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Vanadium News

Green 175 MW power for Sibanye-Stillwater platinum group metal mines  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2021 A total of 174 MW of clean, green renewable power is on the way for Sibanye-Stillwater’s platinum group metal (PGM) mines in South Africa. The total cost of the three project scheme will be in the order of R2.5-billion to R2.8-billion. 

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

FAR starts producing ferro-molybdenum and vanadium pentoxide

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2021 LSE-listed vanadium producer Ferro-Alloy Resources (FAR) has started production of ferro-molybdenum and vanadium pentoxide at its Balasausqandiq vanadium deposit in southern Kazakhstan. In October 2020, the company started to recover molybdenum in the form of calcium molybdate as a by-product... 

Qld gets ready for first vanadium mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2021 The Queensland government has approved the mining license for the state’s first vanadium mine, green-lighting Multicom Resources’ A$250-million Saint Elmo project, near Julia Creek. “I congratulate Multicom as the first cab off the rank in an exciting new era for Queensland’s resources sector,... 

Image shows a close-up of broken core samples

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

Creamer Media screenshot of AmaranthCX director Paul Miller taken during Zoom interview.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media during debate on green hydrogen.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Silver Elephant publishes US vanadium PEA

By: Mariaan Webb     31st August 2021 Toronto-listed Silver Elephant has announced the results of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Gibellini vanadium project, in Nevada, demonstrating an aftertax internal rate of return (IRR) of 25.4% and a net present value (NPV) of $127.9-million. Gibellini, which Silver Elephant... 

Silver Elephant spins out battery metals assets

By: Mariaan Webb     27th August 2021 Toronto-listed Silver Elephant Mining on Thursday announced a reorganisation of the company, spinning out its nickel and vanadium assets, as well as creating a separate battery metals royalty subsidiary. The Gibellini vanadium project, in Nevada, the Manitoba-based Minago nickel project and... 

Geology professor remembered after succumbing to Covid-19 

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2021 South African geologist Professor Morris Viljoen, who was also the uncle of AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen, succumbed to Covid-19 complications on August 19, with Anthony remembering his uncle for his “truly iconic” contributions to the South African mining and geology industries. Anthony says... 

An image of Morris Viljoen
Morris Viljoen

AVL shakes the tin to fund BFS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2021 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium will raise A$8.7-million to complete a bankable feasibility study on its namesake vanadium project, and finalise the design and build of Australia’s first vanadium redox flow battery electrolyte supply plant. The company would place 348-million shares, at a price... 

IDC in discussion on the introduction of an exploration fund – Demana   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2021 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in discussion on the introduction of a fund to underpin much-needed exploration in South Africa. This was stated by Reginald Demana, the IDC’s head of mining and metals, infrastructure and energy, in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with Mining Weekly.... 

Reginald Demana picture from files
IDC Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy Head Reginald Demana interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shallow Reefs Gold hoping to announce capital raise out of North America  

By: Martin Creamer     18th August 2021 In the next few weeks, Shallow Reefs Gold is hoping to be able to announce what it describes as a fairly significant capital raise out of North America after being very active in the capital markets. The target pipeline of the company that is intent on mining shallow deposits of South Africa’s... 

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Shallow Reef Gold’s Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

DFS planned for Qld vanadium project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th August 2021 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Richmond-Julia Creek oxide vanadium project, in Queensland, has estimated that the project could produce some 790 000 t/y of concentrate, producing 12 701 t of vanadium oxide flake, over an initial mine life of 25-years. ASX-listed Horizon Minerals on... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Friendly South African face could quickly attract exploration investment – Bristow 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2021 South Africa looks a lot like the global gold mining industry in that it has not encouraged reinvestment in its mining industry’s future, says Barrick Gold president and CE Dr Mark Bristow. "In fact, if anything, South Africa has harvested what it received back in 1994," adds Bristow, a hugely... 

A picture of Mark Bristow, taken from quarterly Barrick presentation on August 9, 2021
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Barrick president and CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Australian Vanadium readies for Aus production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2021 ASX-listed junior Australian Vanadium has signed a second memorandum of understanding (MoU) with specialty chemical producer US Vanadium for the supply of high purity vanadium oxides and a licence for vanadium electrolyte production. This agreement will allow Australian Vanadium to start local... 

Ferrochrome is part of the green revolution – Glencore 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore views the ferrochrome market as being particularly strong currently. “We've seen very healthy ferrochrome prices and good cash generation in that business,” Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said. 

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Glencore, which uses wind turbine generated energy in Canada and Australia, is looking to also do so in South Africa.

Glencore top-up lifts planned shareholder returns to $2.8-billion 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Thursday announced additional shareholder returns, comprising a $0.5-billion special cash distribution for payment in September and a $650-million share buyback to be completed by the release of full-year results next year. This overall top-up... 

A picture of Gary Nagle, who has taken over from Ivan Glasenberg as CEO of Glencore.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Evraz to build $228m vanadium plant

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2021 Vertically integrated steel and mining company Evraz on Thursday announced that it would invest $228-million in the construction of a new vanadium slag processing plant in Russia. The plant, to be located at the Uzlovaya special economic zone in the Tula region, would be launched in 2025, the... 

Bushveld welcomes US study findings as a win for the South African vanadium sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals says it is “delighted” by the results released on July 29 by the US Department of Commerce on its investigation, under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, into the effect of imports of vanadium on the national security of the US. Bushveld is one of only... 

Computing, food tech among many new PGM opportunity areas ­– Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2021 The computing world is an opportunity area for platinum group metals (PGMs), along with food technology, alloy development, medical advance, waste control, battery and storage  – and that is on top of the now much-celebrated and pervasive green hydrogen feedstock phenomenon. JSE-listed Anglo... 

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Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo Platinum evaluating multiple renewable energy forms  

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2021 As a result its geographic distribution across South Africa, the Anglo American group is collectively evaluating options to access multiple forms of renewable energy, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen said on Monday. The JSE-listed company has already completed the design and... 

A side view of the Amplats CEO during the July 2021 results presenetation.
Anglo American Platinum presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metals make climate change mitigation possible – Citi Research 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2021 In a rapid electrification scenario, metals have the ability to bring about the reduction of close to 1 000 gigatonnes (Gt) of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, Citi Research states in a note that examines the metals industry’s potential contribution to climate change mitigation over... 

A graphic compiled the Citi Research on the fast and moderate way of meeting the Paris climate change accord.
Complying with the Paris agreement on climate change mitigation.

Bushveld’s vanadium output recovers after slow first quarter 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2021 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has reported a significant increase in production in the second quarter of the year, albeit from a low base in the first quarter of the year. The integrated primary vanadium producer, with its Vametco, Brits and Mokopane assets in the Bushveld Complex of South... 

Bushveld Minerals' Vametco plant
Bushveld Minerals' Vametco plant

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mine achieves massive earnings boost after employing four more people  

By: Martin Creamer     19th July 2021 Guided by a value driver tree (VDT) study, an opencast mine increased its earnings massively after employing four additional operators at comparatively negligible cost. The operation’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) soared hugely from $634.3-million to... 

Gary Lane is also a director of SiMine
Value Driver Tree case study covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Life in mining-dependent countries significantly improved – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Life in mining-dependent countries has improved significantly in the 23 years leading up to 2018, with strong governance the key to improving socio-economic well-being, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) said on Wednesday. A report that analysed 41 social metrics grouped under... 

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ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Gold heading towards ‘refuge of choice’ status, says incoming AngloGold CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2021 Gold is poised to be a "refuge of choice" in the years ahead owing to the extent to which money is being printed and world debt is rising, AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Microsoft Teams interview ahead of taking office on September... 

Newly appointed AngloGold CEO
AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Sibanye-linked Finnish developer takes next step towards battery-grade lithium goal 

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2021 Finnish lithium project developer Keliber, in which South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant shareholder, this week took a new step towards its goal of becoming the first European company to start producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide in 2024. Construction of the infrastructure and... 

The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.
The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.

Glencore paid governments $5.8bn, working hard to develop local skills

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2021 As one of the world’s largest natural resource companies, with operations across five continents, Glencore is committed to delivering long-lasting socioeconomic benefits, CFO Steven Kalmin on Wednesday. Speaking on video with the release of Glencore's 2020 Payment to Governments Report, Kalmin... 

Glencore CFO Steven Kalmin
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Glencore CFO Steven Kalmin

Bushveld achieves record 2020 production, but 2021 guidance lowered

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2021 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals achieved record group production of 3 631 t of vanadium in the year ended December 31, 2020, primarily as a result of the inclusion of Vanchem Vanadium’s products for a full year. The Vanchem acquisition was completed by Bushveld in November 2019. 

Fortune Mojapelo
Fortune Mojapelo

Hydrogen represents huge moment of opportunity for South Africa – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 Hydrogen represents a huge moment of opportunity for South Africa, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly said on Monday. AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013 and the $320-million committed in AP... 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Vision Blue accelerates $7m investment in FAR

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2021 Sir Mick Davis’ Vision Blue Resources has made a further investment of $7-million in LSE-listed vanadium mining and processing company Ferro Alloy Resources (FAR). This brings Vision Blue’s total investment in FAR, which owns the Balasausqandiq asset in Kazakhstan, to $10.1-million. The latest... 

TNG eyes hydrogen collaboration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2021 ASX-listed TNG has inked a heads of agreement (HoA) with Malaysian-based green energy company AGV Energy & Technology to collaborate on the proposed integration of vanadium redox flow batteries with green hydrogen production technology. AGV Energy and its partners are developing a technology to... 

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender  

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

The White House on building supply chains.
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The White House on building supply chains.

Allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth, top explorer advises  

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 Exploration geologists from surrounding countries should be allowed into South Africa to boost exploration. That is the view of Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan, who believes that South Africa’s planned exploration thrust should focus on commodities required in... 

Exploration Geology Consultants exploration manager Thinus Jordaan
Exploration manager Thinus Jordaan interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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