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Lithium News

Chile lawmakers ask courts to stop bidding on lithium mining contracts

By: Reuters     5th January 2022 Chilean lawmakers went to court on Tuesday to stop the outgoing government from taking bids for lithium mining contracts, with SQM and Albemarle , the world's two largest producers of the ultra-light battery metal, in the running. Lawmakers from the center-left opposition party PPD asked the... 

British Lithium produces first carbonate from pilot plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th January 2022 UK-based British Lithium has produced its first batch of lithium from a pilot plant near Roche, Cornwall. The pilot plant took seven months build and uses patented technology in a sustainable production process. About four years of research and development went into the pilot plant design. 

Vision Lithium starts maiden Cadillac drilling after successful channel sampling campaign

By: Donna Slater     4th January 2022 TSX-V-listed lithium and copper junior explorer Vision Lithium has started its maiden drilling programme on the newly acquired Cadillac lithium property, 10 km south of the mining town of Cadillac, in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada. This follows the successful channel sampling campaign,... 

Australian exports flourish as project pipeline grows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are forecast to reach A$379-billion in 2021–22 as demand for coal and gas surges in the face of a global energy shortage, the December edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly (REQ) found. The 2021-22 prediction was up from the A$310-billion... 

Lithium market to remain constrained, Fitch Solutions forecasts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th January 2022 Despite strong production growth in the years to come, Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research expects the global lithium market to remain tight in the coming years as the green transition accelerates, boosting demand for batteries spanning from electric vehicles (EVs) to utility-scale... 

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Technological advancement in the battery space pose upside risks to lithium demand

Firefinch pulls the trigger at Goulamina

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 ASX-listed Firefinch has announced a positive final investment decision (FID) for its Goulamina lithium project, in Mali. An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS), completed in December of last year, estimated that the project would require an initial $225-million investment for the Stage... 

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Rio invests in Argentinian lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 Diversified giant Rio Tinto in December struck a $825-million deal to acquire the Rincon lithium project in Argentina from Rincon Mining. Rio said in December that the acquisition demonstrated the company’s commitment to build its battery materials business and strengthen its portfolio for the... 

Keliber secures €7m grant for sustainable solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd January 2022 Finnish investor Business Finland has granted mining and battery chemical company Keliber Technology Oy investment funding of €7-million.  The funds are intended for the acquisition of technology that significantly improves environmental protection in lithium hydroxide production and also enables... 

Sunstone to sell Finland lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     16th December 2021 ASX-listed Sunstone has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Finland lithium project, including the Kietyönmäki lithium occurrence, to CSE-listed United Lithium. This follows a letter of intent that was signed in May. 

The Black Forest holds a secret to making electric cars greener

By: Bloomberg     16th December 2021 In the valley alongside Germany’s Black Forest lies a potential solution to one of the most vexing issues facing Europe’s transition to sustainable transport. Some two miles underground is enough lithium for at least one-million electric vehicles a year, and one miner says it can tap those... 

IGO to buy Western Areas for A$1.1bn in EV battery push

By: Reuters     16th December 2021 Australian nickel and lithium miner IGO will acquire nickel producer Western Areas in an all-cash deal valued at A$1.10-billion ($785-million), the companies said on Thursday. The deal follows IGO's $1.4-billion acquisition of a stake in Tianqi Lithium's Australian assets in June, as the company... 

IGO to buy Western Areas for A$1.1bn in EV battery push

More firms in lithium supply chain join industry association

By: Reuters     15th December 2021 Twelve more companies in the lithium supply chain including Rio Tinto, BASF and Sibanye Stillwater have joined a global trade association for the material used to make batteries for electric vehicles. They, alongside others such as Savannah Resources, SVOLT Energy Technology, Sichuan Calciner... 

Piedmont's Carolina project sets the bar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2021 The bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Carolina lithium project, in the US, has confirmed that it could be one of the world’s largest and lowest cost producers of lithium hydroxide. ASX and NASDAQ-listed Piedmont Lithium on Wednesday reported that over its 30-year mine life, the Carolina... 

Premier to raise £800 000 for ongoing DFS at Zulu project

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2021 London-listed Premier African Minerals will raise £800 000 before expenses through a share placement at an issue price of 0.16p a share for the ongoing definitive feasibility study (DFS) at its Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe. CEO George Roach confirmed that the DFS was progressing... 

Sibanye appoints Keliber chairperson as chief regional officer for Europe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2021 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has appointed Finnish mining company Keliber's executive chairperson Mika Seitovirta as its chief regional officer for Europe. This is in line with the group’s growth strategy in battery and green metals, focused predominantly on the... 

Northvolt venture plans €700m lithium-conversion plant in Portugal

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2021 Portuguese oil company Galp and Swedish battery maker Northvolt announced on Tuesday a joint venture to invest €700-million to build a lithium ore processing plant in Portugal, which should start operating by the end of 2025. The companies said in a statement the plant, with an initial annual... 

Sigma Lithium upsizes placement by 42%

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2021 Canada-headquartered Sigma Lithium on Tuesday upsized its previously announced private placement by 42% to C$85-million, citing strong global investor interest. The company, which is building the Grota do Cirilo project in Brazil, would now issue about 7.23-million shares, compared with the... 

Zinnwald Lithium to raise cash for German project

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2021 Aim-quoted developer Zinnwald Lithium on Tuesday announced it would seek to raise £4-million in an equity fundraising to advance its namesake project in Germany. The proceed would be used for a value optimised bankable feasibility study for lithium hydroxide and to explore the potential to... 

Arcadia economics refined in new study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 The direct optimised feasibility study (OFS) into the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe, has confirmed the project’s technical viability under a single-staged development pathway to 2.4-million tonnes a year. ASX-listed Prospect Resources on Tuesday told shareholders that the direct OFS had... 

Mineral Resources to hunt for lithium at Norseman

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 Junior Pantoro and its Norseman gold project joint venture (JV) partner Tulla Resources have struck an agreement with ASX-listed Mineral Resources to hunt for lithium on the gold project tenements. Mineral Resources would complete a minimum A$500 000 spend within the first six months of the... 

Sigma Lithium to raise C$60m for Brazil project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th December 2021 Canada-headquartered Sigma Lithium would seek to raise C$60-million in a private placement of common shares to advance the construction and development of its Grota do Cirilo project, in Brazil. Sigma would place 5 106 383 common shares at C$11.75 each, the TSX-V-listed company reported on... 

DRC lithium sector faces potential supply chain risks – report

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2021 A new investigation into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) nascent, but globally significant, lithium sector sounds the alarm on a swathe of potential supply chain risks, with Global Witness’ report raising key questions about how future production and its environmental impacts will be... 

Top Round to produce nearly half of minerals on new US critical minerals list

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2021 The Round Top heavy rare earth and lithium mine, in Texas, is set to be an important asset for supply chains essential to the US economy, developer USA Rare Earths said on Friday, noting that the mine would produce nearly half of the minerals on the new US government critical minerals list.... 

Firefinch raises A$100m for African gold plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th December 2021 Gold miner and lithium developer Firefinch has completed a A$100-million institutional share placement, allowing the company to fast-track production growth at its Morila gold mine, in Mali. The company on Monday said that it would place 149.3-million shares, at a price of 67 each, to new and... 

Miners face talent crunch as electric vehicles charge up metals demand

By: Reuters     10th December 2021 University of Kentucky undergraduate Jonathan Little is among the legions of students around the world that the mining industry cannot afford to lose, but already has. Little, 20, considered a career in mining, but chose instead to study a branch of engineering that will likely have him designing... 

Vulcan to become renewable energy producer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources has struck a €31.5-million deal to acquire an operational geothermal renewable energy power plant in the Upper Rhine Valley at Insheim, in Germany. The ASX-listed Vulcan on Friday announced that it would acquire all of the shares in the owner of the... 

AVZ raises A$75m for DRC lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2021 ASX-listed AVZ Minerals has completed a A$75-million share placement to sophisticated investors, allowing the company to start early site works at its Manono lithium project, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ahead of the award of a mining license. The placement comprised... 

South Africa urged to move quickly to capitalise on battery storage value chain opportunities 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2021 An ongoing study funded by the World Bank under the guiding leadership of mineral research organisation Mintek has found that there are considerable opportunities for South Africa in the battery storage value chain. The country, however, needs to move quickly to capitalise on these opportunities... 

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Leading mining companies commit to contract transparency 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2021 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) on Thursday announced their commitment to disclose all mineral development contracts from the start of January this year, wherever they operate, marking a significant step by about a third of the global mining and metals industry to... 

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Just transition energy projects needed now – Shell Foundation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2021 Real projects on the ground, that can transition developing countries to renewable solutions justly, are what is needed now, along with the correct use of blended finance to create sustainable entrepreneurship as asset bases are repurposed, a global webinar has heard. Without a just energy... 

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Shell Foundation chairperson Gail Klintworth

Sigma starts building Brazil lithium plant, may double capacity

By: Mariaan Webb     8th December 2021 Canada-headquartered Sigma Lithium has kicked off construction of the production plant at Grota do Cirilo, which is said to be the largest hard rock lithium spodumene deposit in the Americas. The company started building the foundation and infrastructure installation of its greentech dense media... 

WoodMac predicts lithium-ion battery recycling to lag

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2021 Data from advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) has predicted that lithium-ion battery recycling was not expected to take off before 2030. WoodMac is predicting that electric vehicle (EV) penetration would reach 23% by 2030, and that by 2040, 89% of lithium-ion battery demand will come from... 

Specify energy transition action now, the money’s there for it, UN climate envoy urges  

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2021 The energy transition is woefully under specified, the United Nations special envoy on climate change action and finance Mark Carney told a global webinar, in which he described the specifying of energy transition action as being “a matter of urgency”. Such specification, the webinar heard,... 

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Exploration debate highlights Nema challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2021 The withdrawal of a portion of the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) has created a major challenge for mineral exploration in South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) co-sponsored exploration webinar heard on Thursday. Taking part in the panel discussion under... 

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As Freeport converts mining trucks to green power, costs unclear

By: Reuters     3rd December 2021 Copper mining giant Freeport-McMoRan is converting its fleet of diesel trucks and other machinery to electric or hydrogen power, a transition required to fight climate change even though the costs are not yet known, CEO Richard Adkerson said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. The... 

Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, use hydrogen to cut diesel – Cutifani   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2021 Use renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen, and then use the hydrogen that has been created to replace diesel. Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani proposed this climate blueprint while also outlining his London- and Johannesburg-listed mining company’s entry into crop nutrients that can free up... 

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Jadar forms lithium partnership with Yahua

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2021 Perth-based Jadar Resources has struck a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Yahua International Investment and Development Co to potentially jointly acquire and develop lithium projects. Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies hope to reach a partnership agreement within the... 

Chile election favourite talks up state lithium firm, slams 'error' of privatisation

By: Reuters     2nd December 2021 Chilean leftist presidential candidate Gabriel Boric, the front-runner in surveys ahead of a December 19 run-off vote, talked up his plans for a state lithium firm on Wednesday and slammed the Andean country's "historic error" of privatising its resources. Chile, which sits on South America's... 

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