• STORY OF THE MONTH - Triton Gold set for a golden future

    Perth-based Triton Gold (ASX: TON) has a bright future with a highly prospective portfolio of short to medium and long-term gold projects in southern Western Australia and eastern Alaska.
    The company hopes to use its short to medium-term projects to create early cashflow and help fund development of the large, longer-term projects.
    Early indications are that the Windarra Tailings project could be in production by the end of 2010, giving Triton the impetus to advance the larger Salmon Gums project as well as the Tushtena project in Alaska.
    Salmon Gums and Tushtena represent excellent prospects and are both in proximity to major gold operations or deposits.
    To help Triton Gold advance along the path towards production, the company has appointed Lance Govey as chief executive officer.
    Lance Govey has joined Triton after an eight year stint as a Board member at Red 5 Limited, where he helped advance the Siana Gold Project in the Philippines from the very start to a fully-permitted, production-ready site.
    Triton has been in existence since 2006 but listed as Triton Gold in August 2009, raising $6.5 million. Prior to this it was a private company formed by a group of mainly ex-Placer geologists, after the Barrick takeover of Placer Dome.
    Lance Govey told The ASIA Miner the group includes high-level geologists such as Greg Hall, who was chief geologist worldwide for Placer Dome Group and operated in various locations around the world. “He is well respected throughout the Australian minerals industry and in a number of other countries, particularly Canada, US, South Africa, Tanzania and China. He worked for Placer for 18 years in exploration, project generation, business development and research projects.
    “Greg and I have known each other for over 35 years and worked together in the former CSR Minerals Division in Sydney. We both went through the same university and followed a similar path in career development at CSR through to about 1988.
    “Following the discovery of the Granny Smith deposit near Laverton, the minerals division was taken over by Placer. Greg stayed with Placer and I went on a separate path. I joined Aztec Mining which was later taken over by Normandy Mining where I stayed until the end of 2000. A year later I was appointed to the Board of Red 5 where I remained for eight years, first as exploration director and then as technical director, before taking up this role.
    “The main reason for seeking a new role was that I had satisfied my main ambitions at Red 5, with financing almost completely in place and contracts for construction and mining at Siana now being let. It was time to take on a new challenge, which Triton represents, starting with a relatively undeveloped set of projects but including a couple of areas which have potential for near-term cashflow.”
    Unlike the situation for many newly-listed companies, the Windarra Tailings project provides near-term production potential. Lance Govey says, “We are undertaking metallurgy on the tailings to ascertain gold recovery options.
    “It is in an old Western Mining Corporation nickel area but the gold tailings were transported there from further afield.” Triton drilling indicates that about 113,000 ounces of gold were deposited into the tailings dam.
    Triton acquired the gold rights to Windarra from Poseidon Nickel. The agreement includes acquisition of the tailings dam and first right to negotiate for gold rights in future tenement acquisitions made by Poseidon Nickel over a five year period.
    Windarra is the site of the original Poseidon Nickel discovery in 1969. As a result, the area has largely been explored for nickel only, with very little gold exploration, despite the district being host to significant gold deposits such as Lancefield, Granny Smith, Wallaby and Sunrise Dam.
    Lance Govey says, “There are thousands of holes for nickel exploration but very few of them were ever assayed for gold.  Preliminary gold exploration here is another of our tasks for this year.”
    He says assuming things go reasonably well with the metallurgy at Windarra, it could be in production by the end of 2010. He says there is another underground gold mining prospect in WA that Triton is looking at with short to medium-term production and cashflow possibilities.
    The largest exploration play the company has, which was also the premise for going to float, is a large ground holding called Salmon Gums in the Albany-Fraser Province, which is host to the AngloGold Ashanti-Independence Tropicana deposits now totalling around 5 million ounces.
    Salmon Gums is geologically similar to Tropicana but with a bigger surface soil gold expression. Triton has around 2000 sqkm under title.
    “There has been a large amount of surface soil sampling which turned up some large areas of anomalous gold.  We have done a considerable amount of aircore drilling to follow-up the anomalies and have had some success in defining gold deeper in the weathering profile and at the top of the bedrock.
    “We have been busy since then completing five initial diamond drill holes and about 22 RC holes to look deeper into the bedrock, trying to define where the source is for the shallow gold anomalies. Results are expected in about a month.
    “Salmon Gums took in a large enough area to cover a lot of possibilities for discovery of a significant gold district, certainly as big, if not bigger, than the original area around Tropicana.
    “It is on the western boundary of where the main Eastern Goldfields structures intersect the Albany-Fraser Province, along the Mount Ida fault which runs down the western side of the main Kalgoorlie and Norseman goldfields. Tropicana is on a fault that runs down the eastern side of this province - a fair distance away but in a similar geological location.
    “At Salmon Gums there is an alliance agreement with Teck Australia whereby they have an option on which they will have to make a decision in about two months. They need to decide whether they wish to fund and manage further exploration.
    “Teck was an early partner there and supported Triton (then Australian Mineral Fields) in pegging the ground, thus creating an opportunity for them to come in at a later stage on the basis that there were results worth following up.”
    Triton has other prospects to the north-east of Salmon Gums. One is Fraser Range North where it is drilling to follow-up surface soil anomalies.  Further to the north is Cundeelee, another analogous geological situation where the company has not yet done any work.
    To the east of Leonora and west of Windarra Triton operates the Sunday Project, in a joint venture with Hannan’s Reward. There was an early RC hole that intersected
    1 metre @ 78 grams/tonne gold in a narrow vein situation. Lance Govey says, “We have done some subsequent follow-up drilling but no strong grades have come out of it and the project is in a holding pattern pending decisions on further targeting.
    “We also have the Tushtena Gold Project in Alaska, to the north-east of Anchorage, towards Fairbanks in the Tintina Gold Belt. It is in a significant gold district that includes the large Fort Knox and Pogo gold deposits among others.
    “Tushtena is a joint venture with an Alaskan firm and we are negotiating a deal with a third party to come in and fund drilling of five holes commencing in July this year. One of our senior geologists, Emma Gofton, is a Canadian who knows the North American scene well and has contacts with drilling companies and helicopter crews in the area. Emma, with the support of our team, will manage the program.
    “It’s quite an exciting project. There’s been some very high grade gold in rock chip surface geochemistry completed in 2008 and 2009 and high-grade gold was identified in re-sampling of one or two of the historic drill holes that also intersected high-grade gold.
    “It is exciting times for Triton. If we hit some early success with a couple of these projects we should be well on our way to an interesting future.”
    For more information visit www.tritongold.com.au or phone +61 8 9215 4222

  • STORY OF THE MONTH - Triton Gold set for a golden future

    Perth-based Triton Gold (ASX: TON) has a bright future with a highly prospective portfolio of short to medium and long-term gold projects in southern Western Australia and eastern Alaska.
    The company hopes to use its short to medium-term projects to create early cashflow and help fund development of the large, longer-term projects.
    Early indications are that the Windarra Tailings project could be in production by the end of 2010, giving Triton the impetus to advance the larger Salmon Gums project as well as the Tushtena project in Alaska.
    Salmon Gums and Tushtena represent excellent prospects and are both in proximity to major gold operations or deposits.
    To help Triton Gold advance along the path towards production, the company has appointed Lance Govey as chief executive officer.
    Lance Govey has joined Triton after an eight year stint as a Board member at Red 5 Limited, where he helped advance the Siana Gold Project in the Philippines from the very start to a fully-permitted, production-ready site.
    Triton has been in existence since 2006 but listed as Triton Gold in August 2009, raising $6.5 million. Prior to this it was a private company formed by a group of mainly ex-Placer geologists, after the Barrick takeover of Placer Dome.
    Lance Govey told The ASIA Miner the group includes high-level geologists such as Greg Hall, who was chief geologist worldwide for Placer Dome Group and operated in various locations around the world. “He is well respected throughout the Australian minerals industry and in a number of other countries, particularly Canada, US, South Africa, Tanzania and China. He worked for Placer for 18 years in exploration, project generation, business development and research projects.
    “Greg and I have known each other for over 35 years and worked together in the former CSR Minerals Division in Sydney. We both went through the same university and followed a similar path in career development at CSR through to about 1988.
    “Following the discovery of the Granny Smith deposit near Laverton, the minerals division was taken over by Placer. Greg stayed with Placer and I went on a separate path. I joined Aztec Mining which was later taken over by Normandy Mining where I stayed until the end of 2000. A year later I was appointed to the Board of Red 5 where I remained for eight years, first as exploration director and then as technical director, before taking up this role.
    “The main reason for seeking a new role was that I had satisfied my main ambitions at Red 5, with financing almost completely in place and contracts for construction and mining at Siana now being let. It was time to take on a new challenge, which Triton represents, starting with a relatively undeveloped set of projects but including a couple of areas which have potential for near-term cashflow.”
    Unlike the situation for many newly-listed companies, the Windarra Tailings project provides near-term production potential. Lance Govey says, “We are undertaking metallurgy on the tailings to ascertain gold recovery options.
    “It is in an old Western Mining Corporation nickel area but the gold tailings were transported there from further afield.” Triton drilling indicates that about 113,000 ounces of gold were deposited into the tailings dam.
    Triton acquired the gold rights to Windarra from Poseidon Nickel. The agreement includes acquisition of the tailings dam and first right to negotiate for gold rights in future tenement acquisitions made by Poseidon Nickel over a five year period.
    Windarra is the site of the original Poseidon Nickel discovery in 1969. As a result, the area has largely been explored for nickel only, with very little gold exploration, despite the district being host to significant gold deposits such as Lancefield, Granny Smith, Wallaby and Sunrise Dam.
    Lance Govey says, “There are thousands of holes for nickel exploration but very few of them were ever assayed for gold.  Preliminary gold exploration here is another of our tasks for this year.”
    He says assuming things go reasonably well with the metallurgy at Windarra, it could be in production by the end of 2010. He says there is another underground gold mining prospect in WA that Triton is looking at with short to medium-term production and cashflow possibilities.
    The largest exploration play the company has, which was also the premise for going to float, is a large ground holding called Salmon Gums in the Albany-Fraser Province, which is host to the AngloGold Ashanti-Independence Tropicana deposits now totalling around 5 million ounces.
    Salmon Gums is geologically similar to Tropicana but with a bigger surface soil gold expression. Triton has around 2000 sqkm under title.
    “There has been a large amount of surface soil sampling which turned up some large areas of anomalous gold.  We have done a considerable amount of aircore drilling to follow-up the anomalies and have had some success in defining gold deeper in the weathering profile and at the top of the bedrock.
    “We have been busy since then completing five initial diamond drill holes and about 22 RC holes to look deeper into the bedrock, trying to define where the source is for the shallow gold anomalies. Results are expected in about a month.
    “Salmon Gums took in a large enough area to cover a lot of possibilities for discovery of a significant gold district, certainly as big, if not bigger, than the original area around Tropicana.
    “It is on the western boundary of where the main Eastern Goldfields structures intersect the Albany-Fraser Province, along the Mount Ida fault which runs down the western side of the main Kalgoorlie and Norseman goldfields. Tropicana is on a fault that runs down the eastern side of this province - a fair distance away but in a similar geological location.
    “At Salmon Gums there is an alliance agreement with Teck Australia whereby they have an option on which they will have to make a decision in about two months. They need to decide whether they wish to fund and manage further exploration.
    “Teck was an early partner there and supported Triton (then Australian Mineral Fields) in pegging the ground, thus creating an opportunity for them to come in at a later stage on the basis that there were results worth following up.”
    Triton has other prospects to the north-east of Salmon Gums. One is Fraser Range North where it is drilling to follow-up surface soil anomalies.  Further to the north is Cundeelee, another analogous geological situation where the company has not yet done any work.
    To the east of Leonora and west of Windarra Triton operates the Sunday Project, in a joint venture with Hannan’s Reward. There was an early RC hole that intersected
    1 metre @ 78 grams/tonne gold in a narrow vein situation. Lance Govey says, “We have done some subsequent follow-up drilling but no strong grades have come out of it and the project is in a holding pattern pending decisions on further targeting.
    “We also have the Tushtena Gold Project in Alaska, to the north-east of Anchorage, towards Fairbanks in the Tintina Gold Belt. It is in a significant gold district that includes the large Fort Knox and Pogo gold deposits among others.
    “Tushtena is a joint venture with an Alaskan firm and we are negotiating a deal with a third party to come in and fund drilling of five holes commencing in July this year. One of our senior geologists, Emma Gofton, is a Canadian who knows the North American scene well and has contacts with drilling companies and helicopter crews in the area. Emma, with the support of our team, will manage the program.
    “It’s quite an exciting project. There’s been some very high grade gold in rock chip surface geochemistry completed in 2008 and 2009 and high-grade gold was identified in re-sampling of one or two of the historic drill holes that also intersected high-grade gold.
    “It is exciting times for Triton. If we hit some early success with a couple of these projects we should be well on our way to an interesting future.”
    For more information visit www.tritongold.com.au or phone +61 8 9215 4222

     

  • KAZAKHSTAN – Kyzyl project commitment

    Ivanhoe Mines is committed to bringing the world-class Kyzyl Gold Project into commercial production as soon as possible.
    The commitment follows Ivanhoe increasing its interest in the project’s owner, Altynalmas Gold, from 49% to 50%.
    Ivanhoe and its strategic Kazakh partner will now proceed to advance the project under the Altynalmas Gold umbrella.
    Ivanhoe’s executive chairman Robert Friedland says, “With this consolidated ownership in Altynalmas Gold, we now are positioned to rapidly complete a pre-feasibility study and move ahead with the full feasibility study to ensure that the Kyzyl project stays on a direct track to become one of Central Asia’s leading gold producers.”
    Ivanhoe Mines and its strategic Kazakh partner have combined their interests in two significant Kazakhstan gold deposits into the newly named Kyzyl Gold Project.
    An experienced management team has been assembled under Ivanhoe Mines’ Gold Operations president David Woodall, who also has been appointed chief executive officer of Altynalmas Gold. David Woodall, with more than 20 years of industry experience, including management positions with Placer Dome, was formerly mine general manager at the CSA copper mine in New South Wales, Australia, the Musselwhite gold mine in Ontario, Canada, and the Kanowna Belle gold mine in Western Australia.
    Robert Friedland says Ivanhoe Mines has gained a great deal of experience during the past two years in its successes with two other listed subsidiaries - the Cloncurry project’s mining assets in Australia and the high-quality coal deposits in southern Mongolia. Both subsidiaries received overwhelming investor support through initial public offerings and now are strong, well-financed, self-sustaining mining and exploration companies.
    “SouthGobi Energy Resources and Ivanhoe Australia are models for what we are preparing to accomplish in positioning Altynalmas Gold as a major, long-term, pure gold producer.”
    www.ivanhoemines.com

  • KAZAKHSTAN – New Karchiga estimate

    An updated NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate has been released for Orsu Metals’ Karchiga VMS project in north-east Kazakhstan which shows indicated resources of 8.49 million tonnes @ 1.95% copper and inferred resources of 1.79 million tonnes @ 1.62% copper.
    The estimates use a copper cut-off grade of 0.5% and use all data available at the end of December 2009.
    Indicated and inferred resources were categorized based upon a block model utilizing 5 metre by 10 metre by 5 metre blocks respectively.
    Grades were estimated utilizing the Inverse Distance cubed algorithm with interpolation parameters based upon the results of geostatistical modelling completed for the relevant oxide and sulphide data sets.
    At Karchiga the drill holes spacing has now been infilled to about a 60 metre by 40 metre pattern within the indicated classified material of the Central and Northeast zones and to about an 80 metre by 120 metre pattern within the inferred classified zones.
    The mineralization is within a series of stacked shallow-dipping massive and disseminated sulphide bodies primarily consisting of chalcopyrite-pyrrhotite and pyrite mineralization. The style of the mineralization is characterized as volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) and hosted within a series of shallow dipping alternating amphibolite and quartz mica schist units. The zones have a strike of in excess of 1km and are intersected down to depths of 200m.
    Orsu intends to direct 2010 exploration funding towards the completion of a full environmental and social impact study including baseline environmental sampling programs, further metallurgical and grinding test work plus additional drilling into the areas of currently classified inferred resources.
    Orsu’s COO Dr Alexander Yakubchuk says, “With the completion of this mineral resource update we have increased the indicated resource base by more than 30% contained metal as compared to the previously disclosed mineral resource. We are looking forward to continuing the development of the asset and will be resuming work on the ground during this quarter.”
    www.orsumetals.com

  • INDONESIA – Big jump in coal resources

    A drilling campaign on Straits Asia Resources’ coal properties in Kalimantan has resulted in a resource upgrade to more than 1.4 billion tonnes.
    The campaign has resulted in coal resources at Jembayan increasing 100% from 254 million tonnes to 504 million while resources at Sebuku increased 240% from 382 million tonnes to 928 million.
    The results form part of an extensive, long-term exploration program at the Jembayan mine. The 2009 phase of the program consisted of up to 15 drill rigs and covered almost 40% of the tenements at Jembayan, in addition to the 35% covered in 2008.
    Due to the almost complete coverage of the Jembayan property by coal sequences, the primary focus in 2009 was to understand the coal resources to the fullest extent of the tenure. This broad brush picture of the resource base was essential to form the foundation of long-term mining plans.
    The group can now focus on the next stage of the program to convert the resource blocks into reserves, thus providing a robust inventory for sustained production from the mine.
    This year the focus of exploration at Jembayan has shifted to a more detailed, infill drilling program within the new resource blocks to provide a steady conversion to reserves.
    At Sebuku Straits Asia continued to explore the coal formations that form part of the Western Leases in the Sebuku Strait, which is a relatively shallow stretch of water between Sebuku Island and Laut Island. The mean water depth in the strait is about 3 metres.
    The majority of the drilling was undertaken within the northern part of the Western Leases tenement covering an area of just over 2500 hectares. Drilling was completed over 7km along the coastline of the island and up to 2.5km from the shore. Drilling has now intercepted the entire sequence of coal seams for more than13km along the island’s western shoreline.
    In addition Straits Asia also completed more detailed infill drilling over the southern part of the Western Leases tenement. In this area the main coal sequence consists of 14 minor and major seams with a cumulative thickness of about 16.5 metres. The coal sequence is divided into 3 main packages with a vertical extent of about 60 metres. The major seam has a consistent thickness of about 7 metres. The complete sequence has now been intercepted consistently over 4500 hectares.
    The company is also working on a pre-feasibility study to consider the various options available to recover the significant coal resources identified in the Western Leases tenements.
    www.straitsasia.com

     

  • INDONESIA – Way Linggo commissioning

    Kingsrose Mining aims to start commissioning the processing plant at its Way Linggo gold and silver mine in southern Sumatra later this month.
    When in production Way Linggo will be one of the lowest cost gold producers listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. After silver credits and royalty payments the gold cash cost is expected to be less than US$200 an ounce.
    Stockpiling ore from the mine has started with 14,000 tonnes of material assaying 21.9 grams/tonne gold and 293 grams/tonne silver ready for the process plant.
    Kingsrose’s executive chairman John Morris says the high grades of the material extracted so far during mine development work are being treated as a bonus and boded well for the remainder of the ore body.
    “It is significantly higher in both gold and silver content than was predicted for the development areas from the drill-based resource estimates.”
    High metal grades are a traditional feature of the epithermal vein-style mineralization being mined at Way Linggo which has, so far, been shown to contain two distinct ore bodies, A and B.
    Face sampling along the strike of the A ore body has returned assays as high as 62 metres grading 34.2 grams/tonne gold plus 452 grams/tonne silver. Other recent face assays from mine development work on the A ore body include 50 metres @ 24.7 grams/tonne gold plus 371 grams/tonne silver.
    The most recent face samples from the B ore body include 57 metres grading 27 grams/tonne gold and 369 grams/tonne silver.
    John Morris says construction of the processing plant at Way Linggo is well advanced. “All major large equipment, including ball mills, crushers, and conveyors are on site in preparation for installation. Construction of the gold room, on site laboratory and power house is progressing.”
    www.kingsrosemining.com.au

     

     

  • INDONESIA – Coal mine for sale

    An international company is seeking offers for a coal mine in Indonesia where an extensive drilling program has been carried out and a JORC compliant report has been prepared.
    The mine covers an area of 7500 hectares with 721 million tonnes of resources and 482 million tonnes of reserves.
    The coal is 5500 CV ADV, with low ash and sulphur. The following specifications will be offered to buyers of the coal: Total moisture – guaranteed 36% maximum, reject above 38%; inherent moisture – approximately 15%; gross calorie value (ADB) – guaranteed 5400 Kcal/kg, reject below 5300; ash content – guaranteed 5%, reject above 7%; volatile matter – 38-43% maximum; total sulphur – guaranteed 0.3% maximum, reject more than 0.5%; fixed carbon – by difference; HGI – 55 minimum.
    The thickest seams can exceed 11 metres and 6 metres. Other seams are thinner, reaching a maximum of 2.9 metres in thickness. The seams are found close to the surface.
    A key feature of the geology is a large synclinal structure about 11km long and 4km wide. A significant proportion of the resources occur at a relatively shallow depth with about 25% of the total resource at depths of less than 50 metres.
    A total of 321 holes were drilled with borehole depths varying between 20 metres and 250 metres. A total of 119 boreholes have been fully or part cored. All but 15 of the boreholes were geophysically logged giving a high degree of control over seam thickness and correlation.
    A detailed mining plan has been made which will be made available to interested parties.
    The distance from the mine to the loading port is about 108km where the coal can be loaded onto 230’-270’ barges. The distance from the loading port to the trans-shipment point is about 160km.
    A detailed marketing study for the sale of the coal has been carried out with potential sales to the domestic and international markets having been identified. The selling price for the mine is US$ 1 per tonne of reserve.
    All information will be made available to the interested party based on a Letter of Intent where the normal formalities will made.
    For further information about this opportunity contact George Barber of Indonesia – International Energy Solution Partners, email [email protected]


     

  • CHINA – 39% Luxi share sold

    Sparton Resources has completed the sale of a 39% interest in Yunnan Sparton Minerals (YSM), the sino-foreign joint venture company which owns the Luxi Gold Project in Yunnan Province, southwest China.
    The total sale price is RMB14 million (about US$2.044 million) and the purchaser is Joyful Ocean Industrial Group (JOG), a Hong Kong registered company which is controlled by Luxi Hai Hua Development Company, owner and operator of the local Luxi Gold Mine in the YSM exploration area.
    The transaction was effected by the company selling to JOG a 100% interest in its subsidiary Sparton International Resources (SIR).
    The first payment of RMB12 million was made on the initial signing of the share purchase agreement and funds have already been received by the company. The second and final payment of RMB2 million will be made immediately to the company when JOG receives the documents related to its registration as SRI's new sole shareholder.
    Additional terms to the share purchase agreement give Sparton a right of first refusal to become a 35%  participant in any future expansion and development of the Luxi Gold Mine that is forecast to increase production by three or more times the current annual production level of about 300kg of gold.
    Further, Sparton will have a right of first refusal to participate, with an interest equal to 35% of JOG's YSM interest, in any new mine development in the YSM area that at the feasibility stage is forecast to be equal to or exceed three times current Luxi Gold Mine production level.
    Hai Hua is an aggressive and competent operator and has a current capacity at the Luxi Gold Mine to mine and heap leach up to 10,000 tonnes of ore per day. It has expanded the Luxi operation five-fold since acquiring the mine in 2006.
    Future exploration on the YSM exploration licences will benefit from its resource development commitment to this area.
    www.spartonres.ca

  • PHILIPPINES – Co-O drilling success

    Ongoing drilling at Medusa Mining’s Co-O Gold Project continues to confirm the quality of the deposit.
    The drilling program will lead to an updated resource followed by an updated reserve estimate in the July-August period. The program is concentrating on infill and extensional drilling around the Co-O mine.
    The company has received results of surface drilling for new holes and some additional results from earlier holes received after the previous release of results.
    Highlights include 1.7 metres @ 99.63 grams/tonne gold and 6.4 metres @ 23.36 grams/tonne from one hole, and 0.65 metres @ 58.66 grams/tonne, 1.40 metres @ 20.63 grams/tonne, 1.60 metres @ 22.48 grams/tonne, 2 metres @ 16.49 grams/tonne, 1.15 metres @ 35.18 grams/tonne and 4.90 metres @ 20.27 grams/tonne from other holes.
    Medusa’s managing director Geoff Davis says, “Drilling will continue at the current intensity until around July when some rigs will be diverted to the Bananghilig deposit for feasibility study related drilling.”
    With current mineral resources comprising indicated 580,000 ounces and inferred 1.31 million ounces of gold, Medusa aims to become a mid-tier, low-cost gold producer annually turning out 300,000-400,000 ounces.
    The company is expanding its high-grade Co-O operations to increase its annual forecast production to 100,000 this year and is conducting near mine exploration to assess the possibilities of further annual expansion to 200,000.
    www.medusamining.com.au


     

  • PHILIPPINES – Two Acoje ECCs issued

    Two additional environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) have been issued for Rusina Mining’s Acoje nickel-chromite project on Luzon Island in the Philippines.
    The company is developing the Acoje Heap Leach Project in partnership with European Nickel, which is earning a 40% project interest by spending US$10 million on the feasibility study. Recently, both companies announced a proposed merger.
    An ECC sets out the guidelines and measures for development of the intended project and is the principle permit for mining operation within the Philippines. It is issued by the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
    The Acoje project already has two existing ECCs that allow direct shipping of nickel laterite ores in addition to the operation of a nickel laterite pilot heap leach facility. The new ECCs cover construction and operation of the full scale nickel heap leach project as well as the separate operation of surface/underground mining and processing of chromite ores at Acoje.
    There are several ECC conditions still to be satisfied or permits issued before either the nickel heap leach project or the chromite mining project can begin construction. A number of these involve the revision and/or continuation of existing conditions from the previous ECCs.
    The nickel heap leach ECC covers the extraction and processing of nickel laterite ore into a mixed hydroxide product. The other ECC is an enhancement of and extension to the ECC issued on February 22, 2008 for the nickel direct shipping ore operations.
    www.rusina.com.au

     

  • AUSTRALIA – Big Hill resource increase

    There has been a 72% increase in measured and indicated JORC resources at Hazelwood Resources’ Big Hill tungsten deposit in Western Australia’s east Pilbara region.
    Hazelwood aims to start production at Big Hill in 2011 and the deposit is expected to produce around 3% of the world’s supply of primary mined tungsten.
    The company is completing feasibility studies on the project and the increase in the higher category resources is suitable for inclusion in the studies.
    Drilling is also ongoing at Big Hill and further resource upgrades are expected as results are received.
    Hazelwood’s managing director Terry Butler-Blaxell says, “The Big Hill deposit is mostly near the surface and needs almost no stripping to get the mine started.
    “The metallurgy is proven through extensive test work and we are currently doing significant pilot scale testing. We can bulk mine and process at low cut-off grades and therefore mine more of the deposit.
    “The pre-feasibility study at Big Hill, which had been extended to examine downstream processing, is imminent. Major packages of work for a definitive (bankable) feasibility study are currently being completed.
    “We’re fully funded through to definitive feasibility study at Big Hill,” Terry Butler-Blaxell says.
    Hazelwood is also acquiring a majority interest in a downstream ferrotungsten project in Vietnam that is due to be commissioned later this year.
    The new plant will have capacity to produce 25% of the world’s ferrotungsten and be the leading producer of the product outside of China.
    www.hazelwood.com.au

  • TIWI ISLAND – Zircon project to resume

    Matilda Zircon aims to resume operations at its Tiwi Island Zircon Project in Australia’s Northern Territory by the end of June.
    Construction of key mining and processing equipment is now almost complete, with staff and equipment being mobilized to site ahead of the restart of operations.
    As part of its 2010 Mine Plan, Matilda has introduced a number of enhanced mining and processing methods which will double plant capacity and reduce operating costs. This includes introduction of an in-pit mobile slurry unit and a pre-concentrator facility.
    Construction of the new slurry unit for the project is complete with the unit being installed on site this month. The unit will eliminate double handling through the ROM Pad, allowing more efficient and lower cost mining and processing at the project.
    Mining will be undertaken by excavator and loader, which will feed directly into the mobile slurry unit before being pumped directly into the plant concentrator circuit, eliminating the need for dump trucks to cart to the ROM Pad.
    Construction of the slurry unit will cost about $1 million and has been undertaken by Victorian-based engineering and construction firm REEL Construction.
    Matilda is also introducing pre-concentrator and slurry separation facilities, which will double production capacity to 300 tonnes/hour for the established processing plant.
    Matilda aims to produce about 40,000 tonnes of zircon/rutile rich concentrate by the end of 2010.
    The company recently finalized a US$2.5 million funding package with Hong Kong-based mineral sands processor and distributor Tricoastal Minerals Holdings, which will underpin the development of the Tiwi Island project.
    www.matildazircon.com.au

     

  • IRON ORE – Boosting production

    ArcelorMittal aims to annually produce 100 million tonnes of iron ore by 2015 to feed growing demand for its steel products and to mitigate volatility in the iron ore supply market.
    The world’s biggest steel producer by volume currently produces around 60 million tonnes of iron ore each year and a substantial amount of investment will be required to boost this figure to 100 million tonnes.
    This year alone, the company intends to invest around US$600 million in iron ore mine expansion projects.
    ArcelorMittal says its expansion plan is not being done to displace any of its existing suppliers but rather in a bid to mitigate volatility.
    A company spokesman says that steel companies with their own mines can partially hedge supply and price risks in the iron ore market but this option is not available to all steel producers.
    He said steel companies sell in markets that desire price certainty and it is important to ensure alignment throughout the production line, from miners to steel users.
    www.arcelormittal.com

  • INVESTMENT – New Southern Gold investors

    Talbot Group Holdings has sold its 18.1% shareholding in Southern Gold by way of an on-market crossing to a range of Australian institutional and sophisticated investors introduced by Hartleys Limited.
    The company’s Anchor Prospect in Cambodia has received heightened attention recently following initial results from its 2010 drilling program, and the success of OZ Minerals at its Okvau Project which is about 20km north of Southern Gold’s Kratie South Project.
    On March 18 OZ Minerals announced a maiden JORC resource of 605,000 ounces gold for Okvau and indicated it is targeting larger resources from the district.
    Southern Gold has 4 drill rigs operating on site in Cambodia as part of an aggressive 7000 metre RC and diamond drill program in the 2010 field season.
    The company recently reported its first drill result from the 2010 campaign which included 1 metre @ 9.09 grams/tonne gold and 309 grams/tonne silver at the Anchor Prospect.
    In recent weeks Southern Gold has also announced high grade assay results of 15 metres @ 9.55 grams/tonne gold from 138 metres at its Cannon Prospect within the Bulong South Project, 30km east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
    This high grade intersection follows previous thick intersections of 66 metres @ 2.9 grams/tonne gold and 43 metres @ 3.4 grams/tonne gold, and extends the strike length of the prospect by at least 100 metres. Further results from a 2000 metre RC drilling program are eagerly anticipated.
    Southern Gold’s managing director Stephen Biggins says, “These are very exciting times for the company, and the introduction of new institutional investors is testament to the potential demonstrated by the significant exploration results recently reported.
    “We’re extremely pleased with what we are seeing at both Bulong and in Cambodia, and look forward to increasing our understanding of these projects over a very busy year of drilling for the company.
    “Southern Gold welcomes the addition of the new shareholders to its register and would also like to thank Talbot for its long standing support, particularly its willingness to support the company’s exploration programs at times when the junior resources market was extremely volatile.
    www.southerngold.com.au

  • AUSTRALIA – Mining winners and losers

    Big miners are the losers and small explorers are the winners from the Federal Government’s response to the Henry Taxation Review announced this week.
    BDO corporate tax director Russell Garvey says the imposition of a 40% Resources Rent Tax proposed by the Federal Government risked undermining the competitiveness of Australia’s mining sector in the global marketplace.
    However, Russell Garvey, who specialises in mining taxation, says that the Resource Exploration Rebate proposed for small exploration companies represents an improvement to the status quo and the proposed ‘flow through share scheme’.
    “The onshore minerals sector feared the Federal Government would ignore the different operating and capital requirements between the mining and offshore oil and gas sectors and impose a model and rate similar to the Petroleum Resources Rent Tax.  Their worst fears have been realised,” he says.
    “The new resource rent tax at 40% is a significant tax increase, making Australian mining projects among the most highly taxed in the world, to the detriment of their global competitiveness.”
    The Government had attempted to create a soft landing for existing projects in the mining sector, but Russell Garvey says there needed to be a reassessment on the best way to manage development projects in the pre-feasibility stage.
    Russell Garvey says industry would be looking for features contained within the Petroleum Resources Rent Tax, such as transferability rules, the immediate deductibility of eligible costs, carry forward provisions and the taxing unit being assessed on a project basis, to offset at least some of the 40% tax grab.
    He says it was also disappointing that there was no change to the complex state-based mineral royalty system.
    “Royalty rates and calculation methodologies differ across the States, create inconsistencies, distort investment decisions and provide unnecessary and unwanted bureaucratic and accounting imposts, and that hasn’t been addressed.  This is where real tax reform is required,” Russell Garvey says.
    Resource Exploration Rebate
    On face value, the creation of a Resource Exploration Rebate for junior explorers appeared even more attractive than the ‘flow through share scheme’ previously proposed for the sector.
    The Resource Exploration Rebate will enable the company to retain important funds for exploration instead of generating tax credits for shareholders.
    “Under the old system, the post-tax exploration costs for large miners were significantly cheaper than for explorers. This imbalance has now been rectified,” he says.
    “However, the July 1, 2011, start date will cause many companies to defer exploration expenditure in the next 12 months, slowing exploration for new mineral and hydrocarbon discoveries.”
    “The resources industry needs a stable and predictable taxation system that encourages ongoing investment into the sector,” Russell Garvey says.
    “A well-designed tax should never distort investment decisions. If a project is economically feasible pre-tax, then it should remain so.”
    “The imposition of a new Federal resource rent tax overlaying the existing State based taxes fails that test.”
    Russell Garvey says the Federal Government needs to fund the cuts to company tax rates, and the mining industry is the cash cow to provide the necessary revenue.

  • SOLOMON ISLANDS – Gold Ridge resumes

    Allied Gold has started redevelopment of the Gold Ridge Gold Project with the aim of achieving first production in early 2011.
    Refurbishment and redevelopment is expected to take around 12 months and the company anticipates annual production of 100,000-130,000 ounces.
    Some site activities have commenced with tailings dewatering and preliminary civil works. Allied Gold has awarded its engineering procurement and construction contract to GR Engineering.
    The official commencement of the redevelopment was marked by a ceremony hosted by Allied Gold at the project, about 40km from the capital Honiara, and attended by the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, members of the Solomon Island Parliament, representatives of the Australian Government and community leaders.
    A formal traditional reconciliation ceremony was also held between Gold Ridge community members and Allied Gold.
    Allied’s executive chairman Mark Caruso says, “The significance of these events cannot be overstated, with a tremendous level of political and stakeholder goodwill channeled towards the success of the project.  The extent of regional media coverage and interest in the ceremonies is testament to this.
    “Although this project is a fundamental step in increasing Allied Gold's growth profile, the significance to the Solomon Islands and its people is far greater and broader reaching.”
    www.alliedgold.com.au

  • COMPANY & PRODUCT – Laboratory accredited

    Intertek’s McPhar Laboratory in the Philippines has been awarded ISO 17025:2005 Accreditation.

    ‘Intertek McPhar accreditation’
    Art del Mundo (right) presents the accreditation
    certificate to Intertek's vice-president Minerals,
    Asia Pacific and Africa John Fowler (second from right)
    watched by (from left) McPhar's managing director
    Peter Smith and McPhar's laboratory manager Craig Ritchie.

    A special function to mark the accreditation was held in Makati City on March 23 attended by Intertek’s vice-president Minerals, Asia Pacific and Africa, John Fowler, McPhar staff and about 40 guests from the Philippine mining community.
    The company, which began operations in Manila 39 years ago, operates the largest commercial assay laboratory in the Philippines.
    In March 1996 it was one of the first commercial labs in Asia to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation and this was later upgraded to ISO 9001:2000. This has now been again upgraded to the laboratory-based ISO 17025:2005 standard.
    McPhar also has an Inspection Division which has built up a large domestic practice and a Geophysical Survey Division that offers ground geophysical surveys such as induced polarization, resistivity, electromagnetic and magnetometer surveys.
    In April 2008 McPhar Philippines was acquired by the Intertek Group of Companies.
    McPhar’s laboratory manager Craig Ritchie can be contacted for any enquiries.
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  • CHINA – Shanxi coal consolidation

    Puda Coal is acquiring and consolidating four additional coal mines in the Jianhe Project of Huozhou County, central Shanxi Province.
    These mines add to Puda’s assets in Shanxi where it is consolidating eight coal mines in Pinglu County.
    In order to improve production efficiency and workplace safety, and to reduce coal mine accidents, in early 2009 the Shanxi provincial government issued a policy which requires mergers and consolidations of coal mining companies in the province.
    The policy enables larger coal production enterprises to acquire, consolidate and restructure smaller coal mines through mergers, acquisitions and asset or share transfers.
    In September 2009 Shanxi Puda Coal Group, a 90% subsidiary of Puda, was appointed by the Shanxi government as a consolidator of eight thermal coal mines in Pinglu County in the south of Shanxi.
    Shanxi Coal recently received a new approval to consolidate four additional coking coal mines into one coal mine. After completion of the consolidation, the Jianhe Project is expected to increase the total annual capacity from 720,000 to 900,000 tonnes.
    Among the four target coal mines, Shangxi Huozhou Leijian Coal and Shanxi Huozhou Fengshen Coal are the smaller ones, and Shanxi Huozhou Jianzhuang and Shanxi Jianhe Coal Industry are the larger ones. Jianhe Coal is largest of the four.
    The assets of the four mines will be transferred to Shanxi Lituo Coal Industry Co, a newly registered company that will be wholly-owned by Shanxi Coal.
    The target coal mines are about 200km south of Puda Coal's headquarters and 50km from the company's Lingshi coal washing plant. The coal in that area is fat coal and coking coal. The fat coal can be used as raw coal for making cleaned coal or as high quality thermal coal for power plants. Coking coal is used to make coke.
    Puda Coal, through its subsidiaries, supplies premium high grade metallurgical coking coal used to produce coke for steel manufacturing in China. The company possesses 3.5 million tonnes of annual coking coal capacity. Shanxi Province provides 20-25% of China's coal output and supplies nearly 50% of China's coke.
    www.pudacoalinc.com

  • KAZAKHSTAN – Lifting copper output

    Central Asia's biggest metals exporter, Kazakhstan, plans to increase annual copper cathode output by 95,000 tonnes, or nearly 24%, within five years.
    Kazakh coppeer producer Kazakhmys is expected to account for 25,000 tonnes of the total increase while the Glencore-controlled Kazzinc is expected to raise production by 70,000 tonnes.
    The country’s Industry Minister Aset Isekeshev says Kazakhstan currently annually produces 400,000 tonnes of copper cathode.
    Kazzinc will launch a new $700 million copper facility later this year in eastern Kazakhstan, near the border with China, the world's largest consumer of metals.
    Kazakhmys plans to launch its Boschekul copper facility by 2014, which it says will annually produce about 100,000 tonnes of copper concentrate. Boschekul is also near the border to serve the Chinese market.
    China Development Bank has lent Kazakhmys $2.7 billion for 15 years to finance the facility.
    Kazakhmys is now seeking financing for another expansion project, Aktogai, in central Kazakhstan, which has reserves of 5.6 million tonnes and could annually produce 150,000 tonnes of copper.
    Kazakhmys’ chief executive Oleg Novachuk says, “We are in talks with our strategic partners and hope to inform the market on the results by the end of this year. We need $2 billion.”
    This year Kazakhmys will invest $370 million into the company's production.

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC – Andash on track

    Kentor Gold remains on track to begin development of the Andash Gold Project
    this year. 
     AMEC Minproc has started detailed engineering and procurement activities
    while an EPCM contract is being negotiated for the project.
     A feasibility study update and optimization work have recently completed for
    the project which is targeted to begin production at an annual rate of
    60,000 ounces of gold and 6,800 tonnes of copper in concentrate.
     Kentor and Andash Mining Company have appointed key senior staff to
    positions in the Kyrgyz Republic, including mining engineer, chief
    geologist, environmental manager and administration manager. These
    appointees join executive director Hugh McKinnon and Andash general manager
    Guy Cordingley in the capital Bishkek where Kentor has been located for more
    than 10 years.
     When it purchased Andash, Kentor also acquired a near-new fleet of mobile
    mining and construction equipment that the vendor had assembled in the
    Kyrgyz Republic for the project. Re-commissioning of these vehicles is under
    way at the rail siding where they are located, about 150km west of Andash. A
    team from Komatsu Moscow are on site to re-commission the equipment.
     Site works at Andash are due to begin shortly as the mobile fleet is
    progressively commissioned and mobilized to site. Exploration drilling
    programs are being planned to target increasing the resource base within the
    Andash licence. Kentor expects to begin drilling during the June quarter.
    www.kentorgold.com.au

  • KYRGYZ REPUBLIC – Acquisition on hold

    Given the recent change of government in the Kyrgyz Republic, Kentor Gold and Aurum Mining have agreed to terminate the agreement under which Kentor was to acquire Aurum’s 10% interest in the Andash project.
    The government has placed a moratorium on certain transfers of title until it can re-establish proper administrative controls and procedures.
    It is still the intention of both parties to complete the sale as soon as possible and to this end Kentor and Aurum are working on a revised sale and purchase agreement that fully reflects recent events in the Kyrgyz Republic.
    www.kentorgold.com.au

  • INVESTMENT – Guinea joint venture

    Rio Tinto and Chinalco have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture covering the development and operation of the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea.
    The scope of the proposed joint venture covers rail and port infrastructure as well as the mine itself.
    Rio Tinto owns 95% of the Simandou project with the remaining 5% owned by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financing arm of the World Bank.
    Under the MoU, Rio Tinto’s interest will be held in a new joint venture.
    Chinalco will acquire a 47% interest in the joint venture by providing US$1.35 billion on an earn-in basis through sole funding ongoing development work over the next two to three years.
    Once Chinalco has paid its US$1.35 billion, the Rio Tinto and Chinalco effective interests in Simandou will be 50.35% and 44.65% respectively.
    Rio Tinto’s chief executive Tom Albanese says, “We have long believed that Rio Tinto and Chinalco could work together on major projects for mutual benefit.
    “Chinalco is an excellent partner for us in Simandou. Chinalco brings its own skills and capabilities in major projects and access to the infrastructure expertise of other Chinese organisations.
    “We believe the Simandou project is a large-scale, long-life asset and is the single best undeveloped source of high grade iron ore.”
    Following formation of the joint venture, Rio Tinto’s Simfer subsidiary will continue to manage development of the Simandou project. Rio Tinto and Chinalco will now work on finalizing definitive and binding transaction documentation.
    The Guinean Government holds an option to buy up to 20% of the project. Any interest acquired by the government would proportionally reduce the effective interests of Rio Tinto, Chinalco and the IFC in Simandou.
    www.riotinto.com

     

  • INVESTMENT – CGM acquires Impact interest

    China Growth Minerals Limited (CGM), a Hong Kong-based investment company, has increased its interest in Impact Minerals to 10.1%.
    CGM is now Impact’s largest shareholder after initially acquiring 5.92 million ordinary shares from Polo Resources and then exercising an option to purchase another 5.92 million shares.
    Impact, an Australian-based company, has a very large uranium portfolio in Botswana which has prompted the CGM investment. It also holds a number of prospects in Australia.
    CGM has been formed to invest in mineral projects worldwide and has advised Impact that the acquisition is a strategic long-term investment based in particular on the Botswana prospects.
    The Impact investment complements CGM’s investment in A-Cap Resources as well as Impact’s uranium resource in Western Australia. A-Cap owns the 150 million pound Lethlakane uranium project.
    Impact’s exploration program in Botswana is progressing on schedule. Interpretation of downhole radiometric probe data from the drill program at Lekobolo and the soil sampling program at Sua are almost complete.
    Soil sample programs at Ikongwe and Shoshong have been completed and samples are in transit to the laboratory.
    www.impactminerals.com.au

     

     

  • COMPANY & PRODUCT – Metso Park centre

    Construction of Metso Park, a multi-functional facility including workshops, offices, engineering, logistics and training centres, is under way in the Indian city of Alwar.
    The park will be Metso’s biggest single investment in India and will pave the way for an even more significant operational and manufacturing presence for the company in India.
    Metso Park will be completed in phases from 2010 onward and upon completion the EUR30 million industrial centre will extend to an area of almost 47 acres, providing employment opportunities for up to 700 people.
    The park was inaugurated during a special ceremony on Wednesday, March 10.
    Metso Park will cater to meeting the rapid growth in demand for the products and services of Metso Mining and Construction Technology in India and Metso's other rapidly growing markets in Asia Pacific.
    Products manufactured at Metso Park will be primarily delivered to Metso’s mining and construction industry customers in India and neighbouring areas. Some of the products will also be transported to the company’s other manufacturing units for adaptation for global markets.
    During the first operational phase, Metso Park will manufacture components for mobile crushing and screening plants, vibrating screens and vibrators, slurry pumps and rubber products.
    Metso Mining and Construction Technology president Matti Kähkönen says, “During the past five years we have significantly strengthened our presence in Asia and particularly India as well as our ability to serve our customers locally.
    “Metso Park confirms our confidence in the potential market growth in India and is in line with our strategy of growing our presence in emerging markets.
    “The investment will also significantly improve our competitiveness not only in India, but in the whole of Asia Pacific market area. In terms of our image, Metso Park is an integral complement to our supply and manufacturing network.”
    In addition to Metso Park, Metso Mining and Construction Technology operations in India consist of a factory in Bawal, foundry in Ahmedabad and regional sales and service offices in New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Thane, Hyderabad and Chennai. Metso Group has 17 units and 735 employees in India.
    www.metso.com

     

     

  • COMPANY & PRODUCT – Shenhua goes diesel

    Bucyrus has delivered five CL10C Compact Loaders to China Shenhua Energy Company for operation in longwall mines managed by the Shenhua Shenfu-Dongsheng Coal Company.
    The order is the first diesel contract between the two companies despite Shenhua being a long-standing customer for Bucyrus battery-powered vehicles and continuous haulage systems.
    As the first electronically controlled diesel vehicle delivered to the Chinese underground coal mining industry, the CL10C, with a capacity of 10 tonnes, is a benchmark for diesel products sold and operated in China.
    The CL10C is designed for the special task of raising awkward loads of up to 10 tonnes to a height of one metre directly onto the cookie plate via the hydraulic winch.
    The Compact Loader and its variants can be used in a wide range of applications – from general mine transportation and maintenance work to longwall installations and relocations, cabling and piping installation, and stone dusting. It can also be used for soft-rock mining, and to support equipment contractors and civil engineering projects.
    The CL10C continues the modular concept behind the Compact Loader platform, allowing flexibility of configuration that is impossible with a unibody frame design. This permits Bucyrus to offer multiple variants, with direct pin-on cookie plate attachments and buckets and forks for dedicated application and Bucyrus Rapid Attach System RAS attachments for utility vehicle tasks.
    Engine package options, automatic and manual transmission systems along with pilot hydraulic control or full electronic control systems give customers a wide range of configuration options.
    Tyres are kept in constant contact with the roadway by means of 45-degree articulation and 8-degree oscillation via an articulation joint between the tractor and cookie plate sections. This allows the vehicle to follow surface contours safely and remain stable.
    The Bucyrus diesel powered CL10C has permanent four-wheel-drive through an automatic transmission, resulting in smoother gear shift and optimum gear selection, and control over various gradients and with different loads.
    Power is supplied by a 173kW EPA Tier III Caterpillar C7 six-cylinder diesel engine, delivering class-leading controlled power and torque. This low-emission engine combined with the Bucyrus wet-exhaust package and the option of particulate filters, allows the CL10C to lead the way in power and performance while minimizing emissions.
    The unique Bucyrus feature of horizontally mounted radiators and fans allows clean air to be drawn in at the top of the machine eliminating fan blade damage and increasing operational flexibility as the direction of mine ventilation has no adverse effect on its performance. This layout also gives the operator good visibility.
    An electronic protection system called Bucyrus Diesel Control System (DCS) continuously monitors the operation of the CL10C from the pre start-up vehicle integrity check to monitoring data to ensure safe operation. Integrated with the Engine Control Module (ECM), it provides a wealth of operational data that can be used to enhance performance and reliability.
    www.bucyrus.com

     

  • COMPANY & PRODUCT – Water data analysis

    Schlumberger Water Services’ new AquaChem 2010 water data analysis software is a professional application for water quality data analysis, plotting, reporting and modelling.
    AquaChem 2010 will improve the way geochemists, environmental consultants and government agencies interpret water quality data that influence decisions in the management of municipal water resources, mine water quality, contaminated sites, and oilfield water supply and disposal.
    Based on Microsoft Access database structure and now compatible with a Hydro GeoAnalyst SQL Server database, AquaChem 2010 offers a batch processing mode for plots and Mann-Kendall Trends that will significantly reduce the time required to analyse changes in water quality at multiple sites.
    These improved quality assurance and quality control tools will facilitate interpretation of duplicate samples and provide a means to detect sites with concentrations above background levels - something not possible with the use of guideline criteria alone.
    The new plot features will present data in new styles and formats, allow for correlation of hydrographs to field/lab samples and generate higher resolution reports.
    Schlumberger Water Services’ marketing manager Martin Draeger says, “In every water quality monitoring program, the question of whether contaminant concentrations are increasing or decreasing is fundamental. The enhancements in AquaChem 2010 will allow customers to more quickly analyse, plot and report trends in concentrations, whether it’s for tens or thousands of samples.”
    In a preliminary test by UK Environment Agency, AquaChem demonstrated a 90% reduction in the time required to calculate Mann-Kendall trends for 200 parameters at 3000 wells, with samples dating back to 1996.
    Schlumberger Water Services operates globally and specializes in the development, management and environmental protection of water resources. Leveraging experience and proprietary subsurface characterization technologies, Schlumberger Water Services offers mining, power, oil and gas, and public sector clients with the decision-making framework for addressing short- and long-term water challenges.
    www.swstechnology.com

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