US blocks mining in parts of Minnesota, dealing blow to Antofagasta’s Twin Metals copper project

Mining News Pro - The US Interior Department on Thursday blocked mining in part of northeast Minnesota for 20 years, the latest blow to Antofagasta Plc’s Twin Metals copper and nickel mining project but a step officials said is needed to protect the state’s vast network of interconnected waterways.

Flexible copper sensor can detect heavy metals in sweat

Mining News Pro - An international team of researchers led by the University of São Paulo in Brazil has developed a portable copper sensor that is able to detect heavy metals such as lead and cadmium in sweat.

EU metals industry urges aid to rival US green energy package

Mining News Pro - Top metal producers called on the European Union to follow the White House’s lead in rolling out financial support to help the bloc keep control of raw materials critical to the green-energy transition.

Congo president demands more from $6.2 billion China metals deal

Mining News Pro - Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi criticized a $6.2 billion minerals-for-infrastructure contract with China, saying the world’s largest producer of a key battery metal hasn’t benefited from the deal.

Tianqi, IGO to buy Australian lithium junior Essential Metals

Mining News Pro - Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia, a joint venture between Tianqi Lithium and IGO Ltd, has made a A$136 million ($94m) bid to acquire lithium explorer Essential Metals as part of the partners’ plan to expand their footprint into Western Australia.

Gates, Bezos-backed KoBold Metals to build copper-cobalt mine in Zambia

Mining News Pro - The start-up, which has Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures and the world’s top miner BHP (ASX:BHP) as shareholders, will use its artificial intelligence tools to process drilling data and optimize exploration for copper and cobalt at Mingomba.

Vale to break out base metals business, sell stake in 2023

Mining News Pro - Vale is breaking out its nickel and copper business at a time when demand for metals used in wiring and electric-vehicle batteries has accelerated in the move away from fossil fuels.

EU inks deal with Chile for easier access to battery metals

Chile, the world’s top copper producer and the second largest lithium miner, will drop tariffs on all imports from the EU, except sugar, and make it easier for European companies to invest in the country, the European Commission said.

Vale to break out base metals business, sell stake in 2023

Vale is breaking out its nickel and copper business at a time when demand for metals used in wiring and electric-vehicle batteries has accelerated in the move away from fossil fuels.

Precious metals no longer needed in reactions to produce hydrogen fuel

Mining News Pro - In a paper published in the journal Science, the scientists explain that using only inexpensive raw materials they were able to create a scalable catalyst that needs only the power of light to convert ammonia into clean-burning hydrogen fuel.

New environmentally friendly method to extract metals from Li-ion batteries launched in Canada

Mining News Pro - Engineers at the University of Toronto are proposing a new, more sustainable method to mine lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese from lithium-ion batteries that have reached the end of their lives.

Vital Metals ditches Quebec rare earths projects

Mining News Pro - Australia’s Vital Metals (ASX: VML), the first rare earths producer in Canada, has walked away from a deal Quebec Precious Metals Corp. to buy the junior’s Zeus project and a 68% stake the Kipawa heavy rare earths, inked last year.

EV makers must partner with miners to secure key metals

Mining News Pro - A key lithium producer in Australia, the world’s top supplier, is urging electric car manufacturers and battery makers to become its partners in new refinery projects, arguing their direct financial backing is vital to avoid shortfalls of the material that’s crucial to the clean energy transition.

Rare-earth metals get the sparkler party started

Mining News Pro - A recent paper published in the journal ACS Omega proposes the idea of using rare-earth metals in alloy powders to produce flashes that shift from golden to green and continuously branch.

Sierra Metals halts 2022 production and finance guidance on Peru mine blockade

Mining News Pro - Sierra Metals Inc. said a group of residents from the Peruvian town of Alis are blocking the access to its flagship Yauricocha copper mine, where production has been suspended for over a week.

Metals rout deepens as China lockdowns add to growth fears

Mining News Pro - Base metals slumped, with copper falling further after capping its fifth consecutive monthly loss — the longest downward streak since the 2008 financial crisis — after China’s lockdown of megacity Chengdu added to demand woes.

Moody’s cuts metals price calls amid slowing global growth

Mining News Pro - Credit rating firm Moody’s Investors Service has pared down its 12-month price outlook for a basket of metals and mining commodities, citing a global economic slowdown and softening demand.

Barrick Gold to sell royalty portfolio to Maverix Metals for $60 million

Mining News Pro - Barrick Gold announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to sell a portfolio of royalties to Maverix Metals (TSX: MMX) for total consideration of up to $60 million.

Tesla’s battery metals bill balloons to $100 billion

Mining News Pro - Elon Musk had plenty of advice for the mining and metals industry at the company’s Battery Day event in September 2020, where the road map to a $25,000 Tesla was laid out.

‘Winter’ approaches for base metals equities

Mining News Pro - A metaphorical winter approaches for base metals equities, says Haywood Capital Markets in a new report published on Sunday.

Antofagasta’s Twin Metals sues US government over Minnesota copper project

Mining News Pro - Antofagasta Plc’s Twin Metals subsidiary sued the US government on Monday in a bid to revive its proposed Minnesota copper and nickel mine, which Biden administration officials had blocked this year over concerns it could pollute a major recreational waterway.

Hundreds of new mines required to meet 2030 battery metals demand

Mining News Pro - Global battery and minerals supply chains need to expand ten-fold to meet projected critical minerals needs by 2030, a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found.

Nornickel boosts output of all key metals

Mining News Pro - Russian metals producer Nornickel’s first-half nickel and palladium output rose year on year thanks to returning production two mines hit by flooding in 2021, the company said on Thursday.

Osisko Metals updates Pine Point PEA

Mining News Pro - Osisko Metals has released an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its wholly owned Pine Point base metals project located near the town of Hay River, Northwest Territories. The study was prepared in collaboration with independent engineering firms BBA, WSP Canada and Hydro-Resources.

China stimulus unlikely to reverse global metals meltdown

Mining News Pro - Commodity investors looking to China to reverse the rout in global metals markets may be disappointed, with Beijing unable to deliver the kind of investment splurge that powered past bull markets.

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