Rio warned that its efforts to move its Australian iron ore operations away from fossil fuels are likely to be constrained by the slow roll-out of renewable energy sources. It also declined to set scope three emissions targets.
The Biden administration pledges to spend more than US$3Bn to support the domestic manufacturing of batteries used in EVs and energy storage in its latest commitment to building a robust US supply chain.
BYD, China’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturer, produced record Q1 sales of 286,329 electric and hybrid vehicles. In Q2, the company is set to overtake Tesla as the largest EV manufacturer by sales.
Jervois Global completes BFS for Stage 1 of São Miguel Paulista Nickel and Cobalt refinery restart to process mixed nickel hydroxide and cobalt hydroxide through to metal.
The CSIR released a report on the potential and resource risk for developing a circular economy in South Africa’s mining sector, identifying South Africa's critical and economically viable minerals.
Croatia’s Government has published a list of 216 renewable energy projects under review. The projects have a combined capacity of 5.95GW including a 950W solar park to be located in Šibenik-Knin.
Zambia’s Government is close to finding an investor for Mopani Copper Mines, according to President Hakainde Hichilema. However, it is likely that the assets will need considerable improvement.
The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Austin, Texas, to restart talks about the possibility for Tesla to take part in the nickel and battery industry in Indonesia.
Nornickel Q1 nickel production rose year-on-year owing to the recovery of two of its mines. Copper output was flat, while palladium output fell when compared to the high levels produced in Q1 2021.
The Department of Magnetic Materials in the Powder Materials Division at the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) published results on improved magnetic properties for Ce-NdFeB magnets.
After a disagreement over construction scheduling and costs, the partners will no longer work together on the 40ktpy nickel mixed sulphide precipitate project in Indonesia.
The number of large-scale illegal chromite mining operations in the heart of the country's Western Bushveld is increasing. Many illegal mines are now mechanised and are operating in broad daylight.
German auto parts supplier Schaeffler has signed a five-year deal with Norway's REEtec to supply rare earth oxides to support its transformation into an e-motor supplier with captive magnet production.
Mexico's Congress passed a bill to nationalise lithium, tightening control over its domestic supply chain. The bill has attracted some criticism, on the grounds that it may limit investment into Mexican mining projects.
A South Korean consortium led by LG Energy Solution will invest USD$9bn to build a mine-to-manufacturing battery supply chain in Indonesia. LG is looking to reduce its reliance on Chinese suppliers.
The US Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office announced a conditional commitment to lend up to US$107M to Syrah Technologies for its Syrah Vidalia Facility in Louisiana.
Glencore and General Motors have announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply the automotive giant with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.
Ferroglobe, one of the key silicon metal and ferrosilicon producers outside of China, is planning to ramp up output at its US plant and restart its South African plant, the latter idle since 2019.
Canada’s federal budget promised grants for surveying, processing, and recycling, as well as tax credits for new mines and subsidies for infrastructure, though it did not reduce regulatory oversight.
Australian Vanadium published a BFS this week, positioning it as one of the most advanced projects in the vanadium space. Next steps include regulatory approvals with an investment decision due Q4 2022.
Brazil's Vale has agreed to sell its manganese and iron ore mines in central Brazil to holding company J&F Investimentos. The company also signed an agreement to build a “green” pig iron plant in Marabá.