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PROJECT REPORTS

Resources Monitor reports on mining projects in Australia.

Projects such as • the $500-million Maxwell underground coal project near Muswellbrook in New South Wales, to produce mainly metallurgical coal, with construction to commence in early 2022 • Yangibana, a major rare-earths project in Western Australia, involving open-cut mining northeast of Carnarvon and processing at Onslow, on the coast • re-opening of the Honeymoon uranium mine in South Australia, with a final investment decision on the $100-million project to be made by mid-2022. 

Our reports are used by mining-service companies (suppliers, consultants, contractors) to identify work opportunities and the key people involved in them. See Samples and Order Form above.


DIRECTORIES

We also offer directories of companies in mining and related engineering sectors (e.g water). 

Our most recent directory is that covering water authorities in New South Wales, launched on 6 December 2021. 

Similar directories will be launched in the first quarter of 2022 on water authorities in Victoria and Queensland respectively. 


CONSULTANCY WORK

For the past decade, we have provided tailored assistance to Australia and overseas clients to expand their operations in the mining and other engineering sectors. 

Groote Eylandt (Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory), the site of one of the world's largest manganese mines


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Project Notes


LITHIUM ON THE MOVE
November 2021

Australia produces 50% of the world’s mined lithium. With lithium prices having increased four-fold in the past year, the project outlook is encouraging for Australian companies, at home and overseas.

In Australia, early construction is underway at two major lithium projects: Mt Holland in Western Australia and Finnis near Darwin in the Northern Territory.

In addition, Pilbara Minerals is expanding capacity at its Pilgangoora lithium mine in Western Australia

In Africa, Australian company, AVZ Minerals, expects to commence construction in mid-2022 at its Manono lithium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “the largest and highest grade undeveloped hard-rock lithium project in the world” in the view of the company.

Also in Africa, Australian company, Firefinch, expects to commence construction in mid-2022 at its Goulamina lithium project in Mali.

In South America, Australian company, Orocobre, is a major player in lithium in South America, with its operating Olaroz mine in Argentina and plans for further developments in the region.

Lithium production is based on hard-rock mining in Australia and many other countries (in Chile, Argentina and China, it is based mainly on the extraction of brines at high altitudes).

Hard-rock mining and initial processing lead to a concentrate, which is typically sent overseas for refining into higher-grade products (e.g lithium hydroxide, suitable for lithium-ion batteries).

Refining is dominated by China, the two leading companies being Ganfeng Lithium and Tianqi Lithium.

However, Australia is beginning to play a role in this field. A refinery in Perth, involving Tianqi Lithium and the US company, Albermerle, was commissioned in August this year.

The Mt Holland project includes a similar refinery in Perth, with construction to commence in early 2022.

And other Australian lithium companies are looking at ways of processing concentrates into high-grade lithium products.

At the same time, Chinese companies are likely to continue playing an important part in Australian lithium mining and refining, both as investors and offtake partners.


Greenbushes, Western Australia - the world's largest lithium mine