Rare earth company Pensana has received approvals for its updated proposal to build a REE separation facility at the Saltend Chemicals Park in the UK.
Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) signed an agreement with Chinese firm Dinson Iron and Steel Company (DISCO) for the construction of a 100km high-voltage transmission power line.
South Africa’s state-owned logistics enterprise will simplify the process for emerging mining companies to receive rail capacity allocation.
Accelerate Resources (AX8) recently reviewed the manganese ore resources at its Braeside West and Barramine of the Woodie Woodie North (WWN) manganese project in Western Australia.
Wacker Chemie has started a feasibility study for the expansion of its silicon metal production capacity in Holla, Norway. The company plans to add a new furnace by end-2025 to increase output by 50%.
REC Silicon announced plans to restart production of polysilicon at its Moses Lake factory in Washington, USA. First production is expected in Q4 2023.
Salt production in India is likely to be reduced by 30% in 2022, because of the delayed onset of the harvest season in Gujurat, the country’s largest salt-producing state.
Steenkampskraal Holdings prepares for AIM and JSE listing with its monazite mine in South Africa. While Idaho Strategic Resources adds the Lemhi Pass REE-Thorium project, in the USA, to its belt.
Canadian companies Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) and Mason Graphite (MG) recently announced a strategic investment and joint venture agreement on MG’s Lac Gueret mine project.
The latest WSA data put world crude steel production at 162.7Mt in April, a 5.1% y-on-y decline. Output is down 7.1% y-on-y for the first four months of the year.
Siemens Energy has confirmed a US$4.3Bn billion offer to buy the remaining 32.9% minority stake in its publicly traded renewables subsidiary, following turbulent trading conditions over the past 18 months.
Airbus is working on electric vertical take-off and landing concepts for its CityAirbus NextGen air taxi, and the company has announced a partnership with California-based MAGicaALL to provide the electric motor.
EU policymakers have launched a drive to restart domestic output of the critical material and intend that Europe should source 15% of its magnesium needs domestically by 2030.
Brazil’s CBMM published a study comparing the use of niobium versus molybdenum in disc brakes for vehicles. The company showed that 0.11% Nb can replace 0.22% Mo.
The IEA released preliminary 2021 data that shows that spiking prices for critical materials are undermining the year-on-year reductions in technology costs that have been driving growth in clean energy uptake.
The EU has launched its REPowerEU action plan which includes significant investment commitments for offshore wind projects and infrastructure.
Nickel Mines has started commissioning the fourth nickel pig iron rotary kiln electric furnace line at its Angel Nickel project, while China’s CNGR Advanced Material plans to invest in three new matte projects.