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Lithium News

Argosy readies for first shipment, looks for funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th March 2020 ASX-listed Argosy Minerals is poised to deliver its maiden lithium carbonate product from its industrial scale pilot plant to customer Mitsubishi Corporation in Japan, marking the junior’s first foray into becoming a lithium carbonate exporter. The maiden shipment consists of five tonnes of high... 

Lithium miner SQM warns of further slide in prices in 2020, impact of coronavirus

By: Reuters     3rd March 2020 Chilean miner SQM, the world's No. 2 lithium producer, saw profits tumble in the last quarter of 2019 and warned that early 2020 sales in China, a key market for the battery metals used in electric vehicles, could be hit by impact of the coronavirus. The lithium giant is the latest miner to... 

Small miners hungry for fresh capital despite rampant EV enthusiasm

By: Reuters     1st March 2020 Small miners hoping to take advantage of demand for battery metals are struggling to convert electric vehicle aficionados into investors, compounding the sector’s funding constraints even as analysts predict a long-term shortage of the raw materials used to make EVs. The predicament has made it... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology key to achieving green economy – Plug Power 

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2020 The only way to achieve a ‘green’ economy, fight climate change and prevent the destruction that the world has seen in recent years is to ensure that conversations turn to the adoption of the hydrogen economy and interest in fuel cell deployment lives beyond the initial hype. That is the view of... 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology key to achieving green economy – Plug Power
Andy Marsh

Kodal progresses mining licence application for Mali project

By: Simone Liedtke     24th February 2020 Mineral explorer and developer Kodal Minerals is making quick progress in its mining license application for the Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali. Following the first technical meeting with the Direction Nationale de la Géologie et des Mines (DNGM) to review the application, the DNGM... 

Sayona places a bid for Canadian NAL

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th February 2020 Emerging lithium hopeful Sayona Mining has submitted its bid for North American Lithium (NAL), in Quebec. NAL in 2018 produced 114 000 t of spodumene against a nameplate capacity of 180 000 t. The operation also has the potential to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate with the necessary... 

Impairment strikes Galaxy profit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2020 ASX-listed lithium miner Galaxy Resources has seen revenues halved during the year ended December, while the miner swung to a loss. Revenue for the year ended December reached $69.5-million, down from the $153.9-million reported in the previous financial year, as Galaxy reported a loss after tax... 

Impairment strikes Galaxy profit

Orocobre swings to red in H1

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2020 Lithium miner Orocbre has swung into a loss during the half year ended December, as lithium prices tumbled. The ASX- and TSX-listed company in Friday reported a net loss of $18.9-million for the interim period ending December, compared with a net profit of $24-million in the previous... 

Vulcan's Zero Carbon idea confirmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2020 A scoping study into the Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany, has demonstrated the potential for a combined operation producing lithium hydroxide and renewable energy, with a net zero carbon footprint, ASX-listed Vulcan Energy said on Friday. The scoping study considered the staged... 

Bourassa quits as Nemaska CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     20th February 2020 Embattled lithium development company Nemaska Lithium on Thursday announced that Guy Bourassa would step down. He would leave the management and vacate his seat on the board with immediate effect. “Given the restructuring the corporation is undergoing and the current market conditions, we... 

Bourassa quits as Nemaska CEO
Guy Bourassa

Albemarle expects 2020 profit drop as lithium prices sag

By: Reuters     20th February 2020 Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday and forecast a double-digit drop in 2020 earnings on weak prices for the battery metal. Lithium companies in the past year have been producing more than automakers currently need,... 

Bill Gates-led fund invests in making lithium mining more sustainable

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2020 Breakthrough Energy Ventures, helmed by Bill Gates, and MIT’s The Engine fund are leading an investment round of $20-million for Lilac Solutions, a US startup aimed at making the extraction of lithium less water-intensive and more sustainable. As the world looks to cut carbon emissions, people... 

France's Eramet freezes lithium mine project in Argentina

By: Reuters     19th February 2020 Eramet has postponed an Argentine lithium mine project aimed at shifting the group's focus towards electric vehicle minerals, it said, citing economic and regulatory uncertainty in the debt-stricken South American country. The French company had been due to make a final investment decision on... 

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2020 The next big disruptive technology will be hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is platinum rich, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Speaking ahead of half-year results of a 44% increase in revenue to R73-billion and a R432-million profit for 2019, Froneman stated that this... 

Hydrogen fuel cells the next big disruptive technology – Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Donna Slater.

Orocobre buys Canadian JV partner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th February 2020 Dual listed lithium miner Orocobre has inked a definitive agreement to acquire TSX-V listed Advantage Lithium Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Advantage shareholders will receive 0.142 Orocobre shares for every one Advantage share held, valuing the takeover target’s shares at 42c each,... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve 

By: Martin Creamer     18th February 2020 Climate-friendly energy transition metals, copper, cobalt and nickel, stole the limelight during Glencore’s presentation of 2019 results on Tuesday, when the company revealed that it would be depleting its coal reserves in line with the global move towards a low-carbon economy. Presenting... 

Climate-friendly copper, cobalt, nickel steal limelight as Glencore depletes coal reserve
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Portuguese communities lock horns with lithium miners to save their land

By: Reuters     14th February 2020 The lush, green hills where Paulo Pires has for years brought sheep to graze above his picturesque Portuguese village may soon be transformed by the race to power electric vehicles. Signs of change already give him sleepless nights. Hundreds of drill holes across the countryside show where... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Amid growing demand for critical minerals globally on the back of increased production of the technologies needed to realise a low-carbon future, North America’s policies and regulations are said to be hindering exploration and depleting its project pipeline. This is the most minerals-intensive... 

Call made for accelerated exploration to build critical-minerals pipeline

US-Canada critical metals focus could aid Nico

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 The Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is among several advanced critical minerals projects in the country that could be fast-tracked to production stage with some government assistance, says developer Fortune Minerals. 

US-Canada critical metals focus could aid Nico
PROJECT OVERVIEW Fortune Minerals is working on increasing grade and gold contribution from its Nico deposit and reducing the capital costs of production facilities

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks

By: Tracy Hancock     14th February 2020 Mineral exploration and mining’s role in the global shift towards a low carbon future could dominate discussions at this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, PDAC executive director Lisa McDonald tells Mining Weekly. “To meet demand for electric vehicle... 

Low carbon future to dictate PDAC 2020 talks
CRITICAL GATHERING Popular topics that should continue to attract high attendance at the PDAC Convention are diversity and inclusion, sustainability, capital markets and Indigenous affairs

Investors from five countries eye Mexico's nascent lithium market

By: Reuters     13th February 2020 Investors from at least five countries have expressed interest in Mexico's nascent lithium extraction and production industry, said Francisco Quiroga, the undersecretary for mining, after a promising find in the north of the country. The find is still in the exploration phase. If initial... 

Germany's Volkswagen and Daimler push for more 'sustainable' Chile lithium

By: Reuters     12th February 2020 German automakers Volkswagen and Daimler have launched a study to push for more “sustainable” lithium mining in Chile, according to lobbyist filings reviewed by Reuters, a sign of growing supply chain concerns ahead of an expected electric vehicle boom. Chile’s Atacama salt flat is by far the... 

Manono DFS 95% complete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2020 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals says the definitive feasibility study (DFS) into its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is 95% complete, with the results to be released by March 31. It adds that transport studies to select the most suitable and cost effective method... 

Gangfeng takes controlling share in Argentina JV with Lithium Americas

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th February 2020 TSX- and NYSE-listed Lithium Americas Corporation (LAC) has entered into definitive agreements with Ganfeng Lithium which will alter the ownership structure of its joint venture (JV) company Minera Exar. Minera Exar owns 100% of the Caucharí-Olaroz lithium project, which is currently being... 

Maricunga gets enviro approval from Chilean authorities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2020 The Chilean government’s Central Environmental Committee has voted to approve the Maricunga lithium project, in the Atacama region. ASX-listed Lithium Power International on Wednesday said that its joint venture company Minera Salar Blanco had received environmental approval, allowing for the... 

Plateau PEA confirms Peru-based project economics

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 TSX-V-listed Plateau Energy Metals this week shared its Falchani project preliminary economic assessment (PEA), which finds that the project can become a large, long-life producer of low cost and battery-grade lithium carbonate (Li2CO3). The PEA envisions an average production capacity of about... 

Hawkstone makes debut gold project purchase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2020 Australian junior Hawkstone Mining, which owns the Big Sandy lithium project in the US, is diversifying its portfolio with the addition of a gold project in Idaho, as weakness in the lithium market continues. The company on Monday announced that it had agreed to acquire the Lone Pine gold... 

China lithium giant faces debt mountain after deal at cycle top

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2020 After borrowing billions to fund an overseas expansion to ride a lithium boom, a collapse in prices has left one of the world’s top producers straining under a mountain of debt. Valued at more than $6-billion, Tianqi Lithium’s predicament highlights the risks of boom-and-bust cycles in commodity... 

As lithium in Nevada gains attention, Spearmint plans to get back in

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2020 Canadian junior explorer Spearmint Resources is planning to resume exploration operations at its Clayton Valley lithium prospect, as interest in lithium in Nevada picks up. Company president James Nelson says there has been a “distinct positive feeling” surrounding lithium and especially lithium... 

As lithium in Nevada gains attention, Spearmint plans to get back in

Orocobre's revenue falls on lower lithium prices

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2020 Dual-listed lithium miner Orocobre has reported a 44% drop in revenue for the December quarter as lithium prices tumbled. Lithium production during the December quarter reached 3 586 t, up slightly from the 3 093 t in the previous quarter, and down 5% on the previous corresponding period. 

Nemaska sale and investor solicitation process to get under way

By: Mariaan Webb     30th January 2020 The sale and investor solicitation process for Canada’s Nemaska Lithium will get under way in late February, with a target of closing a transaction in mid-August, the company announced on Wednesday. Nemaska is restructuring under the supervision of the Superior Court of Quebec and... 

Nemaska sale and investor solicitation process to get under way
Whabouchi

Pilbara sets cost guidance for Pilgangoora lithium expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2020 Early work on the phased expansion of ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium project, in Western Australia, has estimated that the Stage 2 expansion would cost between A$200-million and A$250-million. The Stage 2 expansion will see an additional three-million tonne a year processing... 

Kodal, Mali Lithium agree to share some infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2020 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASX-listed Mali Lithium, which is developing the Goulaminia project adjacent to Kodal’s Bouguni project, in Mali. The MoU encompasses general cooperation and the investigation of synergies in the development of the... 

Kodal, Mali Lithium agree to share some infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
Lithium ore stockpile

Albemarle becomes a 'dividend aristocrat'

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2020 US-based Albemarle will be named to the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. The Index measures the performance of S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends every year for the last 25 consecutive years. On February 26, 2019, the company declared a dividend increase of 10% and paid the... 

Amplats earnings set to soar despite power outages 

By: Martin Creamer     28th January 2020 The shareholders of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) have been advised that the earnings of the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company for the 12 months to end December are poised to soar sky high, despite the setback of Eskom’s power outages. The big expected earnings increases have been... 

Amplats earnings set to soar despite power outages
Photo by Creamer Media
Chris Griffith

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2020 Following a year characterised largely by disappointing performances from the electric vehicle (EV) and consumer electronics sectors, better days are ahead for battery market participants, with key markets for electric cars set to start growing again. This is according to consultancy firm Wood... 

Key EV markets to start growing again – WoodMac

Nemaska retains only about 30 employees

By: Mariaan Webb     28th January 2020 Embattled project developer Nemaska Lithium has announced a further reduction of its workforce as a restructuring continues under creditor protection entered into last month. The company on Monday announced that another 29 people would be laid off, leaving the organisation with little over 30... 

Feasibility study demonstrates robustness of Kodal’s Bougouni

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2020 A feasibility study into mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals’ Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali, has demonstrated robust economics for the development of the project, the company reported on Monday. The company completed the study as part of its mining licence... 

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