Rare Earth Mining News

Canada's Wealth Minerals, Chinese firm to bid for world’s largest lithium miner

The two firms are just the latest names in a long list of companies that includes major players such as Rio Tinto, interested in grabbing a stake in Chile’s Chemical and Mining Society (SQM).

Scientists produce high-grade rare earths from coal

University of Kentucky researchers used an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process.

Zonte Metals acquires iron oxide copper gold project

According to the company's CEO, exploration is expected to start shortly in the form a ground magnetic survey over portions of the project.

Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

The mining veteran could face competition from internal candidates, including former head of UK gas company Centrica, Sam Laidlaw, who now sits on Rio’s board.

Argentina wants to overtake Chile in South America lithium race

Since President Mauricio took office in December 2015 and opened the country to foreign capital, Argentina has received more investment than any other country in the 'lithium triangle'.

This Aussie miner is about to break into South Korea lithium sector

Pilbara Minerals has announced a potential joint venture with two South Korean companies to develop a lithium processing facility in the Asian country.

Battery Metal Series – Part 1 with Mike Beck: A perfect storm in lithium unprecedented demand profile

Mike discusses his trip to London where he took in the LME week which is a meeting held by the metals industry.

Rio Tinto joins race for stake in world’s largest lithium miner

Mining giant is eying the 32% interest in SQM that PotashCorp is selling to fulfill China's regulators condition for the approval of the its friendly merger with smaller rival Agrium.

Canadian junior miners worth jumps for second year in a row

Aggregate market cap of the top 100 junior mining companies was up 7% to $12.2 billion, a level not seen since 2010, but the group significantly underperformed the Venture Exchange as a whole.

Bacanora Minerals secures land access to flagship lithium project in Mexico

The de-risking milestone is for the company's Sonora project in Mexico, expected to produce 35,000 tonnes a year of lithium carbonate.

Rio Tinto throws its weight behind Africa as mining central

Africa largest untapped source of growth for industry and would provide huge opportunity, says Rio Tinto's chief executive of energy and minerals.

BHP to step up copper exploration, expansions to meet electric vehicles sector’s rising demand

World's biggest miner is getting ready to provide enough copper for the 140 million electric cars forecast by 2035.

More than 10 firms in the running for Codelco's lithium assets — chairman

The state miner is seeking private-sector partners to develop and exploit its vast Maricunga and Pedernales deposits in the north of Chile.

Electric cars yet to turn cobalt market into gold mine – Nornickel

Prices for cobalt metal, used in production of electric vehicle batteries, have tripled to nine-year peaks above $30 a pound from below $10 a pound in late 2015.

The massive impact of EVs on commodities in one chart

What would happen if you flipped a switch, and suddenly every new car that came off assembly lines was electric?

Bacanora secures environmental permit for Sonora project in Mexico

Permit lets Bacanora go-ahead with its 35,000tpa (tons per annum) lithium carbonate operation in Mexico.

MGX Minerals nears completion of first commercial rapid lithium extraction system

MGX and its technology partner, PurLucid, made ground-breaking progress in treating complex brines with high magnesium content.

Lithium Supercycle

The truth, in regards to the world’s mineral resources, is that we in the western developed countries are usually not in control of supply.

Mitsui to build desalination plant for BHP’s Spence copper mine in Chile

The project will be the Japanese company’s first desalination plant and it is estimated to require an investment of around $623 million (70 billion Yen).

Landmark court decision shakes up mineral royalties

In a High Court decision handed down on 3 October 2017, Justice Meyer found in favour of the taxpayer, United Manganese of Kalahari Proprietary Limited.

Uranium explorer adds mineralization to ‘world-class project’

NexGen Energy Ltd. reported radioactivity results for 22 holes of the on-going summer drilling program on their Rook I property in Athabasca Basin, Sask.

Graphite seeing some upward movement

The graphite market has shown its first sign of life in a few years with some upward price pressure.

Mexico's mining sector to reach $17.8bn by 2020 on zinc prices, strong pipeline

Competitive operating costs and supportive government policies are also expected to play a key role in Mexico's mining industry strong recovery.

Chinese EV market nearing 2% penetration

Plug-in-vehicle market in China surges to a record 1.8% of total passenger vehicle sales.

Chile sees no obstacle to Albemarle request to hike lithium output cap

Albemarle said it could invest $1-billion in Chile over the next 5 years if request to the government to let it extract 125,000 tonnes per year is approved.