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Lithium News

Lepidico's Namibian project proves positive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2020 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) by ASX-listed Lepidico into an integrated mine, concentrator and chemicals plant has proven the economics of the Phase 1 development of its Karibib lithium asset, in Namibia. The Phase 1 study is based on a modest-scale commercial plant processing a lithium... 

Core adds A$7m to Finniss kitty

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th May 2020 Lithium developer Core Lithium will raise A$7-million through a share placement and share purchase plan (SPP) to progress the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory. The ASX-listed company will raise an initial A$5.5-million through the placement of 129.8-million shares, at a price of... 

Lithium producers must wait as pandemic slows electric vehicle revolution

By: Reuters     26th May 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has paused the electric vehicle revolution, forcing producers of battery metal lithium into survival mode with output cuts, expansion delays and sales of major assets. Lithium industry shares have dropped sharply since January as the economic downturn from the pandemic... 

Piedmont's North Carolina plans unveiled

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2020 Studies by ASX-listed Piedmont Lithium has delivered a viable alternative source for lithium hydroxide based out of the US. Piedmont on Tuesday revealed that a prefeasibility study (PFS) into a proposed lithium hydroxide chemicals plant in Kings Mountain, in North Carolina, had proven the... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times
Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Clayton Valley study proves viability for Cypress to go ahead with pilot plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 TSX-V-listed Cypress Development has announced positive results from a prefeasibility study (PFS) of the company’s Clayton Valley lithium project, in Nevada, US. The study, prepared by Continental Metallurgical Services, envisions an average production rate of 15 000 t/d to produce 27 400 t/y... 

Clayton Valley study proves viability for Cypress to go ahead with pilot plant

Core Lithium nears official signing of second offtake agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 ASX-listed Core Lithium has signed a nonbinding agreement to supply its first European offtake partner, Transamine Trading. The term sheet of the agreement paves the way for a binding agreement later this year, which will see Core supplying 50 000 t/y of lithium concentrate for five years to... 

Core Lithium nears official signing of second offtake agreement

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 The mining industry has started to become a significant corporate buyer of renewable energy in regions where these technologies have become reliable and cost-competitive compared with fossil fuel-based electricity, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). These regions include... 

Mining becoming significant corporate buyer of renewable energy ­– ICMM
Wind turbines at Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine in Western Australia.

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 The newly gazetted guideline to prevent, mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic on mines is largely a restatement of what has already been adopted by the mining industry. Most of the requirements of the code of practice (COP) mandated in the gazette already form part of the standard operating... 

Gazetted Covid guideline restates much of what mining has already adopted
ENSafrica executive consultant Willem le Roux

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2020 Covid-19 prevention, mitigation and management programmes must be established at mines using the guideline gazetted by Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza on Tuesday. The gazette notice states that this guideline provides minimum requirements for the compilation of a code of practice to prevent... 

Covid prevention a must at mines – gazette
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Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza

ioneer moves forward with Rhyolite Ridge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th May 2020 Lithium developer ioneer has submitted an application for a class 2 air quality permit for its Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday said that the project would operate under the jurisdiction of the Nevada division of Environmental Protection, the... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2020 South Africa's guidelines for a mandatory Code of Practice (COP) to mitigate and manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the mining industry have been gazetted. Failure by employers to prepare and implement a mine's COP in line with the guidelines would constitute a criminal offence and a breach of the... 

Mandatory code of Covid mining practice gazetted
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Tianqi Lithium parent to sell 6% stake in struggling Chinese firm

By: Reuters     19th May 2020 China's Tianqi Lithium, one of the world's biggest lithium producers, said on Monday its controlling shareholder planned to sell around a sixth of its holding, which could raise more than $200-million in much-needed cash. Tianqi has admitted liquidity problems following a deep fall in prices for... 

Pitt urges more oil and gas development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th May 2020 Federal Resources, Water and Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt has called for continued investment in the Australian oil and gas sector, despite the price volatility. Speaking in Queensland, Pitt this week said that despite the recent, short-term global oil and gas prices volatility,... 

Pitt urges more oil and gas development

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2020 Twenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

World’s top mining companies committed to climate change solutions – ICMM
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler

ioneer advances Rhyolite Ridge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th May 2020 Lithium/boron developer ioneer has submitted its project plan for its Rhyolite Ridge project, in Nevada, to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The company told shareholders that a submission of the plan was a significant step towards project approval. 

Kodal’s Bougouni test work demonstrates overall recovery of up to 83%

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2020 Minerals exploration and development company Kodal Minerals has recorded encouraging initial test results of the bulk sample of pegmatite-hosted lithium mineralisation from the Bougouni lithium project in southern Mali. The test work was completed by Shandong Shengli Environment Protection... 

Carmakers urged to invest in mines to avoid battery metal pinch

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2020 Mine developers scrambling to fund projects to meet forecast demand for battery metals see the threat of looming supply crunches as a trigger for electric-vehicle makers to step in with investments. An already tough environment to raise project finance for the mines is being made worse by the... 

Albemarle says 'interested' in Tianqi's stake in Greenbushes lithium mine

By: Reuters     7th May 2020 Albemarle said on Thursday it was interested in buying all or part of Tianqi Lithium's controlling stake in Australia's Greenbushes, the world's largest lithium mine. Already the world's largest producer of lithium for electric vehicle batteries, Albemarle would cement its control over the... 

Albemarle says 'interested' in Tianqi's stake in Greenbushes lithium mine

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2020 A full bench has heard the application for a judicial review of certain aspects of the Mining Charter gazetted in September 2018. Judge President Mlambo, judges Vally and  Van Der Schyff reserved judgment on the application lodged by the Minerals Council South Africa on March 27, 2019, when the... 

Judgment reserved at Mining Charter review hearing
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Minerals Council South Africa building in central Johannesburg.

Albemarle pulls 2020 forecast, cuts budget due to coronavirus

By: Reuters     7th May 2020 Albemarle, the world's largest producer of lithium for electric vehicle batteries, cut its 2020 budget and pulled its annual forecast on Wednesday as sales drop amid the global spread of the coronavirus. The steps reflect the first concrete signs that the lithium industry is beginning to feel... 

Neometals launches downstream study in India

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th May 2020 ASX-listed Neometals has partnered with Indian company Manikaran Power to conduct a feasibility study (FS) evaluating a lithium hydroxide refinery in India. The FS would be based on a nominal capacity of 20 000 t/y of lithium hydroxide. 

AVZ welcomes new Chinese shareholder

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2020 Lithium developer AVZ Minerals will raise A$10.6-milliion through a share placement to China’s Yibin Tianyi Lithium Industry, which will take a 9% stake in the Australian firm. Under the placement agreement, Yibin Tianyi will subscribe for 237.5-million shares in AVZ, priced at 4.5c each. While... 

Another permit granted at Cinovec

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2020 The Czech Ministry of the Environment has granted a preliminary mining permit for the northwestern part of the Cinovec deposit, ASX-listed European Metals said. The permit, which has been issued for a period of eight years, is a necessary legal prequalification before obtaining a final mining... 

Argentina's Kachi lithium project to cost $544m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2020 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Kachi lithium brine project, in Argentina, has found that the project could support an annual production of 25 500 t/y of battery grade lithium carbonate over a mine life of 25 years. ASX-listed Lake Resources on Thursday said that the PFS estimated a... 

Rhyolite Ridge DFS puts it on the map - ioneer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2020 The Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada, would require a capital investment of some $785-million, a definitive feasibility study (DFS) has found. ASX-listed ioneer on Thursday told shareholders that the DFS placed Rhyolite Ridge as the single most attractive project for the... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work 

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2020 Morale is reportedly high as Covid-masked and physically distanced South African mineworkers get back to mining underground for companies that have gone the extra mile to ensure that they have been fully remunerated and host communities generously funded during the national lockdown. In a... 

Morale high as Covid-masked South African miners get back to work
Mineworkers with personal protective equipment.

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 Opencast mines are permitted to return in phases to 100% operation from May 1 but underground mines must continue at 50% of production capacity, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Saturday. Speaking during a media briefing covered by Mining Weekly on South Africa’s easing from the... 

Opencast mines may return to 100% of capacity from May 1 – Patel
Openast mines like this one may return to 100% production capacity.

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2020 The rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis learning curve is still too steep to conclusively define what a ‘best practice’ response looks like from the mining industry, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is facilitating a rapid exchange of information and knowledge to... 

Learning curve still too steep to define ‘best practice’ mining response
ICMM CEO Tom Butler

Lithium miner SQM warns plans could change as coronavirus hits demand

By: Reuters     24th April 2020 Chilean miner SQM said on Thursday the coronavirus outbreak had yet to hit its lithium output, but warned it might have to scale back plans for 2020 if a slump continues in demand for the coveted battery metal. The world´s No. 2 miner of lithium had planned to unleash at least $330-million in... 

Czech Republic lithium project now fully funded to construction

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 Shareholders in Australia- and UK-listed European Metals Holdings (EMH) have approved energy group CEZ’s investment in the Cinovec project, paving the way for the lithium and tin project, in Czech Republic, to be developed. CEZ will invest €29.1-million for a 51% equity interest in Geomet –... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Thursday issued a firm directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. Mining Weekly can report that the directive is issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1)... 

Firm directive to ensure safe mining resumption
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

Galaxy launches soft start

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2020 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources’ produced 14 306 t of lithium concentrate from its Mt Cattlin operation, in Western Australia, during the three months to March, as the company’s operational change to meet softening market demand, kicked off. Galaxy previously announced plans to cut back on... 

Orocobre sales and production fall

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd April 2020 Lithium miner Orocobre has reported a difficult quarter in the three months to March, with production down 11%, to 2 732 t at its Olaroz lithium facility, in Argentina. Orocobre on Wednesday noted that quarantine restrictions imposed by the Argentine government to combat the spread of Covid-19,... 

Masters takes top job at Albemarle

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2020 Following the retirement of specialty chemicals company Albemarle’s chairperson, president and CEO Luke Kissam, who had to leave owing to health reasons, the company on Monday appointed, with immediate effect, Kent Masters as new chairperson, president and CEO. Kissam will stay on through June... 

Masters takes top job at Albemarle
Kent Masters

Manono to cost $545m - AVZ

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2020 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Manono lithium/tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has estimated that it would produce around 700 000 t/y high grade lithium and 45 475 t/y of primary lithium sulphate over a 20-year mine life. ASX-listed AVZ Minerals told shareholders... 

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