​​Civil unrest in South Africa, covid-19 may push cobalt prices up

Mining News Pro - Civil unrest in South Africa, a third wave of covid-19 and supply curbs in the Democratic Republic of Congo may push cobalt prices up to $25 per pound through 2021 from the current average of $23.94 per pound, according to a new report published by Fastmarkets.

Jervois Mining to buy Freeport Cobalt for $160 million

Mining News Pro - Australian miner Jervois Mining said on Tuesday it would buy Finland-based Freeport Cobalt for $160 million in a deal that could make it the second largest cobalt producer outside China.

Korea looks to Australia for reliable battery materials

Mining News Pro - Australian critical minerals miners have caught the attention of Korean battery manufacturers as the east Asian powerhouse looks to diversify its supply chain.

How transition metals destabilize high-energy-density Li-ion batteries

Mining News Pro - Researchers from Tohoku University and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute produced fresh insights about the release of oxygen in lithium-ion batteries, paving the way for more robust and safer high-energy-density batteries.

Low-cost, sustainable plasma technology could replace one of world’s rarest materials

Mining News Pro - A team led by a researcher from the University of Sydney has developed a low-cost, sustainable technology that can dim the screens of electronic devices, anti-reflection automobile mirrors, and smart architectural windows at a fraction of the cost of current technology.

China Moly’s Congo mine expansion project starts trial production

Mining News Pro - The expansion project of China Molybdenum’s Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) mine in Democratic Republic of Congo had started trial production on July 16, the company said in a statement.

Citronen mine life extended

Mining News Pro - A bankable feasibility study (BFS) into the Citronen zinc/lead project, in Greenland, has increased the expected mine life by 50%, to 20 years compared with the 2017 feasibility study while also improving the mine design.

UK fraud unit finds alleged bribe network behind cobalt hub

Mining News Pro - U.K. prosecutors have told Swiss authorities they have proof of an alleged money-laundering ring spanning from Africa to Europe that paid almost $380 million in cash bribes to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UK fraud unit finds bribe network behind world’s cobalt hub

Mining News Pro - UK prosecutors have told Swiss authorities they have proof of an alleged money-laundering ring spanning from Africa to Europe that paid almost $380 million in cash bribes to authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo likely to start artisanal cobalt buying within eight weeks

Mining News Pro - The Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to start buying cobalt from artisanal miners within eight weeks as it aims to become the only legal buyer from miners in the informal sector.

Federal funding backs resources manufacturing

Mining News Pro - The Australian Government has created an $800 million Manufacturing Collaboration Stream to encourage collaboration between businesses and researchers in industries including resources technology and critical minerals processing.

IGO, Barminco finish Nova electric vehicle trial

Mining News Pro - IGO and Barminco have advanced the electrification of the Nova nickel-copper-cobalt mine in Western Australia following the trial of a Normet underground electric vehicle (EV), which has successfully handled the site’s conditions.

S2 Research says Orion announcements underline ‘compelling’ investment proposition

Mining News Pro - Market researcher S2 Research on July 6 said dual-listed Orion Minerals’ current share price “represents a significant discount to the value of the Prieska copper/zinc project alone”, and that the miner’s recent announcements “represent value-accretive options that significantly underline the company’s compelling investment proposition”.

QLD North West Minerals Province on display in Netherlands

Mining News Pro - The Queensland Government has showcased the state’s North West Minerals Province in an engagement session with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers to highlight the region’s supply of critical minerals for electric vehicles (EVs).

Mineral exploration takes flight in QLD

Mining News Pro - The Queensland Government has commissioned an airborne geophysical survey of the state’s north-west to uncover its next wave of mineral projects.

Wood Mackenzie boosts battery metals expertise with Roskill buy

Mining News Pro - Wood Mackenzie announced on Friday it had acquired Roskill, a privately-owned company and leader in metals and materials supply chain intelligence, boosting the consultancy’s expertise in energy transition.

Cobalt ‘bubble’ will burst, Ivanhoe executive in Congo says

Mining News Pro - The demand for cobalt is a bubble that will burst as new battery technology reduces the need for the metal, according to the head of the chamber of mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Secret to river restoration unlocked

Mining News Pro - A new measuring system for the restoration of river systems in post-mining environments has been developed by a United States-based research team.

Apple said to be in battery supply talks with CATL and BYD

Mining News Pro - Apple is said to be negotiating with Chinese battery producers CATL and BYD to secure supply for its reportedly planned electric car.

Tesla eyes over $1 billion worth of Australian critical minerals a year

Mining News Pro - Electric cars giant Tesla said it expects to soon begin buying more than $1 billion a year of Australian lithium, nickel and other critical minerals for its batteries and engines.

Updating decades-old minerals processing methods

Mining News Pro - Researchers from Aalto University in Finland have found a new environmentally-friendly method for increasing mineral recovery in minerals processing.

Silver Elephant pauses Sunawayo acquisition

Mining News Pro - Precious metals explorer Silver Elephant has put on hold payments for the Sunawayo silver/lead mining project, in Bolivia, pending verification of the status of the project’s title and environmental permit.

Cobalt price: 4 new Mutandas needed by 2030

The decision by Glencore (LSE: GLEN) this week to restart production at the mothballed Mutanda copper-cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo – the world’s largest cobalt mine – in 2022 will likely be one of many moves needed to ensure supply growth can match the trajectory of increasing demand.

Orion obtains urgent interdict to prevent further protest disruption at Prieska

Mining News Pro - Copper developer Orion Minerals has obtained an urgent interdict in the Northern Cape High Court, in Kimberley, to prevent any further disruption to its business at the Prieska copper/zinc mine involving violence and intimidation.

Wagners hauls in Glencore contract renewal

Mining News Pro - Wagners has renewed a haulage services contract with Glencore in north-west Queensland for another four years.

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