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Lithium News

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Lithium miners are going to compete for new licences in Chile

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2021 Chile, the biggest supplier of lithium after Australia, has attracted interest from both established producers and smaller exploration companies to enter the country as it prepares to offer new licenses in a bid to grow output. The South American nation has been losing market share as new... 

Jindalee raises cash for US lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 ASX-listed Jindalee Resources will raise A$9-million through a share placement to fund resource growth and development studies at its McDermitt and Clayton North lithium projects, in the US, and to advance its gold and nickel projects in Western Australia. The company on Monday announced that it... 

Pilbara secures funding for Pilgangoora expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has secured A$15-million to fund improvement works at its Pilgangoora operations, in Western Australia, to support increased Stage 1 production. The miner on Monday told shareholders that it had reached an agreement with offtake partner Yibin Tianyi Lithium... 

Two more projects granted Major Project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 The federal government has awarded Major Project status to the Finniss lithium project and the Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, both in the Northern Territory. ASX-listed Core Lithium’s Finniss lithium project will require an estimated pre-production capital investment of A$53.5-million... 

Premier granted exclusive prospecting order for Zimbabwe project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2021 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has been granted an exclusive prospecting order (EPO) over an area that encompasses the Zulu lithium and tantalum claims in the Fort Rixon district of Zimbabwe for a period of three years. "I am deeply appreciative of the Zimbabwe Government for the granting of... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2021 Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has announced the release of a Canadian critical minerals list, signalling to investors where the country’s focus will be in the global race to shore up supply of minerals that will drive the transition towards a low-carbon future. The list, announced... 

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan

Sayona adds to Tansim acreage  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2021 ASX-listed Sayona Mining has increase the lithium acreage at its Tansim project, in Quebec, by 44%, with the acquisition of an additional 90 claims. The company on Thursday told shareholders that its Tansim project, some 82 km from the flagship Authier project, now included 275 claims spanning... 

Ontario seeks to capitalise on growing demand for critical minerals

By: Mariaan Webb     11th March 2021 The Ontario government is developing its first-ever critical minerals strategy to help generate investment, increase the province's competitiveness in the global market, and support its transition to a low-carbon economy. Announcing the initiative at the Prospectors and Developers Association’s... 

Ontario seeks to capitalise on growing demand for critical minerals

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 The factors of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), now more than ever, are critical to move away from fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency, a panel of experts concurred at a major Canadian mining conference on Tuesday. Speaking during the 2021 edition of the Prospectors and... 

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel
E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin

AVZ signs second offtake agreement in DRC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has inked a second long-term offtake agreement with Chinese lithium converter Shenzhen Chengxin Lithium Group for spodumene concentrate from the Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chengxin has agreed to purchase up to 180 000 t/y of... 

Energy Secretary Granholm says US needs to produce more EV minerals

By: Reuters     10th March 2021 US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday said the United States needs to boost domestic production of the minerals used to make electric vehicles, so long as it is done sustainably. The United States has been trying to wean its automobile supply chain off of China and other countries... 

Energy Secretary Granholm says US needs to produce more EV minerals
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s record results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Lithium giant Albemarle slams Chile over 'unjust' withholding of Atacama study

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 Albemarle, the world’s top lithium producer, has accused a Chilean regulator of “unjust” discrimination for refusing to make public a key report on the impact of mining on the Atacama salt flat, according to court filings. US-based Albemarle in July last year asked to see the publicly funded... 

Rock and heavy metal: winners emerge in energy transition

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 Investors in metals and mineral extraction are poised to see their fortunes grow as the race to cut carbon emissions requires massive investment in commodities other than oil and gas. As world economies shift to more electrification and away from fossil fuels to reach net-zero carbon emissions by... 

Seafloor mining hopeful DeepGreen to merge with ESG-minded SPAC

By: Mariaan Webb     5th March 2021 DeepGreen, a Canadian developer of battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean, has announced its planned listing through a merger with NYSE-listed Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp (SOAC). SOAC is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), focused on ESG,... 

Seafloor mining hopeful DeepGreen to merge with ESG-minded SPAC

SQM plans to propose major lithium hydroxide expansion, CEO says

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 Chile's SQM, the world's No.2 lithium producer, said on Thursday it hoped to soon double its goal of expanding production of lithium hydroxide from 30 000 t to 60 000 t as demand for the electric vehicle battery metal soars. CEO Ricardo Ramos said in a call with analysts that the company's... 

ioneer upsizes placement to A$80m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th March 2021 ASX-listed ioneer has raised A$80-million in a fully underwritten institutional placement. The company earlier this week announced plans for a A$60-million capital raise to accelerate construction of its Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada. However, it said on Friday that strong... 

ioneer in A$60m capital raise for Nevada project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 ASX-listed ioneer on Thursday announced plans for a A$60-million capital raise to accelerate construction of its Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada. The company has unveiled a fully underwritten institutional placement to sophisticated, professional and institutional investors,... 

ioneer in A$60m capital raise for Nevada project

South Africa urged to play to strengths as its plots role in lithium-ion battery value chain 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2021 A newly released study of the potential for developing a lithium-ion battery value chain in South Africa concludes that the country should prioritise minerals beneficiation and mining, as well as battery manufacturing as it seeks to carve out a niche for itself in what is a fast-growing, highly... 

South Africa urged to play to strengths as its plots role in lithium-ion battery value chain

Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse

By: Reuters     3rd March 2021 In the tenth century, Erik the Red, a Viking from Iceland, was so impressed with the vegetation on another Arctic island he had found he called it "the green land". Today, it's Greenland's rocks that are attracting outsiders - superpowers riding a green revolution. The world's biggest island has... 

Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse
Greenland Minerals and Energy's Kvanefjeld

To go electric, America needs more mines. Can it build them?

By: Reuters     2nd March 2021 Last September, in the arid hills of northern Nevada, a cluster of flowers found nowhere else on earth died mysteriously overnight. Conservationists were quick to suspect ioneer, an Australian firm that wants to mine the lithium that lies beneath the flowers for use in electric vehicle (EV)... 

To go electric, America needs more mines. Can it build them?
Looking over Rhyolite Ridge South Basin, where Australian firm ioneer is planning to mine lithium used in electric vehicle batteries.

Latin Resources to test, define various lithium deposits in Minas Gerais

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st March 2021 ASX-listed Latin Resources has announced it will start exploration work on its lithium projects, held by its wholly-owned Brazilian subsidiary Mineracao Ferro Nordeste, in the Jequitinhonha valley region of Minas Gerais. The assets collectively represent 11 tenements named the Salinas lithium... 

Orocobre widens loss in first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th February 2021 Lithium miner Orocobre has widened its losses for the first half of the 2021 financial year, compared with the previous corresponding period, as revenues decreased. The ASX and TSX-listed company on Friday reported a statutory consolidated group net loss of $29.1-mllion, down from the los of... 

Prospect looks at staged Arcadia development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th February 2021 Lithium developer Prospect Resources is looking at the staged development of its Arcadia project, in Zimbabwe, following a strategic review. The ASX-listed company on Thursday reported that the strategic review concluded that an initial smaller commercial scale production facility, using the... 

US miner applauds Biden’s order on securing critical supply chains 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th February 2021 President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order targeting supply chains in key industries to bolster domestic production and avoid shortages of critical products. The order directs an immediate 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains... 

US miner applauds Biden’s order on securing critical supply chains
President Joe Biden

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs  

By: Martin Creamer     24th February 2021 A feasibility study is under way on a mine selected for the testing of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies ahead of their implementation, Minerals Council South Africa senior executive modernisation and safety Sietse van der Woude said on Wednesday. Van der Woude was answering... 

Test mine study under way for Fourth Industrial Revolution try-outs
Joburg Indaba Modernisation in Mining virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater makes battery metals entry

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd February 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has entered the battery metals sector through an investment in lithium firm Keliber, which has a goal of being the first European company producing high-purity, battery-grade lithium hydroxide from its own ore. The South Africa-based major would make a... 

Sibanye-Stillwater makes battery metals entry
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman says the investment offers the opportunity for further geographic diversification in an attractive mining destination.

Albemarle bets on lithium turnaround in wave of green-car goals

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2021 Albemarle has earmarked almost all the proceeds from a $1.5-billion equity offering to expand its lithium capacity as the global battery boom gathers momentum. Already the world’s biggest lithium supplier, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company will allocate about 90%, or $1.35-billion, of... 

Albemarle bets on lithium turnaround in wave of green-car goals

Chile files arbitration suit against Albemarle over lithium royalties - newspaper

By: Reuters     22nd February 2021 Chile has launched an arbitration process against US-based miner Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, for allegedly underpaying royalties on its sales, the head of the state development office told a local newspaper on Sunday. Pablo Terrazas, head of Corfo which handles the lithium... 

These metals are soaring on a green frenzy and global recovery

By: Bloomberg     19th February 2021 Industrial metal prices are powering to the highest in years on bets an economic recovery from the pandemic and worldwide push for cleaner, greener energy will unleash vast amounts of pent-up demand. From base-metal bellwethers to essential inputs for batteries and home electronics, post-crisis... 

These metals are soaring on a green frenzy and global recovery

Pilbara narrows losses in first half

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has seen a 56.5% increase in revenue for the half-year ended December, and a 66.7% increase in profits. Pilbara on Friday reported a net loss after tax of A$21.1-million, narrowed from the net loss of A$63.3-million reported in the previous corresponding period, as... 

Lithium producer Albemarle expects recovery in sales as results top estimates

By: Reuters     18th February 2021 Lithium miner Albemarle reported a better-than-expected quarter on Wednesday after taking steps to cut costs to battle lower demand and said it sees higher volumes in the current year. After the coronavirus dented growth prospects last year, Albemarle and its peers like SQM are now expecting to... 

Infinity raises A$15m for Spanish lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2021 Lithium developer Infinity Lithium Corporation has received firm commitments for a A$15-million capital raise to advance its San Jóse lithium project, in Spain. “Infinity is very pleased to have received such strong support from new and existing investors as the company advances the San Jóse... 

Wesfarmers and SQM pull the trigger at Mt Holland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2021 Joint venture (JV) partners Wesfarmers and partner Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A (SQM) have taken a final investment decision on the Mt Holland lithium project, in Western Australia, and have committed to initial funding. ASX-listed Wesfarmers said on Wednesday that full funding would... 

Wesfarmers and SQM pull the trigger at Mt Holland
Wesfarmers MD Rob Scott

DuPont partners at Vulcan's lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th February 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy on Wednesday announced a collaboration with DuPont Water Solutions to test and scale up direct lithium extraction (DLE) for Vulcan’s Zero Carbon lithium extraction process. Vulcan told shareholders that the agreement with DuPont was in line with the company’s... 

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