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Lithium News

Bass looks at Argentinian project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2021 – Critical minerals developer Bass Metals has inked a binding term sheet to acquire Blackearth SA, which holds an option over the San Jorge lithium project, in Argentina. Under the terms of the agreement, Bass Metals would issue 150-million shares in consideration for Blackearth, on completion... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

By: Reuters     25th March 2021 Canada has tightened foreign investment rules to protect the security of critical mineral supply chains, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, ahead of an expected surge in demand for metals used to make electric vehicles. The move comes as the US government works with Canada to boost... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

Musk Metals buys Elon project in Quebec

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th March 2021 Exploration company Musk Metals has entered into an agreement to acquire the Elon lithium property, spanning 245 ha in the La Corne and Fiedmont townships of Quebec. The project is strategically located about 600 m north-east of the Lithium Amérique du Nord, project (formerly Mine Québec... 

Sayona's Canadian projects profit from capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2021 Lithium developer Sayona Mining has launched a A$20.4-million underwritten renounceable rights issue to support its bid for North American Lithium (NAL) and to progress key projects in Canada. The company on Thursday said that the one-for-six renounceable entitlement issue would be priced at... 

Mexico eyes bigger role in lithium industry, sees speculation in mining concessions

By: Reuters     25th March 2021 President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday the Mexican state is considering taking a bigger role in lithium production, arguing companies were using mining concessions for speculation rather than mining the metal. Speaking at a news conference alongside his Bolivian counterpart,... 

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce at a press briefing in Mexico City on Wednesday.
Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce at a press briefing in Mexico City on Wednesday.

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

Gwede Mantashe and Bernard Swanepoel
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Piedmont raises A$159m from US markets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont has completed an underwritten public offering of 1.75-million of its American depositary shares (ADSs) raising A$159-million. The company earlier this week flagged the US based capital raise to fund the development of its namesake project in North Carolina.  

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.
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Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Strike to spin-out lithium/graphite assets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2021 ASX-listed Strike Resources has announced plans to spin-out its lithium and graphite assets through listing its subsidiary Lithium Energy on the ASX. Lithium Energy, which will own a 90% interest in the Solaroz lithium project, in Argentina, and the Burke graphite project, in Queensland, is... 

Piedmont looks to US cash markets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has flagged a capital raise in the US to fund the development of its namesake project in North Carolina. The company on Tuesday announced in Australia that it would conduct a US public offering, subject to market and other conditions, of up to 1.5-million of its... 

First phase of financing completed between Keliber and Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2021 Finnish project developer Keliber on Friday announced that it had completed the first phase of a financing agreement with precious metals major Sibanye-Stillwater and that two of the South Africa-based company’s directors would join its board. Keliber said that Sibanye-Stillwater had subscribed... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development 

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 LSE-listed sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey and JSE- and NYSE-listed gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sibanye-Stillwater have formed a strategic partnership to secure critical metals and accelerate new battery technologies for a low-carbon future. The collaboration will... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development

US looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles - documents

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 The US government is working to help American miners and battery makers expand into Canada, part of a strategy to boost regional production of minerals used to make electric vehicles and counter Chinese dominance. On Thursday, the US Department of Commerce is hosting a closed-door virtual... 

US looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles - documents

Schlumberger New Energy plans lithium extraction plant in Nevada as EV demand rises

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 Oilfield services firm Schlumberger's New Energy division said on Thursday it would launch a lithium extraction plant in Nevada to cash in on the surging demand for the battery metal from electric vehicle makers and technology companies. The division has invested more than $15-million in direct... 

Former Tesla head of battery supply chain joins Vulcan board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 The former head of electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla’s battery supply chain, Annie Liu, has joined the board of lithium developer Vulcan Energy. Commenting on the appointment, chairperson Gavin Rezos said that Liu had a deep knowledge and understanding of battery supply chains and the lithium... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.
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Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Piedmont launches integrated DFS in US

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has launched a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for an integrated lithium hydroxide project in North Carolina. The company on Tuesday said that the DFS would incorporate work currently under way at Piedmont’s concentrate operations, with Metso Outotec joining... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Lithium miners are going to compete for new licences in Chile

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2021 Chile, the biggest supplier of lithium after Australia, has attracted interest from both established producers and smaller exploration companies to enter the country as it prepares to offer new licenses in a bid to grow output. The South American nation has been losing market share as new... 

Jindalee raises cash for US lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 ASX-listed Jindalee Resources will raise A$9-million through a share placement to fund resource growth and development studies at its McDermitt and Clayton North lithium projects, in the US, and to advance its gold and nickel projects in Western Australia. The company on Monday announced that it... 

Pilbara secures funding for Pilgangoora expansion

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has secured A$15-million to fund improvement works at its Pilgangoora operations, in Western Australia, to support increased Stage 1 production. The miner on Monday told shareholders that it had reached an agreement with offtake partner Yibin Tianyi Lithium... 

Two more projects granted Major Project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 The federal government has awarded Major Project status to the Finniss lithium project and the Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, both in the Northern Territory. ASX-listed Core Lithium’s Finniss lithium project will require an estimated pre-production capital investment of A$53.5-million... 

Premier granted exclusive prospecting order for Zimbabwe project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2021 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals has been granted an exclusive prospecting order (EPO) over an area that encompasses the Zulu lithium and tantalum claims in the Fort Rixon district of Zimbabwe for a period of three years. "I am deeply appreciative of the Zimbabwe Government for the granting of... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2021 Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has announced the release of a Canadian critical minerals list, signalling to investors where the country’s focus will be in the global race to shore up supply of minerals that will drive the transition towards a low-carbon future. The list, announced... 

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan

Sayona adds to Tansim acreage  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2021 ASX-listed Sayona Mining has increase the lithium acreage at its Tansim project, in Quebec, by 44%, with the acquisition of an additional 90 claims. The company on Thursday told shareholders that its Tansim project, some 82 km from the flagship Authier project, now included 275 claims spanning... 

Ontario seeks to capitalise on growing demand for critical minerals

By: Mariaan Webb     11th March 2021 The Ontario government is developing its first-ever critical minerals strategy to help generate investment, increase the province's competitiveness in the global market, and support its transition to a low-carbon economy. Announcing the initiative at the Prospectors and Developers Association’s... 

Ontario seeks to capitalise on growing demand for critical minerals

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 The factors of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), now more than ever, are critical to move away from fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency, a panel of experts concurred at a major Canadian mining conference on Tuesday. Speaking during the 2021 edition of the Prospectors and... 

E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin
E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin

AVZ signs second offtake agreement in DRC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has inked a second long-term offtake agreement with Chinese lithium converter Shenzhen Chengxin Lithium Group for spodumene concentrate from the Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chengxin has agreed to purchase up to 180 000 t/y of... 

Energy Secretary Granholm says US needs to produce more EV minerals

By: Reuters     10th March 2021 US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday said the United States needs to boost domestic production of the minerals used to make electric vehicles, so long as it is done sustainably. The United States has been trying to wean its automobile supply chain off of China and other countries... 

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Concentrator at RBPlat's BRPM mine for which 30 MW of solar power is being studied.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s record results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Lithium giant Albemarle slams Chile over 'unjust' withholding of Atacama study

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 Albemarle, the world’s top lithium producer, has accused a Chilean regulator of “unjust” discrimination for refusing to make public a key report on the impact of mining on the Atacama salt flat, according to court filings. US-based Albemarle in July last year asked to see the publicly funded... 

Rock and heavy metal: winners emerge in energy transition

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 Investors in metals and mineral extraction are poised to see their fortunes grow as the race to cut carbon emissions requires massive investment in commodities other than oil and gas. As world economies shift to more electrification and away from fossil fuels to reach net-zero carbon emissions by... 

Seafloor mining hopeful DeepGreen to merge with ESG-minded SPAC

By: Mariaan Webb     5th March 2021 DeepGreen, a Canadian developer of battery metals from seafloor polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean, has announced its planned listing through a merger with NYSE-listed Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corp (SOAC). SOAC is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), focused on ESG,... 

Seafloor mining hopeful DeepGreen to merge with ESG-minded SPAC
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