Exploration success in stronger countries

THE countries with the top 10 mining exploration budgets in 2013 attracted a total of US$7.8 billion for all stages of gold, base metals, platinum group metals and uranium exploration, according to SNL Metals & Mining’s annual Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study.

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Gold centre of gravity moves eastward

THE centre of gravity in the physical gold market moved dramatically eastwards during 2013 as professional investors disgorged metal, for it to be snapped up by rampant demand in Asia and the Middle East. While ETF investors sold 880 tonnes over the course of 2013, bar hoarding in East Asia, the Indian Sub-Continent and the Middle East amounted to 1066 tonnes, with a global total of 1338 tonnes.

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Bringing back Mongolia’s lost investors

IN order to encourage foreign investors to again consider Mongolia the government needs to finalize a number of significant projects, according to Business Council of Mongolia executive director Jim Dwyer. He says investors need to see stage two of Oyu Tolgoi proceed, the huge Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit move forward, a new power plant upgrade take place and a coal-to-liquid plant make headway.

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Seeking safer artisanal livelihoods

SAFER ways for informal miners in South and South East Asia to prospect for gold are being investigated under an Australian Government grant won by The Australian National University (ANU) and Minelab. The research is led by ANU senior fellow Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt with Minelab as a commercial partner, and is looking at the risks taken by Artisanal Small Scale Gold Miners (ASM).

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