Entries by Rob

Australian Minister for Resources, Madeleine King, in Europe

Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Madeleine King, is currently in Europe to promote Australia as a reliable supplier of critical minerals to support global efforts to reach net-zero.  Minister King will hold bilateral talks with ministerial counterparts from Germany, the EU, France and the UK, and will participate in the inaugural International Energy […]

Graphite from Zavalievsky mine in Ukraine

Recently, Perth-based company Volt Resources Limited re-started their graphite mine in Ukraine and in a recent webinar organised jointly with our member company DGWA, we were able to learn about the logistic and personnel challenges faced by the  Zavalievsky Graphite company in their operations. CEO Prashant Chintawa and Trevor Matthews, Director of Volt Resources, together […]

Volt Resource announces successful restart of graphite production at their Ukrainian mine

Australian-based graphite producer and graphite anode materials developer Volt Resources Limited has announced on 8 May that, following the winter stoppage at the Ukrainian Zavalievsky graphite mine and processing plant, in-depth production planning determined a one-month-per-quarter production cycle. Production of graphite subsequently recommenced on 11 April 2023. As of 5 May 2023, over 700 tonnes of […]

Lithium and the Green Revolution

The Economist magazine reports on the importance of lithium to the green revolution. Over half of the world’s supply currently comes from Chile, and the government is creating a state-owned company to produce the mineral. Private companies will have to form joint-venture companies in the future with this state-owned company, and the state will have […]

Australian Resources Minister welcomes “like-minded” foreign investors for Critical Minerals Projects

Speaking in Darwin, Madeleine King, Australia’s Resources Minister, has reportedly said that Australia will be welcoming “like-minded” investors to invest in critical minerals projects, according to the Australian Financial Review. The report continues that Minister King did not flag any ban on Chinese investment into the industry, but as the AFR continues, Australian Treasurer, Jim […]

Australia and Germany to collaborate on critical minerals study

Australia and Germany will work together to create new opportunities for critical minerals projects in order to meet climate and energy targets. Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King signed a joint Declaration of Intent with Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr Franziska Brantner, in Perth on […]

Lithium export boom in Australia

The value of exports of Australian lithium has boomed in the recent year from AUD 5.2 billion to AUD 18.6 billion, according to figures published by the Office of the Australian Chief Economist. Global demand for the critical raw mineral is expected to soar in the next few years as the material is used in […]

European Union introduces draft Critical Raw Materials Act

The European Commission proposed on 16 March a comprehensive set of actions to ensure Europe’s access to a secure, diversified, affordable and sustainable supply of critical raw materials. The critical raw materials are indispensable for a wide set of strategic sectors, including the net-zero industry, the digital industry, aerospace, and defence sectors. Currently, Europe heavily […]