Rare Earth Mining News

Peru unit of Plateau Energy finds one of ‘world’s largest’ lithium resource

Company plans to complete a feasibility study next year, which will reveal whether the proposed $800 million, underground lithium-uranium mine can and should be built.

LME moves closer to lithium contract launch with request for pricing providers

Financial Times says the LME will launch a cash-settled lithium contract in the second half of 2019, which would allow traders to speculate on prices for the metal.

MGX, Belmont set lithium joint venture in Nevada.

Canadian junior MGX has entered into an option agreement to earn into the Kibby Basin lithium brine project, in Nevada.

Rio Tinto's minerals sands operation in South Africa shut by protests

A mineral sands operation on the South African coast run by Rio Tinto has been closed since Friday due to violent community protests which saw a security guard killed earlier this week, the company and a union said on Wednesday.

Lithium becomes Chile’s No. 4 mining export

Shipments of the key ingredient for making batteries that power electric cars and high tech devices climbed 47% in 2017 to $684.2 million.

The Vancouver junior shaking up the lithium mining industry

MGX Minerals is rolling out technology that cleans and harvests lithium from wastewater generated by oil and gas – 80m barrels a day in North America alone.

Bankers have gone AWOL in the race to build more lithium mines

Despite bullish forecasts for global demand, lithium may have a funding problem.

Chinalco halts Guangxi rare earth operations after environmental lapses

It is not the first time Chinalco, China's biggest state-owned aluminium producer, has run afoul of the country's ever stricter environmental regulations.

China’s No.1 maker of battery cells for EVs to build plant in Germany

A German battery plant could help ease an expected negative impact in the workforce employed by the local automotive industry.

Hawkstone Mining's lithium buy back on

Company decided to revise the terms of its planned 100% takeover of USA Lithium, which owns two projects in the US.

Lithium demand from battery makers to almost double by 2027

Strong demand growth will be largely focused on high-grade lithium, according to research firm Roskill.

Automakers spending $255B on EVs a 'pile-up of epic proportions'

Battery materials can charge mining's next supercycle but new study says automakers will "throw away tens of billions" making electric vehicles no-one wants.

Azincourt Energy has the biggest stake in a promising lithium district

Azincourt Energy Corp and New Age Metals, have recently become the largest claim holder for lithium projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field.

BHP steps up efforts to sell Nickel West business in Australia — report

The world's top miner is said to have hired Goldman Sachs to assist with the sale of the Western Australia-based nickel operation.

Indian regulator approves Nutrien’s sale of stake in SQM to Tianqi

The Competition Commission of India green-lighted the $4.1 billion deal reached in May between the Canadian potash giant and China’s Tianqi Lithium.

Chile antitrust watchdog probing Tianqi buy of lithium miner stake

The country's antitrust regulator is investigating the effects on the market of Chinese miner Tianqi Lithium acquisition of a 24% stake in SQM, the world's second largest lithium producer,

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Australia takes over Chile as world’s No.1 lithium producer

It produced 4,600 tonnes of lithium more than Chile in 2017 boosted mainly by record output at Mt Cattlin and Mt Marion mines.

Northvolt begins building Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery plant

The battery cell maker is working on the first section of the factory, in Skellefteå in the north of Sweden, which will be completed in 2020 and produce eight gigawatt cell capacity per year.

Rio Tinto signs JV exploration deal with China’s Minmetals

The companies are committed to explore for mineral deposits first in the Asian country and then the rest of the world .

DeepGreen research ship returns with early positive findings on viability of deep ocean metals for our future

Third of seven ocean campaigns, Co-sponsored with Maersk, retrieves thousands of polymetallic nodules from top of ocean floor.

Chile's SQM hires ex-chairman Ponce as adviser, government says

SQM has retained former chairman Julio Ponce as an adviser despite an agreement to distance himself from the firm to end a long-running royalties dispute.

German battery maker Akasol plans Frankfurt listing in June

The company is planning to sell new shares worth about 100-125 million euros ($117-$147 mln) in a deal valuing it at about 400-500 million euros.

About 75,000 jobs to go in Germany’s auto industry because of EVs — study

The country's car industry currently employs about 840,000 people, with 210,000 of them working on powertrain production, the sub-sector set to be the worst hit.

Vietnam sets out green ambitions with bold targets for solar, rare earth

Vietnam is aiming to increase the use of household solar energy equipment to 12 percent by 2020, and 26 percent by 2030.