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(DEVELOPMENT)
DFS lowers forecast capital costs and recommends an immediate move to development of Diatreme Resources’ shovel-ready Cyclone zircon project in Western Australia.

(MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS)
The search for scale and global visibility has driven West Australian gold miners Silver Lake Resources and Doray Minerals into a merger that will create a mid-tier regionally focused company with forecast production of over 200,000oz and a current resource base of 4.6Moz gold equivalent.

(EXPLORATION)
After generations as the major source of iron ore for the global seaborne trade and last year’s excitement about a rush for conglomerate-hosted gold mineralisation, now the Pilbara region of Western Australia is generating more excitement over its potential for major copper discoveries. And it may be based to some extent on unconfirmed rumours.

(COMMENTARY)
There’s still plenty to learn about the dramatic high speed crash of a fully laden iron ore train in the West Australian outback, about the impact on BHP’s export trade and the safety of its expensive Pilbara logistics chain.

(DEVELOPMENT)
Preliminary feasibility study confirms Sovereign Metals’ Malingunde project in Malawi as a globally significant coarse flake graphite development with the lowest estimated unit operating cost of current and future development pipeline.

(DEVELOPMENT)
Scoping study supports the potential for underground development that would complement the proposed openpit operation at Perseus Mining’s Yaouré gold project in Cote d’Ivoire

(COMMENTARY)
The importance of the nickel industry in Australia’s world-class mining pantheon has never been better covered than in the new history Australia’s Nickel Adventure. By Mark Mentiplay

(DEVELOPMENT)
Cobalt Blue has taken a unilateral decision to defer the BFS on its 70%-owned Thackaringa cobalt project in NSW, Australia, telling 30% JV partner Broken Hill Prospecting that more work is needed to de-risk development of a potential world-class operation.

(CONTRACTING)
The award of an extended mining services contract to Barminco at Independence Group’s Nova mine comes with agreement for a collaborative drive for new technological measures to deliver underground mining safety and productivity improvements. John Feary reports

(COMMENTARY)
The laying of criminal charges by Tanzania’s Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau against current and former employees as well as operating subsidiaries of Acacia Mining appear to be worsening tension over the role of its parent company, global gold giant Barrick Gold.

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Mining Billboard

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