Lithium

Mining News Pro - A new report by Roskill states that the lithium industry is in a waiting game. Suppliers are limiting capacity utilisation and expansions to see if prices pick up as demand grows and inventories go down.

Mining News Pro - The new chief of Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company YLB plans strict limits on foreign investment in extraction and processing of the white metal key to electric vehicle batteries, he told Reuters in his first interview with international media since taking the reins this month.

Mining News Pro - Chile’s environmental watchdog (SMA) has appealed a lower court decision against a $25 million remediation plan by SQM, the world’s no. 2 lithium producer, which called into question the miner’s $380 million production expansion project.

Mining News Pro - Investment in battery manufacturing plants and electric vehicle factories continues to boom around the world, but for now the market for lithium shows no signs of emerging from a four-year slump.

Mining News Pro - Complying with environmental, social and governance standards could mean significant savings when it comes to financing projects related to lithium, a key component of electric car batteries.

Mining News Pro - Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed an electrolyte that could help manufacturers produce recyclable, self-healing commercial batteries.

Mining News Pro - Portugal has delayed an international licensing tender for lithium exploration for the third time, with the government aiming to launch it in early 2020, despite strong objections from environmental groups.

Mining News Pro - Canada’s Nemaska Lithium said on Monday it had filed for creditor protection, following several months of attempts to find new investors in order to continue operations.

Mining News Pro - Canada’s Nemaska Lithium said on Monday it had filed for creditor protection, following several months of attempts to find new investors in order to continue operations.

Mining News Pro - American Battery Metals reported that company executives spent a week in Washington, D.C. discussing with key stakeholders its strategy to help the United States lessen its reliance on foreign sources of critical minerals.

Mining News Pro - Peru’s National Service of Protected Natural Areas approved this week the creation of the Ausangate Regional Conservation Area (ACR Ausangate in Spanish), whose objective is to protect glaciers and Andean grasslands, as well as emblematic animals such as the condor and the vicuña, from damaging activities.

Mining News Pro - American Manganese announced that the company’s independent contract lab, Kemetco Research, has begun testing cathode material from disassembled electric vehicle battery packs supplied by the Critical Material Institute, an energy innovation hub led by the Ames Laboratory and supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Mining News Pro - Australian lithium developer Prospect Resources Ltd said on Thursday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a unit of Russia’s Rosatom that could see the latter buy a stake in Prospect as well as supplies of the sought-after metal.

Mining News Pro - Russia’s state nuclear group Rosatom and Canada’s Wealth Minerals (TSXV: WML) are working towards a partnership at the junior’s Atacama lithium project in northern Chile. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which Rosatom, through its subsidiary Uranium One Group, can earn up to a 51% stake in the project along with the right to purchase 100% of its offtake.

Mining News Pro - Chile’s Atacama salt flat may get all the attention when it comes to lithium, but the South American nation is looking to develop two lesser-known deposits of the mineral needed to power a global push into electric cars.

Mining News Pro - Veolia Water Technologies engineered and designed the production process that recovers lithium carbonate and sulfate of potash from clay deposits using HPD evaporation and crystallisation systems.

Mining News Pro - Portugal’s government came under fire from lawmakers on Wednesday for signing a contract giving exploration rights for lithium mining to a three-day old firm, but the environment minister said this won’t stop mining of the metal.

Mining News Pro - Bids to acquire Chinese battery firm CATL’s mothballed lithium plant in the Canadian province of Quebec are due by January next year, a representative with the court-appointed monitor overseeing the auction said on Wednesday.

Mining News Pro - Minera del Altiplano, which operates Livent’s Fenix project at the Salar del Hombre Muerto (Deadman’s Salt Flat) in Argentina’s Catamarca province, is the financial force behind a soon-to-be-open, 600.3-kilowatt solar farm in the town of Antofagasta de la Sierra.

Mining News Pro - Private equity groups and other investors have grown emboldened by the lithium industry’s malaise, forging plans to invest billions of dollars in mining projects to develop the electric vehicle battery metal.

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