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EU agrees Chile alliance to boost access to green raw materials

By: Reuters     9th December 2022 The European Union and Chile struck a partnership on Friday that will liberalise more trade between the two and give EU companies greater access to raw materials such as lithium and copper that are key to the EU's green transition. The partnership, which includes cooperation on climate change,... 

Cygnus raises cash for Canadian lithium hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2022 Junior explorer Cygnus Gold will raise A$8-million to fund its lithium hunt in Canada. The ASX-listed company has received firm commitments for the placement of more than 18.18-million shares, at a price of 44c each, representing a discount of 10.2% to Cygnus’ last trading price. The shares will... 

Lithium rally has more room to run, thanks to US climate bill

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2022 Lithium prices have already been on a monumental tear. But if there’s one thing that the industry’s top executives agree on it’s that there’s room to go even higher. That’s partly thanks to President Joe Biden’s signature climate and tax bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). A key... 

Canada proposes overhauling foreign investment rules to tackle security risks

By: Reuters     9th December 2022 Canada on Wednesday proposed beefing up its foreign investment rules to give the government greater power to scrutinize and potentially block overseas deals that bring national security risks. The proposed amendments would be the biggest overhaul to the Investment Canada Act (ICA) since 2009 and... 

An image of Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne
Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne

St George finds lithium partner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2022 Junior St George Mining will partner with battery giant SVOLT to hunt for lithium projects. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to consider collaboration on the development of the Mt Alexander lithium project, in Western Australia, as well as the acquisition of... 

AVZ holds fast to Manono shareholding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2022 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has taken legal action to affirm its 75% interest in the Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company has filed the first of two International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations against Dathomir Mining Resources and expects to... 

Ioneer closer to sulphur supply in Nevada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2022 Junior Ioneer has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shell Canada Energy for the supply of sulphur to Ioneer’s Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project, in Nevada. The MoU builds of a 2019 letter of intent and would see both parties advance discussions into a definitive agreement. 

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

AfriTin progresses lithium, tantalum product development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s lithium product development programme has progressed on three fronts, mainly updating the mineral resource estimate, starting lithium pilot scale metallurgical testing and taking the first steps to explore commercial engagements for lithium petalite concentrate... 

Chinese carmaker BYD eyes Chilean lithium deals in search for EV fuel

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2022 Chinese electric-car juggernaut BYD is looking to get into the lithium business in Latin America and Africa after prices of the key battery component surged to “unreasonable” and “not healthy” levels. BYD is scouring the world for lithium supplies, executive VP Stella Li said in an interview... 

Red-hot lithium rally cools as China's BYD flags surplus

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2022 Red-hot lithium prices are getting a little less expensive, just as China’s electric-car giant BYD flags that the market could swing back into surplus next year. The battery material in China has continued to retreat from the all-time high hit last month as signs of demand weakness weigh on the... 

Red-hot lithium rally cools as China's BYD flags surplus

China's Tianqi exploring battery minerals processing options in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2022 China's Tianqi Lithium Corp is exploring investment opportunities in Australia's burgeoning battery minerals sector through its local tie up with Western Australia-based miner IGO, its CEO said. Australia is seeking overseas investment into its critical materials industry as it seeks to become a... 

Aussie miners to adjust portfolios in 2023 - KPMG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2022 A survey conducted by advisory firm KPMG has revealed that a significant number of Australian mining companies would change their portfolio of products towards future-facing commodities in 2023. KPMG Australia’s national mining and metals leader Nick Harridge said the economic shift toward a... 

Partnership formed for circular, recycled battery materials

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2022 Recycling technology and supply chain platform ACE Green Recycling (ACE) and diversified miner Glencore have entered into a long-term supply agreement for recycled lead, as well as key battery metal based end products from recycled lithium-ion batteries. This strategic partnership will help... 

Lithium price to retreat from record as electric car sales slow

By: Reuters     6th December 2022 Healthy demand from battery manufacturers and shortages have propelled lithium prices to records, but rising supplies and China removing subsidies for electric vehicles mean a retreat is on the cards. Battery grade lithium prices trading near $85 000 a tonne are more than double the levels seen... 

AfriTin proposes changing its name to Andrada Mining

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2022 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining is seeking to change its name to Andrada Mining, reflecting the company’s expanding lithium and tantalum resources alongside its existing tin production, in Namibia. The company currently owns and operates the Uis tin mine. AfriTin management believes that the Uis... 

Uis mine

WA invests A$22m to slash green energy approval times

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2022 The Western Australian government has announced a A$22.5-million investment to overhaul environmental approvals in order to shorten the approval timeframes for green energy projects. A new multi-pronged approach will help to drive investment in conventional wind, solar and wave power generators,... 

Rio, Oz Minerals and Boliden partner on tailings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto, copper miner Oz Minerals and Swedish metals major Boliden will partner on an initiative to manage tailings. Under the umbrella of the Think & Act Differently (TAD) incubator initiative the three companies will fund and support innovators who are working to reimagine... 

Sigma Lithium plans big expansion for Brazil project

By: Mariaan Webb     5th December 2022 The Grota do Cirilo project, which will reach production in the near term, has the potential to be one of the biggest integrated lithium producers globally, co-CEO and co-chairperson Calvyn Gardner said on Monday, announcing the results of an expansion study. The study contemplates tripling... 

Arizona Lithium signs alliance agreement with First Nation company

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2022 Junior lithium developer Arizona Lithium has signed a strategic alliance term sheet with Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) to manage all permitting and contract mining services for the Big Sandy lithium project, in the US. The term sheet allows initial work by both companies on the... 

Argentina is pressing US for exception to tap EV bonanza

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2022 The world’s fastest-growing lithium producer is lobbying hard to gain access to President Joe Biden’s new electric vehicle tax credits, despite Argentina not meeting the requirement of being a US free-trade partner. So far, it’s being rebuffed. Designed to end China’s overwhelming dominance of... 

Argentina is pressing US for exception to tap EV bonanza

Fire halts Nova operations - IGO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th December 2022 Battery minerals producer IGO has suspended operations at its Nova nickel project, in Western Australia, following a fire at the Zenith Energy-operated power station over the weekend. The ASX-listed company told shareholders on Monday that a fire damaged the 10 MW power station in the early... 

Critical minerals strategy open for debate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2022 The federal government has released a discussion paper and opened public consultation on the future of the critical minerals industry in Australia. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the consultations would inform the government’s new Critical Minerals Strategy and... 

Canadian govt approves the enviro assessment of Generation PGM’s Marathon mine

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2022 The Canadian government has approved the environmental assessment of TSX-listed Generation PGM’s Marathon palladium/copper project. Generation will now proceed with obtaining any additional authorisations and permits from federal departments, including an approval from Fisheries and Oceans... 

Mosaic acquires four new projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2022 Canadian resources company  Mosaic Minerals has acquired, by map staking, 156 mining cells covering about 8 325 ha, comprising four new exploration projects for lithium and strategic minerals. Located in Jamésie, Northern Québec, these projects join the two other lithium projects previously... 

Rock Edge to acquire 70% of Superb Lake lithium property

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2022 Canadian minerals exploration company Rock Edge Resources has signed an option agreement with Medaro Mining to acquire a 70% interest in the Superb Lake lithium project, located in the Thunder Bay mining district of northwestern Ontario. The property comprises about 2 378 ha of land in the O’... 

Red Dirt hoping to raise A$60m for lithium hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st December 2022 ASX-listed Red Dirt Metals has set a A$55-million capital raise target to fund its lithium growth plans in Western Australia. The company on Thursday announced plans to undertake a two-tranche share placement of some 110-million new shares, priced at 50c each, to raise A$55-million. 

Australian battery metal players key to South Korea's EV ambition

By: Reuters     30th November 2022 Australia will play a big role in South Korea's ambition to lead the electric vehicle batteries market and diversify from China for its battery metals needs, a top South Korean executive said on Wednesday. Ben Bosung Kim, the MD for steel giant POSCO in Australia, said the company has already... 

Global Lithium completes SPP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2022 Lithium developer Global Lithium Resources has completed its A$10.1-million share purchase plan (SPP) as part of the funding solution to fund the Manna lithium project acquisition. Global said on Wednesday that the company had received valid applications exceeding A$13.8-million, with the average... 

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
Photo by Creamer Media
Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

Zimbabwe says China's Tsingshan to set up lithium operations

By: Reuters     30th November 2022 Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with Tsingshan Holdings Group, which plans to set up lithium mining and processing operations in the southern African country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday. Tsingshan, one of the world's top nickel producers, is currently building a $1-billion... 

2023 Mining Indaba to focus on Africa’s green metals opportunity

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2022 Next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will focus on the ways Africa can enhance the opportunity to increase the supply of green metals to meet global energy demands, while creating meaningful value for communities. Taking place during February 6 to 9 at the Cape Town International... 

Sibanye starts building €359m lithium hydroxide refinery in Finland

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2022 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has announced that it will proceed with construction of the Kokkola lithium hydroxide refinery, on the west coast of Finland, as part of the overall Keliber lithium project. This follows after Sibanye increased its interest in the Keliber... 

Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares 

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

Atlantic Lithium issues new COO with 4m shares

By: Donna Slater     28th November 2022 Aim-listed Africa-focussed lithium explorer and developer Atlantic Lithium reports that incoming nonboard COO Keith Muller has assumed his new role in the company. As part of his employment contract, Atlantic will issue Muller with four-million shares, half of which are at a strike price of 60p... 

China actions spark Canada review of rules on foreign investment

By: Bloomberg     28th November 2022 Canada’s new Indo-Pacific strategy calls for changes to foreign investment screening as a result of concerns about Chinese state-owned enterprises, a development that comes less than two weeks after China’s Xi Jinping lectured Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a Group of 20... 

Pilbara and Calix solidify JV ambitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2022 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals and fellow listed Calix have executed a formal joint venture (JV) agreement for a decarbonised lithium refining project in the Pilbara. The formal JV agreement followed on from an earlier memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the development of a Mid-Stream... 

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.
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