May 17, 2020

Avrupa Minerals Steps Up Exploration Projects across Portugal, Germany and Kosovo

Avrupa Minerals
Mineral Exploration
Silvovo project
Covas
Admin
2 min
The deserted São Domingos Mine on the Portugese Pyrite Belt
Canadian mineral explorer and developer Avrupa Minerals is bolstering its European operations having announced a number of progressions at its sites in...

Canadian mineral explorer and developer Avrupa Minerals is bolstering its European operations having announced a number of progressions at its sites in Portugal, Germany and Kosovo.

It has confirmed that drilling is to take place at Pyrite Belt of southern Portugal where it actively operates a joint venture with Antofagasta Minerals. It is also planning to drill in the north of the country under its Covas joint venture project, which is targeting deposits of high grade tungsten.

Avrupa is also looking for a partner to maximise the potential of its Alvito project, covering 22 separate mineral targets from copper to gold, near the Pyrite Belt.

Also in Portugal, Avrupa has applied for a license in the Freixeda gold district in the northeast part of the country. Numerous quartz veins in the area were first mined during Roman times, and most recently in the mid 1950's by a local mining group.

In addition, the company has applied to the Portuguese Mining Bureau to drop three licenses in northern Portugal due to lack of results appropriate for joint venture possibilities.

In Kosovo, targeting work at Silvovo began in mid-April after it received crucial from Byrnecut International.

The Slivovo license covers a carbonate rock-hosted, polymetallic massive sulfide target around the site of the outcropping Pester gossan (roughly 170 by 70 meters in size) and a second, possible epithermal, target (open-ended strike length of 900 meters by at least 75 meters-wide zone of altered rocks), located approximately 1,000 meters away from the gossan. 

Geological and spatial relationships between the two outcropping sites of mineralization suggest the possibility of a larger mineralized system, but much more technical work is needed to prepare for drill targeting. Avrupa hopes to start a drill program at Slivovo later in the year.

In Germany, Avrupa and partner Beak Associates are working on the Oelsnitz project in the Erzgebirge mining district in the east of the country. It is currently carrying out follow geochemical sampling at several gold and tin anomalies and the results will determine the next course of action.

More information on all of these works can be found at: www.avrupaminerals.com

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Jul 20, 2021

British Lithium Pressured Due To Calls for Electric Cars

BritishLithium
mining
Lithium
Sustainability
3 min
The ever-increasing need for electric vehicles is mounting pressure on British Lithium as the 2035 deadline inches closer

The British demand for lithium is set to reach 75,000 tonnes by 2035 as the government works towards their ban on the sale of high-polluting diesel and petrol vehicles within the UK. This comes as automakers worldwide continue to insist on the benefits electric vehicles will have on slowing the rate of climate change. 

It is estimated that the UK will require 50,000-60,000 MT of lithium carbonate a year by 2035 for battery production to satisfy government needs. This is assuming production remains at 1.2 million vehicles per year, and the amount of lithium required does not increase.

British Lithium, which hopes to begin constructing a quarry to produce 20,000 MT of lithium carbonate a year in a $400 million investment, are not without competitors, both within the UK and abroad. 

Competition For Lithium Rises In Europe 

After only five years after its initial launch, Cornish Lithium is setting its sights on becoming a UK powerhouse in mining lithium, aiming to begin commercial production in under four years. Jeremy Wrathall, a former investment banker and current managing director of Cornish Lithium, had the future in mind when founding the company. 

“In 2016, I started to think about the electric vehicle revolution and what that would mean for metal demand, and I started to think about lithium,” he said in an interview with AFP. “A friend of mine mentioned lithium being identified in Cornwall, and I just wondered if that was a sort of unrecognised thing in the UK.”

Lithium was first discovered in Cornwall around 1864 and has not been mined again since 1914 when it was produced as an ingredient in fireworks. Now, however, Cornish Lithium is reportedly in the testing stage to see if the metal can be produced commercially to meet the growing demand required for the electric car sector. 

Despite Cornwall’s close historic ties to mining lithium, Wrathall insists that the project is purely commercial. 

Cornish Mining Revival For Lithium Production

“It’s not a mission that drives me to the point of being emotional or romantic,” he says. “It’s vitally important that we do get this technology otherwise Europe has got no lithium supply.”

The European Commission has also stated their goal to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 to aid the environment. That being said, the majority of lithium extraction currently relies on power provided by environmentally damaging fossil fuels─a slight contradiction. 

Alex Keynes, from the Brussels-based lobby group Transport & Environment, is adamant that mining for lithium should be done sustainably. 

“Our view is that medium-to-long term, the majority of materials including lithium should come from efficient and clean recycling.

“Europe from a strategic point of view should be looking at securing its own supply of lithium.”

Despite growing competition from abroad, British Lithium Chairman, Roderick Smith, continues to place importance on the mining of lithium within the UK. 

“Imagine what the UK economy would look like if we lost our automotive industry,” Smith says. “The stakes are high for the UK.”

Smith expects the UK to compete with other European countries to secure a lithium battery plant in the near future.

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