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Lithium News

Walkabout executes lithium exploration MoU in Namibia

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2018 ASX-listed Walkabout Resources has executed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a local Namibian company for a staged earn-in to an exclusive prospecting licence that will expand the company’s current lithium exploration ground in that country. Walkabout, through its Namibian entity... 

Rio is said to drop chase for $5bn lithium miner stake

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2018 Rio Tinto Group has dropped out of the bidding for a stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, one of the world’s top lithium producers, as it pursues other ways to capitalise on the electric-car boom, people familiar with the matter said. Rio decided not to proceed with an offer for Nutrien’s... 

Lithium at depth in Namibia – Montero 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2018 Significant concentrations of lithium mineralisation have been established in Namibia, where Montero Mining and Exploration has completed assaying historical drilling results.  The Toronto Venture Exchange-listed company announced on Wednesday that lithium-bearing mineralisation, found to be... 

Montero CEO Dr Tony Harwood
Photo by Duane Daws
Montero CEO Dr Tony Harwood

Bacanora expands Zinnwald potential with licence for previously mined deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     10th January 2018 Lithium developer Bacanora has been granted an exploration licence of the previously mined Falkenhaim lithium deposit, in Saxony, Germany. The licence is about 5 km from Bacanora’s 50%-owned Zinnwald lithium project and has the potential to increase the life of a mine at Zinnwald, the London-... 

Plymouth advances feasibility study at San Jose

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 After completing a successful $6.5-million capital raising in December, ASX-listed Plymouth Minerals has started the San Jose feasibility study, which it intends to complete during this year. To finalise the process of lodging the mining licence application (MLA), which earned Plymouth its... 

Nemaska ups lithium game with Whabouchi feasibility bettering scope, flexibility, economics

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2018 Budding Canadian lithium producer Nemaska Lithium has published more bullish scenarios for its flagship Whabouchi mine and concentrator, located in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory, and on the hydromet plant, located in Shawinigan, both in Quebec. With more than a year’s experience at the... 

Nemaska Lithium's hydromet plant, located in Shawinigan, Quebec
Photo by Nemaska Lithium
Nemaska Lithium's hydromet plant, located in Shawinigan, Quebec

DevEx seeks to raise project development funds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2018 Exploration firm DevEx Resources on Monday announced a one-for-two non-renounceable rights issue to raise up to $2.84-million for its lithium and copper/gold projects. The company said it planned to fast track drilling at its projects, including the recently identified lithium anomaly at the... 

Altura’s lithium project nearing completion

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2018 ASX-listed Altura is nearing the completion of the Stage 1 construction of its lithium project, in Western Australia. The company’s “aggressive” timetable for commissioning and production is on track, with commissioning during the first quarter of this year and first lithium concentrate sales by... 

Lithium Chile shakes up corporate profile in alignment with lithium aspirations

By: Henry Lazenby     4th January 2018 Chile-focused lithium junior Lithium Chile has revamped itself to better align its corporate image with its aspiration of becoming a go-to lithium producer in the country – the world’s largest and lowest-cost producer of the energy metal. Based in Vancouver, Lithium Chile shareholders voted in... 

Lithium Chile shakes up corporate profile in alignment with lithium aspirations

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Reuters     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

Lithium rookie posts dizzying gain as promoter praises stock

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2017 The electric-vehicle revolution is propelling impressive gains in commodity and equity prices around the world, few more dizzying than Liberty One Lithium. The penny stock, which has changed its name twice since 2016 and is years away from an operating mine, surged 250% in October, when both the... 

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2017 London-based brokerage SP Angel has outlined the key trends that characterised the basket of energy metals during 2017 and the the outlook for 2018 in its new ‘Battery Raw Material Review, Outlook – SP Angel Commodity Research Book’ published on Wednesday. The report pointed out that the... 

SP Angel outlines key 2018 trends as battery raw materials heat up

Savannah Resources declarise maiden estimate at Mina do Barroso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has declared a maiden mineral resource estimate of 3.2-million tonnes at 1% lithium dioxide (Li₂O) for its Reservatorio deposit, at the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal. Reservatorio is one of three targets currently being advanced as part of the... 

Bacanora signs deal to develop Sonora project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 Dual-listed lithium miner Bacanora Minerals and Chinese institutional fund management group NextView Capital have signed an agreement which would see the latter acquire a 19.89% equity interest in Bacanora through the placement of 32.97-million common shares at a price of 94.53p apiece. The... 

Premier sees option for bulk mining scenario at Zulu lithium project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 Premier African Minerals has identified the ZDD-45 prospect at its Zulu lithium project, in Zimbabwe, as the project’s best hole to date, as it continues to deliver “excellent results” that are well supported by further assay results that are now becoming available. The updated drilling results... 

Lithium powers Deloitte WA Index

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2017 The market capitalisation of Western Australia-listed companies increased by 3.3% to A$173.1-billion in November, driven by greater interest in the battery technology space and progress of a number of lithium explorers towards production. “We have seen a number of potential customers come out of... 

San Jose feasibility study fully funded

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 ASX-listed Plymouth Minerals has received commitments to raise $6.5-million through the issue of 36.4-million shares at $0.18 apiece, with the funds committed towards the completion of a feasibility study at its San Jose lithium/tin project, in the mining region of Extremadura, Spain. The company... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

By: Samantha Herbst     13th December 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals’ Sonora lithium project, located in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, has the potential to become a significant supplier of battery-grade lithium to growing industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, according to Bacanora CEO Peter Secker.... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

Kodal to protect Bougouni interests, applies for new licences

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th December 2017 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has taken action to protect its ownership of relevant interests in the Kolassokoro licence area by filing new applications for two 100 km2 licences covering high-priority areas that form part of the Bougouni lithium project, in Mali. Kodal gained an interest in the... 

Premier African Minerals completes further drilling at Zulu lithium project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Multicommodity mining and natural resources development company Premier African Minerals has completed a further 24 drill holes at its Zulu lithium prospect, in Zimbabwe, which the Aim-listed company says has delivered “spectacular” results. The drilling reached 3 638.54 m since the initial 2... 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas
Unctad’s Stefan Csordas discusses commodities report with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel de Silva.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Argentina acquisition marks start of strategic shift for Cadence

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 UK-based mining investment firm Cadence Minerals has marked the shift to a new focus of investing in early stage lithium assets with shorter development timelines than that of typical lithium carbonate producers, with the news on Monday of an Argentina acquisition. The company announced that it... 

Argentina acquisition marks start of strategic shift for Cadence

Novo Litio changes European lithium plans

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Shares in ASX-listed Novo Litio fell 15% on Monday as the company announced an update to its European lithium strategy. The company said its focus would shift to generating new lithium drill targets on its landholding in the northern Portugal lithium belt, although it would continue to pursue... 

Sayona embarks on DFS for Canada lithium project

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 ASX-listed Sayona Mining has started a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Authier lithium project, in Canada, after an optimised prefeasibility study (PFS) reiterated “excellent returns”. The PFS, incorporating an updated ore reserve and mineral resource, estimated low start-up capital... 

Hannans raises A$3.6m for WA exploration

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 ASX-listed junior Hannans has raised A$3.6-million in an oversubscribed capital raising to fund continued exploration for lithium at the Forrestania project, in Western Australia. The project is near the Earl Grey lithium project being developed by NYSE-listed SQM and Australian miner Kidman... 

Owner’s engineer role by ‘Proudly South African’ Erudite pleasing Perth 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2017 New ‘Proudly South African’ start-up Erudite Strategies has hit a rich vein of acceptance in Australia, where investors in junior mining projects in Africa are showing alacrity in taking up its unique client representative and owner’s engineer offering. Each of Erudite’s three leading lights has... 

Erudite founding director Johann de Bruin (right) and Martin Creamer
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer interviews Johann de Bruin, the founding director of the new project engineering company Erudite. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd and Lionel da Silva.

Lithium Australia declares maiden resource at German project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2017 Perth-based explorer Lithium Australia has declared a maiden inferred mineral resource estimate of 25-million tonnes at 0.45% Li2O at the Sadisdorf tin/lithium project, in Saxony, Germany. Lithium Australia is farming into a joint venture with Tin International, which previously defined a tin... 

India’s electric-vehicle target faces raw material challenges

By: Ajoy K Das     7th December 2017 India’s goal of moving completely to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, is facing severe challenges, including a lack of reserves for litium-ion components, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, and uncoordinated efforts from various stakeholders, the government’s apex advisory body has warned. In a... 

European Lithium announces capital raising

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th December 2017 The developer of the Wolfsberg project in Austria, European Lithium, on Wednesday announced that it would place shares to raise up to $4-million, with an option to raise an additional $1-million. The company would undertake the placement at an issue price of $0.225 a share, which represented a... 

Lithium giant SQM eyes new project to tackle electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     6th December 2017 One of the world’s largest lithium producers is looking to expand into a new country as prices surge to record highs amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom led by car makers such as Tesla and Mitsubishi. Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA is considering opportunities to establish a foothold in a... 

Glencore-Canada venture hitched to low-carbon economy shift

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2017 The joint venture partnership Glencore struck with a Canadian pension plan on Tuesday provides exposure to commodities that benefit from a low-carbon economy. BaseCore Metals, a 50:50 partnership centred on base metals streams and royalties, involves Glencore Canada Corporation contributing a... 

Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Nemaska delivers first lithium hydroxide made from own Whabouchi spodumene

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 The TSX-listed stock of lithium development company Nemaska Lithium jumped to a new 52-week high of C$2.24 apiece on Monday, after the company confirmed that it had delivered 1.5 t of lithium hydroxide produced from its Wabouchi spodumene mine, in Quebec. "This is the first time a new entrant to... 

Change or lose another 100 000 mining jobs – Cutifani

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2017 Without change, the South African mining industry would lose another 100 000 jobs, said Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, who six years ago accurately predicted the recent 100 000 job demise in South African mining. “I'll say it again, absent of change, we’ll lose another 100 000 jobs,” the... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Photo by Duane Daws
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Core Exploration enters maiden offtake, prepayment agreements

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Core Exploration has entered into a binding lithium offtake agreement and a conditional $20-million prepayment agreement with China-based lithium hydroxide and carbonate producer Ya Hua International Investment and Development for the Finniss lithium project, near Darwin, in the... 

The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Demand for battery metals will drive African exploration, investment

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market will boost demand for battery metals exponentially, driving exploration and investment in Africa. This was discussed during a live-streamed Mining Indaba panel on energy metals in which Cobalt 27 chairperson Anthony Milewski, Montero president and CEO Dr... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle's profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy... 

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle
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