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World’s Top EV Producer Faces Higher Lithium Prices Following Amended Supply Deals

Tesla will be paying more for the lithium that powers its cars after Piedmont Lithium amended their deal amid ongoing price rally. Piedmont will now supply the EV giant with an additional 125,000 metric tonnes of lithium concentrate beginning in the second half of this year. According to Cowen & Co. analyst David Deckelbaum, the change in the supply agreement between the two companies is “significant” because Telsa typically has fixed prices for the materials it requires for batteries. Meanwhile, prices have more than doubled since 2020, reaching nearly $80,000 per tonne, a level they have maintained throughout 2022, which is raising concerns that carmakers will struggle to secure lithium supplies for the rest of the decade. According to Fastmarkets NewGen analysis, approximately 40 lithium projects are undergoing or have completed definitive feasibility studies globally, representing a 166% increase over 2019. Noram Lithium Corp. (TSXV:NRM) (OTCQB:NRVTF) and its Zeus Lithium Project are right next to the only lithium producer in the United States, Albemarle‘s (NYSE:ALB) Silver Peak Operation. Lithium Americas (NYSE:LAC), Livent Corp. (NYSE:LTHM), and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE:SQM) are other miners with undergoing lithium projects.

Noram Lithium Corp. (TSXV:NRM) (OTCQB:NRVTF) is a well-funded advanced lithium development company aggressively advancing the Zeus lithium project in Nevada’s Clayton Valley from the development-stage level through the completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study. The company’s flagship Zeus project contains a current 43-101 measured and indicated resource estimate of 363 million tonnes with 923 ppm lithium and 827 million tonnes with 884 ppm lithium using a cut-off of 400 ppm Li. 

The December 2021 PEA of the Zeus project indicated an After-Tax NPV (8) of US$1.3 billion and IRR of 31% using US$9,500/tonne Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE). Using the LCE long term forecast of US$14,250/tonne, the PEA indicates an After-Tax NPV (8%) of approximately US$2.67 Billion and an IRR of 52%.

On January 4, Noram Lithium bolstered its management team with the appointment of Greg McCunn as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company through the next stages of development at Zeus. McCunn has 30 years of experience in the mining industry, serving as CEO for several TSX and NYSE-listed companies including Alio Gold and Galiano Gold, raising over $600 million in equity and debt financing from the Canadian and US capital markets, completing over $1 billion in M&A transactions, and putting three mines into production on three different continents.

The company also recently highlighted milestones from 2022, including the completion of the Phase VI exploration program of 12 holes for the Zeus Lithium Project and closing a US$14 million strategic financing with Waratah Capital Advisors and Lithium Royalty Corp. Noram is currently advancing to the completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study. 

The goal of the Phase VI exploration program was to convert existing inferred resources into measured indicated categories for use in the PFS. All 12 drill holes intersected high-grade lithium at significant lengths. 

The company anticipates that an updated sixth resource model will be completed soon, which may align Noram with its peers in terms of total contained measured and indicated lithium carbonate equivalent resources (LCE).

For more information about Noram Lithium Corp. (TSXV:NRM) (OTCQB:NRVTF), click here

Lithium Miners are Getting Into Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships

On December 13, Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) announced the acquisition of a site in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it will invest at least $180 million to establish the Albemarle Technology Park (ATP), a world-class facility designed for novel materials research, advanced process development, and the acceleration of next-generation lithium product development. The Company anticipates that the new site’s innovations will improve lithium recovery, improve production methods, and introduce new forms of lithium to enable breakthrough levels of battery performance. The State of North Carolina awarded Albemarle a nearly $13 million incentive package to develop the advanced lithium materials research, process development, and product innovation facility in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Albemarle anticipates that the new facility will be operational by early 2025, with the ATP campus completed by late 2026.

Lithium Americas (NYSE:LAC) and Arena Minerals Inc. announced on December 20 that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement under which Lithium Americas has agreed to acquire all of Arena’s issued and outstanding common shares not already owned by Lithium Americas through a plan of arrangement. Arena’s shareholders will receive 0.0226 of a Lithium Americas common share for each Arena Share held, under the arrangement agreement. Based on the closing price on December 19, 2022, the Consideration to Arena represents a total equity transaction value (on a 100% basis) of US$227 million (C$311 million), giving Arena Shareholders a 5.7% ownership stake in Lithium Americas.

Livent Corp. (NYSE:LTHM) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) announced in November a research collaboration to advance sustainable lithium battery technologies. The collaborative project will be led by Professor Madhavi Srinivasan, who is the Executive Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and the Co-Director of the NTU-Singapore CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy (SCARCE). SCARCE is a center of excellence for finding new ways to recycle e-waste and get valuable materials out of it. Professor Srinivasan is a well-known researcher whose work is mostly about the circular economy.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE:SQM) announced on December 20 that five of its subsidiaries (SQM S.A., SQM Salar, SQM Nitratos, SQM Industrial, and SIT) have begun the mediation process for the regulated bargaining negotiations with the Interempresas de Supervisores Union, which represents approximately 1,000 supervisors from the five subsidiaries mentioned. Meetings were held between representatives of SQM subsidiaries and the union over the next five days following the announcement, in accordance with current regulations.

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