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Base metals fundamentally in good shape despite lower demand – Glencore

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2019 Despite weaker 2019 demand, base metals are fundamentally in good shape, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday. Presenting an investor update with Glencore CFO Steve Kalmin and Glencore industrial assets head Peter Freyberg, Glasenberg described copper, zinc and nickel markets as being... 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Further advances in battery technology are expected as new options come to market and new economies of scale are achieved, says independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ
Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists

Solar reducing electricity costs, lowering diesel use   

By: Martin Creamer     20th November 2019 Solar power is playing a major role in reducing daytime electricity bills and lowering diesel use in off-grid diesel consuming areas, says SunRanch.Solar, whose clients are benefiting from below grid power costs and major diesel savings. “We reduce people’s daytime power costs by 60% to 70%,”... 

Charles Mostert (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer.
SunRanch.Solar talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Qld govt commits A$13.8m to unlock critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2019 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced A$13.8-million in funding for critical minerals in an effort to open up the untapped ‘new economy’ minerals bounty in North Queensland and foster new discoveries, projects and jobs. “Global demand is set to soar for cobalt and rare earth minerals... 

Jangada discovers new target zone at Brazil vanadium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th November 2019 Aim-quoted Jangada Mines has discovered a new target, dubbed Goela, as part of an ongoing exploration programme at its Pitombeiras vanadium, titanium and iron project, in Brazil, adding substantial footprint to the overall prospect. It is possible that the Goela target is linked to Pitomberias... 

Largo board approves ferrovanadium conversion plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th November 2019 The board of Toronto-headquartered Largo Resources has approved the construction of a ferrovanadium conversion plant at the Maracás Menchen mine, in Brazil. The construction of the company’s own ferrovanadium conversion plant creates downstream advantages as it eliminates the need to convert... 

Study identifies logistics solutions for Brazil vanadium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th November 2019 A logistics study looking onto possible solutions to market ore from Aim-listed Jangada Mines' Pitombeiras vanadium project, in Ceará, Brazil, has identified three potential routes, two of which have Chinese ports as a final destination and one a Brazil refinery. The study contemplates trucking... 

Bushveld group advances vanadium redox flow battery plans through Enerox deal 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned subsidiary Bushveld Energy has signed a term sheet agreement with CellCube Energy Storage Systems to acquire all issued shares in Enerox for €11-million. A Bushveld Energy-led consortium has been granted exclusivity until the end of February 2020 to... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Prophecy submit permits for Nevada vanadium project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2019 TSX-listed Prophecy Development has applied for the primary mining permits governing construction, operation and closure for its Gibellini vanadium project, in Eureka county, Nevada. The company believes that the deposit is critical, as Gibellini’s production profile of 9.75-million pounds a... 

Bushveld finalises Vanchem acquisition, on track with yearly guidance  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2019 Aim-listed vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals on Thursday announced that all outstanding conditions to the Vanchem and Ivanti acquisition had been fulfilled, effecting the $53.5-million transaction. Bushveld Minerals acquired the Vanchem plant from Vanchem Vanadium Products (VVP) – a... 

Bushveld announces strategy to work with vanadium battery manufacturers 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals intends to establish a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) investment platform to lead investments for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with upside potential. The company and its initial investment will play a catalytic role and mobilise additional capital... 

Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Bushveld supports Avalon, redT merger 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2019 Integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has agreed to support the merger of vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer Avalon Battery Corporation and redT energy with interim funding of $5-million. The interim funding will give Bushveld an opportunity to acquire a strategic interest... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Australian Vanadium pinpoints Geraldton for possible plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2019 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has inked an option agreement to locate a vanadium processing plant near the city of Geraldton, in Western Australia. Some 1 334 acres have been set aside for the proposed plant, with Australian Vanadium paying an option fee of a$28 000. The company would pay a... 

Bushveld negotiates lower price for Vanchem business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd October 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has renegotiated the consideration payable for the Vanchem business, reducing the purchase price from $68-million to $53.5-million. Bushveld will pay $30-million of the consideration in cash, with the balance to be funded from unsecured convertible loans. 

Toro defines vanadium resource at Wiluna

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2019 ASX-listed Toro Energy has reported a maiden vanadium Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant resource estimate 53.6-million tonnes grading at 0.0382% vanadium pentoxide at its Wiluna uranium project, in Western Australia. The project is estimated to host a contained resource of 68.3-million... 

Brazil vanadium mine delivers record production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2019 The Maracás Menchen mine in Bahia state, Brazil, has delivered a new quarter production record of 2 952 t of vanadium pentoxide (V205), reflecting the impact of an expansion project that is now in its final stages of commissioning. The third-quarter production is a 17% increase over that of... 

Häggån battery metals project resource upgraded

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2019 Dual-listed Aura Energy has declared a new global resource of two-billion tonnes, at an average of 0.3% vanadium, containing 13.3-billion pounds of vanadium at the Häggån battery metals project, in Sweden. The resource estimate includes 320-million pounds of vanadium at 0.35% as indicated... 

Biodiversity, climate everyone’s issues – Environment Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2019 South Africa is one of the world’s top three mega biodiverse nations along with Brazil and Indonesia, said Environment Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy in her address to the Oppenheimer Research Conference (ORC). “We are thus one of the richest countries in terms of the diversity of... 

Barbara Creecy
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy ORC presentation by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Fiona Perrot-Humphrey, Sandy McGregor and Myuran Rajaratnam
Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer on Joburg Indaba climate discussion. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Photo: Dylan Slater.

Environment government’s most important Ministry – Oppenheimer  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2019 The Environment Ministry is the most important ministry in the government, former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer said at this week’s tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference. “Environment is at the forefront of everybody’s mind, and we in South Africa are unbelievably blessed with the environment... 

Nicky Oppenheimer
Former mining luminary Nicky Oppenheimer covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Camera Work: Darlene Creamer. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo.
Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo’s address to Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Bushveld Minerals appoints new FD 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has appointed Tanyaradzwa Chikanza FD, effective October 1. She is a qualified chartered accountant, with extensive experience in managing publicly listed companies’ relationships with financial markets. 

Bushveld Minerals continues to build on ‘firm foundation’, says Mojapelo 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 During the six months ended June 30, Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals continued to build on the firm foundation it has established, CEO Fortune Mojapelo said on Monday. He noted that the integrated primary vanadium producer was “enjoying progress across the group” while establishing new platforms for... 

Proudly South African anti-cable theft technology already deployed on 12 sites

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2019 It has been said that entering the Elvey Security Technologies headquarters in the Greenstone Hill Office Park, in Modderfontein, Edenvale, is like boarding USS Enterprise on a Star Trek movie set. All the futuristic trappings are evident in this Hudaco company’s Pentagon demonstration room,... 

SOLVING A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM Hudaco executive director Louis Meiring (left) and Commercial ICT MD Brad Morein in futuristic demonstration room.
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
SOLVING A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM Hudaco executive director Louis Meiring (left) and Commercial ICT MD Brad Morein in futuristic demonstration room.

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Australian Vanadium completes raising

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2019 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has raised A$6.6-million through a share placement and share purchase plan (SPP) to advance its namesake project, in Western Australia. The SPP, which was announced in August this year, was well supported and raised A$5.2-million. The SPP allowed eligible... 

MGX eyes vertically integrated vanadium battery JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2019 Canadian resource and technology company MGX Minerals has announced a partnership with publicly traded company DST to create a joint venture as part of the formation of a vertically integrated vanadium redox battery supplier. The companies entered into a letter of intent to advance a... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

By: Bloomberg     19th September 2019 Lower prices of vanadium, a metal mainly known for strengthening steel, are key in the drive to increase its use in the booming battery sector, according to the developer of an Australian mine. The metal’s retreat from a price spike in 2018 is being welcomed – rather than lamented – by producers... 

One battery material sector is cheering for lower prices

Jubilee notes potential to establish regional refining hub in Zambia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2019 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group says there continues to be interest from small to medium-sized mining operators that are keen to have their copper material refined at Jubilee’s Sable Refinery, in Zambia. This aligns well with the AltX- and Aim-listed company’s plans of establishing the Sable... 

American Battery Metals renews Nevada claims

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2019 Exploration and development company American Battery Metals has renewed its 1 300 claims with the Bureau of Land Management, covering 10 500 ha in Railroad Valley, Nevada. CEO Doug Cole said on Monday that the move highlighted American Battery’s positive momentum. 

Bushveld receives approval to acquire Vanchem assets

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals says it has received approval from the Competition Commission of South Africa to acquire the Vanchem assets, without conditions. The transaction currently remains on track to be completed by October 31, and the company is progressing the negotiations with local banks... 

S Africa well placed to supply competitive hydrogen – CSIR 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2019 South Africa, which has excellent solar and wind energy potential, is well placed to produce and export clean renewable hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research senior research engineer Thomas Roos. Hydrogen is emerging globally as an environmentally friendly energy carrier... 

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research senior research engineer Thomas Roos (right) and Martin Creamer.
Photo by Creamer Media's Veronica Creamer
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research senior research engineer Thomas Roos (right) and Martin Creamer.

Top vanadium producer sees demand rising after prices slump

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2019 Evraz, the world’s largest vanadium producer outside China, said steelmakers are boosting their use of the metal again after it slumped as much as 75% this year. Vanadium, used to strengthen steel, peaked at more than $120/kg at the end of 2018 after No. 1 consumer China implemented new... 

German investment banking boutique enters African market

By: Nadine James     23rd August 2019 Investment banking boutique DGWA - the German Institute for Asset and Equity Allocation and Valuation or “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wertpapieranalyse GmbH” - has decided to expand its activities in the mining and resources business, specifically expanding into Africa, given the ever-increasing... 

HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER 
The European Union is accelerating its investment in the battery metals space, because demand is substantially higher than predicted
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HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER The European Union is accelerating its investment in the battery metals space, because demand is substantially higher than predicted

Gabanintha to cost $318m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st August 2019 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Gabanintha vanadium project, in Western Australia, has found that it could support a 27.9-million pound a year vanadium pentoxide operation with a mine life of 16 years, establishing the project as the world’s largest primary vanadium producer. The... 

Australian Vanadium launches SPP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st August 2019 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has launched an underwritten share purchase plan (SPP) to raise a minimum of A$3.5-million to advance the development of its Australian Vanadium project, in Western Australia. Eligible shareholders will be given the opportunity to subscribe for up to A$15 000 worth... 

Ironveld says several parties interested in Limpopo project 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2019 London-listed Ironveld’s share price shot up 40% to around 1.04p apiece on Monday after the company announced that several parties were interested in potentially making an offer to purchase all, or part of, its assets. Ironveld owns a high purity iron, vanadium and titanium project located in... 

Bushveld reports best quarterly production rate in two years

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th August 2019 London AIM-listed but South African-based miner Bushveld Minerals has reported that its 74%-owned Vametco vanadium mine – currently the company’s only operating mine – had recorded its highest quarterly production rate in more than two years during the second quarter of this year (2Q19).... 

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