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Lithium News

Judge says Native Americans may join lawsuit against Nevada lithium project

By: Reuters     29th July 2021 A US federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Native American tribes may join a lawsuit seeking to block Lithium Americas Corp's proposed Thacker Pass mine in Nevada, the latest attempt to halt development of what could become one of the largest US producers of the electric vehicle battery metal.... 

Computing, food tech among many new PGM opportunity areas ­– Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2021 The computing world is an opportunity area for platinum group metals (PGMs), along with food technology, alloy development, medical advance, waste control, battery and storage  – and that is on top of the now much-celebrated and pervasive green hydrogen feedstock phenomenon. JSE-listed Anglo... 

Picture of Natascha Viljoen from Creamer Media files.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio invests big in Serbian lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2021 Major Rio Tinto has committed $2.4-billion to the Jadar lithium-borates project, in Serbia. The Jadar project would scale up Rio’s exposure to battery materials, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to investing capital in a disciplined manner to further strengthen its portfolio for the... 

A drilling rig at a mining project site in Serbia

Mining studies confirm Finniss potential

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2021 The Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, could deliver significant income for developer Core Lithium, studies have shown. Core on Monday released an updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Finniss project, which incorporated a 30% increase in the ore reserves, which... 

Judge rules Lithium Americas may excavate Nevada mine site

By: Reuters     26th July 2021 A US federal judge has ruled that Lithium Americas may conduct excavation work at its Thacker Pass lithium mine site in Nevada, denying a request from environmentalists who said the digging could harm sage grouse and other wildlife. The ruling marked a rare win for a US critical minerals project... 

Metals make climate change mitigation possible – Citi Research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 In a rapid electrification scenario, metals have the ability to bring about the reduction of close to 1 000 gigatonnes (Gt) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Citi Research states in a note that examines the metals industry’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation over... 

A graphic compiled the Citi Research on the fast and moderate way of meeting the Paris climate change accord.
Complying with the Paris agreement on climate change mitigation.

Mt Cattlin posts record quarter for Galaxy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2021 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has reported record production from its Mt Cattlin operation, in Western Australia, during the three months to June. Lithium concentrate production during the three months to June reached 63 321 t, up from the 46 588 t produced in the March quarter, bringing... 

US judge to rule by July 29 on request to block Lithium Americas mine

By: Reuters     22nd July 2021 A US federal judge said on Wednesday she will rule by July 29 on whether to temporarily block Lithium Americas from excavating its Thacker Pass site in Nevada, which could become one of the country's biggest lithium mines. Environmentalists sued earlier this year to block the proposed lithium... 

Miners benefit from new govt grant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2021 A number of resources companies will benefit from the federal government’s near A$50-million in funding for projects that will help grow Australian businesses and create new jobs. The matched funding from the A$1.3-billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative will support eight companies in the... 

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Former Glencore nickel boss appointed to Frontier Lithium board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2021 Marc Boissonneault, a former Glencore executive, has joined the board of Canadian junior Frontier Lithium, which has a large land position in the emerging Electric Avenue of the Great Lakes region in northern Ontario. 

In push to supply Tesla, Piedmont Lithium irks North Carolina neighbours

By: Reuters     20th July 2021 In its quest to build one of the largest lithium mines in the US, Piedmont Lithium has overlooked one crucial constituency: its North Carolina neighbours. Piedmont last autumn signed a deal to supply US electric automaker Tesla with lithium sourced from its deposits in North Carolina, sending... 

Core connects Finniss to NT grid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2021 Lithium developer Core Lithium has inked a two-year grid connection agreement with Power and Water Corporation (PWC), in the Northern Territory, connecting its Finniss project to the power grid and securing sufficient electricity for the project. Core told shareholders that the grid connection... 

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Vulcan signs offtake over Zero Carbon project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th July 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy has inked a binding lithium hydroxide offtake term sheet with lithium-ion battery producer LG Energy Solution. The agreement is for an initial five-year term, but can be extended by a further five years. 

Small miners aim for European supply chain for EVs independent from China

By: Reuters     16th July 2021 Growing demand for electric vehicles has spurred small-scale miners of the lithium, cobalt and rare earths that automakers rely on to develop mines and build refining capacity in Europe to reduce their reliance on China. Efforts by the United States and Europe to build a secure and independent... 

Ganfeng to offer to buy Millennial Lithium for up to C$353m

By: Reuters     16th July 2021 China's Ganfeng Lithium Co, one of the world's biggest lithium producers, said on Friday its board had approved an offer to buy Argentina-focused Millennial Lithium Corp for as much as C$353-million. The bid will be made by a Ganfeng subsidiary at C$3.60 a share, Ganfeng said in a filing to the... 

Ganfeng to offer to buy Millennial Lithium for up to C$353m

Construction starts on Mt Holland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th July 2021 Construction and development of the Mt Holland lithium project, in Western Australia, has started. ASX-listed Wesfarmers said on Friday that Covalent Lithium, its joint venture (JV) with Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A, had received a Ministerial Statement under the state’s Environmental... 

Things are very rosy in the world of AfriTin – Anthony Viljoen 

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2021 At a time of galloping global tin demand, the London Aim-listed mining company AfriTin Mining not only has one of the biggest tin resources in the world at Uis in Namibia, but it has also been lucky enough to stumble upon one of the biggest hard-rock lithium resources on the planet, at a time of... 

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AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Liontown sets its cap for A$52m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2021 ASX-listed Liontown Resources will raise A$52-million to accelerate the development of its Kathleen Valley lithium-tantalum project, in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday announced that it would issue some 68.42-million shares, at a price of 76c each to institutional and sophisticated... 

Exploration is quick foreign investment ‘no brainer’, says Minerals Council’s Smart  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2021 Exploration is one of the quickest ways to secure foreign direct investment into South Africa for the generation of desperately needed jobs and wealth during the country's hour of need, said Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners’ leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart on... 

Picture of Errol Smart, who is also CEO of Orion Minerals.
Minerals Council Junior Leadership Forum chair Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

EU, Ukraine sign preliminary deal on key raw materials, batteries

By: Reuters     13th July 2021 The European Union and Ukraine signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering critical raw materials and batteries as the 27-country bloc tries to diversify supplies following disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The move is part of the European Commission's Action Plan... 

ioneer awards equipment package for Nevada project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2021 ASX-listed ioneer has tapped Danish firm FLSmidth as the supplier for engineering and equipment supply for the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada. “The contract with FLSmidth is one of the more significant supply packages we will award at Rhyolite Ridge and represents another step in... 

Walkabout awards contracts at Lindi Jumbo

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2021 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources has awarded a $5.6-million bulk earthworks and $3.1-million civil engineering works contract to Tanzanian engineering firm TNR for work at its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. The scope for the bulk earthworks contract includes the completion of site... 

Bass pulls the trigger on Argentinian acquisition

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2021 Critical minerals developer Bass Metals has reached an agreement to acquire the San Jorge lithium brine project, in Argentina. The company in March this year signed a binding term sheet to acquire Blackearth SA, now Andes Litio SA, which holds an option over the San Jorge lithium project, in... 

Chinese battery maker EVE to invest in lithium production

By: Reuters     12th July 2021 Chinese battery maker EVE Energy said on Friday it would take a stake in a small lithium producer and establish a joint venture to build a lithium chemicals project costing up to 1.8-billion yuan ($277.8-million). The move is EVE's latest tilt to secure ingredients for batteries used in electric... 

Stellantis in lithium supply deals with California, German firms -sources

By: Reuters     12th July 2021 Stellantis, the world's fourth-largest automaker with brands that include Jeep and Peugeot, has signed memorandums of understanding for lithium supply with geothermal brine projects in California and Germany, according to two sources. Automakers across the globe have been jockeying for access to... 

WA miners contributed A$83bn to economy in 2019/20 - survey

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2021 A new survey by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) for Western Australia has found that the state’s mining, oil and gas, energy and contractor industries contributed a direct A$83-billion to Australia’s economy in 2019-20 and directly provided more than 94 000 full-time jobs. The survey... 

Sayona raises A$50m for NAL buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2021 Lithium developer Sayona Mining will raise A$50-million to fund the acquisition of North American Lithium (NAL), and to advance the Abitibi lithium hub, in Quebec. The ASX-listed company on Monday reported that has raised an initial A$45-million in an oversubscribed share placement to... 

Sayona raises A$50m for NAL buy

‘Green’ metals demand contributes to renewed optimism among Canadian miners

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2021 Rising demand for ‘green’ metals as the world transitions to clean energy is contributing to renewed optimism in the growth prospects for Canada’s mining industry, a new report by KPMG finds. The ‘Risk and Opportunities for Canadian miners’ report, which is based on a survey of 225 global mining... 

Underground trucks at an Agnico Eagle mine in Canada

Orocobre excited about prospects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2021 Dual-listed lithium miner Orocbre was expecting strong results for the quarter ended June, on the back of increased production. The ASX- and TSX-listed miner on Friday told shareholders that production during the June quarter had reached 3 300 t of lithium carbonate, compared with the 3 232 t... 

Firefly and Gascoyne firm up demerger plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2021 ASX-listed gold developers Gascoyne Resources and Firefly Resources have inked a binding demerger implementation agreement for the demerger of certain assets into a newly incorporated subsidiary of Firefly. The two companies in June this year struck a merger agreement under which Gascoyne would... 

Ganfeng gets green light for Argentina lithium plant

By: Reuters     7th July 2021 China's Ganfeng Lithium on Tuesday said its subsidiary had received approval to build a 20 000 t/y lithium plant for its Mariana project in northern Argentina, where it intends to use solar power. Ganfeng, one of the world's top producers of lithium chemicals for electric-vehicle batteries, said... 

Eramet says Europe must help its miners gain access to EV metals

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2021 France’s Eramet said governments in Europe must help the region’s mining companies gain greater access to metals needed for car batteries, since such resources are mostly found on other continents. Demand for battery raw materials such as nickel, lithium and cobalt is surging as carmakers... 

More research, development needed for battery recycling to become viable

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th July 2021 Mine supply is likely to remain the predominant source of lithium for many years to come, with battery recycling only expected to become a viable alternative supply sourced beyond 2030, Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research reports. In a new report, the agency states that the growth of... 

India gives aluminium battery a chance to take on lithium in EVs

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2021 A drive to reduce dependence on imported materials and technology, especially from China, is pushing India to invest in a battery technology that uses aluminum rather than lithium as the key ingredient. Indian Oil, the nation’s largest oil refiner, has teamed up with startup Phinergy to develop... 

GM moves to source lithium in US for its EV batteries

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2021 US-based auto giant General Motors (GM) has struck a deal to secure local and low-cost lithium for its electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The company has announced a multi-million-dollar investment in unlisted Controlled Thermal Resources’ (CTR’s) Hell’s Kitchen project, in California, giving it... 

GM moves to source lithium in US for its EV batteries
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