RHI Magnesita

Magnesium compounds: RHI Magnesita announces EUR20M investment in China

RHI Magnesita, the leading global supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and services, has announced that it is to increase investment in the strategically important Chinese market by investing more than EUR20M (US$23M) in its dolomite plant in Chizhou, Anhui Province in China. The Chizhou site includes an extensive dolomite… Read more

Rare earths supply

China: Lifting restrictions on foreign investment

On June 28, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce published China’s 2018 edition of the Special Administrative Measures on Foreign Investment (also called the negative list), which clarifies industries where foreign investment is limited or prohibited. The measures expand the access of foreign investment… Read more

TALCO plant

Antimony: China pursues gold-antimony targets in Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s state-owned aluminium smelter Talco and Chinese company Tibet Huayu Mining have entered into a joint venture on a new US$200M gold and antimony mining project in Tajikistan. The project is expected to produce 1.5tpy of gold and 16,000tpy of antimony with commissioning set for 2020. In addition, China Nonferrous… Read more

Bingham Canyon Mine

Molybdenum: US production rises in Q1 2018

US production of molybdenum-in-concentrate reached 10.4kt in Q1 2018 according to the US Geological Survey, 5.1% higher than in Q1 2017. Shipments increased by 5.7% year-on-year to 10.47kt, slightly higher than production, indicating a modest de-stocking of material by producers. Roskill view: Roskill believes that the rise in output was… Read more

Pilbara Minerals

Lithium/tantalum: New Australian production from Pilbara

Pilbara Minerals of Australia has produced the first spodumene-tantalum concentrates at its 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum Project in Western Australia. Shipments of spodumene concentrate are expected to start in August 2018 following the completion of offtake agreements with two Chinese companies. The agreement with General Lithium was for 140ktpy of 6%… Read more

Cobalt: China and the DRC strengthen ties

Chinese companies with interests in the DRC have formed a business association supported by both countries’ governments. Roskill view:  The Union of Mining Companies with Chinese Capital (USMCC) is comprised of 35 members and was founded with support of China’s embassy and on the advice of the DRC Mines’ Minister.… Read more


Nickel: Three mines fail Philippines review

According to multiple press reports, 13 nickel mines have passed the Philippines’ Mining Industry Coordinating Council’s review, out of 16 nickel mines that were being investigated in the country. The Council’s role was to review all 27 of the mines that had been recommended for closure or suspension by the… Read more

African mine

Graphite: Focus on Africa with further project developments

Kibaran Resources signed a non-binding letter of intent with GR Engineering Services this month for the design and construction of processing facilities at its Epanko deposit in Tanzania. The company plans to process 460ktpy of ore and could produce 60ktpy of graphite concentrate. It released an updated bankable feasibility study… Read more