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Lithium Australia inks offtake deal with South Korean battery recycler

13th June 2024 ASX-listed Lithium Australia on Thursday announced a three-year mixed-metal dust (MMD) offtake agreement with South Korean battery recycler SungEel HiTech. SungEel will purchase at least 60% of Lithium Australia’s yearly MMD production over three years. 

NRW acquires HSE mining contract and assets for A$85m

12th June 2024 Perth-based civil and mining contractor NRW Holdings subsidiary Golding Contractors will acquire the mining services contract, associated fleet and transfer of employees from HSE Mining at coal miner Stanmore Resources’ South Walker Creek mine site. The transaction is at A$85-million less... 

TMC produces cobalt sulphate from seafloor polymetallic nodules

12th June 2024 Nasdaq-listed critical minerals company TMC on Wednesday announced the successful production of cobalt sulphate derived exclusively from seafloor polymetallic nodules. The milestone was achieved during bench-scale testing of TMC’s hydrometallurgical flowsheet design in collaboration with SGS... 

TMC produces cobalt sulphate from seafloor polymetallic nodules
Nodules being inspected

Kazatomprom signs Inkai 3 pilot production agreement

12th June 2024 Kazakhstan’s national atomic company Kazatomprom on Wednesday announced a new subsoil use agreement for pilot production at the Inkai 3 deposit. The agreement, finalised through negotiations with Kazakhstan's Ministry of Energy, marks a significant milestone for the company. The pilot production... 

Kazatomprom signs Inkai 3 pilot production agreement

Green Battery and Volt Carbon to co-develop Quebec graphite project

12th June 2024 TSX-V-listed Green Battery Minerals has entered into an option agreement with fellow-listed Volt Carbon Technologies to co-develop the Berkwood graphite project, in Quebec. Volt has an option to acquire a 5% interest in the project by funding C$150 000 in exploration before the end of December... 

GMIN’s TZ mine on the brink of gold production

12th June 2024 TSX-listed G Mining Ventures (GMIN) has announced progress in the commissioning of its Tocantinzinho (TZ) gold project, in Brazil. With the project engineered to produce about 175 000 oz/y of gold over a 10.5-year mine life, the company says it is on schedule and within budget to begin... 

GMIN’s TZ mine on the brink of gold production

Bannerman hikes Namibia uranium project capital cost estimate

11th June 2024 Uranium project developer Bannerman Resources has announced a moderate increase in the preproduction capital forecast for the Etango-8 project, in Namibia. This update follows the completion of the front-end engineering design (FEED) and control budget estimate (CBE) processes. The completion of... 

Bannerman hikes Namibia uranium project capital cost estimate

Ellendale heritage survey completed, reports Gibbs River

11th June 2024 Exploration and development company Gibb River has successfully completed the previously planned Aboriginal heritage clearance survey over the mining lease making up the Ellendale diamond project. The heritage survey was conducted in the first week of June and the final written report from the... 

Blue Sky sets Ivana uranium deposit on production path with COAM transaction

11th June 2024 Uranium exploration and development company Blue Sky has announced a transaction that could set the path to bring the Ivana uranium deposit, in Argentina, into production. Blue Sky has entered a binding term sheet with Argentinian firm Corredor Americano (COAM) to complete an option agreement in... 

Gemfields appoints former De Beers exec Cleaver as chairperson

11th June 2024 Former CEO and co-chairperson of diamond miner De Beers Bruce Cleaver will join the board of gemstone miner Gemfields as chairperson from July 1. He will succeed Martin Tolcher, who is stepping down. 

Gemfields appoints former De Beers exec Cleaver as chairperson
Bruce Cleaver

Critical Metals to buy controlling stake in Greenland REE mine

10th June 2024 Nasdaq-listed Critical Metals has signed a binding heads of agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the Tanbreez rare earth mine, in Greenland, from a company controlled by geologist Gregory Barnes. The Tanbreez project is a permitted critical minerals asset positioned to unlock a... 

Critical Metals to buy controlling stake in Greenland REE mine

Canadian miner one step closer to commercialise high-purity, EV-compliant manganese

10th June 2024 TSX-V-listed Manganese X Energy’s high-purity manganese (HPMSM) sample has met US battery manufacturer C4V’s Phase 1 commercial level qualification compliance standards for the electric vehicle (EV) battery cathode and is moving to the next round of testing. "Achieving this milestone brings us... 

Blencowe signs first offtake MoU for Orom-Cross graphite

10th June 2024 London-listed Blencowe Resources has signed its first nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for natural large flake concentrate offtake from the Orom-Cross graphite project, in Uganda. Under the terms of the MoU, vertically integrated graphite producer Jilin New Technology Graphite intends... 

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector

10th June 2024 As political parties discuss the way forward in establishing a government of national unity, the Minerals Council South Africa says it and its members are advocating for a constructive, collaborative and trusting relationship among government, labour, civil society and the private sector to... 

Minerals Council calls for collaborative relationship among govt, labour, civil society and the private sector
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Petra, NUM sign five-year wage deal

10th June 2024 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds and labour union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have signed a five-year wage agreement covering Petra's South African operations for the period July 1, this year, to June 30, 2029. Employees in the A and B Paterson bands will receive a wage increase of 6.25%... 

Petra, NUM sign five-year wage deal
Petra Diamonds' Cullinan mine

Barrick and Zijin contribute $1m to PNG landslide relief efforts

10th June 2024 Mining companies Barrick Gold and Zijin Mining – joint venture partners in the Porgera mine – have jointly contributed $1-million to help communities in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province in the wake of a landslide in Mulitaka that has claimed an estimated 600 lives. A team of senior Barrick... 

Barrick and Zijin contribute $1m to PNG landslide relief efforts
New Porgera Limited and Barrick Niugini Limited country manager Karo Lelai (left) hands over the second donation of relief supplies from the Porgera mine to Dorothy Kukum, director of community development with the Enga provincial government, on June 3.

South Australia budget lacks adequate support for mining - Amec

7th June 2024 The South Australian government has unveiled a surplus budget, buoyed by stronger-than-expected goods and services (GST) and state tax revenues, as well as A$420-million in royalties from the minerals and petroleum industry. Despite this surplus, state debt is set to exceed A$38-billion as the... 

Tivan awarded NT exploration grants

7th June 2024 The Northern Territory (NT) government has granted Tivan exploration grant funding for two applications made for the Sandover project. The applications were for funding under Round 17 of the Northern Territory geophysics and drilling collaborations programme. 

Hudbay and unions sign agreement for Copper World mine project

7th June 2024 TSX- and NYSE-listed Hudbay Minerals, in collaboration with several labour unions, has announced the signing of a letter of intent to enter into a project labour agreement (PLA) for the construction of the Copper World mine, in Arizona. The agreement involves the International Brotherhood of... 

Amaury Vadon

7th June 2024 This week we profile Amaury Vadon, VP for sales for the Africa, India and Middle East region and MD for the sub-Saharan Africa region at tyre manufacturing company Michelin  

Amaury Vadon
Amaury Vadon

Ironveld assessing options amid financing hiccup

6th June 2024 London-listed Ironveld, which owns a high-purity iron, vanadium and titanium project on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, in Limpopo, South Africa, says it is assessing its options as it may not be able to secure the funding it was previously expecting to close by the first half of this... 

NUM concludes five-year wage agreement with South32's Hotazel Manganese Mines

6th June 2024 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Kimberley Region has concluded and signed a five-year wage agreement on behalf of its members at globally diversified mining and metals company South 32’s Hotazel Manganese Mines, in the Northern Cape. The union says the parties agreed to the harmonisation... 

NUM concludes five-year wage agreement with South32's Hotazel Manganese Mines

BMW commits to Wolfsberg lithium project

6th June 2024 Automotive giant BMW has transferred $15-million to ECM Lithium, a subsidiary of Nasdaq-listed Critical Metals Corp (CRML) for the offtake of battery-grade lithium hydroxide from the Wolfsberg lithium project, in Austria. “This is a huge milestone for the Wolfsberg project, which now pavs the... 

BMW commits to Wolfsberg lithium project

Sibanye to engage with Kroondal employees following end of illegal sit-in

6th June 2024 Multinational mining and metals processing group Sibanye-Stillwater says it will engage with employees and representative unions at its Kroondal mine now that an illegal underground sit-in by employees at the Kwezi shaft at the mine has come to an end. Sibanye reports that all employees had... 

MinRes sells stake in Onslow Iron haul road for A$1.3bn

5th June 2024 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) on Wednesday announced a binding agreement to sell a 49% interest in the Onslow Iron project’s dedicated haul road to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners for A$1.3-billion. The Onslow Haul road is a key component of the transportation infrastructure... 

MinRes sells stake in Onslow Iron haul road for A$1.3bn

First shipment of Kanmantoo copper sets sail

5th June 2024 Australia’s newest copper producer Hillgrove has completed loading its first shipment containing 10 099 wet metric tonnes of concentrate from the Kanmantoo underground mine. The company achieved its first shipment in less than 12 months since operations at the South Australian mine started. 

First shipment of Kanmantoo copper sets sail

Foremost to spin out past-producing New Mexico mines

5th June 2024 The Winston Group of Properties, located in New Mexico, is set for a listing of its own, with Nasdaq- and CSE-listed Foremost Lithium announcing its intention to spin out the gold and silver assets into a new subsidiary. The new unit, to be named Rio Grande Resources (RGR), will own the Winston... 

Foremost to spin out past-producing New Mexico mines

Black Cat raises funds for Paulsens restart

4th June 2024 ASX-listed Black Cat Syndicated has secured the immediate funding required to start major refurbishment works and mining activities at its Paulsens gold mine, in Western Australia. The company has received firm commitments for A$36-million through a two-tranche placement at A$0.27 a share, with... 

Employees hold unprotected sit-in at Sibanye's Kroondal mine

4th June 2024 Multinational mining and metals processing group Sibanye-Stillwater reported on June 4 that more than 200 employees remained underground in an illegal sit-in at its Kroondal mine. The group said the sit-in started on the morning of June 3, with morning shift employees, including contractors, at... 

Employees hold unprotected sit-in at Sibanye's Kroondal mine

Rio Tinto celebrates 70th anniversary of BC Works

4th June 2024 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto has marked the 70th anniversary of its BC Works operation, celebrating seven decades of significant contributions to the aluminium industry and the Kitimat community. As the sole aluminium smelter operator in British Columbia, Rio Tinto has cemented its... 

Rio Tinto celebrates 70th anniversary of BC Works

Rio Tinto invests $143m in low-carbon ironmaking R&D facility

4th June 2024 Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced a $143-million investment to establish a research and development (R&D) facility in Western Australia to test the effectiveness of its low-carbon ironmaking process, BioIron. The development of the new BioIron R&D facility, located in the Rockingham Strategic... 

Rio Tinto invests $143m in low-carbon ironmaking R&D facility
Rio Tinto Iron Ore CEO Simon Trott

GTI Energy recruits ex-Cameco Australia head

4th June 2024 Uranium company GTI Energy on Tuesday announced board changes with chairperson Nathan Lude stepping down and Simon Williamson joining as a nonexecutive director. Williamson was the general manager and a director of Cameco Australia until December last year. Prior to his 13 years at Cameco, he... 

Australia exploration results: It’s costing more to do less

4th June 2024 Mineral exploration expenditure in Australia reached A$910.4-million in March, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday show. Expenditure on greenfield exploration to discover new deposits decreased by 23.1% to A$278.6-million, while brownfield exploration... 

Australia exploration results: It’s costing more to do less

GDP decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter

4th June 2024 South Africa’s GDP decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa reports. The manufacturing industry decreased by 1.4% in the first quarter, contributing -0.2 of a percentage point to the negative GDP growth. Five of the ten manufacturing divisions reported negative... 

GDP decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter

Equinox Gold launches ‘Ride to Greenstone’ fundraiser

4th June 2024 Canadian gold miner Equinox Gold has launched the ‘Ride to Greenstone’, a 3 634 km bike relay from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Geraldton, Ontario, to celebrate the official opening of the new Greenstone mine. The focus of the ride is to raise money for the Geraldton District Hospital, which... 

Equinox Gold launches ‘Ride to Greenstone’ fundraiser

Glencore’s Adamson joins Stillwater Critical Minerals board

4th June 2024 TSX-V-listed Stillwater Critical Minerals has announced the appointment of Bradley Adamson as an independent director. Adamson, a veteran resources industry professional with more than 25 years of global experience focused on nickel and cobalt, joins the Stillwater board as Glencore’s appointee. 

GTP may invest in Jervois’ US cobalt refinery

4th June 2024 ASX- and TSX-V-listed Jervois Global has restarted work on the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its US cobalt refinery project and said that one of its cobalt customers, Global Tungsten & Powders (GTP), is considering a minority investment in the proposed refinery project. Jervois and GTP... 

Yukon Metals ready to hit the ground running

4th June 2024 Exploration newcomer Yukon Metals is ready to hit the ground running, president and CEO Rory Quinn said on Monday, announcing the completion of the acquisition of a portfolio of assets from the Berdahl family’s prospecting company. The property portfolio was built over 30 years of prospecting by... 

Yukon Metals ready to hit the ground running
Yukon Metals' projects overview

E3 nominates Albemarle’s Craft as director

4th June 2024 Lithium development company E3 Lithium has nominated Tina Craft from Albemarle to its board of directors, subject to election at the upcoming AGM. Craft has held various leadership roles during her 27-year tenure at Albemarle, including that of chief commercial officer for several divisions. 

Green Technology searches for new CEO

4th June 2024 Australia-listed, Canada-focused Green Technology Metals on Tuesday announced that it would be looking to appoint a new CEO as the company progressed its Seymour lithium project, in Ontario, towards financing and development. CEO Luke Cox has resigned and will leave the company on July 19. 

Green Technology searches for new CEO
The company's 2024 exploration field season has started.

Kincora secures new unexplored Macquarie Arc porphyry project

3rd June 2024 Dual-listed Kincora Copper has secured a new exploration licence covering 173 km2 in the Macquarie Arc, in central New South Wales. The Wongarbon project is considered to host one of the last remaining untested and large intrusive complexes of the Macquarie Arc, said Kincora in a statement on... 

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