Rare Earth Mining News

The dirt on clean electric cars is just under the hood

Clean cars, dirty batteries.

Dutch battery maker to invest $1.9B in China cell factory

Dutch battery maker Lithium Werks BV, founded earlier this year, is investing 1.6 billion euros ($1.85 billion) in a massive lithium-ion cell factory in China as demand for batteries is surging.

Vale rules out major acquisitions

CEO Fabio Schvartsman said the company would only invest further in nickel if global prices for the metal rise from $13,000 per tonne currently to around $20,000 per tonne.

Europe to spend billions on lithium-ion battery plants

The goal is to reduce reliance on batteries from Asia, particularly China and South Korea.

The electric-vehicle future will run on two wheels: Adam Minter

E-bikes would require compact, lightweight, and reliable lithium-ion batteries similar to those that power everything from iPhones to Teslas.

What's next as Tianqi, SQM face off in Chile court

On Oct. 11, Chile's Constitutional Court put the brakes on a $4 billion deal allowing the sale of A 24 percent stake in SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium Corp.

Lynas jumps after its critic in Malaysian Gov't leaves review team

Deputy Minister Fuziah Salleh, a long-standing critic of Lynas’ plant, offered to step down from the committee reviewing the facility following criticism that she would not be impartial.

Chile wants lithium to be traded on LME

Chile expects lithium to soon become its second largest mining asset, just behind copper. It's currently the country's fourth biggest export.

Graphite One's Alaska project may prove key to US defence industry — CEO

A White House/US Department of Defence (DoD) report has recommended direct investment in companies developing domestic sources of graphite and the Canadian junior is one of them.

DRA secures front end engineering design for Yangibana Rare Earths Project

The Yangibana Project will be Hastings’ first Rare Earths Project on the Australian continent, containing substantial Neodymium and Praseodymium resources. The Project currently spans approximately 650 square kilometers and is located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, some 250 kilometers north east of Carnarvon, and will supply the growing demand for new technology metals.

Chile’s court ruling allows Tianqi to buy stake in lithium miner SQM

The country's antitrust court has approved a deal between the competition regulator and Tianqi, allowing the Chinese miner to buy a nearly one-quarter stake in lithium producer SQM .

Anson Resources produces first lithium hydroxide from Utah project

With this development, the Australian miner has now produced both lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide from Paradox, its flagship project.

Axiom soars on near supply deal for Isabel nickel mine in Solomon Islands

Mining at the project in the Pacific nation will start in December, with ore shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.

Lynas presses Malaysian authorities to explain plant review status

The newly-elected coalition government is said to be ready to launch a three-month evaluation of Lynas' rare earths processing plant, which may end with authorities denying the company’s operating license renewal in Sep. 2019.

Rocketing vanadium price primed for 'Elon Musk moment'

"To build a gigafactory of vanadium flow batteries, companies will need to own a mine or lease the fully recyclable vanadium" – Simon Moores.

Battery Minerals hits construction milestones at Montepuez project

Company wants to make sure the mine is in production when the demand and price of graphite takes off, as predicted.

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

The rare earths trade between the world’s top two economies is largely one-way, with America reliant on China for about 80 percent of its supply.

Chile greenlights Latin America’s largest desalination plant

The ENAPAC project is meant to serve mainly the mining industry, which is very active in Chile’s dry, but copper and lithium-rich north.

Lynas shares collapse on rumours of review in Malaysia

Malaysian media reported the newly-elected coalition government will shortly begin a three month evaluation of the company's rare earths processing operations in the province of Kuantan.

China’s Ganfeng Lithium lands three-year contract to supply Tesla

Deal will see China’s No.1 producer of lithium supplying 20 percent of its production to the electric cars maker.

Metminco jumps into the battery metals wagon with nickel project buy

Until now, the Australian miner had been advancing exploration projects in Latin America focused mainly on gold, but with significant exposure to copper, molybdenum and zinc.

Lithium Power closer to start mining at Chile’s Maricunga

The Maricunga project in northern Chile has seen significant past exploration, with over $30 million spent to date.

Chile lawmakers mull additional mining tax for copper, lithium

The proposed tax, to be applied on the nominal value of extracted metals, would affect copper miners that produce more than 12,000 tonnes of the metal and those extracting 50,000 tonnes of lithium a year.

Ruling leaves Kidman, SQM’s Australian lithium project in limbo

Partners may lose their right to develop the Mt Holland lithium project after a recommendation by a unit of the West Australian government that regulates mining leases.

Mining exploration spending in Australia jumps to 5-year high

Drilling at new projects up 57% as spending on gold exploration reaches 21-year high.