🗨 How Decarbonization Is Shaping The Mining Industry
As we move through the early months of 2023, one trend that continues to capture attention across the globe is the growing emphasis on the mining industry's role in the race for decarbonization and production of critical minerals. With nations and corporations striving to reduce their carbon footprints, the mining industry's policies and investments are under increasing scrutiny. As such, it's never been more critical for companies to prioritize safety, environmental responsibility, and ethical practices. We are keeping an eye on some of the latest developments and trends in this arena and are excited to see how companies adapt to meet these new demands!
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📰 In The News
Lundin Mining buys 51% Stake in Caserones Mine for $950M
Lundin Mining is set to acquire a 51% stake in Chile's Caserones copper mine for $950m, with an $800m upfront cash payment and $150m in installments over six years. Lundin will also have the right to purchase an additional interest of up to 19% in the Caserones mine for $350m over five years. The acquisition is part of Lundin's efforts to increase exposure to copper, which is crucial for the green energy transition.
Mexican President Proposes Tougher Mining Laws, Shorter Concessions
Mexico's proposed overhaul of mining laws, including shorter concessions and tighter rules for permits, has drawn warnings from industry leaders, who fear it could undermine the sector's growth prospects. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered the draft reform on Tuesday, which would sharply reduce the length of mining concessions to 15 from 50 years. The initiative would also add new requirements to obtain mining and water permits, establish a new obligation to disclose mining impacts, and require miners to give back at least 10% of the profits to communities. The country's mining chamber Camimex warned that changes could provoke "strong repercussions" for the industry.
Canadian Budget earmarks $21 Billion for Clean Tech & Critical Minerals
The Canadian government will spend $21bn over five years on clean technology as part of the annual federal budget. The plan includes a 30% investment tax credit for capital investments in manufacturing equipment used in the electric vehicle supply chain and to extract and process critical minerals used in EVs. The budget also features a 15% refundable tax credit for eligible investments in non-emitting electricity generation systems, plus a commitment to improve the efficiency of the impact assessment and permitting processes for major projects by the end of 2023. The Canadian Mining Association welcomed the initiatives.
Australia Risks Losing Pole Position in Critical Minerals Race
Australia risks losing its lead in critical minerals processing because it has yet to create a national strategy. While Australia is a leading supplier of lithium and a significant producer of other minerals, such as cobalt and rare earths, the country has not processed those minerals in large quantities. Industry executives are calling for a national strategy to fast-track permitting, offer subsidies, and provide preferential access to industrial land. They want rapid action in light of competition from the US, Canada, and the EU, which have already developed critical minerals strategies that include incentives.
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Southwest Pit, BlackRock Deposit
Company: BlackRock Metals Inc.
Minerals: Vanadium, Titanium, Magnetite
Company: Endeavour Silver Corp. (EDR:TSX)
Minerals: Silver, Lead, Zinc
Company: Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM:TSX)
Minerals: Silver, Gold, Copper, Lead
Company: Meridian Mining UK Societas (MNO:TSXV)
Minerals: Gold, Copper
In your opinion, which is the most critical of the critical minerals?
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📈 Commodity Prices
Gold $2,020.45 /oz
Silver $24.99 /oz
Platinum $1,019.00 /oz
Palladium $1,466.50 /oz
Copper $3.62 /lb
Source: Prospector, as of April 4, 2023 at 4:00pm EST
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