Keeping An Eye On South America

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Could South America hold more battery metals potential than originally thought?

Dear Reader,

With the difficult market conditions of late, especially in North America, industry peers have to continually remind themselves about the long term, and in the battery metal space that is clear: the world population continues to grow, and demand for EVs and battery storage with it.

As key a role as Cu and Li are playing in this new energy economy, it is the unsung heroes that have gained traction in 2018 and we provide an overview of these opportunities below.

In two weeks time those who spend the majority of the year on the road attending mining conferences can breathe a sigh of relief as the London shows round off the year. When it all starts up again in January, you will see below how InvestChile's conference from 15th-17th is posed to make your start to the year that bit easier!

Have a great week ahead!

An Opportunity to Understand Investing in Chile...
... and be put up in a five-star hotel in Santiago! Hosted by Invest Chile, the conference in January this year has a special mining exploration component. Please get in touch with Kura,, for more details! Deadline for applications 15th november.
Kura Identifies the Unsung Battery Metal Heroes for 2018
Copper may be King in Chile, but this year an increased apetite in battery metals has drawn attention to opportunities in the IOCG corridor, particularly in vanadium, manganese and cobalt.

Vanadium redox flow batteries have been a major driver in the metal's price surge, and been deemed a revolution by mining industry leader Friedland, amongst others. Beyond Australia, China and South Africa, Vanadium production has also been developing in Brazil, and in North America companies have refocussed projects from uranium to a more market favourable vanadium.

Whilst Vanadium for batteries may be taking 2018 by storm, VRFBs are still finding their place in being commercially competitive to the lithium-ion battery. Traditionally a critical metal for industry, Manganese is our second pick as combined with lithium, nickel and cobalt, the metal forms the NMC batteries which save EV charging time. Major producers also include South Africa, China, India and South American giant, Brazil, but with the increased future demand of batteries, the future supply chain will need to be secured.

Finally, the most popular of the three, especially when prices were higher at the start of the year is Cobalt, which is being seen as the ideal compliment to copper projects in the corridor. High grade is key, hence deposits in DRC, China, Russia, Canada and Australia have seen the most development of late, but Kura is happy to present a host of opportunities in Chile.

Check out Kura's Mineral Portfolio to review opportunities with these three battery heroes!
Another footprint onto Chilean Soil for Surge

Working with partner Kura, Surge Exploration has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for an option to acquire up to 100% of the Incahuasi Lithium Project in the prolific Antofagasta Region in Northern Chile. Click here for Press Release.

Best Regards/ Saludos,

The Kura Team
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