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(PROCESSING)
Rare earths miner/processor Lynas Corporation proposes new cracking and leaching processing plant close to its Mt Weld rare earths mine in Western Australia to counter Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad’s demand to prevent imports of radioactive materials.

(COMMENTARY)
Veteran mining journalist, author and commentator Ross Louthean assesses Sipa Resources, an Australian explorer that stands out among the penny dreadfuls of the Australian marketplace.

(CORPORATE STRATEGY)
Arc Exploration aims to build itself as a mid-tier copper producer after reaching agreement to acquire privateer Cyprium Australia and its option agreement over a 39,000t contained copper resource and significant exploration potential at Cue in WA.

(TECHNOLOGY)
St Barbara feasibility study rejects hydraulic hoisting options and will stick with an optimised truck-haulage system for the planned extension of mining at its Gwalia mine below 2,000m. John Feary reports

(EXPLORATION)
There are no alligators in the Athabasca Basin, just as there aren’t in the Alligator River (they’re crocodiles). But there’s growing realisation that the huge wilderness area in the Arnhem Land region of Australia’s Northern Territory shares another characteristic with the Athabasca Basin region in northern Saskatchewan, Canada – monster uranium deposits.

(BATTERY MINERALS)
LME tin prices hitting $A30,000t have stimulated plans to accelerate development planning for two of Australia’s most significant potential producers, both within the vicinity of the producing Renison project in NW Tasmania. John Feary reports

In a sudden and surprising development, China has become both the world’s biggest rare earth elements importer/exporter

(CONSTRUCTION)
The commissioning ahead of schedule and under budget of the 28Mtpa Amrun bauxite development on Australia’s Cape York Peninsula is being credited to an innovative construction approach by Rio Tinto.

(CONTRACTING)
The award of the initial infrastructure and mining contract for the Ramone deposit at Northern Star Resources’ Jundee mine marks a significant return to West Australian gold mining by the up-for-offers BGC Contracting. John Feary reports

(COMMENTARY)
Veteran mining journalist and commentator Ross Louthean turns his mind to the state of diamond exploration in Australia, and identifies two companies whose explorations may trigger a revival of activity in the sector.

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Insights and analysis from leading industry commentators