Tin: Roskill Webinar highlights resurging consumer electronics demand in the wake of COVID-19

Roskill’s first tin webinar featured presentations from Neal Brewster (Manager, Strategic Consulting) and Adam Slade (Analyst, Tin and Tungsten) with an introduction and Q&A chaired by Alison Saxby (Director, Operations). The webinar was prefaced by a summary of Roskill’s in-house macroeconomic outlook, followed by an examination of resurging consumer electronics… Read more

Rare earths: Ganzhou RE expects mining resumptions

On 16 September, the Ganzhou Municipal Administrative Examination and Approval Bureau issued a public announcement on the proposed acceptance of an environmental impact report by Ganzhou Rare Earth Mining (Ganzhou RE) entitled “Rare earth mine integration (phase I) technological upgrading project”. Ganzhou Rare Earth Mining previously reported the development of… Read more

Nickel, cobalt: Santa Rica hopeful for long-life operation with underground option

Atlantic Nickel (wholly owned by Appian Capital Advisory) recently announced the completion of an updated technical report for its Santa Rica nickel-copper-cobalt mine in Brazil. The report evaluated the open-pit component to a pre-feasibility level and concluded it had an expected mine life of 9 years (2020-2028). It also outlined… Read more

Magnesium compounds: New environmental rules for magnesite mining in Liaoning province

Liu Ning, deputy secretary of the Liaoning Provincial Party Committee, governor, and secretary of the provincial government party group, presided over a provincial government party group meeting and executive meeting in September 2020 on sustainable magnesite mining. The meeting decided on a number of recommendations that will affect magnesite mining… Read more

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