Rare Earth Mining News

Millennial nears feasibility at Pastos Grandes in Argentina

Millennial expects to submit its environmental impact assessment to the Argentinian government during 2019’s first quarter.

Chile okays lithium miner SQM's plan to remedy water violations

The 18-month remediation plan includes a new online system to monitor SQM's extraction rates of both brine and fresh water from beneath the salt flat.

Congolese mining company leaves ITSCI certification scheme over cost

Societe Miniere de Bisunzu (SMB), has given 30 days notice to end its contract with ITSCI, a responsible supply chain initiative, citing the scheme's rising costs.

Chilean lithium exports continue rise, to $949m in 2018 – central bank

Global demand for lithium is expected to quadruple by 2025.

Canada's Cobalt 27 goes after lithium with royalty acquisition

Cobalt 27 will put in about $9 million into a share of production at Mineral Resources and Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium's Mount Marion lithium project in Western Australia.

China to step up crackdown on rare earth sector: ministry

China launched the crackdown on the rare earth sector in 2009, with authorities claiming that illegal activities drove down global prices and made it impossible to cover the huge environmental costs of production.

China slowdown a big threat to industrial metals in 2019 — analyst

With metals ringing off the new year on a weak note, both price- and demand-wise, BMO Metals says the main questions for 2019 revolve around China and whether its government is doing enough to slow the country's economic contraction.

Defense Metals now controls Wicheeda Lake rare earth deposit

We probably have more rare earth deposits in Canada, or controlled by Canadian-listed juniors, than anywhere in the world.

Blackwater founder launches fund to invest in electric car battery metals

The founder of the US private security company aims to raise as much as $500 million to invest in deposits of metals such as cobalt, lithium and copper.

Chile to delay arbitration with top lithium producer Albemarle

Under the contract, Albemarle had agreed to provide as much as 25 percent of its annual production at a discount to companies seeking to produce battery metals within Chile.

Barra looks to China for GM's electric rebirth: Anjani Trivedi

In 2014, Barra listened to accounts of families who’d lost a member while driving in a General Motors Co. Chevrolet Cobalt that malfunctioned.

Eurasian Resources Group launches clean cobalt framework

ERG recognises the urgent need for metal suppliers to commit to ensuring that cobalt is produced and sourced responsibly and sustainably and to support the efforts of its customers.

Orocobre shares crushed on weak lithium prices, outlook

Low pricing achieved recently has been affected partly by soft market conditions in China, the Brisbane-based lithium miner said.

Australia's Kidman Resources, LG Chem ink lithium hydroxide deal

Kidman will supply 12,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide a year to the diversified chemicals company for 10 years.

Largo more than doubles strike length at NAN vanadium deposit

Largo expects to table a maiden resource at NAN in early 2019 after receiving all the assays from its latest program.

EV battery recycling – can it plug the gap?

Uncertainty around future battery technologies and chemistries mean that 'future-proof' recycling technologies need to be developed.

Portugal sees first lithium licensing tender in 2019, wants refinery

Various international groups had expressed interest in exploring for lithium in Portugal, which is the world's sixth-largest lithium producer, and Europe's biggest.

Explorex Resources begins drilling for cobalt in Canada’s New Brunswick

The Canadian junior miner is taking advantage of a window of opportunity presented by a local drill company to complete two holes prior to the Christmas break.

Mineral Resources inks $1.15B lithium JV deal with Albemarle

The joint venture will allow the American lithium producer, the world’s No. 1, to expand its presence in Australia.

Bacanora Lithium seeks listing of German unit in 2019

The company plans to move forward with the plan only once the feasibility study at its Zinnwald project is completed, in the second quarter of next year.

Germany secures access to world's second-largest lithium deposit

The partners expect to produce up to 40,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide per year beginning in 2022.

Zambia's chamber of mines sees 21,000 job cuts due to higher taxes

Africa's No.2 copper producer plans to introduce new mining duties, replace Value Added Tax with sales tax and increase royalties to help bring down mounting debt.

Tesla lithium supplier Kidman settles ownership row over Australian mine

The settlement unlocks payments by SQM that had been on ice during the dispute, and paves the way for development to get back on track

Importance of rare earth metals mining makes it into COP24

Experts agree that resources are the missing link in the climate debate.

Delrey expands portfolio with BC vanadium properties

The Star and Porcher vanadium properties cover a combined 67.4 sq. km in northwest B.C., near the small logging community of Oona River on Porcher Island.