Battle for Noront heats up with BHP’s sweetened offer

Mining News Pro - BHP opened Wednesday a new chapter on a months-long battle with Wyloo Metals over nickel-copper miner Noront Resources (TSX-V: NOT) by sweetening its all-cash bid for the Canadian company.

Thiel-backed Canadian lithium junior said to prepare Nasdaq listing

Mining News Pro - Rock Tech Lithium Inc. is preparing a Nasdaq listing to broaden its investor base and help finance a $545 million battery-metals plant in Germany near sites of key suppliers and customers including Tesla Inc. and BASF SE, according to people familiar with the matter.

Chile to open 400,000 tonnes of lithium reserves up for exploration

Mining News Pro - Chile will open a tender for the exploration and production of 400,000 tonnes of lithium in an effort to reclaim market share and meet growing demand for the metal used in electric vehicles and high-tech devices.

South Africa needs to ramp up critical minerals exploration as world decarbonises

Mining News Pro - The South African mining sector can remain internationally competitive and support socioeconomic development only if it drives decarbonisation and adapts to the global shift in commodity demand towards minerals used in green sectors such as renewable electricity and electric vehicles (EVs), a new study shows.

Lithium Americas expands Thacker Pass resource, awaits final permit decision

Mining News Pro - Lithium Americas announced on Thursday that the mineral resource estimate for its Thacker Pass project has been updated from the 2018 model to include new drilling within the plan of operations and the south exploration area.

Bacanora Lithium says Sonora project safe from Mexico reforms

Mining News Pro - Bacanora Lithium, which is being acquired by China’s Ganfeng Lithium, said on Monday that Mexico’s proposed bill to declare lithium a “strategic mineral” and reserve its extraction for the state will not affect its giant Sonora project.

Sayona announces massive cash drive for Moblan buy

Mining News Pro - Lithium developer Sayona Mining on Monday announced that it had raised some A$100-million through a share placement to global institutional, professional and sophisticated investors, to fund the purchase of a majority interest in the Moblan lithium project, in Quebec.

BHP joins EV battery alliance

Mining News Pro - iversified miner BHP on Monday announced that it had inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with hybrid battery producer Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) for the creation of a green electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem that will enhance sustainability, recyclability and traceability.

Iron battery breakthrough could eat lithium’s lunch

Mining News Pro - The world’s electric grids are creaking under the pressure of volatile fossil-fuel prices and the imperative of weaning the world off polluting energy sources. A solution may be at hand, thanks to an innovative battery that’s a cheaper alternative to lithium-ion technology.

Miners of half of global lithium output set up trade association

Mining News Pro - Miners accounting for more than half of the world’s lithium output have set up a global trade association headquartered in London to speak for the fast-growing industry that is key to meeting energy transition targets.

Albemarle to buy Chinese lithium firm for $200 million

Mining News Pro - Albemarle, the world’s top lithium producer, said on Thursday it would buy China-based Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials for about $200 million, as part of its plans to boost lithium conversion capacity.

Expansion study at Manono starts

Mining News Pro - AVZ Minerals has started an expansion scenario study for its Manono lithium and tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

AfriTin records strong interim performance

Mining News Pro - Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and maintaining the health and safety of employees as a priority, Aim-listed AfriTin delivered an impressive interim performance, CEO Anthony Viljoen says.

Core Lithium taps Lucas for inaugural Finniss contract

Mining News Pro - Core Lithium has awarded a three-year contract to Lucas Total Control Solutions for the provision of open pit mining and associated services at its Finniss lithium project in the Northern Territory.

How lithium can be efficiently extracted from oil and gas wastewater

Mining News Pro - New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences proposes the idea of rapidly extracting lithium from contaminated water.

Barrick options South Uchi project from Kenorland Minerals

Mining News Pro - Kenorland Minerals announced on Monday that it has entered into a property option agreement with Barrick Gold with respect to the company’s South Uchi project in Ontario.

Renascor secures Federal support for Siviour graphite

Mining News Pro - Renascor Resources has been granted Major Project Status for its $209 million Siviour graphite project in South Australia, advancing its efforts to become a leading supplier.

Sibanye-Stillwater buys half of ioneer’s Nevada project for $490m

Mining News Pro - New York-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater is investing $490-million in a lithium/boron mining project in Nevada, US, as it steps up its presence in the battery materials supply chain.

MACA wins $70m Pilbara Minerals contract extension

Mining News Pro - Pilbara Minerals has renewed its mining services contract with MACA at the Pilgangoora Lithium project in Western Australia for a further 12 months.

EV sales to reach 5m units in 2021 with trucks, boats entering the race

Mining News Pro - In a recent analysis, IDTechEx acknowledged that, back in 2011, its ‘bullish’ forecasts of 1.5 million new EVs hitting the roads by 2021 were a massive underestimation as, ‘once the future arrived,’ sales of electric vehicles are on track to surpass five million units this year — counting only passenger cars.

Common mining waste produces hydrogen at QUT

Mining News Pro - Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have found a use for a mining by-product in hydrogen fuel and lithium-ion batteries.

German researchers develop record-breaking lithium metal cell

Mining News Pro - A new study published in the journal Joule makes the case for a record-breaking lithium metal battery that offers extremely high energy density of 560 watt-hours per kilogram — based on the total weight of the active materials — with remarkably good stability.

Albemarle says Chile output on track despite strike

Mining News Pro - Albemarle Corp, the world’s top lithium producer, said on Tuesday it has maintained output from its Chile operations despite an ongoing strike by one of the company’s four unions in the South American nation.

NRW’s Primero wins $290 million contract at Mt Holland

Mining News Pro - NRW Holdings’ wholly-owned subsidiary Primero Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract at Covalent Lithium’s Mt Holland concentrator project in Western Australia.

MinRes sells Pilbara stake

Mining News Pro - The share price of lithium producer Pilbara Minerals fell on Monday, after shareholder Mineral Resources announced the sale of its 5.4% shareholding in the company for A$328-million.

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