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  • By Kasia Patel
    Published: 09 Jul 2014

    Though shale in the UK extends to around 30% of England and Wales, according to BGS geologist Rachel Bell steps must be taken to prevent pressure on groundwater supply and contamination, while a secure proppant supply is also essential.

  • By Emma Hughes
    Published: 03 Jul 2014

    As the US energy landscape shifts towards unconventional sources, the demand for oilfield minerals including barite, bentonite and frac sand is ever increasing. Oilfield Minerals Outlook 2014 delegates gathered in Houston last week to find out more.

  • By Antonio Torrisi
    Published: 25 Jun 2014

    By convening on these two key factors for the development of a stable and long-term profitable mining sector, Africa’s government representatives and mining companies seem to agree on a common strategy to boost investors in the mining industry.

  • Published: 19 Jun 2014

    The election of the right of centre Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra Modi, by a clear majority, promises a move away from populist, consensus politics in India and could lead to sweeping economic reform, which in turn is likely to boost domestic raw material output and demand.

  • By Siobhan Lismore-Scott
    Published: 13 Jun 2014

    With the IEA this week underlining China’s dependence on gas, a new report produced by IM Research underlines how China’s unconventional gas market will develop – as well as its proppant markets. The report, available to purchase, is the first and only definitive report on China’s oil and gas proppants market.

  • By Simon Moores
    Published: 06 Jun 2014

    At a time when supply chain security, transparency and responsibility are becoming central concerns for both manufacturers and consumers, IM Data discusses Tesla Motors' plans to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery plant and the impact it could have on demand for critical minerals: graphite, lithium and cobalt.

  • By Emma Hughes
    Published: 28 May 2014

    While industrial minerals like quartz, silica, feldspar and silicon carbide have traditionally been linked with solar energy applications, it is lithium that could see a 10-fold increase in demand through use in CSP working fluids.


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