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Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Bacanora to bring in China’s Ganfeng as partner in Mexico lithium project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed Bacanora Lithium has signed a non-binding heads of terms with China lithium producer Ganfeng for a strategic investment in both the company and its flagship Sonora lithium project, in Mexico. Completion of the strategic investment would form a major part of Bacanora’s finance package... 

Lithium Americas names new CEO, quarterly loss shrinks

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Lithium Americas, which is developing lithium projects in Argentina and Nevada, said on Wednesday that its quarterly loss shrank as costs fell and sales rose, and that its CEO would retire. The company is one of a handful of junior miners around the world working to develop mines for lithium, a... 

Trade war spurs 'change in attitude' on gold for spooked markets

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 Donald Trump’s tweets are keeping global financial markets on edge, and many investors are opting for gold as a refuge. Gold open interest, a tally of outstanding futures contracts, surged the most since mid-2016 on Monday to the highest in more than seven weeks. Prices of the metal have advanced... 

Barrick Gold prepping sale of Zambian copper mine in H2 – sources

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 Barrick Gold, the world's second largest bullion miner, is preparing its Zambian copper mine Lumwana for sale in the second half of 2019, looking to target Chinese buyers, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. Fresh from two major deals in recent months, Barrick has said it plans to... 

Release of updated IRP imminent, says Radebe, as he allays coal producers' fears  

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised that the update of the Integrated Resource Plan, which reflects the government’s policy blueprint for the power sector, will be concluded "very shortly". He told delegates attending the African Utility Week and PowerGEN Africa forum, in Cape Town, on... 

US faces hurdles in push to build electric vehicle supply chain

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 The United States faces stiff challenges as it moves to create its own electric vehicle supply chain, industry analysts say, with the extent of the country's metal reserves largely unknown and only a few facilities to process minerals and produce batteries. Legislation making its way through the... 

Lone US rare-earth miner target of China tariffs, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2019 The only US rare earths miner is crying foul over China’s decision to raise tariffs on American shipments of raw materials used in electric vehicles. MP Materials – once the world’s biggest producer of rare-earth materials – exports 3 000 to 4 000 metric tons of concentrates to the Asian nation... 

Copper production in Peru, Panama to offset lower output in Indonesia, Zambia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 After having grown by 2.5% in 2018, global copper production is expected to remain essentially unchanged this year, but will grow by 1.9% in 2020, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) said in its ‘Copper Market Forecast for 2019/20’, released on Monday. ICSG met with global copper... 

Platinum market set to move into deficit this year – Johnson Matthey 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 The platinum market is expected to move into deficit this year, with a resurgence in investor activity to outweigh modest falls in industrial and jewellery demand, says Johnson Matthey in its latest platinum group metals market report. The science multinational company expects a tentative... 

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