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De Beers data supports Petra grade story

Johan Dippenaar, chief executive of Petra Diamonds, insists the undiluted ore scenario from the company’s major mines, Cullinan and Finsch, starting in the 2016 financial year will result in a remarkable increase in free cash flow generation in future. Full story...

Geopacific flying high

Greenfields exploration, three-to-four rigs drilling, bonanza copper and gold grades and lots of targets. Exciting days for ASX-listed Geopacific Resources Ltd in Cambodia! Full story...

Heaps of leaching in Burkina

Heap leach experts who haven’t recently passed through Ouagadougou would likely be rare given the number of developments in the pipeline in Burkina Faso over the short-to-medium term. Full story...

PE flows in

Promising projects continue to attract private equity cash despite the awful market malaise afflicting the resource sector, with junior gold stock Orbis Gold Ltd and iron ore peer Radar Iron Ltd being cases in point in the past week. Full story...

Supply chains could be weak conflict minerals link

There were just four independent private sector audits of conflict mineral reports in the first ever round of filings under the Dodd-Frank Act in the US, with not many more expected next year, according to law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel. Full story...

Don’t look downstream

While uranium producers will be toasting the recent rise in the spot price hoping the worst is behind them and the re-start of those Japanese reactors is only a few months away, the long-term situation might not bear looking at. Full story...

Barminco boss likes path ahead

Senior executives at leading underground mining contractor Barminco remain positive about the company’s global expansion plans and continuing to build a cash stockpile in the face of difficult market conditions. And while there is little immediate prospect of an IPO to recapitalise the company, CEO Peter Stokes maintains M&A is on his radar. Full story...

Great expectations

Tampakan is a massive project and Indophil Resources NL has raised a staggering amount of capital over the dozen or so years since it listed to try and get the behemoth into development. Unfortunately for Indophil’s shareholders, despite all the monies raised, and all the opportunities that have been highlighted over the years, in the end it all seems to have amounted to very little. Full story...

China dirty coal ban: what are the implications?

If it eventuates, China’s ban on coal imports with high ash and high sulphur content from January 2015 onwards will have several knock-on implications, notably a shift in coal trade flows. Indonesia will capture a larger share of the Chinese market, while Australia re-directs its coal towards other countries such as India. Full story...

Glasenberg’s mood swings

It has been easy for some time to characterise Ivan Glasenberg, the chief executive of Glencore plc, as the mining world’s biggest bear, but recent events point to a change with the bear possibly turning into a bull. Full story...

Yes, no, wait … sorry

The Tanzania Revenues Authority (TRA) has retracted a call for help in renegotiating existing mining development agreements (MDAs) and petroleum production sharing agreements (PSAs). It is a win for resource investors in the near term but the move does not necessarily bode well for long term investment in the coastal African nation. Full story...

Africa has ‘generational’ mining skills challenge

Randgold Resources chief Mark Bristow’s belief in the long-term value of high-level underground mining skills transfer from Australia to emerging African countries is echoed by the executive chairman of Byrnecut Mining Group, Steve Coughlan, who is seeing in Tanzania at the moment some of the benefits of taking up the “generational” training challenge facing miners across the continent. Full story...
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