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PGM PROJECTS: Ivanhoe moves hundreds to mine site

Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN) co-chairs Robert Friedland and Yufeng ‘Miles’ Sun announced that, despite the fact that no covid-19 cases have been discovered at its projects, strict quarantine and lockdown measures have been implemented at Kamoa-Kakula, Platreef and Kipushi.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Nornickel may not sell all output if coronavirus crisis drags - report

MOSCOW, April 3 (Reuters) - Russian nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) may find it hard to sell all of its output, as it normally can, if the coronavirus crisis persists, the company’s largest shareholder and president told a daily newspaper.

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LITHIUM: Successful completion of Lithium battery recycling pilot - Neo Metals

  • Date: 02-04-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Neo Metals

Project development company, Neometals Ltd (ASX: NMT) (“Neometals” or “the Company”), is pleased to announce the successful completion of its pilot plant test‐work (“Pilot”) on the Company’s proprietary lithium‐ion battery (“LIB”) recycling technology. The Pilot has validated earlier bench scale assumptions with high recoveries of the targeted suite of cathode active elements and refined them into high purity chemicals for re‐use in the battery supply chain.

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LITHIUM: New Studies Show Benefits of NAL-Authier Combination - Sayona Mining

  • Date: 02-04-20
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Sayona

Sayona advancing preparatory work regarding proposed takeover of North American Lithium (NAL) in Québec, Canada and integration with nearby Authier Lithium Project

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AUTO SALES: Italian sales come to a halt under virus restrictions

  • Date: 02-04-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

The Italian foreign carmakers group UNRAE has asked for an expansion of bonuses for low- and zero-emissions vehicles, such as the upcoming Fiat 500 electric model.

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MINING: All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewable energy by 2022

  • Date: 02-04-20
  • Category: MINING
  • Source: Antofagasta

Antofagasta plc (the "Company") announces that Centinela has signed a new Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA) with ENGIE Energía Chile S.A. (“ENGIE”) effective from 2022 until 2033. Under the PPA 100% of the power supplied to Centinela will be from renewable sources.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Zimplats granted permission to continue mining and processing operations

On 27 March 2020, the President of Zimbabwe announced a 21-day lockdown directive, with the intention of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe, which started on Monday, 30 March 2020. The lockdown is to continue until midnight on Sunday, 19 April 2020. Zimplats supports the decision taken by the Government of Zimbabwe to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection rate and is committed to contributing where it can to the country’s socio-economic stability.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Eskom to double maintenance work to make use of low demand

  • Date: 02-04-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Devdiscourse

As South Africa enters day 7 of a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, Eskom has announced that it will double maintenance work at its plants.

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