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Lithium News

Albemarle urges US to cut red tape to boost lithium supply chain

By: Bloomberg     Updated 5 hours ago The world’s largest lithium producer is urging the US government to cut red tape to accelerate a build-out of a domestic supply chain for materials needed for batteries, electric vehicles and cleaner technologies while cutting dependence on China. China has more than half of all capacity for... 

Liontown inks lithium deal with Ford after Tesla, LG agreements

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago Liontown Resources signed a lithium supply agreement with Ford Motor, the Australian miner's latest after similar deals earlier this year with Tesla and electric vehicle (EV) battery maker LG Energy. Liontown said on Wednesday it will supply Ford with 150,000 dry metric tonnes (DMT) of lithium... 

Pilbara pushes button on A$300m Pilgangoora expansion

By: Darren Parker     Updated 7 hours ago ASX-listed lithium group Pilbara Minerals on Wednesday announced a near A$300-million expansion of its Pilgangoora operation, in Western Australia, bolstering output by 100 000 t/y from late 2023. The board has made the final investment decision (FID) to go ahead with the P680 project, which will... 

The Pilgangoora plant
The Pilgangoora plant

China's Huayou faces clash with regulator over Zimbabwe lithium project

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 China's Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt faces regulatory pressure to produce battery-grade lithium in Zimbabwe within five years, official documents seen by Reuters show, something the miner has already said cannot be achieved. China's biggest cobalt refiner acquired the hard-rock Arcadia lithium mine... 

Sayona and Piedmont approve C$98m Quebec lithium restart

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 Emerging lithium producer Sayona Mining has cemented plans to get its North American spodumene production off the ground in 2023, following a formal agreement of the North American Lithium (NAL) restart programme. Sayona Quebec, which is 75% owned by Sayona and 25% by Piedmont, has formally... 

Sayona and Piedmont approve C$98m Quebec lithium restart

Falchani to produce SOP as byproduct

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 TSX-V-listed American Lithium has validated sulphate of potash (SOP) as a byproduct of future lithium production at the Falchani project, in Peru. COO Laurence Stefan says the strategic importance of producing significant amounts of SOP from Falchani cannot be overstated, noting that it has the... 

Albemarle plans major US lithium processing plant

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 Albemarle plans to build a lithium processing plant in the United States that would produce as much of the electric vehicle battery metal as the entire company produces today, a bullish bet on America's all-electric future, an executive said on Monday. The plan reflects Albemarle's emerging... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

New US programme targets rare minerals needs for EVs and solar panels

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 When a top Biden administration official was in Cape Town for a mining conference last month, he heard from a number of African nations desperate for foreign investment to help dig up critical minerals like lithium, manganese and cobalt. At the same time, Under Secretary of State Jose Fernandez... 

US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez
US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez

Premier African enters into prepayment deal for Zulu pilot plant

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 Aim-traded Premier African Minerals has entered into a marketing and prepayment agreement in the form of a binding heads of terms with clean technology developer Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology. The agreement will allow the company to establish a large-scale pilot plant at its Zulu lithium and... 

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Carmaker Stellantis to take 8% stake in lithium supplier Vulcan

By: Reuters     24th June 2022 Vulcan Energy Resources said on Friday Dutch automaker Stellantis would buy an 8% stake for A$76-million, sending the lithium miner's shares more than 24% higher. Australia-headquartered Vulcan will issue about 8.5-million shares to Stellantis at A$6.622 a share, which represents a 32.4% premium... 

Carmaker Stellantis to take 8% stake in lithium supplier Vulcan

In-country beneficiation opportunities rise on back of EV growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th June 2022 Growth in the electric vehicles (EVs) market has led to increasing interest and demand for materials, such as manganese, used in the production of EV rechargeable batteries. This increased interest has also led to EV manufacturers aiming to diversify their battery material suppliers, owing to a... 

An image of Giyani Metals' Otse Prospect
GIYANI METALS' OTSE PROSPECT The growing EV market has led to an increase in demand for materials used in rechargeable batteries

Lofty lithium bid suggests scorching rally may not be over

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2022 The highest bid for lithium at an auction run by an Australian miner suggests a blistering rally in the battery metal may not be over. Pilbara Minerals said a buyer will pay a price equating to $7 017 a ton for spodumene concentrate -- a partly-processed form of lithium -- delivered to China.... 

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ireland’s Arkle makes Zim entry with eye on lithium

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd June 2022 Ireland-based exploration company Arkle Resources is making an entry into Zimbabwe, with its focus on three licences where it will prospect for lithium. The company, which is listed on London’s Aim market, believes the licences, covering 163 ha, represent a low-cost entry into one of the biggest... 

An image of Arkle Resources chairperson John Teeling
Arkle Resources chairperson John Teeling

Leo Lithium starts trading on the ASX

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd June 2022 Lithium spin-off Leo Lithium on Thursday started share trading on the ASX under the code LLL. The listing followed a successful initial public offering (IPO) in May, during which Leo raised A$100-million through the issue of 142.9-million shares at a price of 70c each.  

Lithium Power consolidates Chile project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2022 Lithium developer Lithium Power International (LPI) has unveiled plans to consolidate ownership of the Maricunga brine project, in Chile, by way of a three-party all-scrip merger with its joint venture (JV) partners. LPI currently holds a 51.55% interest in the Maricunga project, with JV partner... 

Piedmont Lithium looks abroad amid North Carolina uncertainty

By: Reuters     22nd June 2022 Piedmont Lithium's first steps toward securing lithium supplies will be in Quebec or Ghana, not the US, as an intensifying North Carolina regulatory review delays the miner's goal of anchoring America's electric vehicle battery renaissance. The delay has forced Piedmont to expand its strategy... 

The NAL operation in Quebec
The NAL operation in Quebec

Firefinch spin-off Leo Lithium to start trading on ASX on June 23

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 ASX-listed gold miner Firefinch reports that Leo Lithium has been admitted to the official ASX list and trading in its shares will start on June 23, under the code LLL. This follows an oversubscribed A$100-million initial public offering by Leo Lithium in May.  

Yellen urges less dependence on other nations for key supplies

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the US should work on shifting dependence on some nations for supplies of critical inputs as global supply-chain logjams have hurt the domestic economy. “We saw during the pandemic that our supply chains were very brittle and really lacking in resilience,”... 

Core tracking on target at Finniss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2022 Barring bad weather or Covid-19 related delays, the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, was on track to ship its first spodumene concentrate by the end of the year. ASX-listed Core Lithium on Tuesday reported that mining activities have accelerated with the arrival of the dry... 

Changes afoot as Lake moves to cement North American position

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 ASX-listed Lake Resources has appointed chairperson Stu Crow as executive chairperson to oversee the company’s transition to serve North American and Asian supply chains, with MD Steve Promnitz to step aside. “Lake’s aspirational target is to reach capacity of 100 000 t/y by 2030 which will... 

Arizona Lithium to establish research center for Big Sandy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2022 ASX-listed Arizona Lithium has inked a five-year lease to establish a lithium research center in Arizona. The research center will focus on technological advancements in lithium processing and aims to advance the battery materials industry in Arizona, with construction expected to be completed... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears 

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

European fund for critical minerals projects to launch next year

By: Reuters     17th June 2022 A European fund to invest in critical minerals needed for a transition to zero carbon emissions is seeking billions of euros of public and private money for a launch early next year, an official working with an EU initiative on the project said. Europe and the United States have been scrambling... 

Vulcan gains local support for geothermal plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 ASX-listed Vulcan Energy Resources has marked an important development milestone at its Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany, with the City Council of Landau voting to support geothermal energy production. The company said that the City Council of Landau, which covers part of Vulcan’s... 

Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines   

17th June 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the new age battery metals potential in Namibia; the new green hydrogen partnership between Prieska Power Reserve and the IDC; and Volvo Construction Equipment’s first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype.   

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Battery metals and green hydrogen make headlines

Lake Resources looks at funding solutions for Kachi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2022 Lithium developer Lake Resources has appointed project finance institutions Citi and JP Morgan as joint coordinators for its Kachi lithium project, in Argentina. The coordinators will work together on a debt financing package to fund the development of the 50 000 t/y Kachi project. 

Battery metal buzz counters financial market angst at mining’s big show

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2022 The turmoil that rocked financial markets this week has done little to shake the optimism around global mining, if the signs of exuberance on display at one of the industry’s biggest gatherings in years are to be believed. Thousands of people from all areas of the industry converged at the... 

An image of attendees at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Attendees at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto this week.

Bolivia again delays announcement on lithium mining tie-ups

By: Reuters     16th June 2022 Bolivia's government on Wednesday declined to name which of six short-listed companies it would select to help mine its untapped lithium riches, with the chief of the country's state-run lithium company saying more than one could be eventually selected. The government had already postponed a... 

PwC suggests miners use 2021 gains to prepare for critical minerals future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2022 Although the world’s top 40 mining companies demonstrated stellar financial results in 2021, it is unclear how long this record run can continue, since the industry is experiencing unprecedented change, says PwC. The enterprise services and advisory company finds in its ‘Mine 2022’ report that... 

PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw
PwC energy, utilities and resources leader Andries Rossouw

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

$1.9bn NPV for Critical Elements’ Rose lithium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Critical Elements Lithium has released a new feasibility study on the Rose lithium/tantalum project in the Eeyou-Istchee James Bay, Quebec. The study incorporates a standard truck and shovel openpit mining operation and conventional lithium processing, producing an average of 173 317... 

Canada kicks off critical minerals strategy consultations

By: Mariaan Webb     15th June 2022 Building on the near C$3.8-billion commitment on critical minerals in the 2022 Budget, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Tuesday released a discussion paper to inform Canada’s critical minerals strategy. The paper, which was launched at the Prospectors and Developers Association... 

US and partners enter pact to secure critical minerals like lithium

By: Reuters     15th June 2022 The United States, Canada and other countries have established a new partnership aimed at securing the supply of critical minerals, which are essential for clean energy and other technologies, as global demand for them rises, the State Department said on Tuesday. Demand for the minerals, such as... 

US and partners enter pact to secure critical minerals like lithium

Namibia has potential to become new age battery metals Pilbara – AfriTin 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Namibia has the potential to become the Pilbara of new age battery metals. That is the view of AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen, who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Prieska Power Reserve partners IDC to further South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Emerging green hydrogen company Prieska Power Reserve on Tuesday announced a partnership with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a green hydrogen project in Prieska, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Prieska Power Reserve Project is described on the... 

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Prieska Power Reserve director Meta Mhlarhi.
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