May 17, 2020

Tigers Realm Group Acquires Russian Port and Coal Terminal

Tigers Realm Group
Beringovsky Port
European Coal Mining
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The port and coal handling site at Beringovsky, Eastern Russia
Australian resources company Tigers Realm Group (TRG) has bought Beringovsky port and coal terminal on the east Russian coast for just over $5 million...

Australian resources company Tigers Realm Group (TRG) has bought Beringovsky port and coal terminal on the east Russian coast for just over $5 million.  

TRG plans to refurbish the site and increase its coal handling capacity from 700,000 tonnes per year to at least one million.

The port is a key logistical hub for the Nagornaya coal mine, with TRG taking exclusive ownership and management rights.  It will also greatly benefit the company’s plans for its Amaam North deposit and proposed Project F mine, enabling it to transport large quantities of coking coal.

Chief Executive Officer Craig Parry said that he was very pleased with the deal secured for Beringovsky, which would lay the foundation for key infrastructure for Amaam North, to the south. This project would involve the construction of a larger deep-water port at Arinay, 25 kilometres from the coking coal mine.

TRG believes that 464 million tonnes lies at the site, with potential to explore for between another 120 and 205 million tonnes. The lifespan of Amaam North is said to be around 20 years.  

The port will give TRG a strategic advantage in the region, for few if any other coal companies have such access to their own dedicated port infrastructure. Importantly the port’s location on the Pacific Coast provides access for the shipment of coal directly into Asian markets.

During 2015 and 2016 TIG intends to undertake a general refurbishment of the port, which will include the purchase of new barges, construction of stockpile yards, and some small scale channel dredging. 

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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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