keeps increased output in sights

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2022 Graphite production from ASX-listed Syrah Resources’ Balama project, in Mozambique, has continued to increase as demand for the product escalates. Graphite production in the three months to March reached 46 000 t, up from the 13 000 t produced in the December quarter, with Balama averaging... 

SQM to invest $900 million as lithium capacity expands

By: Reuters     27th April 2022 Chile's SQM, the world's second-largest lithium producer, plans to invest $900-million this year as part of its plan to increase lithium carbonate and hydroxide production capacity, the head of its board said on Tuesday. In the next few months, the company expects to complete its original... 

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Nornickel and Rosatom to collaborate on lithium

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 Palladium and nickel miner Nornickel will collaborate with State atomic energy corporation Rosatom on the development of what it describes as the “most promising” lithium ore deposit in Russia. The Kolmozerskoye deposit, in the Murmansk region, is said to be the biggest in Russia, accounting for... 

Palladium One increases LK indicated resources by 250%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2022 Precious metals exploration company Palladium One has published an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) for its Läntinen Koillismaa (LK) project, in north-central Finland, increasing the Kaukua area’s indicated resources tonnes by about 250%. The project now has 1.1-million ounces total... 

Renascor sets cap for A$65m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Graphite developer Renascor Resources will raise A$65-million in a share placement to institutional investors, to accelerate the expansion and development of its Siviour battery anode materials (BAM) project, in South Australia. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday reported that it had received... 

Elon Musk wants more lithium for EVs but very few places have it

By: Bloomberg     22nd April 2022 Elon Musk wants more lithium, but only a handful of countries can supply the material key to the electrification of transportation, at least for now. The Tesla chief made a public appeal for more investment in lithium mining to close what he sees as a yawning gap between supply and demand,... 

MinRes posts solid quarter in March

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2022 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has posted a solid quarter, with iron-ore shipments increasing, along with production from the Mt Marion lithium project. MinRes on Friday reported that iron-ore shipments totalled 4.7-million tonnes during the quarter, up 22% on the previous corresponding... 

Tackling bottlenecks, energy transition vital for African mining

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 While mining in Africa is back in “full swing” as commodity markets are booming, the sector is still hampered by several factors that result in various bottlenecks, states commodities market analyst Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. These factors include logistical bottlenecks caused by railway and... 

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LARA SMITH Intra-African trade will be a key way for Africa to support itself. There needs to be progress before neighbouring countries can do business with one another

Miners gather amid surging demand for critical minerals and fiercely rising ESG demands

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Amid the global transition to renewable energies and the effects of strong commodity prices and supply crunches, there is a scramble to ensure security of supply of critical and battery minerals in Africa. These factors heighten the importance of African mining and the role of the Investing in... 

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Oar Resources' share price surges

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2022 Junior Oar Resources saw its share price on the ASX jump by more than 54% on Thursday, before the company went into a trading halt. The company requested a trading halt until April 26, when it is expected to make an announcement about its graphite project in South Australia. 

China battery giant CATL wins lithium project in race for materials

By: Bloomberg     21st April 2022 Key Tesla battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology has won exploration rights to a lithium clay deposit in China, as surging demand for electric cars fuels a race to secure supplies of raw materials. CATL, as the company is better known, bid 865-million yuan ($135-million) for the... 

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