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Jun 10, 2018
Molybdenum is the most important element you’ve never heard of

Molybdenum is the most important element you’ve never heard of

Too much molybdenum can kill you. Too little molybdenum can kill you. Never heard of molybdenum? You’re not alone. This is probably the most important element that no one knows about says the website Gizmodo. Molybdenum, with its 42 protons and 54 neutrons, sits right in the middle of the periodic table being completely ignored. It’s not useless. In fact, it’s quite in demand as an alloy with whic...

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May 24, 2018
Lithium taskforce launched for WA

Lithium taskforce launched for WA

The Western Australian Government has launched a taskforce to develop a lithium and energy materials strategy following advocacy by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC). AMEC CEO Warren Pearce. The taskforce will report in November with recommendations of how Western Australia should respond to the battery minerals opportunity. “The State Government has stepped up to clearly ...

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May 18, 2018
Mount Peake mine notches up approvals

Mount Peake mine notches up approvals

TNG Limited is poised to start construction of its Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project, 230km north-west of Alice Springs, after receiving federal environmental approval this week. With Northern Territory and Federal environmental approvals in place, TNG now awaits only the grant of the Mount Peake mining lease before site-based construction can commence. The company said it was advancing f...

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May 16, 2018
Industry push to exploit battery market

Industry push to exploit battery market

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies today published its report outlining the next steps for governments to grasp the battery mineral processing and manufacturing opportunity. The Path Forward: Supporting the development of a lithium and battery mineral industry in Australia (link here), follows the Future Smart Strategies Report commissioned by AMEC’s members that outlined a…...

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Mar 08, 2018
L-Max delivers for Lepidico

L-Max delivers for Lepidico

Lepidico says it has produced battery-grade lithium carbonate grading 99.8 per cent from a tailings stream using its L-Max process technology. A standard suite of L-Max by-products was also generated as part of the testwork program, which used tailings from the Mt Cattlin spodumene operations, the company said. Optimisation testwork specific to Mt Cattlin is being evaluated to maximise lithium and...

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Mar 01, 2018
Aeon sitting pretty with copper-cobalt plans

Aeon sitting pretty with copper-cobalt plans

New resource estimates for the Walford Creek copper-cobalt project in north-west Queensland have allowed Aeon Metals to shift its focus to a high-grade development model. The company is looking at establishing a cobalt roasting plant, with an end product of cobalt oxide, as part of the process flow sheet for the site. A scoping study… ...

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Feb 21, 2018
Battery metal’s NQ debut

Battery metal’s NQ debut

North Queensland is sitting on a sizeable deposit of one of the world’s best performing metals. A few hints. It’s not gold, platinum nor rhenium. Cobalt found in copper deposits is getting similar attention in the Isa-Carpentaria Minerals Province. Lithium and nickel are used in smaller format products. Got it yet? It’s vanadium. Bloomberg is… ...

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Feb 21, 2018
Battery-powered growth

Battery-powered growth

The McKinlay Shire Council is confident a company developing a vanadium deposit in north-west Queensland is the real deal. There’s a long way to go admits chief executive officer Peter Fitchat, but Brisbane-based Multicom Resources has met every milestone so far in the bid to get to a mining lease. A 100-tonne bulk sample is… ...

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Feb 20, 2018
Battery-maker snaps up Sconi sulphates

Battery-maker snaps up Sconi sulphates

Electric vehicle battery manufacturer SK Innovation has signed an offtake agreement for 100 per cent of the cobalt and nickel produced at the Sconi project in north Queensland. The initial agreement is for seven years, with an extension option, for up to 12,000 tonnes per year of cobalt sulphate and 60,000 tonnes per year of nickel sulphate…. ...

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