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Cradle Resources’ announcement of an updated resource estimate following an in-fill drilling program at its Panda Hill niobium project in Tanzania resulted in an upgrade of confidence levels, increasing the indicated category to 44% of total resources from 8% previously.
The update has also increased the average grade to 0.52% Nb2O5, from 0.47% previously, and the tonnage of the key primary carbonatite ore (the main target mineralisation).

Jameson Resources is planning an immediate start to Phase 1 drilling after finally receiving the long-awaited first two exploration licences for its 100%-owned Dunlevy project in the Peace River coalfield of NE British Columbia.
The initial program of 8-12 holes to establish the number of seams, seam thickness and coal quality should provide a very quick indication of Dunlevy’s resource potential, broker Blackswan Equities says.

Australian base metals explorer Syndicated Metals expects to be in production by the end of 2014 on the back of its low-cost development of the Barbara copper-gold-silver project 60km NE of Mount Isa in northern Queensland.
Independent research firm Beer & Co rates Syndicated a speculative buy based on its expectations that the capital cost of bringing Barbara into production will be less than $A20M.

The strategy of concentrating on regional exploration in Western Australia’s highly prospective but under-explored Yamarna Belt is beginning to pay dividends for regional specialist explorer Gold Road Resources.
Equity researcher Argonaut says Gold Road’s latest discovery, the Gruyere gold prospect, within its 100%-owned North Yamarna tenements, is shaping up at an early stage to be a potential 1-2Moz deposit with an estimated inventory of about 500,000oz at a grade of 1-1.2g/t.

Australian junior explorer Precious Metals Resources is pursuing its expectations of large scale polymetallic targets through a fully funded work program at its Halls Peak project, 80km south of Armidale in northern New South Wales.
The company’s search for high-grade copper, lead, zinc and silver in sedimentary exhalative deposits is fully funded by Chinese state-owned enterprise Jiangsu Geology and Engineering Co.

Hazelwood Resources faces challenges as it seeks to become a vertically integrated ferrotungsten producer after completing the second campaign from its majority-owned Asian Tungsten Company plant in Vietnam.
The ATC plant is currently supplied with concentrate feedstock from global tungsten suppliers, generating sales margins of $A6-8/kg.

The start of second-phase drilling program underlines the potential for a classic mineralised porphyry system at Inca Minerals' flagship Chanape gold-silver project in Peru.
The drilling program follows extensive geochemical and geophysical studies to hone drill targeting involving nearly 700 grid-based surface samples, 41 line km of IP and 25 line km of ground magnetics to derive high-quality drill targets on epithermal and porphyry style mineralisation.
It is designed to test epithermal and porphyry targets.

Junior explorer Corazon Mining is likely to start the next phase of drilling within weeks at its Top Up Rise iron oxide copper gold project in Western Australia.
The potential of the project in the Gibson Desert, where Corazon is earning 75%, has encouraged Australian broker Hartleys to extend its speculative buy recommendation for Corazon.

Celsius Coal is investigating the feasibility of different mining methods including auger, openpit and underground operations as it progresses pre-scoping activities for its 80%-owned Uzgen coking coal project in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The project’s mid and long-term potential to supply the expanding steel industry in China’s Xinjiang province, where coking coal prices are at a premium to seaborne prices, prompted Australian broker Hartleys to maintain a speculative buy recommendation.

Metanor Resources has set the stage to achieve cash-flow positive status after stabilising production at its Bachelor Lake gold mine in Quebec.
The Canadian miner has been undergoing development ramp-up at its newly refurbished Bachelor mine and mill, pushing towards 4,000-5,000oz/month.
The progress at the very rich underground mine, with grades averaging 7.38g/t and upwards of 26g/t, has led Hard Money Advisors mining analyst Jay Taylor to re-establish his recommendation for the share from “hold” to “buy”.


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