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Graphite News

Bass reports record quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2019 Graphite miner Bass Metals has reported a record quarter during the three months to June from its Graphmada mine, in Mozambique. The company on Monday reported that a record 32 000 t of ore was processed during the quarter, with 1 005 t of graphite produced at a benchmark quality of more than... 

Peninsula merges South Korean assets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2019 ASX-listed Peninsula Mines has struck an agreement with Korea’s Battery Minerals Resources to merge all of their respective South Korean tenements into one company that would be dubbed Korea Graphite Company. On completion of the merger, Battery Mineral Resources will hold a 55% interest in the... 

Armadale to publish graphite project resource update

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 Mining investment company Armadale Capital has been fast-tracking work on the graphite resource update to be published this month for its Mahenge Liandu project, in south-east Tanzania, says Armadale technical director Matt Bull. The project is one of the highest-grade, large-flake deposits... 

Armadale to publish graphite project resource update
MATT BULL We believe that the project is a significant, high-quality project and would like to get it towards producing in the short to medium term

Syrah completes entitlement offer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2019 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has completed its fully underwritten one-for-five pro rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer, raising A$55.8-million. The institutional component of the entitlement offer closed on June 20 and raised some A$25.1-million, with the retail component... 

Leading Edge advances expandable graphite research from Woxna materials

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2019 European consultant ProGraphite has started research on producing expandable graphite using materials from the Woxna graphite mine, which Canadian firm Leading Edge Materials owns in Sweden. Leading Edge has previously produced expandable and expanded graphite products using Woxna graphite as a... 

Bass finds buyers in India

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2019 Graphite miner Bass Metals has signed an agency agreement to supply graphite concentrates from its Graphmada project, in Madagascar, into the Indian market. The exclusive agency agreement with industrial minerals group Polo Queen Minchems provides the Indian company with an exclusive in-country... 

Pallinghurst earmarks $1bn for battery, fuel cell materials 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd July 2019 Diversified investor Pallinghurst has entered the battery materials and energy storage revolution through the creation of a diversified battery raw materials platform. With the global electric vehicle and energy storage surge underpinned by government regulations and consumer demand for green... 

Pallinghurst earmarks $1bn for battery, fuel cell materials
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Arne Frandsen

Pallinghurst-backed Nouveau Monde to build value-added product plant in Quebec

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2019 Graphite developer Nouveau Monde on Friday announced that it would proceed with the construction of a demonstration plant for value-added products at its Matawinie project, in Quebec, to tap into the growing lithium-ion battery and expandable graphite markets. This follows a successful capital... 

Pallinghurst-backed Nouveau Monde to build value-added product plant in Quebec

Bass issues convertible notes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2019 ASX-listed Bass Metals will raise up to A$4-million through a tranched issue of convertible notes, allowing Bass to continue exploration to underpin its planned large-scale graphite mining and processing operations. An initial tranche of A$1.41-million of convertible notes has already been... 

Triton welcomes new cornerstone investor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th June 2019 China’s Jinan Hi-Tech is set to invest A$19.5-million into ASX-listed Triton Minerals through a share placement and the acquisition of shareholder Shandong Tianye Mining’s 19.3% stake in the company. Subject to shareholder approval, Jinan would subscribe for A$8.5-million shares in Triton, taking... 

Drilling at Armadale’s Mahenge Liandu yields positive results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has announced “exceptionally” high-grade results from a drilling programme at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania. A definitive feasibility study on the project is on track to be completed during the fourth quarter of this year.  

Volt secures $1m working capital for Bunyu project’s development

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 Tanzania-focused flake graphite development company Volt Resources has secured $1-million in working capital funding for the development of its Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania. The funding includes $300 000 raised through the placement of just over 20.8-million shares at 2.1c a share, and a... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
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BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Syrah to raise A$111m, signs new offtake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2019 Graphite miner Syrah Resources will raise some A$111.6-million though a convertible note and underwritten entitlement offer to ramp-up production at its Balama project, in Mozambique. Syrah has struck an agreement with its largest shareholder AustralianSuper to issue a five-year unsecured... 

Syrah to miss second-quarter production guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     7th June 2019 The Balama graphite mine, in Mozambique, will miss it second-quarter production guidance by about 5 000 t, as results from owner Syrah Resources’ production improvement plan took longer than expected to materialise. The Australia-based mining company said on Friday that the second-quarter... 

Ancuabe expected to deliver first graphite in 2020

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Graphite developer Triton Minerals aims to start full construction of its Ancuabe graphite project, in the Cabo Delgado region of northern Mozambique, in the third quarter of this year and, subject to financing, expects first production in late 2020, says Triton Minerals CFO David Edwards. He... 

Ancuabe expected to deliver first graphite in 2020
CRITICAL STEP Once financing discussions for Ancuabe are complete, Triton Minerals expects to start design work, mobilisation to site and construction

Market growth supports Moz graphite project reaching full production

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources’ base case demand view provides natural graphite market growth of about 270 000 t in the next three years from about 750 000 t at the end of last year, almost all of which is in natural graphite fines, with quality also becoming an... 

Market growth supports Moz graphite project reaching full production
SHAUN VERNER Our focus for this year is for consistency and stability through methodical continuation of production volume increase

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager Thinus Kruger tells Mining Weekly that there is potential for the company to grow further. Multotec... 

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz
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KRIS VERGOTE Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients

Aury Africa to open an office in Mozambique

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa will open an office in Tete, Mozambique, by the third quarter this year. Aury Africa director Sydney Parkhouse says all company registration requirements have been met. The African mining and mineral resources sector is... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Tirupati to raise £3m for growth projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2019 Flake graphite producer Tirupati Graphite plans to raise up to £3-million through the placement of convertible loan notes to fund its growth projects. The company wants to expand its existing production capabilities to become a significant producer of primary high-quality flake graphite in... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

Armadale to have offtake/finance meetings in early June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital on Wednesday provided an update regarding its plans to commercialise the Mahenge Liandu graphite project, ahead of anticipated completion of a definitive feasibility study in the fourth quarter. The company confirmed that key meetings with current and prospective... 

Armadale progresses towards graphite production in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital made notable progress in advancing its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, in 2018. The company on Tuesday reported that it had completed a scoping study that highlighted a potential net present value of $349-million and an internal rate of return of 122%. 

Walkabout fast-tracks Tanzania project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has started an integrated “early start” programme for the procurement, manufacturing and site works for the Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. The “early start” programme is aimed at fast-tracking the project to production to allow the company to capitalise... 

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
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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... 

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