Fluorspar: New South African acidspar mine opens with plans for downstream beneficiation to follow

SepFluor Limited’s R1.7Bn (US$115M) Nokeng fluorspar mine and plant at Rust de Winter, north east of Pretoria, was officially opened on 1 August 2019. Nokeng has a 12Mt SAMREC-compliant reserve and an initial estimated life-of-mine of 19 years. It will initially exploit two haematite-fluorspar orebodies—Outwash Fan and Plattekop—with an option… Read more

Bauxite and alumina: Rusal reports positive H1 results

Rusal of Russia has reported that its bauxite production increased to 8.07Mt in H1 2019, a rise of almost 1.8Mt on the same period during 2018 when production stood at 6.28Mt. Much of the extra production came from the Dian-Dian operation in Guinea, West Africa, where production increased to 1.71Mt… Read more

Lithium: Nemaska Lithium’s updated technical report confirms the increased capital cost for its integrated lithium hydroxide project

Nemaska Lithium is developing lithium operations in Canada including the Whabouchi lithium mine in Québec to produce a spodumene concentrate, and an electrochemical processing plant in Shawinigan to process that concentrate into 37.0ktpy lithium hydroxide. As announced in February 2019, however, following 8 months of construction, Nemaska required an additional… Read more

Cobalt: Glencore reports US$350M hit as cobalt prices fall

In a trading update last week, the cobalt producer and trader noted that based on its “carried internally sourced priced cobalt exposure of 10.3kt” and “a significant decline in hydroxide payabilities” it expects to report related EBIT losses within its Marketing segment of approximately US$350M during H1 2019. Roskill View… Read more

Chromium: Glencore extends winter shutdown period for South African ferrochrome

Glencore has cut its ferro-chrome production guidance for 2019 by 10% as part of its extended winter shutdown. This announcement comes amidst ongoing electricity concerns in South Africa. Eskom, the national power utility, released its financial year to March 2019 statement, which outlined a net loss of ZAR20.7Bn (US$1.5Bn) and… Read more

Chromium: Market forecast to move into period of more modest demand growth

Our analyst Dr. Nils Backeberg discusses the outlook for the chromium market through to 2029. “Southern Africa hosts about 90% of the world’s chromite reserves and resources and accounts for approximately 60% of global chrome ore production.” “After several years of 5-10% annual growth in demand driven by stainless steel… Watch now

Greenfields: First Battery Raw Materials Project Report

Roskill analyst Oliver Heathman and associate Charles Cooper introduce Greenfield Battery Raw Material Projects for the 2020s report. The first of its kind, the study examines over 50 of what they describe as the top greenfield projects that could produce the key raw materials for the Electric Vehicle battery market.… Watch now

Tantalum: Australian by-product output June quarter updates

Pilbara Minerals and Alliance Minerals have both released production estimates for tantalite concentrate over the June quarter, increasing output as their respective Pilgangoora and Bald Hill lithium/tantalum operations ramp up. Pilbara Minerals reported 67,075lb of tantalite concentrate production, up 101% on the previous quarter (the company is believed to currently… Read more

Tungsten: H.C. Starck posts 23% sales rise in FY 2018

Germany-headquartered tungsten refiner and fabricator H.C. Starck announced a 23% rise in sales to €581.7M (US$647.7M) for FY 2018. Sales were adjusted to reflect the sale of the Tantalum & Niobium Division to Japan’s JX Group, and the sale of the STC Division to Sweden’s Höganäs Group, during the course… Read more

Chromium: ThyssenKrupp to build new chromium coating line

ThyssenKrupp has approved the investment funds to build a new coating line for packaging steel at its Andernach site in Germany. The company’s investment is quoted as “in the low three-digit million [Euro] range”. The line will incorporate a new process, which will replace the existing production method due to… Read more

Bauxite & alumina: Brazilian recovery through H2 2019

Brazilian exports of alumina increased to 3.14Mt during the first half of 2019 as Norsk Hydro worked to bring its production back up to normal levels following the lifting of a 50% production embargo on its Alunorte alumina refinery in May this year. The rise represents a 17% increase on… Read more