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Posco to import African battery graphite to cut China reliance

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2024 Posco Future M Co, which produces battery materials for companies including General Motors Co, is preparing to import graphite from Africa to reduce its dependence on supplies from China. “Graphite is the most troubling part when making batteries,” CEO Kim Jun-hyung told reporters on Thursday.... 

US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2024 Insiders liken it to a “panic button.” And for more than 80 years, the primary job of the National Defense Stockpile has been to keep the US military supplied with essential raw materials and protect against supply shocks. So when China surprised the markets by restricting exports of two niche... 

US moves to restore stockpiling ‘panic button’ in EV metals fight with China

Sovereign brings seasoned ESG officer on board for Kasiya development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th February 2024 ASX- and Aim-listed titanium and graphite miner Sovereign Metals has appointed Marco Da Cunha as lead environmental, social and governance (ESG) officer. Da Cunha has almost 20 years’ experience in environmental and social management, including preparing environmental- and social-impact... 

IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector

By: Reuters     14th February 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few key producers, its executive director said on Tuesday. Fatih Birol said the production of electric... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
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IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Canada to accelerate critical mineral mining - Energy Minister

By: Reuters     14th February 2024 Canada plans to boost its energy security by slashing the time it takes to develop new critical mineral mines by nearly a decade with improved permitting processes, Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told Reuters on Tuesday. Ottawa is focused on six critical minerals key to making electric... 

Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson

Power aggregators seen as key accelerators of South African mining’s energy transition  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2024 Many energy projects selling to one buyer, who in turn sells to many mines – this procurement model is seen as a key financial tool to accelerate the energy transition of South Africa’s mining industry. “We think the aggregator model can really accelerate the requirements of the mines to get... 

Nedbank CIB) Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh.
Nedbank CIB Energy Finance Co-Head Amith Singh interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Volt makes progress for much larger funding from US energy dept

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th February 2024 Graphite producer and natural graphite anode developer Volt Resources says the US Department of Energy (DoE) has approved its concept paper for the ‘Integrated Production of Natural Graphite Anode via Innovative Process’, which puts it in the running to secure possible nondilutive funding of over... 

EU, US to align global minerals push against China’s supply grip

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2024 The US and the European Union are in talks to merge a core area of their efforts to engage suppliers of critical minerals in resource-rich nations, seeking to streamline their push against China’s dominance in materials key for future technologies. The aim is to combine the EU’s high-level... 

EU, US to align global minerals push against China’s supply grip

Syrah starts AAM production at Vidalia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2024 Graphite miner Syrah Resources on Friday announced the start of active anode material (AAM) production at its new 11 250 t/y Vidalia facility, Louisiana. This has made the ASX-listed company the first commercial-scale vertically integrated natural graphite AAM supplier outside China, said MD and... 

Permanent aerial mesh support, exoskeletons under scrutiny to make mining safer 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2024 Minerals Council South Africa is looking at the possibility of promoting permanent aerial mesh support throughout the mining industry as part of its fall-of-ground action plan. The Minerals Council has a robust fall-of-ground action plan that targets several dimensions of the biggest contributor... 

Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane flanked by Japie Fullard (left) and Dushendra Naidoo (right).

Crucial to combine agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2024 Africa is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.
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Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland.

Blencowe welcomes new African investor

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th February 2024 Aim-listed Blencowe Resources has raised $500 000 (£392 350) from a specialist Africa-based investor through the issue of 7.8-million new ordinary shares. The investor has undertaken extensive due diligence over the last four months and the current investment is viewed as an initial entry into... 

Noise-induced hearing loss now highest priority mining health condition, Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2024 Noise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.
From left Minerals Council South Africa’s Sietse van der Woude, Dr Thuthula Balfour, Japie Fullard, Mzila Mthenjane and Dushendra Naidoo.

NextSource revises Molo timeline, full production targeted for July

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2024 Battery metals development company NextSource expects to achieve nameplate capacity of 17 000 t/y at its Molo graphite mine by July, the Toronto-based miner said on Monday. The mine, in southern Madagascar, achieved first production in June last year, and has since progressed through... 

Lincoln accelerates study for South Australia graphite project

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2024 ASX-listed Lincoln Minerals has accelerated its plan to update the 35 000 t/y concentrate feasibility study for its Kookaburra Gully Graphite Project (KGGP), as the company looks set to achieve its resource growth objective faster than planned. The prefeasiblity study will consider a project... 

Lincoln accelerates study for South Australia graphite project

WiMSA has strong presence at Mining Indaba 

5th February 2024 Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) provides a free platform that supports and guides women's personal growth, leadership and career development in the South African mining industry. WiMSA was established in 2010 as a completely independent, volunteer-run non-profit organisation and exist... 

WiMSA has strong presence at Mining Indaba

South Africa’s mining industry now 39% black-owned, Mining Indaba hears 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2024 In 2004, the year South Africa’s far-reaching Mining Charter was first introduced, black ownership in South Africa’s globally recognised mining industry stood at a negligible 2%. This has now leapt nearly 20 times higher to approximately 39%, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Mining Indaba.

Mozambique seeks to end 50-year hydropower pact with South Africa

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2024 Mozambique plans to end half a century of hydropower supply to South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, raising risks for the continent’s most industrialized economy and threatening the viability of Africa’s second-biggest aluminum smelter. In the country’s yet-to-be published energy... 

The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant
The Cahora Bassa hydropower plant

Northern Graphite launches battery materials group to spearhead mine-to-battery strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2024 Ottawa-headquartered Northern Graphite on Wednesday announced the launch of the NGC Battery Materials Group to spearhead its mine-to-battery strategy, which will make the company one of only a few integrated developers, producers and processors of natural graphite outside China. NGC will... 

First product from Syrah’s US anode plant imminent

By: Mariaan Webb     31st January 2024 The 11 250 t/y active anode material (AAM) facility that graphite miner Syrah Resources is building in the US is about to produce its first finished product. The company, which owns the Balama graphite mine in Mozambique, has experienced some delays at the Vidalia project, following... 

Blencowe receives letter of interest from US International DFC

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th January 2024 UK-headquartered graphite developer Blencowe Resources has received a formal Letter of Interest (LoI) from the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), in which the DFC has indicated its willingness to participate in debt funding for the Orom-Cross graphite project, in Uganda,... 

An image depicting graphite

South Star upsizes private placement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2024 Battery metals project developer South Star has increased the size of its previously announced nonbrokered private placement and will now raise gross proceeds of C$7-million. The upsized placement at C$0.72 a share is the result of “significant demand”, the company said in a statement on Friday. 

Metals Australia appoints new CEO to drive Canada graphite project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2024 Battery metals exploration and development company Metals Australia on Thursday announced the appointment of mining engineer Paul Ferguson as CEO to drive the development of the Lac Rainy graphite project, in Quebec, Canada. Ferguson has extensive project development experience working in Canada... 

Sovereign appoints SocialEssence to assist in progressing Malawi project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2024 Aim- and ASX-listed Sovereign Metals has appointed specialist social performance consultancy SocialEssence to assist in the continued development of the company’s stakeholder relations, social performance objectives and its community and social responsibility (CSR) framework. Sovereign has... 

NMG secures key asset to drive Quebec graphite expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd January 2024 Critical minerals explorer Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) on Monday announced an agreement to acquire 100% of Mason Resources’ Lac Gueret graphite deposit, in Quebec, securing an asset that will underpin its planned expansion. Lac Gueret is targeted for the development of the Uatnan mining... 

NMG secures key asset to drive Quebec graphite expansion

Graphite concentrate from Volt’s Tanzania project meets customer requirements

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2024 ASX-listed graphite producer and natural graphite anode developer Volt Resources says a portion of graphite ore from its 100%-owned Bunyu graphite project, in Tanzania, that was recently processed into graphite concentrate, has met the requirements specified by the customer. The customer had set... 

Marula approves $6.38m exploration budget for Tanzanian projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2024 AQSE-listed Marula Mining’s 2024 exploration budgets for the advancement and development of the company’s Kinusi copper mine and the Bagamoyo, Nyorinyori and NyoriGreen graphite projects, all located in Tanzania, have been approved and are forecast to be about $6.38-million collectively. Funding... 

Cadastre imminent, 2024 to be used as year to clear backlogs, says Minerals Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 The introduction of an electronic cadastral system to record and enable online access to mining data is imminent, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe emphasised in an interview with Radio 702 host Clement Manyathela on Thursday. Mantashe disclosed to Manyathela that agreement had... 

Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Gwede Mantashe

EU-backed investors plan €500m battery raw materials fund

By: Reuters     18th January 2024 Two of Europe's leading energy transition investors plan to raise €500-million for a battery raw materials fund, aiming to plug "significant gaps" in the region's supply chain, executives told Reuters. InnoEnergy, backed by the European Union, and Demeter Investment Managers said the EBA... 

The fund will focus its efforts on critical minerals, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite.
The fund will focus its efforts on critical minerals, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and graphite.

Global mining commits to nature-positive future 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2024 Global mining and metals companies have committed at Davos to take urgent action to support a nature-positive future by 2030 that promotes the health, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems and natural processes. International Council of Metals and Minerals (ICMM) members have pledged... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan
ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

South Africa-linked mining luminaries advising on metals industry greening 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2024 South Africa-linked mining luminaries are playing roles in an initiative to transform the metals industry with clean technology. Being targeted for metals is the elimination of energy-intensive smelters, toxic chemicals and strong acids. 

Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill
Photo by Creamer Media
Ian Cockerill, Mark Cutifani and Tony O'Neill

Tirupati raises £1.05m to optimise production in Madagascar

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th January 2024 Specialist flake graphite company Tirupati Graphite has raised gross proceeds of £1.05-million by way of a private placing of 9.5-million new ordinary shares. Optiva Securities acted as sole broker and bookrunner to the company. 

Marula appoints dedicated East African exploration head

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2024 Africa-focused mining and development company Marula Mining has appointed Collins Aseto head of exploration in East Africa as the company seeks more battery metal opportunities in the region. Aseto has 15 years of experience in mineral exploration and resource development as a geoscientist,... 

Smart wristwatches to uplift mineworker well-being at Copper 360  

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2024 Computer programmes that use artificial intelligence (AI) to model orebodies and plan mines optimally have already been introduced by Copper 360, says the JSE AltX-listed Northern Cape copper mining company, which is developing the Rietberg copper mine, the first of a dozen copper mining assets... 

Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson
Copper 360 CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New graphite mining licences issued to Marula’s local partners in Tanzania

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2024 Seven new mining licence applications (MLAs) collectively submitted by AQSE-listed Marula Mining's local partners Takela Mining Tanzania (TMT) and NyoriGreen Mining Limited (NML) at the Nyorinyori and NyoriGreen graphite projects in Tanzania have been granted. These new mining licences are valid... 

Syrah’s Louisiana AAM facility to start production before month-end

By: Mariaan Webb     12th January 2024 Australia-listed Syrah Resources has reported a slight delay in the production of active anode material (AAM) at its 11 250 t/y Vidalia facility, in Louisiana, but expects the plant to start production before month-end. The company, which owns the Balama graphite mine in Mozambique, reports that... 

JSE presents opportunity for critical mineral miners to access capital  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2024 Critical mineral demand is growing significantly at a time when South Africa has a pressing need to reawaken its public markets – two crucial needs that can be fulfilled in one go by companies raising capital on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to fund their entry into the critical minerals... 

JSE business development manager Patrycja Kula-Verster
JSE Business Development Manager Patrycja Kula-Verster interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly.

Walkabout starts commissioning activities at Lindi Jumbo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2023 ASX-listed Walkabout Resources has started commissioning activities at its Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania, another step toward full operation and critical minerals producer status. The commissioning process includes pre-commissioning, dry commissioning and wet commissioning. 

Aerial view of the Lindi Jumbo plant and TSF
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