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Vanadium News

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
Photo by Reuters
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).... 

Bushveld achieves highest quarterly production rate in two years

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st July 2019 London Aim-listed but South Africa-based miner Bushveld Minerals has reported that its 74%-owned Vametco vanadium mine – currently the company’s only operating mine – recorded its highest quarterly production rate in more than two years during the second quarter of this year (2Q19). Production of... 

Namibia attractive landscape, says Canadian miner

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 Besides the significant lure of Namibia’s mineral-rich geology, the country’s various attributes make it a more attractive investment destination for exploration and development companies than other mining jurisdictions, says Canadian strategic minerals-focused company Broadway Gold Mining... 

BUILDING PORTFOLIO Broadway Gold Mining has boosted its portfolio, previously consisting only of its Madison copper/gold project in the US, with its Namibian copper/vanadium acquisition
BUILDING PORTFOLIO Broadway Gold Mining has boosted its portfolio, previously consisting only of its Madison copper/gold project in the US, with its Namibian copper/vanadium acquisition

Bushveld reports 1.58% vanadium grade for Brits project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Friday announced the maiden mineral resource estimate for its Brits vanadium project, in South Africa’s North West province. Bushveld reported a 66.8-million-tonne aggregate inferred and indicated mineral resource across three seams at the project, grading at an... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Prophecy’s Gibellini poised to start vanadium production by 2022

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2019 TSX-listed Prophecy Development is working towards securing a positive environmental impact statement (EIS) record of decision for its Gibellini vanadium project, in Nevada, by the first quarter of 2021, the company said on Wednesday, noting that it should pave the way for construction to follow... 

Tando soars on SPD plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2019 The share price of ASX-listed Tando Resources closed nearly 18% higher on Monday after the company announced plans to implement parallel development strategies for its SPD vanadium project, in South Africa. The company said that following the results of the May scoping study, the company has... 

Blue Sky sees first-mover advantage in Argentina uranium, vanadium market

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 TSX-listed Blue Sky Uranium CEO Niko Cacos tells Mining Weekly Online the uranium market is in the early stages of a longer-term rising price trend. Blue Sky, which owns the Amarillo Grande uranium/vanadium project (AGP), in Rio Negro, Argentina, expects to take advantage as uranium prices... 

Blue Sky sees first-mover advantage in Argentina uranium, vanadium market

Corruption, maladministration of royalties leave mine-affected communities high and dry

By: Tracy Hancock     14th June 2019 Maladministration and misappropriation of funds continue to render South Africa’s mining royalties system mostly ineffective, with no one being brought to book. Established to deliver transformation in impoverished, mining-affected communities through the distribution of royalties paid by the... 

Corruption, maladministration of royalties leave mine-affected communities high and dry

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2019 Construction services provider ELB Construction (ELBCon) has been awarded a contract by Turnmill Proquip Equipment to install four leach vats, as well as associated structural steel, at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine, in the North West. The mine’s aged leach vats are becoming obsolete and will... 

ELBCon installing leach vats at Glencore’s Rhovan vanadium mine

Bushveld Energy partners with US company on vanadium electrolyte rental product

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned Bushveld Energy subsidiary has enabled the successful deployment of a vanadium electrolyte rental product in industrial-scale batteries developed and sold by Avalon Battery Corporation of Fremont, California. Bushveld Energy and Avalon worked together to... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal
Junior Indaba strategic metals discussion covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer

Explorer Pursuit pursues London main market listing

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd June 2019 Australia-headquartered explorer Pursuit Minerals has started a process to seek a dual listing of the company’s shares on the LSE, a market which MD Jeremy Read says has considerable investor interest for its vanadium projects. Pursuit, which will retain its ASX listing, is focused on advancing... 

Independent power producer association hails Mantashe's appointment

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2019 The appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has been welcomed by the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA), which described as “massive” the challenges he, Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa and the rest of... 

Australian Vanadium produces high purity product

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2019 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has produced a high purity vanadium pentoxide at its namesake project, in Western Australia. The vanadium pentoxide was produced as part of pre-pilot test work, and forms parts of efforts to optimise the refinery flowsheet. 

Bushveld establishes dividend policy following ‘transitional’ 2018

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018, reflect its transition from a junior mining company to a significant vanadium producer. The company’s flagship vanadium platform includes a 74% controlling interest in mining and processing company Bushveld... 

Bushveld's Vametco vanadium mine
Bushveld's Vametco vanadium mine

Neometals updates vanadium DFS at Barrambie

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2019 A revised definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Barrambie vanadium/titanium/magnetite project, has confirmed a vanadium production pathway, with owner Neometals now hoping to focus on extracting value from the titanium resource. The revised DFS estimated that Barrambie, in Western... 

Lithium Australia declares vanadium resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2019 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has reported a maiden vanadium resource of 185-million tonnes, at 0.33% vanadium oxide for its Youanmi project, in Western Australia. Lithium Australia said that the maiden resource estimate comprised an oxide resource o 96-million tonnes, at 0.34% vanadium oxide,... 

Junior-specific Charter III provisions will boost growth

By: Nadine James     17th May 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa facilitated the inclusion of junior-specific provisions in Mining Charter 3, gazetted in September last year, says Minerals Council Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell. He notes that the provisions will assist the stability and growth of the... 

Bushveld's Vametco achieves record monthly production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 Diversified miner Bushveld Minerals' Vametco subsidiary produced 270 t of vanadium in March – the highest monthly production rate achieved by the operation in the past 21 months. This achievement comes on the back of improvements in mine production scheduling, vanadium grade in the kiln feed and... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Pursuit sharpens focus on Swedish vanadium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th May 2019 Scoping studies into the Airijoki and Koitelainen vanadium projects, in Sweden and Finland respectively, have proven both projects to be financially robust, ASX-listed Pursuit Minerals said on Wednesday. The scoping studies assessed the potential for both Airijoki and Koitelainen to be developed... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Tando's SPD proves viable

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd May 2019 A scoping study into ASX-listed Tando Resources’ Phase 1 SPD vanadium project, in South Africa, has demonstrated that the project is technically and financially viable. The Phase 1 project is based on a 2.2-million tonne a year stand-alone operation, which is expected to produce an average of... 

Bushveld grows its vanadium business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has entered into a business and share purchase agreement with Vanchem Vanadium Products (VVP) and South African Japan Vanadium (SAJV) to conditionally acquire VVP’s vanadium production business and SAJV’s ferrovanadium production business in South Africa. The company... 

Bushveld appoints new Vametco GM, group finance head

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has appointed Bertina Symonds GM of Bushveld Vametco and Hiten Ooka group finance head. Symonds’ appointment combines the roles of CEO and COO into GM for the company’s Bushveld Vametco business, which owns the company’s vanadium mine in South Africa’s North West... 

Kazakh vanadium miner is first 2019 London listing in sector

By: Reuters     28th March 2019 Ferro-Alloy Resources Group, which is producing vanadium in Kazakhstan, lists on the London stock market on Thursday, marking the first junior flotation in the sector this year. Vanadium has traditionally been used for strengthening steel, but its price has risen 450% in three years on... 

Kazakh vanadium miner is first 2019 London listing in sector

Bushveld Energy commissions first VFRB project  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Wednesday announced that its 84%-owned subsidiary Bushveld Energy had commissioned a vanadium redox flow battery (VFRB) project with Eskom, including site acceptance testing. At completion, the unit will have a peak output of 450 kWh.  

Corruption Watch calls for enquiry into misadministration of mining royalties  

By: Nadine James     26th March 2019 Civil society organisation Corruption Watch (CW) has recommended that a commission of enquiry be established to determine the scope and degree of alleged misadministration and misappropriation of mining royalties. The organisation on Tuesday launched its ‘Improving Transparency and Accountability... 

Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis
Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis
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