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Sandfire places bets

The much anticipated first drill hole by Sandfire Resources NL at the Springfield joint venture in Western Australia may have drawn a blank – though (naturally) it was a so-called technical success – but that’s the nature of the exploration business and work is continuing apace as the copper miner searches for another bonanza deposit like the one underpinning its nearby DeGrussa operation. Full story...

Chesser weighs next move

Chesser Resources Ltd does not intend exiting Turkey despite it somewhat surprisingly being in the process of selling its mainstay high-grade Kestanelik gold project for US$40 million. Full story...

Dumbing down

“Simplicity is harder than complex.” – Steve Jobs Full story...

The case for Carrapateena

Opinion is varied on how Australia’s next big copper mine, Carrapateena in South Australia, stacks up in terms of its economics, though the OZ Minerals-owned project’s “strategic” value is more readily agreed upon by analysts. Full story...

The elephant in the mine

Everybody knows that China is the world’s largest consumer of minerals and that its imports of minerals have transformed the markets for many commodities. Full story...

Korongou will be the focus of heavy hit

A West African junior gold explorer banking a total of nearly A$6 million (US$5.6 million) in funding from two different parties in the past three months would seem as good an indicator as any the ground Golden Rim Resources Ltd holds in Burkina Faso has high promise. Full story...

Not so hot

Lundin Mining Corp has evidently decided the deal Hot Chili Ltd cut with its Chilean partner for the infrastructure needed to develop Hot Chili’s Productora copper project is not what it was hoping. It has sold out of Hot Chili at a big loss less than two years after investing. Full story...

Risks and opportunities in Aboriginal title ruling

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada changed Canada. The court granted a declaration that the Tsilhqot’in Nation, a relatively small First Nation in British Columbia, has Aboriginal title to more than 1,700km2 of the province – and that only addressed a small portion of the Tsilhqot’in’s traditional territory. Full story...

On shaky ground

There’s nothing quite like an enraged foreign investor to smear a country’s reputation – at times unfairly. Hallowed Canadian mining entrepreneur Ross Beaty and his Poland-focused company seem justified in airing their laundry this time around though. Full story...

Fresnillo solid as a rock

Everyone knows Fresnillo plc has received merger approaches from cash-starved juniors looking for someone to help bankroll their early-stage projects because CEO Octavio Alvídrez said as much at the firm’s half time results presentation in London. Full story...

Chinks of light for industrial minerals

A clutch of deals in the industrial minerals space has set tongues wagging that this unloved sector could be about to turn a corner after several years of falling or flat prices that have tested even the best-run companies. Full story...

Barminco in unstable ground

Mining contractor Barminco’s June quarter financials are now eagerly awaited as the company – hard hit like many others by the mining downturn, but carrying a heavy debt load – fights to trade its way out of an increasingly difficult operating environment. Full story...
Read articles from the latest Print Edition - MJ 22/08/14
Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.
Midway Gold is an emerging, near-term gold producer on track to bring its first million-ounce project, the Pan mine, to production in 2014

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