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Lithium News

German recycling plant proves up for Neometals JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 1 hour 49 minutes ago 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     Updated 2 hours 28 minutes ago 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

Battery supply chain market attracted $21bn of investment in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions says global investment of more than $21-billion toward the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain shows the urgency of market expansion. With Western Europe claiming the biggest share of investment, it reflects the focus on producing EVs in the region and the... 

Australia's lithium miners bank on brighter times ahead as prices soar

By: Reuters     16th April 2021 Australian-listed lithium miners are preparing for better times ahead, filings showed this week, as they outlined expansion plans in the wake of soaring prices for the raw material used in electric vehicle batteries. Mineral Resources, Orocobre and Pilbara Minerals filed reports that pointed to... 

Australia's lithium miners bank on brighter times ahead as prices soar

Prospect raises cash for Arcadia investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th April 2021 Lithium hopeful Prospect Resources will raise A$6.5-million in a share placement to advance work at its Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. The company has received subscriptions for the placement of some 41.9-million shares, at a price of 15.5c each from institutional and sophisticated... 

Profound benefits for metals in store once US infrastructure plan passes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 When US President Joe Biden announced a $2-trillion bill on March 31, becoming known as his infrastructure plan, it made commodity research company Fastmarkets, for one, excited about the opportunities it may hold for metals. The bill has been dubbed the American Jobs Plan, despite a political... 

Profound benefits for metals in store once US infrastructure plan passes
US President Joe Biden announced the so-called American Jobs Plan at the end of last month.

Anglo Pacific open to selling thermal coal royalties to boost ESG credentials

By: Reuters     15th April 2021 Mining streaming company Anglo Pacific could be open to selling its thermal coal royalties to accelerate its transition away from the most polluting fossil fuel, chief executive Julian Treger said on Wednesday. The London-listed company aims to decrease its reliance on coal and steel and attract... 

Sibanye continues to increase geographical diversity through M&As, says Froneman

By: Simone Liedtke     14th April 2021 While 2021 is looking like a solid year for precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater, executive director and CEO Neal Froneman has emphasised that the company will continue to increase its geographical diversity through value-accretive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. He noted during... 

Sibanye continues to increase geographical diversity through M&As, says Froneman
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

PFS into cathode powder proves positive for Lithium Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 A prefeasibility study (PFS) by the subsidiary of ASX-listed Lithium Australia, VSPC, into a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) cathode powder has confirmed the project’s robust economics. The PFS contemplated the production of 10 000 t/y of LFP cathode powder over a three year period, with the... 

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 A surge in demand for electric vehicles is sending the price of raw materials soaring, threatening to slow the push toward making cheaper batteries that are key to more widespread adoption. Lithium, the mainstay for rechargeable power packs used in EVs, is roaring back after a three-year slump... 

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

Galaxy's plans for Sal de Vida firm up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th April 2021 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has completed an updated feasibility study for its Sal de Vida brine project, in Argentina, and will now move into detailed design and construction. The updated feasibility study focused on a staged development approach to reduce development capital risk and use... 

Orocobre boosted by higher lithium prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2021 The Australian share price of lithium miner Orocobre climbed nearly 20c a share on Tuesday as the company announced a significant lithium price upgrade. The ASX and TSX-listed miner said on Tuesday that sales during the March quarter had reached 3 032 t at a price of $5 853/t free-on-board... 

AfriTin progressing by-product test work programme at Uis  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining is proceeding with a metallurgical test work programme to investigate the by-product potential of ancillary metals at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The Uis mine’s 2012 Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant mineral resource estimate includes ancillary metals with an... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Piedmont increases lithium resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has reported a 40% increase in its lithium resource at its namesake project in North Carolina. The ASX-listed company on Thursday announced that to total mineral resource estimate for the Piedmont project now stood at 39.2-million tonnes, at 1.09% lithium oxide,... 

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