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Vanadium News

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. 

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.
Photo by Creamer Media
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.

Neometals tests tech with vanadium recovery trial

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2021 ASX-listed Neometals has started a pilot trial at its Vanadium Recovery Project (VRP), in Finland. The pilot trial will process about 13 t of vanadium-bearing steel byproduct over 22 days from three slag stockpiles in Scandinavia, at a rate of 25 kg/h.  

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2021 A shift to “regenerative mining” of coal reserves is a crucial part of a solution to a greener, cleaner future, said African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones on Wednesday. Jones, a former commodity trader at Macquarie and Rand Merchant Bank, who cofounded the global coal market in London in the... 

African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that Australia was poised to take advantage of the predicted increase in global demand for commodities. The MCA’s Commodity Demand Outlook 2030 has predicted that seaborne iron-ore demand would rise moderately, from 1.5-billion... 

Australia poised to benefit from increased commodity demand - MCA

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Davis and former Xstrata Alloys head join FAR board

By: Mariaan Webb     1st June 2021 Sir Mick Davis has been appointed chairperson of the board of Ferro-Alloy Resources (FAR), the European vanadium company in which his Vision Blue Resources firm has invested. FAR, which trades on the London exchange, reported on Tuesday that the previously announced investment of $3.1-million by... 

Sir Mick Davis will chair Ferro-Alloy Resources.
Sir Mick Davis will chair Ferro-Alloy Resources.

Bryah reports base metal resource at Vanadium Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st June 2021 Junior Bryah Resources has reported a 31.3-million tonne nickel/copper/cobalt mineral resource estimate for the Australian Vanadium deposit, at its Gabanintha project in Western Australia. Fellow-listed Australian Vanadium, which holds the mineral rights to the vanadium, titanium, iron and... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Vanadium continues to support circular economy adoption, says Bushveld Minerals 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 Vanadium batteries continue to support the world’s adoption of a circular economy by providing a sustainable, safe and low-cost energy option with a lifecycle of more than 20 years. Over its lifespan, vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology offers the lowest cost per kiloWatt-hour stored,... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Mt Peake processing facility faces potential permitting delay 

By: Mariaan Webb     27th May 2021 The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the processing facility of the Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory (NT), is facing a potential delay. The NT Environmental Protection Authority has asked owner TNG to provide additional information on the supplement to... 

Concern over lack of JSE listings ahead of Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 In anticipation of next week's Junior Indaba virtual conference, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has updated statistics on the change in the number of listed mining companies on the JSE over time. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) It is not a pretty picture. (See attached chart.) 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

Diamond explorer Bill McKechnie feels South Africa has battery mineral exploration potential  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2021 The renowned exploration geologist linked to the colossal and still-thriving diamond discovery against all odds at the Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo, believes there is no reason why new battery and other specialist minerals cannot be discovered in South Africa, using the techniques that he... 

Bill McKechnie
Exploration geologist Bill McKechnie interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday when trading of the shares of Nouveau Monde Graphite begin on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no half measure with Nouveau Monde Graphite chairperson and Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Frandsen when it comes to... 

Arne Frandsen
Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

Hire jobless geologists to capture much-needed exploration data – LEI   

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2021 A strong call for unemployed geology graduates to be contracted to capture historic exploration data electronically has been made by Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) principal geology consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase. In a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly Ntshangase also called on South... 

LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele (Siphe) Ntshangase
LEI Principal Geology Consultant Siphelele Ntshangase interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Hydrogen providing PGM opportunity similar to 90s emissions boost – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2021 The advent of the hydrogen economy is providing an opportunity for platinum group metals (PGMs) similar what occurred in the 1990s when the PGM market faced a structural boost driven by stringent emissions regulations, Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart said on Tuesday. Particularly for the... 

Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart
Sibanye-Stillwater COO Richard Stewart

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Bushveld reports lower first-quarter vanadium output; working to improve Vametco’s performance

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals produced 688 t of vanadium in the first quarter. This was lower than the 880 t produced in the corresponding period of 2020 as a result of a 35-day planned maintenance shutdown at Vametco. 

Bushveld Minerals' Vametco plans
Bushveld Minerals' Vametco plans

Vanadium One enlists Glencore's support for Quebec project

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2021 Toronto-headquartered explorer and developer Vanadium One has enlisted the support of commodities major Glencore for the development of the Mont Sorcier iron and vanadium project, in Quebec. Glencore will assist in arranging funding to deliver a bankable feasibility study (BFS) and has entered... 

Vanadium One enlists Glencore's support for Quebec project

Largo Resources taps Brazil in vanadium battery push

By: Reuters     4th May 2021 US-based Largo Clean Energy is preparing to produce batteries using vanadium extracted from northeastern Brazil, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday, in a bid to capture a chunk of the fast-growing renewable energy storage market. The company, whose parent Largo Resources is mining the... 

Use of ruthenium in fuel cells set to turn down as green hydrogen trend turns up – Heraeus  

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2021 The use of ruthenium in fuel cells is poised to decline in line with the growing trend towards the generation of green hydrogen. “We believe that the use of ruthenium in fuel cells will come down, as the trend to green hydrogen will bring with it purer feeds with less carbon monoxide impurities,... 

Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP new business development and innovation Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Neometals forges ahead with vanadium recovery plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2021 A preliminary feasibility study (PFS) by ASX-listed Neometals into the recovery of high-purity vanadium pentoxide from high-grade vanadium-bearing steel-byproduct in Finland, has proven positive. Neometals in April of last year inked a collaboration agreement with Scandinavian mineral developer... 

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2021 Venture capital funds manager AP Ventures has made yet another promising investment the fast-growing hydrogen sector, Mining Weekly can today report. AP Ventures Fund II focuses on hydrogen and its role in decarbonising energy and this latest investment is set up to contribute to establishing a... 

AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers
AP Ventures founder and partner Kevin Eggers

PGMs in all three drive trains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2021 If the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen
Anglo American executive head PGM market development interviewed by Mining weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Mining policy should be hugely supportive of exploration’s multiplier magic – investor  

By: Martin Creamer     28th April 2021 Mining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive investment-friendly... 

Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson.
Integral Asset Management CIO Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bushveld completes Enerox investment strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2021 Special purpose acquisition company Mustang Energy has invested $7.5-million into Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Holdings (VRFB-H) to acquire a 22.1% interest in VRFB-H and an indirect 11.05% interest in vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturer Enerox. Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned Bushveld... 

Anglo explores PGMs-based tech to simplify hydrogen storage in electric vehicles 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American, through its platinum group metals (PGMs) business Anglo American Platinum, is partnering with Umicore to research and develop technology that has the potential to transform the way hydrogen can be stored and used to power fuel cell electric... 

Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American executive head of PGMs market development Benny Oeyen

Vametco employees start return to work as industrial action is resolved

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2021 Aim-listed vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals says a five-day-long unprotected industrial action at its Vametco operation has been resolved and that workers are starting to safely return to work. Bushveld says the unprotected industrial action related to... 

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