Rare Earth Mining News

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

China already actively seeking opportunities.

SQM: lithium mining needs at least $10B investment over 10 years

"There is a legitimate concern on the side of the vehicle manufacturers."

This is the only chart lithium price bears need see

When it comes to new lithium mine supply how soon is now?

BHP beats Tesla, BMW among top holdings in new electric vehicle ETF

New investors are being pulled into the mining industry as demand and prices for battery materials like lithium and cobalt spike.

Quantum Minería wants to extract rare earth elements from groundwater

The Sí a la Tierra Viva platform rejects the miner's proposal.

Rare earths extracted from coal mining by-products

Researchers at West Virginia University expect to start extracting, refining and taking to market rare earth elements in a couple of years.

Shares in lithium developer pop on $150m streaming deal

Nemaska Lithium agreement with private equity giant Orion Mine Finance comes a week after $100B Japanese technology fund bought a stake in Quebec-based firm.

Impact of electric cars in medium-term copper demand ‘overrated’, experts say

Increasing disposable income in emerging economies and the adoption of greener technologies, are the two factors to drive most of the expected increased demand in copper during the next five years.

Copper supply crunch earlier than predicted — experts

Copper production will peak in the second half of 2019, making a growing supply deficit much more real.

Chile mulls revision to mining code

Authorities may consider potential revisions to the mining laws in order to make companies that already own concessions to work on them or else give them up.

Private capital flowing into mining on track for record year

The second largest ever private equity fund focused on mining closed in the first quarter – 13 funds aim to raise a further $4.9 billion in 2018.

Juniors struggle to compete with majors in exploration — Chile’s Mining Society

One of the main problems, says the head of Chile’s Mining Society, Diego Hernández, is miners have no incentives to do anything with the assets they already own and is very cheap to keep them.

World's largest ever tech fund enters lithium race

Softbank $100 billion fund buys into Canadian lithium miner in first deal of its kind as race to secure electric vehicle battery raw materials heats up.

Future of $700-million Michigan potash project in regulators hands

Michigan Potash Co. is closer than ever to start building a potash mine in the state.

Codelco CEO to stay on after Chile’s new Gov’t reshuffles management

Nelson Pizarro, who took the post in 2014, has played a critical role in the drive to reduce spending and force a reduction in costs, while kicking off a major overhaul of Codelco’s aging mines to deal with dwindling ore grades.

Building the world's largest solar project

Saudi Arabia wants to pour $200 billion into solar to build the world's largest solar project. 

Two risks threaten commodities, one bullish, one bearish: Russell

The are two main factors that appear to be emerging that may threaten an end to the current quite rosy picture surrounding demand for commodities such as iron ore, steel and the metals most exposed to the battery boom, cobalt, lithium and nickel.

Companies now looking for electric battery metals in the garbage

Soaring cobalt and lithium prices are pushing some companies to dig for them in the recycle bin, which some believe could be even more profitable than mining them.

Battery makers descend on Australia, Canada cobalt developers

Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up.

Electric car dreams may be dashed by 2050 on lack of cobalt, lithium supplies

German researchers say cobalt-free battery technologies — including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements — are the best way to avoid supply issues in the long term.

Canada’s First Cobalt buys US explorer, creates key supplier outside Congo

The blended company will have projects in Ontario and Idaho which, once in operations, could be major cobalt suppliers for EVs makers and high tech firms.

Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

Chile development agency Corfo has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32 percent stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles.

Over 37% of Bolivia’s population benefiting from the mining sector.

Ross Beaty, Chairman of Pan American Silver and Pablo Guzman, Bolivian Ambassador in Canada, provided opening remarks highlighting the importance of silver mining in Bolivia and positive relations between Canada and Bolivia over the last 12 years.

Scientists closer to producing safer and longer-lasting lithium battery

Using a 3-D layer of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), or silicone, reduces dendrite growth, which makes batteries safer and longer-lasting.

Rush for cobalt, lithium as prices stay on the boil

Electric vehicle boom sees number of companies exploring for lithium and cobalt tripling to 188 as budgets balloon according to new report.