Batteries: Industry heavyweights discuss integrated battery future

How will batteries change our world? This was the topic of debate at the Royal Institution panel on 13 June, with focus on the new role that batteries could have in future infrastructure and home life. Speakers included: Peter Stephens — Head of UK External and Governmental Affairs at Nissan… Read more

Rare earths: Taiwan boosts its offshore wind energy capacity

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply offshore wind turbines for the 376MW Taiwanese Formosa 2 offshore wind farm project which is set to begin construction in 2020 subject to a final investment decision by consortium partners. The Formosa 2 project will use 47 permanent-magnet-based SG8.0-167 direct drive (DD) offshore wind… Read more

Tungsten, tin: Rafaella Resources acquires Santa Comba project in Spain

Australian-listed exploration company Rafaella Resources has acquired Galicia Tin & Tungsten, whose assets include the Santa Comba project in Galicia, Spain, from Biscay Minerals and Ulex Recursos. Rafaella has an offtake agreement from leading German tungsten refiner H.C. Starck and an associated offer of 100% project debt financing from the… Read more

Chromium: Afarak idles two ferrochrome furnaces at Mogale Alloys

Afarak has announced that it has idled two of its furnaces for charge chrome production at its South African Mogale Alloys plant, leaving only the higher value plasma charge chrome DC furnace and medium-carbon ferrochrome converter in operation. Earlier this year and, following a change in management, Afarak had hoped… Read more

Graphite: Syrah Resources reduces Q2 production estimate

Syrah Resources has reduced expectations slightly for its Q2 output, down from 50–55kt to 45–50kt. The Mozambican producer output 104kt of flake graphite concentrate in 2018 from Balama, followed by 48kt in Q1 2019, and plans to continue ramp-up of production through 2019. Even if the company were to continue… Read more

Tungsten: Jiangxi APT refiners cut production to support poor market

Major producers of ammonium paratungstate (APT) in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, have announced plans to reduce their output in June 2019 following a meeting of the province’s main refiners earlier in the month. The operations will cut production by at least 30% for a minimum of 15 days in an effort… Read more

Graphite: China-US trade war reaches graphite industry

Graphite products are among more than 5,000 US materials on which China introduced import tariffs from 1 June 2019. Both natural flake graphite and synthetic graphite will be affected with a 10% tariff and the intermediate product spherical graphite will see a 25% tariff. Spherical graphite is a vital material… Read more

Lithium: Argentina sees future lithium advancements, though FARN warns of environmental and social responsibility failures in the country

Argentina continues to be one of the fastest developing jurisdictions for lithium projects, with over 50 projects under exploration in the country in June 2019. Neo Lithium reported the discovery of lithium-bearing brines at greater depth after further drilling at the Tres Quebrada project, Catamarca province. The additional drilling suggests… Read more

Chromium: Sibanye-Lonmin merger forms the largest UG2 producer

Precious metals miners Sibanye-Stillwater and Lonmin have approved a planned merger of the companies, effectively creating the world’s largest producer of platinum and the world’s second-largest producer of palladium. Sibanye-Stillwater said that 87% of its shareholders backed the all-share offer, which it revised down in April, valuing the smaller miner… Read more