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Matawinie construction kicks off

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2021 The construction of the Matawinie mine, set to become the Western world’s biggest graphite operation, is under way, developer Nouveau Monde Graphite reported on Thursday. The company has completed site preparation in spring and this month started on-site work as part of a 30-month construction... 

BlackEarth given port access in Madagascar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2021 BlackEarth Minerals on Thursday confirmed that it had secured port access in Madagascar to export graphite concentrate from its Maniry project. The Port d’Ehoala SA (POE) had confirmed that BlackEarth had the right to initially export up to 30 000 t of graphite concentrate, with a provision to... 

Mason Graphite stock jumps on new graphene venture

By: Mariaan Webb     27th July 2021 The share price of TSX-V-listed Mason Graphite jumped 29% on Monday, as the company announced the launch of Black Swan Graphene – a new venture with UK-based speciality chemical company Thomas Swan & Co. Through Black Swan, Mason Graphite has agreed to purchase strategic assets related to... 

Tirupati advances development of graphene R&D centre

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 Specialist graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has commissioned Stage 1 of its Tirupati Graphene and Mintech Research Centre (TGMRC), in India, which is focused on graphene manufacturing and applications development, advanced materials development and mineral processing technology development.... 

Nouveau Monde appoints advisers to secure Matawinie debt finance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2021 Canadian firm Nouveau Monde Graphite has appointed SD Capital Advisory (SDCA) and GKB Ventures (GKB) as joint financial advisers to assist it with the structuring and arranging of project financing for the Matawinie graphite project, in Quebec. The company says it will focus on accessing... 

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Balama ramp-up continues for Syrah

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st July 2021 Graphite miner Syrah Resources on Wednesday said it was tracking ahead of schedule with its restart operations at the Balama project, in Mozambique. Natural graphite production at Balama ramped up to 29 000 t during the quarter, up from the 5 000 t produced in the March quarter when production... 

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Ex-Xstrata Nickel CEO joins NextSource board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2021 Ian Pearce, the former CEO of Xstrata Nickel and before that the COO of Falconbridge, has been appointed to the board of Mick Davis-chaired NextSource Materials. The appointment of Pearce would be a valuable addition to Toronto-listed NextSource as it prepared for mine commissioning next year,... 

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

A picture of the CEO of the International Coiuncil on Mining and Metals
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

EU, Ukraine sign preliminary deal on key raw materials, batteries

By: Reuters     13th July 2021 The European Union and Ukraine signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering critical raw materials and batteries as the 27-country bloc tries to diversify supplies following disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The move is part of the European Commission's Action Plan... 

WA miners contributed A$83bn to economy in 2019/20 - survey

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2021 A new survey by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) for Western Australia has found that the state’s mining, oil and gas, energy and contractor industries contributed a direct A$83-billion to Australia’s economy in 2019-20 and directly provided more than 94 000 full-time jobs. The survey... 

Tirupati, Japanese trading company ink MoU

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2021 Specialist graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan-based global trading company Hanwa, to expand markets for its suite of flake and speciality graphite products in the Far East. The MoU is expected to lead to deeper engagement with industrial... 

MRC raises funds for SA and Norwegian projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) will raise A$10.6-million through a share placement and fully underwritten non-renounceable rights issue to fund work at its Tormin mineral sands project, in South Africa, and at its Skaland graphite operation, in Norway. The company said on Monday that it... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tsodilo Resources joins Walvis Bay Corridor Group

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has joined the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG). The WBCG is a public-private partnership established in 2000 to promote the use of the Walvis Bay Corridors to the Ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz in Namibia. 

Tirupati advances capacity developments at Madagascar projects

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 Fully integrated, natural and specialty graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite is progressing work to increase its overall capacity to 84 000 t/y by 2024. The focus is on its Sahamamy and Vatomina projects in Madagascar. 

New graphite flame retarding products gaining traction in Europe, says Tirupati

By: Donna Slater     25th June 2021 Two specialised expandable graphite products sold by graphite and graphene producer Tirupati Graphite are gaining “significant” traction as the company undertakes development of speciality graphite products for use in high-tech applications like lithium-ion batteries, fire retardants, thermal... 

NextSource initiates Madagascar graphite expansion study

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2021 A much-larger second phase development is on the cards for the Molo graphite mine, in Madagascar, says Toronto-listed NextSource, targeting the burgeoning battery materials market. The technical study will determine the project economics of a Phase 2 expansion of at least 150 000 t/y of... 

BlackEarth signs first offtake for Indian project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2021 ASX-listed BlackEarth has inked an offtake and sales agreement with downstream graphite product developer Grafitbergbau Kaiserberg GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, BlackEarth would sell up to 2 500 t/y of expandable graphite valued at around $7.5-million a year, from a proposed new... 

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender  

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

The White House on building supply chains.
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2021 An early Tesla investor is backing a startup that helps track battery metals across the supply chain to ensure they hold up to environmental and ethical scrutiny. The Westly Group, which led a funding round with five other venture capital firms, invested $14-million in Circulor, according to a... 

Early Tesla investor backs firm that tracks metals supply chain

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

MRC starts graphite production at Norway mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has started mining operations at the Trælen graphite mine, in Norway, through its 90%-held subsidiary Skaland Graphite. “The commencement of decline mining represents a new chapter in the life of Trælen mining operations, which until now have been following... 

Beowulf receives funding to advance spheronisation and purification project

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2021 Aim-listed explorer and developer Beowulf’s wholly-owned Finnish subsidiary and graphite miner Fennoscandian Resources has been granted €791 000 by innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion agency Business Finland. The grant funding is equivalent to 50% of the three-year... 

Swedish mine-to-anode project to reduce Europe's reliance on China - Leading Edge

By: Mariaan Webb     10th June 2021 Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials has announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Woxna project, demonstrating the potential viability of a Swedish operation producing battery grade anode material using an existing graphite mine and concentrator with the addition... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

By: Reuters     8th June 2021 The United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. The strategy, first reported by Reuters in late May, will include new... 

US must work with allies to secure electric vehicle metals - White House

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Biden’s electric vehicle plan includes battery recycling push

By: Reuters     7th June 2021 President Joe Biden’s strategy to make the United States a powerhouse in electric vehicles will include boosting domestic recycling of batteries to reuse lithium and other metals, according to government officials. As Biden makes fighting climate change and competing with China centerpieces of... 

US President Joe Biden
US President Joe Biden

Volt secures debt for Ukranian asset buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th June 2021 Graphite and gold explorer Volt Resources has secured an $8.5-million loan facility from JES Green Investments to partly fund the acquisition of a 70% interest in the Zavalievsky graphite business, in the Ukraine. Volt had previously signed share purchase agreements (SPAs) with the existing... 

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd June 2021 The federal government on Thursday released its first Global Resources Statement as part of its efforts to attract foreign investment and partnerships to develop Australia’s natural resources. The Global Resources Statement is the first milestone under the government’s Global Resources Strategy,... 

Resource statement released to tempt new investment

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

POSCO completes Black Rock buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st June 2021 Korean major POSCO has completed the acquisition of a 15% stake in ASX-listed Black Rock Mining. Under an agreement struck last year, POSCO would invest $7.5-million in Black Rock by subscribing for more than 126-million shares in the Australian company, at an issue price of 8.2c each.  

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volt secures debt facility for Ukraine graphite plans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2021 Graphite and gold explorer Volt Resources has received the backing of European investment company JES Green Investments to fund its graphite acquisition in Ukraine. The ASX-listed company reported on Thursday that it had executed a term sheet with JES for a 8.5-million debt facility to assist... 

Biden's EV metals import plan unlikely to match climate goals - executives

By: Reuters     27th May 2021 The Biden administration's plan to rely on ally nations for most of the metals needed to build electric vehicles (EV) ignores the complexity of modern mining and could keep the US from meeting aggressive climate goals, according to industry executives. Reuters reported on Tuesday that President... 

Senator John Barrasso:
Senator John Barrasso: "We have these minerals here. We should produce them and use them for American workers and consumers."
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