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.

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.

Lithium price jumps again as miners can’t keep up with battery boom

Mining News Pro - Lithium prices extended their year long rally as surging demand spurs a shortfall of the key battery material.b

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.

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.

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.

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.

Covalent Lithium gets the go-ahead for Kwinana refinery

Mining News Pro - Covalent Lithium has signed a lease with the Western Australian Government for a new Kwinana lithium refinery, south of Perth.

SQM told to resubmit compliance plan as lithium scrutiny grows

Mining News Pro - SQM has been asked to resubmit a compliance plan for extracting brine from a salt flat in northern Chile, a process on which its lithium expansion plans depend.

Kwinana produces first lithium hydroxide

Mining News Pro - Independence Group (IGO) on Monday announced first lithium hydroxide chemical production from the Kwinana lithium hydroxide refinery, in Western Australia.

IGO sees lithium progress at Kwinana refinery

Mining News Pro - IGO has helped to produce the first lithium hydroxide chemical product from the Kwinana Lithium Hydroxide Refinery, as part of its joint venture (Lithium JV) with Tianqi Lithium Corporation.

Rio Tinto readies to ship trial lithium plant to Serbia

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto Ltd is set to ship a pilot lithium processing plant to Serbia from Melbourne in the coming weeks, the culmination of a decade’s research to catapult the world’s largest iron ore miner into battery minerals.

Piedmont Lithium delays timeline to supply Tesla

Mining News Pro - Piedmont Lithium Inc said on Monday it will delay first shipments of lithium chemicals to electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc and that it does not have a definitive date for when deliveries could begin.

Renault locks in lithium supply from Vulcan Energy in five-year deal

Mining News Pro - German-Australian start-up Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd said on Monday it has signed a deal to supply lithium to Renault SA, the latest move by an electric vehicle maker to lock down supply of the battery metal ahead of a projected surge in demand.

Rio’s lithium project will test mining’s ESG credentials

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto’s decision to invest $2.4 billion in developing the Jadar lithium mine in Serbia is big news.

US judge rules Lithium Americas may excavate Nevada mine site

Mining News Pro - A U.S. federal judge has ruled that Lithium Americas Corp may conduct excavation work at its Thacker Pass lithium mine site in Nevada, denying a request from environmentalists who said the digging could harm sage grouse and other wildlife.

Judge rules Lithium Americas may excavate Nevada mine site

Mining News Pro - A US federal judge has ruled that Lithium Americas may conduct excavation work at its Thacker Pass lithium mine site in Nevada, denying a request from environmentalists who said the digging could harm sage grouse and other wildlife.

Covalent Lithium begins Mt Holland construction

Mining News Pro - Covalent Lithium has received the approvals it requires to enter the construction and operational phases at the Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia.

Vulcan Energy signs lithium hydroxide supply deal with LG Chem unit

Mining News Pro - Lithium miner Vulcan Energy Resources said on Monday it had signed a long-term deal to sell lithium hydroxide from its German project to the battery unit of South Korea’s LG Chem .

LME launches six new contracts, including lithium and scrap aluminium

Mining News Pro - The London Metal Exchange (LME) launched six new cash-settled futures contracts on Monday, including for battery metal lithium and aluminium scrap.

Ganfeng to offer to buy Millennial Lithium for up to $280m

Mining News Pro - China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd said on Friday it would buy Argentina-focused Millennial Lithium Corp for about C$353 million ($280 million), extending a deal spree by one of the world’s biggest producers of the white metal.

Tesla’s lithium extraction patent catches miners’ attention

Mining News Pro - Information obtained by Electrek revealed that Tesla filed a new patent related to the acid-free saline lithium extraction process mentioned by Elon Musk during Battery Day in September 2020.

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