Energy

  • Hawaiian island to run on lithium-ion batteries 25 July 2014

    French battery maker Saft has won a contract to supply Kauai, Hawaii’s fourth most populous island, with a Li-ion energy storage system that will regulate electricity supply from renewable sources. According to Saft, such solutions are likely to become the norm for island communities, which is positive news for suppliers of graphite and lithium raw materials. Read More

  • Graphene Frontiers secures $1.6m in funding 25 July 2014

    As graphene developments continue to take place worldwide, US-based Graphene Frontiers receives funding that will enable it to ramp up commercial activities, including further development of its CVD sensors. Read More

  • Lithium and borates junior Bacanora lists on AIM 25 July 2014

    Bacanora is the first miner to list on London’s AIM in three years and has raised £4.75m through the issuing of 14.4m shares, when it originally believed it would raise £1.5m. This demonstrates that — for the right project — there is still clearly interest in miners in the stock market. Read More

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 18 – 24 July 24 July 2014

    Tawsho exits graphite market for gold; Kibaran Resources’ Mahenge project returns best graphite intersections to date Read More

  • Talga Resources makes first graphene sale 24 July 2014

    While its PEA is underway at the Nunasvaara graphite deposit in Sweden, Talga Resources has taken a further step towards commercial scalability by producing, testing and selling its first graphene sample. Read More

  • FMC opens new innovation centre in Shanghai 24 July 2014

    The US-headquartered company has opened up an R&D facility in China in order to expand its reach into growing Asian markets with new products for lithium-based energy storage and chemicals solutions. Read More

  • Halliburton to “immediately accelerate” fracking activity in North America 23 July 2014

    Following strong Q2 financial results, Halliburton is set to ramp up its hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fleet and logistics capabilities which will in turn increase demand for oilfield minerals, including frac sand, bentonite and barite. Read More

  • Cementing success: Eagle Materials to open Illinois frac sand mine 23 July 2014

    After gaining final approvals for its frac sand mine in Illinois, Eagle Materials has separated out its Oil and Gas Proppants business for the first time, recording increased revenues from sand sales at its processing facility in Texas. Read More

  • Haydale boosts global graphene presence through R&D agreements 22 July 2014

    As graphene development companies around the world move further towards commercialisation the importance of research and development partnerships increases. By signing agreements with two global players, Haydale is able to offer its products to the global marketplace. Read More

  • RB Energy expected to miss 2014 lithium carbonate production targets 22 July 2014

    Unexpected commissioning issues encountered during a scheduled maintenance and upgrade shutdown at the Quebec Lithium site have led to further delays in lithium carbonate production for RB Energy, which says its “toes are on the finish line” for commercial production in Q4. Read More

  • DuPont sees Q2 sales shrink due to low TiO2, mica, fluorochemicals prices 22 July 2014

    Low prices of fluorochemicals and TiO2 have impacted sales of the US-based speciality chemicals producer, which is currently restructuring its assets and changing its portfolio. However, DuPont expects higher demand for HFOs-refrigerants sales in H2 2014, following a growth in automotive. Read More

  • Video News: Inner Mongolia to increase rare earths exploration 21 July 2014

    Albemarle to merge with Rockwood; Syrah sale “does not make sense”; Crimea plans port expansion Read More

  • Indian barite prices rise as market still awaits tender 21 July 2014

    Industry fidgets over rumours 2014 contracts may be pushed back to April 2015 Read More

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 15-21 July 2014 21 July 2014

    Alkane Resources raises $20.8m cash for its Dubbo Zirconia project; Hastings Rare Metals reports positive results from Yangibana; investors set sights on Jamaica’s red mud bauxite for rare earths exploitation Read More

  • Australia formally throws out carbon tax 18 July 2014

    While Australia’s controversial MRRT tax has no real implications for industrial minerals markets as these were excluded for the tax in 2012, the move shows that the new government is keen to garner a strong relationship with miners Read More

  • Double Crown signs agreement with Wisconsin-based Northern White supplier 18 July 2014

    Double Crown is a junior gold and nickel producer which is “targeting oilfield supply & service projects that have the potential for near-term positive cash flow” and has, by signing the latest LOI, created a company which can provide oilfield minerals for each part of the unconventional gas stage. Read More

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 11 – 17 July 17 July 2014

    Uranex secures supply agreement with Chinese state-owned enterprise; Kibaran releases results from Epanko deposit, sees shares jump Read More

  • US Silica acquires frac sand producer, Cadre Services 17 July 2014

    Company expands Texas-based operations; Preferred Sands set to open new frac sand facility Read More

  • China rare earths export quotas for 2014 remain flat 17 July 2014

    China’s announcement that rare earths export quotas for the second half of 2014 are the same as 2013, show the country’s reluctance to comply with WTO’s ruling. However, the moderate increase in quotas compared to H1 2014 suggests a slowly reviving demand in the market. Read More

  • StratMin Global Resources: life after graphite exploration 17 July 2014

    StratMin Global Resources is a UK-listed junior which recently started production. The company has learned some tough lessons along the way as it brought its project to market but has emerged with a strong, refractory-grade, graphite project with low overheads Read More

  • Etablissements Gallois Madagascar graphite project “not for sale” 16 July 2014

    The France-headquartered company is Madagascar’s oldest graphite producer and rumours that its project was up for sale will send a ripple through the tight-knit global industry. Read More

  • Indonesia to develop downstream rare earths industry 15 July 2014

    A rare earths consortium created by the Indonesian government involving state agencies, energy companies and universities shows the country’s intent to exploit and add value to its domestic rare earths, thorium and uranium resources by developing its downstream industry. Read More

  • Mexico plans to develop domestic rare earths industry 15 July 2014

    Mexican universities, research centres and government institutions are showing interest in exploring large rare earths resources in the country. Collaboration with South Korean companies is likely to speed up the development of a domestic supply chain in the Latin American country. Read More

  • Stans Energy claims payment from Kyrgyzstan for its rare earths deposit 15 July 2014

    The company’s request to the Kyrgyz government to pay damages caused by the dispute at its Kutessay II deposit, follows favourable ruling from the International Arbitration Court in Moscow, and the outcome will determine whether the company will continue with its Kutessay II development. Read More

  • US fracking news in brief 7-15 July 15 July 2014

    This week has seen a flurry of activity in the unconventional gas sector in the US, all of which will have an impact on the demand for proppant minerals such as frac (silica) sand, bauxite and kaolin, as well as others used in the process. Mostly, however, the news continues to highlight the threat of moratoria and the massive potential for exploitation. Read More

  • Analyst doubt quells frenzy over Glencore-Syrah rumours 14 July 2014

    Speculation that trader Glencore had offered ASX-listed Syrah Resources A$2bn for its graphite-vanadium exploration project in Mozambique sent shares in Syrah and neighbouring junior Triton Minerals soaring on the ASX last week. But while excitement over the reports is beginning to die down, vanadium and graphite remain firmly on the radar as investable minerals. Read More

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 8-14 July 14 July 2014

    Tasman Metals produces heavy rare earths rich concentrate; Star Minerals starts exploration at its rare earths project in Saskatchewan; NioCorp completes samples analysis at its Elk Creek nobium project. Read More

  • US Department of Defense urges assessment of rare earths supply risk 11 July 2014

    The recent urgency from the agency in assessing the supply risks of rare earths for the US military industry, shows the strategic importance of these minerals and the will of the US to develop a strategy limiting its reliance on China. Read More

  • Delay to India’s barite tender keeps market in suspense 11 July 2014

    India is the world’s second largest barite producer and should have issued tenders for mining and marketing the minerals earlier this month. Delays to the process are creating nervousness in the market, which may have a slight impact on prices in the short term, ahead of more substantial changes once the tender process has been concluded. Read More

  • Syrah Resources rumoured to be in $2bn takeover talks with Glencore 10 July 2014

    The ASX-listed graphite junior owns what is believed to be the world’s largest graphite-vanadium deposit in Mozambique. A takeover by Glencore could fast-track the Balama project to development, which would significantly increase the flow of vanadium and graphite to the global market. Read More

  • China government to subsidise environmental and efficiency upgrades of rare earths companies 10 July 2014

    China government’s decision to subsidise rare earths producers, which pursue a technological upgrade, shows the commitment of the country to address energy-efficiency and environmental issue and to boost production of value-added products in the industry. Read More

  • South Africa strike talks near final conclusion 10 July 2014

    While the industrial action undertaken by South African miners is not said to have affected production of industrial minerals it has crippled its end markets, such as construction and vehicle manufacturing. Added to this is the obvious effect on the South African economy. Read More

  • Price Briefing 4 – 10 July 10 July 2014

    Antimony and fertiliser mineral prices stable as weakness dogs DBM and zircon Read More

  • IM Graphite News in Brief 2-10 July 2014 10 July 2014

    Eagle Graphite enters into reverse takeover talks; new substitute for graphene discovered Read More

  • UPDATE: Glencore takeover of Syrah “unlikely”, says Investec 10 July 2014

    Market commentators believe that the risks associated with developing an exploration stage vanadium mining project will deter the trader from buying Syrah, while others have questioned the rumoured $2bn offer in light of the junior’s market cap. Read More

  • Inner Mongolia to increase rare earths exploration 09 July 2014

    The programme to increase mineral exploration in Inner Mongolia and the long-term contract signed by exploration company Eastern Field with a manufacturing consortium show China’s commitment to consolidating its rare earths industry and addressing its internal problems. Read More

  • Baker Hughes rig count shows fracking activity, oil and gas exploration, up 09 July 2014

    The latest data from the oilfield services company shows that the oil and gas industry is healthy and growing at a significant pace. This is an important end market for many industrial minerals, such as silica sand, bentonite and barite. Read More

  • Huge UK shale potential must be exploited responsibly 09 July 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. Read More

  • IM Frac Sand News in Brief 1-8 July 2014 08 July 2014

    Fracking fire highlights environmental concerns; City Hall environmental impact statement “outdated” Read More

  • China sees rare earths exports rise in H1 2014 07 July 2014

    Recent figures on rare earths exports from China Customs indicate a steady growth in rare earths demand, with export volumes almost reaching the exports quotas set by Beijing for the first half of 2014. Read More

  • IM Rare Earths News in Brief: 1-7 July 07 July 2014

    Commerce Resources updates resources from drilling operations; Greenland Minerals and Energy to provide samples to EURARE European project on rare earths processing; Terramin discovers despoits in South Australia Read More

  • Li3 Energy Inc. IM July 2014 issue

    Li3’s Maricunga lithium project covers approximately 1,888 ha (km2) in the northeast section of the Salar de Maricunga in Chile, second only in size to the Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in the country. The company’s deposit consists of a 60% controlling interest in SLM Litio, which covers 1,438 ha (14.38km2) and the Cocina mining concessions, which cover a further 450 ha (4.5km2). The Cocina concessions do not need a special permit to exploit lithium because they were granted one before lithium was declared strategic back in the 70's. Read More

  • Latin America - a land of missed opportunity? IM July 2014 issue

    Latin America’s geology makes it a region with the potential to become a heavyweight in the global mineral industry. However, problems ranging from regulatory uncertainty to corruption and bureaucracy have historically prevented it from realising its immense potential, Siobhan Lismore-Scott, Editor, explains. Read More

  • Bolivia ring fences lithium and potash for state miners IM July 2014 issue

    The new mining policy enacted by the Bolivian government aims to develop the country's local resources, but it meets criticism from industries and investors and it risks to impact negatively its potash and lithium mining sector. Read More

  • National Graphene Institute set to open in October IM July 2014 issue

    The foundation of the National Graphene Institute in Manchester, UK, will boost active collaboration between industries and universities to find the 'killer application' for graphene while setting standards in graphene production. Read More

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