Rio Tinto is studying ways to extract lithium from waste rock at a mine it controls in California, making it the latest company trying to produce the battery metal in the US for the fast-growing electric vehicle market.

Resources juniors St George Mining and Orion Minerals have gone into trading halts to raise a combined $10 million via placements to advance projects in WA and South Africa.

Saracen Minerals says it produced a record 96,324 ounces of gold in the September quarter, at a lower cost than forecast.

The Federal Government is promising to slash “red tape” surrounding native title agreements that allow Aboriginal groups to sign multimillion- dollar compensation deals with mining giants and government for land use.

The Beta Hunt gold mine near Kambalda has coughed up another whopper gold specimen, worth $7 million.

Fortescue Metals says it is partnering with Alinta Energy to power the iron ore giant’s Western Australian Chichester Hub with completely renewable energy during daytime operations.

Evolution Mining boss Jake Klein said the miner has been “showing investors the money” after reporting record mine operating cash flow for the September quarter.

Nickel players are basking in some rare market sunshine with depleting stockpiles and a rise in battery metals demand rejuvenating the sector’s explorers and producers.

Investors have punished Northern Star Resources after the gold miner put out a poor quarterly report from its growing Pogo operations in Alaska.

BHP says it will make a final investment decision on its long-delayed $US17 billion ($25 billion) Jansen potash project in Canada by early 2021.

Talison Lithium will inject $4 billion a year into the State’s economy once the newly-opened processing plant in Greenbushes is running at full capacity.