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Glencore in position to double copper output using fossil fuel cash flows 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore will halve the production of its fossil fuel business between now and 2035 and in that time use the cash flows from that fossil business to double production of its copper business. “So, a very neat and tidy use of our fossil fuels, firstly to... 

Red-hot lithium rally cools as China's BYD flags surplus

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2022 Red-hot lithium prices are getting a little less expensive, just as China’s electric-car giant BYD flags that the market could swing back into surplus next year. The battery material in China has continued to retreat from the all-time high hit last month as signs of demand weakness weigh on the... 

Aussie miners to adjust portfolios in 2023 - KPMG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2022 A survey conducted by advisory firm KPMG has revealed that a significant number of Australian mining companies would change their portfolio of products towards future-facing commodities in 2023. KPMG Australia’s national mining and metals leader Nick Harridge said the economic shift toward a... 

Exploration drilling gaining momentum at Southern Palladium’s Bengwenyama project  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2022 Exploration drilling is gaining momentum at Southern Palladium’s Bengwenyama platinum group metals project, a large, shallow exploration opportunity on the eastern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex. One specific borehole into upper group two (UG2) reef recorded an impressive 800 centimetre... 

BP doubles down on hydrogen as fuel of the future

By: Reuters     5th December 2022 BP chief executive Bernard Looney is betting on hydrogen to power future low-carbon businesses as the governments of major economies stump up cash to develop the fuel to decarbonise. Low-carbon hydrogen already has a big fan-base and is forecast to play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas... 

Argentina is pressing US for exception to tap EV bonanza

By: Bloomberg     5th December 2022 The world’s fastest-growing lithium producer is lobbying hard to gain access to President Joe Biden’s new electric vehicle tax credits, despite Argentina not meeting the requirement of being a US free-trade partner. So far, it’s being rebuffed. Designed to end China’s overwhelming dominance of... 

Sasol shares sink after warning on Secunda challenges

By: Reuters     1st December 2022 Sasol shares fell nearly 7% after the South African petrochemicals company said it expects challenges at its Secunda operations to impact coal and fuel production, although higher crude oil prices are seen boosting half-year profit by more than 20%. Sasol shares were 6.74% lower at 1301 GMT. 

HPA First produces first precursor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2022 The HPA First project, in Queensland, has produced its first aluminium-nitrate precursors, ASX-listed Alpha HPA said on Tuesday. The Stage 1 precursor production facility (PPF) is in the final stages of chemical commissioning and delivered its maiden production this week. The PPF has produced 3... 

Sibanye starts building €359m lithium hydroxide refinery in Finland

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2022 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater has announced that it will proceed with construction of the Kokkola lithium hydroxide refinery, on the west coast of Finland, as part of the overall Keliber lithium project. This follows after Sibanye increased its interest in the Keliber... 

Copper mining grows at last but now smelters can't keep up

By: Bloomberg     28th November 2022 Copper miners are boosting output at last after several years of anemic performance. But it may not be enough to meaningfully lift stockpiles from historically low levels, keeping supplies tight in a market critical to the energy transition. The reason is a bottleneck in capacity at the world’s... 

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