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Portugal's lithium auction could be postponed to early 2022 - ministry

By: Reuters     13th May 2021 Portugal's long-awaited lithium licensing auction could be postponed to early 2022 due to delays in implementing a law granting municipalities more say in mining projects, the environment ministry said. The mining law, approved last October but only put into force this May, gives municipalities... 

Eramet says it obtains lithium from geothermal brine in eastern France

By: Reuters     12th May 2021 Mining group Eramet announced on Tuesday it had extracted lithium from geothermal salt water in a pilot in eastern France, in a breakthrough it said could boost European efforts to secure raw materials for electric vehicles. Eramet obtained the lithium from brine at the Rittershoffen geothermal... 

American Lithium completes Plateau acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     12th May 2021 The merger of American Lithium and Plateau Energy Metals has been completed, creating an Americas-focused developer of energy metals at a time when securing a sustainable supply of critical minerals is a global priority. The merger combined two large lithium development projects – TLC, in... 

Lithium Power announces potential Mitsui alliance for Chile project

By: Mariaan Webb     11th May 2021 Joint venture (JV) company Minera Salar Blanco (MSB) is weighing a partnership with Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co to further its Maricunga project, in northern Chile. MSB, which is controlled by Australia-listed Lithium Power International, on Tuesday announced a nonbinding memorandum of... 

Jadar and European Lithium to collaborate in Austria

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th May 2021 ASX-listed Jadar Resources has entered into a collaboration agreement with fellow listed European Lithium to progress its Austrian lithium projects. Jadar holds an 80% interest in subsidiary Jadar Lithium, which holds the Weinebene and Eastern Alps lithium projects. 

Pilbara starts downstream scoping work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th May 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with technology company Calix to undertake a scoping study to produce a concentrated lithium salt from the Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia. The scoping study would evaluate a new refining process that would... 

Frontier announces passing of board member John Kelly

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2021 TSX-V-listed Frontier Lithium on Monday announced the passing of long-time board member John Kelly. Kelly served as a board member since 2000 and chairperson Rick Walker said Frontier was “indebted to John for his leadership, dedication, and significant contributions” during his tenure. 

Low carbon world needs $1.7-trillion in mining investment

By: Reuters     10th May 2021 Mining companies need to invest nearly $1.7-trillion in the next 15 years to help supply enough copper, cobalt, nickel and other metals needed for the shift to a low carbon world, according to consultancy Wood Mackenzie. The United States, Britain, Japan, Canada and others raised their targets... 

Low carbon world needs $1.7-trillion in mining investment

New report identifies global mining sector's carbon reduction opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th May 2021 The global mining industry must move away from legacy systems and processes if it is to meet the challenge of decarbonisation. This is according to a new report, ommissioned by engineering company Weir Group, which calculates mining’s share of global energy consumption and identifies ways the... 

AVZ forging strong relations with DRC govt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals on Monday told shareholders that the newly established government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had approved the draft inter-ministerial decree and draft cooperation agreement with the lithium and tin developer. The approval of both documents by the DRC... 

Weaning US off Chinese rare earths involves supply-chain perks

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2021 The only US producer of rare earths says the Biden administration needs to focus on giving incentives to producers of the building blocks that will drive electrification. Biden’s gargantuan $2.25-trillion infrastructure plan currently targets about $15-billion to build a network of... 

Weaning US off Chinese rare earths involves supply-chain perks
MP Minerals operates the Mountain Pass mine, in the US.

Lithium prices to normalise, as demand increases – Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2021 Following the spike in Chinese spot prices experienced from the end of December 2020 through to the end of January, research agency Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research expects broad lithium prices to soon normalise. Chinese spot prices for battery-grade lithium carbonate and... 

Lithium producers grow bullish as EV revolution turbocharges demand

By: Reuters     7th May 2021 Rising demand for lithium is stoking prices for the electric vehicle battery metal, fueling long-delayed expansions that still may not produce adequate supplies that automakers need to meet aggressive production plans. Growing industry optimism from higher lithium prices is a change from last... 

German recycling plant proves up for Neometals JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2021 Operating and capital cost estimates for the Primobius joint venture (JV) battery recycling plant, in Germany, has been completed. ASX-listed Neometals in 2020 struck a JV agreement with mechanical engineering firm SMS group GmbH to commercialise the company’s lithium battery recycling process.  

Aus working on resource export strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th May 2021 The federal government has announced a A$20-million investment into a Global Resources Strategy, to help diversify exports and find new markets for Australia’s resources and Technology. Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt on Friday said that the aim of the new strategy is... 

EU leaders want to challenge perceptions of lithium mining

By: Reuters     6th May 2021 Environmental worries have boosted anti-lithium sentiment across Europe and EU officials say it is crucial to show local populations that mining the metal used in electric car batteries is no longer a "dirty operation". Tapping European deposits of lithium is an important part of the bloc's... 

Ganfeng agrees takeover of Bacanora in $264.5m deal

By: Reuters     6th May 2021 China's Ganfeng Lithium, one of the world's top lithium producers, on Thursday said it had offered to buy the shares it does not already own in Mexico-focused Bacanora Lithium for up to 190-million pounds ($264.5-million). The deal, which values Bacanora at up to around 267-million pounds,... 

Ganfeng agrees takeover of Bacanora in $264.5m deal

Ardiden weighs lithium asset sale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th May 2021 Junior gold explorer Ardiden has agreed to an exclusive option with Great Northern Lithium to potentially sell 80% of its lithium portfolio in a deal worth A$8.7-million. “Ardiden has been actively evaluating strategic options to best realise the full potential of its lithium assets. The... 

Albemarle profit beats expectations on rising lithium demand

By: Reuters     6th May 2021 Albemarle, the world's largest producer of lithium, posted a quarterly profit on Wednesday that easily beat Wall Street's expectations on rising demand from the electric vehicle industry. The company reported first-quarter net income of $95.7-million, or 84c a share, compared with... 

Sunstone to sell stake in Finland lithium project

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2021 Australia-headquartered gold and copper miner Sunstone Metals has agreed to sell its 83.6% stake in its Finland-based lithium project to Canada-headquartered explorer and developer United Lithium for a total consideration of A$879 000 – inclusive of 490 000 shares. As such, Sunstone has signed a... 

Chilean mining chief warns royalties bill in current form 'akin to expropriation'

By: Reuters     5th May 2021 Chile's National Mining Society (Sonami) has warned that a royalty project being discussed in Congress proposes levels of taxation that are "akin to expropriation" and would paralyse investment in the Andean nation. The plan, which proposes a progressive tax of at least 3% on copper and lithium... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

Strike spin-out raises A$9m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2021 ASX-listed Strike Resources on Tuesday announced that the demerged Lithium Energy had raised A$9-million in its initial public offering (IPO). Strike in March this year announced plans to spin out its lithium and graphite assets through listing its subsidiary Lithium Energy on the ASX. At... 

American Lithium appoints new CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd May 2021 Explorer and developer American Lithium has appointed Simon Clarke as CEO of the company with immediate effect. Clarke, who was most recently founder, CEO and director M2 Cobalt, is succeeding founder Michael Kobler as CEO. Kobler will continue as general manager of American Lithium’s US... 

Trident notes increased battery metals exposure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2021 Aim-listed Trident Royalties saw a significant increase in battery metals exposure in the first quarter ended March 31. The company completed its most significant transaction to-date with the acquisition of a 60% interest in a gross revenue royalty (GRR) over the Thacker Pass project, for... 

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2021 If the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo
Anglo American executive head PGM market development interviewed by Mining weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chile's SQM to sell remainder common stock for capex on local bourse

By: Reuters     28th April 2021 Chilean lithium producer SQM said on Tuesday that it will auction the remainder of 22.4 million of the company´s series B shares on the Santiago stock exchange issued to help underwrite an ambitious expansion of its lithium, nitrate and iodine operations. SQM said it will on April 28 offer a... 

American Pacific hunting for new CEO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2021 ASX-listed American Pacific Borates is on the hunt for a new leader after Michael Schlumpberger announces his resignation as both MD and CEO. Schlumpberger joined the company in 2017 and has led American Pacific through the development of its fort Cady borate mine, in Southern California. 

ioneer investigating US listing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th April 2021 Lithium developer ioneer has flagged plans for a secondary listing on a major US stock exchange. The ASX-listed company told shareholders on Wednesday that the secondary listing was likely to take place in the second half of 2021 and was in line with ioneer’s longer-term strategy of increasing... 

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, through its platinum group metals (PGMs) business Anglo American Platinum, is partnering with Umicore to research and develop technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric... 

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen

Australia's Pilbara Minerals spodumene output hits record as demand soars

By: Reuters     21st April 2021 Australia's Pilbara Minerals on Wednesday reported record spodumene concentrate production in its third quarter and forecast higher shipments for the current quarter, as demand for the raw material used in electric-vehicle batteries soars. The country's lithium miners are bullish on the sector's... 

Commodities of the future to boom over 20-year horizon

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2021 A significant number of commodities are set to experience strong demand growth over the next 20 years, while “conventional” commodities will receive an added boost as they take a central stage in the green and digital transitions, says financial risk management, solutions and insights company... 

Commodities of the future to boom over 20-year horizon

IronRidge finds multiple positive drill intersections at Ghana lithium project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2021 Africa-focused minerals explorer IronRidge Resources has found additional high-grade lithium pegmatite drill intersections, including multiple drill intersections over 2% lithium oxide, at new targets adjacent to the Ewoyaa lithium project (ELP), in Ghana. The company has a defined Joint Ore... 

Mining association says Canada’s rare earth support too modest to displace reliance on China

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2021 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has welcomed several expanded and refined measures proposed in the 2021 federal Budget to support the establishment and growth of a domestic battery supply chain, but CEO Pierre Gratton says specific support targeting rare earth elements (REE) is too modest... 

Mining association says Canada’s rare earth support too modest to displace reliance on China
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland looks at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as she delivers the Budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday.

Johnson Matthey secures raw materials for European cathode plants

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2021 British multinational speciality chemicals and sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey (JM) on Monday announced that it would scale up its battery materials business and said that it had secured long-term supply of critical minerals for its European facilities. JM, in partnership with... 

Johnson Matthey secures raw materials for European cathode plants

Savannah moves closer to Portugal lithium mine with preliminary impact study approval

By: Reuters     19th April 2021 Savannah Resources said a "major milestone" had been passed for what could become western Europe's largest lithium mine, after Portugal's regulator gave its environmental impact study a preliminary stamp of approval. Interest in lithium mining has been spurred by the expected growth in sales of... 

Galaxy and Orocobre strike A$4bn merger deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2021 Lithium miners Orocobre and Galaxy Resources have struck a merger of equals agreement to create the fifth largest global lithium chemicals company. Under the terms of the proposed A$4-billion merger, Galaxy shareholder would receive 0.569 Orocobre shares for each of their shares held, with... 

Galaxy and Orocobre strike A$4bn merger deal
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