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China eyes $1tr of minerals with risky bet on Taliban

By: Bloomberg     25th August 2021 When the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the global economy looked a lot different: Tesla wasn’t a company, the iPhone didn’t exist and artificial intelligence was best known as a Steven Spielberg film. Now all three are at the cutting edge of a modern economy driven by advancements in high-tech... 

Billionaire Ponce to auction shares in lithium miner SQM

By: Reuters     25th August 2021 A Chilean company with a large stake in lithium miner SQM said on Tuesday it would auction 2.5-million B-series shares it holds in the firm, according to a filing with the country's financial regulator. The company, Pampa Calichera, controlled by influential SQM shareholder Julio Ponce, said the... 

Orocobre settles Galaxy buy, posts strong results

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2021 The merger between lithium miners Orocobre and Galaxy resources has been implemented, after all the necessary approvals were obtained. The two companies in April struck a merger of equals agreement to create the fifth largest global lithium chemicals company. 

An image showing a gathering pond at lithium operations in Argentina.

Lithium Power to raise A$12.4m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2021 Chile-focused lithium developer Lithium Power will raise A$12.4-million through a share placement to sophisticated and institutional investors. The ASX-listed company on Monday unveiled that it would place some 47.69-million shares, at a price of 26c each, with the offer price representing a... 

Sayone's SPP draws a crowd

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2021 Lithium developer Sayona Mining’s share purchase plan (SPP) has closed, more than 13 times oversubscribed. The ASX-listed company in July launched the SPP with the aim of raising A$5-million; however, said on Monday that applications for the SPP had reached A$68-million. 

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Kwinana produces first lithium hydroxide - IGO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2021 ASX-listed Independence Group (IGO) on Monday announced first lithium hydroxide chemical production from the Kwinana lithium lithium hydroxide refinery, in Western Australia. Commissioning of the first production train at Kwinana has progressed at pace over recent months with the commissioning... 

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IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

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IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chile's SQM sees Q2 earnings jump on higher lithium prices, demand

By: Reuters     20th August 2021 Chilean miner SQM, the world's No. 2 producer of lithium, said on Thursday its earnings jumped in the second quarter as demand for electric vehicles soared, boosting its sales volumes and the price for the coveted battery metal. The company reported second-quarter earnings of $89.8 million, or... 

US moves to secure critical minerals for EV supply chain

By: Darren Parker     20th August 2021 Modern civilisation was built on fossil fuels, with the invention and commercialisation of the internal combustion engine during the 1800s setting the stage for petroleum-based vehicles to be dominant worldwide for the next 150 years. Various oil majors continue to produce huge volumes of oil and... 

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Taliban's return clouds long-delayed plans for Afghanistan's resources

By: Reuters     19th August 2021 China is warily eyeing the resumption of some Afghan resource projects but it will take years before the infrastructure is ready while security issues threaten to once again stall projects, according to state media and industry sources. Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth - including large reserves... 

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Neometals to fast-track lithium-ion battery recycling

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th August 2021 ASX-listed Neometals and its joint venture (JV) partner SMS group GmbH have agreed to fast-track commercialisation of commercial lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycling operations. The JV vehicle Primobius intends to expand the current demonstration plant in Hilchenbach, Germany and build up... 

Clayton Valley lithium pilot plant gains federal approval

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2021 TSX-V-listed Pure Energy Minerals and partner Schlumberger New Energy have received federal approval for a pilot plant to be built and operated at its Clayton Valley lithium brine project, in Nevada. In March, technology group Schlumberger, which is the operator of the project, announced plans... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

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South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Premier to raise £1m for lithium project’s DFS

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2021 Premier African Minerals will raise £1-million, before expenses, through a share placement to help fund the ongoing definitive feasibility study (DFS) at the company’s Zimbabwe-based Zulu lithium project. CEO George Roach on August 17 said plans for a third rig and general work on the DFS were... 

EV makers eye bigger battery-metals role by inking mining deals

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) makers are pushing for an intermediary role in mining to secure supplies of key battery metals, according to the head of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. “We’ve had discussions on that and Tesla has definitely explored these options,” CEO Randy Smallwood said Friday in a phone... 

Wheaton Precious Metals CEO Randy Smallwood
Wheaton Precious Metals CEO Randy Smallwood

Improvement in spodumene pricing to benefit Premier’s Zimbabwe project

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2021 Diversified miner Premier African Minerals’ scoping study for its Zulu lithium project, in Zimbabwe, has found a significant increase in spodumene concentrate prices, which is set to benefit the miner as concentrate selling processes are projected to continue improving. Premier has already... 

Early production targeted at Goulamina

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2021 ASX-listed Firefinch has announced plans to bring forward production at the Goulamina lithium project, in Mali, having signed a suite of full form legal agreements to progress its joint venture (JV) with lithium developer Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. The two companies earlier this year struck an... 

Galaxy's merger with Orocobre becomes effective

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2021 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources will ease share trading on Monday as its merger with fellow-listed Orocobre becomes effective. The two companies in April struck a merger of equals agreement to create the fifth largest global lithium chemicals company. 

Li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage market for the foreseeable future  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2021 An acceleration in the use of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and climate change mitigation efforts, growing population numbers and higher electricity demand per capita are all major drivers of electricity market growth and, resultantly, energy storage. To this end, University of the... 

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Lithium-ion batteries

Galan sets A$50m raising target for Argentina projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th August 2021 ASX-listed Galan Lithium has completed a A$50-million institutional placement to accelerate work at its Hombre Muerto West (HMW), Candelas and Greenbushes South projects, in Argentina. The company will raise an initial A$29.8-million in a first tranche placement, issuing some 25.9-million... 

Labour woes spread from copper to lithium in one of top suppliers

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2021 Chile’s labour woes are spreading from copper to lithium, as members of a union at one of Albemarle’s sprawling brine-processing operations walked off the job. The 135 members of the Salar union began a strike Wednesday after failing to reach a wage agreement in collective bargaining with... 

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

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Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Core completes first part of capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2021 Lithium developer Core Lithium has completed it’s A$91-million capital raise announced earlier this month, as part of a larger capital raise. Core previously unveiled a A$106-million capital raise to fund the development of its Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, consisting of... 

Quebec lithium/tantalum mining project gets federal enviro nod

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2021 Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has approved the Rose lithium/tantalum mining project, in Quebec, but subject to 211 legally binding conditions with which the proponent – Critical Elements – must comply. These conditions include measures to protect fish and fish... 

European Lithium raises cash for DFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2021 Dual-listed European Lithium will raise A$6.5-million in a share placement to sophisticated and professional investors to finalise the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on its Wolfsberg lithium project, in Austria. The company on Tuesday said that the shares would be placed at a price of 6.25c... 

Core puts funding in place for Finniss development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2021 Australian lithium developer Core Lithium has unveiled a A$106-million capital raise initiative to fund the development of its Finniss project, in the Northern Territory, and has announced a A$34-million investment from lithium major Gangfeng Lithium. The ASX-listed Core on Monday said that it... 

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Top lithium miner sees inflation as speed bump in supply growth

By: Bloomberg     9th August 2021 Higher labour and supply costs will slow but not stop expansion in lithium mining, according to the chief of the world’s largest producer of the key ingredient in rechargeable batteries. Labor tightness in Western Australia has caused a three-month delay at Albemarle’s Kemerton II expansion. The... 

Vulcan to list in Europe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources will apply for a dual listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE). The ASX-listed company told shareholders that it would become the first Australian company to have a listing on the regulated market of the FSE the listing is complete. 

Gaston County puts temporary moratorium on new mines - Piedmont

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2021 Lithium developer Piedmont Lithium on Monday reported that the Gaston County Board of Commissioners, in North Carolina, had placed a 60-day moratorium on new approvals for mining and quarrying activities. Piedmont is in the midst of a definitive feasibility study for its proposed lithium... 

North Carolina county slaps moratorium on mining as Piedmont plans project

By: Reuters     7th August 2021 A North Carolina county imposed a 60-day mining moratorium on Friday, giving officials time to rework local regulations before Piedmont Lithium Inc applies for a necessary zoning variance. Commissioners in Gaston County, west of Charlotte, unanimously approved a resolution that says the company... 

North Carolina county slaps moratorium on mining as Piedmont plans project

Premier African Minerals completes conceptual mine plan for RHA mine

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2021 LSE-listed multi-commodity miner Premier African Minerals has completed a new underground conceptual mine plan for its RHA tungsten project, in Zimbabwe. The objective of the new conceptual mine plan is to assess the potential impact of returning RHA to production and assess whether RHA can... 

Galaxy shareholders approve Orocobre merger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th August 2021 The shareholders of ASX-listed Galaxy Resources have voted in favour of a proposed merger of dual listed lithium miner Orocobre. The two companies in April struck a merger of equals agreement to create the fifth largest global lithium chemicals company. 

Albemarle doesn't expect Biden's EV order to shift lithium demand

By: Reuters     5th August 2021 Albemarle said on Thursday that US President Joe Biden's executive order aiming for half of new vehicles sold by 2030 to be zero-emissions is already baked into automaker's plans and thus should not markedly change lithium demand. "Our view would be that's neutral," CEO Kent Masters told... 

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Biden set US goal of 50% clean cars as carmakers ask for help

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2021 President Joe Biden plans to call for half of all vehicles sold in the US to be emission free by the end of the decade, an ambitious goal that automakers say can only be achieved with a bigger government investment in charging stations and other infrastructure. Biden will be joined at the White... 

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US President Joe Biden

Kodal’s Bougouni mining licence in final stage of review

By: Donna Slater     4th August 2021 Lithium and gold explorer and developer Kodal Minerals reports that its mining licence application for the Bougouni project has now been forwarded from the Mali Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water, to the Secretary General’s office for final review prior to presentation at the Conseil des... 

Piedmont 'very optimistic' on North Carolina permit approval

By: Reuters     4th August 2021 Piedmont Lithium expects to receive state regulatory approval for its proposed North Carolina lithium project and have it fully funded by mid-2022, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Piedmont's project would be among the largest US lithium mines and a key domestic source of the white metal for... 

Piedmont 'very optimistic' on North Carolina permit approval

Essential raises exploration cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2021 Junior Essential Metals will raise A$5-million in a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund lithium exploration in Kalgoorlie. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday said that it would issue 40-million shares at a price of 12.5c each under its existing placement... 

Early start planned for Kathleen Valley lithium mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2021 Lithium developer Liontown Resources is working to bring its Kathleen Valley operation, in Western Australia, into production a year ahead of schedule. The 2020 scoping study estimated that the project would be in production by the first quarter of 2025, however Liontown MD and CEO Tony... 

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