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Pensana receives green light for REE processing & recycling facility
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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. 

China invests in Zimbabwe infrastructure to support projects
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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.  

Renault looks to Morocco for cobalt sulphate supply
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Managem has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply French automaker Renault Group with cobalt sulphate. 

Transnet to allocate 30% of rail capacity to emerging miners
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South Africa’s state-owned logistics enterprise will simplify the process for emerging mining companies to receive rail capacity allocation. 

Accelerate Resources reviews Woodie Woodie North Mn grades
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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.

TotalEnergies acquires 50% of fifth-largest US renewable player
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The deal is the French-based energy company’s largest US renewable energy acquisition to date.

Zambia’s Mopani plans to resume cobalt production
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Zambia's Mopani Copper Mines plans on resuming its cobalt production after it had stopped production more than a decade ago.  

Bannerman Energy acquires stake in heavy rare earths project
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Bannerman Energy has signed an agreement to acquire a 41.8% stake in Namibia Critical Metals (NMI)

Silicon expansions in Norway to meet green energy demand
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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 plans to restart US polysilicon plant by end-2023
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REC Silicon announced plans to restart production of polysilicon at its Moses Lake factory in Washington, USA.  First production is expected in Q4 2023.

India’s salt production likely to be reduced by 30% for 2022
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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.  

Can REE from monazite re-ignite thorium’s nuclear potential?
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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 graphite players announce strategic investment
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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.

Steel output weak while supply issues support iron ore prices
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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.  

Wind turbine company Siemens Gamesa to be taken private
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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.

Could high-power magnets help aerospace reduce emissions?
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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 looks to resuscitate European magnesium production
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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.

CBMM champions another novel use for niobium: disc brakes
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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.

IEA: rising prices undermining critical material security
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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.

EU turns to offshore wind power to reinforce future energy security
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The EU has launched its REPowerEU action plan which includes significant investment commitments for offshore wind projects and infrastructure.

Another busy week for nickel in Indonesia
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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.