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Australian company Altura Mining has in place nearly all its requirements for development of its 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium project in the Pilbara region, with the approval of its revised mining proposal expected in February and leading to construction starting in March.
Discussions are continuing on debt finance, expected to be finalised after the mining proposal has been granted, and Altura has ordered its long-lead time mechanical equipment.

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Australian miner Ramelius Resources is in the unusual position for a profitable 100,000ozpa-plus gold producer of being undervalued, but broker Hartleys suggests continued production and exploration performance should address the apparent mispricing.
Ramelius' production for FY2016 was about 10% above guidance, and indications are that production will again outperform by about 3-5% in FY2017. It is, Hartleys comments, a record that shores up confidence in Ramelius’ reserve base, mine plans and exploration prospects.

West Australian explorer Cassini Resources has opened up a potential pathway to commercialise its very large West Musgrave nickel and copper project through its recently finalised farm-in deal with mid-tier miner OZ Minerals, broker Hartleys suggests.

The start of mechanised underground mining marks the refocusing of mining efforts by Australian miner A1 Consolidated to maximise grades at its namesake gold mine in Victoria.
Overall, the company is targeting an initial production rate of over 25,000ozpa of gold at all-in-sustaining costs of under $A985/oz over the next 12 months.
Australian broker Patersons said the costs forecast suggested a potential margin of $700-800/oz and EBITDA of over $20Mpa over the 2-1/2 year mine life.

With final rehabilitation and upgrades to its 100%-owned MAX mill on budget for completion in the December quarter, starting with a 10,000t bulk sample sourced from its nearby 100%-owned Willa gold/copper/silver deposit, Canadian junior MX Gold is poised for upside revaluation as its inherent value and accomplishments are appreciated by the market.
The company is currently advancing its Max mill and Willa gold mine near Revelstoke in British Columbia toward becoming Canada's newest gold mining operation.

Australian-based Birimian has been rated a speculative buy on the basis of the potential for a very large spodumene (lithium) development at its Bougouni project in Mali, Australian broker Hartleys reported. 
Bougouni comprises some 250sq km licence area that hosts the high-grade, potential bulk-tonnage Goulamina lithium deposit.
A maiden JORC-compliant resource is expected in October and Hartleys sees potential for a very large deposit at good grades (1.6-1.8% Li2O) on limited drilling to date.

The gathering momentum of West Australian explorer Gascoyne Resources’ exploration campaign at its 80%-owned Dalgaranga gold project in the Murchison region prompts Argonaut to maintain its speculative buy recommendation with its target price raised to $A0.65 (current price $0.50), from $0.53 previously.
Recent results at Gilbeys confirm the tenor (width and grade) of the orebody and first reverse circulation results at Hendricks, 3km east of the Gilbeys openpit, demonstrate the potential for a satellite deposit.

Australian-based Danakali has been given a "buy" recommendation with a $A0.50 price target, compared to its current share price of $0.31, in the initial research coverage of the company by broker Baillieu Holst.


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