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Hudson says ‘business as usual’ in Greenland

By: Mariaan Webb     16th April 2021 Canadian development company Hudson Resources is confident that it is “business as usual” for its projects in Greenland, following the Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) party’s recent election victory. Hudson president Jim Cambon says the IA party has publicly stated that it is pro-mining and that it has... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations  

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2021 South Africa’s exploration industry has until April 19 to comment on controversial regulations still in draft form. “They’ve never consulted industry about it and what they are requesting is impractical,” says Allan Saad, a consulting exploration geologist, who formerly represented the now... 

Exploration industry has tight deadline to comment on controversial draft regulations
Consulting exploration geologist Allan Saad interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Doing everything right - Greenland Minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th April 2021 ASX-listed Greenland Minerals on Friday moved to calm shareholder concerns around the future of the company’s Kvanefjeld rare earths project. The miner suspended share trading earlier this week after leader of the newly elected Inuit Ataqatigiit party told state broadcaster DR that the... 

Rare earths project diversifies sector

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th April 2021 Increased interest in a green economy and critical minerals is leading to new mining and investment opportunities in Tanzania such as ASX-listed rare earths mining company Peak Resources’ Ngualla rare earths project. “The Ngualla project is based on one of the largest and highest-grade... 

Rare earths project  diversifies sector
Bardin Davis Rare earths provide Tanzanian mining sector with new opportunites

Greenland halts trading as Kvanefjeld future questioned

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2021 ASX-listed Greenland Minerals went into a trading halt on Thursday after reports emerged that its Kvanefjeld rare earths project would be halted. Reuters earlier reported that the leader of the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, which won a snap election earlier this week, had told state broadcaster DR... 

NioBay initiates test works for battery-grade niobium production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2021 A series of hydrometallurgical process testing to produce battery-grade niobium at the James Bay project, south of Moosonee, Ontario, has begun, reports TSX-V-listed NioBay Metals. CEO Claude Dufresne says new niobium battery technology could change perceptions of electric vehicles (EVs), noting... 

Left-wing party that opposes mining project wins Greenland election

By: Reuters     7th April 2021 Greenland's left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit party pledged its opposition to a large rare earth mining project on Wednesday after winning a parliamentary election with more than a third of the votes. The result of Tuesday's election casts doubt on the mining complex at Kvanefjeld in the south of the... 

Left-wing party that opposes mining project wins Greenland election

Ionic signs MoU over Makuutu development

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with rare earths miner Chinalco over the development of its Makuutu rare earths project, in Uganda. Under the terms of the MoU, the two companies would look to accelerate the development and first production of Makuutu to... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Greenland election gets under way

By: Reuters     6th April 2021 Greenlanders began voting in a parliamentary election on Tuesday that could unseat the ruling political party and help decide the fate of vast deposits of rare earth metals which international companies want to exploit. The Arctic island of 56 000 people, which former US President Donald Trump... 

Greenland election gets under way

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds   

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2021 Of four factors required to attract investment in exploration, economic and fiscal stability is the most important, says highly experienced geological and mining consultant and nonexecutive company director Adrian Reynolds. Reynolds spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview about the factors... 

How South Africa can unlock its exploration potential ­– Adrian Reynolds
Geological and mining consultant Adrian Reynolds interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

IonicRE records milestone for ESIA at Makuutu

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2021 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE) has achieved a key milestone in Uganda, with the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) having approved the terms of reference for the completion of an environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) for its 51%-owned Makuutu rare earths... 

Pensana receives UK government support for Saltend rare earths facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 London-listed Pensana has announced that its proposed rare earth processing facility at the Saltend Chemicals Park has received first phase progression from the UK government’s £1-billion Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF). The ATF seeks to support the national transition to electric vehicles... 

China rare earths extend surge on worries over Myanmar supply, inspection threat

By: Reuters     26th March 2021 Looming inspections and concerns over Myanmar supplies are adding fresh momentum to a rally in prices of the rare earth minerals used in industries from turbines to telecoms that are already at their highest in nearly a decade. A price index published by China's rare earths association shot up... 

China rare earths extend surge on worries over Myanmar supply, inspection threat

Vital starts mining for rare earths in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2021 Rare earths developer Vital Metals has started mining operations at its Nechalacho project, in Canada. The ASX-listed company on Friday said that the mining fleet had been mobilised to site this week, with mining contractor Det’on Cho Nahanni Construction to start operations at the North T zone... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

By: Reuters     25th March 2021 Canada has tightened foreign investment rules to protect the security of critical mineral supply chains, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, ahead of an expected surge in demand for metals used to make electric vehicles. The move comes as the US government works with Canada to boost... 

Canada tightens takeover rules for critical minerals

Global macroeconomic trends to drive demand for rare earths – Rainbow Rare Earths

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2021 Rainbow Rare Earths reports that key global macroeconomic trends are expected to drive a strong and diversified demand for neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr), which analysts suggest will lead to a significant supply deficit over the medium term underpinning strong pricing. To meet this deficit,... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling
Master Drilling results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Drilling services company Master Drilling, which operates in 23 countries and which is continuing to grow its presence in new global markets, on Tuesday reported a “muted but resilient performance” for the full year ended December 31, thanks to what it described as a “flexible business model and... 

Master Drilling in muted but resilient 2020 performance
Photo by Creamer Media
Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius.

Ionic to start Phase 3 exploration at Uganda project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths has announced the start of the next phase of drilling at its 51%-owned Makuutu rare earths project, in Uganda. The drilling programme will provide initial reconnaissance drilling with a view to providing indicative potential of resource extension. 

Vital raises cash to restart Canada rare-earths project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2021 Rare earths developer Vital Metals has completed a A$43-million institutional placement to fund the construction, mining and operation of its Nechalanch project, in Canada. The company on Friday reported that it had received firm commitments for the placement of some 661.5-million shares, at a... 

US looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles - documents

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 The US government is working to help American miners and battery makers expand into Canada, part of a strategy to boost regional production of minerals used to make electric vehicles and counter Chinese dominance. On Thursday, the US Department of Commerce is hosting a closed-door virtual... 

US looks to Canada for minerals to build electric vehicles - documents

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources
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Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer
PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

What countries will fight over when green energy dominates

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2021 The Rand Corporation’s been designing war games with the Pentagon since the 1950s, modelling such hard-nosed security scenarios as a two-front US war with China and Russia. Now the think tank is turning its realpolitik tool kit to a question more often associated with environmental dreamers: How... 

Rainbow Rare Earths appoints ANSTO for flow sheet optimisation in Phalaborwa project

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2021 London-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has appointed Australian State-owned mineral sciences and services company ANSTO Minerals to advance the flow sheet process optimisation at the Phalaborwa rare earths project, in South Africa. The completion of ANSTO's project, after which Rainbow will publish a... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2021 Ahead of tackling policy issues, incremental ongoing effort must be prioritised to clear South Africa’s huge mineral exploration and mining rights backlog, says AmaranthCX director Paul Miller. The backlog currently stands at more than 5 000 unprocessed exploration applications and  235... 

Just clearing exploration backlog would be huge leap forward – Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller talks exploration to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2021 Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan has announced the release of a Canadian critical minerals list, signalling to investors where the country’s focus will be in the global race to shore up supply of minerals that will drive the transition towards a low-carbon future. The list, announced... 

Canada targets 31 critical minerals for domestic production
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan

Ontario seeks to capitalise on growing demand for critical minerals

By: Mariaan Webb     11th March 2021 The Ontario government is developing its first-ever critical minerals strategy to help generate investment, increase the province's competitiveness in the global market, and support its transition to a low-carbon economy. Announcing the initiative at the Prospectors and Developers Association’s... 

Ontario seeks to capitalise on growing demand for critical minerals

Commercial rare earth recovery to start in coming weeks – Energy Fuels

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 US-based uranium mining company Energy Fuels is on the cusp of starting commercial rare earth production in Utah. The first shipments of natural monazite ore from Chemours have arrived at the White Mesa mill, in Blanding, marking the beginning of operations for what Energy Fuels expects will... 

Commercial rare earth recovery to start in coming weeks – Energy Fuels
The White Mesa mill, in Utah

Pensana appoints COO, metallurgical manager

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2021 London-listed Pensana has appointed a new COO and a new metallurgical manager, as part of the company's strategy to establish the world's first fully sustainable mine-to-magnet metal supply chain from the proposed rare earth oxide separation facility at the  Saltend Chemicals Park in the Humber,... 

Vital readies for start at Nechalacho

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2021 ASX-listed Vital Metals has produced a 12 kg rare earth carbonate bulk sample at its Nechalacho project, in Canada, as it prepares for the start of rare earth production in the second quarter. The company on Monday said that the sample is now being prepared for shipment to offtake partner REEtec... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Tsodilo gets green light to list on OTCQB

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2021 TSX-V-listed diamond and metals exploration company Tsodilo Resources has received approval to start trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol TSDRF as of the start of trading on March 4. Chairperson and CEO James Bruchs says the company believes a secondary listing on this market... 

Rare earth, uranium miners benefit from EV mania and dash of ESG

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2021 Rare earth miners and uranium producers are reaping rewards from the flood of money pouring into electrification and ESG investing themes. Lithium producers have been more traditional beneficiaries of EV and the green energy push. But more recently, rare earth producers have also started to... 

Rare earth, uranium miners benefit from EV mania and dash of ESG
The Mountain Pass mine contains more than 800 000 t of recoverable rare earth oxides with an average 8% ore grade, one of the highest quality known deposits in the world.

Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse

By: Reuters     3rd March 2021 In the tenth century, Erik the Red, a Viking from Iceland, was so impressed with the vegetation on another Arctic island he had found he called it "the green land". Today, it's Greenland's rocks that are attracting outsiders - superpowers riding a green revolution. The world's biggest island has... 

Mining magnets: Arctic island finds green power can be a curse
Greenland Minerals and Energy's Kvanefjeld

Pensana bolsters board with appointment of new nonexec director

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2021 London-listed Pensana has appointed Dr Jeremy John Beeton as a nonexecutive director, with immediate effect. "We warmly welcome Jeremy to the board. As we move into the financing and construction phase of the Saltend processing facility and the mine development in Angola, Jeremy brings extensive... 

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