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The US, Australia, NZ and Japan are believed to be discussing plans for a power plant to kick-off Newcrest/Harmony’s big Wafi-Golpu gold/copper mine in PNG.

After nearly three years of persistent underperformance, Metals X has launched a new turnaround plan to realise the robust potential of the Nifty copper mine in Western Australia’s East Pilbara region.

The discovery of discrepancies in bank statements has triggered a major review by global iron ore pellet producer Ferrexpo into the management and operations of a Ukrainian charity set up to coordinate its corporate social responsibility program.

Partnership with majority state-owned miner JSW remains a likely outcome for Australian would-be coal developer Prairie Mines as it fights Polish bureaucracy and courts against threats to its rights over two potential world-class mines.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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