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Advisory firms find only benefits to Mason, Nouveau Monde JV

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2022 Independent proxy voting advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have advised Canadian corporation Mason Graphite shareholders to vote in favour of the option and joint venture agreement (JV) intended with NYSE-listed Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG), as well as a... 

EcoGraf appoints new COO

By: Darren Parker     4th July 2022 Battery anode materials company EcoGraf has appointed experienced executive Dale Harris as COO to drive the development of its integrated battery graphite businesses. Harris spent 20 years working for diversified mining major Rio Tinto, becoming Rio Tinto Iron Ore COO and filling several GM... 

Australian resources exports to set new records

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th July 2022 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are estimated to be worth A$405-billion in 2021–22, and is forecast to rise to A$419-billion in 2022–23, delivering two successive record years, the Office of the Chief Economist reported on Monday. As world supply responds to high prices and... 

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Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volt undertakes share placement to restart graphite production in Ukraine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2022 ASX-listed Volt Resources has received firm commitments from professional and sophisticated investors for a placement to raise A$1.72-million. Volt chairperson Asimwe Kabunga subscribed for fully paid ordinary shares and unlisted options for an additional A$284 000 on the same terms as the... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Evolution awards FEED contract in Tanzania

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 Graphite developer Evolution Energy Minerals has awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for its Chilalo graphite project, in Tanzania, to CPC Engineering. “The commencement of the FEED study is a significant milestone towards the realisation of the Chilalo graphite project. We... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

European fund for critical minerals projects to launch next year

By: Reuters     17th June 2022 A European fund to invest in critical minerals needed for a transition to zero carbon emissions is seeking billions of euros of public and private money for a launch early next year, an official working with an EU initiative on the project said. Europe and the United States have been scrambling... 

Northern Graphite prepares to garner govt support for graphite operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Northern Graphite has engaged a public affairs advisory firm called Navigator to assist the company in securing government support to advance its Bisset Creek graphite mine, in Ontario. Northern Graphite is in the process of garnering financing to construct the mine. 

Expanded scoping study confirms credentials of Malawi rutile/graphite project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th June 2022 Aim-listed Sovereign Metals’ expanded scoping study for Kasiya, in Malawi, has confirmed that the project will be one of the world’s biggest and lowest cost producers of natural rutile and natural graphite with a carbon-footprint substantially lower than current alternatives, the company reports.... 

Syrah lifts precautionary measures in Moz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 ASX-listed Syrah Resources on Friday said that temporary logistical suspensions and suspensions to personnel movements on its primary transport route in Mozambique had been lifted. The company last week implemented a number of measures following an insurgent attack at the nearby Ancuabe graphite... 

Pandemic revives diamond industry

By: Mandisa Nyathi     17th June 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the diamond industry, as supply constraints caused by the knock-on effects of the restrictions resulted in increased prices, after sustained periods of subdued commodities prices, says minerals processing plant supplier Bond Equipment business... 

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BUSINESS BOOMING In the period following the pandemic, the number of brownfield developments increased for the diamond industry in the Southern African region

Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for Total in Mozambique

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 A fresh wave of attacks by an Islamic State affiliate in northern Mozambique has prompted the evacuation of the nation’s biggest solar power plant and threatens to further delay TotalEnergies' $20-billion liquefied natural gas project. Forces from Rwanda and a southern African regional bloc have... 

Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for Total in Mozambique

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Strong interest from Western ECAs in funding Canada graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     15th June 2022 Canadian firm Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) has made meaningful progress on its financing efforts for the development of its integrated Phase 2 operations, combining the Becancour battery material plant and Matawinie mine, chairperson Arne Frandsen reported on Tuesday. Following the appointment... 

NMG chairperson Arne Frandsen
NMG chairperson Arne Frandsen

Triton committed to Mozambique graphite project despite insurgent attack

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2022 ASX-listed Triton Minerals on Tuesday confirmed that two of its security and caretaker staff had been fatally injured at its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique, following an insurgent attack last week. The company went into a trading halt following news of the attack, which saw fellow... 

Talga in financing talks for Vittangi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2022 ASX-listed Talga on Tuesday said it was progressing project financing discussions for its Vittangi anode project, in Sweden, and is looking at both project funding packages and at possible strategic partnerships. The company has received a letter of interest from the Nordic Investment Bank,... 

AEX Gold establishes JV for strategic minerals in Greenland

By: Mariaan Webb     13th June 2022 Dual-listed AEX Gold is setting up a joint venture (JV) focusing on strategic minerals in Greenland, a region which CEO Eldur Olafsson says is “one of the few remaining under-explored frontiers” for minerals vital for the global energy transition. He notes that the western world is in short... 

Kasiya's low-cost flake graphite co-product presents market opportunities for Sovereign

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Aim- and ASX-listed Sovereign Metals has received recent analysis of the Kasiya rutile project's graphite co-product, one of the critical raw materials contained within the Kasiya deposit. Results show that natural graphite concentrate could be produced as a co-product from Kasiya. 

Mandate will aid project’s progress

10th June 2022 Graphite miner Triton Minerals announced in April that it had entered into a mandate with financial solutions provider Taurus Capital Group, pursuant to which Taurus agreed to act as a lead manager of a placement to raise up to about $4.1-million (before costs). Taurus will act as a lead manager... 

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT Once complete, this capital raising will enable the continued, rapid development of Triton’s flagship Ancuabe project towards production

Hybrid energy system benefits mine, indicates sustainable momentum

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 The approval of a solar and battery system at miner Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, reflects an ongoing shift in the African mining sector towards sustainability, self-reliance and cost control, states energy investment company CrossBoundary Energy mining business... 

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RENEWABLE MOMENTUM African mines are proving to be leaders in adopting hybrid energy solutions, owing to the high costs, uncertainty, and complex logistics

Aussie miners move to allay shareholder fears following Moz attack

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2022 An insurgent attack at a mine project in the Cabo Delgado province, in Mozambique, has seen ASX-listed miners operating in the region scramble to assure shareholders. The insurgent attack happened at a mine project near Ancuabe, some 200 km from ASX-listed Syrah Resources’ Balama project, as well... 

Syrah Resources' Balama project
Syrah Resources' Balama project

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volt finds offtake partner for Tanzanian project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th June 2022 ASX-listed Volt Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with battery anode material producer Graphex Group for the sale of 5 000 t/y of graphite from its Bunyu project, in Tanzania, for a period of ten years from the start of production. The LoI is non-binding and would see the parties... 

Walkabout encounters delays at Tanzania graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2022 Australia-listed Walkabout Resources said on Monday that shipments of equipment from China for its Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, had been suspended, pending the completion of the drawdown of $20-million in debt. The company explained that one of the conditions precedent (CP) for the... 

Blencowe delivers strong test results from Orom-Cross project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th June 2022 LSE-listed Blencowe Resources says that recently completed studies on the metallurgical characterisation of flake graphite concentrate from its Orom-Cross project, in Uganda, has provided “very impressive results” that the company posits will generate significant interest in the flake graphite... 

Biden keeps funds flowing to build US EV supply chain

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2022 President Joe Biden has taken lots of heat for stoking inflation with government spending. It’s not stopping him from keeping the spigot open to fund a domestic electric vehicle supply chain. The latest sum of support was tucked into the Ukraine aid bill that Biden signed into law late last... 

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US President Joe Biden

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2022 The June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements inventiveness that provides for the raising of capital in the private market for minerals exploration and the... 

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JSE head of origination and deals Sam Mokorosi.

Sovereign starts Kasiya drilling to define PFS

By: Donna Slater     1st June 2022 ASX-listed rutile and graphite developer Sovereign Metals has started a 12 000 m drilling programme to establish a prefeasibility study (PFS) across the Kasiya rutile project, in Malawi. Drilling will be on a 200 m by 200 m grid to target indicated classification, which should convert to... 

Sedibelo Platinum to play important part in South Africa’s green hydrogen effort – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2022 Sedibelo Platinum Mines, in South Africa’s North West province, will be playing a very important part in South Africa's green hydrogen effort to ensure that it contributes to a greener South Africa, chairperson Arne Frandsen assured Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Frandsen is the managing partner and... 

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Pallinghurst Group's Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Talga starts trial mining in Sweden

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st May 2022 ASX-listed Talga has started trial mining at its Niska South deposit, at the Vittangi graphite project, in Sweden. Following the successful first phase of trial mining in the fourth quarter of last year, the company is planning to extract the balance of the permitted 25 000 t of graphite ore... 

Talga grows graphite resource in Sweden

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th May 2022 ASX-listed Talga has reported a 54% increase in the resource estimate for its Vittangi graphite project, in Sweden, adding more than 10-million tonnes to Europe’s largest graphite resource. The Vittangi project is now estimated to host a mineral resource of some 30.1-million tonnes of graphite... 

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor-friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

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Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.
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