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Lithium News

Private firm takes on Codelco for control of Chile lithium deposit

By: Reuters     9th May 2018 A foreign-backed miner has sued Chile to block State-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims, according to a lawsuit filed in March that will be carefully watched by potential investors being courted by the country's new government. The little-known and remote... 

Ardiden raises A$6m for Seymour Lake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th May 2018 Mineral explorer Ardiden has raised A$6-million through a share placement to advance its Seymour Lake lithium project, in Ontario. The share placement would be done in two tranches, with the first tranche consisting of more than 292.3-million shares, priced at 1.3c each to raise an initial... 

Wealth Minerals switching gears from project accumulation to exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 The largest holder of Chilean lithium brine assets Wealth Minerals expects to have a drill turning in the ground at its Trinity project before month-end, the company announced on Monday. The Vancouver-based company said transient electromagnetic surveys have identified highly conductive zones,... 

Zimbabwe miner looking at refinery upgrade for battery grade lithium

By: Reuters     7th May 2018 A Zimbabwean mining company is considering upgrading a local nickel refinery to produce battery grade lithium or alternatively build a new lithium carbonate plant at a cost of up to $150-million, its managing director said on Monday. Lithium is in demand globally as a battery metal needed for the... 

Zimbabwe miner looking at refinery upgrade for battery grade lithium

Kidman-SQM JV plans lithium refinery in WA’s Kwinana

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2018 Lithium developer Kidman Resources on Friday reported that its joint venture (JV) with Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile dentered into an exclusive option to lease land in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, as the location for a lithium refinery. The JV, known as... 

Brazil's Sigma Lithium to list in Toronto next week

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Sigma Lithium Resources is set to list in Toronto next week, company executives said on Wednesday, as the Brazil-based lithium mine developer eyes a wave of demand for the metal used in rechargeable batteries for iPhones and electric cars. Sigma fell short of raising up to a planned C$30-million... 

Bald Hill ships first concentrate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2018 The Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, in Western Australia, has completed its first shipment of spodumene concentrate. Project partners Tawana Resources and Alliance Minerals on Thursday reported that a shipment of 3 250 t of lithium concentrate was loaded at the Port of Esperance, and is now... 

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Metals supply constraints could slow battery electric vehicle (BEV) production rates in the near term, says ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service.  

Constrained metal supply could slow battery electric vehicle production rates – Moody’s

IronRidge secures new exploration licences in Côte d'Ivoire

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Four licences have been granted for Aim-listed IronRidge Resources’ Marahui, Vavoua South, Vavoua North and Adzope exploration areas within the Kineta and Vavoua gold and the Adzope lithium portfolios respectively, in Côte d'Ivoire. The granting of the Marahui licence, which is located within the... 

Mina do Barroso shaping up as 'major new European discovery'

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd May 2018 Shares in Aim-listed Savannah Resources jumped 15% on Wednesday as the company announced its second mineral resource upgrade in as many months for the Mina do Barroso lithium project, with the project now estimated to contain 149 300 t of lithium oxide (Li2O). The project, in northern Portugal,... 

Neometals launches FEED at Kalgoorlie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2018 ASX-listed Neometals has launched a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for its Kalgoorlie lithium hydroxide project, in Western Australia. The company told shareholders that Germany’s M+W Group has been appointed to conduct the FEED study, which is slated for completion by the end of... 

Renascor to raise up to A$8.5m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2018 Graphite developer Renascor Resources will raise A$6.5-million to fund its Siviour project, in South Australia, towards a decision to mine. The ASX-listed company will issue more than 240.7-million shares, at a price of 2.7c each to professional and sophisticated investors, over two tranches. 

Mineral Resources hunts for Wodgina partner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) was looking for a joint venture partner for its Wodgina lithium project, in Western Australia. The company said on Tuesday that it has started a process to sell up to 49% in the asset as part of an offtake and partnering process. 

Mineral Resources hunts for Wodgina partner

Altura's proposed expanded output proves positive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2018 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) on Stage 2 of the Pilgangoora lithium project, in Western Australia, has proved positive for project developer Altura Mining. The Stage 2 DFS duplicated the Stage 1 processing plant, increasing production to 440 000 t/y of 6% spodumene concentrate by early 2020. 

Galaxy eyes options at Sal de Vida

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th April 2018 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources on Monday confirmed the appointment of JP Morgan as its financial adviser to evaluate what it called ‘strategic options’ for its Sal de Vida project, in Argentina. The confirmation came following a media report that suggested Galaxy was looking to divest of a... 

Galaxy eyes options at Sal de Vida

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Budding energy metals producer MGX Minerals is looking forward to generating its first revenues later this year as the first commercial petrolithium extraction systems deploy to sites in Utah and Alberta. “It’s a liability until it becomes an asset,” president and CEO Jared Lazerson says of the... 

Lithium carbonate produced from oilfield brine using MGX's rapid recovery process
Photo by MGX Minerals
Lithium carbonate produced from oilfield brine using MGX's rapid recovery process

Birimian doubles Goulamina resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th April 2018 ASX-listed Birimian has doubled the mineral resource estimate at its Goulamina lithium project, in Mali. Following recent exploration success, Birimian has revised the mineral resource at Golamina to 65-million tonnes, grading 1.43% lithium oxide, for a contained lithium oxide content of 931 000... 

Bulk sample collection under way at Savannah’s Mina do Barroso

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Savannah Resources on Thursday announced that the collection of a bulk sample is under way at its NOA deposit, which is one of three primary target areas that are currently being advanced at the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal.  

Savannah Resources CEO David Archer
Savannah Resources CEO David Archer

Keliber applies for lithium mine enviro permit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th April 2018 Finnish mining company Keliber has submitted the environmental and water permit application for its proposed Syväjärvi lithium mine. The permit application to the Regional State Administrative Agency of Inner and Western Finland includes the ore and waste rock mining, stockpiling the waste rock,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

Raw material suppliers join Finland battery factory project

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2018 Five companies that can supply essential raw materials for an emerging battery industry in Finland have joined a cooperation network that aims to obtain international investment in the battery cluster. The cooperation network includes the cities of Vaasa and Kokkola, Freeport Cobalt, the... 

Raw material suppliers join Finland battery factory project

Bald Hill hauls first concentrate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th April 2018 The Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, in Western Australia, has hauled its first spodumene concentrate, one month after first concentrate was produced. Joint venture partners Tawana Resources and Alliance Mineral Assets on Tuesday reported that an initial shipment of 3 250 t of spodumene... 

Banchile auctions 1.5m shares in Chile's SQM, raises $76m

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 Brokerage firm Banchile on Friday auctioned 1.5-million series-A shares in Chile lithium miner SQM at a sale price of 30 000 pesos ($50.36) per share, raising a total of $76-million. SQM, which operates primarily in Chile's Salar de Atacama, is one of the world's largest and most cost-efficient... 

IronRidge secures additional exploration rights

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources’ joint venture (JV) with Joy Transporters over the Saltpond and Cape Coast projects, in Ghana, has been finalised.  

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

Bolivia nearing deal on partner to develop lithium – Minister

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Bolivia's energy minister said on Thursday the government would pick a partner to develop the country's ample lithium resource "in coming days" after narrowing the field of candidates to two firms from Russia and Germany. The South American nation hopes to sign a deal with a foreign partner after... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2018 Worldwide, the mining industry has been recovering from the slump that started in 2012. “After a challenging 2013/14 when the prices of commodities plummeted across the board, 2016 and 2017 have seen resurging prices of aluminium, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, palladium, and more modestly in gold,”... 

Latin America the leading region in new global wave of exploration

Drilling continues at Kodal’s Bougouni project

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals plans to continue reverse circulation drilling on its Mali-based Bougouni lithium project until the start of the rainy season in June/ July. "We are continuing with the major exploration and definition programme at Bougouni, with multiple key activities happening in... 

Chile's SQM says lithium industry needs at least $10bn investment over 10 yrs

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 The global lithium industry will need $10-billion to $12-billion of investment over the next decade to meet surging demand amid the electric vehicle boom, an executive of Chilean miner SQM said on Wednesday. Demand for the metal is set to grow by 600 000 t to 800 000 t of lithium carbonate... 

Lithium Australia recommissions VSPC plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th April 2018 ASX-listed Lithium Australia is recommissioning the cathode powder plant acquired through its recent takeover of technology company VSPC. The VSPC facility, which consists of a two- to four-tonne a year pilot plant, incorporates an integrated laboratory, coin-cell production facility and battery... 

IronRidge to start drilling at Ghana lithium deposit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Aim-listed IronRidge Resource has received the necessary approvals and earthworks have started for drill access and drill pads over its Ewoyaa pegmatite deposit, in Ghana.  

Nemaska secures $150m streaming deal with private lender Orion

By: Henry Lazenby     16th April 2018 Quebec-based lithium producer Nemaska Lithium has secured a $150-million streaming financing deal with private lender Orion Mine Finance Group. Under terms of the streaming deal, Orion will take 14.5% of the lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate produced at Shawinigan and that are sold to third... 

Force looks to consolidate DRC projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th April 2018 The share price of junior Force Commodities surged by nearly 5% on Monday as the company announced the consolidation of the Kitotolo lithium project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Force has signed a binding heads of agreement with Walni Mineral Company to acquire a 75% interest in the... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Savannah to incentivise senior management as it expedites mining projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has implemented a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) to incentivise executive directors and certain senior management as the company continues to expedite its projects to tap into the growing market for energy metals.  

W Africa exploration to benefit from global mining upturn

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 Global investor confidence in mining is slowly returning, but opinion is divided about whether mines will be able to maintain and grow production without relinquishing their cost discipline of the past few years, states the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). There has been... 

GLENN MULLAN
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada says the recovery of the global mining industry will have a knock-on effect in mining exploration and investments in West Africa
GLENN MULLAN The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada says the recovery of the global mining industry will have a knock-on effect in mining exploration and investments in West Africa

Latitude takes stake in Zim project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th April 2018 Junior explorer Latitude Consolidated has moved to acquire a 70% interest in the Mbeta lithium project, in Zimbabwe. Under the terms of the agreement, Latitude will pay the owner of the project $50 000 in cash on the signing of an agreement, as a non-refundable deposit. A further $50 000 will be... 

LG Chem cobalt deal sets tone for battery cathode market

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new deal by Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem and China’s Huayou Cobalt is expected to set the tone for the lithium-ion battery cathode market. The two partners have announced a significant deal worth about $440-million to build a 40 000 t/y lithium-ion battery precursor materials plant and a... 

LG Chem cobalt deal sets tone for battery cathode market
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