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TCTA moves ahead with R12.3bn second phase of Mokolo-Crocodile water scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2019 Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) announced on Wednesday that it had commenced with the implementation of the Mokolo-Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A (MCWAP-2A) project, which is strongly associated with minerals and energy projects in the Limpopo province and is, thus, facing... 

Jervois gains entry into Uganda with M2 Cobalt buyout

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2019 ASX-listed Jervois Mining has completed a plan of arrangement to acquire TSX-listed M2 Cobalt. The acquisition provides Jervois entry into Uganda to complement its East African ambitions, particularly regarding opportunities around the historic Kilembe mine and the Kasese cobalt refinery. 

European lithium projects gain attention amid push toward EVs

By: Reuters     14th June 2019 European lithium projects are making a fresh push for capital, eager to supply the white metal to a burgeoning network of battery manufacturers and electric vehicle makers across the continent, the world's second-largest EV market after China. A regional EV supply chain would help achieve... 

Trump's Cuba gambit pushes Canadian miner Sherritt to the brink

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2019 Sherritt International, whose executives were once known as Fidel Castro’s favorite capitalists, is paying the price for its close ties to the struggling Caribbean nation. The Canadian miner, which gets all its revenue from assets in Cuba, is being hit on multiple fronts by Donald Trump’s... 

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Lithium mining superpowers seek riches as battery makers

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2019 The race by Tesla, Samsung SDI and other technology giants to secure supplies of lithium — a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles and smartphones — is creating a unique chance for two global mining superpowers to reap more value from their natural resources. Australia and Chile are... 

Vedanta seeks intl arbitration to settle Zambia dispute 

By: Reuters     31st May 2019 Global mining conglomerate Vedanta Resources said on Friday it was seeking international arbitration over Zambia's appointment of a provisional liquidator to run the company's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) business. Vedanta said on Friday its executives were unable to visit its KCM operation and... 

Commissioning of tin concentrate dryer finalised

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     31st May 2019 South Africa-based furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces commissioned a tin concentrate dryer at tin mine developer Alphamin Resources’ Bisie tin mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in March. Thermopower director William Oldnall tells Mining Weekly that the rotary dryer is... 

Study doubles production potential of Canada cobalt refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th May 2019 The refinery that TSX-V- and ASX-listed First Cobalt is aiming to reopen in Canada could produce more than 5 000 t/y of cobalt contained in sulphate, a debottlenecking study by Ausenco Engineering has found. The study, which eliminates the refinery’s autoclave circuit and addresses production... 

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. 

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