May 17, 2020

Endeavour Mining Corp Begins Production of Underground Mine at Segala

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Endeavour Mining Corporation has announced the commencement of production at its Segala underground mine in Mali.The ASX-and TSX-listed gold miner repor...

Endeavour Mining Corporation has announced the commencement of production at its Segala underground mine in Mali.

The ASX-and TSX-listed gold miner reported the first ore production from the first stope in the Segala mine on June 22. The company will continue to ramp up ore being hauled in the upcoming months.

"Segala provides the Tabakoto plant with another source of higher grade ore.  Add to that the commencement of owner mining at the Tabakoto underground mine and we are well on the way to finishing the production improvement program that we set in motion a year ago when we doubled the plant capacity, said Neil Woodyer, CEO of Endeavour Mining Corporation.

Ore from the Segala mine is transported to the Tabakoto plant and then process through a 4,000 t/d plant, with gold being recovered through a standard, gravity, carbon-in-leach process.

Segala represents around half of the mineral resources for the Tabakoto mine.

The company has also announced the mining permit for Kofi Nord, which covers all eight of the known deposits on the Kofi property, has been received.

“We also recently received the mining permit for the Kofi Nord property which gives us an additional feed from the Kofi C deposit.  The Kofi Nord property is currently known to host eight deposits, so we see significant potential for this property to be a long-term feed source for our Tabakoto mill," said Woodyer.

Production on the Kofi property is scheduled for 2015.

Endeavour Mining is a gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. The company operates four projects producing more than 400,000 ounces per year in Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Côte d'Ivoire.

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Jul 20, 2021

British Lithium Pressured Due To Calls for Electric Cars

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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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