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Lithium News

Commercial production starts at NAL

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 41 minutes ago Joint venture partners Sayona Mining and Piedmont Lithium have announced the restart of commercial spodumene concentrate production at the North American Lithium (NAL) project, in Quebec. NAL produced its first spodumene concentrate at the start of March this year, with first shipments expected... 

Former South African Treasury boss Mogajane helms billion-dollar lithium plan

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2023 The former head of South Africa’s National Treasury has been tasked with cleaning up a scandal-dogged company that’s contemplating partnering a Chinese battery maker in a $1-billion lithium operation. Dondo Mogajane aims to restructure and improve compliance at Johannesburg’s Moti Group. Founder... 

Critical metals for low-carbon economy being studied across 12 universities  

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2023 A consortium across a dozen South African universities has the spotlight on critical metals for a low-carbon future. At a time when the mining world is focused firmly on the availability of critical metals to arrest global temperature increases, South Africa’s Centre of Excellence for Integrated... 

Professor Judith Kinnaird, the Visiting Professor of the School of Geosciences, and the co-director of Cimera at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Cimera's Professor Judith Kinnaird interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Dutch miner AMG bullish as it tightens grip on lithium supply chain

By: Reuters     30th March 2023 Dutch miner and lithium supplier AMG AMG.AS on Thursday forecast strong profitability as it cuts costs and tightens its grip on the supply chain of lithium, a key metal for electric vehicle batteries. Rising demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is pushing miners and carmakers to secure raw... 

Australia risks losing pole position in critical minerals race

By: Reuters     30th March 2023 Australia is at risk of losing its head start in critical minerals processing because it has not yet laid down a national strategy, even as other governments are splashing out incentives to grab market share and bolster security. Supplier of nearly half of the world's lithium, Australia is also... 

Premier African Minerals completes Zimbabwe lithium plant, production imminent

By: Reuters     29th March 2023 Premier African Minerals said on Wednesday it had finished building a lithium processing plant at its Zulu mine in Zimbabwe and expected to start production of spodumene concentrate later this week. Spodumene is a lithium ore with high concentration of lithium, a key component in the production... 

Mining needs truth-and-reconciliation approach to ESG, says Rifle-Shot’s Naidoo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2023 Mining companies need to approach environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles on a truth and reconciliation footing and be honest about where they are on a scale of one to 10, says Rifle-Shot Performance business development director Dilley Naidoo. Naidoo, who spoke to Mining Weekly on... 

Rifle-Shot Performance Business Development Director Dilley Naidoo.
Rifle-Shot’s Dilley Naidoo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pilbara pulls the trigger on A$560m P1000

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2023 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has taken a final investment decision on the A$560-million P1000 project at its Pilgangoora operation, in Western Australia. The P1000 project would increase the nameplate capacity at Pilgangoora by some 47%, from around 680 000 t/y to 1-million tonnes a year of... 

Pilbara pulls the trigger on A$560m P1000

Mining necessary for green future - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2023 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has highlighted the significant role that the resources sector would play in global decarbonisation efforts, in a statement to Parliament. “In order to decarbonise, the world needs our resources industry and our critical minerals,” Minister King said. 

Image shows a mining haul truck

Red Rock submits EIA for Zim lithium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th March 2023 London-listed Red Rock Resources expects the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for Tin Hill – its first planned lithium production site in Zimbabwe – to be approved from mid-April onwards. The EIA was recently submitted to the relevant authorities and, once approved, additional geologists and... 

Platinum group metals can add million South African jobs plus R8-trillion to economy  

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2023 Collaborative marketing of platinum group metals (PGMs) has the potential to add a million more South African jobs and contribute R8-trillion more to the economy as the world greens and lowers carbon intensity. The combination of green hydrogen displacing natural gas and fuel cell electric... 

Platinum group metals can boost South African jobs and economic growth.
PGM Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video editing: Darlene Creamer.

Liontown rejects Albemarle bid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2023 Lithium developer Liontown Resources has knocked back a non-binding indicative proposal from North American major Albemarle Corporation, which had offered A$2.50 a share for the company, via a scheme of arrangement. Albemarle confirmed that it had submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire all... 

Liontown the Kathleen Valley project in Australia
Liontown the Kathleen Valley project in Australia

European Lithium strikes deal over Austrian projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th March 2023 Lithium developer European Lithium has inked a binding heads of agreement with a subsidiary of TSX-V Listed Richmond Minerals Inc to acquire the Bretstein-Lachtal, Klementkogel and the Wildbachgraben Projects, in Austria. The Austrian lithium projects consist of 245 exploration licenses covering... 

Arizona Lithium completes Prairie buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th March 2023 ASX-listed Arizona Lithium has completed the acquisition of takeover target Prairie Lithium, effectively increasing its global lithium resource by 1 200% to 4.4-million tonnes. Arizona in December last year struck a deal to acquire Prairie Lithium for C$40-million in cash and 500-million of its... 

Ministers agree to coordinate critical minerals efforts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2023 Australia’s federal, state and territory resources and mining ministers have agreed to coordinate efforts to support the development of Australia’s critical minerals sector following a critical minerals roundtable in Perth. Resources Minister Madeleine King said on Friday that the development of... 

Bolivia President calls for joint Latin America lithium policy

By: Reuters     24th March 2023 Bolivian President Luis Arce said on Thursday he would be willing to jointly design a lithium policy with other Latin American countries to benefit their economies, echoing a similar proposal from Mexico's President. Bolivia has an estimated 21-million tonnes of untapped lithium resources, the... 

WA opens investment platform for global investors

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2023 The Western Australian government is launching a new online platform that promotes investment-ready projects with a value above A$10-million. Launching with more than 35 projects that have a combined value of approximately $6 billion, WA Investments provides global audiences easy access to the... 

Galileo identifies four lithium, tin, rare earth anomalies on Kamativi licence

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2023 London-listed Galileo Resources has delineated four significant lithium, tin and rare earth element anomalies on the Kamativi licence, in Zimbabwe, that warrant further investigation. The licence covers an area of 520 km2 in western Zimbabwe.  

Marula appoints technical consultant, lawyers in preparation for Aim listing

By: Donna Slater     23rd March 2023 Africa-focused miner and developer Marula Mining is preparing to list on the LSE’s Aim and has appointed mining and environmental consultancy MSA Group as the technical consultant for the listing process. MSA Group, which provides services such as exploration, geology, mineral resource and... 

Albemarle to build $1.3bn lithium plant in South Carolina

By: Reuters     23rd March 2023 Albemarle said on Wednesday it had chosen Chester County, South Carolina, as the location for a $1.3-billion lithium processing plant it hopes will cement its status as a cornerstone of the rapidly growing US electric vehicle industry. The facility, which was first announced last year without a... 

Chile pushes new lithium extraction method in risk to future supply

By: Bloomberg     23rd March 2023 Chile’s government plans to require all new lithium projects to tap a production technique that’s barely used commercially anywhere in a bid to reduce water losses. The requirement — mentioned by Mining Minister Marcela Hernando in a presentation Wednesday — may constrain future production in a... 

Core sells more lithium to Sichuan Yahua

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2023 Newly minted lithium producer Core Lithium has struck an 18 500 t of spodumene concentrate offtake agreement with buyer Sichuan Yahua, with the spodumene to be supplied from the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory. The new offtake agreement was in addition to the existing binding... 

Lithium prices in China halve in just four months  

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2023 The frenzy for lithium, which saw Chinese prices of the electric-vehicle battery material surge more than 1 300% in just two years, has turned into a rapid retreat. Prices of lithium carbonate, the benchmark product, have halved since rocketing to a record last November, according to data from... 

Lithium prices in China halve in just four months

Huayou starts trial production at Zimbabwe lithium mine, invests in Namibian project

By: Reuters     22nd March 2023 Chinese battery minerals producer Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt said on Wednesday it had started trial production of lithium concentrates at its Arcadia mine in Zimbabwe. Huayou, one of the biggest cobalt producers in the world, acquired Arcadia from Australia-listed Prospect Resources PSC.AX and its... 

Atlantic targets start date at Ewoyaa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2023 Lithium developer Atlantic Lithium is hoping to be in production at its Ewoyaa lithium project, in Ghana, within the next two years. Atlantic COO Keith Muller told delegates at the second day of the Paydirt Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, that the company was looking to complete front-end... 

St George makes a major lithium play

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2023 Junior explorer St George Mining has announced the acquisition of seven hard rock lithium projects in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday announced a transaction with unlisted Chariot Corporation and Stallion Lithium to acquire the 14 exploration licenses which cover a total 653 km2 of... 

EV battery makers test a future without lithium

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2023 A year and a half ago, China’s CATL put on a flashy event to make an announcement significant enough that Zeng Yuqun, the founder and chairman of the world’s biggest battery maker, served as emcee. Zeng, who had just passed up Alibaba’s Jack Ma in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, revealed that... 

WA eager to maintain critical minerals status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2023 Western Australia is hoping to maintain its position as a major producer of critical minerals into the future. Speaking at the second day of Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said that the government was investing... 

Image shows a hand holding rare earth ore

Argentine mining exports hit 10-year high as lithium, EVs take off

By: Reuters     22nd March 2023 Argentina's mining exports hit historic levels last year, the government said on Tuesday, powered by surging lithium income as the South American agricultural powerhouse targets profits from the metal key to meeting booming electric vehicle (EV) demand. Even as Latin America's third-largest... 

Liontown looks at DSO opportunities at Kathleen Valley

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2023 Lithium developer Liontown Resources is evaluating sale of direct shipping ore (DSO) at its Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia, as an opportunity for early cash generation. Liontown COO Adam Smits told delegates at the Paydirt Battery Minerals conference, in Perth, that DSO material... 

Albemarle planning expansions at Kemerton

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2023 US major Albemarle on Tuesday said it was looking at expansion options in Australia, with the closest at hand being expanded production at its Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant in Western Australia. Speaking at the first day of Paydirt’s Battery Minerals conference, Albemarle country manager and... 

Lithium development on track as Andrada production capacity increases 

By: Martin Creamer     20th March 2023 Technology metals mining and exploration company Andrada anticipates completion of its lithium bulk-testing pilot facility in June this year, the London AIM-quoted company said on Monday, March 20, when it provided fourth-quarter and 12 months to February 28 production updates for its Uis tin,... 

Andrada CEO Anthony Viljoen.
Andrada CEO Anthony Viljoen.

Atlantic kicks off augur drilling programme at Ghana lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2023 Dual-listed Atlantic Lithium has embarked on a five-month, 20 000-m auger drilling programme at the flagship Ewoyaa lithium project to test multiple targets within the project area. The drilling forms part of a broader exploration and resource drilling programme on the 560 km2 Cape Coast lithium... 

LRC buys James Bay area royalty from Arianne

By: Mariaan Webb     17th March 2023 Development-stage phosphate mining company Arianne Phosphate has sold royalties covering 25 mining claims in the James Bay area, Quebec, to Toronto-listed Lithium Royalty Corp (LRC) for C$2.35-million. The royalty, retained by Arianne as part of an earn-in option agreement first entered into in... 

Coal miner Exxaro to build 68 MW solar power plant in Limpopo  

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2023 Financial close is expected at the end of this month for construction in the second quarter of this year of a 68 MW solar power plant at a cost of between R1.52-billion and R1.56-billion, Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa said during Thursday’s record-earnings presentation by the coal, energy and... 

Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Exxaro results presentation covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Ongoing Ewoyaa exploration adds significantly to mineral resource estimate

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2023 Exploration work at Aim- and ASX-listed Africa-focussed lithium explorer and developer Atlantic Lithium’s Ewoyaa lithium project, in Ghana, has added a significant volume to the project’s mineral resource estimate, upgrading it to 35.3-million tonnes at a grade of 1.25% lithium oxide. This... 

Banking has crucial role to play in enabling mining to transition to clean energy, says Nedbank CIB 

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2023 The banking sector has a crucial role to play in enabling mining companies to transition to clean energy fully, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) principal for sustainable finance solutions Telvina Naidoo. “Innovative funding structures and sustainable-finance solutions can help... 

Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) principal for sustainable finance solutions Telvina Naidoo.
Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) principal for sustainable finance solutions Telvina Naidoo.

Zimbabwe’s ban on lithium ore exports triggers stockpile buildup 

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2023 Zimbabwe’s ban on lithium ore exports has resulted in stockpiles of the key battery metal building up in the southern African country. The ban – introduced by the government last December in a bid to encourage local processing of the metal – has resulted in two-million tons of ore being... 

The Arcadia lithium mine in Zimbabwe
Photo by Bloomberg
The Arcadia lithium mine in Zimbabwe
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