DRC Mining News

Auto industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries to grow seven-fold by 2025

The need to store electricity, generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, will also help demand to grow, the Metal Bulletin says.

Glencore’s cobalt output up by almost a third thanks to Congo mines

Glencore is the world’s No. 1 cobalt miner, while Congo is the largest producer of the key component for batteries that power electric vehicles.

Randgold to revise full-year forecast as readies Tongon mine for restart

As a result of the latest stoppage at the Ivory Coast mine and the time it will take to bring it back on line and at full tilt, Randgold will have to review its 290,000-ounce gold output forecast for the year.

Kibali gold mine aims at record output after underground ramp-up

DRC's Kibali is moving from underground mining by contractors to owner-mining, as has already happened at the company’s Loulo mines in Mali.

Randgold’s Tongon mine in Ivory Coast hit by strike

Labour action has brought gold production to a halt.

Glencore shareholders mull suing firm over corruption, bribery probes

They claim mounting investigations into the firm’s dealings in the DRC, where it’s heavily invested, has made the stock collapse and investors may seek compensation for the losses caused by it.

US probe darkens Glencore horizons from Africa to Americas

Investigation is casting a wider net with the addition of Venezuela and Nigeria to its investigation, increasing the likelihood that Glencore’s management will get bogged down in a lengthy legal process.

LME to get tougher on cobalt companies with ties to the DRC

Starting next year, it will demand firms that get at least 25% of their metal from small-scale mines in the DRC to be subject of a professional audit.

Glencore hammered as US requests documents in corruption probe

Shares fell as much as 13% after the miner and commodities trader was told by US Department of Justice to produce documents on Nigeria, Congo and Venezuela.

Battery startup gets funding to develop cobalt-free products

Conamix’s technology is intended to reduce the cost of batteries used for electric vehicles and grid storage.

China marks cobalt, copper ascendancy in Congo with new group

The 35-member union includes China Molybdenum Co.-controlled Tenke Fungurume Mining and MMG Ltd., as well as subsidiaries of China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group and Huayou Cobalt Co. Sicomines, among others.

Congo plans to start $13.9 bn hydropower project this year

The plant would form part of a larger Grand Inga hydropower complex spanning the Congo River.

Congo's miners face harsh new reality as mining law finalized

After six months of lobbying, companies including Glencore and Randgold Resources have got nowhere in their battle to push back against a new mining law that voids existing agreements and increases their costs.

China's CITIC grabs stake in Ivanhoe Mine for $560 million

CITIC Metal will own 20% of the Canadian miner, which makes its biggest shareholder.

Congo mining code regulations signed into law – aides

Code sets Congo on collision course with mining firms.

Glencore faces third Congo legal challenge this year

Congolese-American businessman and convicted fraudster Charles Brown claims he's owed $1 billion in compensation for a 19% stake he previously held in Mutanda Mining, and which Glencore allegedly sold in two fraudulent transactions, in 2007 and 2012.

Congo mining regulations to be signed into law on Friday — mines minister

Congo's prime minister wants to immediately implement the new mining code without any concessions to industry demands that key provisions be amended.

Cobalt price: Congo production surges

Top supplier of battery raw material ups output 34% year on year.

Miners threaten Congo with legal action over mining code

Regulations to implement the new code are due to be signed into law next week.

World's No. 1 diamond jewellery retailer joins De Beers tracking pilot

Signet Jewelers is the first diamond ornaments maker to join De Beers-led blockchain pilot program, Tracr.

Glencore goes from crisis to crisis with possible bribery probe

It’s becoming hard to keep track of all of Glencore’s legal battles in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cobalt price: Congo ebola outbreak compounds acute supply fears

WHO: Risk of international spread of deadly disease from Congo, responsible for 66% of global supply of critical battery raw material, is "very high".

De Beers tracks first 100 diamonds through supply chain using blockchain

The world’s largest rough diamond producer by value will launch the tracking platform later this year, making it available to the whole industry.

Glencore's Congo mining conundrum

The miner and commodities trader is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms.

Battery metals supply crunch to slow near-term EVs growth — Moody's

Lack of new projects, investment deficit and increasing political risk will hit supply of cobalt, lithium, copper and nickel, key metals for making the batteries that power electric cars.