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Lithium News

Eramet needs €1bn Gabon expansion, Argentina lithium mine

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago French multinational mining and metals firm Eramet is searching for more than €1-billion in financing to fund an expansion of its manganese mine in Gabon, and to build a new lithium mine in Argentina. The company plans to raise its manganese ore production capacity from 4.3-million tons a year... 

South Korea's Posco drops plans for Chilean battery material plant

By: Reuters     24th June 2019 outh Korea's Posco has pulled out of a project to build battery parts in Chile, the Asian steelmaker said, little more than a year after winning guaranteed access to cheap lithium from top producer Albemarle. POSCO, together with partner Samsung SDI, won a 2018 Chilean government tender to build... 

Toyota Tsusho to wait on EV market before upping lithium investment

By: Reuters     21st June 2019 Toyota Tsusho, one of the world's biggest lithium producers, said on Friday it would take at least two more years to properly gauge the global electric vehicle (EV) market's direction before deciding whether to further expand supply. Over the next two to three years, major automakers would be... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Savannah now has full ownership of Portugal lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th June 2019 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has full ownership of the Mina do Barroso project, following the $11.9-million buyout of minority shareholders in the Portugal lithium project. The remaining 25% interest was acquired from minority shareholders, including resource investment specialist Slipstream... 

Savannah now has full ownership of Portugal lithium project

Australia lithium miner Altura says former top investor Shaanxi J&R sells entire stake

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Australia's Altura Mining said on Thursday its former biggest investor and one-time suitor, China's Shaanxi J&R Optimum Energy, has sold its entire remaining 11.8% stake in the lithium miner. At Altura's latest closing price, the stake would have been worth A$24.1-million ($16.60-million). It... 

Pilbara stunts output at Pilgangoora

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2019 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals on Monday said that it would cut back on production form its Pilgangoora project, in Western Australia, during June and July this year, on the back of constrained sales during the June quarter. Pilbara told shareholders that the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project... 

European lithium projects gain attention amid push toward EVs

By: Reuters     14th June 2019 European lithium projects are making a fresh push for capital, eager to supply the white metal to a burgeoning network of battery manufacturers and electric vehicle makers across the continent, the world's second-largest EV market after China. A regional EV supply chain would help achieve... 

European lithium projects gain attention amid push toward EVs

Nemaska Lithium eyes fresh steps to raise capital for Quebec project

By: Reuters     13th June 2019 Nemaska Lithium may issue new shares, take on new debt or sell assets as it hunts for fresh capital to build a lithium project in Quebec that faces cost overruns of more than $300-million, head of investor relations Wanda Cutler said on Wednesday. "Everything from M&A to more debt to equity is... 

Nemaska Lithium eyes fresh steps to raise capital for Quebec project

Pot takes the spotlight away from lithium and threatens the EV boom

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2019 Lithium miners are seeing investor interest go up in smoke. The flow of capital into the cannabis industry is draining investments into lithium producers that supply the raw mineral key to power the electric-vehicle revolution 

Pot takes the spotlight away from lithium and threatens the EV boom

AVZ strikes strategic relationship deal with Huayou

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th June 2019 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has inked a strategic relationship agreement with China’s Huayou Cobalt Group to complete a definitive feasibility study on the Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. AVZ said on Wednesday that Huayou would also be able to provide advice and... 

Chile to clean up rules for lithium industry to boost production

By: Reuters     12th June 2019 Chile´s Mining Ministry said on Tuesday it would release in "the coming weeks" a plan to clarify rules around its lithium industry to maintain its global share of output amid spiraling demand for the coveted battery metal. At a gathering of lithium investors in Santiago, Mining Minister Baldo... 

Albemarle details efforts to boost its Chilean lithium output by 30%

By: Reuters     12th June 2019 Albemarle on Tuesday detailed a process it believes will increase its Chilean lithium output by nearly a third and said it is working to reduce the affect of precipitation on its evaporation ponds. Both steps should, if successful, help the world's largest lithium producer solidify its... 

Saving Earth with electric cars means wrecking a fragile desert

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Sara Plaza, 67 years old, can still remember guiding her family’s sheep along... 

Albemarle says won't participate in LME lithium contract

By: Reuters     11th June 2019 Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, said on Tuesday it would not participate in the London Metal Exchange's plans to launch a new contract for the white metal. "An exchange contract tends to support a commodity market, and that's not what we believe this (lithium market) is," David... 

‘Lithium for the UK’ study launched

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th June 2019 The UK government will fund a study to assess the feasibility of developing a UK supply of lithium, a consortium comprising mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong, explorer Cornish Lithium and the Natural History Museum has announced. The ‘Lithium for the UK’ project aims to help meet the... 

‘Lithium for the UK’ study launched

Battery-grade lithium hydroxide produced at Nevada project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th June 2019 Battery-grade lithium hydroxide has been successfully produced from the Rhyolite Ridge project, in Nevada, using standard commercial processes, Australia-based ioneer reported on Tuesday. The testwork, undertaken by lithium processing technology group Veolia Water Technologies, confirmed the key... 

Lithium giant Tianqi sees prices stable following 'crazy peak'

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 Lithium prices aren’t going go back to the historic highs of recent years but won’t plummet to pre-boom levels either, according to the world’s third-largest producer of the mineral key to electric-vehicle batteries. Prices have now stabilised after miners globally boosted production capacity to... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds
Photo by Toyota/Anglo American
A fuel cell electric vehicle requires platinum

LME chooses Fastmarkets for lithium contract pricing

By: Reuters     10th June 2019 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has chosen Fastmarkets to provide the reference price for its planned lithium futures contract, it said on Monday. The exchange, the world's oldest and largest market for industrial metals, said it selected Fastmarkets because their prices were used widely across... 

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines 

6th June 2019 This week, Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks manganese as an EV metal, a kickstart for junior mining and, approval for Gwede Mantashe’s appointment. 

Manganese, Junior Mining, Mantashe make headlines
Manganese, Jr Mining, Mantashe make headlines

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

San Jose momentum builds – Infinity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Australia-based Infinity Lithium said on Wednesday that support for its San Jose project, in Spain, were emerging from multiple levels, including government and businesses endorsements, as well as wider European-level recognition. The Extremadura regional government had infirmed Infinity that... 

Study confirms potential of Bacanora’s Zinnwald lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     5th June 2019 London-listed Bacanora Lithium said on Wednesday that a feasibility study had confirmed the economic potential of its Zinnwald lithium project, assigning the project in south-eastern Germany, near Dresden, a value of €428-million. The study estimated that Zinnwald would have an internal rate of... 

Study confirms potential of Bacanora’s Zinnwald lithium project

Altura closes in on nameplate after record month

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Lithium miner Altura Mining is closing in on its nameplate capacity at its namesake project in Pilgangoora, Western Australia, following a month of record production in May. The project has achieved multiple daily record production levels at or above the nameplate capacity of 220 000 t/y of 6%... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Zenith sells Mt Alexander to focus on lithium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2019 ASX-listed Zenith Minerals has accepted a A$2.75-million offer from a private Australian company for its Mt Alexander magnetite iron project in Western Australia. Zenith will receive from Mt Alexander Iron Ore an up-front cash payment of A$250 000, as well as ten yearly payments of A$250 000... 

Lithium mining superpowers seek riches as battery makers

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2019 The race by Tesla, Samsung SDI and other technology giants to secure supplies of lithium — a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles and smartphones — is creating a unique chance for two global mining superpowers to reap more value from their natural resources. Australia and Chile are... 

Lithium mining superpowers seek riches as battery makers
The Talison lithium mine, in Australia.

Anson produces battery quality lithium carbonate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2019 Shares in ASX-listed Anson Resources soared on Monday after the company announced that it had produced about 1 kg of battery quality lithium carbonate from brine sourced from its Paradox brine project near Utah, in the US. The sample was produced using a dedicated and advanced ion exchange (IX)... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

5th resource increase at Savannah's Mina do Barroso in 15 months

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2019 The mineral resource at the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal, has been expanded by another 15% to 27-million tonnes at 1.06% lithium oxide (Li₂O) for 285 900 t of contained Li₂O. This is the fifth major mineral resource increase in 15 months. 

Galaxy confirms Chinese plant talks

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th May 2019 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources on Thursday confirmed discussions over possible cooperation in a chemical processing plant in China. The confirmation comes following reports that the debt-free Galaxy was looking to invest in a chemicals processing plant in the region. 

Core flags new revenue stream at Finniss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2019 ASX-listed Core Lithium has flagged the possibility for additional revenues at its Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, after receiving expressions of interests from a number of parties regarding the purchase of additional fine lithium from the project. Core on Tuesday noted that... 

Junior Indaba sponsor looks forward to engaging juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining and minerals advisory company Fraser McGill will, for the first time, sponsor the Junior Indaba this year, which will be held at the Country Club Johannesburg, in Auckland Park, from June 4 to 5. “As our business is specifically geared towards juniors, the demand and acceptance from them... 

SQM expects lithium demand to grow by 17% this year

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd May 2019 Chilean nitrates and lithium major Sociedad Quimaca y Minera de Chile (SQM) is confident that demand for lithium will continue to grow, but the group says that evolving electric vehicle (EV) battery technology will require producers to be flexible. The company believes more supply for lithium... 

SQM expects lithium demand to grow by 17% this year

Kidman board backs Wesfarmers’ A$776m bid for lithium firm

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd May 2019 Takeover target Kidman Resources has entered into a scheme implementation deed with ASX-listed Wesfarmers, following a due diligence period. Wesfarmers earlier this month launched a non-binding and conditional A$776-million cash offer for Kidman, marking a foray into lithium. Wesfarmers is... 

Kidman board backs Wesfarmers’ A$776m bid for lithium firm

Bacanora to bring in China’s Ganfeng as partner in Mexico lithium project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed Bacanora Lithium has signed a non-binding heads of terms with China lithium producer Ganfeng for a strategic investment in both the company and its flagship Sonora lithium project, in Mexico. Completion of the strategic investment would form a major part of Bacanora’s finance package... 

Bacanora to bring in China’s Ganfeng as partner in Mexico lithium project

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve
Hydrogen fuel cell cars use hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity with the help of platinum.
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