Lithium Ore Reserves Double at Bald Hill

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:36 (not verified)
lithium jobs

Joint venture partners Tawana Resources and Alliance Mineral Assets announced today a 105% Reserve upgrade for the Bald Hill Lithium‐Tantalum Mine located in the eastern goldfields of Western Australia The Reserve upgrade reflects pit design changes resulting from increases to Indicated Resources following infill drilling completed in the second half of 2017. The Total lithium Resources of 26.5Mt at 1.0% Li2O now supports 9 years of production. The JV partners are currently reviewing options for significant expansion in processing capacity and concentrate production.
Tawana Managing Director Mark Calderwood said: “The increased Reserves along with the potential for additional Reserves resulting from infill drilling of Inferred material, provide strong support for significantly increasing processing throughput rates. We are actively reviewing the options to best increase throughput in the existing plant and/or add an additional DMS circuit and fines circuit. There has been strong interest from a number of parties to obtain concentrate supply from Bald Hill.”

Paddy's Sparkle in the West

Thu, 31/05/2018 - 19:48 (not verified)
exploration jobs

Westgold Resources Limited announced today an update of its underground exploration into virgin areas of Paddy’s Flat ore system at its Meekatharra Gold Operations.
Their first underground drilling into the virgin zones beneath the Fenian’s–Consol’s spurs have returned spectacular results providing high-hopes for a continuation of these prolific high-grade lodes at depth, and importantly an impending boost to the overall ounce per vertical metre of the ore system. Best results include:

0.55m at 20.35 g/t Au from 324m
0.33m at 15.84 g/t Au from 304m
6.3m at 9.99 g/t Au from 327m

 

DALGARANGA GOLD PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Wed, 30/05/2018 - 11:36 (not verified)
Dalgaranga

Gascoyne Resources Limited advised today that it has poured it's first gold bar from the new 2.5Mtpa processing plant at the Company’s 100% owned Dalgaranga Gold Project.
Dalgaranga contains a Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resource of 31.1Mt @ 1.3 g/t for 1,320,000 ounces of contained gold, which is inclusive of Proved and Probable Ore Reserves of 15.3Mt @ 1.3 g/t for 612,000 ounces of gold. The Company remains focused not only on ramping up to full production, but also an ongoing aggressive exploration effort aimed at increasing the mine life towards 8-10 years, as well as progressing the Glenburgh Gold Project, the Company’s second +1.0 million ounce gold project in Western Australia.
Mike Dunbar the Company’s Managing Director said:
“To say that I am pleased to have poured our first gold would be a massive understatement. The Company has managed to put together a fantastic team which has grown the global resource base from under 200,000oz on listing, to now having two gold projects which each contain more than 1 million ounces, and progressed Dalgaranga through feasibility. We have built a 100% owned new gold processing facility and associated infrastructure under budget and ahead of schedule, and now poured first gold.
The construction of the Dalgaranga mine would not have been possible without the Company’s Director of Operations and Development, Mr Ian Kerr who with his highly experienced (but small) development team of Warren King and Garry Moore, along with GR Engineering’s Team of Andrew Bennett and Matt Gordon have delivered the project ahead of schedule and under budget. A very rare feat indeed.
With the plant now operational, the aim for the next few months is to achieve consistent performance from all aspects of the process plant.
While the recent attention has been on delivery of the Dalgaranga Gold Project, the Company remains focused on continuing the exploration success that has so far resulted in discovery of over 2 million ounces of gold since listing. The current 75,000 metre drill programme is split between Dalgaranga, to extend the mine life to 8 – 10 years, and Glenburgh, where exploration outside the known 1.0 million ounce resource base is aiming to increase the global resource prior to feasibility and ultimately development.”

Artemis’ to commence extensive exploration at Comet Well West

Tue, 29/05/2018 - 12:30 (not verified)
Exploration Jobs

Artemis Resources Limited advises today that it has submitted a wide-ranging Programme of Works (“POW”) with the Western Australian Government’s Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety (“DMIRS”) to start an extensive drilling, trenching and bulk sampling programme immediately west of Novo Resource Corp’s (“Novo”) Comet Well Project. In addition, Artemis also provided and update on gold nuggets recovered (3.6kg) from the current ground rehabilitation works underway at 47K Patch.
David Lenigas, Artemis’s Executive Chairman, said “Artemis has now identified ~67 kilometres of potential gold-bearing conglomerates associated with the Mt Roe Basalt contact, immediately west of Novo Resources Comet Well 6 kilometre long conglomerate gold project. Our exploration and bulk sampling programme is about to commence in earnest at 47K Patch, the source of the many gold nuggets reported today. Applications have also gone in with the DMIRS for an extensive exploration programme immediately to the west of Novo’s Comet Well.”

BOOM BOOM BAM Syrah Moving Forward

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 12:26 (not verified)
Syrah Jobs

Syrah Resources Limited announced today that it has signed a purchase agreement for an industrial site for its Battery Anode Material (BAM) development in Vidalia, Louisiana. Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price of US$1.225 million is for a 25 acre site with an existing building. 
Shaun Verner, Managing Director & CEO said, “With the purchase agreement for the Vidalia site, we continue to progress our initial entry into the BAM market. Consistent with our approach in Mozambique, Syrah is committed to environmental sustainability and community engagement through development and into operations. The Company’s recently awarded ISO Certifications for Health, Safety and Environmental management systems for its Balama Operation demonstrates the Company’s commitment to global best practice.”

West Sells South

Thu, 08/03/2018 - 13:05 (not verified)
Westgold

In a strategy to focus its efforts on its larger long-life Murchison gold assets, the Board of Westgold Resources Limited has agreed to sell its South Kalgoorlie Operations to Northern Star Resources Limited. 
South Kalgoorlie Operations operates  Jubilee  Processing Plant as its mining hub.  In recent years the HBJ  Underground Mine has operated as the core feed with additional smaller open pit and low-grade stockpile sources providing approximately 60% of plant capacity. The remainder of plant capacity has been filled by toll processing third party ores from the region.
Westgold has agreed to sell its wholly-owned subsidiaries that collectively make up the South Kalgoorlie Operations; Dioro Exploration Pty  Ltd,  HBJ  Minerals  Pty Ltd and Hampton  Gold  Mining  Areas  Ltd.  The consideration for the sale is  $80  million  (with working capital adjustments).  The purchase consideration is made up of $20 million in cash and $60 million in unrestricted fully paid ordinary shares in Northern Star calculated at a backwards-looking 10-day VWAP.
Westgold will retain its lithium royalties over the Mt Marion Lithium Mine and the rights to lithium exploration and mining over Location 53 and 59.
Westgold Managing Director Peter Cook said:“This is a nice deal for both parties. It provides Northern Star with additional and instant plant capacity in the Kalgoorlie region for its expanding gold operations. For Westgold, it divests our shortest life asset, provides a cash boost and upgrades the overall quality of our gold portfolio. As at June 30, 2017, South Kalgoorlie Operations had Ore Reserves containing 252,000 ounces which was 7.45% of the groups total Ore  Reserves.  SKO has produced 24,000 ounces in the first half of this financial year”.

Record Gold Production at Matilda

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:17 (not verified)
Blackham jobs

Blackham Resources Limited announced an operational update for the month of January at its Matilda-Wiluna Gold Operation. Access to high-grade zones in the M4 and Galaxy Pits was achieved late in the Dec’17 quarter, enabling record monthly gold production of 6,498oz. This resulted in Blackham achieving a record low monthly AISC in Jan’18 of A$1,158/oz, in comparison to an average realised gold price during the month of A$1,663/oz, demonstrating a clear step change in economics. Milled grade and gold production are expected to continue to improve. The operation is now building high-grade stockpiles for the first time since March 2017. 
“With the Operation’s production at record levels and a significant reduction in AISC having already been achieved, the Company is clearly demonstrating that its operational turnaround is well underway. This operational performance, in conjunction with the current strong AUD gold price, is expected to make 2018 a transformational year that is expected to generate significant cash flows and value for Blackham and its shareholders.” Blackham’s Executive Chairman, Mr Milan Jerkovic, said.

WA Liberal MPs voted against Gold Royalty

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:10 (not verified)
gold royalty

After a protest at the steps of Parliment house today, the WA state Liberals unanimously decided to block a move by the WA state government to raise the gold royalty rate from 2.5 percent to 3.75 percent.
Opposition Leader Mike Nahan said after the meeting "This royalty increase would have imposed a significant risk to jobs in the industry, it is our view that the McGowan Government did not seek nor have a mandate to increase the gold rate"
The state government now has to hope for a win on the GST after a report suggested changes which could send billions back to Western Australia which will help fill a deepening black hole.
 
 

CHINA’S GREAT WALL MOTOR COMPANY BACKS PILBARA MINERALS

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 11:30 (not verified)
Pilbara Minerals

Australian lithium developer, Pilbara Minerals Limited announced today that it has executed a binding terms sheet with Great Wall Motor Company, one of China’s largest automotive manufacturers, to further underpin the Stage 2 expansion of its 100%-owned Pilgangoora Lithium/Tantalum Project in Western Australia.
The agreement – encompassing up to 150,000tpa of Stage 2 chemical-grade spodumene concentrate off-take, Stage 2 debt financing support and a $28 million upfront equity subscription for Pilbara shares – represents the first direct investment by an automobile manufacturer into an upstream supplier of lithium raw materials.
“This marks an important milestone for Pilbara and the Pilgangoora Project and is a significant development for the rapidly evolving lithium-ion raw materials supply chain globally,” said Pilbara’s Managing Director and CEO, Ken Brinsden.
“It highlights the strategic importance for the global automotive sector of securing access to large-scale, consistent, high-quality sources of battery raw materials in low-risk jurisdictions. Attracting a company of Great Wall’s size and calibre as a long-term off-take and funding partner is a strong endorsement for the Pilgangoora Project and the Company. We are also delighted that they will be joining our share register as a strategic investor.
While this deal reflects the remarkable progress being made in China, we are also witnessing increasing interest from battery and automobile manufacturers outside of China looking to secure their future lithium requirements, in response to an increasing global market shift towards electric vehicles and off-grid storage.
In conjunction with the rapid expansion in spodumene conversion capacity currently being rolled out in China to supply the battery market beyond electric vehicles, these themes highlight the fundamental demand for lithium, which comes at an opportune time for the Company as we look to complete our Stage 1 development at Pilgangoora and pursue further growth via the Stage 2 expansion,” Mr Brinsden added.

EMR Capital to takes stake in Zambian copper mine

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 13:22 (not verified)
EMR

Australian Private equity house EMR Capital to take 80 pct stake in Zambia copper mine at the cost of $125m after it purchased copper zinc mine Golden Grove from MMG in December. The Lubambe Mine held equally by ARM and Vale International. EMR chief executive officer Jason Chang said the Lubambe acquisition reflected the firm’s confidence in the quality of the project as a long-life copper producer located in Zambia’s most prolific mining region, the Copperbelt. "We are pleased to enter into an agreement to acquire Lubambe, which offers exceptional quality and growth potential and which will substantially enhance the value and depth of our copper portfolio. "EMR will continue to focus on copper, gold, potash and coking coal acquisition opportunities globally,"