Graphite: Tanzanian flake graphite project posts PFS results

Roskill view: A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Mahenge graphite project in Tanzania has estimated that the project could produce some 167,000tpy of high purity graphite over a mine life of 32 years. ASX-listed Black Rock Mining has said that the project will require a capital investment of more than… Read more

Alumina: Indian government sells stake in NALCO

Roskill view: The Indian government has sold a 9.2% stake in its National Aluminium Company (NALCO) raising INR 10,200 crore (US$186.2M) in the process. The divestment is part of an overall move by the Indian government to offload shares in a number of state-owned companies to raise funds. Shares were… Read more

Tungsten: Global Tungsten & Powders takes 20% share in miner Almonty

Roskill view: The agreement will see GTP terminate a US$7M loan agreement with Canadian-headquartered tungsten concentrates producer Almonty Industries in exchange for consideration shares equivalent to 19.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Almonty, plus a convertible debenture of US$172,772. GTP – a subsidiary of Austrian-headquartered cemented carbide… Read more

Chrome: Afarak boosts ferrochrome production

Roskill view: Afarak has converted a second furnace from silicomanganese to ferrochrome production at its Mogale plant in South Africa. As a result, the company is set to produce an additional 27,600tpy of ferrochrome. This follows the conversion of another furnace in December. Prior to December, the company only had… Read more

Lithium: Tawana and Bacanona sign off-take agreements

Roskill view: Burwill Commodity Ltd (BCL) has signed a 5-year exclusive sales and off-take agreement with Australia-based Bald Hill Project joint venture owners Alliance Mineral Assets Ltd. (AMAL) and Tawana Resources. BCL is owned by Burwill Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed metal trading and mineral resources investment, exploration and development company… Read more

Lithium: Mineral Resources ships first Wodgina feedstock

Roskill view: Mineral Resources Limited’s (MRL) first shipment of direct shipping ore (DSO) from Wodgina left Port Hedland last Monday. The MV Kitaura is now en-route to China with 113,993t (wet) of approximately 1.5% Li2O ore on-board. MRL aims to export between 100-200ktpm DSO from Wodgina, which was acquired from… Read more

Nickel market beware: Batteries can no longer be ignored

In recent months, news stories on nickel have been dominated by concerns over supply of nickel ores and concentrates from the Philippines and Indonesia. In the Philippines, an environmental crackdown led to the closure of 23 mines and the suspension of a further eight, which together account for an estimated… Read more

Cobalt: Big problems at Big Hill?

Roskill view: Bloomberg reports that Gécamines has blocked Groupement du Terril de Lubumbashi’s (GTL) access to a tailings dump near Lubumbashi. The state-owned miner has reportedly accused GTL of exceeding the limits set out in its contract. GTL was formed in 1997 as a partnership between OM Group (55%), Gécamines… Read more

Zircon: Sheffield signs multiple MOUs for Thunderbird project

Roskill view: The memordandums of understanding (MOUs) come a couple of weeks after Sheffield announced the bankable feasibility study results for its Thunderbird mineral sands project in Derby, northern Western Australia, which outlined production of 76,100tpy premium zircon (>66% ZrO2), 68,500tpy zircon concentrate (44% ZrO2), 387,800tpy of low-temperature roasted (LTR)… Read more

Alumina: NALCO posts record output

Roskill view: India’s largest integrated aluminium producer, the state-owned National Aluminium Company (NALCO) has delivered record production figures for FY 2015-16. NALCO produced 6.34Mt of bauxite during the year, up 11% y-on-y. It also saw output of 2.1Mt of alumina to feed its primary aluminium smelter, which produced 372kt. NALCO… Read more