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Electric cars to account for 79% of lithium demand by 2030 - Chile

By: Reuters     27th August 2020 The electric car industry will dominate demand for lithium over the next ten years, Chilean state mining agency Cochilco said on Wednesday, accounting for more than three quarters of the ultralight battery metal's consumption by 2030, up from one third in 2019. Cochilco said demand for lithium... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Nemaska Lithium accepts bid from Orion, IQ and Pallinghurst

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th August 2020 Nemaska ​​Lithium has accepted a sale proposal structured as a credit bid from a group made of the corporation’s largest secured creditor, Orion Mine Finance, Investissement Québec and The Pallinghurst Group. The sale, announced on Monday, comes at the conclusion of a sale or investor... 

Nemaska Lithium accepts bid from Orion, IQ and Pallinghurst

Western Australia has bright future in lithium – industry report

21st August 2020 A new report on the future of the Western Australian lithium industry has noted that while future outlook for the commodity remained bright, it warned that government support was vital for the sector to remain sustainable. The report was commissioned by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of... 

Western Australia has bright future in lithium – industry report

Top lithium miner boosts output on optimism about long-term demand

By: Bloomberg     20th August 2020 One of the world’s largest lithium suppliers is producing at record levels because of optimism about long-term demand for the material used in electric vehicle batteries. “Given the demand growth expectations in coming years, we feel comfortable with the higher level of inventories that are... 

Top lithium miner boosts output on optimism about long-term demand

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Core inks offtake MoU

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th August 2020 Lithium developer Core Lithium has inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with potential offtake partner Xinfeng for between 20 000 t/y and 30 000 t/y of offtake from the Finniss lithium project, in the Northern Territory. Core said on Wednesday that the term-sheet with Xinfeng... 

Prospect signs offtake at Arcadia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th August 2020 Lithium developer Prospect Resources has inked a long-term offtake agreement with Belgium-based Sibelco for ultra-low iron petalite production from the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. The offtake agreement will span seven years and would cover 100 000 t/y of high quality, ultra-low iron... 

Tianqi Lithium president leaves embattled Chinese firm

By: Reuters     15th August 2020 China's Tianqi Lithium Corp said its president Vivian Wu has left the company, as the indebted producer of a key commodity for electric-vehicle batteries looks for a way out of a perilous financial situation. Wu, who had been with the Chengdu-based firm since 2011, submitted a written... 

Indigenous groups push to shut down lithium miner SQM

By: Reuters     15th August 2020 Indigenous groups in Chile´s lithium-rich Atacama salt flat, fresh off a resounding legal victory earlier this week, said on Friday they will push to see top lithium miner SQM´s environmental permits revoked and its operations shut down. The Atacama Indigenous Council (CPA) in 2019 filed a... 

Indigenous groups push to shut down lithium miner SQM

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Livent CEO to EV industry: sign better deals or risk lithium supply

By: Reuters     11th August 2020 The electric vehicle industry must pay more for lithium in order to spur investment and prevent future supply crunches of the battery metal, the CEO of lithium producer Livent has said. Demand for EVs is expected to surge in coming years, spurred in part by government mandates, rising concern... 

Albemarle warns lithium sales sliding amidst weak EV market

By: Reuters     6th August 2020 Albemarle, the world's largest producer of lithium for electric vehicle batteries, warned on Wednesday that its third quarter sales and profit will dip as automakers produce fewer EVs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The warning came after the company posted a 45% drop in second-quarter profit... 

NT govt backs Finniss project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2020 The Northern Territory government, through its Local Jobs Fund (LJF) has offered to invest A$5-million into ASX-listed Core Lithium’s Finniss project, in the form of a low-cost business investment concessional loan. Core has received a non-binding indicative term sheet for the concessional... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Electricity utility Eskom has called for bids for the design and construction of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed at the Skaapvlei substation at Vredendal, in the Western Cape, where the group’s 100 MW Sere wind farm is located. The system should have a minimum power... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system
The substation at the Sere wind farm in Vredendal

Neometals signs up for European JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2020 ASX-listed Neometals has struck a joint venture (JV) deal with mechanical engineering firm SMS group GmbH to commercialise the company’s lithium battery recycling process. The JV, dubbed Primobius GmbH, will use the Noemetals recycling technology to recover lithium, nickel, cobalt and other... 

Chilean regulators scrap lithium miner SQM's environmental plan

By: Reuters     3rd August 2020 Chilean regulators have rejected lithium producer SQM's $25-million environmental compliance plan for the Atacama salt flat, requesting the miner to start again from scratch, a filing showed. Chile's Environmental Superintendent (SMA) approved SQM's compliance plan early in 2019 after a... 

Draft EIS for Lithium Americas’ Nevada project now open for comment

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2020 The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for TSX- and NYSE-listed Lithium Americas’ Thacker Pass lithium project, in the US, is available for public comment. The release of the draft EIS marks another step in advancing the Thacker Pass project towards production, says CEO and president Jon... 

Rio Tinto's Serbia lithium plans firming up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2020 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has approved a $200-million investment to fund feasibility work at the Jadar lithium/borate project, in Serbia. The miner said this week that the feasibility work would include the completion of detailed engineering designs, as well as permitting and land acquisition... 

Rio Tinto's Serbia lithium plans firming up

Pilbara secures $110m financing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th July 2020 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has secured a $110-million senior secured debt facility from international bank BNP Paribas and clean energy investor Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund the early redemption of the existing $100-million Nordic Bond. The Nordic Bond was used to support... 

EIT InnoEnergy to assist EMH in securing funding for Cinovec lithium project

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2020 Lithium and tin miner European Metals Holdings' (EMH's) wholly-owned subsidiary Geomet has entered into a value-added services (VAS) agreement with EIT InnoEnergy for the miner’s Cinovec lithium project in the Czech Republic. The project, which is a joint venture (JV) between EMH and power... 

EIT InnoEnergy to assist EMH in securing funding for Cinovec lithium project

Socioeconomic impact report highlights Mina do Barroso project's viability

By: Donna Slater     27th July 2020 A report commissioned by energy metals resources group Savannah Resources into the potential economic impacts of developing the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, points to significant benefits for the local, national and broader European economy. The report, which was undertaken over... 

Chile judge calls for water study on 'fragile' lithium-rich Atacama salt flat

By: Reuters     27th July 2020 A top environmental judge in Chile renewed a call for a government-vetted water study to help stamp out lingering questions about sustainability that have cast a pall over Chile's lithium-rich Salar de Atacama. Water - both fresh and saline, where the lithium lies - has long been a sticking point... 

Chile judge calls for water study on 'fragile' lithium-rich Atacama salt flat

US House launches caucus to boost strategic minerals production

By: Reuters     24th July 2020 The US House of Representatives launched a bipartisan caucus on Friday to focus on ways to increase domestic production of specialised minerals used to make missiles, cell phones and other high-tech equipment. The Critical Materials Caucus is the latest effort by officials in Washington to blunt... 

Minres posts record iron-ore output

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th July 2020 ASX-listed Mineral Resources has reported a record quarter for iron-ore production, while its Mt Marion lithium project also reported a record quarter. Iron-ore production for the quarter ended June was up by 22% on the previous quarter, to 4.2-million tonnes, with shipments for the quarter up... 

Altura and Civmec ready for legal stoush

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2020 Lithium miner Altura Mining on Monday said that it would "vigorously defend" legal proceedings brought by construction and engineering services provider Civmec for the recovery of payment for work undertaken at the Pilgangoora lithium project. Civmec in 2017 was awarded the civil, construction,... 

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’­ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm
Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.

Kodal secures $1.5m loan to advance Bougouni, exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2020 Aim-listed Kodal Minerals has secured sufficient funding to complete the next phases of its development projects and to evaluate new opportunities. The company on July 15 announced that it had reached a $1.5-million unsecured convertible loan agreement with Riverfort Global Opportunities and a... 

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has been convening many knowledge-sharing sessions in response to the coronavirus. Among ICMM’s 27 mining and metals company members and 36 association members are South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti,... 

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 Reaction has been positive to the discussion document of economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which states that the listing of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) should be encouraged and mining exploration incentivised, as is the... 

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration
Photo by Creamer Media
Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.

Core joins European alliance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2020 ASX-listed Core Lithium has been accepted as a member of the European Battery Alliance (EBA250), providing a pathway for the company to grow its presence in the European market. The EBA250 brings together more than 440 players from the European Commission (EU), interested in EU countries,... 

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the mining industry to highlight and strengthen its role as a catalyst of social development in the areas in which it operates, Minsur  CEO Juan Luis Krueger said on Monday. Krueger was speaking during an  International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) online... 

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur
International Council on Mining and Metals virtual Covid event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Galaxy extends offtake contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2020 Lithium miner Galaxy Resources has extended its existing offtake agreement with Yahua International Investment and Development Co by a further three years until the end of 2025. Yahua has an offtake for 120 000 t/y of high quality spodumene concentrate from Galaxy’s Mt Cattlin operation, in... 

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 Listings of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange should be encouraged and South African retail investors willing to invest in mining exploration should be incentivised as is the case in other mining jurisdictions, the economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National... 

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC
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ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time   

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The return of the 12 500 foreign mineworkers to South Africa’s mines is taking double the time planned. The initial ten-day plan of Minerals Council South Africa has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks. 

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

WA flagged as Australia battery destination

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2020 Western Australia has been tipped as the prime location for a battery cathode active material (CAM) manufacturing destination, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, pointed out that Australia currently produced nine of the ten... 

WA flagged as Australia battery destination

Investors put more into Cornish Lithium

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2020 Exploration junior Cornish Lithium has raised another £826 000 from shareholders. Founder and CEO Jeremy Wrathall says shareholders chose to put more funds into the company during a time of “huge uncertainty”, noting that investors are “thinking carefully" about where to deploy their funds. The... 

EVs are starting to buoy the global metals market

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2020 The market gloom over the metals that will power the cars of the future is starting to lift. Supply overhangs and then the coronavirus pandemic had crushed short-term prospects for the minerals used to make rechargeable batteries. But new government commitments to green transport in China and... 

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