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Lithium News

Pilbara finalises downstream JV with POSCO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has finalised its joint venture (JV) with Korean major POSCO for the development of a downstream lithium chemicals facility in South Korea. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies would jointly construct and operate a 43 000 t/y lithium hydroxide... 

Construction starts at Finniss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2021 Construction of the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, has started. ASX-listed Core Lithium on Tuesday reported that site construction and establishment works are now underway following heritage and vegetation management, while road access works, site establishment and... 

Wodgina partners to restart operations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2021 Joint venture (JV) partners Mineral Resources (MRL) and Albemarle Corporation have taken a decision to restart the Wodgina lithium mine, in the Pilbara. Wodgina, which was placed on care and maintenance late in 2019 due to low lithium prices, is expected to start concentrate production by the... 

Nevada Lithium lists in Frankfurt, applies for OTCQB trading

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2021 Minerals explorer Nevada Lithium’s shares are now cross listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE). “There is significant demand from European investors for exploration and development stories like ours, and we are pleased that it will now be easier for... 

Piedmont adds to Carolina resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has increased the mineral resource estimate for its Carolina project to 44.2-million tonnes, grading 1.08% lithium oxide for about 1.1-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent. About 774 000 t of this lithium carbonate equivalent resource has been estimated... 

Chinese regulator approves Core/Ganfeng deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 Chinese regulators have approved an offtake agreement between Australian lithium developer Core Lithium and Ganfeng Lithium. The offtake agreement covers 75 000 t/y of spodumene concentrate from the Finniss project, over a four-ear term, with Ganfeng also investing A$34-million in Core through... 

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Lithium supply gap will require ’60 Jadar mines’ – Rio Tinto

By: Mariaan Webb     21st October 2021 Mining major Rio Tinto is forecasting a “substantial” supply gap for lithium, which is experiencing rapid demand growth on the back of accelerating electric vehicle (EV) uptake, and argues that the gap has to be addressed “within the next ten years”. In a trajectory toward net zero, the global... 

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Exploration under way at Jadar, in Serbia

Frontier produces battery-quality lithium hydroxide

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2021 Frontier Lithium has successfully produced battery-quality lithium hydroxide monohydrate through a third-party firm using its cristillisation process technology from a purified lithium hydroxide solution. The lithium salts were produced from ‘ore-to-hydroxide’ sulphate conversion by a... 

Goulamina demerger slated for Feb next year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 The demerger of the Goulamina lithium project, in Mali, into a separately listed vehicle known as Leo Lithium, is expected to be implemented by February next year, with the spin-out to be listed on the ASX by the end of the March quarter. ASX-listed Firefinch and lithium developer Jiangxi... 

ioneer/Sibanye-Stillwater deal gets Reserve Bank approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 The Financial Surveillance Department of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has approved a $490-million deal between ASX-listed ioneer and New York-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater. The two companies in September struck the $490-million deal under which Sibanye-Stillwater would acquire 50%... 

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Keliber granted safety permit for Syväjärvi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency has granted a mining safety permit for Keliber’s second largest deposit, Syväjärvi. The permit, granted last week, includes immediate execution, despite eventual appeals.  

Thiel-backed lithium miner is said to prepare Nasdaq listing

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2021 Rock Tech Lithium is preparing a Nasdaq listing to broaden its investor base and help finance a $545-million battery-metals smelter in Germany near sites of key suppliers and customers including Tesla and BASF, according to people familiar with the matter. The US stock market presence would... 

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Vulcan signs another lithium deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2021 ASX-listed Vulcan Energy has inked a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with cathode materials producer Umicore at its Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany. The agreement spans an initial five-year term, starting with commercial delivery in 2025. Umicore will purchase a minimum of 28... 

Sayona settles Moblan buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2021 Lithium developer Sayona Mining has completed the $86.5-million acquisition of a 60% stake in the Moblan lithium project, in Northern Québec. The ASX-listed company is now planning an additional drilling program at Moblan next year aiming to expand its lithium resource, and will undertake a... 

American Lithium upsizes private placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2021 TSX-V-listed American Lithium has increased the size of its private placement to $35-million to accommodate investor demand. The company will now offer 13 208 000 units at $2.65 each. American Lithium previously planned to offer 7 548 000 units for gross proceeds of $20-million. 

Mexico eyes 'strategic minerals,' copper limits in mining reform

By: Reuters     15th October 2021 A proposed mining overhaul from Mexico's president that seeks greater government control over the sector has swung the ruling party back to its nationalist leanings and alarmed industry leaders. At the heart of the proposal is the country's nascent lithium industry. It could also include copper,... 

Chile offers incentives to miners to take on more lithium projects

By: Bloomberg     14th October 2021 Chile is offering new contracts to tap the world’s biggest reserves of lithium in a effort to reclaim market share as demand for the battery metal surges. The government is making bidding rules available to local and foreign firms for five quotas of 80,000 metric tons apiece. Winners will get... 

Bonnie Claire lithium project 'beginning to show its real potential'

By: Mariaan Webb     14th October 2021 The preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Bonnie Claire lithium project, north of Beatty, Nevada, has yielded positive economics and Iconic Minerals states that the project warrants additional work. The PEA, done by Global Resource Engineering of Denver, Colorado, covers the first 40... 

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A diagram of the borehole mining method proposed for Bonnie Claire, in Nevada.

Infinity reports scoping study for San Jose

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th October 2021 A scoping study into a fully integrated underground mining and downstream lithium hydroxide conversion plant at the San Jose project, in Spain, has highlighted positive economics. ASX-listed Infinity Lithium on Thursday reported that the scoping study estimated that the project would require a... 

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises - study 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new... 

A photo of an iron-ore stockpile

Europe's carmakers face raw material bottleneck for EV batteries

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Major carmakers like Volkswagen, Daimler and Stellantis have been racing to secure battery cell supplies in Europe, but may face a bigger challenge as they seek to go electric - finding enough battery raw materials. Failure to obtain adequate supplies of lithium, nickel, manganese or cobalt... 

Pilbara produces first concentrate from Ngungaju

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has produced its first concentrate from the coarse circuit at the recently restarted Ngungaju plant, in Western Australia. Pilbara earlier this month took a final investment decision to restart the former Altura Mining’s lithium assets, after completing the... 

Lithium deal shows China's accelerating race for battery metals

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2021 Lithium has gotten so hot that even China’s gold miners want a slice of the market, sky high valuations and all. Zijin Mining Group, a major Chinese gold and copper producer, announced on Friday its first foray into the booming lithium sector with its C$960-million ($770-million) purchase of Neo... 

Lithium viability in EV batteries being challenged by high prices

By: Donna Slater     11th October 2021 With lithium prices surpassing their 2018 peak, the increased cost of products the commodity goes into will be passed onto electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and not necessarily battery cell manufacturers, thereby potentially leading to a cost increase in EVs in the near future, said Benchmark... 

Drilling validates tantalum, lithium potential at Namibian tin mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has reported drill results for a final five holes drilled at the Uis mine, in Namibia, which demonstrate continuity of the V1/V2 pegmatite mineralisation at depth. The highest combined metal (tin, lithium and tantalum) content intersection from the drilling contained... 

Prospect confirms new game plan for Arcadia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 The staged optimised feasibility study (OFS) of the Acradia lithium project, in Zimbabwe, has confirmed the economic viability of the project, said ASX-listed Prospect Resources. The OFS considered the construction of two 1.2-million tonne a year modules, resulting in low up-front capital costs,... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Zijin Mining makes C$960m all-cash offer for Neo Lithium Corp

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2021 Chinese multinational Zijin Mining Group has made an all-cash offer to buy out TSX-listed Neo Lithium Corp for C$6.50 a share, or about C$960-million. Neo Lithium holds a 100% interest in the 3Q lithium brine lake project in Argentina. The project comprises 13 mining claims over a 353 km2 area. 

Hannans hoping to expand lithium recovery in Europe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2021 ASX-listed Hannans has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to commercialise lithium-ion battery (LiB) recycling technology in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The MoU with unlisted Australian company Critical Metals provides Hannans with rights to recover high purity metals from scrap... 

US loosens China grip on $46bn lithium-battery industry

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2021 The US is narrowing the gap on China’s dominance of the $46 billion lithium-ion battery industry thanks to investments from Tesla Inc. and the Biden administration’s policy push to drive growth of electric vehicles. The US rose to second spot in BloombergNEF’s global lithium-ion battery supply... 

A graphic of the biggest lithium suppliers

Lithium Americas mulls bigger project at Thacker Pass

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2021 TSX- and NYSE-listed Lithium Americas Corporation has flagged plans to increase the Phase 1 capacity at its Thacker Pass lithium project in Nevada, following an increase in the mineral resource estimate to 13.7-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent. The updated mineral resource estimate... 

Mexico will reject private lithium deals even if reform bill fails - President

By: Reuters     7th October 2021  Mexico will deny any proposal for private lithium concessions even if Congress rejects a government bill aiming to reserve future extraction of the metal for the state, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday. At his regular morning news conference, Lopez Obrador stressed that... 

A photo of a lithium mining operation

South Africa’s exploration investment lowest since democracy began, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2021 South Africa’s mining industry is at its lowest level of exploration investment since democracy began in 1994, the Joburg Indaba heard on Thursday. “Never have we spent less – and this is a pity because significant promises were made about an exploration plan for the country,” Joburg Indaba... 

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Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pilbara starts commissioning at Ngungaju

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th October 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has started commissioning activities at the Ngungaju plant, which forms part of its Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia. Pilbara acquired the Ngungaju operation in January this year, after striking a $175-million deal with the administrators of Altura Mining. 

Ganfeng-linked firm sees a way through Mexican lithium crackdown

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2021 Mexico’s move to restrict all future lithium licenses to the state won’t stop China’s drive to secure supplies of a mineral that’s key to making electric-vehicle batteries. Bacanora Lithium Plc, the company being acquired by China’s Ganfeng Lithium, said it’s plowing ahead with construction of... 

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