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Graphite News

Aitolampi graphite resource hiked

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2019 Aim-listed Beowulf has announced an upgraded mineral resource estimate for its Aitolampi graphite project, in Finland, including an 81% increase in contained graphite for the higher-grade western zone. The company reported an indicated and inferred mineral resource of 17.2-million tonnes at 5.2%... 

Armadale signs third MoU for graphite offtake

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2019 London-listed Armadale Capital has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards a proposed offtake agreement with Chinese company Datong Resources. The proposed offtake is for 25 000 t/y of graphite concentrate produced from Armadale’s Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania.  

Walkabout launches loan note to fund Lindi Jumbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources will raise $40-million through the launch of a secured loan note issued in the international capital markets. International investment bank Pareto Securities has been engaged to advise on the procurement of development funding for Walkabout’s Lindi Jumbo... 

Kibaran proposes name change to EcoGraf

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2019 ASX-listed Kibaran Resources plans to change its name to EcoGraf to "clearly reflect" its strategy of being a preferred partner in the long-term supply of responsibly produced, high-quality natural flake and battery graphite products. Shareholders will vote on the proposed name change during the... 

Syrah cuts staff and production outlook  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2019 Graphite miner Syrah Resources on Friday announced that some 30% of its staff at its Balama project, in Mozambique, will be made redundant, while executive management cuts will also be made. Syrah told shareholders that the sudden and material drop in flake graphite prices during the third... 

High-priority designation request lifts Graphite One stock

By: Mariaan Webb     17th October 2019 TSX-V-listed Graphite One’s mining project and associated advanced materials processing facility in the US state of Alaska has been nominated as a high-priority infrastructure project (HPIP). CEO Anthony Huston says that the HPIP designation request by Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy is a... 

High-priority designation request lifts Graphite One stock

Bass reports record quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2019 ASX-listed Bass Metal has reported record production from its Graphmada graphite mine, in Madagascar, during the three months to September. The company on Wednesday reported that 1 128 wet tonnes of graphite was produced in the three months to September, up from the 1 005 t produced in the June... 

Battery Minerals looks to JV in Moz

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2019 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based graphite processing specialist Urbix for a potential joint venture (JV) in Mozambique. Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies will work together to develop an environmentally friendly graphite... 

Walkabout secures bridging finance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2019 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has secured a A$5-million short-term bridging debt facility from some investors and a company director to meet due diligence and operating costs as the company continues the development of its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania, and finalizes its debt-based... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2019 South Africa is one of the world’s top three mega biodiverse nations along with Brazil and Indonesia, said Environment Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy in her address to the Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC). “We are thus one of the richest countries in terms of the diversity of... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy ORC presentation by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer

MRC completes Skaland buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2019 Diversified metals developer Mineral Commodities (MRC) has completed the acquisition of Skaland Graphite AS, which owns and operates the Trælen mine and the Skaland processing plant, in Norway. MRC in April this year struck an agreement to acquire Skaland, consisting of an initial cash... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 The Environment Ministry is the most important ministry in the government, former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer said at this week’s tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference. “Environment is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, and we in South Africa are unbelievably blessed with the environment... 

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer
Former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo
Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo’s address to Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Mineral Resources abandons WA graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2019 ASX-listed Mineral Resources has withdrawn from the McIntosh graphite joint venture (JV) with fellow-listed Hexagon Resources, in Western Australia. The two companies last year struck the JV agreement under which Mineral Resources could have earned a 51% interest in the project by managing and... 

Talga consortium gets UK backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2019 A consortium, which includes ASX-listed Talga Resources, has gained funding from the UK government’s ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge initiative, which would see the development of Talga’s graphitic anode for solid state batteries. Talga on Wednesday said that the Faraday project aimed to address... 

Siviour DFS due this quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2019 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Siviour graphite project, in South Australia, is due shortly, with developer Renascor Resources targeting first graphite by the second half of 2021. The DFS for Sivior is based on an optimised development plan which looked at increasing the 22 800 t/y... 

NextSource updates build costs of Madagascar graphite project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2019 Canadian graphite project developer NextSource Materials has published the results of an updated feasibility study for its flagship Molo graphite project, in Madagascar, which increased the build cost of the project, owing to equipment inflation. The 2019 study, which is an update to a... 

Bass plans Madagascar graphite downstream JV

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 ASX-listed Bass Metals and downstream graphite process Urbix Resources have signed a strategic memorandum of understanding to identify the optimum joint venture structure and product mix with a view of establishing a production facility in Madagascar. Bass’ large flake dominated deposit is... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2019 It has been said that entering the Elvey Security Technologies headquarters in the Greenstone Hill Office Park, in Modderfontein, Edenvale, is like boarding USS Enterprise on a Star Trek movie set. All the futuristic trappings are evident in this Hudaco company’s Pentagon demonstration room,... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
SOLVING A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM Hudaco executive director Louis Meiring (left) and Commercial ICT MD Brad Morein in futuristic demonstration room.

Armadale signs MoU with Chinese company for graphite offtake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a proposed offtake agreement with CoolRU Information Technology, a China-based technology company, for high-quality graphite products produced at the company’s Mahenge Liandu project, in Tanzania. The MoU is for the... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Armadale raises £500 000 to complete Mahenge Liandu DFS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has successfully raised £500 000 through the placing of about 27-million new ordinary shares at 1.8p apiece. The proceeds will allow the company to complete a definitive feasibility study at the Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania.  

Armadale progresses towards updated mineral estimate for Mahenge Liandu graphite project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital says it has sufficient data to fully define a Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource update for the Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania. The resource update will underpin an initial 10- to 15-year mine life, based on 30% of ground tested by... 

Syrah falls as it cuts production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2019 The share price of graphite miner Syrah Resources crashed on Tuesday after the company announced that it would be reducing production volumes in the fourth quarter of the year, and undertake an immediate review of cost reductions at both its Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, and across the... 

Syrah falls as it cuts production

Kibaran gets state support for Kwinana plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th September 2019 The Western Australian government has granted the proposed EcoGraf battery graphite project, being developed by ASX-listed Kibaran Resources, lead agency support. Premier Mark McGowan noted that the Kwinana-based project was aligned with the state government’s Future Battery Industry strategy,... 

Armadale to expand DFS scope for Tanzania project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has commissioned mining project development consultancy Batterylimits to expand the scope of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, to include a downstream analysis on high-quality, high-purity flake graphite... 

Battery Minerals cuts costs as it hunts for funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th August 2019 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has appointed development capital advisor ThirdWay Africa to assist in securing financing for the Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique. MD Jeremy Sinclair on Thursday told shareholders that ThirdWay had extensive experience and networks which would be made... 

Armadale starts plant design work for Tanzania graphite project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2019 Metallurgical test work on representative composite samples from Aim-listed investment company Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, have been completed, with “highly-encouraging results” confirmed. Results confirm a high-quality graphite flake of up to 97.1% purity can... 

Black Rock raises cash for Mahenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2019 Junior miner Black Rock Mining has raised A$3-million in an oversubscribed share placement to professional and institutional investors. More than 42.8-million shares were placed at a price of 7c each, with the proceeds going towards progressing project financing activities and completing the... 

Da Vinci model required for mining in Industry 4.0 – Cawood

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 The global push for ever-increasing technological advancement in the mining industry means that it needs to readdress the way it builds and sources competencies, with a focus on breaking down skills silos to create more multidisciplined professionals, according to Wits Mining Institute director... 

Da Vinci model required for mining in Industry 4.0 – Cawood
FRED CAWOOD Sensors will take our jobs if we don’t stay relevant

Tirupati marks progress across Madagascar, India portfolio

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2019 Graphite producer Tirupati Graphite has noted considerable progress at its primary mining and processing projects in Madagascar, as well as at its downstream processing projects in India.   The company is ramping up production to 3 000 t/y at the Sahamamy project, the first of six planned... 

Prospects for high-grade and shallow mines luring Australian investors to Africa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2019 While the growth in global commodity prices has unequivocally driven economic growth in Africa, several African countries still lag behind, despite an abundance of mineral resources. A recent report by British banking and financial services company HSBC revealed that for 35 of the 48 African... 

Prospects for high-grade and shallow mines luring Australian investors to Africa

Testwork confirms premium quality graphite concentrates at Mahenge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2019 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has confirmed that premium-quality, high-value graphite concentrates can be produced from its Mahenge Liandu deposit, in Tanzania. The company on Thursday reported exceptionally high-purity results from ongoing metallurgical testwork from a diamond core drilling... 

From construction industry to GM in mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 More women are needed in the mining sector, says Makole Group’s junior coal mining company Black Royalty Minerals (BRM) GM in training Tshidi Tshola. “Currently, it is still a male-dominated industry. Though there are more women entering the picture, in certain meetings I still find myself as the... 

From construction industry to GM in mining sector
TSHIDI TSHOLA Some men still believe women have no place in the industry, as women allegedly cannot cope with the pressure and long working hours

Black Rock adds module at Mahenge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th July 2019 Graphite developer Black Rock Mining has improved the economics of its Mahenge graphite project, in Tanzania, with the addition of a fourth production module. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday said that the addition of the fourth module was in response to customer demand for a more aggressive... 

Walkabout aims for Lindi Jumbo project to be in production by end-2020

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2019 Graphite project developer Walkabout Resources is planning to have its flagship Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania, in production towards the end of 2020, following completion of a total funding package, which is expected to occur within the next quarter. The funding package, CEO Trevor... 

Walkabout aims for Lindi Jumbo project to be in production by end-2020
Walkabout Resources' flagship Lindi Jumbo graphite project, in Tanzania

Syrah hits production bump at Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th July 2019 Minor equipment issues at the Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, has seen ASX-listed Syrah Resources’ production fall by 8% in the second quarter ended June. The company on Wednesday said that 44 000 t of natural flake graphite was produced at Balama during the three months to June, down... 

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