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Sweden proves a treat for Talga

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd May 2019 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Vittangi graphite project, in Sweden, has estimated that it could support a mine life of some 22 years. ASX-listed Talga Resources on Thursday reported that the PFS, based on an on an ore reserve of 1.9-million tonnes, grading 23.5% total graphite content,... 

Tanzania backs Epanko debt plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd May 2019 The Tanzanian government has given its in-principle approval for ASX-listed Kibaran Resources’ debt financing arrangements for its Epanko graphite project. Kibaran in April this year mandated Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank to provide debt funding to develop the Epanko project. 

Hexagon taps US as preferred location for graphite plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th May 2019 A scoping study by ASX-listed Hexagon Resources has determined that the preferred location for a stand-alone graphite purification and processing plant (GPPP) to be Washington State, in the US. The scoping study considered sites in both the US and in Western Australia, with the US site winning... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Walkabout pushes early start button at Lindi Jumbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has started an integrated international project ‘early start’ programme to start the procurement, manufacturing and site works for its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. The ‘early start’ programme is aimed at advancing the construction process along its... 

Triton gets mining concession at Ancuabe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2019 The Mozambique government has granted ASX-listed Triton Minerals a mining concession for its Ancuabe graphite project, paving the way for project development. “The board is extremely pleased with receive final government approval for Ancuabe. Mozambique has a long and proud history of mining and... 

Renascor considers larger development at Siviour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2019 Graphite developer Renascor Resources saw its share price surge on Friday after announcing an optimised development plan for Stage 1 of its Siviour graphite project, in South Australia. The optimised development plan looked at increasing the 22 800 t/y Stage 1 production by nearly four fold to... 

Armadale Capital reports progress on Mahenge Liandu DFS

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has recorded progress in respect of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania. The company has received the final environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) report from external consultants, which concludes that... 

Armadale progresses towards DFS, mining permit for Mahenge graphite project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital expects a definitive feasibility study or its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, to be completed in the fourth quarter. Remaining work, including product marketing, developing transport and logistics pathway and a resource update, is under way.  

Walkabout strikes global marketing agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has signed a binding global sales, purchase and marketing agreement with international commodities trading house Wogen Pacific. Under the terms of the agreement, Wogen will actively market Walkabout’s graphite concentrate, initially contracting to buy and... 

Walkabout strikes new offtake in Tanzania

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th April 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has inked a second binding offtake agreement over its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. The company has inked a term sheet with graphite product manufacturer Qingdao Risingdawn Graphite Technology Company to deliver 10 000 t of flake graphite over a three... 

First Graphene sets sights on $3.5m raising

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2019 ASX-listed First Graphene will place some 23.3-million shares, at a price of 15c each, to raise A$3.5-million. The company told shareholders that the placement to institutional and sophisticated investors would be conducted under its existing placement capacity, and will not require shareholder... 

MRC to buy Norway's largest flake graphite producer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2019 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has struck a $9.2-million share purchase agreement with Skaland Graphite AS to acquire the Trælen graphite mine and the Skaland processing plant, in Norway. MRC would pay an initial cash consideration of $4.8-million and a further $4.4-million over a five-year... 

Battery Minerals raises A$5m for Montepuez

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th April 2019 Junior Battery Minerals will raise A$5-million through a share placement to progress its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique. Battery Minerals will issue 204-million shares at a price of 2.5c each to profession and institutional investors. The shares will be issued in two tranches, with... 

Walkabout finds taker for Lindi Jumbo flakes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd April 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has signed its first binding offtake term sheet with expandable graphite producer Inner Mongolia Qianxin Graphite (IMQG) over its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. Under the terms of the agreement, Walkabout would deliver between 10 000 t/y and 20 000 t/y of... 

Tirupati commissions Madagascar graphite production plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2019 Flake graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has commissioned a 3 000 t/y plant at its Sahamamy project, in Madagascar, which is expected to eventually produce 21 000 t/y of flake graphite. This is the first of six planned flake graphite production plant modules that will be built by the company in... 

Tirupati commissions Madagascar graphite production plant

Kibaran hunting for German funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2019 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources has mandated Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank to provide debt funding to develop the Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania. KfW IPEX-Bank and Kibaran will now proceed with a lender credit review process and prepare an application for the German government untied loan guarantee... 

Triton signs MoU for Ancuabe development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2019 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has struck a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Qingdao Jinhui Graphite Company that could result in the development of the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. The two companies will now start technical, legal and commercial due diligence and... 

Battery Minerals’ focus is bringing Montepuez into production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2019 Graphite developer Battery Minerals will only consider downstream processing at its Montepuez project, in Mozambique, once the project’s saleable graphite production is profitable. MD David Flanagan told delegates at the Paydirt Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, on Tuesday, that while the... 

Walkabout working on offtake for Lindi Jumbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources is hoping to secure binding offtake agreements for its 40 000 t/y Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, before the end of the second quarter. Walkabout executive director Trevor Benson told delegates at Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference that the... 

Siviour size dependent on funding - Renascor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2019 Junior Renascor Resources on Tuesday said that the availability of financing would ultimately determine the size of its Siviour graphite project, in South Australia. Renascor is currently considering a staged development of the Siviour project, with Stage 1 of the operation producing 22 800 t/y... 

Beowulf unit receives funding for graphite research

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2019 Aim-listed Beowulf subsidiary Oy Fennoscandian Resources will receive additional funding from Business Finland of €224 900 towards graphite purification and spheroidisation testwork, and further assessment of Fennoscandian’s graphite for battery applications. Business Finland has been granted... 

Walkabout improves metrics of Lindi project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th March 2019 An enhanced definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, has delivered a significant economic boost for the project, owner Walkabout Resources told shareholders on Thursday. The updated DFS increased the projected mine life by four years, to 24 years,... 

Walkabout improves metrics of Lindi project

Armadale completes strategic financing for Mahenge Liandu

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th February 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has raised £795 275 through the placing of 72.30-million shares at a price of 1.1p apiece to support the completion of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania. “The strategic financing announced today provides the... 

Black Rock gets mining licence at Mahenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th February 2019 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining has been granted two contiguous mining licences for the development of its Mahenge project, in Tanzania. “This milestone is a significant step in delivering the Mahenge graphite mine. Licensing gives all stakeholders comfort that Tanzania wants this project... 

Renascor considers spherical options at Siviour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2019 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the spherical graphite potential of the Siviour project, in South Australia, has confirmed project economics. ASX-listed Renascor Resources said on Thursday that the spherical PFS estimated a capital cost of A$89.9-million to develop a spherical operation, with... 

Armadale signs MoU with potential buyer of Mahenge Liandu graphite

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Aim-listed Africa-focused mining investment company Armadale Capital has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a proposed offtake agreement with Chinese graphite mining and processing company Matrass Group, for graphite products produced at Armadale’s Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania.... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2019 Mining must take place with a strong focus on the interests of those who live in mining areas, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, a standpoint that supports the notion that a mining right and a land right can co-exist, without pleasing one party at the expense of the other.  But the... 

Xolobeni judgment continues to confound
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Northern Graphite plans increased production rate at Ontario project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 The Bisset Creek graphite project, in Ontario, could yield at least 20% more production for a relatively modest 6% increase in capital costs, owner Northern Graphite said on Friday, citing an ongoing review of the project by G Mining Services. The TSX-V-listed company said that higher production... 

New Energy sells Mozambique’s Caula project to private investor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th February 2019 ASX-listed New Energy has struck a deal to divest of the remaining 50% interest in the Caula graphite and vanadium project, in Mozambique. New Energy has entered into a binding share sale and purchase agreement with private investment vehicle Auspicious Virtue Investment Holdings, which already... 

Sovereign raises A$4m for Malawi project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2019 ASX-listed junior Sovereign Metals is hoping to raise A$4.3-million through a share placement to advance the development of its Malingunde flake graphite project, in Malawi. The company on Friday reported that it had completed a bookbuild and secured commitment from investors for 66.7-million... 

Syrah hoping to double 2018 production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2019 Graphite miner Syrah Resources is expecting to more than double production from its Balama project, in Mozambique, in 2019, as production continues to ramp up. The ASX-listed company was expecting to produce some 250 000 t of natural graphite during 2019, subject to market conditions, with first... 

Continued investment and development in Africa expected

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 International metals and minerals consultancy Roskill expects continued interest, investment and development in Africa as the electronic vehicle (EV) revolution continues, says Roskill director Jack Bedder. “Africa has a significant role to play in the lithium-ion battery and EV story. The... 

Continued investment  and development in  Africa expected
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Leading Edge CEO resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2019 Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials president and CEO Blair Way has resigned with effect from January 31, the company announced on Wednesday. He is being replaced by Mark Saxon, a director, on an interim basis. 

Talga finds possible buyer for graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Talga Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with a subsidiary of Germany’s Schunk Group to cooperate on the exploration and incorporation of Talga graphene into a Schunk product with applications in the automotive sector. Schunk is a globally operating technology company with... 

Syrah declares commercial production in Moz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2019 Graphite producer Syrah Resources has declared commercial production at its Balama project, in Mozambique. “The declaration of commercial production represents a key milestone for Syrah, reflecting the significantly improved production consistency and strong recovery improvements,” said Syrah... 

Black Rock inks another offtake, considers upsizing project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2019 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining has signed its third offtake agreement over its Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania. Under the agreement with trading house Taihe Soar Supply Chain Management, Black Rock will supply up to up to 100 000 t/y of graphite concentrate over a three year period. 

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