• Maiden gold resource for Barns

    A MAIDEN 107,000 ounce gold resource has been estimated for Adelaide Resources’ Barns Gold Project on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The deposit is open to the south and down dip, and there is a strong chance of increasing the resource while five nearby prospects also show strong potential.

  • Ramelius production exceeds guidance

    RAMELIUS Resources continues to exceed expectations at its gold operations in Western Australia. There was a 28% increase in production in the financial year ending June 30, 2016, to 110,839 ounces and production in the 2017 financial year is expected to increase 22% to 135,000 ounces as the Vivien and Water Tank Hill underground mines progress.

  • Production under way at Deflector

    PRODUCTION of gold bullion and gold-copper-silver concentrate started recently at Doray Minerals’ Deflector project in Western Australia, around 14 months after Doray acquired the project. Open pit mining is on schedule while underground development continues.

  • Commissioning under way at Matilda

    WET commissioning is being carried out at the refurbished Wiluna plant at Blackham Resources’ Matilda Gold Project in Western Australia as part of the ramp-up to commercial production. The company expected to pour first gold by the end of September.

  • Record quarterly Hera production

    AURELIA Metals achieved record quarterly production of 14,184 ounces of gold during the three months ending March 31 at the Hera Gold-Base Metals Project in the Central West of New South Wales. In addition, the company finalised a funding and settlement agreement with Glencore to continue the Hera operations.

  • High grade copper at Rockface

    DRILLING at the Rockface prospect of KGL Resources’ Jervois Copper-Gold-Silver Project in the Northern Territory has delivered high grade copper results. Although only a limited number of deeper holes have been drilled there are early indications of improving copper grades at depth.

  • Aeris to develop new copper mine

    THE Board of established Australian copper producer Aeris Resources has approved development of the Murrawombie underground copper mine at its Tritton operations near Nyngan in western New South Wales. The decision follows completion of a positive feasibility study.

  • New JV to build Cloncurry mine

    ALTONA Mining has created a joint venture with Sichuan Railway Investment Group (SRIG) to build a new copper-gold mine at Altona’s Cloncurry project in northwest Queensland. A joint venture company, Roseby Copper Pty Ltd, will hold the Cloncurry project.

  • BHP Billiton boosts exploration spend

    BHP Billiton has increased its annual exploration spending by 29%, allocating almost all of a US$900 million budget to finding new copper and oil deposits. The company has singled out these resources as being the key to support its future growth.

  • Allens advises Rio on Channar JV

    Allens, a leading international law firm, has acted for Rio Tinto in its arrangement with Sinosteel Corporation to extend the historic Channar Joint Venture, one of the longest running and most successful examples of Chinese foreign investment in Australia.

  • Strong West Kimberley EM targets

    GEOPHYSICS conducted at Ram Resources’ recently acquired West Kimberley Nickel-Copper Project in northern Western Australia has identified strong electromagnetic (EM) conductors. There were eight EM conductors identified with three being high-priority, strong bedrock targets warranting drill testing and follow-up exploration.

  • Nova development ahead of schedule

    CONSTRUCTION at Independence Group’s underground Nova Nickel Project in Western Australia is progressing well with first concentrates expected in December 2016. The development remains ahead of schedule and on budget relative to the optimisation study schedule with commissioning to commence during the fourth quarter.

  • Favourable geology at Rockford

    DRILLING by Legend Mining at the Rockford project in the Fraser Range district of southeast Western Australia has encountered favourable geology that is consistent with the presence of nickel-copper mineralization. A reverse circulation (RC) program of five holes began in late February.

  • Western Areas reopens Cosmos complex

    AFTER a comprehensive review of project data highlighted substantial exploration upside, Western Areas Ltd has reopened the Cosmos Nickel Complex in Western Australia. The review, coupled with recent exploration activities, has reinforced the prospect for Cosmos to form the company’s second mining operation, along with the Forrestania Nickel Operation.

  • Roy Hill commences iron ore ramp-up

    Roy Hill Holdings has officially taken-over the mine, rail and port operations from Samsung, the EPC contractor on the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

  • METS Ignited and CRC ORE to collaborate

    Opportunities to encourage greater collaboration and commercialisation for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector are the key drivers of a new agreement between METS Ignited, the new METS Growth Centre, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE).

  • Drayton South mine is refused

    THE New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has recommended that Anglo American’s Drayton South Coal Mine proposal should not proceed, stating that it had balanced the economic, social and environmental factors and identified a real risk to the thoroughbred horse breeding industry and to diversity within the Hunter Valley economy.

  • Carmichael project faces more hurdles

    AFTER passing another hurdle in October with Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approving it with the ‘strictest conditions in Australian history’, Adani’s $16 billion Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland faces further challenges. The project will annually produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export but has faced staunch opposition because its port terminals are close to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Whitehaven ramps up Maules Creek production

    PRODUCTION at Whitehaven Coal’s newest mine Maules Creek in northern NSW has ramped up to the expected early annual rate of 6 million tonnes after the operation was declared commercial on July 1, 2015. When operating at annual design capacity of 12 million tonnes in 2018, the mine will double the company’s production to more than 23 million tonnes, making it Australia’s largest independent coal producer.

  • Whitehaven to increase Narrabri production

    THE Department of Planning and Environment has granted Whitehaven Coal approval to increase annual production from 8 million to 11 million tonnes and to install a 400 metre wide longwall face at the Narrabri mine in northern New South Wales. Whitehaven hopes the mine will remain one of Australia’s best and most efficient underground coal mines.

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