Graphite: Tanzania publishes export regulations update for natural graphite

The Government of Tanzania has published updated regulations concerning the export of natural graphite concentrate. The new regulations make no changes to either the 65% minimum content for total graphitic content (TGC) or to the payment of royalties as conditions of export. The Mining Regulations, 2020 supersedes the Mining Guidelines… Read more

Steel: China steel production breaks another record in August

According to data recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s crude steel production reached 94.9Mt in August, a 8.4% y-o-y increase, reversing the 1.6% m-o-m retreat in July. For the first eight months of the year, China’s crude steel production reached 689Mt, a 3.6% y-o-y increase. Pig iron… Read more

Nickel sulphate, nickel: BHP Nickel West production delayed to 2021

BHP Nickel West has revealed in its recently-released annual report that it expects to complete construction of its nickel sulphate plant located at the Kwinana nickel refinery in H1 FY2021 (H2 CY2020), with first production due in H2 FY2021 (H1 CY2021). Roskill view Since early 2018, BHP Nickel West has… Read more

Lithium: Albemarle clashes with Chilean regulator over reserves in the Atacama

In December 2016, lithium producer Albemarle was granted an increase to its lithium production quota by the Chilean regulator CORFO (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción). The company produces lithium from the La Negra refinery which is fed by a concentrated lithium chloride feedstock produced at its brine operation in… Read more

Roskill White Paper: Critical materials – international strategies and approaches

In early September, the European Commission (EC) published Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability – the latest instalment in its decade-long attempt to quantify and qualify critical materials. The EC isn’t alone. Its latest publication follows hot on the heels of a glut of… Read more

Nickel: Vale New Caledonia sale falls through

Australia’s New Century Resources has announced that it will not be tabling an offer for Vale’s New Caledonia (VNC) plant and Goro nickel-cobalt mine in New Caledonia. The company said that, although its due diligence and business analysis was now complete and that this had indicated strong potential for sustainable… Read more

Graphite: Natural graphite remains on EU critical raw materials list, for now

The EU has released an updated list of critical raw materials, adding bauxite, titanium, lithium, and strontium, while removing helium. Natural graphite remains on the list, which identifies materials with a high risk of supply shortage whose impacts on the economy are higher compared with most other raw materials. The… Read more

Batteries: Anode-free solid-state battery start-up to list on NYSE

QuantumScape, a solid-state Li-ion battery start-up founded by former Stanford university researchers, plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, after merging with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The merged company will be valued at about US$3.3Bn. QuantumScape’s anode-free solid-state battery technology uses… Read more

Critical materials: EU releases updated critical raw materials list

A revised list of 30 critical raw materials has been revealed by the European Commission (EC), which now includes bauxite, titanium, lithium, and strontium. Dropping off the list is helium, which the EC insists remains a concern as far as supply concentration is concerned and will continue to be monitored.… Read more