Rare Earth Mining News

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.

UK inventor James Dyson to launch electric car by 2020

The billionaire inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner said his company was building an electric car which will launch by 2020, the latest firm to challenge traditional carmakers in a burgeoning market.

Brazil’s president revokes decree allowing mining in Amazon

It would have opened up for mining a vast national reserve in the country’s Amazon, larger than the size of Switzerland.

BHP says 2017 a ‘tipping point’ for electric cars

Arnoud Balhuizen, head of marketing at BHP, said the impact of the looming electric vehicle boom for raw materials producers would be felt first in the metals markets and only later in oil.

PotashCorp hires banks to lead sale of stake in Chilean lithium producer

Rumours point at US chemical company Albenarle Corporation as the first potential buyer for PotashCorp interest in SQM, worth about $4.5 billion.

Johnson Matthey to invest 200m pounds in battery material technology

The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30 billion (in) sales when battery electric vehicle penetration increases to around 10 percent.

The graphite fix: Inside China's newest commodity addiction

Environmental protection campaigns in China are tightening the country's supplies of both graphite and needle coke.

Up to 1,200 construction workers expected to be hired to build NioCorp’s Elk Creek facility

Overall, as much as $750 million out of a total of $1 billion in capital expenditures is expected to be spent in Nebraska to establish the facility.

The $10 trillion mineral resources North Korea can't tap

North Korea may not have proved petroleum reserves, but it's estimated that the secluded belligerent nation sits on reserves of more than 200 minerals—including rare earth minerals—worth an estimated up to US$10 trillion.

PotashCorp mulls selling stake in Chilean lithium producer SQM — report

Move would seek to secure approval for its friendly merger with smaller rival Agrium, creating the world’s largest potash miner worth about $36 billion.

10% of Mexico’s territory available for mining

Active mining concessions add up to 25,716

S. Korea's SK Innovation starts production of batteries with more nickel

South Korea’s SK Innovation said on Thursday it has started commercial production of lithium-ion batteries with an increased portion of nickel, while reducing the usage of expensive components such as cobalt to extend battery life and cut costs.

Boom, bust and boom again for rare earths?

As ever with rare earths, this is all about what is happening in China, the world's dominant producer of these critical materials.

Brazil judge blocks decree allowing mining in Amazon

Federal judge Rolando Spanholo said opening the area known as Renca to mining can only be done by an act of Congress under the constitution.

Brazil to redo Amazon mining decree after criticism

Brazil's government will revise a decree that opened up a vast mineral reserve in the Amazon rainforest to mining responding to overwhelming criticism.

Cobalt sulphate prices continue rise on battery demand, metal remains stable

The price of one of the most common lithium ion battery precursor materials, cobalt sulphate, has continued to surge in August by over 14%.