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Lithium News

Lithium producer Albemarle to buy China's Tianyuan for $200m

By: Reuters     30th September 2021 Albemarle said on Thursday it would buy China-based Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials, a lithium converter, for about $200-million as the company looks to increase its lithium conversion capacity. Demand for battery-grade lithium compounds are expected to increase, especially in... 

Goulamina JV gets government backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2021 The Malian government has backed a joint venture transaction between ASX-listed Firefinch and lithium developer Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co over the Goulamina lithium project. The two companies earlier this year struck an agreement under which Ganfeng would make a $130-million cash investment in... 

Australian resource exports set for record heights

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2021 New data from the Office of the Chief Economist has predicted that Australia’s resources and energy exports will earn a record A$349-billion for 2021-22. This forecasted earning was up from the A$310-billion reported in 2020-21, and will be driven by a strong recovery for coal and despite lower... 

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Core makes FID at Finniss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2021 The board of ASX-listed Core Lithium has taken a final investment decision (FID) on the A$89-million Finniss project, in the Northern Territory. The Finniss project would be the first lithium mine for the Northern Territory. 

Sayona buys another mine in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2021 Lithium developer Sayona Mining has struck an $86.5-million deal to acquire a 60% interest in the Moblan lithium project, in Northern Québec, subject to financing. The ASX-listed Sayona on Thursday said that under an agreement with Lithium Royalty Corp (LRC), the company would acquire LRC’s... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

North Carolina county zoning changes to affect Piedmont lithium project

By: Reuters     29th September 2021 A North Carolina county on Tuesday added several mining-related standards to its zoning regulations, taking steps that directly affect a proposed Piedmont Lithium Inc mine that could eventually supply the ultralight battery mineral to Tesla Inc. The Gaston County Board of Commissioners... 

Geothermal lithium is greenest, says Sibanye-Stillwater’s Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Geothermal lithium is probably the greenest lithium in the world, says Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman, who told this year’s DigiMine event at his University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) alma mater that his company is looking to potentially extracting geothermal lithium. “It comes from quite... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

China's CATL expands overseas investment with Millennial Lithium deal

By: Reuters     29th September 2021 Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Limited (CATL) said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire Canada's Millennial Lithium, as it looks to shore up supply of key ingredients for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The deal is the battery maker's second upstream investment this... 

China's CATL expands overseas investment with Millennial Lithium deal

Expansion study at Manono starts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has started an expansion scenario study for its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study will investigate an increase throughput at Manono dense media separation (DMS) plant, up from the 4.5-million tonnes considered in the... 

Vulcan picks a spot in Germany

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources has secured a site for its planned lithium hydroxide plant, at the Höchst Chemical Park, outside of Frankfurt. “Securing a site for the central lithium plant (CLP) is an important step toward the execution of the Zero Carbon lithium project.... 

Lithium Power adds to Chile resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 SX-listed Lithium Power International has reported a 90% increase in the measured and indicated resource of its Maricunga Stage 1 lithium brine project, in Chile. The Stage 1 operation is now estimated to host some 1.9-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent, at an average grade of 953... 

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Canada's export credit agency keen on Kachi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2021 Canada’s Export Credit Agency (EDC) has issued lithium developer Lake Resources with a letter of interest to work alongside the UK Export Finance to potentially fund up to 70% of the finance required for the Kachi lithium brine project, in Argentina. “Having Canada’s direct sovereign lending... 

Govt establishes A$2bn critical minerals loan facility

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2021 The federal government will establish a A$2-billion loan facility for Australian critical minerals projects. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the fund would help fill finance gaps in critical minerals resources developments to get them off the ground and would help secure the vital supplies of... 

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Core awards work contracts at Finniss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2021 Lithium developer Core Lithium has awarded the engineering, design, and construction (EPC) contract for its Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory, to Primero Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASX-listed NRW Holdings. The contract is worth an estimated A$40-million, and execution... 

AVZ lands $240m for DRC lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2021 Shares in AVZ Minerals rose on Monday, as the ASX-listed company announced that it had secured $240-million from a Chinese investment entity to develop its lithium and tin project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The developer announced that CATH Energy Technologies (CATH), a private... 

Solar to power Argosy’s Argentina lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2021 A new solar facility immediately adjacent to the Rincon lithium project, in Argentina, will be able to connect directly to the project, powering the 10 000 t/y expansion operation, Argosy Minerals reported on Monday. The ASX-listed company stated that discussions with the Altiplano 200 solar... 

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Lake finds development partner for Kachi

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd September 2021 ASX-listed Lake Resources has struck a deal with US-based lithium extraction technology company Lilac Solutions to partner on technology and funding to develop the Kachi lithium brine project, in Argentina. Under the terms of the partnership earn-in, Lilac could earn a 25% equity stake in the... 

International Lithium sells Argentinian asset stake to Ganfeng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2021 International Lithium Corporation (ILC) has announced that it will sell the remaining 8.58% stake it has in Litio Miñera Argentina to Ganfeng Lithium. Litio Miñera Argentina owns the Mariana lithium salar project, in Argentina.  

Ganfeng Lithium weighs dropping pursuit of Millennial

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2021 China’s Ganfeng Lithium is unlikely to match a competing offer for Millennial Lithium, according to people familiar with the matter. The lithium producer is not keen to enter a bidding war for Vancouver-based Millennial, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is... 

Sibanye now largest shareholder of Keliber

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2021 JSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has become Finnish mining company Keliber Oy’s largest shareholder, with a 27% stake. Sibanye has concluded a second tranche of financing, by subscribing for 250 000 shares valued at €10-million, related to a €40-million bridge financing... 

Gates raises $1bn as corporate CEOs join race to scale clean tech

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2021 Bill Gates raised more than $1-billion in corporate funding for Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, drawing on BlackRock’s Larry Fink and Microsoft's Satya Nadella to rally support for some of the world’s most demanding clean-energy projects. BlackRock is making a five-year, $100-million grant from... 

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US miners decry mineral royalty plan floated in Congress

By: Reuters     17th September 2021 US mining companies are blasting proposals in Congress that would set royalties for copper, lithium and other minerals extracted from federal land, with executives saying the measures would hurt domestic production of the building blocks for solar panels, electric vehicles and other green... 

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Jindalee positive on McDermitt future

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 An initial scoping study into the McDermitt lithium project, in Oregon, has confirmed that the project could support a viable stand-alone lithium mining and processing operation. ASX-listed Jindalee Resources said on Thursday that the study had confirmed the potential to produce high quality... 

Vulcan completes first part of capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 ASX-listed Vulcan Energy has completed a A$200-million share placement to advance its Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany. The company earlier this week announced plans for a A$220-million capital raise, consisting of a A$200-million share placement to sophisticated, professional and... 

Top lithium producer Albemarle, union in Chile reach agreement, ending strike

By: Reuters     16th September 2021 Albemarle, the world's top lithium producer, said on Wednesday it had reached a labor contract deal with a union at its Atacama salt flat plant, ending a month-long strike that had inflamed tensions between workers and the company. The 135-member "Albemarle Salar" union, which comprises about... 

Sibanye-Stillwater buys half of ioneer’s Nevada project for $490m 

By: Mariaan Webb     16th September 2021 Johannesburg- and New York-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater is investing $490-million in a lithium-boron mining project in Nevada, US, as it steps up its presence in the battery materials supply chain. Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday announced that it would establish a joint venture (JV) with... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

China calls for better reporting of mineral reserves for energy security

By: Reuters     15th September 2021 China has asked local governments and major oil companies to conduct a thorough survey of their mineral reserves as it seeks to provide more "dynamic" updates on the country's mineral wealth for the sake of its energy and economic security. The Ministry of Natural Resources urged provinces,... 

Keliber enlarges ore reserves by 32%

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2021 Finland-based battery metal and chemical producer Keliber reports that its ore reserves estimate has been updated, as of August 31, increasing by 32% to 12.3-million tonnes of lithium from the previous estimate of 9.37-million tonnes. JSE- and NYSE-listed precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater... 

CATL said to be mystery bidder for Canada's Millennial Lithium

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2021 A bidding war is heating up for Canadian miner Millennial Lithium as Chinese firms compete to secure key elements needed for electric-vehicle batteries. Contemporary Amperex Technology, the world’s largest maker of EV batteries, is the mystery suitor behind a C$377-million offer for... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Union at Albemarle Atacama plant rejects new contract offer, strike continues

By: Reuters     14th September 2021 A Chilean union at Albemarle Corp, the world's top lithium producer, said on Monday it had rejected the company's latest labour contract offer, leaving workers to continue a walk off that has extended for more than a month. The 135-member "Albemarle Salar" union, which comprises about half the... 

Chile indigenous group asks regulators to suspend lithium miner SQM's permits

By: Reuters     14th September 2021 Indigenous communities living around Chile's Atacama salt flat have asked authorities to suspend lithium miner SQM's operating permits or sharply reduce its operations until it submits an environmental compliance plan acceptable to regulators, according to a filing viewed by Reuters. Chile's... 

Lithium firm Vulcan sets sights on A$220m raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources will raise A$200-million in an underwritten share placement to sophisticated, professional and institutional investors to support its goal of becoming the world’s first zero carbon lithium company. The ASX-listed company would also undertake a share... 

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Surge in electric vehicle sales power lithium prices as shortages loom

By: Reuters     13th September 2021 Lithium prices have jumped to their highest in more than three years thanks to an upsurge in electric vehicle sales, depleting stocks of the battery material in top consumer China. Targets to cut carbon emissions from China to the United States cannot be met without the rechargeable lithium-ion... 

Tianqi Lithium revives plans for Hong Kong listing

By: Reuters     13th September 2021 Tianqi Lithium's board of directors have unanimously approved a proposal to list shares in Hong Kong, the Chinese company said on Monday, reviving plans for a flotation it originally sought to make three years ago. One of the world's top producers of lithium chemicals for electric vehicle (EV)... 

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