Critical minerals producers needed to meet future demand

Mining News Pro - Global demand for critical minerals could increase by up to six times by 2040, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Focus on critical minerals in northern Australia to increase

Mining News Pro - The Australian Government has unveiled a $190 million investment plan that includes critical minerals development to grow business opportunities in northern Australia.

CME starts trading lithium futures to tap EV demand

Mining News Pro - Commodities exchange operator CME Group launched on Monday a futures contract for lithium, seeking to capitalize on growing demand for the key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs) and high tech devices.

World’s top miner warns against Chile’s mining tax

Mining News Pro - The world’s top miner BHP said a proposed royalty on copper and lithium sales being discussed by lawmakers in Chile risks making international miners wary of investing in new projects or expanding existing mines to meet growing demand for both metals.

Chile settles dispute with Albemarle over lithium reserves data

Mining News Pro - Chilean regulators have settled a high stakes dispute over reserves data with top lithium producer Albemarle Corp, according to a letter viewed by Reuters, defusing a spat that may have led to the suspension of the company’s permit to expand its operations in Chile.

Altura acquisition shows promise for Pilbara Minerals

Mining News Pro - Pilbara Minerals has taken over Altura Mining with the prospect of improving market conditions for lithium and encouraging production at the acquired company’s operations.

Galaxy, Orocobre propose $4bn merger

Mining News Pro - Galaxy Resources and Orocobre are planning to merge, creating the fifth largest global lithium chemicals company with a $4 billion proposal.

Australia’s lithium miners bank on brighter times ahead as prices soar

Mining News Pro - Australian-listed lithium miners are preparing for better times ahead, filings showed this week, as they outlined expansion plans in the wake of soaring prices for the raw material used in electric vehicle batteries.

Australia`s lithium miners bank on brighter times ahead as prices soar

Mining News Pro - Australian-listed lithium miners are preparing for better times ahead, filings showed this week, as they outlined expansion plans in the wake of soaring prices for the raw material used in electric vehicle batteries.

Orocobre shares up on higher lithium prices

Mining News Pro - Lithium miner Orocobre said on Tuesday that sales during the March quarter had reached 3,032 tonnes at a price of $5,853 per tonne free-on-board (FOB), with pricing up more than 50% compared with the December 2020 quarter.

PFS into cathode powder proves positive for Lithium Australia

Mining News Pro - A prefeasibility study (PFS) by the subsidiary of ASX-listed Lithium Australia, VSPC, into a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) cathode powder has confirmed the project’s robust economics.

Skyrocketing metal prices threaten to hinder EV affordability

Mining News Pro - A surge in demand for electric vehicles is sending the price of raw materials soaring, threatening to slow the push toward making cheaper batteries that are key to more widespread adoption.

Galaxy puts Mt Cattlin production back on track

Mining News Pro - Galaxy Resources has returned the Mt Cattlin spodumene-tantalite mine in Western Australia to its nameplate capacity, continuing a streak of lithium rebounds since last year.

IGO sells Tropicana for A$903m

Mining News Pro - Gold miner Regis Resources on Tuesday announced plans to raise A$650-million capital to partly fund the A$903-million buy of ASX-listed Independence Group’s (IGO’s) 30% interest in the Tropicana gold project, in Western Australia.

Liontown builds throughput momentum

Mining News Pro - Liontown Resources has flagged the potential for throughput improvements at the Kathleen Valley lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.

Rio Tinto to produce lithium from Boron mine

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto has started recovering battery-grade lithium from 90-year-old waste piles at the Boron borate operation in California, the United States.

Core affirms Finniss spodumene quality

Mining News Pro - Core Lithium has delivered battery grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LH) at the Finniss lithium project in the Northern Territory.

Avalon, Fort William First Nation to jointly develop lithium refinery in Ontario

Mining News Pro - Avalon Advanced Materials (TSX: AVL) and the Fort William First Nation entered into a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of a lithium battery materials refinery located on industrial lands owned by the FWFN in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

NEO’s silicon anodes achieve long-term cycling

Mining News Pro - NEO Battery Materials (TSXV: NBM) announced that it has achieved a highly stable long-term cycling ability using 100% silicon (Si) anodes.

BCI Minerals locks in $90m in contracts

Mining News Pro - BCI has awarded $90 million worth of contracts for its Mardie salt and potash project in Western Australia over the first quarter of 2021.

Mexico eyes bigger role in lithium industry

Mining News Pro - President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday the Mexican state is considering taking a bigger role in lithium production, arguing companies were using mining concessions for speculation rather than mining the metal.

Strike to spin out lithium assets ahead of iron ore production

Mining News Pro - Strike Resources intends to increase its focus on the Paulsens East iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia by spinning out its lithium and battery minerals assets.

Investors flock back to lithium as battery bust turns to boom

Mining News Pro - Investors are betting big on a lithium comeback less than three years after prices of the metal used in rechargeable batteries collapsed from a record price and sent miners reeling.

Pilbara Minerals to sell spodumene through digital platform

Mining News Pro - Pilbara Minerals is trialling a sales and trading software platform for battery materials from the Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia.

Galaxy ramps up to full rate as lithium demand rebounds

Mining News Pro - Galaxy Resources is ramping up operations at a new pit at the Mt Cattlin lithium project in Western Australia without deploying additional equipment.

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