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Lithium News

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... 

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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UN Climate Action Finance Envoy Mark Carney covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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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IDC co-sponsored webinar covered by Mining Weekly.

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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GlobeScan climate event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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... 

EV industry must work closer with lithium suppliers, executives say

By: Reuters     2nd December 2021 Automakers must work closer with lithium producers to guarantee supply of specialized types of the white metal that boost an electric vehicle's range and performance, Albemarle Corp and Livent Corp executives told the Reuters Next conference on Wednesday. As... 

Firefinch not raising cash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2021 The share price of ASX-listed Firefinch rose by more than 4% on Thursday after the company refuted claims that it was looking to raise capital. Responding to a media article that alluded that the company could be looking to raise capital in the near future, the company said in a statement that... 

Atlantic Lithium upgrades mineral resource at Ghana project

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 Aim-listed Atlantic Lithium has reported a significant mineral resource estimate (MRE) upgrade to 21.3-million tonnes at 1.31% lithium oxide (Li2O) for the Ewoyaa deposit and surrounding pegmatites within the Cape Coast lithium portfolio, in Ghana. The estimate includes 5.2-million tonnes at... 

China's companies are going to any length for a hold on lithium

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Automobile executives in China have had a lot to contend with this year. But those operating in the electric-car space (which is almost everyone these days) have had it especially tough. Not only has the world’s biggest EV market become even more crowded in 2021 but the explosive sales —... 

Even the battery boom can’t escape world’s supply chain woes

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2021 Soaring commodity prices and supply chain bottlenecks threaten to push up the cost of batteries seen as crucial in the fight against climate change. Higher raw material costs could push the average price of a lithium-ion battery pack to $135 per kilowatt-hour in 2022, a 2.3% gain from this year’s... 

Firefinch receives first payment from Ganfeng

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st December 2021 ASX-listed Firefinch has received its first $39-million payment from joint venture (JV) partner Ganfeng Lithium Co, after Chinese regulators approved the JV over the Goulamina lithium project. The two companies earlier this year struck an agreement under which Ganfeng would make a $130-million... 

Liontown raises A$450m for Kathleen Valley development  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st December 2021 Lithium developer Liontown Resources on Wednesday launched a fully underwritten institutional placement to raise A$450-million to develop its Kathleen Valley project, in Western Australia. The company would place some 272.7-million shares, at a price of A$1.65 each, representing a 14.1%... 

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China's Chengxin submits bid for Ukraine lithium deposits

By: Reuters     30th November 2021 Chengxin Lithium has applied for the rights to two lithium deposits in Ukraine that are up for auction, a Ukrainian government website showed, in a move that would give the Chinese company a foothold in the European lithium industry. The bid underscores Shenzhen-based Chengxin's ambitious... 

Uranium One makes Argentina lithium investment

By: Mariaan Webb     30th November 2021 Uranium One, a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom, is entering a lithium project in Argentina as the group continues its strategy of investing in non-uranium mineral resources. Uranium One will invest $30-million in the 27 500-ha Tolillar Salar project of TSX-V-listed Alpha Lithium, and will earn an... 

Uranium One makes Argentina lithium investment

Vulcan inks another offtake in Europe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2021 ASX-listed Vulcan Energy Resources has signed a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with NYSE-listed Stellantis. Starting in 2026, Vulcan will supply between 81 000 t and 99 000 t of battery grade lithium hydroxide over the duration of the initial five-year agreement. 

NSW sets critical minerals pathway

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2021 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy launched by New South Wales Deputy Premier Paul Toole. The Strategy details the vision to realise the economic potential of critical minerals investment and delivery... 

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

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Brian Menell’s TechMet invests in Cornish Lithium

By: Mariaan Webb     26th November 2021 Mineral exploration and development company Cornish Lithium has landed its first investment from a financial institution, with technology metals investor TechMet putting £18-million into the UK company. TechMet, founded by British-South African metals industrialist Brian Menell, invests in... 

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TechMet founder Brian Menell

Argentine State energy firm YPF spies lithium tie-ups with China's CATL

By: Reuters     26th November 2021 rgentina's State energy company YPF, making a push into the country's burgeoning lithium sector, met with officials from major Chinese battery maker CATL on Thursday, with both sides talking up plans to become "strategic partners" in the sector. The South American country, part of the region's... 

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NSDV director and co-founder Lili Nupen

Premier encouraged by pegmatite intersections in a new zone at its Zulu project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2021 Aim-listed Premier African Minerals says pegmatite intersections have been encountered in a zone at its Zulu project, in Zimbabwe, that was not previously included in any of the company's exploration target assessments or in the existing resource estimate. "Together with preliminary results from... 

Chinese miners eye Afghanistan’s mineral reserves

By: Bloomberg     25th November 2021 Chinese firms are showing interest in exploiting Afghanistan’s vast untapped mineral resources as Beijing seeks a role in reconstructing the nation’s war-ravaged economy. Afghanistan is sitting on deposits estimated to be worth $1-trillion or more, including what may be the world’s largest... 

BloombergNEF presents compelling case for DRC to become battery value chain champion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2021 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can leverage its abundant cobalt resources and hydroelectric power to become a low-cost and low-emissions producer of lithium-ion battery cathode precursor materials, says strategic research provider BloombergNEF (BNEF). It estimates that it would cost... 

Koch makes $100m investment in Standard Lithium

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th November 2021 Industrial group Koch Strategic Platforms, a subsidiary of Koch Investments Group, will make a $100-million investment in technology and lithium project development company Standard Lithium through a direct private placement. KSP will subscribe for 13.48-million shares of Standard Lithium at... 

Anson fast-tracks Utah lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2021 Junior Anson Resources on Wednesday said that it was accelerating engineering work for the Paradox lithium project, in Utah, to take advantage of the continued rapid development of the lithium product market. The ASX-listed company has appointed contractor Worley to conduct a detailed... 

Miners welcome draft resources plan in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2021 The resources sector has welcomed the release of the draft Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan (QRIDP). The QRIDP identifies the biggest global trends affecting the industry now and over the next three decades, and presents actions that will enable industry and government to respond... 

ABR raises A$37m for US boron/lithium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2021 ASX-listed American Pacific Borates (ABR) has completed a A$37-million share placement to three global institutional investors. The company on Tuesday announced that it had placed more than 17.6-million shares, at a price of A$2.10 each, under its existing placement capacity. 

Qld to build its own critical minerals refinery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2021 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced plans to spend some A$10-million to build and own a new processing plant for a key new resource mineral in Townsville. The vanadium facility will be part of the government’s plan to make Queensland a leading producer and exporter of new-economy... 

IronRidge changes name to Atlantic Lithium

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd November 2021 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources says that further to the passing of the resolution at its annual general meeting on November 18, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has approved its change of name to Atlantic Lithium.  The company will trade under the new name from November 22. 

Vulcan solidifies offtake with Renault

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2021 Lithium developer Vulcan Energy has inked a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with vehicle manufacturer Renault Group. The binding offtake agreement follows an August term sheet between the two companies, and covers an initial six-year period from the start of commercial production at... 

IronRidge granted exploration licence for Cape Coast in Ghana

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2021 Aim-listed IronRidge Resources announces that its Cape Coast project, in Ghana, has been granted as an exploration licence. The newly granted licence is adjacent to the Mankessim exploration licence which hosts the Ewoyaa lithium project. 

Firefinch sees output at Mali lithium mine by early 2024

By: Reuters     19th November 2021 Australian lithium miner Firefinch expects its Goulamina project in Mali to start production in late 2023 or early 2024, its country director Seydou Semega told Reuters on Thursday. The company foresees annual production of over 436 000 t of spodumene concentrate, the ore from which lithium is... 

Metallurgical test work results confirm Uis mine’s lithium, tantalum production potential

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2021 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining’s density-based lithium beneficiation test work at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia, has achieved petalite concentrate grades in excess of 4% lithium oxide and within contaminant specifications for a typical saleable technical grade petalite product. The miner will now... 

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