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OMH set to diversify into renewable energy downstream products
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OM Holdings continues to move ahead with furnace expansion to increase manganese alloy output and diversify production into silicon metal at its ferroalloy smelter in Samalaju, Malaysia.

ERG and Gécamines to restart copper and cobalt production at Boss Mining
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Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and DRC state-owned-enterprise Gécamines announce the restart of mining operations at the DRC operation.

Tsingshan Holdings Group to develop Lithium supply chain in Zimbabwe
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Tsingshan continues a surge of Chinese investment in Zimbabwean lithium operations during 2022.

Fire breaks out at IGO’s Nova mine
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IGO has suspended all operations at its Nova mine after the site’s diesel engine room caught fire.

Next wave of lithium projects advance development and grow resource bases
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Sigma Lithium and Lithium Chile have updated reserve and resource estimates in Brazil and Chile respectively.

Will battery demand trends reshape manganese supply chain?
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Project Blue's Manganese Market Service explores how long-term steel and battery trends will impact the supply chain.

CME Group’s cobalt futures grows in popularity
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According to Reuters, activity in CME Group's cobalt futures has soared far above London Metal Exchange volumes this year.

Terrafame and Renault agree nickel sulphate supply deal
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Finnish multi-metal producer, Terrafame, and French automotive company, Renault, have signed a multi-year agreement for the supply of nickel sulphate for use in EV batteries.

Indonesia to appeal WTO nickel trade ruling
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Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, revealed his country would appeal a trade dispute ruling brought forward by the European Union (EU) relating to Indonesia’s 2020 nickel ore export ban.

Beijing approves trading of industrial silicon futures
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China’s securities regulator has approved trading of industrial silicon futures and options on the Guangzhou Futures Exchange.

Another project upgrading to a mixed rare earth compounds product
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RareX announced simplifications to its scoping study together with its latest drilling results from its 100%-owned Cummins Range project, indicating plans to release an updated resource estimate in Q1 2023.

POSCO Chemical finishes construction at expanded Gwangyang cathode production facility
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POSCO Chemical completed construction at the expanded Gwangyang cathode production facility in November, which will ramp-up production of high-nickel cathode active materials for EVs and ESS applications.

Delivering critical material ambitions - review of the 2nd annual CMA conference
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The Critical Minerals Association & Geological Society Business Forum hosted a conference on delivering the UK's critical minerals ambitions.

The golden age of antimony
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Project Blue’s Antimony Market Service shows the impact of by-product antimony sourced from gold mining on the industry.

Could Australia lead the charge for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries?
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Enerox (CellCube) and North Harbour Clean Energy are considering building a VRFB manufacturing plant in Australia.

UK and South Africa partner on minerals for clean energy
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The UK and South Africa to collaborate on mining, minerals and clean energy technologies for the energy transition.

Not enough wind in the sales
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Siemens Energy reported a record order backlog of nearly EUR100Bn, boosting its shares but overshadowing a widening net loss blamed on its struggling wind turbine division, Siemens Gamesa.

Trafigura gets US$600M to fund Chemaf’s DRC cobalt projects
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The trading giant has agreed a US$600M syndicated financing facility with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB).

Europe's biggest energy storage system brought online early to tackle UK energy shortages
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Harmony Energy's UK-based energy storage facility in Pillswood, Cottingham, with a capacity of up to 196 MWh, was brought online four months earlier than planned to provide renewables-backed energy supply over the UK winter.

Can old chromite mines in India restart?
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The Rural Development, Skill Development and Technical Education Minister in India has urged the Odisha state government to re-open closed and defunct mines in Sukinda chromites valley.

Salt Forum 2022 concerned about the impact of climate change on future salt supply
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Last week, salt market participants met in Hamburg, Germany for Salt Forum 2022.  Project Blue presented a global salt supply overview alongside growth market insight and developments.