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California lithium tax would delay shipments to automakers, executives warn

By: Reuters     30th June 2022 A proposed flat-rate tax on lithium produced in California's Salton Sea region will delay deliveries of the electric vehicle battery metal to General Motors and Stellantis and may push some mining companies to exit the state entirely, industry executives told Reuters. The brewing tension comes... 

Albemarle urges US to cut red tape to boost lithium supply chain

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2022 The world’s largest lithium producer is urging the US government to cut red tape to accelerate a build-out of a domestic supply chain for materials needed for batteries, electric vehicles and cleaner technologies while cutting dependence on China. China has more than half of all capacity for... 

Critical minerals inspire global collaborative exploration efforts, finds PDAC panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th June 2022 Governments around the world are using next-generation public geoscience to meet many of the same challenges and opportunities, including meeting increased demands for critical minerals, clean energy supply and disaster risk reduction. As such, many national and regional geological survey... 

Seabridge redesigned KSM for inflationary environment – CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2022 Toronto-based Seabridge Gold has updated the prefeasibility study (PFS) for its KSM project, in northern British Columbia, with the new study showing a considerably more sustainable and profitable operation than its 2016 predecessor. The new PFS consists of an all openpit mine plan that includes... 

Alamos opts for larger, more profitable expansion at Island Gold

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2022 Canadian miner Alamos Gold has opted for a larger, more profitable and valuable operation at its Island Gold mine, in Ontario, with the company proceeding with an expansion to 2 400 t/d, instead of a previously contemplated 2 000 t/d. Announcing the results of the Phase 3+ expansion study on... 

A picture of an underground drill at Alamos Gold's Island Gold mine
An underground drill at Alamos Gold's Island Gold mine

Capital raise under way to progress copper/zinc mine in Northern Cape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2022 An opportunity to subscribe for new shares in parcels starting from R20 000 to a maximum of R330 000 is being offered to eligible shareholders by Orion Minerals. The capital raise is being undertaken to fund the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed Orion’s Prieska copper/zinc mine, as well as other... 

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Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Kinross eyes first production from new Alaska mine in 2024

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2022 Canadian bullion miner Kinross has unveiled some initial results from the soon-to-be-released feasibility study of its 70%-owned Manh Choh project, in Alaska, and pencilled in the fourth quarter of 2024 as its first production date. The feasibility study is nearing completion and will be... 

Çöpler temporarily suspended, SSR confirms

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2022 US-based SSR Mining has temporarily suspended operations at its Çöpler mine, in Turkey, following a cyanide spill last week. Çöpler was visited by a delegation from the Turkey Environment Ministry on Tuesday afternoon – the second such visit in response to the leak of leach solution containing... 

Rio Tinto considers exiting Canada diamond project, says partner

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has exercised its voting power to place the Star-Orion South diamond project, in Saskatchewan, Canada, on care-and-maintenance, its joint-venture (JV) partner said on Wednesday. Star Diamond said that, subject to fulfilling its existing obligations, Rio Tinto would... 

Rio Tinto considers exiting Canada diamond project, says partner

Pro-China agents posed as activists to protest US, Canada mines

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2022 Pro-Chinese agents posed as concerned local residents on social media to try and spark protests over the opening of rare earth mines in the US and Canada, cybersecurity researchers said in a new report. The fake Twitter and Facebook accounts were created to give China, the largest producer of... 

'Terrifying': WWF chief hits out at plans to mine the deep sea

By: Reuters     29th June 2022  The World Wildlife Fund's chief warned on Tuesday that the potential impact of mining the deep sea could be "terrifying" and called for strict regulations to avoid yet another environmental disaster. There is growing interest in deep-sea mining but there is also pressure from some environmental... 

South Africa in a position to export energy – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2022 South Africa is one of only four countries that has more renewable energy available to it than what it needs for itself, which places the country in a very strong position to be able to export energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia, hydrogen gas or liquid hydrogen among the best ways of... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Bill Gates-led fund backs startup with cheaper way to move hydrogen

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 A hydrogen molecule is tiny. So tiny, in fact, that trying to store and transport it via existing tanks and pipes can end up causing cracks in steel. If hydrogen is to become a clean fuel of the future, urgent technological solutions are needed to keep it in place and move it at will. Enter... 

Nova reports 1 330 g/t gold discovery in Alaska

By: Darren Parker     28th June 2022 Ongoing resource drilling at Nova Minerals RPM gold project’s North deposit, in Alaska, has delivered a “bonanza” gold grade discovery of 1 330 g/t from selective sampling of mineralised veins in drill core, resulting in a 13% boost in the ASX-listed company’s share price on Tuesday. The drilling... 

Teck pilots carbon capture project at Trail

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th June 2022 Diversified miner Teck Resources has announced a carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) pilot project at its Trail Operations metallurgical complex in southern British Columbia. The CCUS pilot is expected to begin operation in the second half of 2023. 

Teck pilots carbon capture project at Trail

Sayona and Piedmont approve C$98m Quebec lithium restart

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 Emerging lithium producer Sayona Mining has cemented plans to get its North American spodumene production off the ground in 2023, following a formal agreement of the North American Lithium (NAL) restart programme. Sayona Quebec, which is 75% owned by Sayona and 25% by Piedmont, has formally... 

Sayona and Piedmont approve C$98m Quebec lithium restart

Falchani to produce SOP as byproduct

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 TSX-V-listed American Lithium has validated sulphate of potash (SOP) as a byproduct of future lithium production at the Falchani project, in Peru. COO Laurence Stefan says the strategic importance of producing significant amounts of SOP from Falchani cannot be overstated, noting that it has the... 

SSR faces temporary halt at Turkey mine over cyanide leak

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 US-based SSR Mining’s stock fell on Monday as the company reported a cyanide leak at its Çöpler mine, in Turkey, which may result in a temporary suspension of operations. SSR, which is listed on the Nasdaq, TSX and ASX, said local Turkish media and social media posts from the Environment... 

The Copler sulphide plant
The Copler sulphide plant

Ivanhoe Electric raises $169m in IPO

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 US-based exploration and development company Ivanhoe Electric has priced its initial public offering (IPO) at $11.75 a share, raising $169.1-million. The company, led by mining magnate Robert Friedland, sold about 14.4-million shares at the bottom end of its previously guided IPO pricing range... 

An image of Robert Friedland
Robert Friedland

Copper Mountain hires Macquarie to weigh Eva options

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2022 Canadian miner Copper Mountain Mining has engaged investment bank Macquarie Capital to evaluate strategic opportunities regarding the Eva copper project, in Queensland, Australia, the company confirmed on Monday. Copper Mountain was responding to media reports about a possible project sell-off.... 

Mining firms poised to lead capital raisings in Canada, TSX CEO says

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 Mining companies seeking to accelerate exploration of scarce critical minerals are set to lead capital raisings in Canada this year, the chief executive officer of the Toronto Stock Exchange said on Monday, as sectors such as technology take a back seat amid market volatility. A big source of... 

Albemarle plans major US lithium processing plant

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 Albemarle plans to build a lithium processing plant in the United States that would produce as much of the electric vehicle battery metal as the entire company produces today, a bullish bet on America's all-electric future, an executive said on Monday. The plan reflects Albemarle's emerging... 

Deep-South nears final hearing in Haib licence renewal case

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources has advised that the hearing held on June 23, in its matter against Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy , resulted in the court ordering the parties to file their case management reports by June 27. The next case management hearing will be held on June 30.  

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Monger appoints former Pilgangoora project director as CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022  ASX-listed exploration company Monger Gold has appointed Adam Ritchie, the former project director of Pilbara Minerals’ flagship Pilgangoora lithium project, as its CEO. The appointment strengthens the company’s capabilities and skills as it progresses the development of its Scotty lithium... 

African Gold rebrands as Toubani

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Africa Gold Group has changed its name to Toubani Resources to better reflect its strategic focus on the development of the Kobada project, in Mali, and its ambition to dual list on the ASX. Toubani reflects the name of a popular bird in the Malinke language, president and CEO Danny... 

WDC president says there seems to be movement towards KP reform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2022 There seems to be a positive shift in the readiness of World Diamond Council (WDC) members to reforming the Kimberley Process (KP), says president of the organisation Edward Asscher. In closing the 2022 KP Intersessional, which was hosted in Botswana last week, he highlighted that strong... 

Metals haven’t crashed this hard since the great recession

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 Industrial metals are on track for the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis as prices are pummeled by recession worries. Copper, the great economic bellwether, has ricocheted into a bear market from a record four months ago, while tin just tumbled 21% in its worst week since a 1980s... 

£40m financing opened new chapter for Cornish Metals

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2022 The completion of the £40-million financing, including an investment by Vision Blue Resources, last month has opened a new chapter for TSX-V and Aim-listed Cornish Metals, which plans to reopen the historic South Crofty tin mine, in the UK. The company aims to advance South Crofty to a... 

£40m financing opened new chapter for Cornish Metals

US court upholds Arizona land swap deal for Rio Tinto copper mine

By: Reuters     27th June 2022 A US appeals court has ruled that the federal government may give thousands of acres in Arizona to Rio Tinto for a copper mine, upholding a lower court's ruling and rejecting a request from Native Americans who said the land has religious and cultural import. The 2-1 ruling from the San... 

US court upholds Arizona land swap deal for Rio Tinto copper mine

New US programme targets rare minerals needs for EVs and solar panels

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 When a top Biden administration official was in Cape Town for a mining conference last month, he heard from a number of African nations desperate for foreign investment to help dig up critical minerals like lithium, manganese and cobalt. At the same time, Under Secretary of State Jose Fernandez... 

US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez
US Secretary of State Jose Fernandez

Ban on new gold imports from Russia seen as 'largely symbolic’

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 The plan by some Group of Seven nations to ban new gold imports from Russia is “largely symbolic” as flows have already been restricted by sanctions, according to analysts. The US, UK, Japan and Canada plan to announce the ban during the G-7 summit that started Sunday in Germany. While the UK... 

Ban on new gold imports from Russia seen as 'largely symbolic’

Biden urges G7 to stay together as leaders target Russian gold, oil price

By: Reuters     27th June 2022 US President Joe Biden told allies "we have to stay together" against Russia on Sunday as G7 leaders gathered for a summit dominated by war in Ukraine and its impact on food and energy supplies and the global economy. At the start of the meeting in the Bavarian Alps, four of the Group of Seven... 

Iron-ore output poised to grow globally up to 2030

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 Research agency Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research believes global iron-ore production is likely to accelerate between 2022 and 2026, after stagnating somewhat over the past five years. The agency forecasts global iron-ore mine output to grow by an average 2.7% over the period,... 

Fortescue iron-ore being transported
Photo by Bloomberg
Fortescue iron-ore

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Sibanye's Stillwater mine suspended for 4-6 weeks

By: Mariaan Webb     24th June 2022 The Stillwater mine, in Montana, will remain suspended for four to six weeks to allow for access to the mine to be restored following recent flooding, precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater reported on Friday. The Stillwater mine accounts for about 60% of mined production from the group's US... 

Interior Dept earmarks $75m for critical minerals mapping

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2022 The Department of the Interior has announced $74.6-million will be distributed in 30 states to invest in geoscience data collection, mapping, data preservation, and scientific interpretation of areas with potential for critical minerals, under the US Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping... 

Jervois confirms ICO capex at $107m, expects first ore through new mill in October

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 ASX-, TSX-V- and OTCQX-listed Jervois Global has said that it expects to start commissioning the plant at its Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO), in the US, in September, with first ore through the mill in October. The company said on Friday that sustainable, full-rate ore processing was forecast to... 

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