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Canadian miners cheer Ottawa's critical minerals budget plan

By: Reuters     11th April 2022 Canadian miners say Ottawa's plan to spend C$3.8-billion ($3.02-billion) to boost domestic production of lithium, copper and other strategic minerals should help propel the country's efforts to become a key part of the global electric vehicle supply chain. The spending, announced during Canada's... 

Ford shows interest in Kachi lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2022 Lithium developer Lake Resources has inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with motoring major Ford Motor Company over the potential supply of lithium from the Kachi project in Argentina. Under the MoU, the two companies would negotiate a potential offtake agreement for up to 25... 

Core buys more lithium land in the NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2022 Lithium developer Core Lithium has struck an agreement to acquire the Shoobridge project, some 80km south south-east from its Finnis lithium project, in the Northern Territory. Core MD Stephen Biggins said it was a strategic acquisition with exploration upside that would complement Core's... 

Pilbara ticks the boxes on POSCO JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2022 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has announced the satisfaction of all conditions precedent for the formation of a downstream joint venture (JV) with Korean major POSCO. The formation of the JV and completion of Pilbara Mineral’s initial 18% equity subscription in the JV company, with an option to... 

IGO increases offer for Western Areas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2022 Battery minerals miner Independence Group (IGO) has increased its offer price for nickel producer Western Areas from A$3.36 a share to A$3.87 a share. IGO last week flagged concerns that its takeover offer for Western Areas would not proceed after an independent expert found that the offer was... 

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Hydrogen economy ‘incredibly exciting opportunity’, says Minerals Council’s Baxter 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2022 Mobility in mining is perfectly suited to kickstarting the domestic hydrogen adoption process, according to Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who drew attention during the PGMs Industry Day conference to several mining companies that had already played a leadership role in the... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Wyloo completes Noront buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2022 Australia’s Wyloo Metals has completed the acquisition of TSX-V-listed Noront Resources, following a shareholder vote. Noront Resources in December entered into a binding agreement with Andrew Forrest’s Wyloo Metals, after that company’s offer was tapped as a superior bid to mining major BHP’s... 

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Canada offers carbon capture tax credit to help cut emissions

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rolling out one of Canada’s largest single industrial tax incentives to fund carbon capture projects as his government tries to deliver on ambitious climate goals by offsetting emissions from the country’s energy sector. In a federal budget unveiled on Thursday,... 

Canada PM Justin Trudeau
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Canada PM Justin Trudeau

Kathleen Valley FID expected in June

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2022 A final investment decision (FID) on the Kathleen Valley lithium project, in Western Australia, is due by June this year, ASX-listed Liontown Resources said. Speaking at the Paydirt Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, Liontown MD and CEO Tony Ottaviano said that first production from Kathleen... 

Poseidon to partner on Mt Windarra gold

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2022 Nickel developer Poseidon Nickel has shortlisted a number of potential partners for its Mt Windarra gold tailings operation, in Western Australia. MD and CEO Peter Harold told delegates at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, that advisor Argonaut was currently undertaking the... 

Leo positive on Goulamina funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2022 Lithium developer Leo Lithium, is hoping to fully fund the development of the Goulamina project, in Mali, through its planned initial public offering (IPO). The Goulamina project is currently held by ASX-listed Firefinch, but will be demerged into a joint venture with Chinese partner Jiangxi... 

WA keen for precursor investments

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2022 The Western Australian government is hoping to attract investors to its planned precursor cathode active materials (pCAM) hub, in Kwinana, with Minister for Mines, Petroleum and Energy, Bill Johnston lauding the benefits of investing in the state. Speaking at the second day of Paydirt’s Battery... 

Hydrogen key to long-term use of platinum, says SFA Oxford’s Forrest   

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2022 Coordinated industry intervention is required to create sustainable platinum group metals (PGM) markets, with hydrogen the key to the long-term use of platinum, said outgoing SFA Oxford head Stephen Forrest in a swansong address. “Promote PGMs heavily as platinum’s structural surplus helps... 

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Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Australian Vanadium BFS proves up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) into ASX-listed Australian Vanadium’s namesake project, in Western Australia, has estimated a cost of $435-million to develop a 24.7-million pound vanadium pentoxide and 900 00 t/y of iron-titanium. Based on an updated ore reserve of 30.9-million tonnes, at... 

Vulcan signs first geothermal agreement at German lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 ASX-listed Vulcan Energy Resources has signed its first geothermal energy offtake agreement at its Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany. The company aims to produce both renewable geothermal energy and lithium hydroxide from the same deep brine source at its operations in Germany. 

Australia focus on critical minerals - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 The Australian government would continue to invest in the critical minerals sector, federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Paydirt Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, Pitt said that the federal government was determined to make sure that Australia delivered... 

IGO on target with its own growth plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 Battery metals company Independence Group (IGO) is expected to produce its first battery grade lithium hydroxide form the first train of its Kwinana lithium hydroxide facility, in Western Australia, shortly. IGO COO Matt Dusci told delegates at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth,... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Biden’s battery metals boost could ease US dependence on China

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2022 President Joe Biden fired up mining companies, battery makers and environmentalists last week when he invoked Cold War powers to encourage domestic production of critical battery minerals for electric vehicles. The president used the Defense Production Act — wielded by Harry Truman to make steel... 

Zambia’s copper potential coming to fore again as Castillo survey shows upside 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 London- and Sydney-listed base metal explorer Castillo Copper has identified multiple copper-potential drill-testing targets at its Mkushi project in Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer. Castillo stated in a release to Mining Weekly on Tuesday that the formulation of a drilling... 

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Castillo Copper MD Dr Dennis Jensen.

Eneabba rare earth refinery only the start, says Australia PM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2022 The Australian government this week said that it’s A$1.25-billion investment into ASX-listed Iluka’s Eneabba rare earths refinery, formed part of its plan to become a global critical minerals powerhouse by 2030. Iluka this week took a final investment decision on the Enabba project, which is... 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Triton makes a power plan for Ancuabe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2022 ASX-listed Triton Minerals has identified a power solution for its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a generator manufacturer Himoinsa Southern Africa. The MoU would see the development of a modular, scalable, cost effective and... 

MinRes unveils growth plans to bank on market demand

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2022 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) on Tuesday announced plans to increase lithium production from its Wodgina and Mt Marion spodumene mines, in Western Australia. The company has reached an agreement with US-based joint venture (JV) partner Albamarle to accelerate the resumption of production... 

Canada to invest C$2bn on mineral strategy for EV battery supply chain

By: Reuters     4th April 2022 Canada's federal budget will include an investment of at least C$2-billion ($1.6-billion) for a strategy to accelerate the production and processing of critical minerals needed for the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain, two senior government sources said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's... 

An electric vehicle charging spot

The battery metal really worrying China is lithium, not nickel

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2022 Nickel has captured much of the limelight among battery metals in recent weeks, and understandably so. Wild price swings, including an unprecedented 250% advance over two trading sessions amid a short squeeze, and concerns tied to Russia’s role as a key supplier have added to longstanding worries... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Comet acquires Glencore project, hopes to raise cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2022 Junior Comet Resources has struck a deal with diversified major Glencore to acquire the Mt Margaret copper project, in Queensland, and has announced plans to raise A$50-million. Under the terms of the agreement, third-party company Minerals Mining and Metallurgy (MMM) would pay Glencore... 

Australia's energy exports on the rise - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2022 Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are forecast to surge to a record high A$425-billion for 2021-22. Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the latest forecast, from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ March 2022 edition of the Resources and Energy... 

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Oz Minerals increases shaft capacity at Prominent Hill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2022 Copper gold miner Oz Minerals on Monday announced a decision to increase the hoisting shaft capacity at its Prominent Hill mine from 6-million tonnes a year to 6.5-million tonnes a year. The ASX-listed miner told shareholders that project optimisation works identified the opportunity to increase... 

Sibanye-Stillwater highlights battery grade nickel sulphate fetching price premium 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday highlighted the quality elevation of its price-discounted nickel sulphate crystals to price-premium battery grade through the introduction of the Thakadu Battery Materials operation into the Base Metal Refinery in North West province.... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater operation highlighted during Bank of America conference virtual site visit.

White Cliff buys lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2022 Junior White Cliff Minerals has signed a binding agreement to acquire the Abraxis lithium project, in the Pilbara. The company on Friday said that it would acquire Abraxis Mining, which holds three adjacent tenements covering 294 km2 in the Pilbara, in exchange for A$40 000 in cash and a... 

Biden invokes Cold War powers to boost EV battery production

By: Bloomberg     1st April 2022 The Biden administration announced it will invoke Cold War powers to boost domestic production of materials for batteries needed to power electric vehicles and the transition to renewable energy, a move intended to improve US competitiveness in a market dominated by China. The decision adds... 

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US President Joe Biden

Platinum supply on downhill slope – Northam  

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum displayed graphs during Thursday’s presentation of half year results, which indicate that PGMs supply is on a hiding to nothing on the way to 2040. “There’s a systematic global primary supply problem and the scarcity of both new PGM... 

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Northam Platinum half-year results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Biden’s battery-metal push does nothing to ease mining permit bottleneck

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 The US is set to give the mining industry a key tool to boost domestic production of metals behind the energy transition -- but nothing that speeds up efforts to dig ore out of the ground. President Joe Biden is poised to add battery metals to the list of items covered by the 1950 Defense... 

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US President Joe Biden

Tesla dodges nickel crisis with secret deal to get supplies

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 The invasion of Ukraine has added to agita among electric-vehicle makers over the supply of nickel, a critical ingredient in EV batteries, since Russia is one of the world’s biggest producers. But Tesla Inc. had already been scouring the globe for the metal, signing pacts with several nickel... 

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Biden poised to use Cold War powers to boost battery metals

By: Bloomberg     31st March 2022 President Joe Biden is poised to invoke as soon as this week Cold War powers to encourage domestic production of critical minerals for electric-vehicle and other types of batteries, according to people familiar with the matter. The White House is discussing adding battery materials to the list... 

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