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Report says ‘lucky country’ lithium key for batteries in 2019

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

“Key sources” of new lithium-ion for the battery materials market in 2019 will again come from Australia, say market analysts.

An additional 60 kilotonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) output will come from mines in the so-called ‘lucky country’, according to metal and materials research consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

Australia has shown its ability to “fast-track spodumene operations in recent years through a combination of a benign investment environment, technical expertise and existing infrastructure”, Wood Mackenzie said.

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Pilbara secures funding to expand Pilganoora lithium deposit

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Pilganoora lithium-tantalum project

Australian mining company Pilbara Minerals has secured funding from two of its key customers, in order to expand its Pilganoora lithium ore deposit.

The funding is comprised of a US$25 million offtake pre-payment facility provided by Chinese automotive manufacturer, Great Wall Motor Company, a $50m equity placement to Ganfeng Lithium, and a proposed new $50m Nordic bond to be implemented in the current quarter, with bondholder consent.

The funding package will be combined with Pilbara’s existing cash reserves and future cash flow from stage 1 operations of the Pilganoora resource to fully fund the second stage of operations. Pilbara is targeting commissioning of stage 2 from the March quarter 2020.

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Mining firms dig in to turn nickel into ‘battery gold’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:50 -- John Shepherd
Nickel West Mt Keith operation. Photo: Nickel West

Mining behemoth BHP is stepping up investment in nickel mine development and exploration in Western Australia to become “a globally-significant battery materials supplier”.

Asset president of BHP’s Nickel West Australia mine-to-market business, Eduard Haegel, told a mining conference the group’s strategy is to secure supplies of a key battery material to supply increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs).

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IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:03 -- Xuan Zhong
IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Lithium-ion is “likely to remain the technology of choice” for electric vehicle (EV) batteries over the next decade— but “minimum standards” should govern material supplies and recycling, says a new study.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Global EV Outlook 2018, said “clearly defined and respected norms and requirements for traceability are needed” across the batteries supply chain, after the global stock of EVs climbed from one million in 2015 to more than three million in 2017.

 

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IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:03 -- Xuan Zhong
IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Lithium-ion is “likely to remain the technology of choice” for electric vehicle (EV) batteries over the next decade— but “minimum standards” should govern material supplies and recycling, says a new study.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Global EV Outlook 2018, said “clearly defined and respected norms and requirements for traceability are needed” across the batteries supply chain, after the global stock of EVs climbed from one million in 2015 to more than three million in 2017.

 

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Johnson Matthey in battery materials plans with Cummins

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Johnson Matthey in battery materials plans with Cummins

Johnson Matthey has sold its automotive battery systems business to US-based engines and gensets manufacturer Cummins— as part of plans to jointly develop “high-energy battery materials”.

JM’s UK-based business is one of Europe's largest lithium-ion battery system suppliers with 50 employees.

 
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BYD ‘plans summer start for new battery plant’

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD ‘plans summer start for new battery plant’

Chinese battery giant BYD is reportedly set to start operations at a new CNY4 billion ($636 million) lithium-ion battery production plant in western China this June.

The first of three production lines expected to start rolling at the plant in Xining, Qinghai Province, will have an annual production capacity of 10GWh, according to China’s state Xinhua News Agency.

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