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Lithium News

Bald Hill produces first concentrate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2018 The Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, in Western Australia, has produced its first lithium concentrate, following the commissioning of a new dense media separation (DMS) circuit. ASX-listed Tawana Resources on Wednesday reported that the DMS would be ramped up to full production over the... 

Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 Chile's government has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32% stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles. Chile development agency Corfo, which... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines
Ian Fraser

Chile says companies to invest $754m in lithium industry

By: Reuters     10th March 2018 Chile's development agency Corfo said on Friday that companies from China and South Korea, as well as Chile, had been approved to make investments of around $754-million in the red-hot lithium industry. The companies selected in a bidding process to develop technology focused on the lithium... 

MGX funds development of technology to extract lithium from spodumene

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Diversified resources company MGX Minerals has executed a letter of intent (LoI) with Orion Laboratories, in Tennessee, US, and Light Metals International (LMI), based in Vancouver, British Columbia, to jointly develop and commercialise a thermochemical process for extracting hard-rock lithium... 

Argentina Lithium adds a third lithium brine project to its portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Argentina Lithium & Energy Corporation is expanding its lithium project portfolio in Argentina’s Lithium Triangle by acquiring an additional 14 000 ha on the Salar de Antofalla, in Salta province.  

Argentina Lithium adds a third lithium brine project to its portfolio

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

AVZ finds offtake partner for DRC lithium project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2018 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology for potential investment in the company and offtake opportunities from the Manono lithium project, in southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tinci is the largest battery... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri’s presentation of results is covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photograph, Video & Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 6.03.2018

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     5th March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% in 2018, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year in... 

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

S&P's sees further improvement in most metal prices in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 Metals prices have benefited from the improved global economy and from a recently weaker US dollar, in which most commodities are valued, with the Standard & Poor's (S&P's) GSCI reaching a two-year high on January 26, aiding the uptick in global exploration, the research firm's 'World Exploration... 

S&P's sees further improvement in most metal prices in year ahead

Metallurgical tests confirm high-grade spodumene at Portugal project

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources on Monday reported that Phase 2 metallurgical test work at the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, has confirmed that conventional metallurgical processes will produce a spodumene concentrate. “Test work confirms high-grade spodumene mineralisation with a... 

Australian spodumene conversion facility to add much needed capacity to the market – WoodMac

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 Shenzen-based Tianqi Lithium’s construction of the 48 000 t/y Kwinana spodumene converter, in Australia, will add much needed spodumene conversion capacity to an expanding market, says Wood MacKenzie (WoodMac) managing consultant James Whiteside. The Kwinana converter will be the largest lithium... 

Siemens to enhance Magnis’ NY lithium-ion battery technology plant

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources, battery technology developer Charge CCCV and industrial equipment multinational Siemens have signed a letter of intent to enhance the lithium-ion manufacturing technology at the New York battery plant, in which Magnis has a shareholding, through digitisation and... 

Bacanora eyes midyear construction start at Sonora

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 Dual-listed lithium exploration and development company Bacanora Minerals on Friday said it was keen to start the construction of a 35 000 t/y mine and processing plant at its Sonora project, in Mexico, in the first half of this year, with a view to achieving first production in the first quarter... 

Atlas to export Pilgangoora lithium DSO to Sinosteel

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed Atlas Iron has signed an agreement with Sinosteel Australia for the export of lithium direct shipping ore (DSO) sourced from the Pilgangoora lithium project, which is owned by ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals. Atlas will sell up to 1.5-million tonnes of lithium DSO to Sinosteel over a... 

Lithium Australia secures A$18m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia (LIT) has secured an A$18.27-million convertible note facility from US institutional investor Arena Investors. "Lithium Australia has previously announced our intention to proceed with the large-scale Sileach pilot plant programme and to recommission the Very Small... 

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 With electric vehicle (EV) market growth to drive demand for lithium-ion batteries, as well as the materials used in their anodes and cathodes, soaring demand for numerous raw materials can be expected in the next ten years, says international metals and minerals researcher Roskill steel alloys... 

EV penetration rates to drive demand for numerous raw materials
FUTURE TRENDS Roskill delivered a presentation titled On the Road with Roskill on the side-lines of the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba

Dajin's Argentina JV hits high grades as the company readies for Nevada drilling

By: Henry Lazenby     28th February 2018 A surface sampling programme focused on an area of overlapping interest of the Salinas Grandes project, in Argentina – a joint venture (JV) property owned by Toronto-based LSC Lithium and Vancouver-based Dajin Resources – has extended the lithium footprint and confirmed the high-grade nature of... 

Dajin's Argentina JV hits high grades as the company readies for Nevada drilling

Lithium Australia buys lithium-ion cathode company

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has received acceptances for 99.7% of the Very Small Particle Company’s (VSPC’s) issued capital. VSPC is an advanced cathode production technology for lithium-ion batteries and can precisely control the particle size and chemistry of cathode powders, using patented... 

Savannah appoints Hatch for Mina do Barroso scoping study

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has appointed multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Hatch to conduct a scoping study of a potential mine development of the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal. The scoping study will investigate a potential mining and concentration plant development... 

Savannah appoints Hatch for Mina do Barroso scoping study

Zimbabwe says has potential to meet 20% of global lithium demand

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Zimbabwe aims to supply 10% of the world's lithium and could reach 20%, the mines minister from Africa's top producer of the alkali metal used in batteries for electric vehicles said on Wednesday. "We believe we have the potential to actually account for 20% of global demand when all known... 

Pilbara to fast-track Pilgangoora development as new investor comes to play

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2018 The multi-faceted agreement signed between South Korean steelmaker Posco and Australian lithium miner Pilbara Minerals this week would strengthen the latter's balance sheet, allowing it to accelerate Stage 2 and complete Stage 1 of its Pilgangoora project in Western Australia, the miner said on... 

Pilbara to fast-track Pilgangoora development as new investor comes to play
Pilbara CEO Ken Brinsden

Prospect exercises option on lithium project in north-eastern Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th February 2018 Australia-listed lithium company Prospect Resources has added to its lithium resource base in Zimbabwe by exercising an option to acquire the Good Days project, near Mutoka, north-eastern Zimbabwe. The 8km2 project contains numerous mineralised pegmatites, including historical workings for... 

Prospect starts small scale lithium carbonate production

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 ASX-listed Prospect Resources has started commissioning its battery grade lithium carbonate pilot plant in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. The laboratory complex in the Kwekwe area supports the laboratory scale and pilot scale production of lithium carbonate, with small scale production of battery grade higher... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment

By: Martin Creamer     27th February 2018 New South African Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has received a resounding welcome from the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and mining luminaries. The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has welcomed the appointment of Mantashe, 62, describing him... 

Resounding welcome for Gwede, who declines opportunity to comment
Photo by Duane Daws
Incoming Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Posco signs long-term deal to buy lithium from Australia's Pilbara

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 South Korean steelmaker Posco on Tuesday said it had agreed to buy up to 240 000 t/y of lithium concentrate from Australian miner Pilbara Minerals, using the commodity to help supply producers of electric vehicle batteries. As part of the deal, the Australian unit of Posco will acquire a 4.75%... 

Bass in final phase of Graphmada mine recommissioning

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2018 Industrial mineral concentrates producer Bass Metals has reached the final phase of its recommissioning works at the Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar. The company is aiming to have Graphmada fully operation by late March, with Stage 1 establishing Bass as one of the only two... 

Savannah triples Portugal lithium project resource estimate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2018 The inferred mineral resource estimate of the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal, has increased by 200%, project developer Savannah Resources said on Monday. The Aim-listed company reported an inferred mineral resource estimate of 9.1-million tonnes at 1.03% lithium oxide... 

Indian govt pushing for JVs to acquire overseas battery mineral assets

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd February 2018 The Indian government is considering pushing government-owned mining and mineral processing companies to form joint ventures (JV) to acquire strategic assets overseas. Senior official say that JVs will not only combine the mining expertise of these companies across various minerals, but also... 

The EV future is here and already boosting earnings for miners

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2018 The booming electric vehicle revolution is flowing through to the bottom line of a growing list of global miners, who are reaping higher profits from rising demand for battery raw materials. Orocobre reported Friday that net income rose 11% in the December half and forecast lithium prices to... 

The EV future is here and already boosting earnings for miners

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2018 Finland has ousted Saskatchewan as the top international jurisdiction for mining investment, Canada's Fraser Institute announced on Thursday. Canada's leading independent think-tank, the Fraser Institute, administers its Annual Survey of Mining Companies and ranks jurisdictions around the world... 

Finland takes top spot for mining-friendly investment

Eramet eyes expansion in electric vehicle metals

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Eramet CEO Christel Bories said on Tuesday that the French mining group is looking to expand in minerals like cobalt, lithium and nickel salts linked to energy transition markets like electric vehicles. Eramet is actively looking at acquisition targets after previously acquiring a lithium deposit... 

Eramet eyes expansion in electric vehicle metals

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2018 With stronger balance sheets across the mining and metals sector, miners are increasingly returning to an investment-led strategy, which is driving a renewed focus on building portfolios that deliver sustainable shareholder returns, says multinational consultancy Ernst & Young (EY). The focus... 

After 2017 consolidation, mining to pre-empt future metals demand – EY

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 The United States should boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers, the Interior Department said on Friday. Aluminium and potash are also on the draft list of 35 critical materials used in basic... 

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

Latin Resources secures lithium projects in San Luis, Argentina

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 ASX-listed mineral exploration company Latin Resources has secured 100% ownership of Condor lithium concessions in San Luis, Argentina, through the signing of a terms sheet with Kontrarian Resources Fund No 1. The concessions are in the vicinity of historic lithium mines. Smaller scale pegmatite... 

North America’s mining industry eyeing growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th February 2018 The North American mining sector is earmarked for growth this year, owing to rising commodity prices, despite challenges, which include rising environmental concerns over water use and water source contamination through mining operations, says advisory firm Deloitte Canada Americas mining leader... 

North America’s mining industry  eyeing growth
Photo by Bloomberg
PRICE HIKE BENEFITS Mining in North America is expected to grow because of an increase in the prices of commodities such as gold
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