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Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Erris to buy German lithium project from Bacanora

By: Mariaan Webb     30th September 2020 Europe-focused minerals explorer Erris Resources says it is in the advanced stages of a transaction to buy the Zinnwald lithium project, in Germany, from fellow London-listed Bacanora Lithium. The proposed acquisition of 50% of Zinnwald – a late stage project – will transform Erris from a... 

Erris to buy German lithium project from Bacanora

Pilbara meets shipping targets, draws down funds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2020 Spodumene and tantalum producer Pilbara Minerals has completed the drawdown of a $110-million finance facility, used to redeem the outstanding balance owing under a $100-million senior secured Nordic Bond. The Nordic Bond was used to support financing of the Stage 1 Pligangoora lithium/tantalum... 

EV demand will spark lithium mining reinvention

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2020 Lithium producers must reinvent mining methods for the key metal used in rechargeable batteries to meet rising demand from the electric-vehicle industry, according to Standard Lithium’s top executive. “The industry’s going to have some challenges as higher purity lithium compounds are required --... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Tesla is trying to mine its own lithium after dropping M&A plan

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2020 Tesla secured its own lithium mining rights in Nevada after dropping a plan to buy a company there, according to people familiar with the matter. The automaker held discussions in recent months with Cypress Development, which is seeking to extract lithium from clay deposits in southwest Nevada,... 

EcoGraf inks option over land in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 ASX-listed EcoGraf has inked a two-year option agreement with the Western Australian government over a 6.7 ha site in the Kwinana-Rockingham Industrial Area. EcoGraf signed an option to lease on two of the lots in the Industrial Area, with plans to develop a graphite processing facility in two... 

Piedmont signs lithium ore supply deal with Tesla, shares surge

By: Reuters     28th September 2020 Piedmont Lithium on Monday said it signed a five-year deal with Tesla to supply high-purity lithium ore mineral to the US electric carmaker, prompting an 83% surge in the Australian lithium miner's shares. The initial five-year agreement implies that Piedmont will supply about a third of its... 

Critical Metals publishes prospectus ahead of LSE listing

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 Investment company Critical Metals, on September 24 published a prospectus which has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) relating to the admission of 30.3-million ordinary shares of £0.005 apiece to listing on the standard segment of the official list of the FCA and to trading... 

Orocobre's SPP closes A$13m higher

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Lithium miner Orocobre has exceeded its share purchase plan (SPP) target by some A$13-million, with the ASX and TSX-listed company on Friday revealing that its SPP had raised A$43-million. Orocobre in August announced plans to raise A$30-million through an SPP as part of a greater A$126-million... 

Li-ion developments driving standby power system

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th September 2020 With the increasing demand and overall benefits of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, industrial Li-ion battery supplier CHASE Technologies is developing a standby power system. 

Li-ion developments driving standby power system
POWER HOUSE CHASE Technologies is developing a standby power system that will be powered by LiFePO4 batteries

Altura readies for offtake vote

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 The shareholders of lithium producer Altura Mining are expected to vote on an offtake agreement with major shareholder Hunan Yongshan Lithium Company on September 25. Altura in June this year struck a multi-year lithium offtake agreement with Hunan Yongshan, a subsidiary of shareholder Ningbo... 

Tesla's Nevada lithium plan faces stark obstacles on path to production

By: Reuters     24th September 2020 Tesla's plan to produce lithium for electric vehicle batteries close to its Nevada Gigafactory faces stark challenges from the outset, including an onerous permitting process, uncertain access to water and questions about unproven methodologies. CEO Elon Musk told shareholders on Tuesday Tesla... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Musk say Tesla plans new $25 000 EV in about three years

By: Bloomberg     23rd September 2020 Tesla plans to manufacture a car that will cost $25 000 in about three years’ time, fulfilling an elusive long-term objective to sell a cheap mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday. “This has always been our dream from the very beginning,” Musk said at an event showcasing... 

Musk say Tesla plans new $25 000 EV in about three years
Elon Musk

European Lithium raises cash to advance ‘strategic’ Austria project

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd September 2020 Australian exploration and development company European Lithium (EUR) has raised A$2.1-million to continue to advance its Wolfsberg project, in Austria – close to some of the European Union’s (EU’s) largest lithium import markets. The share placement at $0.045 a share was strongly supported by... 

AVZ ups stake in DRC lithium/tin project to 75%

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2020 Mineral exploration company AVZ Minerals has revealed that it will boost its equity stake in the Manono lithium/tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to 75% in a $15.5-million share shale purchase agreement. The ASX-listed company will buy an additional 10% equity stake in the... 

Cornish Lithium mulls second round of crowdfunding, IPO for UK project

By: Reuters     17th September 2020 Britain's Cornish Lithium said on Thursday it was considering another round of crowdfunding for its geothermal lithium project after reporting high grades of the key battery ingredient in brine that also produces renewable power. The exploration company, founded and headed by ex-banker Jeremy... 

Cornish Lithium mulls second round of crowdfunding, IPO for UK project
Cornish Lithium Jeremy Wrathall

China's CATL to invest in Neo Lithium, help develop Argentina mine

By: Reuters     15th September 2020 China's CATL will buy more than 10-million shares of Neo Lithium to become the company's third-largest shareholder, the latest in a string of investments by Chinese companies into South American lithium projects. The deal, announced on Monday, comes as demand for the electric vehicle battery... 

Platinum’s new sweeter spot elicits multiplicity of optimistic analyst views 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2020 The new sweeter spot that platinum group metals has entered drew a multiplicity of mainly optimistic viewpoints from analysts attending the virtual PGM Industry Day. Chaired by business development manager Rand Merchant Bank Henk de Hoop, the viewpoints were provided by Standard Chartered Bank... 

Platinum’s new sweeter spot elicits multiplicity of optimistic analyst views
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(From left top) Simon Kendall, Patrick Mann, Mandi Dungwa. (From left bottom) Henk de Hoop, Suki Cooper.

Platinum group metals patenting their way into battery EV space 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2020 Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones does not let grass grow under his feet. His parting shot to moderator Bernard Swanepoel at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day last Wednesday was that platinum was on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. “If you're a great EV... 

Platinum group metals patenting their way into battery EV space
Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Watch out lithium, platinum's eyeing your battery space, says PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2020 Electric vehicles (EVs) are synonymous with lithium and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are synonymous with platinum group metals (PGMs), but will the twain meet? They certainly will if Toronto- and New York-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) CEO R Michael Jones has anything to do with it.... 

Watch out lithium, platinum's eyeing your battery space, says PTM
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Sandra du Toit and R Michael Jones (top) and Bernard Swanepoel (below).

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Instead of being the $11-billion-a -year type industry that it is today, the platinum business has the potential to be a $35-billion-a-year industry by 2050, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Baxter made this statement in response to a question put to him during a... 

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter address to PGM Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Promoting the hydrogen economy should be South Africa’s number one priority, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Wednesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the current state of the platinum group metals industry at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day, Phiri said that this... 

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri
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Steve Phiri, Andries Rossouw (from left top) and Natascha Viljoen, Nico Muller (from left bottom)

Hydrogen economy elevating platinum as store-of-value precious metal – WPIC

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2020 The hydrogen economy is elevating platinum as a precious metal with long-term store of value, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said today. The latest edition of WPIC’s Platinum Quarterly states that an evolving global sea-change in the environment debate may also be at play in... 

Hydrogen economy elevating platinum as store-of-value precious metal – WPIC
Green hydrogen in approved country strategies.

Kodal receives £654 000 in proceeds from now completed ESA

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 Investors of lithium and gold explorer and developer Kodal Minerals, including Riverfort Global Opportunities and YA II PN, have sold all the ordinary shares of 0.03125p each in the company issued to them under the terms of an equity sharing agreement (ESA). This has concluded the ESA and... 

Europe pledges push to cut reliance on imported raw materials

By: Reuters     3rd September 2020 The European Union stepped up a push to become less dependent on imported raw materials such as rare earths and lithium, saying supply-chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak bolster the need for more self-sufficiency. The European Commission vowed to create a raw-materials alliance... 

Europe pledges push to cut reliance on imported raw materials
European Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton

Albemarle selected for lithium research projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2020 NYSE-listed Albemarle has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DoE) as a partner for two lithium research projects over three years through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call. Albemarle will work in conjunction with two DoE labs on the company's approved projects. 

Bushveld advances electrolyte, solar, mini-grid projects 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2020 London-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage provider, Bushveld Minerals, the owner of assets in South Africa, on Wednesday reported progress with the group’s electrolyte plant, solar and mini-grid power project. Bushveld Energy intends devising self-generation options... 

Bushveld advances electrolyte, solar, mini-grid projects
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2020 South Africa Inc should be doing much more to incentivise the recovery of precious metals from tailings dams for sound societal and environmental reasons that could free Johannesburg of its artificial ‘Berlin Wall’-type political legacy barriers that tilt commute times unfairly and block new-era... 

Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sinohydro to help develop Kodal’s Bougouni lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2020 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with engineering and construction contractor company Sinohydro to jointly develop the Bougouni lithium project, in Mali. Sinohydro is a subsidiary of Chinese State-owned PowerChina, which is a leading engineering and... 

Rhyolite Ridge plans approved

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2020 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved ASX-listed ioneer’s plan of operations for its Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada. The plan of operations is the foundational permitting document and will become the basis for compliance during operations and closure. 

Orocobre swings to a loss and raises cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th August 2020 Lithium miner Orocobre on Friday announced a capital raise of A$126-million as the company swung to a net loss the half year ended June. Orocobre announced that net loss of $67.1-million for the six months under review, compared with a net profit of $65.4-million for the previous corresponding... 

Orocobre swings to a loss and raises cash

IronRidge becomes a European Battery Alliance member

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2020 Africa-focused minerals exploration and development company IronRidge Resources has been accepted as a member of the European Battery Alliance (EBA250), which is committed to driving a competitive and sustainable battery industry in Europe by 2025. The EBA250 was launched in October 2017 by... 

Electric cars to account for 79% of lithium demand by 2030 - Chile

By: Reuters     27th August 2020 The electric car industry will dominate demand for lithium over the next ten years, Chilean state mining agency Cochilco said on Wednesday, accounting for more than three quarters of the ultralight battery metal's consumption by 2030, up from one third in 2019. Cochilco said demand for lithium... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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