Graphite: Potential large-scale Norwegian battery materials plant

Elkem has selected Herøya Industrial Park as the site for a potential large-scale plant for battery materials production in Norway. A new project, named Northern Recharge, aims to supply the fast-growing rechargeable battery industry through a competitive production process. The company is already constructing a pilot plant for battery graphite… Read more

Graphite: New Indian investment in needle coke

Indian Oil Corporation has announced that it is planning to invest Rs1,268 crore (US$1.7M) in a new petroleum needle coke unit at its Paradip Refinery in Odisha. It will be entering this product segment for the first time. The unit will have a proposed capacity of 56ktpy. Roskill view Petroleum… Read more

Lithium: Over 50% of spodumene supply marginal in Q2 2020

Current soft market conditions for lithium chemicals are undermining the profitability of several major spodumene producers. In addition to low prices, weak demand and sizable material stockpiles have meant some producers are having to implement campaign mining and processing schedules, with the resultant under-utilisation of their operational capacity having a… Read more

Nickel sulphate: In high-nickel batteries, safety comes into question

Since May 2020, three cars equipped with the latest NCM811 battery cells, supplied by CATL, have caught fire in China. All three were Aion S model, sedan vehicles manufactured by GAC. Though relatively small in number compared to the overall number of EVs sold in China, the reported car fires… Read more

Rare earths: Flooding affects China LREE production

Recent Yangzte flooding in southern China is serious and affecting many metal industries including Rare earth productions. The heavy and consistent rain storms in mid-August have heavily impacted Leshan in Sichuan province, causing damage, material loss and production disruption at metal producers in the region. Roskill believes that two rare… Read more

Lithium: Québec government confirms commitment to funding

On 24 August it was announced that Nemaska Lithium, which had been under creditor protection since December 2019 following a CAPEX blow-out of the Whabouchi mine and Shawinigan lithium hydroxide plant, is to be purchased by its principal creditors comprising Orion Mine Finance and Investissement Quebec along with new partner… Read more

Iodine: SQM to more than double capacity

SQM’s Tente en el Aire (TEA) project aims to increase the company’s iodine capacity from 11ktpy to 23ktpy. The project plans to incorporate new areas of the mine to increase production, and bring the utilisation of seawater into the production process. Investment in the project will be US$350M and construction… Read more

Copper: Roskill Webinar explains rapid price recovery in the wake of COVID-19

Roskill’s first copper webinar featured presentations from Neal Brewster (Manager, Strategic Consulting) and Jonathan Barnes (Associate Consultant, Copper) with an introduction and Q&A session chaired by Jack Bedder (Director, Research & Business Development). The presentation drilled down into the reasons behind the recent rapid copper price recovery and pulls out… Read more