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A challenge by West Australian miner Silver Lake Resources to accepted geological interpretations has delivered a significant gold resource at the historic Karonie gold mine near Kalgoorlie. John Feary reports

Fortescue Metals has lodged action with the Takeovers Panel to block fellow iron ore major Hancock Prospecting’s $390M bid for junior Atlas Iron alleging misleading statements. By Mark Mentiplay

Greenbushes lithium mine partner Global Advanced Metals has lodged court action to determine whether a planned expansion will hurt its mine direct tantalum production

Explorers Spitfire Materials and Excelsior are putting their advanced operations together to create a new, initial 100,000oz pa Western Australia gold hub near Kalgoorlie. By Mark Mentiplay

PFS outlines low cost $53.5M start-up for 225,000tpa Australian spodumene conc project giving Core Expln’s 1st phase Finniss lithium operation an initial NPV10% $140M/142% IRR. By Mark Mentiplay

Millennium Minerals on track to open a new high-grade mining centre at Twenty Mile Sandy as Nullagine project heads for its 100,000ozpa target.

Ghana government ratification of new regulatory and fiscal agreements are helping clear the way for the redevelopment of the Obuasi gold project as a modern, mechanised mine.

Contractor MACA is owed $61M after Beadell Resources terminated its mining contract for the declining production Tucano Gold Mine in Brazil 17-months ahead of expiry. By Mark Mentiplay

Updated feasibility study outlines initial gold production of over 200,000ozpa for the first five years of West African Resources' Sanbrado mine in Burkina Faso.

Formed from a 3-company merger last year, Equinox Gold is spinning off its copper assets into Solaris Copper to focus on gold by end 2018. By MBM’s North American correspondent

Big Chinese gold miner Chifeng Jilong Gold is buying MMG’s Sepon copper-gold proj in Laos for $275M with the aim of re-starting its gold operation

A $1.47ps Orion Mine Finance cash takeover bid for $6Moz+ Irish gold mine values Dalradian Res at $537M

The delivery of the first concentrates from its Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project in Western Australia marks the start of the transformation of Pilbara Minerals towards becoming a pre-eminent global lithium and tantalum raw materials producer. By John Feary

Pacton Gold is expanding its stake in Western Australia’s new Pilbara gold conglomerate region buying Marindi Metal’s project for cash and 10% of Pacton

'Fantastic' results of optimisation study on the Karlawinda gold project has Capricorn Metals closer to becoming Australia's newest significant gold producer.

Doray Minerals expects a more efficient mine plan and higher exploration expenditure to deliver a 30% increase in gold production and 15% reduction in costs in FY19 at its Deflector underground mine in Western Australia. John Feary reports

Australian producer Malachite Resources is considering changes to the pit design at its Lorena gold mine near Cloncurry in Queensland after suspending mining operations just two months after production commenced.

Australian-based explorer Mayur Resources is pioneering a new energy coal industry for Papua New Guinea with the approval of commercial-scale bulk sampling of its Depot Creek project.

Low capex, good project yield PEA on increased PGM resources and a suite of commodity options sees Jangada Mines PFS pause for thought on Brazil project

The fate of junior iron ore miner Atlas Iron now looks to be in the hands of 3 powerful suitors with billionaire Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting entering the fray with a $390M cash bid. By Mark Mentiplay

CEO Graham Kerr says South32's agreed $US1.3B takeover of Canadian developer Arizona Mining recognises it is the natural owner of the exciting Hermosa project, its first US acquisition.

Following its early $US6B settlement with disenchanted JV partner Gécamines, Glencore has agreed to pay over €80M a year in previously disputed royalties to controversial businessman Dan Gertlerrather than risk losing access to its two copper and cobalt operations in DR Congo.

Savannah Resources to fast track FS after positive scoping study flags the potential for its Portugal lithium project to become a major European supplier

International miner Anglo American will raise $US600M to support its share of development costs for the Quellaveco copper project in southern Peru through the sale of an extra 21.9% interest to its project partner Mitsubishi.

World No 3 iron ore producer BHP is predicting a revenue boost from the premium prices being paid for premium grade material after giving the go-ahead for the $US3.4B development of the South Flank mine. John Feary reports

PFS on Hill End Gold’s Yendon alumina project in Australia prompts DFS/pilot plant for plant commissioning Q4 2022

A $US6B- plus debt-for-equity and compensation agreement between Katanga Mining and DR Congo state miner Gécamines removes the threat to Glencore's access to the giant Kamoto copper-cobalt project.

France’s ERAMET’s 20% lift in its hostile take-over for Australian J/V partner Mineral deposits will cost it $322M

Battery Mins has delayed its 1st graphite conc shipment after $30M RCF funding deal scrapped. By Mark Mentiplay

West Australian explorer Explaurum heads towards a construction decision on its low-cost, high-margin Tampia gold project on farmlands east of Perth.


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