• 4 minutes Ten Years of Plunging Solar Prices
  • 7 minutes Hydrogen Capable Natural Gas Turbines
  • 10 minutes World looks on in horror as Trump flails over pandemic despite claims US leads way
  • 13 minutes Large gas belt discovered in China
  • 1 hour Yale University Epidemiologist Publishes Paper on Major Benefits of Hydroxchloroquine for High-risk Outpatients. Quacksalvers like Fauci should put lives ahead of Politics
  • 3 mins Model 3 cheaper to buy than BMW 3 series.
  • 1 hour Would bashing China solve all the problems of the United States
  • 4 hours China to Impose Dictatorship on Hong Kong
  • 51 mins Incompetent "Journalists"
  • 17 hours COVID 19 May Be Less Deadly Than Flu Study Finds
  • 5 hours Thugs in Trumpistan
  • 11 mins Pompeo's Hong Kong
  • 23 mins Can I Sue This Site for If People Post Inaccurate Information?
  • 19 hours Iran's first oil tanker has arrived near Venezuela
  • 20 hours Let’s Try This....
  • 23 hours Chicago Threatens To Condemn - Possibly Demolish - Churches Defying Lockdown
  • 12 hours 60 mph electric mopeds
  • 1 day HVDC Cheaper Than Low-carbon Natural Gas
  • 1 day Oil and Gas After COVID-19
U.S. LNG Investment Suffers As Demand Dwindles

U.S. LNG Investment Suffers As Demand Dwindles

Weak demand is sparking a…

Three Key Events In The Global Oil Patch

Three Key Events In The Global Oil Patch

While COVID-19 continues to dominate…

Ag Metal Miner

Ag Metal Miner

MetalMiner is the largest metals-related media site in the US according to third party ranking sites. With a preemptive global perspective on the issues, trends,…

More Info

Premium Content

Is The Lithium Bubble About To Burst?

After rising aggressively, some would argue that lithium prices have already peaked.

Reuters quotes Paul Robinson, director at consultancy CRU Group saying that prices have little upside because demand growth has been met with aggressive supply build up, similar to rare earths and vanadium in past cycles. Even though demand is projected to soar 60 percent to 300,000 metric tons of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) annually by 2020, the newspaper quotes a National Bank Financial report saying new players could flood the market.

Strong Demand is Company, 60 percent Growth is a Crowd

“It’s crowded, no doubt about it, and it will get culled,” said Jon Hykawy, president of Stormcrow Capital, calling lithium, the “latest bubble sector.”

An indication of extent to which lithium fever has gripped investors and junior miners is illustrated in a Bloomberg article which reports that in the wake of President Mauricio Macri’s decision to remove currency and capital controls and taxes introduced by his predecessors, about 40 foreign companies began to consider opportunities in Argentina’s mining industry. More than half of those planning to mine lithium.

The country may be about to flood the market with lithium, the newspaper reports, and while not all the projects are likely to go ahead, if they did, output would reach 165,000 tons/yr or about 45 percent of predicted global supply by 2021, according to government projections. Currently global supply is just 185,000 metric tons, illustrating the rate at which demand is expected to rise. Related: U.S. Shale Kills Off The Oil Price Rally

Beware Lithium Fever… Just like Pac-Man Fever Before It!

Much of the enthusiasm for investment in more lithium production is fueled by a belief electric vehicle battery demand is about to take off.


Source: Bloomberg News.

Taken in addition to new projects being planned in Chile, the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere, a surge of new supply could potentially lead to a collapse in prices.

While lower lithium prices would be good for battery costs, too much of a fall would be bad for the industry. What it needs is stability to encourage responsible and well-funded investment for the long term, not boom and bust

By Stuart Burns via AGmetalminer.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:


Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage





Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News