• Australia has lithium reserves and infrastructure to manufacture EVs: Australia Institute
  • Mt Monger acquires three projects prospective for lithium in WA
  • MinRes looks to expand  MARBL JV with Albemarle
  • Pan Asia Metals says drilling at its Thai project has delivered a material increase in overall lithium content

 All your ASX lithium news for Wednesday February 9.

 

The Australia Institute reckons the country could become a sustainable EV-making powerhouse.

In the new report Rebuilding Vehicle Manufacturing in Australia: Industrial Opportunities in an Electrified Future, the research centre says Australia has a unique combination of advantages that give us a “historic chance” to become a sustainable global manufacturer of electric vehicles – provided the federal government acts swiftly and decisively.

“When it comes to creating an EV manufacturing sector, Australia enjoys advantages other nations would die for: rich reserves of lithium and rare earths, strong industrial infrastructure, a highly skilled workforce, powerful training capacity, abundant renewable energy options, and untapped consumer potential,” said the report’s lead author Dr Mark Dean.

“And contrary to popular belief, we wouldn’t be starting from scratch. Thanks to the resilience of our remaining automotive manufacturing supply chain, a surprising amount of auto manufacturing work – including components, specialty vehicles, and engineering – still exists here.”

Dr Dean reckons the Government should use tax incentives to encourage firms involved in the extraction of key minerals – primarily lithium and rare earths – with local manufacturing capabilities, especially emerging Australian EV battery industries.

He also suggests major global manufacturers should be offered tax incentives, access to infrastructure, potential public capital participation, etc so they set up in Australian regions undergoing transition from carbon-intensive industries.

 

Here’s how ASX lithium stocks are tracking today:

Code Company Price % Market Cap
MTM Mtmongerresources 0.21 24% $4,812,705.61
IMI Infinitymining 0.185 16% $9,200,000.00
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.099 15% $10,832,689.26
TSC Twenty Seven Co. Ltd 0.004 14% $9,312,848.67
AGY Argosy Minerals Ltd 0.385 12% $444,394,225.04
CRR Critical Resources 0.11 10% $132,795,411.40
ARN Aldoro Resources 0.445 9% $36,669,821.49
CHR Charger Metals 0.85 8% $25,144,362.48
VUL Vulcan Energy 9.84 8% $1,198,945,217.78
AM7 Arcadia Minerals 0.24 7% $7,873,312.50
AML Aeon Metals Ltd. 0.049 7% $39,827,208.85
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp. 0.034 6% $17,531,431.36
FRS Forrestaniaresources 0.425 6% $11,220,000.00
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0.855 6% $2,778,910,779.40
EMS Eastern Metals 0.265 6% $8,900,000.00
QPM Queensland Pacific 0.18 6% $262,329,232.27
FFX Firefinch Ltd 0.7 5% $783,460,573.00
CXO Core Lithium 0.82 4% $1,330,048,460.47
GLN Galan Lithium Ltd 1.55 4% $442,320,430.01
SYA Sayona Mining Ltd 0.13 4% $886,907,635.25
LKE Lake Resources 0.925 4% $1,087,847,099.68
LTR Liontown Resources 1.51 4% $3,189,687,663.09
GL1 Globallith 1.56 4% $204,861,463.87
BYH Bryah Resources Ltd 0.058 4% $12,667,601.80
NMT Neometals Ltd 1.465 4% $775,952,600.34
PLL Piedmont Lithium Inc 0.69 3% $369,798,862.00
AKE Allkem Limited 9.49 3% $5,884,361,158.78
AX8 Accelerate Resources 0.039 3% $9,631,438.16
MMC Mitremining 0.195 3% $5,146,169.00
TMB Tambourahmetals 0.26 2% $10,504,112.49
PLS Pilbara Min Ltd 3.32 2% $9,704,356,645.42
PAM Pan Asia Metals 0.6 2% $43,458,599.96
IGO IGO Limited 12.3 2% $9,162,940,537.30
TNG TNG Limited 0.072 1% $98,577,693.76
PSC Prospect Res Ltd 0.855 1% $364,245,004.75
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0.017 0% $36,861,701.05
1MC Morella Corporation 0.027 0% $139,757,777.62
ASN Anson Resources Ltd 0.135 0% $137,888,902.80
GXY Galaxy Resources 0 0% $2,715,139,305.12
INR Ioneer Ltd 0.615 0% $1,261,087,265.39
LIT Lithium Australia NL 0.12 0% $123,908,471.52
LPD Lepidico Ltd 0.037 0% $230,772,967.99
LPI Lithium Pwr Int Ltd 0.7 0% $244,138,893.60
MLS Metals Australia 0.003 0% $15,715,672.08
TKL Traka Resources 0.015 0% $9,331,618.41
TON Triton Min Ltd 0.032 0% $39,769,093.66
DTM Dart Mining NL 0.082 0% $10,208,256.26
FG1 Flynngold 0.16 0% $10,249,768.00
AZL Arizona Lithium Ltd 0.155 0% $309,622,800.53
KGD Kula Gold Limited 0.046 0% $9,898,079.07
LRS Latin Resources Ltd 0.035 0% $50,157,669.21
LEL Lithenergy 1.165 0% $52,650,000.00
BMM Balkanminingandmin 0.365 -1% $12,117,500.00
KZR Kalamazoo Resources 0.325 -2% $47,914,143.42
LRV Larvottoresources 0.285 -2% $10,187,700.00
EMH European Metals Hldg 1.375 -2% $196,527,751.00
ESS Essential Metals Ltd 0.465 -2% $116,017,311.70
JRL Jindalee Resources 3.08 -2% $170,427,492.90
RAG Ragnar Metals Ltd 0.037 -3% $14,162,025.78
INF Infinity Lithium 0.155 -3% $66,254,312.96
GSM Golden State Mining 0.09 -3% $7,727,182.61
PNN PepinNini Minerals 0.435 -3% $27,548,241.30
WR1 Winsome Resources 0.405 -4% $56,473,197.48
EUR European Lithium Ltd 0.12 -4% $142,041,443.63
TEM Tempest Minerals 0.024 -4% $9,947,522.45
SHH Shree Minerals Ltd 0.023 -4% $25,517,685.41
WML Woomera Mining Ltd 0.019 -5% $13,636,661.32
AS2 Askarimetalslimited 0.42 -6% $16,967,861.13
MIN Mineral Resources. 52.72 -9% $10,930,650,212.68
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0.031 -14% $21,355,070.36

 

Who’s got news out today?

Mt Monger Resources (ASX:MTM)

The company is acquiring 3 projects in the Ravensthorpe region of WA prospective for lithium, graphite, nickel-copper-PGE and gold.

The Young River lithium-graphite-nickel project contains historical lithium, graphite and nickel-cobalt prospects, with lithium grades up to 75ppm Li recorded and an anomalous trend over about 4km length.

The project is adjacent to the Halberts graphite deposit where Mineral Commodities Ltd (ASX:MRC) is advancing its Munglinup Graphite Project.

It’s also around 70km east of the Mt Cattlin lithium and tantalum mining operation operated by Allkem Ltd (ASX:AKE) which has a total reported mineral resource of 11Mt at 1.2% Li2O and 151ppm Ta2O5 for total contained metal of 131,800t Li2O and 3.7Mlbs Ta2O.

MTM will complete geophysical surveys and auger geochemical sampling to identify other exploration targets.

The Dalyup lithium project is around 50km northwest of Esperance and historical results recorded lithium grades up to 160ppm Li over a widespread area, indicating the potential for pegmatite-hosted mineralisation.

The multi-commodity Bremer lithium-gold-nickel-PGE project hosts a priority lithium target – an untested pegmatite intrusion that was identified during field mapping in 1986.

 

Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN)

The mining services provider took a battering from unprecedented fall in iron ore prices through the first half of 2022, but the company also had some lithium news today.

MinRes signed a non-binding letter agreement with Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) to explore a potential expansion of the MARBL lithium joint venture.

Essentially, MinRes would resume management of the Wodgina mine – the ownership of which would change from 60/40 (ALB/MRL) to 50/50.

The ownership of Kemerton I/II would remain 60/40 (ALB/MRL), and would be fed by the Greenbushes mine.

Plus, a new 50/50 Joint Venture to own additional lithium conversion assets outside of Australia would be jointly funded by the companies, and Albemarle would be the operator of the assets.

“Through this agreement, we have a clear pathway to become one of the world’s largest downstream lithium producers by supplying significant volumes of lithium hydroxide using high-quality spodumene from our portfolio of Tier 1 hard rock mines in Western Australia,” MD Chris Ellison said.

The company also announced today it has taken possession and control of its 51% share of the Mt Marion spodumene offtake, from 1st February 2022.

MinRes has entered into a toll treatment agreement for its share of Mt Marion spodumene to be converted into lithium hydroxide by Ganfeng Lithium Co in China.

The term of the agreement is seven months, with an option to extend and the company anticipates first lithium hydroxide sales in May 2022.

Plus, MinRes is undertaking studies to growing spodumene production at Mt Marion through process optimisation and contact ore treatment.

Each of these studies is targeting an increase in annual spodumene production of 10% to 15%.

 

Pan Asia Metals (ASX:PAM)

New drilling results “continue to support the geological model of extensive lithium mineralisation hosted in lepidolite rich pegmatite dykes-veins and adjacent metasediments,” PAM said today.

Intersections include:

  • 85m at 0.31% Li2O from 90.1m and 5.0m at 0.61% Li2O from 145m;
  • 10m at 0.32% Li2O from 0m and 10.05m at 0.42% Li2O from 77.25m; and
  • 4m at 0.72% Li2O from 4m, 10.95m at 0.20% Sn, 121ppm Ta2O5 from 191.3m and 18.45m at 0.19% Sn, 123ppm Ta2O5 from 238.75m and 12.85m at 0.20% Sn, 97ppm Ta2O5 from 261.7m.

MD Paul Lock said the infill and extensional sampling has delivered a material increase in overall lithium content at the project.

“This is a good outcome in the lead up to the reporting of an inaugural mineral resource,” he said.

“With infill assaying our objective is to determine whether metasediment adjacent to and in-between lithium and or tin rich pegmatites is mineralised, and if so whether this mineralisation is above our lithium cut-off grade, which is 0.20% Li2O.

“If so, then our overall mineral resource will increase, inclusive of the higher grading pegmatite intersections previously announced.

“In turn this positions PAM well as what may be dilutionary waste in the mining process has the potential to be economic.”

PAM expects to report mineral resources in Q1 FY22.