Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Jeff Townsend chairs webinars and podcasts by the Critical Minerals Association that can be accessed from its website

Monday, October 12, 2020

Government relations engagement for a mining project in the Caucasus.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Update of an iron ore project due diligence study.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Jeremy Wrathall, CEO at Cornish Lithium

Brett Grist, Exploration Manager at Cornwall Resources

Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy at Camborne School of Mines

Ian Higgins, Managing Director at Less Common Metals

Moderated by Jeff Townsend, Co-Founder at Critical Minerals Association

Saturday, September 12, 2020

"FEARS have been raised that the Chinese government could be hacking telephones of MPs critical of the Beijing regime.  Newly-elected Conservative MP Gary Sambrook has told the Sunday Express that he has had to get his phone checked after he joined the China Research Group of parliamentarians set up by Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs committee.  Mr Sambrook, the MP for Northfield in the West Midlands, said: “I joined the China Research Group and a couple of days later my mobile phone started going funny.  “I had words in Chinese randomly coming up on the phone and it looked like it might have been hacked.”

The China Research Group (CRG) was set up by Mr Tugendhat in the wake of the Hong Kong crisis and amid new crackdowns by the Beijing regime as well as concerns over its involvement with the spread of coronavirus.

The CRG initially focussed on preventing Huawei from being involved in the UK’s 5G network but intends to monitor Chinese industrial policy, technological developments and foreign policy.

Mr Sambrook’s allegations come as another Conservative MP Alexander Stafford has warned that China must not be allowed to deny Britain access to “critical minerals” which are needed for the battery and renewables technology upon which the country’s green revolution depends.

He said: “At a moment’s notice China can just pull up the drawbridge and not allow these minerals over... We need to have control over them and also need to secure them for our own national safety and that is why it is incredibly important.”

Mr Stafford argues that the difficulties of securing PPE at the start of the pandemic demonstrated why Britain needs dependable supply chains for vital resources.

Jeff Townsend, the founder of the Critical Minerals Association, shared his concerns but argued Britain had the opportunity to develop its own resources and secure access to international mineral reserves, saying: “The reality is the economy based on oil is coming to an end. These new economies of green electricity, green energy, green cars, they are based on critical minerals.

“China basically dominates [the market for] nearly every single critical mineral on earth because they spotted this 20 years ago and they started this strategy...

“People say we need to catch up with China. The reality is we can overtake China if we’re strategic.”

He argues that technological breakthroughs mean lithium can be mined in Cornwall and cobalt can be secured as a by-product of refining nickel".

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Quick review of proposals for a potential gold mine project for an investor.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Ongoing engagement with the UK Government on behalf of strategic minerals suppliers, in particular lithium and rare earth metals.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Due diligence review of proposals for upgrade of an iron ore project.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

"In the UK, rare earths are integral to the government’s industrial strategy, according to Jeff Townsend, who this year set up a lobbying firm to represent the industry’s interests".

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Provided processing advice and contact with the host government for the owner of a phosphate prospect.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

On 10th March 2020, the Critical Minerals Association launched the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Critical Minerals at the Thames Pavilion, Houses of Parliament with special guest, Minister Zahawi, the UK Minister for Business & Industry.

The APPG Critical Minerals is Chaired by Steve Double MP, St Austell and Newquay and its members include: Pauline Latham MP, Scott Mann MP, Christina Rees MP, Alex Sobel MP and Alexander Stafford MP. The evening was a huge success with over 60 individuals from across Industry and Government coming together to embrace the need for greater dialogue and strategies around the Critical Mineral space. Minister Zahawi, the UK Minister for Business & Industry outlined his support for Critical Mineral supply chains and the UK Mining sector.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review of proposals for a plant expansion.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review of proposals for expanding an iron ore mine and process plant.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Helped organise and presented papers at a Filtration Seminar in South Africa.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Due diligence review of metallurgical sections of a nickel project proposal.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

June and July 2018.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Reviewed projects seeking funding on behalf of the owners’ advisor.  Highlighted areas of concern requiring clarification or further work.  Proposed modifications to the metallurgical flowsheet.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Due diligence review of a study for a metallurgical plant with copper recovery by flotation and gold recovery by CIL of flotation tails.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Due diligence review of a study for a copper/gold metallurgical plant.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ongoing minerals industry consultancy to a confidential client, including finding individuals and companies to help them execute projects.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Assisted with compilation of the report “Extracting Growth: The Strength and Potential Offered by the United Kingdon Mining Industry” for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Mining.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Identifying opportunities for an equipment supplier.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Advised on opportunities for two companies offering services to the mining and metallurgical industry.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Conceptual studies of gold mining projects in Africa and meso America.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reviewed a conceptual study for a minerals processing project in Africa.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Contributed to discussions on the conceptual design of software for mining project evaluation.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Provided advice to a major engineering company on the types of filter used at various copper flotation concentrators, and factors to be considered in operating cost estimation.