Commodity Calls: Week Ending 14 June 2024

Serbia is set to open Europe’s largest lithium mine, US citizens show love for nuclear energy, and Russia vows to cut back on excess oil production.

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  • Serbia is getting closer to approving Rio Tinto’s development of Europe’s largest lithium mine.1 The project, initially proposed in 2022 but called off due to environmental concerns, is finally moving along after a comprehensive report from Rio Tinto addressed Serbia’s concerns.
  • The project, which is expected to open by 2028, will produce up to 58,000 tonnes of lithium per year.2 That will be enough to power 17% of all EV production in the EU – approximately 1.1 million cars. Europe currently has virtually no domestic lithium production.


  • Chile, the world’s second-largest producer of lithium, exported a record amount of 29,000 tonnes of lithium in April, up 36% month-over-month and 84% year-on-year.3
  • Increasing preference for hybrid vehicles in the Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) market is impacting demand for lithium. Hybrids now account of 14% of total vehicle sales in the country, and 39% of NEVs.4

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  • The National Nuclear Energy Public Opinion Survey which concluded last month found US support for nuclear energy is at record high. 77% of respondents said they strongly favoured the use of nuclear energy in the USA, marking four years in a row that over 75% of the population approved nuclear as a source of cleaner electricity.5
  • Japan’s economy ministry is considering allowing the construction of a new nuclear power fleet as older reactors are decommissioned.6 The move will likely form part of the revisions to Japan’s national energy strategy which is reviewed once every three years.


  • Surprising gains for far-right and populist parties in the EU parliament, mirrored by losses from green-leaning groups, could hinder clean energy targets in the region.7 Europe as a region is one of the most prolific users of nuclear energy.

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Crude Oil


  • Russia has vowed to cut back oil production in order to fulfil its production quota as set by the OPEC+. When the OPEC convened in early March, Russia had announced that it would reduce supply by 471,000 bpd in Q2 of 2024.8


  • The International Energy Agency is forecasting a significant slow-down in oil demand growth over the next few years. A decline in oil use for electricity generation and growing fuel efficiency in petrol vehicles is set to drive a substantial supply glut of roughly 8,000,000 bpd by 2030.9
  • Russian fuel exports increased by 10.4% in the month of May as the government lifted a ban on gasoline and refineries returned from maintenance.10

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