• MONGOLIA – Drilling expands Heruga mineralization

    Significant copper, gold and molybdenum mineralization has been identified in a number of drill holes at the Heruga Deposit in the Javhlant licence in Mongolia.

    Javhlant, to the south of the Oyu Tolgoi deposit, is included in the joint Entrée Gold-Ivanhoe Mines’ agreement area.

  • PHILIPPINES – Leighton wins Masbate contract

    Leighton Contractors has been awarded the Masbate gold project mining contract.

    CGA Mining Ltd, Filminera Resources Corporation and Philippines Gold Processing and Refining Corporation awarded the six year mining contract last week. Leightonn will provide the full mining fleet and associated equipment and will provide mining and technical services for the project.

    Leighton Contractors are one of Australia’s and Asia’s pre-eminent and highly regarded contractors.

  • INDONESIA – Rig secured for Gurame 1X well drilling

    Cooper Energy is about to start its first major international gas appraisal well after securing a rig for the Gurame‑1X well in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

    The Perth-based company has selected the ENSCO-1 Barge to drill the well, with the rig expected to spud the well around the end of March. The well will be drilled to a depth of 2900 metres and this is expected to take one month.

  • PNG - Solwara material is simple ore

    Investigations of ore from a sample at Nautilus Minerals’ Solwara 1 Project in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea indicate it is a simple ore that should produce a commercial grade copper concentrate with low impurity levels and good recovery.

  • KAZAKHSTAN – Stepping up Uzboy gold operations

    Goldletter International editor Marino G. Pieterse has prepared a special report on Alhambra Resources’ operations in the Republic of Kazkhstan. The ASIA Miner presents his report in this week’s news. For more information about Goldletter International go to www.goldletterint.com or email [email protected]

  • INDONESIA – Significant Abong intercepts

    Drilling on East Asia Minerals’ Abong Jasperoid within the Barisan Property, Aceh Province, Indonesia, continues to intersect significant, near surface epithermal gold mineralization.

  • PHILIPPINES – Nickel deposits will be fast tracked

    Positive metallurgical test work and direct ore shipments have encouraged European Nickel to fast track the Acoje and Zambales chromite joint venture deposits in the Philippines.

  • PHILIPPINES – Iron ore targets identified

    An area of potential magnetite iron ore mineralization has been identified at Medusa Mining’s Kamarangan prospect during a regional soil sampling programme at the Tambis-Barobo Project in the Philippines.

  • PHILIPPINES – Study indicates low Mindoro costs

    A pre-feasibility study for stage 1 of Intex Resources’ Mindoro Nickel Project indicates that it will be among the lowest capital cost facilities in the industry due to its location in the Philippines and favourable laterite ore processing properties.

  • PHILIPPINES – Kay Tanda resource estimate completed

    Resource estimates have been completed for part of Mindoro Resources’ Kay Tanda-Pulang Lupa epithermal gold-silver prospect in the Philippines.

  • CONFERENCES - Symposium to honour Terry Leach

    The Sydney Mineral Exploration Discussion Group (SMEDG) and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) are organizing a one-day symposium in Sydney later this year to honour the contribution of Terry Leach to mineral exploration.

  • CHINA - CIMG's Coal Discussion Group meets

    The CIMG's Coal Discussion Group met in late February to discuss topical issues with the China Coal Information Institute (CCII). Discussion centred on some key issues/trends that have been historically present in the coal sector in China.

  • BASE METALS – Positive Cumnock survey results

    A soil geochemical survey at Robust Resources’ Cumnock Copper Mine prospect near Orange in central NSW has returned positive base metal results and confirmed the need for follow-up drilling.

  • ZINC – High grade intersection at Fossey

    Drilling at the Fossey Zone of Bass Metals’ Hellyer Mine Project in Tasmania has uncovered a 19 metre high grade intersection.

  • IRON ORE – Pardoo project on track

    Atlas Iron’s Pardoo hematite project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is on track for first production and export through Port Hedland in October this year.

  • last CIMG – Environmental permitting is presentation topic

    "Recent Trends in Environmental Permitting inChina and the Region" will be the theme of CIMG’s March monthly meeting which will be held at the Swissotel,Beijing in Function Room 3 on Thursday, March 27 from.

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  • INDONESIA – Significant Jelai gold intercepts

    Continued drilling at Kalimantan Gold’s Jelai epithermal gold property in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, has encountered significant intercepts of near-surface gold.

    One hole encountered 5.6 grams/tonne gold over an interval of 5.6 metres including 17.33 grams/tonne over 1.20 metres. Another hole encountered 2.15 grams/tonne gold over an interval of 5.95 metres including 10.30 grams/tonne gold over 0.65 metres. These were in the Sembawang vein and all within 47 metres from surface.

  • PHILIPPINES – Nickel resource estimate up 163%

    A new resource estimate for Rusina Mining’s Acoje and Zambales nickel projects in the Philippines show a 163% increase in contained nickel.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC – Kentor granted exploration licence

    Kentor Gold’s 80% owned Kyrgyz subsidiary, CJSC Kentor, has been granted an exploration licence of 160sqkm in the southern Batken Oblast of the Kyrgyz Republic.

    The primary exploration target within the licence area is the Jilisu base metal prospect, a sub-vertical tabular mineralized zone mapped by Soviet explorers along a strike of 1200 metres on the north bank of the Jilisu River with reported high grades of lead, copper and silver. The area is of rugged relief with swift-flowing rivers.

  • KAZAKHSTAN – Karchiga drilling resumes soon

    Lero Gold will carry out 600 metres of drilling in the next few months to complete a diamond drilling programme at the Karchiga massive sulphide project in Kazakhstan.

    To date 1879 metres of diamond drilling over 21 holes has been completed at the volcanogenic massive sulphide project.

  • PHILIPPINES – Mindoro examines processing options

    Mindoro Resources is evaluating enhanced value, local processing alternatives for ore from the Agata nickel laterite project in the Surigao district, northern Mindanao, the Philippines.

  • INDONESIA – Hydrocarbon shows observed

    Hydrocarbon shows have been observed in an oil well drilled at AWE’s Bulu Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Indonesia.

  • INDONESIA – Wetar leach tests show promise

    Laboratory scale leach tests on samples from Finders Resources’ Wetar Copper Project in Indonesia show promising results.

  • INDONESIA - Lae Jehe estimate up 17%

    There has been a 17% increase in the resource estimate at Herald Resources’ Lae Jehe deposit at the Dairi zinc/lead project in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

    The new estimated combined resources at Lae Jehe are 7.6 million tonnes at 11.1% zinc, 6.1% lead and 5 grams/tonne silver.

  • PNG – Six drill rigs operating at Yandera

    Marengo Mining has ramped up the exploration programme at its Yandera copper-molybdenum project in Papua New Guinea with six diamond drill rigs now on site.

    As part of the Definitive Feasibility Study underway at Yandera, in Madang Province, Marengo began the field season on January 22. By February 15 the company had its planned, full complement of six diamond drill rigs operating.

  • PHILIPPINES – Canatuan joint venture talks end

    TVI Pacific’s Philippine affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils), and Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development will not pursue a proposed joint venture for the Canatuan sulphide project in the Philippines.

  • CONFERENCES – Northern Asia mining showcase

    The third annual Northern Asia Metal Mining Forum in Shanghai from May 14-16 will showcase the mining industry in Northern Asia to the world.

  • COPPER – Maiden resource at Tottenham

    Mincor Resources has announced a maiden resource estimate of 3.7 million tonnes @ 1.1% copper for the Tottenham Copper Project in the Central West of New South Wales.

    Tottenham is the company’s first venture outside its Kambalda nickel business in Western Australia.

  • IRON ORE - Large increase in Buzzard inventory

    Recent drilling at Western Plains Resources’ Buzzard direct shipping iron ore (DSO) project in South Australia has increased the resource estimate by 46%.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – New Spitfire exploration manager

    Spitfire Resources has appointed experienced exploration and mine geologist Nathan Cull as its exploration manager with responsibility for overseeing the drilling programme at the South Woodie Woodie Project in Western Australia.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – New Lero Gold appointments

    Lero Gold is has appointed Dr Alexander Yakubchuk as a consultant to the company and Julian Woodcock as chief geologist.

  • Register for The ASIA Miner conference

    The Asia Pacific’s most exciting mineral projects will be showcased at the event which this year will focus on Discovering New Mineral Frontiers.

  • INDONESIA – Drilling confirms Ojalali potential

    Finders Resources believes that the Ojolali project in Indonesia has strong potential to generate short-term cash flow through open pit development of the gold resource at the Jambi Oxide gold deposit.

    A reverse circulation drilling program which encompasses the upgrade of the Jambi oxide gold resource and scout drilling of a number of other prospects is well underway with 37 drill holes of a planned 80 hole 7500m program completed since drilling began on November 21, 2007.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC – Promising Savoyardy drilling

    Drilling at Kentor Gold’s Savoyardy gold project in the Kyrgyz Republic continues to produce good results.

    A further 12 diamond drill holes have been completed, which brings the total metres drilled in the past 12 months to 1030 metres, achieving the company’s commitments to the Kyrgyz Government and its joint venture partner Perseus Mining.

  • LAOS – New soil anomalies identified at Pha Luang

    Rox Resources managing director Ian Mulholland will deliver a presentation on the latest developments at its Pha Luang zinc-lead project in Laos at The ASIA Miner Investing in Mining Conference in Brisbane on July 15 and 16. The company will also have a display booth to showcase its projects to interested investors.

  • CHINA – White Mountain ore reserve increased by 81%

    The ore reserve at Sino Gold’s White Mountain gold project in Jilin Province, China, has increased by 81% to 6.5 million tonnes @ 3.8 grams/tonne gold.

  • PHILIPPINES – Good Zambales limonite grades

    Surveying and resampling of historic test pits at Rusina Mining’s Zambales nickel property in the Philippines has shown that limonite grades are, on average, 15% better than the nearby Acoje project.

  • INDONESIA – Larger drill rig for Montong Botek prospect

    A larger drill rig capable of coring to 1100 metres will be mobilized later this month to Southern Arc Minerals’ Selodong porphyry copper-gold project in Indonesia.

  • CONFERENCES – Roundtable discussion on sustainable mining in China

    A roundtable discussion on challenges facing the sustainable development of mining in China will be an important component of the 2008 China Nonferrous Metals Mining Forum in Nanning, Guangxi Province between April 15 and 19.

  • IRON ORE – Funds mean 2009 start at Karara

    Gindalbie Metals has finalized an Aus$534 million equity funding agreement that will see production from the Karara Iron Ore Project in Western Australia begin next year.

    The signing of a subscription agreement between Gindalbie and its joint partner, Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corporation (Ansteel), completes the funding structure for the 30% combined equity component of the magnetite and hematite phases of the Aus$1.8 billion project.

  • IRON ORE – Resource definition starts at Wiluna West

    Golden West Resources has begun a major resource definition program at the Wiluna West Iron Ore Project with the aim of increasing total resources to more than 100 million tonnes and converting this to a mining reserve.

  • NICKEL – Second stream production starts at Radio Hill

    Fox Resources has started production of its second stream of nickel concentrate from the Radio Hill operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

  • MOLYBDENUM - $1.1 billion Moly Mines mining contract

    Macmahon Holdings has been awarded a $1.1 billion, seven year mining contract for Moly Mines’ Spinifex Ridge molybdenum project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

  • IRON ORE – Accelerated growth for Western Australia Iron Ore

    Expenditure of US$1.094 billion by BHP Billiton will help ensure installed capacity of its Western Australia Iron Ore business will be at least 200 million tonnes per annum by 2011.

  • ZINC - Further high grade intersections at Fossey

    Drilling at the Fossey Zone of Bass Metals’ Hellyer Project in Tasmania has confirmed the potential for high grade base metal mineralization at deeper levels.

  • ZINC–COPPER – Encouraging signs in the west

    As well as achieving record copper, zinc and lead production from its operations in North Queensland, Kagara has had some significant exploration results from prospects in Western Australia.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS – Mindoro appoints new chairman

    Mindoro Resources has appointed Rob Garden, QC, as company chairman.

    The appointment follows the resignation of Dr Gerhard Kirchner, who remains an active director of the company and continues to play a valuable role in advising the company on technical matters.

  • MOVER & SHAKERS – New chairman for Philippine subsidiary

    Mindoro Resources’ Philippine subsidiary, MRL Gold Phils (MRL) has appointed Oscar S Reyes as chairman.

  • Register for The ASIA Miner conference earlybird discounts

    The mining industry has till March 20 to take advantage of the early bird rates for The ASIA Miner Investing in Mining conference being held in Brisbane on July 15 and 16.

  • PHILIPPINES – Royalco sets initial Pao drill target

    Royalco Resources is The ASIA Miner Investing in Mining Conference bronze sponsor. The conference will be held on July 15 and 16 at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. Royalco Resources managing director Peter Topham will present the topic:

  • PNG – Allied pours first gold

    Allied Gold has poured its first gold at its 100%-owned Simberi Gold Project in Papua New Guinea.

  • INDONESIA – Significant mineralization at Abong

    Initial drilling at East Asia Minerals’ extensive, flat-lying Abong Jasperoid within the Barisan Property in Aceh Province, Indonesia, has encountered significant, near surface epithermal gold mineralization.

  • LAOS – Wet commissioning begins at Phu Kham

    With construction of Pan Australian Resources’ Phu Kham copper-gold mine in Laos 95% complete the wet commissioning process has started at the processing plant.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC – Chunkei prospecting licence granted

    Kentor Gold’s subsidiary CJSC Kentor has been granted a prospecting licence for lead, zinc and other minerals in an area of the central Naryn Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic.

  • INDONESIA – Further success at Binebase

    The latest hole of East Asia Minerals’ phase one drill program on the Binebase Prospect at the Sangihe Property, Indonesia, has encountered significant epithermal gold and silver mineralization from surface.

  • COAL – Increase in reserves at Isaac Plains

    There has been a 232% increase in the run-of-mine coal reserves at the Isaac Plains Coal Project in Queensland.

  • IRON ORE – Encouraging results at Jack Hills

    Drilling results from the Jack Hills Iron Ore Project in the Murchison region of Western Australia confirm the presence of wide, high grade lenses of massive iron ore.

  • NICKEL – A+ results from 1A deposit drilling

    Significant nickel mineralization has been intersected in the first diamond drill hole drilled in 2008 at Breakaway Resources’ West Kambalda Nickel Project in Western Australia.

  • IRON ORE - Ground magnetic survey confirms potential

    A ground magnetic survey at InterMet Resources’ Paddy iron ore prospect in North Queensland has delineated target zones of strong magnetic intensity which will be tested by drilling in March and April.

  • IRON ORE - Long-term agreements to supply Hyundai Steel

    Rio Tinto and its joint venture partners have sealed long-term contracts to supply iron ore from the Pilbara region of Western Australia to Hyundai Steel.

  • CHINA – Coal-fired power stations continue to close

    China will continue to shut down small coal-fired power stations in 2008, targeting a total capacity of 13 million kilowatts, as part of efforts to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • MONGOLIA - Karce terminates agreement to purchase mines

    Karce International has decided not to proceed with the acquisition of a number of Mongolian coal mines because the estimated reserves are less than expected.

  • COMPANY & PRODUCT NEWS – Spotlight on Sparton Resources

    Marino Pieterse is the editor of Uraniumletter International and Goldletter International. In his Special Situation report for February, Marino takes a look at Sparton Resources.

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