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Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:29 -- John Shepherd
Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Australia-listed Neometals has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with Indian company Manikaran Power to jointly fund the evaluation of developing “India’s first lithium refinery”.

A final investment decision (FID) on creating a 50-50 joint venture for the refinery will be taken after completion of a feasibility study, Neometals said.

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Johnson Matthey ramps up ‘high-energy’ material investment

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:24 -- John Shepherd
Johnson Matthey ramps up ‘high-energy’ material investment

UK-based Johnson Matthey (JM) is ramping up investment in developing its “ultra-high energy” battery cathode material and plans to open customer application testing centres in the UK and Japan.

JM said it has made “significant progress” in commercialising its enhanced lithium nickel oxide (eLNO) material— and has signed its first long-term supply agreement for raw materials with Canada’s Nemaska Lithium. 

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Umicore expands battery materials business with cobalt deal

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:45 -- John Shepherd
Umicore expands battery materials business with cobalt deal

Belgium’s Umicore is to acquire Freeport Cobalt’s cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Finland as an “important step” toward expanding the company’s battery materials business.

The deal, which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2019, is for a total consideration of US$150 million on a debt and cash free basis, plus the value of the working capital to be taken over at closing, which at the end of March was approximately $40m.

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Bolivia and India plan lithium supply for batteries joint venture

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:58 -- John Shepherd
Ram Nath Kovind (left) with Bolivian president Evo Morales

Bolivia and India are working on plans to set up a lithium supply chain between the countries to serve joint venture battery production plants.

Lithium carbonate originating in Bolivia would be delivered to the battery/cell manufacturing facilities in India, according to an agreement signed by Indian president Ram Nath Kovind (pictured left) during a state visit to Bolivia.

Under the terms of the deal, both sides “agreed to facilitate mechanisms for the commercialisation of lithium carbonate and potassium chloride produced in Bolivia by the state-owned exploration and refining firm Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos Corporación (YLB).”

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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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