May 17, 2020

Greenland Minerals and Energy to Receive $8.87M for Kvanefjeld Uranium License

Greenland Minerals and Energy
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GGG exploration work
Greenland Minerals and Energy (GGG) is set to finalise a rare-earth uranium mining licence application after raising $8.87 million through a rights issu...

Greenland Minerals and Energy (GGG) is set to finalise a rare-earth uranium mining licence application after raising $8.87 million through a rights issues which has been backed by Australian and European investors.

The Kvanefjeld project, based in southern Greenland, is one of the largest of its kind.

The company is offering shareholders 88,685,050 new shares via an offer of two shares priced at $0.10 each for every 13 held.

It represents a potentially lucrative investment opportunity, for Kvanefjeld is home to one of the world’s biggest stockpiles of rare earth elements and uranium, totalling 956 million tonnes. Broken down this represents 575 million pounds of U3O8, 10.33 million tonnes of total rare earth oxides and 2.25 million tonnes of zinc.

Proceeds from the fully underwritten renounceable rights issue will be drawn together with existing cash reserves of around $5.1 million (correct on March 31 2014) to finalise major components of the mining licence application.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, engineering design work and updated cost estimates need to be carried out on top of the need to improve the quality of mineral resources and establish measured resources.

GGG will also carry on dialogue with important development allies which include China Non-Ferrous Metal Co (NFC), with whom it has signed a memorandum and understanding. The offer put forward by the Greenland company has also received interest from Danish pension funds. 

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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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