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Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Task team developing Canadian critical minerals inventory

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2021 A federal-provincial-territorial task team has been established to develop a Canadian critical minerals inventory, Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said on Monday. The inventory would be used to build an integrated, all-Canadian critical minerals and battery value chain. 

Tirupati on a drive to start manufacturing battery-grade spherical graphite

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2021 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has successfully completed trials and tests for the manufacture of battery-grade spherical graphite (SPG), which is used in the anode of lithium-ion batteries. The company worked with a German manufacturer of spheroidisation and micronisation equipment, achieving... 

Balama readies for restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2021 A decision has been taken to restart production at the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique. ASX-listed Syrah Resources in March last year temporarily suspended production at Balama as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the project impacted by travel restrictions and weak end-user demand. 

Tirupati starts second stage drilling at Madagascar projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2021 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has started with Stage 2 of a drilling and exploration programme across its flake graphite projects in Madagascar. The company also announces that consultancy SRK Mining Services, based in India, has been appointed to oversee the Stage 2 programme and upgrade the... 

Graphite developer mulls Nasdaq or NYSE listing

By: Mariaan Webb     16th February 2021 Canadian graphite developer Nouveau Monde on Tuesday announced that it was considering listing the company’s shares on the NYSE or the Nasdaq stock market, further enhancing its presence in the US. Nouveau Monde, which is developing battery anode materials in Quebec, has retained Evercore as its... 

Graphite developer mulls Nasdaq or NYSE listing

Renascor's Siviour project gets re-classified

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2021 The South Australian government has confirmed the Siviour graphite mine’s re-classification as a “new mine”, meaning owner Renascor Resources would be able to reduce the royalty rate of the project to 2% of the net value of the minerals recovered through to June 2026. The new royalty rate was... 

EcoGraf raises A$54.6m for WA plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2021 ASX-listed EcoGraf will raise A$54.6-million through a share placement to institutional, sophisticated and professional investors to fund the Phase 1 construction of its commercial-scale battery anode material purification facility, in Western Australia. The company told shareholders that it... 

Black Rock and POSCO ink paperwork

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th February 2021 Korean major POSCO and ASX-listed Black Rock Mining have completed the paperwork for POSCO’s $7.5-million investment, inking a subscription and umbrella agreement. Shareholders of Black Rock mining are expected to meet within the coming weeks to vote Black Rock’s plans to issue more than... 

Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors  

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2021 The world’s energy transition away from fossil fuels is a phenomenon that is not dependent on any assumptions about gross domestic product (GDP) growth or countries urbanising or industrialising. It is a phenomenon driven by international consensus that the carbon footprint of the world has to be... 

Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors
Sir Mick Davis interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer about Vision Blue Resources. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New certification opens doors for Tirupati Graphite

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2021 Specialist graphite producer and graphene developer Tirupati Graphite’s group company Tirupati Speciality Graphite (TSG) has been accorded the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (Reach) certification for its range of expandable graphite products for marketing and... 

Green light for Pallinghurst-backed Nouveau Monde's Canada graphite mine

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2021 The Quebec government has issued a Ministerial environmental decree authorising project developer Nouveau Monde to build what is set to become the Western world’s largest graphite mine. The environmental decree authorises the Matawinie mine to produce 100 000 t/y of graphite material. Nouveau... 

Green light for Pallinghurst-backed Nouveau Monde's Canada graphite mine
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Nouveau Monde chairperson Arne Frandsen

Battery minerals demand surge to dwarf anything industry has seen before – Davis

By: Mariaan Webb     10th February 2021 Mining heavyweight Mick Davis, whose Vision Blue has raised $60-million to invest in battery metal assets, believes the world is on the cusp of an unprecedented surge in demand for certain commodities and that an immediate supply-side response is required from the industry. “The impact of... 

Battery minerals demand surge to dwarf anything industry has seen before – Davis
Mick Davis has raises $60m for his Vision Blue battery metals investment firm.

Mick Davis backs Madagascar graphite mine development 

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2021 An investment firm led by former Xstrata CEO Sir Mick Davis has thrown its weight behind the Molo graphite development in Madagascar. Vision Blue, the firm that Davis found in December 2020 to invest in battery and technology minerals, has selected Molo as its flagship graphite asset, agreeing... 

Mick Davis backs Madagascar graphite mine development
Sir Mick Davis

Tirupati upscaling Vatomina’s capacity to meet increased market demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th February 2021 In response to continued increased demand for its high-quality flake graphite, specialist graphite producer Tirupati Graphite will increase the capacity of the first module at its Vatomina project, in Madagascar, by 50% to about 9 000 t/y, which will result in an increase in near-term cash flows... 

Volt looks at European graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2021 Junior Volt Resources has signed a term sheet to potentially acquire a 70% interest in the Zavalievsky graphite business, in the Ukraine. Zavalievsky is a long life graphite operation that has been operational for 87 years, and currently produces around 250 000 t/y of crushed granite for road... 

Lac Rainy proves positive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2021 A scoping study into the Lac Rainy graphite project, in Quebec, has estimated that the project could produce some 96 000 t/y of graphite concentrate over a mine life of 14 years. ASX-listed Metals Australia on Wednesday reported that the project would require an initial capital investment of... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Syrah raising closes oversubscribed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th January 2021 ASX-listed Syrah Resources on Thursday announced that it would enlarge the take of its recently completed share purchase plan (SPP), after overwhelming support from shareholders. The SPP target had initially been set at A$12-million, however, Syrah on Thursday said that the company had received... 

Nouveau Monde to start spherical purified graphite production in 2022

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2021 TSX-listed battery materials developer Nouveau Monde Graphite is advancing with the development of its portfolio of coated spherical purified graphite (CSPG) to meet the demand from battery manufacturers seeking Canada-sourced and environmentally friendly materials. To do this, the company is... 

Lion moves closer to restarting graphite production in Madagascar

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th January 2021 Mineral exploration and development company Global Li-Ion Graphite (Lion) is moving closer to restarting graphite production in Madagascar, where it owns the Ambato-Arana project. The Vancouver-based company said this week that it aimed to restart graphite production during the course of 2021. 

Syrah eyes Balama restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2021 ASX-listed Syrah Resources on Thursday said that it was assessing the potential restart of its Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, and would take into consideration travel restrictions and an improved natural graphite market balance. Syrah in March of last year suspended production at Balama... 

Tirupati appoints adviser to support research centre development

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2021 Graphite producer and graphene developer Tirupati Graphite has appointed Dr Matthieu Gresil as adviser and consultant to the company for market research and development of graphene products, as well as to support the development of its Tirupati Graphene and Mintech Research Centre (TGMRC), in... 

MRC adds to Norwegian footprint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2021 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities has secured two additional graphite prospects near its existing Skaland graphite mining operations, in Norway. The company on Tuesday reported that it had entered into a landowner agreement to explore the Hesten and Vardfjellet graphite prospects, which are some... 

POSCO moving ahead with Mahenge investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2021 Korean major POSCO has completed its final internal approval process for a $7.5-million investment in ASX-listed graphite developer Black Rock Mining. The two companies in December last year struck an agreement under which POSCO would acquire a 15% interest in the Tanzania-focused Black Rock... 

Nouveau Monde to raise $20m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2021 TSX-V-listed Nouveau Monde Graphite has announced plans to raise C$20-million to advance its Becancour value-added graphite project and the Matawinie mine project, in Canada. The company will raise C$15-million from BMO Capital, which has agreed to buy on a bought-deal basis 10 345 000 shares at... 

Armadale Mahenge graphite suitable for lithium-ion batteries, CSIRO confirms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2021 The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has confirmed the suitability of natural flake graphite from Aim-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania, to be used in lithium-ion batteries. The company has been collaborating with... 

Blast at Chinese recycler shows battery supply chain risks

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2021 China’s biggest battery manufacturer has urged units to focus on safety issues after an explosion at a recycling affiliate, which has drawn attention to the risks in the industry’s supply chain. While the cause of the blast at a Hunan Brunp Recycling Technology Co. factory in Hunan province is... 

Graphite output to bounce back by 2024 after 2020 dip

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2021 Natural graphite production is expected to increase by 7.6% to 1.02-million tonnes this year, following a 15.4% year-on-year decrease to 952 600 t in 2020, reports analytics company GlobalData. It notes that graphite production had experienced a downturn in 2020 owing to mines being placed either... 

Graphite output to bounce back by 2024 after 2020 dip
The processing plant at Syrah Resources' Balama mine in Mozambique

Nouveau Monde expects govt authorisation for Québec project in first quarter

By: Simone Liedtke     5th January 2021 TSX-V-listed Nouveau Monde Graphite expects to obtain governmental authorisation for its Matawinie graphite project, in Québec, early in the first quarter of this year, thereby enabling the construction of its commercial facilities. The company also expects to complete the construction and... 

Tirupati on track to commission second Madagascan graphite project in second quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th January 2021 London-listed specialist graphite producer and graphene developer Tirupati Graphite says its Vatomina project, in Madagascar, is on track to be commissioned during the second quarter of the year. The company will build up production capacity to 6 000 t/y from this project, which, combined with... 

Talga raises cash for Swedish pilot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2020 ASX-listed Talga will raise A$25-million to accelerate its Vittangi anode project, in Sweden. The company on Tuesday announced that it would place some 17.24-million shares, at A$1.45 a share to institutional and professional investors under its existing placement capacity.  

Tirupati's shares start trading on the LSE; company obtains LSE Green Economy Mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 The ordinary shares of integrated graphite and graphene producer Tirupati Graphite started trading on the LSE on December 14. “With this milestone reached, we have a very exciting opportunity to continue to expand our primary mining and processing operations in Madagascar and downstream value-add... 

Syrah hopes to raise significant cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th December 2020 ASX-listed Syrah Resources will raise A$112-million through a fully underwritten share placement and a convertible note deed. The company on Friday revealed that it will undertake a fully underwritten placement to professional and sophisticated investors, with some 62.2-million new shares being... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment 

By: Martin Creamer     10th December 2020 Countries wanting to attract exploration investment need readily available geophysics data to offer to prospective investors. “Geophysics is now key to the exploration industry, particularly for metalliferous-type deposits, which have the largest value,” Exploration Geological Consultancy MD... 

Steps South Africa needs to take to attract global exploration investment
Photo by Creamer Media
Exploration Geological Consultancy MD Regina Molloy

Tirupati raises funds

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th December 2020 Specialist graphite and graphene producer Tirupati Graphite has raised £890 000 as part of an offer to retail investors to participate in the company's initial public offering on equal terms to institutional and professional investors.   The company’s broker Optiva Securities has also raised an... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 The cost of battery cells used for electric vehicles has fallen to an average of $110/kWh, making such cars competitive with those using internal combustion engines (ICE), according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI). One barrier to a higher take up of electric vehicles has been the high... 

Battery costs fall, make electric vehicles cheaper - BMI

Tirupati progresses LSE listing plans

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2020 Graphite and graphene producer Tirupati Graphite’s prospectus has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and published on December 1. The prospectus relates to the admission of the company's ordinary shares to the standard listing segment of the official list of the FCA and to... 

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