Argo Blockchain PLC (LON:ARB) revealed that it has signed a contract with Navier Inc, a specialist designer and builder of cryptocurrency mining facilities, to co-develop the company’s new facility in Helios, Texas.

Parity Group PLC (LON:PTY) said it has seen an encouraging start to 2021 and anticipates more growth in the second half as business confidence returns.

Savannah Resources PLC (LON:SAV) said it raised £10.3mln, before expenses, through an oversubscribed placing and direct subscription and that the net proceeds will mainly go towards progressing its flagship Mina do Barroso project in Portugal.

Sativa Wellness Group Inc (LON:SWEL) revealed that its subsidiary, PhytoVista Laboratories, has been granted accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

Spectra Systems Corporation (LON:SPSY) said it has executed an agreement with a central bank customer to include a new capability for its sensors to detect “exotic counterfeits”, with the new contract resulting in an immediate US$1.2mln of development funding.

ADES International Holding PLC (LON:ADES) has confirmed that its deal to be acquired by Innovative Energy Holding Ltd has now been declared unconditional – and, as of yesterday, there had been acceptances representing 95.98% of the company’s shares.

Tirupati Graphite PLC (LON:TGR) said it has opened its second mine in Madagascar at the Vatomina project, where it remains on track to start commissioning the first 9,000 tonnes per annum processing plant in the second quarter.

Panther Metals PLC (LON:PALM) announced it has raised £200,000 in a private placing. The company has sold 1.66mln new shares priced at 12p each.

Galantas Gold Corporation (LON:GAL) increased the ceiling on its proposed private placing to C$8mln from C$6mln, due to strong investor demand.

Anglo Asian Mining PLC (LON:AAZ) said the government of Azerbaijan approved the first of two five-year extensions of the production sharing agreement for its Gedabek contract area, while it is also in talks to obtain an extension of the territory of the existing contract areas and for new contract areas in the country.

ADM Energy PLC (LON:ADME) has inked agreements with two service providers which may collaborate in the future development of the Barracuda field.

Inspiration Healthcare Group PLC (LON:IHC) announced that its subsidiary SLE has received regulatory approval from the National Medical Products Administration to sell the enhanced version of the SLE6000 in China.

Coinsilium Group Limited (LON:COIN) said its portfolio company and advisory client Indorse is planning a public alpha release of Nifty Scanner, a digital asset analysis software solution for non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Anglo Pacific Group PLC (LON:APF, TSX:APY) announced the timetable for dividends to be paid in 2021 and gave notice that its annual general meeting will be held at 10am on 26 May at the company’s registered office in London. Shareholders will not be permitted to attend the AGM in person and should therefore vote by proxy, including on the proposed 3.75p final dividend. 

Improvements in battery technology are helping drive the electric vehicle industry but increasing demand for battery metals is turning the spotlight on ESG issues in mining, according to a webinar discussion between Hamad Ebrahim, head of research at NTree International and Mark Copley, associate professor at the WMG department at the University of Warwick.