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Graphite News

Most earthmoving equipment arrives at Tirupati’s Sahamamy plant on schedule

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 In expanding its graphite production operations in Madagascar, specialist graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite reports that most of the new earthmoving equipment for the 18 000 t/y plant at Sahamamy has arrived on schedule, despite logistical challenges imposed by the Covid-19... 

BlackEarth raises cash for critical minerals work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2022 ASX-listed BlackEarth Minerals will raise A$6.8-million to fund a definitive feasibility study (DFS) at its Maniry graphite project, in Madagascar. The company on Monday said that it would place some 50.7-million fully paid ordinary shares to institutional and sophisticated investors, at a price... 

Successful trials culminate in Tirupati adopting own column flotation system at Vatomina 

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Following successful trials, specialist graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite will ship the first commercial-scale column flotation system (CFS) for installation and operation at its 9 000 t/y Vatomina graphite production plant in Madagascar. In July 2021, the Tirupati Graphene &... 

Blencowe appoints Battery Limits for Orom-Cross PFS in Uganda

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2022 London-listed Blencowe Resources has appointed Australian engineering firm Battery Limits to assist it in the completion of a prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Orom-Cross graphite project in Uganda. Battery Limits has completed feasibility studies for several tier one graphite projects... 

Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Triton cuts costs at Ancuabe pilot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th January 2022 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has identified $7-million in alternative funding options for the commercial pilot plant (CPP) at its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. The company told shareholders that the alternative funding options would result in a 13% to 22% reduction in initial... 

Renascor sees higher yields at Siviour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th January 2022 Commercial-scale milling trials at the Siviour graphite project, in South Australia, has delivered increase spherical graphite yields when compared with the project’s battery anode material study. ASX-listed Renascor Resources on Monday said that the commercial-scale milling trials had delivered... 

Working on options to secure green energy for Hillside Aluminium ­– South32 

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is working on options to secure green electricity at Hillside Aluminium smelter in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province. If South32 is unable to secure an affordable source of low-carbon electricity for Hillside, this key KZN operation risks becoming... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay that is working on green energy options.

Minerals Council backs State capture commission’s recommendations 

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2022 Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday endorsed the recommendations of the first report of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. The Minerals Council said these recommendations, aimed at preventing endemic and corrosive corruption in organs of the state and within the private sector,... 

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Malawi rutile project confirmed as globally significant, says Sovereign Metals

By: Mariaan Webb     16th December 2021 A scoping study has confirmed the Kasiya project, in Malawi, as a globally significant natural rutile project, Australia-headquartered Sovereign Metals said on Thursday, stating that it was the largest undeveloped rutile deposit in the world. The initial study considers a multi-decade mine,... 

Armadale appoints project director to oversee Mahenge Liandu development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Aim-listed natural resources investment company Armadale Capital has appointed Greg Entwistle as project director to spearhead development of the Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania. "Mr Entwistle has an excellent pedigree and has worked across all aspects of the resources value chain -... 

Strandline and Black Rock strike deal with Tanzania govt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 The Tanzanian government has inked to framework agreements with Australian resource developers. ASX-listed graphite developer Black Rock Mining has signed a framework agreement for the development of its Mahenge project. 

Junior miners Strandline, Black Rock, OreCorp sign agreements with Tanzania

By: Reuters     13th December 2021 Australia's Strandline Resources, Black Rock Mining and Orecorp on Monday signed framework agreements with the government of Tanzania, a step towards the development of their mineral sands, graphite and gold projects. Details of the agreements were not immediately available. 

South Africa urged to move quickly to capitalise on battery storage value chain opportunities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2021 An ongoing study funded by the World Bank under the guiding leadership of mineral research organisation Mintek has found that there are considerable opportunities for South Africa in the battery storage value chain. The country, however, needs to move quickly to capitalise on these opportunities... 

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Tirupati starts commercial production at second graphite project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2021 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has announced the start of commercial production at its Vatomina graphite project, in Madagascar, effective December 6. The project can produce 9 000 t/y of flake graphite, while the company’s total production capacity in the country stands at 12 000 t/y, when... 

Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Just transition energy projects needed now – Shell Foundation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2021 Real projects on the ground, that can transition developing countries to renewable solutions justly, are what is needed now, along with the correct use of blended finance to create sustainable entrepreneurship as asset bases are repurposed, a global webinar has heard. Without a just energy... 

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Shell Foundation chairperson Gail Klintworth

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Triton flags increased output from pilot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2021 ASX-listed Triton Minerals has flagged a 50% to 70% production capacity increase from its commercial pilot plant (CPP) at the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. The company on Tuesday said that a revised desktop study of the CPP now envisaged a 250 000 t/y plant capable of producing... 

Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Triton raises cash for pilot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2021 Graphite hopeful Triton Minerals will raise A$4.44-million in a partially underwritten entitlement offer to progress pilot plant work at its graphite project, in Mozambique. The entitlement offer, which closed on November 30, allowed eligible shareholders to acquire four new shares 4 new shares... 

Even the battery boom can’t escape world’s supply chain woes

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Soaring commodity prices and supply chain bottlenecks threaten to push up the cost of batteries seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Higher raw material costs could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, a 2.3% gain from this year’s... 

NSW sets critical minerals pathway

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2021 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy launched by New South Wales Deputy Premier Paul Toole. The Strategy details the vision to realise the economic potential of critical minerals investment and delivery... 

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Renascor flags higher yields at Siviour

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th November 2021 ASX-listed Renascor Resources has flagged higher yields and higher prices for its Siviour purified spherical graphite (PSG) product. The company on Friday noted that commercial scale testing of downstream milling equipment, using the Siviour graphite concentrate, had delivered spherical graphite... 

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NextSource signs power supply contract for Madagascar graphite mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2021 Canadian miner NextSource has awarded a 20-year power supply contract to independent power producer CrossBoundary Energy to supply solar and thermal power to the Molo graphite mine operations, in Madagascar. The agreement has been set up so that the power generation can scale up along with the... 

Miners welcome draft resources plan in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2021 The resources sector has welcomed the release of the draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP). The QRIDP identifies the biggest global trends affecting the industry now and over the next three decades, and presents actions that will enable industry and government to respond... 

Qld to build its own critical minerals refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2021 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced plans to spend some A$10-million to build and own a new processing plant for a key new resource mineral in Townsville. The vanadium facility will be part of the government’s plan to make Queensland a leading producer and exporter of new-economy... 

Evolution Energy lists on the ASX

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2021 Graphite spin-out Evolution Energy Minerals has started share trading on the ASX following a A$22-million initial public offering (IPO). ASX-listed Marvel Gold in May this year unveiled plans to spin-out and separately list its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, into the Evolution Energy... 

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining   

By: Martin Creamer     15th November 2021 Because of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer

Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano  

By: Martin Creamer     12th November 2021 Mineral exploration should be incentivised so that South Africa’s great mineral endowment can be optimally leveraged to lower unemployment, improve export revenues, and strengthen this country’s gross domestic product (GDP). That is the view of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) mining,... 

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IDC Mining Metals Beneficiation Head interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

US adds nickel, zinc to draft critical minerals list, drops potash

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2021 The US Geological Survey (USGS) has added nickel and zinc to its proposed list of 50 ‘critical minerals’ – defined as those essential to economic or national security and have a supply chain vulnerable to disruption – while four others, including potash, have fallen off the draft 2021 list. The... 

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The Biden Administration's 100 day supply chain review states that there is an 'urgency' to develop a strategy around Class 1 nickel.

Minerals Council backs Eskom leadership, urges govt to cut procurement red tape

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday supported the Eskom leadership team in its efforts to stabilise South Africa’s electricity supply and urged government to focus on shortening the bureaucratic processes hindering Eskom’s ability to procure urgently required spares for power stations and... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Tirupati welcomes Balama Central mining licence after share buyout deal inked with Battery Minerals

By: Donna Slater     10th November 2021 Specialist graphite producer and graphene and advanced materials developer Tirupati Graphite has welcomed ASX-listed Battery Minerals’ announcement that it has been granted a mining licence for the Balama Central graphite project. Tirupati is acquiring shares in a company that owns the Balama... 

Battery Minerals gets licence for Balama Central

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th November 2021 The Mozambique government has awarded ASX-listed Battery Minerals a mining license for its Balama Central graphite project, allowing for the production of 50 000 t/y of graphite concentrate. “This is another important milestone for the Balama Central graphite project for production of graphite... 

Triton signs offtake deal for pilot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th November 2021 ASX-listed Triton Minerals has inked a binding offtake agreement with Chinese graphite product specialist Yichang Xincheng Graphite Co for the entire production from its pilot plant at the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. The offtake agreement follows the recent start of a strategic... 

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