Battery Metals Mining News

World’s No. 2 lithium miner SQM sees demand growing by 17% this year

The Chilean lithium producer expects demand to grow about 17% in 2019 to at least 315,000 tonnes, compared to the less than 260,000 tonnes it totalled last year.

Zambia's just deepened worries of sinking global copper output

Copper output in Africa’s second largest producing country could decline by as much as 100,000 tonnes this year, adding to recent, sharp declines at the world’s main producing nations.

BHP more bullish on long-term EV prospects

The world's largest miner has revised up expectations for electric vehicle sales and market penetration, but warns the electrification of the transport sector will proceed only as fast as the development of charging infrastructure does.

Lynas to move upstream processing of rare earths from Malaysia to Australia

The Australian miner, the world's only major producer of rare earths outside China, said the A$500 million-plan ($346 million) aims to boost production, appease Malaysian regulators and fend off takeover attempts.

Billionaire Friedland close to deal with BHP on Guinea iron ore

If successful, talks will see him move to develop the Nimba deposit on Guinea’s border with Liberia, which has sat undeveloped for years.

Ivanhoe Mines secures full financing for first two mines in Congo

Ivanhoe can now finance Kakula and Kipushi mine to commercial production, and significantly advance, or achieve, production at the company’s Platreef Project in South Africa.

Rio Tinto may start mining lithium in Serbia by 2023

No decision will be made until the end of 2020, when the company expects to have completed a study on the Jadar, which is estimated to contain 10% of the world's lithium reserves.

Mining companies need to start thinking seriously about ESG — opinion

The introduction of new, tougher standards point to a harsher, less forgiving approach to enforcement and larger fines for mining companies that fail to complain to regulations as well as environmental and social expectations.

World’s largest hard rock lithium mine to get bigger

Talison Lithium, a partnership between China’s Tianqi and U.S. group Albemarle, obtained an environmental approval for the A$516-million ($361m) expansion of the Greenbushes mine in Western Australia.

Old boys' club LME appoints first female chair in its history

Gay Huey Evans, one of the best-known women in European finance, will replace Brian Bender when he retires from the board in December.