Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?


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Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 16 oct. 2019, 18:10

Usine Nouvelle dit en substance:
produire du lithium français ?

Avec la géothermie profonde, la France pourrait "produire l’équivalent de 6 % du marché mondiale de lithium ou au moins satisfaire les besoins français", assure le président du SER. Ce chiffre provient d’une étude réalisée à l’usine de Roquette Frères à Beinheim (Bas-Rhin), en Alsace, alimentée en vapeur par la centrale à géothermie profonde de Rittershoffen (Bas-Rhin) inaugurée par EDF en juin 2016. Elle estime qu’il serait possible d’extraire 80 % du lithium naturellement présent dans les eaux thermales puisées en profondeur, avant de les y renvoyer, soit une production pour ce site à hauteur de 1 500 tonnes par an. Avec dix usines de ce type, on pourrait donc produire 15 000 tonnes par an, soit 6 % de la consommation mondiale.

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par Raminagrobis » 16 oct. 2019, 13:38


Une nouvelle possibilité émerge : du lithium comme coproduit de la géothermie profonde. Les eaux profondes exploitées par les forages de géothermie profonde en alsace contiennent un certain taux de lithium, qu'il serait a priori possible d'extraire.

C'est tout récent, peu d'info, pas de chiffrage de coût, mais c'est "à creuser".

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 06 oct. 2019, 11:34

Suite de ce post du 20 janv 2019 http://www.oleocene.org/phpBB3/viewtopi ... 7#p2279307

Cornish Lithium lève 1.4 millions de Livres par le..... Crowdfunding.
Ils veulent commencer un forage en octobre.

Cornish Lithium gets $1.7 million funding boost for UK project

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 30, 2019

Cornish Lithium, a start-up hoping to lead the development of an industry for the battery metal in the UK, has raised £1.4 million (about $1.7m) through a crowdfunding campaign launched in July, which will allow it to expand its ongoing drilling work in the ancient mining region of Cornwall, south-west England.

The company, the first British miner to raise money for a project through an Internet-based platform, said the backers included Norwegian shipping magnate Peter Smedvig, senior mining executives and about 1,200 individual investors, mostly locals.

Cornish Lithium owns exploration rights across more than 300 square miles of Cornwall, where it’s using data collected by planes, drones and satellites to map out mineral-rich geological structures in the area.

The company will conduct its first drill test in October, which consist of perforating geothermal faults, pumping out water and then filtering the output to extract lithium, a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric cars and high-tech devices.

In the upcoming exploration phase, Cornish Lithium has decided to also begin exploring for lithium in hard rock form, having discovered evidence that it was mined on the surface during World War II.
https://www.mining.com/cornish-lithium- ... k-project/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 06 oct. 2019, 10:39

Un gros projet de Lithium de spoduméne pourrait démarrer en Mars 2020 au Brésil.
Projet Xuxa estimé à presque 100 millions de dollars.
Premier gros client, le Japonais Mitsui.
Xuxa Lithium Project

Xuxa lithium project is an open-pit lithium deposit located in the Grota Do Cirilo Project in Vale do Jequitinhonha, Brazil. Sigma Lithium is the project owner and developer.

Sigma secured environmental licenses for the construction and installation of its lithium commercial production plant in June 2019.

Feasibility study (PFS) for the Xuxa was completed in October 2019. It estimates an investment of £80.1m ($98.5m) to develop.

The Xuxa deposit is expected to produce 220,000 tons of high-quality battery-grade 6% lithium oxide concentrate a year, through its anticipated mine life of 9.2 years. The construction on the project is expected to be started in March 2020, with operations anticipated to begin in 2021.

Xuxa lithium project location, geology, and mineralisation
The Xuxa deposit is situated in Vale do Jequitinhonha in the northeastern state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is one of the six priority lithium deposits sites identified at Grota Do Cirilo. The mineralisation at Xuxa deposit comprises pegmatite that remains open on surface to the south and at depth.

The Xuxa pegmatite is approximately 1.7km-long and beween 14km and 16km in width. It dips roughly 50° west, striking north-west to south-east. The pegmatite is made up of large crystals of spodumene, which are clearly visible in the drill cores.

Ore reserves at Xuxa lithium project
The proven and probable ore reserves at Xuxa lithium deposit are estimated to be 13.79 million tonnes (Mt), grading 1.46% lithium oxide (Li2O).

The deposit is expected to contain measured and indicated resources of 17.41Mt and inferred resources of 3.8Mt.

Mining at Xuxa lithium project
Conventional open-pit mining method will be implemented at Xuxa lithium deposit, using a combination of hydraulic excavators and haul trucks. The mine plan involves the construction of two separate pits, in addition to four waste piles for storing the waste rock from open pits and residue from the Xuxa Plant.

The excavated material will be hauled to the run-of-mine (ROM) pad or the waste piles by trucks.

Controlled blasting will be used to maximise mine recovery and reduce dilution, with 6m benches used to blast fresh rock for ore domain and 12m benches for waste domain.

Ore processing at Xuxa lithium project
Ore will be processed at the 1.5Mtpa Xuxa processing plant, located 1.7km and 2.3km respectively from north and south Xuxa mine open-pits. The plant capacity is planned to be expanded to 3Mtpa by including an in-house crushing circuit.

The ROM ore will pass through a three-stage conventional crushing and screening circuit, followed by dense moderate separation (DMS) screening and mica removal. Coarse and fines will be processed in separate two-stage DMS circuits followed by a single-stage DMS circuit for ultra-fines fraction.

The resultant hypofines fraction with the waste will be thickened, filtered, and dry stacked. It will then undergo optical sorting and/or magnetic separation on the concentrate.

Off-take agreements
Sigma Lithium signed a heads of agreement, in November 2018, with Mistui for the off-take of the lithum produced at the Xuxa lithium project. The company paid £24m ($30m) for supplying 55,000t of battery-grade lithium concnetrate a year, for six years.

The project will be powered by hydroelectricity, while approximately 90% of water used in the processing will be recycled.

Contractors involved
Sigma Lithium prepared the project feasibility study with support from consultants including SGS Geological Services, MCB (Dewsick Brazil), Primero Group, SGS Lakefield Canada, Primero Group Americas, and Worley Parsons.
https://www.nsenergybusiness.com/projec ... m-project/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 29 sept. 2019, 12:02

Encore un prospect de Lithium de spodumene en Ontario, Canada.
Du Lithium comme en Australie. Et sur très epais.
Frontier Lithium drills 231 m of 1.61% Li2O at Spark pegmatite

Canadian Mining Journal Staff | September 25, 2019

Frontier Lithium of Val Caron, Ontario, has drilled four holes totaling 1,159 metres during phase two of its campaign at the Spark pegmatite, part of the PAK project 175 km north of Red Lake, Ontario.

Assays from the first two holes were reported this week. Hole DDH PL-042-19 intersected 231 metres of pegmatite averaging 1.61% lithium oxide, including 25.0 metres of 2.75%. Hole DDH PL-043-19 cut three narrow dykes with grades from 1.0% to 1.5% lithium oxide.

Frontier says the deposit is consistent in composition and grade across the width of the pegmatite down to at least 200 metres below surface. Indications are that the Spark pegmatite is vertically emplaced and open to the west with multiple dykes extending to the east.

The PAK project has both pit and underground reserves totaling 5.7 million tonnes grading 2.0% lithium oxide.
https://www.mining.com/frontier-lithium ... pegmatite/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 29 sept. 2019, 11:55

Suite de ce post du 9 fev 2019 http://www.oleocene.org/phpBB3/viewtopi ... 9#p2280379

Lithium Americas revoit à la baisse son projet de Thacker Pass dans le Nevada.
La première phase du projet qui était de 580 millions de dollars pour 30000t annuel baisse à 400 millions de dollars pour 20000t annuel.
À cause du prix du Lithium en baisse.
Lithium Americas trims production target, budget for Nevada mine

Reuters | September 25, 2019

Thacker Pass

Lithium Americas Corp has cut its budget and production target for a proposed Nevada mine amidst growing concern of a global supply glut for the white metal, a key ingredient used to make electric vehicle batteries.

The announcement on Wednesday from the British Columbia-based company comes as lithium prices plummet in China, the world’s largest consumer of the metal, due to fears of supply exceeding demand, even as Rivian Automotive LLC, Volkswagen AG and other automakers launch ambitious EV plans.

Lithium Americas said it now plans to spend $400 million on the first phase of its Thacker Pass project with output of 20,000 tonnes of lithium annually. The company had previously forecast a $581 million budget for the first phase with annual output of 30,000 tonnes. The mine is expected to open by 2023.

“People are really preoccupied with pricing, but they’re just looking at spot pricing in China, which is only part of the market,” Chief Executive Jon Evans told Reuters. “The demand picture remains strong.”

A wave of new supply and Chinese EV subsidy cuts have sent lithium hydroxide prices, as assessed by industry information provider Asian Metal, plummeting 36.8% this year to 67,000 yuan ($9,418.31) a tonne.

Still, there is no global pricing standard, much to the chagrin of miners who see China as only part of the global demand picture. Japan’s Panasonic Corp, for instance, is a large lithium consumer. The London Metal Exchange plans to launch a lithium pricing contract in the near future.

Lithium Americas also said on Wednesday it has hired Nacco Industries Inc to build and run Thacker Pass, where lithium is found in clay rock. The company plans to use a proprietary acid leaching process to extract the lithium.

Nacco will fund $50 million for mining equipment, funds that will be repaid by Lithium Americas once the mine is operational.

Lithium Americas, which is developing a brine lithium project in Argentina with China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co, has not yet secured financing for Thacker Pass, a process expected to begin next year.

Lithium Americas plans to host U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this Friday at the Nevada mine site.

The Democratic senator voiced her support last week for pending federal legislation to streamline permitting for new mines.

“If we don’t start embracing this new technology, we are going to be left behind,” Cortez Masto said.

($1 = 7.1138 Chinese yuan renminbi)
https://www.mining.com/web/lithium-amer ... vada-mine/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 29 sept. 2019, 11:43

Tianqi Lithium va fournir du Lithium au Suédois Northvolt depuis la mine Australienne de Kwinana pour pas moins de 15 % de sa production.
Tianqi Lithium in supply deal with Sweden’s Northvolt

Reuters | September 24, 2019

Kwinana, dubbed heart of Western Australia’s Lithium Valley, is home to Tianqi’s lithium hydroxide processing plant.

China’s Tianqi Lithium Corp , one of the world’s biggest lithium producers, said on Tuesday that its Australian unit had signed a long-term supply agreement with Swedish battery maker Northvolt.

Tianqi Lithium Kwinana, which recently launched a processing plant in Western Australia, will supply lithium hydroxide, a chemical used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, to Northvolt Ett from 2020-25, Tianqi said in a filing to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Northvolt Ett is the name of Northvolt’s planned lithium-ion battery plant in northern Sweden. What will be Europe’s largest such plant is due to begin production in 2021 and counts German automakers Volkswagen and BMW among its investors.

The filing gave no absolute tonnage figure for the deal but said that the volume supplied each year would be no lower than 6-10% of Tianqi Kwinana’s annual capacity.

The deal marks the second major customer win for Tianqi in a little more than a month. The company announced on Aug. 22 that it had signed up South Korea’s LG Chem on a three-year deal covering 2020-22 for no less than 15% of Kwinana’s annual capacity.

Tianqi Lithium Kwinana started production of lithium hydroxide this month, with its first phase output to ramp up to the full 24,000 tonnes a year over the next 12-18 months.

Capacity will double to 48,000 tonnes with a second stage, though Tianqi has put that on hold until the ramp-up of the first phase is complete because lithium prices remain depressed.

Amid a wave of new supply and adjustments to EV subsidies in China, lithium hydroxide prices <AM-LIOH0002-LHM>, as assessed by industry information provider Asian Metal, have fallen by 36.8% this year to 67,000 yuan ($9,428.25) a tonne.

($1 = 7.1063 Chinese yuan renminbi)
https://www.mining.com/web/tianqi-lithi ... northvolt/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 22 sept. 2019, 10:29

Suite de ce post du 10 sept 2017 http://www.oleocene.org/phpBB3/viewtopi ... 3#p2261273

Livent va investir 5.5 millions de dollar pour que E3 Metals développe de l'extraction de Lithium des saumures résultante de l'exploitation des tar sands de l'Alberta.
E3 Metals, Livent team up on Alberta lithium development project

Jackson Chen | September 18, 2019

Alberta-based lithium miner E3 Metals (TSXV: ETMC) announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a collaboration with Livent Corporation (NYSE: LTHM), whereby the two companies will seek to advance the development of E3 Metals’ proprietary direct lithium extraction process.

E3 Metals is close to commercializing a low-cost method of recovering lithium from the petro-brine resources in the Leduc Formation of Alberta. Its extraction process is better than existing methods, according to the company, because it concentrates and purifies the petro-brine feedstock in a single step.

Under the agreement, Livent will contribute its technical expertise and invest up to $5.5 million in the joint development project. In exchange, upon completion of the project and satisfaction of the full $5.5 million in funding, Livent may convert its investment into a 19.9% ownership stake in E3 Metals and appoint one member to its board of directors.

“Livent has been a pioneer in the lithium industry for over 60 years. Collaborating with E3 Metals provides an opportunity to build on our rich heritage of innovation and to bring exciting new possibilities to our customers around the world,” Paul Graves, President & CEO of Livent, commented.

E3 Metals currently holds the sixth largest lithium resource in the world. Its Leduc Reservoir hosts lithium enriched brine with 6.7 million tonnes LCE inferred mineral resource delineated to date.
https://www.mining.com/e3-metals-livent ... n-alberta/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 21 sept. 2019, 10:14

Zimbabwe : Prospect Resources fait son entrée sur la bourse de Francfort

https://www.agenceecofin.com/images/new ... fort_M.jpg

Agence Ecofin. 20 sept 2019

La compagnie minière Prospect Resources, active au Zimbabwe sur le projet de lithium Arcadia, a annoncé vendredi son entrée sur le Frankfurt Stock Exchange, la bourse de Francfort. Déjà listée sur la bourse australienne ASX, la société devient donc doublement cotée et ouvre son projet Arcadia aux investisseurs européens.

« Prospect a maintenant accès à de nouveaux clients et marchés de capitaux et bénéficiera d’une grande exposition et de liquidités auprès d’un plus grand nombre d’investisseurs particuliers et institutionnels. Cela nous place également en Europe qui abrite certains des plus importants utilisateurs finaux de lithium », a déclaré le directeur général Sam Hosack.

Cette deuxième cotation intervient alors que la société travaille pour obtenir un financement pour le projet auprès d’investisseurs et de prêteurs internationaux. Pour rappel, les premiers travaux ont démarré sur le site du projet depuis novembre 2018.

Arcadia, dans lequel Prospect détient une participation de 87 %, héberge la plus grande ressource de lithium déclarée, selon le code JORC, pour un projet africain.
https://www.agenceecofin.com/compagnie/ ... -francfort

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 15 sept. 2019, 10:42

Tianqi puts world’s future biggest lithium plant in Australia expansion on hold

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 11, 2019

Chinese lithium miner Tianqi, one of the world’s top producers of the white metal, has shelved plans to complete a A$300 million ($205m) second phase expansion at the world’s largest lithium hydroxide plant as an oversupply of the commodity continues to drive down prices.

The company, which officially opened up the first stage of its Kwinana plant on Tuesday, said the decision was made to focus on completing the facility’s initial phase rather than as a response to market conditions.

“We just had so many people on site and so much construction activity happening that we really wanted to just focus on getting stage one complete (…) That happened at the same time as the market has softened a little,” Tianqi Australia’s general manager, Phil Thick, said.

Once in full production, Kwinana will be the largest lithium hydroxide-producing operation and the biggest spodumene converter in the world. (Image: Tianqi Lithium.)

At full production, Kwinana is expected to produce 48,000 tonnes of battery-grade lithium hydroxide a year, treating spodumene concentrate coming from Tianqi’s half-owned Greenbushes mine, south-east of Perth.

The facility is a major step for Western Australia which has struggled to attract and develop secondary processing opportunities for the billions of dollars of minerals mined across the state.

Lithium, one of the key ingredient for batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs) and high tech devices, was Western Australia’s sixth largest mine production in 2018.

News of the delay comes after Tianqi and Albemarle Corp (NYSE: ALB), the world’s No. 1 lithium miner, last month postponed a planned expansion of their Greenbushes lithium project.

The US-based lithium giant also revised a deal to buy into Australia’s Mineral Resources’ Wodgina lithium mine and said it would delay building 75,000 tonnes of processing capacity at Kemerton, also in Australia.

Chile’s Chemical and Mining Society (SQM), the world’s second largest lithium producer, has also shown the impact of weak prices. Last month, it posted a 47.5% drop in profit to $70.2 million during the second quarter of this year, from $133.9 million in 2018.

Prices for lithium carbonate, the most common type used in EV batteries, doubled over 2016 and 2017. Since then, they have fallen by more than 40% over the past year, to around $9.25 per kg at the end of July.

The sharp drop has been driven by an “avalanche” of new supply and China’s changes to its subsidies to EV makers, commodity research group CRU said in August.

Australian producers, which account for nearly half of the world’s mined lithium supply, have said they don’t expect a significant market improvement through year-end.
https://www.mining.com/tianqi-puts-worl ... n-on-hold/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 15 sept. 2019, 10:32

Suite de ce post du 7 avril 2019 http://www.oleocene.org/phpBB3/viewtopi ... 9#p2282679
Brazilian lithium producer Sigma in talks with Tesla, other automakers

Reuters | September 12, 2019

Brazil-based lithium startup Sigma Lithium Resources Corp has held talks with Tesla Inc and other automakers about supplying the key battery ingredient in the coming years, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday.

Sigma, which recently received its license to begin hard rock lithium mining in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, met with Tesla supplier Ganfeng Lithium, at the automaker’s request. But it is holding off on a deal because of the terms the Chinese company is demanding, Chief Executive Calvyn Gardner said in an interview.

“There’s a bunch of other things that they need, not just prices, but other demands which are a little more complicated that sort of restricts Sigma to almost supplying purely into China,” Gardner said on the sidelines of a Brazilian mining conference. “It’s not really what we think we should be doing over the long term.”

Although lithium prices have slumped in the past year, Sigma and other producers hope to benefit from a long-awaited boom in electric car production when prices of the vehicles become more competitive.

He added that Sigma would prefer to ship its lithium directly to Tesla in California, although that can only happen once makers of cathodes, one of the two main battery components, set up shop in the United States.

Gardner said he is a “big fan” of Tesla, to the point where he tried to import one of the company’s Model 3 sedans for personal use into Brazil, where the electric car maker has no dealerships. He gave up after discovering the car would cost $75,000 given Brazilian import taxes, rather than the roughly $35,000 U.S. price including tax credits.

Sigma, which would be among the world’s lowest-cost suppliers of the mineral, has also held informal talks with German automakers Volkswagen and BMW.

“Having options to get lithium from other jurisdictions and that you can supply over the long term, that’s what all of them are interested in and we think Sigma can do that,” Gardner said.

Sigma in April struck an alliance with Japan’s Mitsui which included $30 million in funding for its planned commercial production plant. In return, Mitsui will get roughly a third of the mine’s initial planned output of 220,000 tonnes.

The alliance will help Sigma move closer to automakers given Mitsui’s partnerships with Asian battery makers which in turn supply the carmakers, he said.
https://www.mining.com/web/brazilian-li ... utomakers/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 13 sept. 2019, 18:33

La Bolivie s'apprête à rejoindre le club des pays producteurs de lithium


A près de 4.000 mètres d'altitude, dans le salar andin d'Uyuni, le ballet des camions autour de bassins d'extraction est incessant: dans un des plus grands gisements de lithium du monde, la Bolivie s'apprête à franchir le pas de l'exploitation industrielle, alors que la demande mondiale explose.

Le pays des hauts plateaux andins, qui compte les plus grandes réserves mondiales, fait partie du "triangle du lithium", avec le Chili et l'Argentine, deux des plus grands producteurs mondiaux de cet "or blanc" aux côtés de l'Australie et de la Chine.

Mais il était jusqu'à présent le seul des trois pays sud-américains à ne pas exploiter la ressource permettant la production de carbonate de lithium (LCE), utilisé principalement dans la fabrication de batteries pour les véhicules électriques et les appareils électroniques, ainsi que pour la confection de céramiques, de verre et même de médicaments.

D'ici 2020, l'usine pilote de Llipi entrera dans sa phase industrielle dans le salar d'Uyuni (sud-ouest) qui, avec ceux de Coipasa (ouest) et Pastos Grandes (sud-ouest), concentrent les 21 millions de tonnes de réserves du pays, selon une certification de février 2019 qui multiplie par deux les estimations précédentes.

L'usine, surveillée par l'armée, aura "une capacité de production de 15.000 tonnes" par an de carbonate de lithium, explique à l'AFP Marco Antonio Condoretty, chef de projet.

La compagnie publique Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), créée en 2008 par le gouvernement du président Evo Morales pour exploiter le lithium des salars, espère ainsi faire de la Bolivie le quatrième producteur mondial de lithium dès 2021.

Loin de l'agitation touristique que suscite depuis des décennies le plus grand lac salé du monde (10.000 km2), l'exploitation du lithium n'occupera que 3% de la surface et fonctionnera avec des "technologies propres", assure Marco Antonio Condoretty.

"Selon la loi, en Bolivie, seule la compagnie YLB peut exploiter les ressources" tirées de l'évaporation des sels d'altitude, explique l'ingénieur en chimie, qui garantit que "le profit reste dans le pays".

L'exploitation du lithium se fait sur le même modèle que celle des hydrocarbures, nationalisée en 2006 par Evo Morales, qui briguera en octobre un quatrième mandat.

- Appétits chinois -

Cependant, conscient des difficultés à mettre sur pied une industrie 100% bolivienne, YLB a signé des accords avec "des partenaires stratégiques" afin qu'ils "apportent leur technologie et garantissent des débouchés".

Parmi eux, la société allemande ACI Systems qui prévoit notamment de fabriquer sur place des batteries "made in Bolivia" pour le marché européen, ou encore la chinoise Xinjiang Tbea Group-Baocheng, qui travaillera à Coipasa et Pastos Grandes, mais transformera la matière première en Asie.

Alors que de nombreux pays ont entamé leur transition vers des énergies propres, la légèreté et la capacité de stockage du métal est considérée comme un atout.

Les défenseurs de l'environnement mettent en garde toutefois contre les conséquences sur les écosystèmes des salars que représente l'extraction de quantités faramineuses de saumure (eau salée) pour l'obtention de sels de lithium par évaporation.

Avec 63% du marché des batteries électriques, devant les Etats-Unis (23%), la Chine est le premier consommateur de carbonate de lithium au monde, rappelle Ingrid Garcés, professeure à l'Université chilienne de Antofagasta.

Une position qui a conduit le géant asiatique à se positionner dans les principaux gisements mondiaux pour assurer son approvisionnement.

En décembre, la compagnie chinoise Tianqi a mis un pied dans le salar de l'Atacama, au Chili, un immense gisement, en prenant le contrôle de 24% de la société chilienne SQM.

A partir de 2025, la Chine aura besoin de 800.000 tonnes de carbonate de lithium par an pour satisfaire la demande croissante de véhicules électriques. Et ses appétits ont précisément en ligne de mire le "triangle du lithium" sud-américain.

Tirée par une demande en hausse, la production mondiale n'a cessé de croître ces dernières années : + 74% en 2017, puis + 23% en 2018 à 85.000 tonnes de lithium, selon le rapport annuel du Service géologique des Etats-Unis (USGS).

En 2018, l'Australie a été le premier producteur mondial de lithium (51.000 tonnes), suivi du Chili (16.000), de la Chine (8.000) et de l'Argentine (6.200).
avec de nombreuses photos dans l'article :
https://www.boursorama.com/actualite-ec ... c26c02cc69

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 08 sept. 2019, 11:17

Le fabricant chinois de batteries lithium investi dans le minier Pilbara en Australie.
CATL to buy stake in Pilbara Minerals in Australia for A$55m

By Jack Unwin

Chinese battery company Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has announced that it will buy an 8.5% stake in Australian lithium mining company Pilbara Minerals for around $37.5m (A$55m).

CATL will pay A$0.30 each for over 183 million shares in the company, which the Financial Times notes was 14% less than Pilbara’s share price at the close of trading on 5 September. As part of the deal, CATL will also be able to nominate a non-executive board member to the Pilbara board.

The money raised from the deal will be used by Pilbara to expand the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project, its key asset in Western Australia.

Pilgangoora is a major lithium mining project that has been developed by Pilbara in two stages, with stage one being commissioned in August 2018. Currently producing two million tonnes of lithium per annum (Mtpa), stage two will expand this to five million. With provable reserves of 108.2Mt of lithium, Pilgangoora was recently estimated to be the fourth largest lithium mine in the world.

The money will also be used for a processing facility to produce lithium hydroxide in South Korea.

The news comes at a time when lithium prices are in freefall, with the price of lithium carbonate dropping 17% so far in 2019.

Despite this, Pilbara managing director Ken Brinsden said: “While there has been commentary talking down the current state of lithium markets, it has belied the significant interest we have continued to see from the strategic players in the lithium-ion supply chain and their focus on lithium raw material supply.”
https://www.mining-technology.com/news/ ... australia/

The Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project is located 120km from Port Hedland in Western Australia’s resource-rich Pilbara region. (Image courtesy of Pilbara Minerals.)

https://www.mining.com/chinas-catl-beco ... ny-armour/

Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 07 sept. 2019, 11:04

Suite de ce post du 13 juillet 2019 http://www.oleocene.org/phpBB3/viewtopi ... 0#p2285170
Mali lithium cherche un partenaire pour développer le projet Goulamina


Agence Ecofin. 4 sept 2019

La compagnie minière Mali Lithium, ex Birimian, cherche un partenaire stratégique pour l'aider à développer son projet de lithium Goulamina, au Mali. C’est ce qu’a indiqué mercredi à Mining Weekly, Chris Evans, le DG de la compagnie, en marge d’une conférence sur l’investissement minier à Perth, en Australie.

Selon lui, en plus de faire progresser ses relations avec la société chinoise de commerce de métaux China Minmetals, Mali Lithium vise également les producteurs de carbonate de lithium comme partenaires stratégiques potentiels. «Nous nous tournons également plus en amont vers les constructeurs automobiles et les fabricants de batteries qui ont besoin de s'approvisionner en lithium», a déclaré M. Evans mercredi.

La décision finale d'investissement pour le projet Goulamina est attendue pour la fin de l'année 2020, et la construction du projet devrait durer entre 18 et 24 mois. Selon l’étude de préfaisabilité actualisée, la mine pourrait produire annuellement 362 000 tonnes de concentré de Li2O sur une durée de vie de 16 ans.
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Re: Le lithium, une flambée en perspective?

par energy_isere » 01 sept. 2019, 11:08

Les 10 plus grosses mines de Lithium dans le monde.
5 sont en Australie.
Une au Mexique (la plus grosse), une aux USA, une au Canada, une au Mali, une au Zimbabwe
Top ten biggest lithium mines in the world

29 AOÛT 2019

Western Australia hosts five of the world’s biggest lithium mines, whose combined reserves exceed 475.24 million tonnes (Mt). Mining-technology ranks the top ten biggest lithium mines in the world, based on proven and probable reserves.

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