May 17, 2020

[SURVEY] Mining Industry Receives Positive Support in New South Wales

New South Wales Minerals Councils
New South Wales
New South Wales
2 min
[SURVEY] Mining Industry Receives Positive Support in NSW
A recent survey by the New South Wales Minerals Councils shows support for the mining industry is at 70 percent, reflecting a positive community sentime...

A recent survey by the New South Wales Minerals Councils shows support for the mining industry is at 70 percent, reflecting a positive community sentiment towards the industry in NSW. It’s the third year in a row the council has reported a 70 percent support for mining.

"It does help us to explain to the community and to those in politics that their perception of community sentiment is not reflected by reality," said Stephen Galilee, CEO of New South Wales Minerals Council. "Mining issues are in the media on a regular basis and quite often those issues are reported in a negative way.

He goes on to say the survey, which was conducted by an independent third-party, shows accurate results and reflects a positive attitude toward the mining industry in New South Wales.

"We know that the anti-mining organizations are quite vocal in the media and it's easy for people to get a skewed belief of what community sentiment towards mining is, but what these numbers show is that the vast majority of people... actually understand mining is important," said Galilee.

In the survey, 1000 people were asked the question: From what you have read, seen or heard about mining in New South Wales, even if it is just a slight leaning or guess, would you say that you support or oppose the mining industry in New South Wales?

Just under 90 percent of the people surveyed thought mining was an important aspect for regional areas in Australia.

“The public understands that we need a strong mining sector in NSW to create jobs and keep our state economy growing and the industry should be supported,” Galilee said.

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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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