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Lithium News

Automakers ramping up investments into upstream nickel, cobalt

By: Darren Parker     Updated 2 hours 54 minutes ago Market research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says automakers are increasing their upstream investments and supply contracts to secure enough battery metals, such as lithium, cobalt and battery-grade nickel, to drive forward their respective electric... 

Savannah's Portugal lithium project subject to additional EIA step

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 5 hours ago London-listed lithium developer Savannah Resources lost more than a third of its value on Wednesday, as the company announced the departure of CEO David Archer and said that the Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, faced an additional environmental licensing step. Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente... 

Savannah's Portugal lithium project subject to additional EIA step

Keliber deposit testwork produces battery-grade lithium hydroxide

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2022 Finnish mining and battery chemical company Keliber, in which diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater owns a significant interest, has completed a four-phase pilot-scale test programme and verified the behaviour of the ore from the company's largest deposit, Rapasaari, at all stages of the... 

True North Gems to buy stake in James Bay area lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2022 TSX-V-listed True North Gems has organised a subsidiary – to be named Laval Critical Elements – to acquire a 50% interest in the Cyr-Kapiwak lithium project in the James Bay area of Quebec. Laval Critical Elements will buy the project, comprising 42 mineral claims over 2 220 ha, from Lithium One... 

Firefinch sells stake in Leo Lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2022 Gold miner Firefinch has sold 28.6-million of its shares in lithium spin-off Leo Lithium at a price of 45.5c each, garnering revenues of A$12.9-million. Leo Lithium started share trading in June following a successful initial public offering (IPO) in May, during which Leo raised A$100-million... 

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... 

Battery material lithium isn't a health threat - industry groups

By: Reuters     4th July 2022 Electric vehicle battery material lithium should not be classified as a hazardous substance by the European Union because the scientific evidence on which the proposal is based is weak, seven industry groups said. Lithium was added to the EU's list of critical raw materials in 2020 because it is... 

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... 

Image shows container ships at Port Hedland

Oceana Lithium begins trading on ASX

By: Darren Parker     1st July 2022 Mineral exploration and development company Oceana Lithium started trading on the ASX on Friday under the code OCN. The listing follows the successful and oversubscribed initial public offering (IPO) of Oceana, which raised A$6-million in new equity. This included a A$1-million cornerstone... 

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.

Rhyolite Ridge operator ioneer starts trading on Nasdaq

By: Mariaan Webb     1st July 2022 Emerging lithium/boron supplier ioneer has begun trading on the Nasdaq under an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) listing, in addition to its existing primary listing on the Australian exchange. The ADRs began trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday under the symbol IONR. 

California approves lithium tax despite industry's warnings

By: Reuters     1st July 2022 California on Thursday approved a plan to tax the electric vehicle battery metal lithium to generate revenue for environmental remediation projects despite industry concerns that it will harm the sector and delay shipments to automakers. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, approved the tax as... 

China's Huayou to explore Zimbabwe lithium plant 'when conditions are right'

By: Reuters     30th June 2022 Huayou Cobalt 603799.SS on Thursday said it could not immediately commit to producing battery-grade lithium in Zimbabwe after the country's competition authority made that a condition of its takeover of a lithium mine.  China's biggest cobalt refiner acquired the hard-rock Arcadia lithium mine,... 

Sibanye to raise stake in Finland's Keliber to 80% 

By: Mariaan Webb     30th June 2022 Finnish lithium company Keliber has negotiated a financing arrangement with South Africa-based Sibanye-Stillwater that will enable its lithium project in the Ostrobothnia area to progress to the construction phase. The two-phase arrangement will see Sibanye-Stillwater increase its shareholding... 

Sibanye to raise stake in Finland's Keliber to 80%

ioneer progresses secondary listing plans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2022 Emerging lithium/boron supplier ioneer is making progress with its planned secondary listing on the Nasdaq. The company, which owns the Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada, has filed a registration statement on Form 20-F with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The form contemplates that... 

Argosy’s Argentina lithium project 90% complete

By: Mariaan Webb     30th June 2022 Development work at the Rincon lithium project, in Argentina, is about 90% complete, keeping the 2 000-t/y lithium carbonate operation on track for first production in the third quarter of this year. Argosy Minerals’ MD Zerko Zuvela says that the company’s operations team is getting closer to... 

California lithium tax would delay shipments to automakers, executives warn

By: Reuters     30th June 2022 A proposed flat-rate tax on lithium produced in California's Salton Sea region will delay deliveries of the electric vehicle battery metal to General Motors and Stellantis and may push some mining companies to exit the state entirely, industry executives told Reuters. The brewing tension comes... 

California lithium tax would delay shipments to automakers, executives warn

Albemarle urges US to cut red tape to boost lithium supply chain

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2022 The world’s largest lithium producer is urging the US government to cut red tape to accelerate a build-out of a domestic supply chain for materials needed for batteries, electric vehicles and cleaner technologies while cutting dependence on China. China has more than half of all capacity for... 

Liontown inks lithium deal with Ford after Tesla, LG agreements

By: Reuters     29th June 2022 Liontown Resources signed a lithium supply agreement with Ford Motor, the Australian miner's latest after similar deals earlier this year with Tesla and electric vehicle (EV) battery maker LG Energy. Liontown said on Wednesday it will supply Ford with 150,000 dry metric tonnes (DMT) of lithium... 

Pilbara pushes button on A$300m Pilgangoora expansion

By: Darren Parker     29th June 2022 ASX-listed lithium group Pilbara Minerals on Wednesday announced a near A$300-million expansion of its Pilgangoora operation, in Western Australia, bolstering output by 100 000 t/y from late 2023. The board has made the final investment decision (FID) to go ahead with the P680 project, which will... 

The Pilgangoora plant
The Pilgangoora plant

China's Huayou faces clash with regulator over Zimbabwe lithium project

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt faces regulatory pressure to produce battery-grade lithium in Zimbabwe within five years, official documents seen by Reuters show, something the miner has already said cannot be achieved. China's biggest cobalt refiner acquired the hard-rock Arcadia lithium mine... 

Sayona and Piedmont approve C$98m Quebec lithium restart

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 Emerging lithium producer Sayona Mining has cemented plans to get its North American spodumene production off the ground in 2023, following a formal agreement of the North American Lithium (NAL) restart programme. Sayona Quebec, which is 75% owned by Sayona and 25% by Piedmont, has formally... 

Sayona and Piedmont approve C$98m Quebec lithium restart

Falchani to produce SOP as byproduct

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 TSX-V-listed American Lithium has validated sulphate of potash (SOP) as a byproduct of future lithium production at the Falchani project, in Peru. COO Laurence Stefan says the strategic importance of producing significant amounts of SOP from Falchani cannot be overstated, noting that it has the... 

Albemarle plans major US lithium processing plant

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 Albemarle plans to build a lithium processing plant in the United States that would produce as much of the electric vehicle battery metal as the entire company produces today, a bullish bet on America's all-electric future, an executive said on Monday. The plan reflects Albemarle's emerging... 

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,

New US programme targets rare minerals needs for EVs and solar panels

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 When a top Biden administration official was in Cape Town for a mining conference last month, he heard from a number of African nations desperate for foreign investment to help dig up critical minerals like lithium, manganese and cobalt. At the same time, Under Secretary of State Jose Fernandez... 

US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez
US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez

Premier African enters into prepayment deal for Zulu pilot plant

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 Aim-traded Premier African Minerals has entered into a marketing and prepayment agreement in the form of a binding heads of terms with clean technology developer Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology. The agreement will allow the company to establish a large-scale pilot plant at its Zulu lithium and... 

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Carmaker Stellantis to take 8% stake in lithium supplier Vulcan

By: Reuters     24th June 2022 Vulcan Energy Resources said on Friday Dutch automaker Stellantis would buy an 8% stake for A$76-million, sending the lithium miner's shares more than 24% higher. Australia-headquartered Vulcan will issue about 8.5-million shares to Stellantis at A$6.622 a share, which represents a 32.4% premium... 

Carmaker Stellantis to take 8% stake in lithium supplier Vulcan

In-country beneficiation opportunities rise on back of EV growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th June 2022 Growth in the electric vehicles (EVs) market has led to increasing interest and demand for materials, such as manganese, used in the production of EV rechargeable batteries. This increased interest has also led to EV manufacturers aiming to diversify their battery material suppliers, owing to a... 

An image of Giyani Metals' Otse Prospect
GIYANI METALS' OTSE PROSPECT The growing EV market has led to an increase in demand for materials used in rechargeable batteries

Lofty lithium bid suggests scorching rally may not be over

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2022 The highest bid for lithium at an auction run by an Australian miner suggests a blistering rally in the battery metal may not be over. Pilbara Minerals said a buyer will pay a price equating to $7 017 a ton for spodumene concentrate -- a partly-processed form of lithium -- delivered to China.... 

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.

Ireland’s Arkle makes Zim entry with eye on lithium

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd June 2022 Ireland-based exploration company Arkle Resources is making an entry into Zimbabwe, with its focus on three licences where it will prospect for lithium. The company, which is listed on London’s Aim market, believes the licences, covering 163 ha, represent a low-cost entry into one of the biggest... 

An image of Arkle Resources chairperson John Teeling
Arkle Resources chairperson John Teeling

Leo Lithium starts trading on the ASX

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd June 2022 Lithium spin-off Leo Lithium on Thursday started share trading on the ASX under the code LLL. The listing followed a successful initial public offering (IPO) in May, during which Leo raised A$100-million through the issue of 142.9-million shares at a price of 70c each.  

Lithium Power consolidates Chile project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2022 Lithium developer Lithium Power International (LPI) has unveiled plans to consolidate ownership of the Maricunga brine project, in Chile, by way of a three-party all-scrip merger with its joint venture (JV) partners. LPI currently holds a 51.55% interest in the Maricunga project, with JV partner... 

Piedmont Lithium looks abroad amid North Carolina uncertainty

By: Reuters     22nd June 2022 Piedmont Lithium's first steps toward securing lithium supplies will be in Quebec or Ghana, not the US, as an intensifying North Carolina regulatory review delays the miner's goal of anchoring America's electric vehicle battery renaissance. The delay has forced Piedmont to expand its strategy... 

The NAL operation in Quebec
The NAL operation in Quebec

Firefinch spin-off Leo Lithium to start trading on ASX on June 23

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 ASX-listed gold miner Firefinch reports that Leo Lithium has been admitted to the official ASX list and trading in its shares will start on June 23, under the code LLL. This follows an oversubscribed A$100-million initial public offering by Leo Lithium in May.  

Yellen urges less dependence on other nations for key supplies

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the US should work on shifting dependence on some nations for supplies of critical inputs as global supply-chain logjams have hurt the domestic economy. “We saw during the pandemic that our supply chains were very brittle and really lacking in resilience,”... 

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